Sometimes people get so caught up in the idea of saving money that they won’t use their hard earned cash to buy something that would improve their quality of life.

What the heck are you working for if you can’t buy yourself something that will make you happier?

I’m not talking about a $10k European vacation or a new expensive car. You don’t need those things (although if you have tons of money and want them, then go right ahead).

No. I’m talking about those things where you say “Gee golly gosh darnit! This would be so much easier if I had _______.” I bet you say this all the time verbatim. I know I do.

It hit me when my girlfriend Tag actually listened to one of my complaints and bought me a mirror for my shower. I shave in the shower and used to shave most of my face there, and then get out and check the mirror to see if I missed a spot.

Now I just use my Shower Mirror and I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders.

cut on face

Why was he shaving his nose anyway?

Here are a few other cheap things I’ve found dramatically increased my quality of life. Maybe one of these would make your life better as well.

Life Gets Easier With A…

Rubber Spatula

I bet 98% of you already have rubber spatulas in your kitchen. I was the kid who would spend 25 minutes trying to get all the brownie batter scraped off the bowl, eventually using my fingers. It took a long time and it was disgusting.

This is a message to all the guys out there who think all they need is a can opener and some spoons. If you ever want your girlfriend to bake for you, you need to have some of these. If you ever want to bake something for yourself, you need to have one of these. Seriously.

If I had any sense at all, I would have bought a set the moment I got my first apartment. At least I finally have them now.

Second Monitor

I actually blogged about wanting a second monitor a long time ago. Well, I got one and holy crap is my life easier. Dual monitors allows me to either work on two separate things at the same time (usually blogging on one monitor and reading news on the other) or work on one big thing with twice the space (usually spreadsheet work).

If you want to spend less time on your computer because you are more productive while you are sitting there, this is the way to go. If you’ve never tried a dual monitor setup, you don’t know what you’re missing.

If you have a desktop computer and don’t have a second monitor yet, get one. You can get a 19″ widescreen LCD monitor for just over $100. It will change your life.

Magic Eraser

This is another thing I’ve already blogged about back when I was moving, but a Magic Eraser is about the most magical thing you can have in your house. If you’ve ever knocked your wall with something (or heaven forbid a kid does it) these little sponges will remove almost any mark without a problem.

Magic erasers aren’t just useful; they are super fun! And this is coming from a guy who absolutely hates cleaning. When you see a big fat mark on the wall that you thought you’d have to paint over go away with a few swipes of this thing, it’s like a dream come true.

photo credit: lachlanhardy