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    Dec 5, 2019

    27 Cheap Solutions For All The Things You're Overpaying For

    In a way, these things kinda pay for themselves.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A headlight cleaner you'll really take a shine to when you see the dazzling results.

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    Promising review: "It is as amazing as it sounds. It doesn't take any power tools, just your strength, and you can turn your ugly headlights into as good as new (or at least a whole lot closer than you could imagine they could get). I feel like I just saved myself $400 because I would have had to take the car to the dealer and had them install new headlights. I would have had to pay for parts and labor, plus the inconvenience of taking my car in. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to save a lot of money and use a great quality product." —PinkZ_

    Get it from Amazon for $17.61.

    2. A pack of pimple patches for sucking all that grossness right out of your face, no expensive facial needed.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m sorry if the picture is too graphic but I wanted to show how well this product works. It pulled out my whitehead in one piece and didn’t leave me with red/irritated area. It doesn’t blend well on the skin to go out in public with as other brands but this brand was definitely the most effective!" —Jessenia

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.50.

    3. A set of microfiber wipes capable of wiping off every single speck of makeup. You can just throw 'em in the wash and never buy fancy makeup remover ever again.

    Amazon

    I love using microfiber towels over regular makeup remover wipes because they work so quickly and don't leave any residue. If I ever make a mistake with my eyeliner in the morning, I can just reach for one of these and start fresh, no lingering makeup remover residue in sight.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three patterns).

    4. A Quip toothbrush ready to keep your pearly whites clean. Brush twice a day to keep the dentist bills away!

    Quip

    The Quip is great because it's compact, sleek, and effective. It alerts you every 30 seconds to encourage you to keep brushing for the full two minutes. They send you new heads and batteries in the mail, so you don't even have to worry about trips to the drugstore for new brushes. I'm not the only one who loves this thing. See our glowing review of the Quip.

    Get it from Quip starting at $25.

    5. Not to keep ragging on your dentist, but: a mouth guard with a mold you can make at home and then mail in.

    Jessie Gaynor / BuzzFeed

    I'm a stressed out person by nature, so I grind my teeth while I sleep (and sometimes while awake). After my dentist told me insurance wouldn't cover a mouth guard, I decided to head to Amazon for an over-the-counter option. This cuts out the middle man and delivers a completely custom mouth guard for less than half the price that the dentist was charging. The service sends you a mold that you bite and mail it in, and they send you back your mouth guard. I've had it for about half a year and it's still working great. You can also read another BuzzFeed review on why it's so great.

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (available in upper or lower).

    6. A pair of cheap, yet reliable sneaks that'll do the job of much more expensive brands (things like looking good, keeping your feet comfortable, staying clean, etc.) at a fraction of the cost.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Oh, and BuzzFeed Reviews named them one of the best casual sneakers you can buy!

    Get them from Asos for $24 (available in sizes 5–11).

    7. A grout pen for painting over your icky tiles when a professional cleaning seems out of your budget.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this to clean up the pitted and cracked shower grout in my apartment. If I owned the place, I'd properly have had it re-grouted and sealed. But for the price, this did the trick and made the shower look sharp and clean. The paint dispenses easily and is pretty simple to apply evenly (and if you screw up, just use a sponge to wipe off where you colored outside the lines). It made it through its first cleaning test, when I sprayed with Kaboom tile cleaner. For my situation, it worked." —Beez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available two sizes and in three colors).

    8. A razor set so cheap, you'll want to kick past-you for shelling out so much dough for the brand name blades.

    Amazon

    Each set comes with a handle and two razor heads.

    Get the soap ringed razor heads for $5.99 or the regular three-blade razor head for $5.99 from Amazon.

    9. Or if aesthetics and convenience are important to you: an almost equally inexpensive service called Billie that mails razors to your home on a regular basis.

    Billie

    I have a Billie razor and I'm never using anything else ever again. The shave is super close and smooth. The packaging is also just really cute, and it's nice to get a shiny package in the mail with new razors every few months. The original shipment comes with a razor head and two blades. Following shipments come with four replacement heads. Read our full review.

    Get it from Billie for $9+/shipment.

    10. A pack of generic cleaning pads (aka Magic Eraser dupes) so you can pay even LESS to clean virtually everything in your home.

    Tom Vellner / BuzzFeed

    Read more about this cheap dupe.

    Promising review: "I tried my sponges today, and the first thing I noticed is that they are very durable! I have been using Magic Erasers since they were in the testing phases, and they do not last anywhere close to as long as these do. I usually use Magic Erasers for scrubbing out my shower pan (with Ajax), and by the time I’m done, the sponge has already lost some chunks, and I can normally only get two uses out of them. This STK sponge didn’t break at all, and only SLIGHTLY compressed after the first use. I will be buying these again, and save lots of money in the long run." —KarmaDreams71

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $8.95.

    11. A pack of whitening strips almost as effective as getting the pricey stuff from the dentist.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    These strips are easy to apply, can be done at home, and only take 30 minutes per session. You can pop these on and do laundry or watch Netflix. They don't harm your enamel and leave teeth looking noticeably whiter.

    Ohhh and this is also another BuzzFeed Reviews winner for one of the best teeth whitening options!

    Get 22 treatments from Amazon for $44.99.

    12. A roll of fiberglass cloth mesh for repairing ripped window screens without replacing the whole darn thing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product that's very easy to use and saved me a ton of money as an alternative to replacing the screens. I have a sun room with very large screens (approximately 5' x 5'), which would've taken a lot of time and material to replace. Yes, you can see where I repaired the holes, but that's not a huge deal. I really like the fact that you can cut this tape to any size to fit almost all needs." —Jerrykyll

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

    13. A bendy drain snake so effective, you'll wonder if you should start a plumbing company that specializes in clogged drains.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Like many others, I tried plungers, drain cleaners, baking soda, vinegar, etc with little success. By little success I am talking about merely turning a clog into a very slow drain that lasts a day or two before becoming a full clog again. I finally realized that it was going to take a plumber with a snake to clear my bathroom drain. I called some local plumbers for a few estimates and was blown away buy how much the wanted to unclog a drain, the estimates ranged from $120 to $250! Being disabled, I have limited home repair ability but I knew I had to find a way to fix it myself, and I could not believe how easy the solution was. I took a chance and this simple little device reached down into my drain and pulled up hair and globs of sludge that had been building up inside that drain for who knows how many years. Not only did I save a LOT of money but I also felt good about fixing it myself. These won't fix every type of drain problem such as clogs further down the pipes, but the majority of sink clogs happen in the trap (a U-, S-, or J-shaped pipe located below the sink) and this will do the job." —Figureof8

    Get it from Amazon for $5.01.

    14. A NYX liquid eyeliner capable of serving just as dramatic looks as Kat Von D or Stila, but at less than half the price.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Psst, BuzzFeed Reviews name both NYX and Stila as two of the best eyeliners you can buy, so you really can't go wrong either way.

    Get the NYX eyeliner from Amazon for $6.29 or get the Stila eyeliner from Sephora for $22 (available in 10 colors).

    15. A pack of wooly dryer balls you can use again and again, unlike those annoying dryer sheets.

    Amazon

    They'll last up to 1,000 uses!

    Promising review: "These are wonderful and really do work. I have been using them for over two months constantly and they haven't broken down at all yet. We have a household of three adults. Everything comes out soft and static-free without harsh chemicals and fragrances that cause skin irritations. So happy with my purchase. Would definitely recommend!" —Dl

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two colors).

    16. A scratch remover to break out before making the dreaded trip to the auto repair shop.

    Amazon

    You can buff out scratches by hand or with a dual action orbital polisher.

    Promising review: "I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn't take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I'm glad that I didn't pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!" —Bonnie Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    17. A heat brush capable of blowing your hair out to near-salon level perfection. Your hair stylist is going to forget what you look like.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Let's face it. It's near impossible to get a salon blow-out look at home. Your arms get tired and trying to manage a brush and blowdryer at once is a feat in and of itself. I thought I'd give this brush a try and I love it! I actually like the way my hair looks after using this styler better than when I go to the salon — seriously. I love my hairdresser and she does a great job, but I've actually gotten more compliments on my hair when I do it myself with this tool. It's great and you can't beat the price!" —Debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A pair of ear buds that are 1. affordable as heck and 2. last forever. You'll never go back to Apple's uncomfortable nightmare headphones.

    Amazon

    I've had a pair of these babies for two years now and they're still kicking! They sound waaayyy better than you'd expect.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.51 (available in 14 colors).

    19. An inexpensive diffuser to try before splurging on a pricey one from Muji.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is so cute. I read so many reviews and decided to go with this one. The lights are bright and bold, but not too bright to keep you up. The mister is good for a small bedroom. I'll be getting the 500ml one for my family area. I use a little more oil than suggested (about 5-6 drops) and that helped the scent to become more powerful." —TW

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 or get the Muji one for $69.50.

    20. A rust remover sure to cure your old bathroom woes. It's way cheaper than gutting your whole bathroom or straight up moving.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a MIRACLE rust remover! We have an indoor/outdoor carpet on the floor of our three-season room. One of the legs of our metal coffee table caused rust to form on the carpet. I thought it was ruined. I bought this product, sprayed it on the carpet, walked away for FIVE MINUTES, came back and the stain was completely GONE! Carpet saved! Amazing when products actually do what they promise. This is one of them!" —Kinnakeet

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    21. A Divacup that's better for than the environment and nicer to your wallet than regular pads and tampons.

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    It offers 12 hours of leak-free protection (but you might want to add a liner on heavy flow days).

    Promising review: "YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS THING. Okay, so nearly everyone with a period will tell you NO UNDERWEAR IS SAFE. No matter what you use, no matter what color the underwear is, the blood will find a way to destroy it... UNTIL TODAY. I wore PRISTINE WHITE AS LILIES PANTIES the other day. And as I was getting ready in the morning I was like 'Wait, I'm going to get my period soon. Better cup up to be safe.' I went through my day living my life with no hint or indication that I was bleeding from below, that is until I emptied my cup. THAT MOTHER WAS FILLED TO THE BRIM. Apparently I had not only gotten my period but the entirety of a Quentin Tarantino film had taken place under my skirt. I'm talking elevator-of-blood-from-horror-masterpiece-The-Shining levels here. And my snow white panties? NOT A DROP ON THEM. You would have never known my vagina was the battle ground for Freddy Vs. Jason. Needless to say this is the BEST THING for people with periods to avoid holding another mourning session for their favorite pair of undergarments. Never using pads or tampons again. THANKS DIVACUP!" —Ninapedia

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    22. A moldable putty to cover frayed cords or patch up broken items, saving you lots of $$$ in the long run.

    Sugru, amazon.com

    Some people even use it to make jewelry!

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $12.79+ (available in five styles).

    23. A bottle of generic allergy medication, because saving money is nothing to sneeze at.

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    There are 365 pills in each bottle, so you'll have enough for the whole year.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.65.

    24. Bra and pant extenders, which are a lot easier to buy than a whole new maternity wardrobe.

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    Promising review (for waistband extender): "I'm in the middle of my first trimester and these have been awesome! I'm still too small for maternity pants, but am too bloated to wear my current pants as-is. This pack is great because it includes both kinds of closures (buttons and metal clasp) and it comes in a variety of colors. I highly recommend! I'm fairly sure I will be using these until I am in all maternity clothes and perhaps after (pair it with a bellyband), and also after baby is born and I go back to work!" —JMCrwy

    Get three bra extenders for $5.99 or 13 waistband extenders for $18.95, both from Amazon.

    25. A pack of denim patches to extend the life of jeans, even after a crotch rip mishap.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Excellent product so far, easy to use. I patched on the inside of my jeans and it looks great. Zeffka contacted me directly as soon as I ordered them to give me tips on use, like giving the patch a good three days to fully dry, not using steam etc. Very helpful and came quickly so I could fix my favorite pair of jeans." —Bwalk

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A pair of glasses from EyeBuyDirect that cost way less than those from traditional retailers, PLUS! you can wear them for 14 days and return them if you're not totally satisfied.

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    They've donated over 30,000 pairs of glasses to people in need. See even more places to buy glasses online.

    Get a pair of frames from EyeBuyDirect for $6+ (single-vision lenses cost $6.95, bifocal lenses cost $29, and free-form progressive lenses cost $49).

    27. A bottle of truffle seasoning to help with your fancy flavor cravings without having to invest in a truffle sniffing pig.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Yes, I'm a truffle lover to begin with. And, of course, only a truffle is a truffle. But I gotta tell ya this delectable heaven-sent powder is one heck of an addictive and more versatile option. Utterly AMAZING on popcorn, in eggs, added to soups and sauces to layer flavors, veggies, PASTA...the list is endless (I think the only thing I haven't tried was sprinkling it on ice cream...although LOL). It is a bit salty, so I advise testing the waters first. But I just ordered my ninth and tenth bottle of the Truffle Zest." —Greengirl

    Get it from Amazon for $11.80.

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