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    25 Products That Made Me Say "OK Now That Is Smart"

    Clever products for the smart shopper.

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    1. A cast iron grilling pan with room for 22 shrimpies to take your BBQ up a notch.


    Promising review: "I am a chef and this was simple, but hands-down the best shrimp I ever had. And it took minutes. Very pleased with my new summer toy." —alanamarie920

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    2. A pack of beach bottle holders to keep your brew upright and (sorta) sand-free.


    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $13.99.

    3. Ankle socks with higher backs to protect your heels from not-quite-broken-in shoes.


    Promising review: "These socks are exactly what I wanted. They stay up easily, the fabric is smooth and soft, the colors are pretty, and they are lower cut than a lot of other low cut socks. But the fact that they don’t slip at all is definitely the best part." —Jennifer Mosher

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $15.66.

    4. Closet organizers that separate your clothing by type, so getting dresses in the morning can be a little easier.


    It comes with 46 printed labels so it's a great fit for almost any closet.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. A grout pen so you can easily cover up unsightly tile grout without having to, you know, scrub them clean.

    It works like white-out for your floors!

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I'm very happy with this product!" —Jenelle

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors).

    6. A wall suction that you can fill with peanut butter so your dog will have something to distract themselves with from the unimaginable horror of bath time.


    Freeze before use so it takes Fido longer to lick up all the peanut-y goodness. And get the cool hand-washer shown in the picture here!

    Promising review: "Tried this with our lab puppy when I needed to sweep and vacuum the floors. This kept her busy for a while so I could clean in peace! I filled it with peanut butter and placed it on the refrigerator door. She loves it! Also used this when we had company to keep her busy so she wouldn't be such a pest." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    7. A liquid eyeliner with a stamp on the other end so you can just ~wing~ it when you want dramatic cat eyes without the drama of trying to draw them on yourself.


    Promising review: "It really is smudge-proof! Living in Texas in the 100+ degree weather, you definitely need something that’s not going to be running down your face a couple minutes after going outside. This is it! It's super easy to use and doesn't irritate my eyes like other eyeliners. I love it and will repurchase when I need to." —Lacey

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in four sizes).

    8. A dishwasher magnet so you can know at a glance whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Arguments = avoided. Accidentally eating off a dirty plate = never again.


    Just rotate it to switch the "status."

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me so long to buy this thing, but I'm glad that I finally did. Yes, to some it might be silly, but there are times when I forget or can't tell whether my dishes and glassware are clean. This $3 magnetic sign saves me from washing the 'dirty' dishes another time." —Colmac

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    9. A roll of screen repair tape for quick window fixes so you don't have to replace the whole dang screen every time your cat gets a little scratchy.


    Promising review: "I live in an old home and we are at the point in life where we have done all the big repairs we are going to do. We have holes in quite a few screens which my spouse promised to fix with his mystical screen hole patching prowess. That was years ago and I’m tired of getting eaten alive. I bought a roll of this and in 10 minutes every screen was patched. This product cuts cleanly even with mediocre scissors. It adheres to the existing screen neatly and without a lot of pressure or fuss." —Quickbeam

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A pair of ceiling fan charms so you know what's going to happen on the first pull.

    Promising review: "This is the definition of 'product you didn't know you needed because you didn't know it existed.' I was FOREVER pulling the wrong chain on our bedroom ceiling fan. (Want the light off? Oh the fan's on high. Need to change the fan speed? you're in the dark.) They're much better quality than I expected. They're actually quite heavy-duty pull chains, and they add a bit of fun to the decor." —LHD

    Get them from Amazon for $5.69 (available in two finishes).

    11. A suction tool to help relieve the itchy agony of bug bites by sucking out insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin. Finally, you can go outside after dark again!

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    Make sure you read all the directions before using so you don't accidentally give yourself a hickey! I've used this and it totally works. It won't completely get rid of 100% of your bug bites, but it makes a noticeable difference. I haven't scratched once since this amazing device came into my life.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    12. A purse insert so you can easily move all your belongings from purse to purse.


    It comes with 13 pockets, including an inner zipper. Before you order, measure the inside of your bag to get the best fit!

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I have a large bag I use as a carry-on when I fly by plane. Unfortunately it has very few pockets and is just like a bottomless pit. This fit in perfectly. I was able to organize all my items quite well. They were easy to retrieve in flight and in the airport. I didn't use the zipper compartment at all, but did put that piece in to use it as a divider. It is well-made and sturdy. Be sure to measure your inner bag space first!" —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

    13. An electric wine opener to make popping bottles so easy, you won't let anyone else suffer through the old-fashioned way ever again., Amazon

    I love this thing! It's made opening bottles a million times easier. No more chunks of cork in my wine.

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my smokin' hot GF back in 2012. Fast forward three years later and this $20 wine opener is still with me and my smokin' hot GF is now my smokin' hot wife. I never thought either one would be with me for this long...but life is good. We like to have a good time...I mean...we effin' get down on some wine. So this bad boy probably pops open a new bottle every two days. It has stayed plugged in to our wall for over three years now (I halfway expected the battery would have burned out by now, but nope!). We haven't even had to replace the screw yet — still works like new — I'm shocked and impressed this $20 opener has faithfully lasted this long." —DaveyG

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    14. A handy grabby tool so you can finally put on a bracelet all by yourself!


    You can also use this little tool to help out with zipping dresses, fastening necklaces, and buttoning cuffs.

    Promising review: "This bracelet tool is awesome! I bought one for myself and my mother. They work great for both of us. We both had trouble fumbling with our bracelets to put them on and off!!! Now it takes all of about five seconds. We both love them and use them all the time. Now I can wear my charm bracelet anytime I want. This tool is a great size and fits in your purse, too. Would highly recommend." —westtexaskat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A clear shower curtain with pockets so you can turn your shower into a media center.


    First you laugh, and then you realize how much easier it would be to give your kid a bath if Dora the Explorer was on.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this shower curtain! It is worth every penny. BTW if you feel like there is too much space in the pocket where you insert your device, just put a small hand towel or rag behind the device after insertion and you will be good to go." —Jonnisha Lewis

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96.

    16. A sauce holder that clips onto the air vent of your car so you can dunk your nugs in that sweet sauce, hands-free.


    "Haha, who needs this? Oh wait, me."

    Get it from 3DPrintedByBrian on Etsy for $5.95+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    17. A pack of waistband extenders so you can wear your old jeans that you thought were no longer your size.


    You can hide the extender with your favorite belt!

    Promising review: "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 a pack of 13 from Amazon for $14.95.

    18. A waterproof backpack that lets you jump in the kayak with all your gadgets and not even sweat it.


    My co-worker's husband has this and says it's the coolest thing they own! Just make sure you keep the really delicate stuff in the main pocket instead of the outer window section.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

    19. A sandwich cookie holding spoon so you never have to fish your soggy treat out from the depths of your milk ever again.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my best friend and she LOVES IT. She loves Oreos. She only eats cookies when she has milk and we all know how messy things can get when full submersion is necessary. She keeps her DipR in the package of Oreos she's working on and it keeps her hands mess-free. I'm pretty sure I've seen her use the DipR more times than I've seen her use a spoon or fork... Oh well, we all have things to work on." —Lindsay

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

    20. An oven rack puller so you don't have to risk burning your fingers every time you wanna peek at your pizza.


    Promising review: "I debated about purchasing this little tool. Thinking I have tons of hot pads, or can use a utensil to pull out my toaster oven rack, do I really need something else? Well let me tell you... I did need this! I absolutely love it and use almost daily. Great sturdy, quality. Perfect for pulling out and pushing back in that hot rack! I have a small oven and hot pads are often cumbersome and hit the elements. This tool is the bomb!" —sarah jean

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    21. A shopping bag strap that can fit up to 10 plastic bags at once. Independence Day is rescheduled to whatever day you decide to buy this!


    Promising review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Carrying the bags over my shoulder works really well for me because it allows me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back rather than taking all the weight on my shoulder. It's very well-made, sturdy, and really makes your life easier. It's worth the money." —S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    22. A maze-like food bowl so your hungry pup can't inhale their food in two seconds flat.

    The non-slip base holds the bowl in place while your pet forages for food.

    Promising review: "This bowl worked so well for our one dog, that we ended up getting two more for the other two dogs. It has worked wonderfully for all three, who have different snouts/jaws – including a short, thick Pitbull's mouth. They all figure out a way to get every single piece of kibble out and all three seem to really enjoy the time spent. The built-in, non-skid phalanges make the bowl extremely stable, whether on wood or tile floor. They lie flat and are part of the molded base. Even the clumsy and overly-vigorous eaters can't knock the bowl around." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.60.

    23. A teeny-tiny trashcan that fits in your car's cup holder so you have no excuse for all the gum wrappers and tissues littering the passenger seat.


    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

    24. A pack of dimming stickers to cover annoyingly bright lights without completely covering them.

    Promising review: "These are great. I have a hard time sleeping with lights on in my room and so many devices recently have incredibly bright LEDs. I did notice that some lights require more than one sticker to dim them to my desired level but this is really an advantage as you could adjust the level of brightness by the number of stickers you place over it." —MATTHEW M PHELPS

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

    25. And a photo frame that works like a clip so you can easily switch out pictures whenever someone betrays you and need to shred their image real quick.

    Animi Causa

    Get it from Animi Causa for $16.99 (available in three colors).

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