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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.

    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

    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

    4. A nontoxic ink remover for expertly taking on fabric's worst staining enemy — permanent markers — 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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

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

    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

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!!!"

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 — with or without water.

    A hand holding the stainless steel bar over a sink

    27. A battery-operated fabric shaver to rescue well-loved knits from the horrors of aging — 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

    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.

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

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