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30 Essential Purchases To Make Before You Turn 30

Don't even think about turning 30 until you've obtained a slow cooker.

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

Promising review: "I love this sturdy and simple bedframe! It's really cool because it collapses down. In a matter of minutes, the frame is only 2 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 $92 (available in three styles and seven sizes). Find other other classy options that don't cost a fortune here.
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Promising review: "I love this sturdy and simple bedframe! It's really cool because it collapses down. In a matter of minutes, the frame is only 2 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 $92 (available in three styles and seven sizes).

Find other other classy options that don't cost a fortune here.

2. A new mattress every seven to ten years, based on the National Sleep Foundation's recommendation.

Promising review: "This was our first ever purchase of a gel/ foam mattress! My husband and I had the most amazing, solid sleep, PAIN FREE sleep ever in years!!! I don't want to get out of bed! It is sooo incredibly soft feels like sleeping on a cloud!! The best part I don't even feel any movement when he's tossing in his sleep!! THANK YOU ZINUS!! I LOVE YOU FOR THAT!" —nightowlGet the Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress from Amazon for $265.99 or for five monthly payments of $53.20 (available in five styles and sizes).Read more about this specific mattress here or find The National Sleep Foundation's recommendations here.
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Promising review: "This was our first ever purchase of a gel/ foam mattress! My husband and I had the most amazing, solid sleep, PAIN FREE sleep ever in years!!! I don't want to get out of bed! It is sooo incredibly soft feels like sleeping on a cloud!! The best part I don't even feel any movement when he's tossing in his sleep!! THANK YOU ZINUS!! I LOVE YOU FOR THAT!" —nightowl

Get the Zinus Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress from Amazon for $265.99 or for five monthly payments of $53.20 (available in five styles and sizes).

Read more about this specific mattress here or find The National Sleep Foundation's recommendations here.

3. A paper shredder, so you can be more careful about disposing your personal information.

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Promising review: "After over a year, the shredder is still working great. I use this in my kitchen to shred junk mail or anything with my address. It will zip through a typical three- to four-page credit card solicitation in seconds. In this day and age, there is no excuse for not making sure your personal information is secure. No paper/junk mail/etc. goes in my trash without going through this shredder first." —J.T. Turner

Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

4. An investment piece of luggage that will be with you for the long haul.

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Get it from Away for $225.

Find more luggage options that will make traveling so much easier here and check out our picks for some other travel essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!

5. A place to regularly hang your keys, like this magnetic key rack, because you won't always have a roommate to come to your rescue when you get locked out.

Promising review: "So strong! In addition to keys and a cell phone, I'm hanging an umbrella from this, and it's by no means a tiny one; it is a heavy and full-sized albeit folding umbrella, and yet there is no slipping or sliding of the rack down the side of my fridge, as one might fear or expect. I'm very happy with this purchase." —LaschlGet it from Amazon for $20+ or Overstock for $25.99+ (available in black and white).Find products that'll prevent you from getting locked out of your apartment here.
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Promising review: "So strong! In addition to keys and a cell phone, I'm hanging an umbrella from this, and it's by no means a tiny one; it is a heavy and full-sized albeit folding umbrella, and yet there is no slipping or sliding of the rack down the side of my fridge, as one might fear or expect. I'm very happy with this purchase." —Laschl

Get it from Amazon for $20+ or Overstock for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

Find products that'll prevent you from getting locked out of your apartment here.

6. A weekly planner, so you aren't jotting down your appointments on random sticky notes (and then losing those sticky notes) anymore.

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Get the desktop standing planner from Etsy for $13.50 or the small monthly planner from Etsy for $2.50+.

Find the best places to buy planners online here and check out our picks for the best planners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

7. Reusable lunch materials, like sandwich wrap and bags, to trade in your reputation around the office as the serial takeout-getter for the trendy lunch-toter.

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Get the three-pack of sandwich wrap from Food52 for $30 and the cotton lunch bag from Amazon for $6.82 (read more about this product here).

8. Frames, to update the shabby wall adornments that may have passed as "art" in your dorm but are no longer fooling anyone.

Get them individually from West Elm for $19+ (available in three sizes) or in an assorted set of four for $89.Find the best places to buy frames online here.
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Get them individually from West Elm for $19+ (available in three sizes) or in an assorted set of four for $89.

Find the best places to buy frames online here.

9. A heavy-duty, odor-free, sensor-activated (and easy-on-the-eyes) trash can you won't mind keeping out in the open.

Promising review: "I bought this trash can eight years ago. At the time, it was hard to find any stainless steel trash cans for an affordable price, so the fact that this was the most reasonable and it had the automated lid seemed like a pretty easy choice. It still looks great and works great. You can wave over the sensor to open the lid, or there is a button on the front of it to open the lid and keep it open. The lid does a great job of holding any odors in while its closed." —SomniGet it from Amazon for $59.98 or Walmart for $59.98.And check out our picks for some kitchen essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "I bought this trash can eight years ago. At the time, it was hard to find any stainless steel trash cans for an affordable price, so the fact that this was the most reasonable and it had the automated lid seemed like a pretty easy choice. It still looks great and works great. You can wave over the sensor to open the lid, or there is a button on the front of it to open the lid and keep it open. The lid does a great job of holding any odors in while its closed." —Somni

Get it from Amazon for $59.98 or Walmart for $59.98.

And check out our picks for some kitchen essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!

10. A vitamin and supplement plan, like Care/of, which sends a personalized pack to your doorstep every month.

Get Care/of products from Takecareof.com starting at $5/month (and free shipping over $20).Read more about this product here.
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Get Care/of products from Takecareof.com starting at $5/month (and free shipping over $20).

Read more about this product here.

11. Speakers to use around the house that are not your laptop's — like this highly rated Bluetooth option.

Promising review: "Best speaker I've ever purchased. Great sound, loud, battery lasts longer than any other speaker I've had. Four months later, we ran it over — twice with Chevy 2500 & then the trailer. :( GUESS WHAT! It still works! INCREDIBLE! Just bought two more!" —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $24.99.And check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "Best speaker I've ever purchased. Great sound, loud, battery lasts longer than any other speaker I've had. Four months later, we ran it over — twice with Chevy 2500 & then the trailer. :( GUESS WHAT! It still works! INCREDIBLE! Just bought two more!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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

12. A multipurpose chef's knife that you can use to prepare vegetables and meats alike.

Promising review: "What an awesome product! It was delivered on time and was packaged very safely. The knife is of higher quality than I had expected, especially considering the price. Its 8-inch stainless steel blade came wonderfully sharp. It cuts through cooked meat so smoothly! In addition to the blade, the handle is also perfect; it fits in my hand perfectly. The pakkawood and the D-shaped handle feels very nice in my hand, and because I’m able to grip it well it never slides out of my hand. To make the whole thing even better, the box was very classy as well and made the whole product look great! I’m keeping the box so I can show it off with my knife to my friends." —MSGet it from Amazon for $29.99.And check out our picks for the best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "What an awesome product! It was delivered on time and was packaged very safely. The knife is of higher quality than I had expected, especially considering the price. Its 8-inch stainless steel blade came wonderfully sharp. It cuts through cooked meat so smoothly! In addition to the blade, the handle is also perfect; it fits in my hand perfectly. The pakkawood and the D-shaped handle feels very nice in my hand, and because I’m able to grip it well it never slides out of my hand. To make the whole thing even better, the box was very classy as well and made the whole product look great! I’m keeping the box so I can show it off with my knife to my friends." —MS

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

And check out our picks for the best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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

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&TheCatsGet it from Amazon for $15.99.
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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 $15.99.

14. A mini countertop compost bin, because it's not too late to start caring about the environment.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (read more about this product here).
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Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (read more about this product here).

15. An easy-to-use blender that'll get you in the kitchen more.

Promising review: "I work in a vegan restaurant and use these once in a while for small amounts of dressings we use these. So when I was in the market for a personal blender for smoothies and dressings/sauces for two, I knew I wanted this.... and boy does it deliver! I love prepping the smoothies the night before in the containers. It's the perfect size for a small apartment and it easily stores in the cabinet if you need to clear off the countertop" —BernadetteGet it from Amazon for $31.60 (available in three colors).And check out our picks for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Promising review: "I work in a vegan restaurant and use these once in a while for small amounts of dressings we use these. So when I was in the market for a personal blender for smoothies and dressings/sauces for two, I knew I wanted this.... and boy does it deliver! I love prepping the smoothies the night before in the containers. It's the perfect size for a small apartment and it easily stores in the cabinet if you need to clear off the countertop" —Bernadette

Get it from Amazon for $31.60 (available in three colors).

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

16. These sworn-by pimple patches to combat the unfortunate reality that is adult acne.

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Promising reviews: "Absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes, so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple in the morning, go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything), and by the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL! When I take the patch off, it looks like the pimple was photoshopped right off my face. ZAP! Leaving the patch on all day also keeps me from picking, which prevents nasty scars and making the zit worse. Seriously, I wish I had these in high school, especially for picture day. Buy them for yourself, buy them for the teenagers in your life, buy them for everyone!" —Lindsay & Eddie

Get them from Amazon for $4.97 (read more about this product here).

17. An all-natural leather cleaner and conditioner to reverse all the years of wear and tear on your couch, shoes, and bags.

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Promising review: "I've used this on all of my favorite shoes and boots. Then I used it on my purse. It's enjoyable seeing how much improvement you can see on beat-up leather. The scent is what sold me on this product. I loved that it was an almond scent. But the results are so much better. It took about two minutes to clean them up. Highly recommended. Also their customer service is top-notch." —RileyD

Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in two sizes).

18. A tub and tile scrubber, because you've forgotten what color your bathroom floor is supposed to be.

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Promising review: "Definitely a worthwhile investment, easy to dismantle and store after drying. I purchased this for the intent of cleaning my garden-style tub and shower walls as they were starting to look a bit discolored. The bathroom doesn't get very good ventilation, leading to some mildew-esque looking stuff on the grout of the shower. With two people regularly using a shower, tubs typically get a bit gray where the feet go — add soap scum, and well, a short person with a deep garden tub don't mix too well. This has an extendable arm useful enough for someone to use without having to overstretch, regardless if you're vertically challenged or not. I paired it with CLR to clean the shower without any problems, scrubber worked better than I thought it would with minimal effort." —K. L. Phan

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

19. A private workspace that'll encourage you to be more productive at home.

Promising review: "Great quality desk. Perfect size. Assembly was a breeze. All you have to do is screw on the four legs and the drawer handle. I ordered the java color with the black drawer and I love the look of this desk. I am able to fit a 21-inch-screen desktop computer and my laptop and there is still room to work. Would definitely recommend this product." —Renee FGet it from Overstock for $133.87+ (available in java, black, and white).
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Promising review: "Great quality desk. Perfect size. Assembly was a breeze. All you have to do is screw on the four legs and the drawer handle. I ordered the java color with the black drawer and I love the look of this desk. I am able to fit a 21-inch-screen desktop computer and my laptop and there is still room to work. Would definitely recommend this product." —Renee F

Get it from Overstock for $133.87+ (available in java, black, and white).

20. A set of nice decorative coasters to replace the ones you took home from a dive bar once.

Get a set of six from Of a Kind for $18 (available in two colors).
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Get a set of six from Of a Kind for $18 (available in two colors).

21. A "homeowner's toolkit," which contains all the basic tools you need for fixing problems around your home. (And no, you don't actually need to own a home.)

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Promising review: "I have bought three or these — all for folks who have two left thumbs, just bought houses, and who I know do not own any tools, and I know need just the basics. Everyone should have a toolkit around, even an inexpensive one, because you never know when a nice, friendly neighbor will come over and offer to fix stuff for you...you just need the tools." —Dr. Oceanfront

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $42.99.

22. A uniform set of airtight food storage containers to tidy up your kitchen shelves.

Promising review: "They seal flawlessly, and with great ease. I believe they are the best product available for keeping the freshness in and the bugs out. They stack nicely, and their clear siding permits easy identification of the contents within. Their rounded corners make pouring a breeze." —Scott R. WeaverGet a 10-piece set from Amazon for $99.95.
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Promising review: "They seal flawlessly, and with great ease. I believe they are the best product available for keeping the freshness in and the bugs out. They stack nicely, and their clear siding permits easy identification of the contents within. Their rounded corners make pouring a breeze." —Scott R. Weaver

Get a 10-piece set from Amazon for $99.95.

23. A rice maker, which will do the heavy lifting for you and make daily dinner prep a breeze.

Promising review: "Best rice cooker ever made. Having the setting for steel-cut oats is why I purchased this item and it works perfect: 1 cup steel-cut oats (using the clear cup that comes with the cooker) and 3 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 $130.99.
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Promising review: "Best rice cooker ever made. Having the setting for steel-cut oats is why I purchased this item and it works perfect: 1 cup steel-cut oats (using the clear cup that comes with the cooker) and 3 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 $130.99.

24. A set of placemats to finally tie together your kitchen decor, which has been in a perpetual TBD state.

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Get the woven placemat (left) from Target for $4.99 or a set of six tonal placemats (right) from Target for $39.99 (available in purple, green, and brown).

25. A slow cooker, so you can finally join the Crock-Pot cult and talk endlessly about your life-changing recipes.

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this Crock-Pot. It is programmable for high, low, and warm. It also has a timer so it comes in very handy when you are cooking on a time schedule. I have a full time job, so making a home-cooked meal can be difficult as work and life can be unpredictable. It's 6-quart so it's large enough to make enough to feed like six to eight people if needed (depending on what you're making). Many of the recipes I make require six to eight hours in the Crock-Pot. Since I often leave very early in the morning and am not home until late in the evening, making those meals was always a challenge until I bought this. In the morning before I leave for work I simply set the Crock-Pot on low or high for six to eight hours (depending on the recipe) and when the timer is finished, it automatically switches it to 'warm' when it's finished. No more overcooking meals!! I'm very happy with this Crock-Pot and would purchase again as a gift for someone or if I needed a second one for some reason." —Whitney Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in stainless steel and red) or Walmart for $49.99.
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Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this Crock-Pot. It is programmable for high, low, and warm. It also has a timer so it comes in very handy when you are cooking on a time schedule. I have a full time job, so making a home-cooked meal can be difficult as work and life can be unpredictable. It's 6-quart so it's large enough to make enough to feed like six to eight people if needed (depending on what you're making). Many of the recipes I make require six to eight hours in the Crock-Pot. Since I often leave very early in the morning and am not home until late in the evening, making those meals was always a challenge until I bought this. In the morning before I leave for work I simply set the Crock-Pot on low or high for six to eight hours (depending on the recipe) and when the timer is finished, it automatically switches it to 'warm' when it's finished. No more overcooking meals!! I'm very happy with this Crock-Pot and would purchase again as a gift for someone or if I needed a second one for some reason." —Whitney

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in stainless steel and red) or Walmart for $49.99.

26. A handheld steamer to have on hand for special events that warrant a more put-together look. (Or, why not steam a pillow or two?)

Promising review: "OMG. I own two other steamers and this one blows them out of the water. I steam multiple mens dress shirts in over half the time of the others. This thing heats up so fast, I can use it anywhere, and don't have to have a stupid swivel hanger with a place to hang it." —SolanjeGet it from Amazon for $67.99 or Jet for $73.99.
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Promising review: "OMG. I own two other steamers and this one blows them out of the water. I steam multiple mens dress shirts in over half the time of the others. This thing heats up so fast, I can use it anywhere, and don't have to have a stupid swivel hanger with a place to hang it." —Solanje

Get it from Amazon for $67.99 or Jet for $73.99.

27. A set of classy folders that you can use for important meetings or to organize important personal documents.

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Get a pack of four from NeedSupply for $30.

28. A portable fabric defuzzer to make all your aging clothing look brand-new again.

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Promising review: "So I didn't think it through when I threw some dark shirts and sweaters in the wash with a couple of light towels. They came out with all those fuzzies. I ordered one of these based on the price and average customer review, and I can see why this was rated so high. Takes two AA batteries and is very comfortable to hold. Since it's so portable, I just sat on the couch and shaved two shirts and a pair of cottony exercise pants while watching TV. I probably would have never worn these items (at least not outside the house!) again if it wasn't for this great little gadget." —Paula Nelson

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

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29. A piece of furniture to plop all the books — and other odds and ends — you've accumulated over the years.

Get it from Walmart for $149.99 or Jet for $149.99.
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Get it from Walmart for $149.99 or Jet for $149.99.

30. And a 299-piece first aid kit to stay ahead of every possible crisis.

Promising review: "Extremely impressed with the quality of this product. What I have received far exceeded my expectations and I am ordering another two sets as gifts and another two sets for our family vehicles. I have looked at a lot of first-aid kits and I will have to say with all honesty this by far is the best bang for the buck." —Justin W. Get it from Amazon for $12.18.
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Promising review: "Extremely impressed with the quality of this product. What I have received far exceeded my expectations and I am ordering another two sets as gifts and another two sets for our family vehicles. I have looked at a lot of first-aid kits and I will have to say with all honesty this by far is the best bang for the buck." —Justin W.

Get it from Amazon for $12.18.

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