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    28 Helpful Things That Are Likely To Pay For Themselves In The Long Run

    Make future-you happy with these money-saving products.

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    1. A car gap filler fans of Shark Tank might recognize as the simple yet genius invention that prevents loose change, french fries, and earrings from falling into the black hole that is the space between the car seat and the middle console. Less lost stuff means spending less on unnecessary replacements.


    The seat gap filler is flexible and fits most cars. The pack comes with two gap fillers (one for both the driver and passenger sides), a sticky pad for keeping items like your phone from sliding around, and an LED car light.

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize, it would be one of my favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this. That's why I gave it five stars!" β€”Tessa Forbes

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99

    2. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets to remove stubborn stains from the walls of metal tumblers and impossible-to-clean water bottles with NO scrubbing required! No, you don't need a new thermos, just a clean one.

    a stained mug before, during, and after cleaning tablets have been inserted, revealing mug is stain-free after use

    Promising review: "What is this sorcery???? I have had my metal tumbler for four years now and no amount of scrubbing or scrapping has been able to remove the stains from my tea! Seriously though, this is my dedicated teacup and it had four years' worth of tea staining/buildup. I won’t lie, it took four tablets and I used boiling water and let each tablet soak overnight over the course of four days but my cup now looks brand new again. So glad I found these! Now I know exactly how to take care of my cup and it will never get back to the way it was before!" β€”Chrystal Mayo

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    3. A flexible cable protector so you can save money, frustration, and depleted batteries by protecting your charging cables from an untimely, frayed end.

    A three-paneled image showing the cable protector packaging, a frayed phone charging cord, and the same cord with the protector applied hiding and supporting the frayed edges

    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half-inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius." β€”ElleNWC

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $4.58+ (available in two color combinations).

    4. A nontoxic ink remover for expertly taking on fabric's worst staining enemy β€” permanent markers β€” and salvaging that armchair the kiddos thought would be fun to draw on.

    To panels showing blanket with evan written in sharpie, and the same blanket now sharpie free

    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." β€”Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. A compact knife sharpener that's easy to store and will keep your blades in tiptop shape. If you're vigorously sawing through potatoes and thinking "I need new knives." Stop. You probably don't. You just need a sharpened knife.


    This teeny-tiny knife sharpener features two slots with carbide blades on one side to provide quick edge setting capabilities, and ceramic rods on the other for the final edge honing. Plus, there is a nonslip base for added stability and control.

    Promising review: "I am a former chef and have many knife sharpeners. I rotate about 10 knives at home and have found this to be a tremendous sharpener to put an edge back on a blade. Use along with a honing steel after sharpening. I have purchased a bunch of these for friends due to their effectiveness and ease of use." β€”drockchef

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    6. A purple shampoo to make your blonde hair look less brassy and...well...more blondey. It'll help cut down on expensive touch-up hair appointments and save you some $$$ in the process.

    A split image of a strand of blond hair with brassy tones on the left, and the same strand of hair looking more blonde on the right

    Promising review: "This stuff is a godsend! I used to have red hair and decided to get a blonde balayage. It took two visits to get my hair lightened to where it looked blonde and not gold, but it still had lots of gold in it. Now my hair is finally blonde and not gold! I’m so happy! Plus, this stuff smells amazing and makes my hair so soft and shiny and voluminous, with lots of body!" β€”KatEd

    Get it from Amazon for $7.82+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A length-adjustable 2-in-1 broom and squeegee with rubber bristles so you can wash windows, sweep floors, and wrangle pet hair out of the carpet without splurging on a full (aka expensive) kit of tools.

    A reviewer photo of the combination broom and squeegee sitting on carpet next to a large pile of hair

    Promising review: "I have long hair. Due to a thyroid issue, I lose more strands than I used to. Every few days the hair starts to accumulate on the bathroom floor. This broom picks up all the hair from the tile just going over it once. It even gets the strands on the edges and corners. Unlike regular brooms, all the hair stays on the broom until I remove it instead of strands falling back to the floor. Thanks to a review I read before ordering this broom, I also use it on the carpet before vacuuming. I quickly pull it towards me, and it grabs all the hair from the carpet. It only takes a minute or two per room and I no longer have to remove the roller brush from the vacuum and cut all the hair wrapped around it every month." β€”Nicolor

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    Check out my coworker's FURemover Evrilholder broom review for more deets and some very satisfying hair-removal photos!

    8. A sneaker cleaner that'll remove years worth of caked-on mud and muck and keep your favorite kicks kickin' for a lot longer.

    The cleaner is super concentrated, so a little goes a long way. It also includes a wooden scrub brush!

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe Ones for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them β€” now I can wear them for even longer. Very pleased with Pink Miracle, I will buy it again when I run out of my bottle." β€”Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A pack of super-soft reusable cotton rounds to cut down on waste from disposable rounds and cut down on costs in the long-run. Remove mascara, apply toner, then toss them in the wash (mesh laundry mag included!) and use them all over again.

    HausProjekt / Etsy

    HausProjekt is a small biz run by Hannah that has been serving up high-quality self-care and home essentials on Etsy since 2019!

    This 10-pack of cotton rounds includes five soft velour pads, five cotton terry pads for scrubbing, and a mesh laundry bag.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love these. I’ve ordered reusable makeup pads before but wanted a few extras to add to my collection and these are way better than the others I have. Nice and big, and the soft ones are super soft. The terry cloth type ones are also great for removing eye make up. Out of all my eco changes, this has got to be one of the easiest. Love them." β€”Sarah

    Get a 10-pack from HausProjekt on Etsy for $10.28.

    10. A cleanser and polishing powder if your pots and pans are looking a little dingy and you'd really rather not fork over hundreds of dollars for a new set. A little powder and elbow grease and your well-loved skillet will look years younger.

    The cleanser is nonabrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!" β€”Donette

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. A wood polish that conditions and protects wood with a combination of beeswax and orange oil, while hiding dings and scratches so you can turn back the clock on worn-out furniture and pocket the money you had set aside for a replacement.

    Promising review: "This product is a MIRACLE! I can't believe how well it worked. Seriously unbelievable. One application and my coffee table looks great again. EASY to use, nothing special required. While I was watching TV, I used an old cloth/rag and spread it on. As easy as that. Nothing else worked on my abused coffee table, this stuff did. I HIGHLY recommend this product." β€”Carol L. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48

    12. An anti-bacterial copper tongue scraper that'll prove to be a small but mighty investment when you see all the weird tongue goo living in your mouth causing bad breath and bacteria buildup.

    A copper tongue scraper sitting on a white towel
    VeganFolly / Etsy

    VeganFolly is a UK-based small biz run by Holly Mannin that sells reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable life essentials to help reduce our impact on the Earth! All products are 100% vegan.

    Promising review: "Super good! My tongue never felt so good." β€”hayley

    Get it from VeganFolly on Etsy for $7.34.

    13. A stainless-steel foot file so you can scrape off all that dried, cracked skin and feel like the foot model you were always born to be without the expense of a professional pedicure.

    Promising review: "After several visits to a professional pedicurist and not getting the results I wanted, I looked for a solution. Initially, I was skeptical of using this on dry skin, but I quickly realized why you do. It is similar to woodworking or ice sculpturing. You have total control of the amount being removed. After a summer in Chaco sandals, my feet were out of control. This is an amazing product I'd buy again and again." β€”Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. A pack of refillable K-Cups you can fill with your favorite coffee to save loads of money (and plastic).

    These BPA-free plastic cups are designed to work in any Keurig brewer, old or new!

    Promising review: "Really like these reusable K-Cups. I hated wasting so much plastic using regular K-Cups and found this to use as an alternative. I have had these for two years and they have held up great! Easily to fill, clean really nicely, and no complaints! And it's great you can put your own coffee in so you're not stuck to certain brands or flavors. Highly recommend if you are trying to be more environmentally friendly." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59+ (available in packs of two or four).

    15. A Fohm dispenser if you're tired of watching money go down the drain on wet wipes that can end up causing expensive plumbing damage. It transforms any standard piece of toilet paper into a cleansing wet wipe for a more *booty-ful* clean that won't clog your toilet!

    A hand holding some toilet paper with foam on it under the Fohm dispenser next to a roll of toilet paper and a potted plant
    Fohm Co

    Fohm Co is a small biz that was launched in 2019 by husband-and-wife duo Jerry and Alissa with the goal of redefining the flushable wipe industry with a system that is better for your butts, your pipes, and the planet.

    "My roommates and I have been living the Fohm life for the last few months and couldn't be happier with it! It's sort of difficult to find a good spot for the dispenser (a wall mount by the TP holder would be 10/10), but otherwise, it's perfect! We just keep it on the back of the toilet and you get all the benefits of a wet wipe without the microplastics, plumbing damage, and waste! And you actually end up using less toilet paper than you would without it!" β€”Danielle

    Once you have the starter Bathroom Kit, you'll just need to buy foam refills, which you can automatically have sent to your door every six or 10 months.

    Get a dispenser and a bottle of cleanser from Fohm Co for $44+ (available in larger quantities).

    16. A money-saving Bluapple freshness ball that'll extend the life of fruits and vegetables by just existing in-proximity to your produce.


    Just refill the Bluapple with a new packet every three months. Refill kits available.

    Promising review: "These do seem to work, extending the life of my fruits and vegetable up to a week longer. Change the packet inside on schedule. I shake them occasionally and make sure that no produce is covering the top holes. I bought more for family/friends when I told them about it. No food is more expensive than that which you throw away (thanks, Mom)." β€”ttmadison

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A jewelry cleaning pen to make all your gems (real or not) sparkle like new. You won't feel the need to buy flashy new jewels when even your Claire's ring from middle school is turning heads.

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong β€” my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" β€”liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.83.

    18. These produce-saver containers that'll save you money (and unecessary trips to the grocery store) by keeping produce fresher for longer with ~mystical~ ventilation technology.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    These containers help keep your produce fresh by keeping moisture away. And they're designed with a special vent filter, which you never have to replace, to regulate the carbon dioxide and oxygen flow to your produce.

    Natalie Brown, an editor here at BuzzFeed, actually tried these containers for herself, and, well, you just gotta read her full Rubbermaid FreshWorks container review.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, they work! I went on a 10-day trip and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back, and everything was in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These containers will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting!" β€”Elizabeth Walter

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $33.18.

    19. A set of mix-and-match cloth napkins for messy eaters who are tired of spending seemingly all their money on paper towels. These durable linen ones come in customizable packs with a wide range of color options to match your existing decor.

    Touchable LINEN / Etsy

    Touchable LINEN is a Ukraine-based small business run by Margarita Mazalova, who creates gorgeous linen home essentials, from bedding to tablecloths.

    Promising review: "I love the color options and they make a table look put together without being fussy. They also wash well, which is very important to me. I want my stuff to last and these have been working for some months now." β€”Meredith Riley

    Get it from Touchable LINEN on Etsy for $4+ (available in eight sizes and 37 colors).

    20. Reusable Stasher food storage bags for a one-and-done investment that'll eliminate the need to constantly restock on disposable baggies! These airtight containers come in a range of sizes and are safe to use in the microwave and freezer. Then just toss 'em in the dishwasher for easy cleaning!,

    Promising review: "We've been using all sizes of Stasher bags for nearly a year β€” mostly food-related β€” and have not had any issues with a single one. We use them to keep crackers, chips, and bread from getting stale after opened; to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer; pack sandwiches, meds, dog food, or treats; and so many more things. We sous vide in them, heat up food in the microwave in them, put them in the dishwasher, and marinate in them. They don't leak, they don't smell, are easy to close and open, and don't take up much room compared to traditional Tupperware or other food storage. If you put squishy stuff or liquid in there, soaking with baking soda and vinegar for 30 minutes can make sure the crevices don’t mold as some reviewers mention. They do cost more than regular plastic baggies and require more work because, obviously, you don't just use them once β€” make the switch and stop with the single-use plastics." β€”Maison Leach

    Get it from Amazon for $9.73+ (available in seven sizes and in 13 colors).

    21. A hot air brush if the blowout bar is draining your bank account but you still want salon-quality styles. Combining a large titanium ceramic barrel, heat, and soft bristles, this gadget will help you recreate the look from home.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    "I'd heard a TON of great things about the hot air brush but admittedly didn't fully believe it until I got one for myself. I was thrilled to have a dramatically short bob until I remembered just how hard they are to style. I'm nearly useless with a round brush and hairdryer. The hot air brush combines two unwieldy tools into one light, easy-to-manage one that's simple to use and greatly cuts down on my morning styling time. I recommend letting your hair air dry most of the way before finishing with this. Even a pass over dry hair helps get my bedhead into shape. Amazing. I have short hair and the 1" version is perfect." β€”Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A wine stain remover spray so you and your favorite blanket can forget all about that time you almost gave up and threw it out because of a little mishap starring a bottle of pinot and an all-day Pretty Little Liars marathon.

    A split image showing a fuzzy white blanket with a large wine stain on the left, and the same fuzzy white blanket stain-free with text that reads "After!!!"

    This stain remover works on fresh and dried stains without forcing you to bleach anything. Plus, it also works on other tough stains like coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even any "accidents" your pets might've left behind.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate to a friend how great it is. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." β€”Melanie N

    Get it from Amazon for $13.24.

    23. An all-purpose car cleaner that'll leave every plastic, leather, rubber, carpet, and fabric nook and cranny of your car's interior squeaky-clean without the expensive trip to the detailer.

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." β€”Andrea Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    24. A wine aerator spout designed to optimally oxygenate wine as you pour. It enhances the flavor of even the cheapest bottles, perfect for winos with expensive taste on a budget.

    A reviewer photo of a hand pouring a bottle of wine with an aerator stuck in the top into a wine glass that says "Pardon my french" with an image of a French Bulldog head

    This compact design fits 95–98% of all wine bottles. On occasion, newer screw-cap type bottles will have a loose fit.

    Promising review: "This is so worth the money!! Did many taste tests before and after using it and it definitely does something magical to the wine. It makes it taste so much better! This is a great product. Turns a cheap wine into something delicious!" β€”Anna Van

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    25. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush because anyone who hasn't accidentally got caught in the rain while wearing a pair of suede shoes is lying. This brush will diminish the look of water stains with no additional cleaners required so you and your favorite shoes can reunite for another (hopefully drier) outing.

    You can totally use it with another cleaner or spray if you want, but it seems like reviewers have success without! It just takes some elbow grease.

    Promising review: "This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged β€” as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn't think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It's not perfect and you can still see where the watermark is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." β€”Alexa

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    26. A super-powered stainless-steel bar that won't wear out like regular bars of soap and magically extracts the left-behind stank of garlic and onions on your hands from chopping β€” with or without water.

    A hand holding the stainless steel bar over a sink

    Reviewers say this bar also helps with body odor! Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

    Promising review: "This bar is for real. I know there is science behind it but it feels like magic. The onion smell disappears from your hands instantly. Every kitchen needs this. Have had it for years now and no rust or any sign of wear. Looks and works like it’s brand new." β€”kallisto

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. A battery-operated fabric shaver to rescue well-loved knits from the horrors of aging β€” lint, matted fibers, and pilling, oh my! It's like a tiny vacuum; just empty the detachable lint catcher when you're done, and enjoy your revitalized sweater.

    A split reviewer image of a pilled sweater with text that reads "Before" on top, and the same sweater without visible pilling with text that reads "After" on the bottom

    "It kills me inside when I see a favorite sweater start to pill, so I bought this exact shaver to spruce up some of my older knits. It's great and weirdly relaxing. When I first got it I was de-pilling everything, from the intended sweaters to the throw pillows on our couch. It's a little loud so your roommates may or may not come out of their rooms to see what you're doing...but it's totally worth it to make any pilled fabric look years younger." β€”Danielle

    Also, be sure to pick up two AA batteries! They're not included.

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

    28. A bamboo-blend single-layer bento box if packing money-saving lunches you actually want to eat come one o'clock has proven to be a struggle in the past. Bento boxes make on-the-go food storage simple, with built-in compartments for multi-course meals and a stylish microwave-safe design.


    Founded in 2020, Goldune is a POC woman-owned small biz founded by Azora Zoe Paknad with the goal of creating an inclusive marketplace for sustainably sourced and produced goods β€” from home decor to food β€” that prioritizes working with woman and BIPOC-owned companies.

    This bento box is hand-wash only!

    Get it from Goldune for $23 (available in four colors).

    Future you will thank present-day you for all the extra money:


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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