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    29 Things To Splurge On When Your Next Paycheck Hits

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    1. A heavy-duty (and very beautiful, FWIW) trash can that'll open its lid when you: a) say "open can" or b) wave your hands in front of its sensor — perfect for those times when you don't have an extra hand to do it yourself.


    Promising review: "Who knew a voice-activated trash can could so quickly become an essential around my house. When my hands are dirty or full, I no longer have to worry about how I'm going to get the garbage into the can. Set up couldn't be easier: plug it in or drop in 6 AA batteries. From there all you have to do is activate the motion sensor by walking up to the can, or you can say 'open can' and it flips right open.

    But there's more to it than that. The 58L is well designed from the ground up. It has a sleek, minimalist vibe with a stainless steel exterior that resists fingerprints. On the back of the can is a little slot that holds the batteries or where the adapter plugs in, but it also has a little spot to hold can liners. That is actually a nice feature to have because I used to keep my liners in the base of the can and they have been ruined by leaky bags. While you can use any bag that is the right size for the can, the Q bags that are made to fit this particular shape are very nice. They can hold a lot and they don't tear or rip easily. The liner is held in place by a plastic piece that fits over the edge, making it stay in place and looking much nicer than your typical liner.

    The motion sensor works very well. I've never approached the can and not had it open. I have it in my hallway, and I was worried that it would open every time I walked by, but the sensitivity is calibrated so that you really have to get right up to the can to open it. Walking by doesn't generally set it off. The can will also stay open if you stay by it, which is nice when you are struggling to get something in there. The voice feature has worked an astounding 100% of the time. " —Kristine Hale

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (available in five colors).

    2. A countertop garden to give your kitchen some nice ornamental greenery and a hefty supply of herbs and veggies for your next homemade meal. (Even if you have a terrible track record with keeping plants alive, it'll be pretty hard to mess this one up.)

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    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available in black and sage).

    And read our full review of the Goodful Aerogarden.

    3. A seven-piece gallery wall kit to update the shabby wall adornments that may have passed as "art" in your dorm but are just called "Fight Club posters" now.


    You'll get: one 12"x16", two 8"x10", and four 6"x8" frames. Plus, all the mats are removable!

    Promising review: "I loved how fast these arrived and how easy it was to install them. Although the pictures it comes with are great, I replaced them with our recent and favorite honeymoon photos in black and white. Can’t wait till my family comes over! Great product and the template is immensely helpful. I saved me so much time when hanging." —Star

    Get the kit from Amazon for $37.87 (available in three colors).

    For more options, check out the best places to buy frames online.

    4. A pillow massager with heat you'll be glad to have on hand (or on back, rather) when you're stuck in traffic.


    Promising review: "I just received this and I LOVE it. It adequately relieved the knots in my neck, the base of my skull, and my legs. I'm going to try my feet also. I've been wanting something like this for quite some time and I'm thrilled with this product. This item definitely delivers. I highly recommend it. The price for this item given the relief provided is wonderful." —Stephanie T.

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    5. A uniform set of food storage containers to tidy up your kitchen shelves. Each container's circular center pop-up button creates a vacuum-like seal for the ultimate airtight solution.


    Promising review: "This is the second set of OXO Pop containers that I have purchased. I bought the really big set a while ago and was hooked. No longer will my white rice/grains/rolled oats/grits go wormy, my cat's kibble is stored in a clear container so I can see when it's running low. I love these containers. They are lightweight enough so there's no strain on the wrists, yet heavy enough they don't tip over easily. The lids are easy to clean, and you could apply labels to distinguish between flours and sugars. They are expensive, but I believe you get what you pay for — quality costs extra money. If I need another set in the future, I will buy it." —Judith A Loue

    Get them from Amazon for $49.93+ (available as a three- or five-piece set).

    6. An electric pour-over kettle you'll definitely want to leave out on the kitchen counter for all to see.


    Promising review: "I am so happy I purchased this amazing kettle! It is of high quality and craftsmanship! It is easy to use and has the best pour imaginable! The spout does not drip and the amount of water that comes out during a pour is perfect! I love the hold feature — it keeps the water temperature where you need it after the first cup of coffee, or tea pour, so that the kettle does not have to start to heat over again. The design is well thought out and looks lovely on the kitchen counter! The kettle itself and the handle are perfectly counterbalanced. I wish I purchased this kettle a lot sooner! You will definitely be happy with the Fellow Stagg electric kettle!" —KievaNina

    Get it from Amazon for $145.47 (available in four colors).

    7. An Instant Pot that just might revolutionize the way you cook — and by that I mean, fewer occasions for cereal dinners. This thing is truly a lazy person's best friend.


    Promising review: "I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can't cook to save his life, so that isn't much help either. I'd feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can't believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it's cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief." —Sunahm

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in 6- and 8-quart).

    8. A bedframe, because you're probably not going to end up in a rom-com with your mattress on the floor. These are facts!


    Promising review: "I love this sturdy and simple bed frame! It's really cool because it collapses down. In a matter of minutes, the frame is only two inches thick and can be carried out easily by one person. That would be great for home staging but I use it all the time. Totally worth the price, and if you shop strategically on Amazon, you can get a really high-end look for pennies on the dollar." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $60.99 (available in four styles and seven sizes).

    Or find other other classy options that don't cost a fortune. Check out our full review of the Zinus bed frame.

    9. A paper shredder, so you can be more careful about disposing of your personal information. It's an investment in your security!


    Promising review: "I am *impressed* with this little shredder. We had several months' backlog after unexpectedly having to cancel our quarterly shred service. I was expecting to spend hours catching up. Boy, was I wrong! This little dude ate envelopes full of credit offers, balance transfers, and every other annoying POS junk mail we get. I got through it all, including one time to empty it, in less than an hour. Never jammed, never overheated. I can't say enough good things about this little guy! Just buy it!" —Jenna H

    Get it from Amazon for $121.99+ (available in four types with different paper-shredding abilities).

    10. A Philips sunrise simulation alarm clock if you've forgotten there's an alternative to being jolted awake by a grating beep sound every morning.


    Promising review: "So I am the multiple alarms type of person. I use my phone and set like four alarms, just in case. Because when that horrible ring erupts in my bedroom every morning, I hit snooze immediately. I hit snooze multiple times and usually end up freaking out by the last alarm and running to get ready in time. This makes mornings unenjoyable and sets a sour mood for the day. I'm 26, a teacher, and have been like this my entire life. Until I got this amazing light! I wake up before the radio starts. It's a lovely way to wake up and truly the best money I've spent on Amazon (which is a lot.) I get up earlier now and am much more pleasant for the rest of the day." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $80.08.

    11. A place to regularly hang your keys, like this wall-mountable rack, because you won't always have a roommate to come to your rescue when you get locked out. An investment in one of these is an investment in less time camped out on the front steps.


    All necessary wall mounting hardware is included!

    Promising review: "This caddy is very useful and helpful. Our entire family uses it to keep up with all of our various keys. We didn’t use the mounting kit that came with it because it was more convenient to just use Command strips to avoid damaging the wall. We placed it directly behind our front door so that as soon as we walk in the door or prepare to leave home, we always know where our keys last were. We also used it as a reminder to mail or take various things out the door with us. It was worth the purchase." —Cali Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

    12. A Japanese tiered shoe rack to fit perfectly in your tiny little nook that isn't quite big enough for a standard option.


    Promising review: "This is great! Fits vertically in my small entryway, just what I was looking for. If you want a modern stylish clean-looking shoe rack with a small footprint, this is the perfect selection! It’s lightweight, but for storing five pair of shoes, it’s great! It fits mens size 10 shoes perfectly." —Aaron Staley

    Get it from Amazon for $43.68.

    13. A waxed canvas lunch box that'll beat bringing wasteful materials to work every day.


    Promising review: "I thought this was awesome when it arrived, but it really won my husband's heart yesterday when he took soup and fruit to work. At lunch, he opened his bag and found that his container of soup had opened and his fruit was floating in liquid. He poured the soup out and rinsed the inside of the thing with water, and was so surprised [that it didn't leak out] that he showed it to me — and had me smell the inside of the bag when he got home. I want to buy another one even though we don't need it — just because it's that amazing!" —P.U. - Patty Underwood

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    14. A portable Bluetooth speaker from Anker, because your laptop speakers are simply ill-equipped for the dinner parties in your future.


    Promising review: "Great portable speaker with big sound! I've already paired the speaker with my smart phone and laptop computer. For such a small speaker, it delivers amazing highs and lows. I live in a condo and did a range test on the speaker and I was able to go downstairs to my car and still have uninterrupted quality sound at 75 feet from the source! This speaker is built solid and at a very reasonable price! This is not my first Anker product. All my Anker products for the past few years have given me solid performance!" —wxsurfer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    And check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    15. A water flosser that'll thoroughly clean all those hard-to-get nooks and crannies in your mouth. Try giving me anything less than an "A" on my next dentist check-up, I dare you!!!


    Promising review: "So...this is amazing. This is my first review ever on Amazon after ordering numerous things. I had periodontal pockets from not flossing and I also experienced some bone loss. I literally hated flossing and would find myself avoiding to floss even though I needed it very much. My gums were red, swollen, and inflamed because I was in the early stages of periodontal disease. I started using this flosser and instantly knew I liked this way of flossing much better! After using it consecutively each night for only five days my gums were noticeably cleaner and felt much better. After two weeks of using the this flossing system my gums have done a complete 180 and my mouth and gums are starting to heal properly!" —Ebony

    Get it from Amazon for $65.67 (available in seven colors).

    16. A sleeve to give your laptop some added protection when commuting to work.


    The exterior leather is waterproof, and the lining will absorb shock from bumps.

    Promising review: "Not only is this case water-resistant, in my experience, it is oil- and grease-resistant too! There have been a few times that I got greasy food on the case and thought to myself, Well, that's gonna leave a nice mark! But so far, it has been very resilient. It looks professional but with a twist. Love it!" —Kylie&TheCats

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A sleek compost bin with an adjustable air vent you can mount on your cabinet door if you prefer to keep it out of sight. Wow — an investment in the future of our planet!


    Promising review: "I never knew how awful my metal compost bin was until I got this beauty! Easy to open with one hand, the bag stays in place, and it's lightweight. Everything that's wrong with the traditional countertop compost bin, this bin solves. Life changing." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. A hand-built water fountain that'll create a peaceful vibe in any room.

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    Get it from Lily Clark for $295. (Check out the full collection of water fountains here.)

    19. An easy-to-use NutriBullet blender for protein-packed smoothies on the go.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this thing. I'm a big fan of juicing but the ordeal of cleaning the juicer that I bought was getting time-consuming. However with this, I can blend up just about anything. And from what I can see I get a lot more from it. I can also use this as a blender to make smoothies or grind coffee beans; I've been making my own homemade nut butter and nut milk. I've also made my own hummus! Forget all of your other products! This is the way to go. For a single person, this makes all the difference in the world. It's extremely easy to clean and I'm able to make two or three things at a time which allows me to have my juices for the whole day." —Olexia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    And check out our picks for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    20. An acrylic Squatty Potty to get your colon and high-design sensibility aligned in the bathroom.


    Promising review: "This thing is SLEEK! I bought this for my new home's main floor guest bath. We wanted to provide guests with the convenience of the Squatty Potty without the eyesore of the white 7" one. I feel like if Kim and Kanye had a Squatty Potty, it would be this one." —Durga D

    Get it from Amazon for $78.73.

    Don't require high design for your BMs? Check out the original Squatty Potty for $23.24.

    21. An electric scrubber with four heads and an extension arm if you think it's maybe time to address the mess that is your bathroom head on. (This thing will blast the mildew buildup on your tile floor, toilet, tub, and shower walls to smithereens.)


    Oh, and it's cordless for max portability!

    Promising review: "This little device is my new favorite thing! Cleaning our shower was my least favorite chore. Now I can get a deeper clean in less than half the time. I can get two cleanings out of a single charge. I love the different brush heads. The corner one is great for getting around the handle and in the shelves, while the flat head really scrubs the shower walls and floor. I am looking forward to seeing how this performs on the grout in our kitchen floor as well, and hoping that I can say goodbye to the old toothbrush method! After using this product one time our shower looked the cleanest it ever has since it was brand new." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. A pair of Plantronic Backbeat Pro 2 noise-canceling headphones, a budget-friendly alternative to Bose QuietComforts that'll look as good as they feel on your ears.


    Promising review: "This is one of the best pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones on the market. I've used the Bose QC35s and while they do have better noise cancellation, these sound the same, and they're half the cost. Battery life is great — I flew round-trip across the US on one charge and they still show half full. If you're looking for a solid pair of wireless headphones that have active noise cancellation, before you spring for the Bose QC35's, give these a try. You'll be surprised!" —nick

    Get it from Amazon for $193.30.

    This was our mid-price point pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    23. A status-y drinking vessel to fill at the airport so you don't have to wait for the refreshment cart to swing by your seat.


    Promising review: "It has everything I want in an insulated bottle. Double wall stainless, easy to clean, you can put ice in it, you drink from a plastic rim and it is a nice and simple design. I love the way the mouthpiece holds ice in the bottle and creates a steady flow of water. It’s the best bottle I’ve used so far!" —Fabiano Sarra

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95+ (available in three colors).

    24. A rice cooker that'll do the heavy-lifting for you come dinnertime. (Plus, there's oatmeal to consider.)


    Promising review: "Best rice cooker ever made. Having the setting for steel-cut oats is why I purchased this item and it works perfectly: one cup steel-cut oats (using the clear cup that comes with the cooker) and three cups water (using same clear cup). With this amount, it makes two to four servings depending on how big you want your serving to be. I refrigerate the extra servings and heat in microwave the next day or for a snack." —Bruce Bradshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $132.88.

    25. A set of rattan kitchen placemats to help preserve your eating surfaces.

    Promising review: "Wow. Didn't think the quality would be this good, considering the price I paid. The placemat is very sturdy and of course there's going to be a variance in coloring and each one adds character and uniqueness to the table. Love them!" —Dawn D.

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (sold in a set of four).

    26. A mini steamer that'll ensure you never roll up to a meeting looking like a crinkled-up mess, even while traveling.

    Promising review: "I am so happy to say I am clearing space in my house by getting rid of my ironing board and replacing it with this steamer! It is simple! You fill it with water, place the head on, turn it on, and steam! No more wet spots on your clothes from the steam in an iron. I just hung the shirt I was going to steam and worked from the top down. The bristles get out those big wrinkles with ease! So much faster than a normal iron." —kirby masters

    Get it from Amazon for $18.05 (available in two colors).

    27. A truly luxurious "homecoat" for the closest thing to a "street-ready robe" as there's ever been. (Something to make transitioning from your warm bed to the violently cold temp in the rest of your apartment a bit easier!),

    Get it from Offhours for $295 (available in five colorways).

    28. An acrylic fish tank with a built-in LED light that'll go over swimmingly.


    Promising review: "This aquarium is so easy to set up and beautiful to see. My fish is so happy in her new home. I love this unit. After struggling with less expensive units, I finally invested in something worthwhile. This has taken away the headache of maintaining an aquarium and it is simply stunning. This is just wonderful! Wow!" —JMP

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in black and white).

    29. And a monthly subscription to Quip, the beautiful and award-winning electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer to effectively remove plaque and prevent gingivitis.


    You’ll receive an electric toothbrush set (including the Quip brush, travel cover mount, a large toothpaste, and a travel-sized toothpaste). For $10 every three months, you’ll be sent a new brush head, AAA battery, and two different-sized toothpastes.

    Promising review: "I love my Quip toothbrush! It does an excellent job cleaning and taking care of my gums. I also love that there is no bulky charging base and cord that has to sit on my bathroom sink. The mirror mount works great. I was worried it would lose its ability to re-stick, but it hasn't! It reattaches strongly to the mirror each time I put it back. The metallic colors make no difference in performance, but they're so gorgeous you HAVE to spend a little extra for them! The brush head subscription plan is brilliant. I am expecting my first refill soon and I love that I won't have to keep using an old brush head until I remember to grab one from the store. Great style, great plan & great performance." —Amanda L.

    Get it from Quip starting at $25 (available in five colors).

    It's also our budget pick for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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