pay for itself

pay for itself

Of something paid for, to save one as much money in the long term as one spent on it initially. With the amount of time we've saved in the warehouse, this new automated equipment is already paying for itself. These energy efficient appliances might be more expensive, but they reduce your energy bill so drastically that they pay for themselves in no time.
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pay for itˈself

(of a new system, something you have bought, etc.) save as much money as it cost: The rail pass will pay for itself after only about two trips.
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But it would pay for itself by quicker passages," she argued; "and it would be as good as insurance.
Saxon looked with amazement at these small, brown-skinned immigrants who came to the soil with nothing and yet made the soil pay for itself to the tune of two hundred, of five hundred, and of a thousand dollars an acre.
Nikki Million: "My mum said that when the first tunnel opened in 1968, they said they would only charge for so many years then it would pay for itself.
CHANGES to payroll services at Kirklees Council have cost PS6m - but the authority says it will pay for itself in three years through 'back office efficiencies'.
Police and crime commissioner for the county Matthew Ellis said the cost would pay for itself as the cameras, about the size of a mobile phone, would make officers safer.
If the economic view is taken strategically rather than tactically, the EMR will eventually more than pay for itself.
One said: "It's ridiculous our money is sucked up by a project designed to pay for itself.
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz underbid even that figure, predicting that Iraq's oil revenues would be used to pay for the war--meaning that the conflict would effectively pay for itself.
Owners of a home who dream of owning a second home for vacation purposes might have thought of the possibility as a dream for the rich, but Profit From Your Vacation Home Dream: The Complete Guide To A Savvy Financial And Emotional Investment tells otherwise: it holds the potential of being a wise move on several fronts, and provides the basics on how such a home can pay for itself when not in use by its owners.
The report points out: "that at actual performance of the program reflects the inherent difficulty in designing an employment program that would pay for itself.
Garvin conceded that the $625 million price tag was high, but said he believes the investment should pay for itself many times over.
My wife, Kimmy, and I lived in the basement and rented out the upstairs for $900 so the house could pay for itself," says Brown.
The law allows the immigration service to pay for itself through fees," says Judy Golub, an attorney at the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington; it "doesn't require" that it do so.