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    31 Things That Basically Pay For Themselves The Very First Time You Use Them

    You won't have to wait to see the value in these purchases.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A flexible drain snake to trick you into thinking you're a plumber with its "micro-hook" head and rotating handle for 360-degree clog removal. Just keep a barf bag nearby for when you pull up the wet, hairy monster living in your pipes.

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    This pack contains a reusable handle and five single-use heads that you just remove and dispose of after handling your clogged pipes.

    Promising review: "Wow. Best thing ever. Seriously. I have had tweezers and sticks and plumbers and chemicals trying to get my master sink to drain. Plumber even said I need an entirely new faucet to get the drain plug part because they don't sell those separately. Well, I have two sinks, a tub, and shower that all match so that was not a valid solution. Doubt I can find the same model. So I bought this thing. Stuffed it down, pulled up hair, and black muck. Did it about eight times quickly, ran the water, went right down the drain. Seriously. This is the best tool ever and the best $12 I have ever spent. Everyone with a sink needs this tool. Seriously." —juliejules

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $17.95.

    2. A hair-catching TubShroom so you can be surprised by how much hair is coming off your head, instead of being surprised by the bill from your plumber. Just pop this silicone savior in the drain and watch it catch all that slimy wet hair before it sinks to drain depths unknown. Then remove, rinse, and repeat until the end of time!

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    The TubShroom fits any standard 15" to 17.5" bathtub drain. Try the SinkShroom if you're having clogging trouble at the sink, too!

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but I owe my life to this product so I figured I might as well. My roommate and I have fought for nearly a year due to the fact that my hair falls out in the shower and regularly clogs up the drain. This is the only product that has ever worked (at $13 bucks too??). It's ingenious and solves a widespread problem using simple mechanics. BUY THIS!" —Conner Nevel

    Get it from Amazon for $12.37+ (available in six colors).

    3. A scalp revival dry shampoo with charcoal, biotin, and witch hazel that cleanses and refreshes hair, while working to prevent future oiliness. And it's safe for all hair types — color-treated, keratin-treated, chemically treated, and relaxed hair.

    Briogeo

    Briogeo is a Black woman-owned beauty brand founded by Nancy Twine, who spent her childhood whipping up natural beauty products with her grandmother because of dissatisfaction with the natural hair care products she found in stores. Briogeo strives to take it back to basics, offering a high-performance, hair care collection that is naturally based, yet performance-driven to provide visible results for all hair types.

    Promising review: "This is actually a great product. Being Black, we typically do not use dry shampoo. However, this does not leave a residue in my natural hair or hair extensions. It makes your scalp feel refreshed and adds some volume. I've tried other products by this brand as well, and have yet to be disappointed." —aharrell

    Get it from Briogeo for $24.

    4. A headlight restoration kit if your lights are looking a little cloudy and just aren't shining as bright as they used to. This kit attaches to your standard electric drill, so you can get crystal clear headlights without the expensive trip to the repair shop.

    Before: a car's cloudy, yellowed lens After: the same lens, now sharp and crystal-clear
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    Promising review: "I tried another kit once before about 1.5 years ago and got poor results. I was pleasantly surprised when this kit did the job so well! I used a cordless drill that was slightly faster than recommended at full speed. The instructions are easy to follow and I could tell the major difference at the final cleaning. I finished the job with Meguiar's coating and the lenses on my 2002 Honda CR-V are crystal clear again. This saved me about 5–6 times the money and I'm removing 'new lenses' from my wish list!" —Julymorning

    Get it from Amazon for $13.14.

    5. A wine-saver pump to literally suck the air out of your opened bottle of vino and keep it tasting like new for up to a week! It's suitable for all types of wine and comes with two super-sealing bottle stoppers.

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    It literally creates a vacuum seal: you wet the rubber cork, stick it in, then use the pump to suck out all the air remaining in the bottle. When it makes a *click* sound, you know you're done!

    Promising review: "Having downed a bottle or two in my life, I've always been flummoxed as to how to store the wine afterwards. I'm quite picky and the taste of 'blown' wine is disgusting. This is the solution. The stoppers fit perfectly (naturally) and the vacuum pump is also perfect. Just pump until you hear the click and the job is done. Easy to release the pressure and re-enjoy the wine. For the cost of wine, the minor expense of this pump and stopper system pays for itself immediately. In vino veritas!!!" —erik

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    6. 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!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $33.18.

    7. A lightweight carpet shampooer for lifting years worth of caked-on stains (Fido's contributions, included) and cutting down on those exorbitant professional carpet-cleaning bills.

    Before: a reviewer's stained corner of carpet and After: no more stains in sight
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    And it only weighs about 13 pounds — heavier-duty carpet cleaners usually weigh around 20 — so you won't feel completely exhausted by the time you're done with your living room.

    Promising review: "I run dog services, boarding, and daycare out of my home. My carpet sees high traffic regularly and potty accidents on occasion. Love this Hoover! Holy moly! It picks up an INCREDIBLE amount of deeply embedded debris, dirt, stains, and hair. The difference in how much cleaner my carpet is after using it is OUTSTANDING!! I regularly vacuum and spot clean with other carpet cleaners and couldn’t fathom the filth I was actually living in after using the Hoover. It’s easy to assemble and light weight too. You can’t deny the results when cleaning out the dirty water tank. Easily the best purchase I have made for my small business! Very impressive!" —Patty DeCarlo

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (originally $129.99).

    8. An earwax removal kit because cotton swabs really don't cut it (and can sometimes make things worse) when it comes to major wax buildup. With just a couple of drops, you'll be able to see and feel the wax flush from your ear and, with it, the sound-muffled world you'd been residing in.

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    Promising review: "My husband has problems with ear wax building up. A couple of years ago, when he had this problem, his doctor gave him Rx ear drops to use for four days, before coming back to irrigate his ears to remove the softened ear wax. THIS time, I bought Debrox and an irrigator ball. He used the recommended amount of drops twice a day, putting a clump of cotton in his ears after application so the drops didn’t all leak out, for the recommended time frame. Then, he, himself, used the ear irrigator a couple of times while leaning over the bathroom sink, and he saw and felt the wax flush out from his ear. Wonderful. Saved a trip to the doctor." —Not A Lot Of Money "Mom"

    Get the kit from Amazon for $7.98.

    9. A self-adhesive door draft stopper you simply cut to size and stick on any door to guard against drafts, noise, and under-door lights. Then just sit back, watch your electricity bill go down, and enjoy a little extra $$$ in your pocket.

    Close-up of the white plastic stopper attached to the bottom of a door
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    Promising reviews: "Kept all the drafts away for sure. Also keeps heat and AC temperatures in rooms comfortably. Actually saw a difference with my utility bill. Highly recommend and easy to put on. Was done in literally three seconds!" —Ph0t0gm0m

    "Easy to cut and apply to door. Already notice a difference in the draft — the basement is considerably warmer from AC air not leaking through the door." —Robert J. Lively

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    10. A pair of anti-nausea bands if cars, cruises, amusement parks, and even pregnancy leave you with a churning stomach, and you're looking for a solution that doesn't involve copious amounts of Dramamine.

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    Promising review: "I get motion sickness at a drop of a hat. When I decided to go on a second cruise, I bought these thinking they wouldn't do anything and that I would return them once I got home. I was pleasantly surprised and found that these helped me tremendously. I wore them all the time over the course of my five day cruise and was never sick during my vacation. I was stunned. My first cruise I got so sea sick the first day and ended up in a foggy haze the rest of the trip since I took so much Dramamine. Great little product and I can't believe how well they worked. I bought a second pair for the car, so if I ever feel sick, I can just put these on. I would highly recommend, even for the skeptical." —KristinaK

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.79+ (available in adult and child sizes).

    11. A panty wash laundry detergent developed by an actual gynecologist to remove stains left behind by vaginal discharge with just three ingredients (one of which is an essential oil). Its anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, and anti-mold formula is great for bras, too!

    A hand holding a bottle of Clean & Cute™ Panty Wash on top of a washing machine
    Clean & Cute

    Clean & Cute is a Black woman-owned brand founded by Dr. Tosha Rogers, owner of Atlanta Premier OB/GYN, a private practice located in the heart of South Fulton, Georgia. Her Clean & Cute™ Panty Wash was developed to address issues she regularly sees and treats in her practice.

    Get it from Clean & Cute for $14.99 (money-back guarantee if you're not totally satisfied).

    12. A quart-size cold brew maker with an airtight seal that'll keep your coffee tasting so fresh, you won't even think about going to your favorite caffeine chain.

    A clear pitcher with a black lid and handle filled with cold brew coffee sitting next to a glass filled with ice and cold brew coffee
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    Just add coarse-ground coffee into the mesh filter, pour water into the pitcher, screw the lid on (with the filter attached and submerged in the water), let it brew for 12–24 hours, and serve. You can pour it straight over ice cubes, or cut it with water or milk. Read our Tayeka cold brew maker review!

    Promising review: "I have some stomach issues and hot brewed coffee can make me feel queasy, or make my stomach hurt. The reduced acidity of using the cold brew makes a marked difference for me. The flavor is smoother and more flavorful." —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and in three colors).

    13. A hydrating hair mask so you can skip the expensive salon treatment and give dry, dull hair the deep-conditioning TLC it needs — all from the privacy of your own home.

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    Promising review: "As good, if not better than the deep conditioning treatments I get at the salon. And one jar of this is about the same price as one professional treatment! I don't think it's perfect (doesn't necessarily make my hair super soft like others claim), but it's pretty darn close. I put my hair through a lot of abuse: perming it straight, coloring blonde, flat iron, and curling iron. My hair is also naturally dry (due to the natural curl and coarse texture, on top of the dry climate where I live), so it gets a little stressed out. The online instructions say that this should be combed through the hair and stay on for at least six minutes; I leave it on for nearly 20. My hair feels amazing as I rinse the mask off; results are immediate. I find that I get best results when I let my hair partially air dry, but that's not always feasible." —K Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    14. A waterproof pouch because you're going to take your phone on any potentially wet adventures, anyway. You might as well skip the low-grade panic and give yourself the piece of mind that your tech is protected.

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    It fits any phone up to 100mm x 170mm (or about 3.9 inches x 6.7 inches). If you get one, definitely check out this review; it's packed with all sorts of good tidbits that will help you get the most out of the case. And you can totally use the touchscreen through the case — including the camera! People take incredible photos with it.

    Promising review: "I originally bought this for a solo trip to Florida because I wasn’t willing to leave my phone and credit card or rental car keys on the beach while playing in the ocean. For the price, this little thing has paid itself off and then some! I was able to fit my iPhone, two cards, and car keys in this while I blissfully floated in the ocean for hours. I even ordered this wristlet that makes your phone float in case I let go of it. I’ve also used it in my hotel jacuzzi tub (and the bathtub at home), in the hot tub at the hotel, and the water park. I am not afraid to completely submerge my phone or just let it get splashed. Especially for solo female travelers you never want to be separated from your phone because it’s your life source so nothing ruins a beach day by water damaging your phone. I really love this product!" —SpikesInk

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29+ (available in 15 styles).

    15. A mini white noise machine to block out distracting environmental sounds and help you (or your little one) get a restful night's sleep. Construction and your upstairs neighbor's incessant need to play guitar at 11 p.m. are no match for this sleek little speaker.

    The small hexagonal machine, with the speaker as its top
    Amazon

    It has 10 fan sound option, 10 ambient noise options, and is small enough you can easily pack it for travel.

    Promising review: "If you are someone who likes white noise while you sleep, this is the device for you. It remembers whatever setting it was last on, so you don't have to readjust it every time you unplug it and plug it back in. The construction seems solid and put together with the intention to last; this is not a cheap feeling product. The sound output can go from quite quiet to almost too loud. Initial setup is a bit of a hassle, going through every one of the noises, but once you find the one you like, you can just stick with it. While you might think 50 bucks is a lot for something that just makes a repetitive noise, you sleep every single day. I've had this for several years now and it is still going strong, so that means I'm paying only a penny or three a day to help ensure a good night's sleep. I'd call that a solid investment." —Kaz

    Get it from Amazon for $45.96 (also available in black).

    16. A wood polish that conditions and protects wood with a combination of beeswax and orange oil, while hiding dings and scratches that were totally already like that when you got it.

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    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." —Carol L. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    17. A nontoxic Wunderbar stain stick if you've ever Googled "How to get pit stains out?" and then been told to concoct a pre-treatment with a long list of ingredients you definitely don't have. Streamline the process with this all-encompassing soap stick. Just wet the stain, rub the stick in, and throw it in the wash like normal for powerful stain-fighting action.

    A white pouch with a yellow label sitting next to a solid white soap bar
    Celsious

    Celsious is a Black woman-owned small biz founded by two sisters, Corinna and Theresa Williams. Their obsession with fashion, environmentalism, and all things clean, led them to open one of the chicest, most energy-efficient laundromats in New York City, and a line of nontoxic, eco-conscious laundry and clothing care essentials.

    Get it from Celsious for $8.

    18. A dryer vent cleaning kit — it attaches to your vacuum to suck lint and other debris (aka major fire hazards) from the narrowest of crevices.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The entire set comes with a plastic hose, a Holikme adapter, and a vacuum hose for use with most any vacuum. Plus, a flexible lint brush!

    Promising review: "I love this dryer lint extension for the vacuum. I wanted to try a cheaper option first before I spent way more money having someone clean the lint trap deep down. So much lint came out of my dryer, it was wild. I'm very good at cleaning it after using the dryer, but inevitably there's always more that we can't see or reach because it's too deep. It's a great way to keep it clear of lint to increase the efficiency of the dryer, which will save money from electricity and extend the life of the dryer, and prevent possible fires." —Cat Landis

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    19. 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
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    "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." —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).

    20. A rubber wheel if you're no longer vibin' with the car bumper stickers you picked out in college. This drill attachment will make quick work of stuck-on decals and stickers without damaging the paint underneath one bit!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don't like bumper stickers. At all. This Whizzy Wheel removed all of them in 25–30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future." —PrestidgeSouthside

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    21. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 — 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 like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." —Alexa

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    22. A PooFection! toilet spray with a fresh eucalyptus mint scent to hide any trace that a poo even took place. Future guests who find themselves in a stinky situation will thank you for keeping this around!

    Four different-sized PooFection Eucalyptus Mint toilet sprays
    DeepWellBotanicals / Etsy

    Based in Overland Park, Kansas, DeepWellBotanicals is a small biz run by Brenda and Celeste, who create natural body care products from beard and hair oils to face cleansers and toners.

    Promising review: "Works great! Now I just have to fix my boyfriend so he can remember to spray something BEFORE he drops a nasty, stinky deuce..." —Acacia Griess

    Get it from DeepWellBotanicals on Etsy for $2.50+ (available in four sizes).

    23. A pack of moldable glue that'll quickly become your go-to for tackling a range of repair projects from sealing off a leaky tap to reinforcing the frayed ends of your phone charging cord.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Sugru is waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, durable, flexible, shock-resistant and electrically insulating up to 24 volts. It bonds to glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics. It can also bond to walls and safely hold 4.4 pounds.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest product EVER — it lives up to all hype. I used it to repair the bands on several IRREPLACEABLE glass rings. Not only is it rubbery enough to make a comfortable fit and sticky enough to bond to glass, it’s many colors made matching a breeze! I’ve already used it to repair broken earbuds, place nearly invisible hooks everywhere so chargers don’t get tangled up in my iRobot vacuum, and even used it to make hanging loops on jars so I could put my collection of completely random tillandsia gardens on the wall! I couldn’t recommend more highly." —Fawn Force

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in seven color combinations).

    24. A pack of Shark Tank-approved miniature spatulas so you can make sure your money is going farther and scoop out every 👏 last 👏 drop 👏 of that expensive foundation, lotion, hot sauce, etc.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    The set comes with one spatula with a 6-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle.

    Promising review: "So worth it! I'm so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on a 18-oz lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container. ..oh please.! You get so much more than you would without it." —Liz

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A terra-cotta sugar-saver to turn your hard-as-rock clump of brown sugar into a soft pile of ready-to-use sweetness (and keep it that way).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Just soak it in water for 20 minutes and place it in your sugar to soften and maintain moisture for approximately three to six months.

    Promising review: "I was nervous to try them in case they were a waste of money. Yesterday, I followed the directions, i.e. soaked them in water for 20 minutes, then plopped one each in containers of hard-as-concrete dark brown sugar and one of light brown sugar. I didn't dry them, just dropped them in on top. So today, I took the containers down and looked, and each container of formerly concrete-hard sugar was easy to measure out, no lumps, it's a miracle!" —NGS

    Get two from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A powerful all-purpose cleaner concentrate that can be used to clean floors, clothes, cars, tubs, sinks — you name it! Just follow the included instructions and dilute with water accordingly. One bottle = endless possibilities = no more wasting money on ineffective cleaners.

    A bottle of Frankincense & Myrrh All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate
    Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner

    Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner is a Black woman-owned small biz founded by Ymani Efunyale. After her own son suffered an asthma attack after accidentally ingesting a so-called "natural cleaner," Ymani went to work creating her own highly-effective, eco-friendly cleaners, which has grown into the business she has today.

    Promising review: "Don’t be fooled by the beautiful, gentle scent, this cleanser is tough on grease without being harmful to the environment. I really didn’t expect such cleaning power because it smelled so good!!!" —Victoria Pantalone

    Get it from Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    27. A pack of extra-large dryer balls made from organic New Zealand wool because cutting down on long dry times will get you to your warm, fluffed-up clothes faster and save you from having to run the dryer multiple times. Your electricity bill thanks you.

    Six wool dryer balls sitting atop a vine
    Coli & Me / Etsy

    Coli & Me is a small biz run by Tida who handmakes premium home goods and jewelry. Currently, Coli & Me is only offering their high-quality, pesticide-free, humanely raised and sourced wool dryer balls.

    Promising review: "So far, in love with these! I bought these because we had plastic dryer balls that were breaking into pieces, and these have worked great! The dry time is shorter than it was before, my clothes are softer. I bought four sets and gave three of them away, and I hope they're loving these as much as I am!" —Crazy Crafty Clan

    Get a pack of six from Coli & Me on Etsy for $17.

    28. A patented pet hair remover if the amount of adhesive rollers you're going through is getting out of hand. This roller uses bristles, not sticky tape, to catch lint, meaning you can clean and reuse it over and over and over again.

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    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and can use it forever — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Promising reviews: "Finally a lint roller that really works. Now I have an obsessed husband picking up German shepherd hair off the couch. Worth the price paid. It will pay for itself. No more sticky tape rollers!" —Blanca LInda Hatter

    "I can’t sing the praises of this product enough. I live with a senior cat (who sheds more than average), and the ChomChom Roller has become invaluable to me. I can clean my bathroom rug in less than five minutes, without ever having to lug out the vacuum and wrestle to keep it from sucking the thing up. Not to mention it cleans better than any vacuum has cleaned it before! It’s unbelievable, honestly. My cat is black, and my living room sofa is tan — now I can clean it with a quick touch-up every day. I’m recommending this product to all of my friends with pets. Seriously, why pay $200+ for a cordless hand vac when you can get this? It’s paid for itself in a week." —Dillon Burgess

    Get one from Amazon for $24.95.

    29. A BPA- and latex-free silicone menstrual cup so you can skip expensive monthly trips to the drugstore for pads and tampons, and enjoy up to 12 hours of leak-proof period protection.

    Athena Club

    It's made in the USA from 100% medical-grade silicone with no additives or dyes — that's why it's clear!

    Get it from Athena Club for $25 (available in two sizes and shipping is free).

    30. A compact knife sharpener that's easy to store and will keep your blades in tiptop shape. I didn't know vigorously sawing through potatoes wasn't normal until I learned you actually should be sharpening your knives, like, ALL the time!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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." —drockchef

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

    31. An EveryPlate meal subscription if buying produce usually ends up with you throwing half of it away when you don't use it in time. This truly affordable kit will deliver pre-portioned ingredients to prepare well-balanced meals that can be ready in around 30 minutes for less wasted food and money!

    A hand drizzling sauce with a spoon onto a rice bowl topped with meat and vegetables
    @everyplate / Via instagram.com

    "Planning meals and going to the grocery store is the actual bane of my existence. The fact that EveryPlate sends me everything I need at a very affordable price is such a weight lifted off my shoulders! This photo is of a real recipe I've made, and loved, and have actually recreated on my own many times since! I've been using EveryPlate pretty regularly for over two years and there has never been a recipe I (a novice chef, at best) couldn't handle." —Danielle

    Sign up for EveryPlate for $4.99/serving.

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

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