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    Jan. 27, 2020

    29 Probably Life-Changing Products You Need If You Live By Yourself

    Because living without roommates should be the opposite of hard.

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    1. A nylon pasta fork that measures out a single serving of dry pasta in its center, so you don't accidentally make enough noods to feed a small nation. Once it's done cooking, simply scoop it out — no colander required.

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    It's BPA-free and safe to put in the dishwasher.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.25.

    2. A faux sprinkler head where you can store your backup key so you never get locked out of your own house. Reviewers love how realistic it is and say it can fit even large keys.

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    Just remember to store it in a place that's not too obvious or someone may catch onto your tricks. There's also the classic fake rock, if your building doesn't have a sprinkler system.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.87+. Also available in a pack of six.

    3. A full Ring home alarm system that comes with a free Echo Dot. It sends alerts to your smart phone via a free app when doors or windows open or motion is detected, so you'll always feel safe sleeping alone at home.

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    It's compatible with Alexa, so you can arm and disarm your system with the sound of your voice. The kit includes a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $269.

    4. Or an Alexa-enabled Echo Dot without the added security features that'll be your bedside personal assistant. It's also a speaker, so you can use it to catch up on podcasts or listen to playlists before you turn out the lights.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $49.99. Available in four colours and in five bundle options.

    5. A set of grocery bag holders that'll make toting several bags of food home from the store a breeze. They have foam-coated grips, so your hands wont suffer when you're schlepping a heavy load.

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    One can hold up to a whopping 11 pounds!

    Get a set of two for $15.99.

    6. A mini Keurig coffee maker that brews enough for one perfect cup of joe so you don't have to pour half a pot down the drain. Reviewers love that it doesn't take up a lot of counter space, which is essential if you have a small kitchen.

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    Also consider grabbing a reusable K-Cup to be a bit more eco-friendly.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $74.98+. Also available in blue.

    7. A multi-use opener that'll make you a whiz at opening everything from pickle jars to stubborn hot sauce bottles. It can be used wet or dry, and is great for people with limited hand strength and injuries.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.94.

    8. An adorable mini griddle that that you can use to fry an egg or make a single cookie. It heats up in mere moments and is a cinch to clean, thanks to the non-stick coating.

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    One reviewer says they love it because they have a hand tremor and have trouble flipping foods. Because this cooks food evenly on both sides, there's no need to mess around with a spatula.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.41+. Also available in pink.

    9. A magical wine doodad that will keep your wine fresh so you don't have to drink an entire bottle when you're watching The Bachelor solo. It can also be used as a wine aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.97.

    10. A Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker, because you won't have anyone to help you find your stuff when it goes MIA. You can clip it to anything (I have one on my keys and one on my wallet) and it will save you hours of searching for your precious treasures.

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    If you're constantly losing your shit, this will change your life. All you have to do is ring your missing device from your phone or find its GPS location with the help of the free app. No more retracing your steps only to come up empty-handed.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99. Also available in a pack of four, in a slim design, and in bundles.

    11. A baby cast iron skillet that's perfect for making small, single portion meals. It's pre-seasoned, so you won't have to prep it before you start cooking.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $7.88+. Also available in larger sizes.

    12. A password logbook that has a dedicated section for your home network settings so you don't have to call customer support everytime your internet freaks out. It also has room for websites, software license numbers, and passwords, too (basically, all the important stuff).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99. Also available in solid black, map, watercolour, and floral patterns.

    13. A reacher tool that's a necessity for anyone who can't get to the top shelf of any cupboard (it me). You simply squeeze the handle to wrap the claw around what you want, then bring it on down.

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    It can pick up most small objects under eight pounds.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.98.

    14. A huge body pillow that'll hug your body's curves and contours, and keep you crazy comfortable all night long. Since you're not sharing a bed with anyone, no one can complain about how much space it takes up.

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    Reviewers say that it helps relieve back pain, so it's a great option if you suffer from any discomfort lying flat on your back.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $71.49+. Available in six colours and four sizes.

    15. A fridge-friendly container set that uses ventilated lids to keep all of your pre-cut produce fresher for longer. Now you won't have to throw all your fruits and veggies in the compost because you're a slow eater.

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    One BuzzFeed writer put it to the test and was impressed by how it extended the life of her strawberries and spinach by over a week compared to their regular containers.

    Get a set of three on Amazon Canada for $24.97. They can also be purchased individually in three different sizes and in larger sets.

    16. A set of bear claw back scratchers to get at all those hard-to-reach places. Reviewers say they're more durable than their wooden counterparts and get the job done.

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    Get a set of three on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    17. A monthly expense tracker where you can jot down and organize your expenses by category. Living alone is pricey, and this will help you figure out exactly how much you can spend and save.

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    It will help you see the financial impact of day-to-day spending and help you plan for the future.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    18. This full set of glass meal prep containers in case you make a recipe that's meant to serve more than one person. Reviewers love how strong and durable they are.

    The larger size is great for full meals and the smaller size is ideal for snacks and sides. They're also safe to put in the microwave, oven, and freezer.

    Get a set of ten on Amazon Canada for $45.99. Also available in blue and teal.

    19. A zipper puller that works on dresses, boots, and everything in between. Just insert the zipper handle, pull the lanyard, and you're good-to-go. Reviewers say it's great if you travel solo a lot, too.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $40.95.

    20. Or a pocket dress tool that works on zippers, buttons, and laces. Reviewers say it's helpful, durable, and great for people with arthritic hands.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.

    21. A collapsible bread box that adjusts to fit your loaf perfectly and will keep it fresher for longer. The lid also folds down to act as a cutting board, so you don't need to create additional dishes when you want a piece of toast.

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    It perfectly fits machine-sized loaves when expanded to its full size, and is BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.37.

    22. A copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to help you get your act together, because your whole house should not be your closet. It's packed with tips and tricks that'll help you overhaul your home and make everything a lot more organized.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.84. Also available for Kindle.

    23. A snowflake multi-tool that'll solve all your little problems around your house and is small enough to tuck in your wallet. It has 19 devices, including a Phillips head screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, boxcutter, and bottle opener.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99. Available in a smaller size and a colourful edition.

    24. A portable door lock that doesn't require any tools to install, and will make you feel safer in your own home. Reviewers say it's great for apartments if your landlord won't let you install additional permanent locks.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.

    25. A pre-written grocery list so that you never leave the grocery store without your essentials again. It has all the basics printed out, plus room for you to jot down any extras.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.49. Also available in four colours, and vegetarian and keto versions.

    26. A sleek compost bin that's cute enough to leave on your countertop. It snaps closed and keeps odours trapped in, so you won't be faced with gross smells if you get lazy and forget to take out the trash.

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    Don't forget to grab some compost bags so that the inside doesn't get covered in stray food bits and coffee grounds.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26+. Available in four colours and three sizes.

    New to composting? Here's BuzzFeed's full guide for beginners.

    27. An automatic food dispenser that’ll give your dog the exact amount of food they need at the right time, so you don't have to rush home from work. It has a voice recorder and speaker built-in, so you can save a message and use it to call your pets when food is being dispensed.

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    It can be programmed for up to six meals a day. Batteries are included, but you can get backups here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $104.27.

    28. A revolutionary TubShroom that’ll trap hair before it goes down the drain, keeping it clog-free. This gadget will probably save you from spending hundreds of dollars on a plumber, and who doesn't want that?

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    Yes, you'll still have to empty your TubShroom, but that's a lot easier than snaking your drain. Read a full review of this handy gadget here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99. Available in five colours and a two-pack.

    29. And finally, a Critter Catcher that'll help you capture pests in your home without killing them. It has an extra-long handle, so you'll even be able to reach creepy crawlies that have wandered up to your ceiling (and keep them at arm's length as you bring them back outside).

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    Using it is simple: just squeeze the handle to open the bristles, release it when it's over top of the bug, then carry the critter outside to set it free.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.99.

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