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    42 Inexpensive Products That Are Totally Worth A Couple Of Bucks

    "[Money] well-spent [on products like eyebrow pencils, scalp massagers, microfiber cloths, and more] brings a week of content."

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    1. A sink caddy with draining slots to filter out excess water. Plus, it has super strong suction cups that will actually stick to your sink.


    Promising review: "This is the only caddy I've found that keeps your sponge from sitting in a pool of water. It drips right into the sink, it's SUPER easy to clean (you can just throw it in the dishwasher if you're feeling lazy), and it fits perfectly. I've had mine for quite a while now and I love it." β€”Amanda Ivans

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

    2. Vegan and cruelty-free deodorant wipes formulated with coconut milk, witch hazel, and shea butter to block out all PepΓ© Le Pew-level odors. / Via @pacificabeauty

    Promising review: "I have always suffered from bad odor on my underarms because I have very delicate skin, so I can't use strongly-scented deodorants. I'm always trying out cream deodorant or gels, but it either irritates my skin or it doesn't stop my bad odor. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I LOVE IT! I can't believe that something finally works! My armpits don't smell bad; I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful, I love the smell, and it is not harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms are still smelling like coconut." β€”Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.54.

    3. A scalp massager that will make you feel as if you're getting a professional shampoo at the ritziest salon in town. This nifty little thing deep cleans your hair for a commercial-worthy mane.


    Promising review: "This is amazing! Who knew that such a simple product could help me with my seborrheic dermatitis? I was stressing out and wondering how I was going to manage my horrible dandruff, when I saw this nifty product and figured I’d give it a shot. So glad I did! I can use my normal shampoo/conditioner still, and my scalp is SO much better! So thankful to have found this!" β€”Jennifer Allenwood

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    4. Microfiber cloths ideal for glasses, jewelry, camera lenses, smartphones, tablets, TV screens... the list goes on and on. Looking to clear off those fingerprints on your iPhone? Here's your answer.


    Promising review: "MAGIC! This cloth is amazing! We have tried all sorts of cleaners and they made our TV so much worse. Then, while searching Amazon to find yet another 'good' cleaner, I came upon these. It says no cleaner necessary, and they're right! It was that instant gratification you get when you buff the wax off your car. I will be giving these as Christmas gifts for sure!" β€”Lane

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A satin pillowcase because beauty sleep is no joke, and this will actually keep your mane tamed whilst you snooze the night away. Seriously! This will prevent your hair from tangling and snagging.


    Promising review: "I really love this pillowcase! Not only is it super cute, but it really does what it's supposed to as far as preserving your hair overnight. As a member of the natural hair community, a satin pillowcase is a MUST and this pillowcase really gets the job done!" β€”Morgan123ThatsMe

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 23 colors).

    6. Sheet masks to revitalize dull and tired skin, because heaven knows that eggnog, stress, and "cookies for Santa but I'll eat them myself" tends to wreak havoc on your complexion. / Via http://@tonymoly.us_official

    Promising review: "My skin is really sensitive and acne-prone, and I've has some bad experiences with sheet masks in the past. I tried this sheet mask last night after washing, exfoliating, and toning. It was really nice. The lavender smell wasn't too strong, and the mask left my skin feeling really soft and hydrated." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $3+ (available in 23 scents).

    7. A food scraper and chopper that can do everything from cut the cheese (yes, I just made a middle school joke) to separate dough from your countertop.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A mink oil to restore your favorite leather boots while conditioning 'em at the same darn time. Plus, this oil is HERE to protect against future scuffs and damage, as well.

    Promising review: "This brought back three pairs of my boots from the verge of death. The boots were dried out and stiff with age and neglect, but one heavy application of this mink oil softened them up and they look good again!" β€”Nakz96744

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99 (originally $8.10).

    9. A luxury hand cream infused with vitamins e and c to provide the best gift you can give this winter: MOISTURE! Plus, this contains the calming scents of lavender and espresso AKA smells good enough to devour. / Via @crabtreeandevelyn

    Promising review: "I have never come across a cream or lotion that could combat my dry ass elbows. But this is a GODSEND! This is perfect. Plus, the size is small enough that I can carry it with me in my tiny essentials pouch." β€”Irene

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    10. A Trader Joe's sea salt, garlic, and onion seasoning to make EVERY bagel taste as delicious as a New York bagel. Because as it stands, nothing can compare.

    This seasoning is perfect for any breakfast/brunch food you can think of! Your scrambled eggs and avocado toast will never be the same.

    Promising review: "This seasoning blend is just stupidly delicious. My favorite use so far was for making homemade gluten-free bagels. They. Were. AMAZING. I thought I made enough bagels for the a few days, but my family ate them all in 24 hours. This is really fabulous sprinkled on scrambled eggs, too. My nearest Trader Joe's is over an hour away, so happy to be able to order this here." β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.80.

    11. An eyeshadow palette packed with pigmented, neutral shades you can rock every darn day. Plus, it's super tiny and won't take up half your carry-on the next time you travel! / Via @milanicosmetics

    Promising review: "I own every version of these! Very pigmented, not patchy, easy to blend. You can build up shades for a more dramatic look or apply lightly for a more natural day-to-day look. Plus, it's the perfect size and is really easy to travel with. Just great all around and affordable, too!" β€”Darcy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59 (available in six colors).

    12. Magnetic all-purpose clips because true heartbreak is chomping on a beautiful Dorito just to realize that β€” GASP β€” it's gone stale.


    These magnetic clips ensure that all packaged foods remain as fresh as possible! This is great for chips, coffee, baking mixes, frozen foods, etc.

    PLUS! They are magnetic, which makes 'em perfect for hanging up notes, dish towels, or cleaning towels on your fridge.

    Promising review: "I have been eating chips and various food products sold in bags for over 30 years and these are the best dang chip clips I have ever used! Don't look at any others, stop here, you found the best. Not the wider ones that slowly slide to the edge of the bag and finally slip off, not the small ones that pinch one tiny area. These chip clips are just NO JOKE. They have a great magnet and a serious chomp, reinforced by sturdy grippy plastic at the clamp part. Your chips are safe!" β€”S. Hoffman

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. A checklist notepad to list all 708 things that need to be done today, of which only three will actually be completed. But hey! At least they were all written down!


    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    14. Adhesive hooks you can easily install on any surface. And even better? They're easy to take off, too. These nifty little things won't damage your walls!


    These hooks are the perfect way to organize lightweight items, such as measuring utensils, hats, scarves, pictures, and more! Plus, each package contains extra adhesives.

    Promising review: "I love these hooks! I have them in our closet (for hats, scarves, light jackets) and in our kitchen (for measuring cups and spoons). I love how easy they are to put up and take down. If you make a mistake and put it in the wrong spot? No problem! Just take it off and use one of the extra adhesives." β€”A. Tran

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A 3-in-1 avocado slicer that can pit, spit, and slice avocados like there's no tomorrow. This nifty little tool? It truly guacs.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A wine stain remover for when your red, red wine refuses to stay close to you and instead decides to spill on your favorite TJ Maxx blanket. Don't worry β€” it can be saved.

    Promising review: "This stuff works like a charm. I bought it for a red wine stain (full glass of wine) on a pale pink dress. I saturated the dress as per the instructions on the bottle and sent it to the dry cleaners. Dress came back perfect. I have since used it for many many subsequent stains on various fabrics with 100% success. I love that you can just spray the stain and launder the item at a later date." β€”Hippychick*

    Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

    17. A hair brush designed with flexible bristles that will detangle your (very tangled) 'do without painfully pulling chunks of hair out in the process. / Via @thewetbrush

    These magic bristles can be used to comb through both wet and dry hair.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.18 (available in 11 colors).

    18. Reusable silicone food huggers that keep produce fresher for a longer period of time. This means you can eat half a pomegranate, save the rest for later, and it won't be gross by the time you're ready to eat it!


    Promising review: "These are wonderful little covers for so many things. There are plenty of gadgety things in my kitchen that I barely use, but these I could use another set of. I find it really satisfying to snug these onto cut lemons and peppers and zucchini- β€” no bulky containers in my fridge or plastic wrap to throw away. And my half-vegetables look so adorable with their colorful huggers. Just love these!" β€”Melissa Goldman

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.93.

    19. A wall-mounted bottle opener for the new apartment renter who barely remembers to buy toilet paper. A beer bottle opener = one of those obvious things that they'll never really think to buy.


    This wall mount even contains a tiny magnet, meaning the cap won't drop to the floor β€” it'll stay right on the opener until you're ready to throw it out!

    Promising review: "Love this bottle opener! I kept misplacing the handheld one when I came across this. I mounted it on the back of one of my lower doors and that's it! Never have to search again." β€”Troy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    20. A translucent powder to set your makeup for a flawless finish β€” and one that will actually last.. Like, all day long! This is the perfect dupe for high-end products that also come with a high-end price tag (AKA way too high for my budget).,

    This cult-favorite powder sets makeup with a lightweight finish, and has over 3,000 positive reviews. I'm not going to outright SAY that your beauty routine is suffering without it, but...

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I live in a warm climate and have oily skin, but by the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! I can't believe it." β€”Alexis Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (available in six colors, including translucent).

    21. A rosewater facial spray with so many uses, it's hard to keep track of 'em all! This can set and refresh your makeup, give foundation a dewy appearance, add refreshing hydration to dull-looking skin, and help keep breakouts at bay. / Via @mariobadescu

    This facial spray is packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water to give a glowy, dewy look to dehydrated skin.

    Psst, this facial spray comes in a set of two! One with four fluid ounces, the other with two fluid ounces (AKA travel-sized).

    Promising review: ""The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I've been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems β€” even my acne has cleared up! I'm very impressed." β€”Terryoke

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    22. A non-abrasive cleansing and polishing powder perfect for porcelain, copper, glass, tile, stainless steel, plastic, and brass. Grab your cookware set, folks, because the before-and-after photos are about to get GOOD.

    Promising review: "Yes! This turned my nasty yellow bathtub white again! I don't have to keep my shower curtain closed anymore while I have guests come over because I don't have to be embarrassed by my tub. You do have to scrub, but it WORKS and I'm really happy with the result!" β€”Cassie B.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6+.

    23. Reusable chopsticks for the pal who would likely eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if it weren't for the inconvenient possibility of mercury poisoning.


    Promising review: "This is a very good quality product. The packaging is great, it includes a nice box and an instruction sheet on how to hold your chopsticks, as well as very funny and interesting little known facts about the use of them." β€”AnelidosR

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.95 (available in seven colors).

    24. An eyebrow pencil that β€” no offense to her, honestly β€” Mona Lisa really could have used. This pencil has the ability to give you full facial caterpillars with just a few swipes! Again, not trying to be offensive.


    Promising review: "If you're looking to up your brow game, this will do the trick! With just a couple of strokes above and below the brow, this pencil gives me the subtle shape and color I'm looking for." β€”Liz Rush

    Get it from Amazon for $4.20 (available in eight colors).

    25. Crystal hair pins to add a touch of glitz and glam to your 'do. I won't outright say that Meghan Markle probably owns these, but...

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    26. Dye-free multi-purpose wipes made with essential oils that will leave your abode smelling minty fresh, which will in turn leave you feeling fresh. Spill on aisle kitchen? Wipe it up with this.


    Promising review: "These are super durable and thick wipes! I also love how they smell. After they cleaned bacon grease perfectly off my stove, I found myself using them on everything in the house!" β€”Zoe Rogers

    Get three packs of 37 wipes from Amazon for $8.79.

    27. Iridescent, reusable stainless steel straws currently on a mission to save the environment, one less one-use plastic straw at a time.


    These food-grade, dishwasher-safe straws also come with two cleaning brushes to ensure that no gunk gets trapped inside.

    Promising review: "These are by far the best reusable straws out there. They're easy to clean with the brush, and I love that they come in both straight and curved shapes." β€”Tracie

    Get a set of ten from Amazon for $8.49.

    28. The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy filled with fabulous golden nuggets of truth, including that a good nap is ~more restorative~ than an early AM jog. Wink.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. A before-you-go toilet spray formulated with a concentrated blend of essential oils that will neutralize... funky bathroom odors. Yes, the kind that you cause.


    So how does this work? WELL! Before you go to do your business, spray this directly into the toilet bowl β€” it will cover the surface of your toilet water with lemon, bergamot, and lemongrass natural essential oils and all smelly smells will be gone. Not to be dramatic, but this has the potential to save a marriage.

    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare β€” particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting after he leaves now." β€”Supa D.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    30. A horror-themed coloring book for the pal who prefers Halloween to Christmas, thank you very much.


    Promising review: "This coloring book is AWESOME. If you’re a fan of horror, then I suggest you buy this ASAP! The details in this book are beautiful, the coloring pages are thick, the drawins are great, and it looks really expensive and high-quality." β€”Tanya

    Get it from Amazon for $11.55.

    31. A cast iron snuffer for the candle connoisseur in your life who lives and breathes the Bath & Body works semi-annual sale. This nifty tool quickly puts out a flame without getting soot on the walls!


    Promising review: "Purchased this just before Christmas to use with my candles. Handiest little tool I've ever purchased!! Works exactly as expected and looks great. Now I don't have to inhale the smoke I used to inhale before using this, as this candle snuffer does the trick of putting out flames in a snap." β€”Linda A. Sneed

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89 (available in 10 colors).

    32. A makeup cleaner because YES, you need to deep clean your brushes. Those things are breeding grounds for bacteria! **sits with her nose up in the air, pretending to have super clean brushes at home**

    This formula is made with gentle, plant-based ingredients that won't damage your brushes OR your skin. Plus, it can be used on any of your brushes or sponge applicators!

    Promising review: "I originally got this to clean my beauty blender, but I used it to clean my brushes as well! This takes the cake for the best brush cleanser I've ever used. I didn't have to do any scrubbing or anything β€” each brush took about a second each and suddenly my hundreds of brushes were clean in the blink of an eye! I keep my brushes clean now, and I never thought I would be 'that girl' who always had clean brushes...but alas, here I am, sitting on my high horse thanks to Ecotools. It even smells nice!" β€”Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    33. A weighted cell phone stand with an anti-skid bottom to keep your pocket-sized computer upright and accessible at all times.


    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four colors).

    34. Fridge bin liners to keep the most important part of your home β€” the part that stores your food, of course β€” lookin' neat and clean.


    These washable bin liners are designed to prevent your fruit and veggies from...sweating...on the glass in your fridge. Goodbye, smudges and odors!

    Promising review: "These really do the trick! They wash up well, cushion fruits and vegetables in the fridge draws, and add a little color to the front of the fridge!" β€”James or Rebecca Ferrall

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.31.

    35. A lavender mint spray for the dedicated fitness fiend who swears by hot yoga. You know the thing about hot yoga though? Extreme sweat. This spray = the only thing that will keep their mat from getting stinky.


    This alcohol-free spray is packed with essential oils known for their antibacterial properties, including eucalyptus and tea tree.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with the way this smells! So relaxing and great to use before and after my yoga sessions. I highly recommend it." β€”Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    36. A polish remover that won't destroy your poor, defenseless, already-pretty-darn-weak nails. Dare I say, this gentle formula will actually condition and prep 'em for a fresh coat of lacquer. / Via @zoyanailpolish

    This polish remover is free of formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin, which are icky chemicals that find joy in destroying your nails. Plus, this pump bottle prevents any spillage and makes it super easy to get some product on a cotton ball.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    37. A cruelty-free butter bronzer to fool everyone into thinking that you don't spend prime daylight hours sitting in a cubicle. This stuff will give you a gorgeous sun-kissed glow. / Via @physiciansformula

    Promising review: "Yummmmmmmmm, this smells so good! This is not orange at all, there are no sparkles, and it does not oxidize. It's nice and light which means it's buildable, and I have sensitive skin and it doesn't bother me at all. Plus, I'm shocked at how good the price is! I'm a high-end beauty user and adviser, and if you didn't tell me the brand name, I would put money on that it was expensive!" β€”Lyn

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in four colors).

    38. A fashion sketchbook complete with shoe, makeup, and clothing templates you'll want to gift the aspiring Coco Chanel in your life. If they make it big in the style world, guess who they'll have to thank? You. What does that mean? Free clothes.


    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    39. A plant-based moisturizer currently employed by the Lord of Skincare to hydrate and nourish your skin β€” without using a ton of harsh ingredients and icky chemicals in the process. / Via @weleda_usa

    This moisturizer is formulated with vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and rosemary to hydrate and sooth even the most dry, flaky skin. It goes on a little thick (a little goes a long way!), but will eventually melt into your skin for a smooth, non-greasy finish.

    Promising review: "This solved a nasty, dry, chapped skin problem I had been having this winter. I had a persistent problem with red, chapped skin at the outside corners of my eyes that I've never had before β€” and none of my usual go-to's were working! I was at my wit's end: it hurt and looked scary. So, I did what we all do β€” I Googled it, which is how I discovered Weleda Skin Food. When the product arrived, I tore the package open and I dabbed a tiny bit onto the corners of my eye. I'm not exaggerating when I say that my eyes looked and felt better within hours of applying the product. I put more on before I went to bed and when I got up in the morning, the irritated skin looked almost completely normal. By the next morning, there was no chapping and no redness at all. I am so happy with this product!" β€”Rabbit Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

    Check out our full review here.

    40. Cleaning pods for your K-Cup coffee machine. These'll wash away residue and oils to help prevent your coffee from tasting like bean water.


    Promising Review: "Just pop it in and run one reservoir of water through the system. It is blue but unclogs and does a great job of cleaning. When I used the white vinegar method I'd have to rinse it quite a few times to get rid of the vinegar taste in the water. I definitely recommend this to others. I believe it works in all systems that use the K-cup." β€”Brandi

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $7.99.

    41. A cleaning brush set complete with a bottle brush, a straw brush, and a detail cleaner to really sanitize the dark depths of that water bottle and stainless steel straw you use... every single day.


    Neglecting to deep clean your water bottle and reusable straws (which I'm proud of you for using, BTW) can lead to yucky odors and bacteria build-up. Long story short? CLEAN THEM.

    Promising review: "I love these brushes! I wanted these brushes to clean shaker bottles (for protein) that my husband and I use. Sometimes, the protein powder gets caught in those tiny spaces inside the cap which gets annoying and IMPOSSIBLE to clean with a simple sponge. That’s where the smallest brush from this set comes in. It fits perfectly and the bristles reach areas I couldn't with a sponge, which makes cleaning the bottle caps faster and easier. The big brush is also perfect for cleaning the bottle itself, and the straw brush speaks for itself. They are sturdy and don't feel cheap, like they're going to fall apart easily." β€”raerae

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    42. A butter spreader that will seem like a gag gift for the butter lover in your life, but this thing is actually super useful! It holds half of a quarter pound sick of butter + has rounded edges...


    ...meaning it'll spread butter perfectly onto, say, a fresh corn on the cob.

    Promising review: "This butter spreader is PERFECT for buttering an ear of corn. I like that it comes with a lid so that we can store the spreader in the fridge. This works just like the one we had growing up!" β€”M. Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $6.08.

    Me, buying literally anything from this list:


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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