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    34 Reusable Products That Will Save You So Much Money In The Long Run

    Many of these reusable products are also great eco-friendly alternatives.

    1. A pack of reusable grocery bags that fold down to about the size of your palm. Most grocery stores charge for you to use plastic or brown paper bags, but you won't have to worry about that because now you'll always have one of these in your purse or your car during a last-minute grocery trip!

    reviewer holding a reusable grocery bag
    reviewer showing several reusable grocery bags with their groceries in them

    The bags can hold up to 50 pounds, and they're machine washable.

    Promising review: "I purchased these bags because I have quite a walk from my garage to my house. These bags are AMAZING! I stuff them full and they never tear. I also get water by the gallon and these bags hold them. They make my life easier!! Try these bags, you will love them!" —MB

    Get a set of five bags from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 33 color sets).

    2. Or a pack of four mesh string bags — they might seem small but can actually expand to fit 40 pounds. Plus: Just imagine how chic you'll look carrying this around your local farmer's market, filled with freshly picked herbs and veggies.

    model holding a peach mesh string bag
    the mesh bag in beige with assorted things in it, showing how much it can hold
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These work great! I love these bags when shopping for produce. They have a great deal of integrity; they can hold a lot of weight and stretch quite a bit. They were packaged very conservatively and arrived in an airtight zip-top bag (which I will also reuse!). If it comes to the point where I need more than four, I will definitely buy this product again! I'm very happy." —Zoe Jans

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    3. A roll of heavy-duty, eco-friendly, machine-washable, reusable bamboo towels worth buying if you realize you spend way too much on paper towel rolls in a month and also want to cut down on your waste.

    Model's hand's holding a small watermelon in bamboo towel under running water
    Amazon

    You'll receive 20 sheets a roll, and the sheets are machine washable and reusable up to 120+ times before discarding.

    Promising review: "Wow. I just used these for the first time to wash my windows. I get a lot of oily dirt from the road, and it usually smears around and gets stuck in whatever old washcloth or sock I am using. As soon as I dropped these in my bucket of soapy water and gave them a little scrub, the dirt lifted right out like magic. Next used them to clean crumbs and spills out of my fridge and freezer and same thing — they rinsed clean (almost clean) right away. There's some dirt still in them, but I'll put them through the wash next." —SBP

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer so you can transform a regular PB&J into an exact replica of those Uncrustables sandwiches your kid loves. Not only will you save money, you can customize the sandwich to your liking: extra-crunch peanut butter? Peach jam? Go for it!

    The sandwich cutter and sealer
    Reviewer's photo showing homemade uncrustables

    Promising review: "These have been a GAME-CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer so in the morning during the school year we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $17.96.

    5. A Swiffer duster pad because your TV screen and bookshelves could use a good dusting. After you've used these a few times, you can throw them into the washing machine and keep reusing! No need to buy those disposable pads.

    colorful reusable swiffer duster covers
    TS Designs / Etsy

    TS Designs is a Michigan-based small business that offers vintage gifts and decor paired with eco-friendly items.

    Promising review: "I love these! They are really thick and they wipe up the dust easily. I actually bought three so I could keep one on while the other is being washed. I had no issues with getting it on my holder. Glad to have found these!" —Rebecca Jo

    Get it from TS Designs on Etsy for $5.49 (available in 10 colors).

    6. A Makeup Eraser towel that uses water (yes, just water!) to remove your makeup, even the long-lasting matte lipsticks and the waterproof eyeliner. After a few uses, just throw this in the wash, and you can reuse it over and over again, making it a much more eco-friendly alternative to makeup wipes.

    BuzzFeed Shopping reviewer removing half of her full face of makeup with the towel
    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Promising review: "This actually works! I usually use cleansing cloths which work okay, but this makeup eraser blows them out of the water. I can't believe how great it is. UPDATE: I went to a show last night and got the dreaded haaand staaamp. Of course, because they use ink developed by NASA, I couldn't wash it off. I can't show up to work with a giant robot stamped on the back of my hand so I scrubbed and scrubbed. When my skin was gone but the stamp wasn't, I tried the Makeup Eraser as a last resort. It nearly got the whole thing off!!! I'm so impressed by this thing, I'm going to get another one just in case they stop making them!" —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in 13 colors).

    See why this won our mid-price pick for best makeup removers in "The Best Makeup Removers That Leave Your Face Clean And Fresh."

    7. Or biodegradable bamboo makeup remover pads great for removing your makeup and way more budget- and eco-friendly than those single-use cotton rounds. You get 16 rounds in each package, which means you can use one every day and only have to wash them once every two weeks!

    Just run the pad under water, apply soap or your favorite makeup remover, and makeup will wipe off your face with ease. These come with a handy-dandy laundry bag, too!

    Promising review: "Larger than disposable cotton pads. Great with taking off makeup (even waterproof mascara after pressing the pad with makeup remover to your eyelashes for 15–30 seconds). Never had reusable cotton pads before so I've just learned something from washing them after first use: In their laundry bag, because they scrunch up together in the wash, they don't get thoroughly washed and rinsed. I think I might have to soak these cotton pads in soapy water like delicate laundry 30 minutes before putting them into the wash." —Lauren

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A Bacon Sponge — a 100% organic cotton towel can absorb TEN TIMES its weight in liquid! Now you won't have to use nearly half a roll of paper towels just to absorb the grease and oil from cooking bacon.

    Pile of bacon sitting on the quilted cloth
    GreenCityLiving / Etsy

    To clean the towel, soak in hot water and a degreaser soap for 15 to 20 minutes.

    GreenCityLiving is a small business based in Denver that specializes in reusable and eco-friendly home goods. They donate 2.5% of sales to Climate Emergency Fund, an organization that supports climate activists.

    Promising review: "These are amazing!!! They work! And no stains!!! I was concerned that since I don’t use Dawn or a big-name-brand dish soap, my Earth-friendly soap might not cut the grease as well, but that was not the case! My Bacon Sponge is perfectly clean and spotless! I love it! So glad I ordered two! I couldn’t be more pleased!!!" —cattealover

    Get it from GreenCityLiving on Etsy for $14.99.

    9. A multipurpose, heat-resistant mat that will help you out with so many tasks in the kitchen — use it to grab a hot pot handle, as a drying mat, as a spoon rest while you're cooking, or as a trivet for hot dishes at the dining table. Why buy four separate tools when this one does the job of all of them?!

    person using a beige multipurpose mat to grab a pot handle
    a gray multipurpose mat cover a dish in the microwave
    Amazon

    The mat is 12 inches in diameter, making it the perfect fit for most microwave turntables.

    Promising review: "I’m a habitual canned-soup eater. In the past I’ve burned my hands many times getting the bowls out of the microwave, and also dealt with explosive soup in the microwave that needed to be cleaned. This is a game-changer! I lay it across my soup bowl, cook it, the fold down the sides to protect my hands from heat while I carry it to the table to eat." —JeanBean

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    10. A rechargeable electric lighter so you never have to worry about buying matches (or burning yourself with said matches) whenever you want to light a candle.

    Gif of a BuzzFeed Shopping reviewer lighting a candle with the rechargeable lighter
    Reviewer holding the rechargeable lighter to show its full length
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    Heather, a BuzzFeed Shopping team member, loves this! Here's what she has to say: "I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super-fun gadget for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! If you're someone who gets a thrill from RAW POWER this is sort of the product for you. No, it's not a super-intense gadget, relax pyromaniacs, but it does buzz and produce a burst of electricity that I personally find exciting. AND I'll never have to buy another lighter again! Stop burning your fingers on matches and pick up one of these bad boys."

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

    Read more about why she loves this (and what other people on the BuzzFeed Shopping team swear by) in her full rechargeable electric lighter review.

    11. A Rubbermaid produce saver if you're sick and tired of discovering that the fruit you bought four days ago has already gone bad. Reviewers say this food container will prolong the life of your fresh produce for WEEKS longer than normal!

    A wilting strawberry stored in the original container and a much fresher-looking strawberry stored in the produce saver
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed / Via BuzzFeed

    The containers are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresher for longer.

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries (all in this one big container) are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49+ (available in multiple sizes and quantities).

    Check out our full Rubbermaid produce saver food containers review for more info!

    12. A cold-brew maker so you can have coffee shop–quality iced coffee waiting in your fridge when you wake up in the morning, bleary-eyed and in need of caffeine ASAP.

    A BuzzFeeder's jug before brewing with a caption that reads let it hang out for up to 36 hours
    The same BuzzFeeder's jug of the finished cold brew with a caption that reads iced coffee all year round
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    To use, add coffee into the mesh filter, pour water into the pitcher, screw the lid on (with the filter attached and submerged in the water), and let it brew for 12–24 hours. You can pour it straight over ice cubes, or cut it with water or milk. Read our Tayeka cold-brew maker review for more!

    Promising review: "This coffee maker is my BEST FRIEND! I use this every day, it's so easy to use! My coffee comes out perfect every time. I'm a cold-coffee drinker and I put about 8–10 scoops of freshly ground coffee into the filter. I let it sit overnight and the next morning, I remove the filter and dump the grounds. It makes four days' worth of coffee and I love that it's ready to go for me, especially since I wake up at 4:50 a.m. and I need to make my coffee quickly! It's very easy to clean as well." —Panda

    Get it from Amazon for $24.66+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    13. A pack of 30 multicolored, PVC-coated, steel wire utility clips because throwing away stale chips is a huge (and expensive!) bummer. Now you'll always have one of these at the ready to keep your chips tasting fresh.

    A yellow utility clip on a bag of chips
    A multi-colored assortment of utility clips

    Promising review: "These clips are sturdy, dishwasher-safe, and can be used for just about anything. They keep my cereal and chip bags closed tightly, can clip several items together on my desk, and look great when hanging student work in my classroom." —TwistedChick

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in other quantities and color combinations).