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    41 Things That Might Just Be The Best $5 You'll Ever Spend

    🎢 Gonna pop some tags, only got five dollars in my pocket I-I-I'm hunting 🎢

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    1. A stainless-steel stirring spoon that'll puuurrfectly perch itself right on the side of your mug.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this little spoon! It fits perfectly on the edge of my coffee mug. Now I no longer have to go searching for a spoon to stir my morning coffee! Since it sits on the edge of the cup my fingers don't get sticky from a wet handle. Plus, it's absolutely adorable and makes me think of my own kitty while I'm away at work. This spoon has become an essential part of my morning routine." β€”Brianna S

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    2. A bottle of REPEL Insect Repellent β€” made with plant-based lemon and eucalyptus oils that'll protect you from all those annoying pests that leave you scratching forever.

    A bottle of REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "OMG does this stuff have a strong smell to it. It not only repels mosquitoes but I'm sure it could work on mothers-in-law, exes, lawyers, cops, etc. I mean my wife was sent away in tears so imagine what it must do to the bugs. This stuff is awesome!" β€”Mike E plus 3

    Get it from Amazon for $4.93.

    3. A super bubbly Glisten Disposer Care Foaming Drain and Pipe Cleaner that'll safely deodorize your garbage disposal while it scrubs away any tough grunge or build-up that causes your sink to back up and maybe even smell a little bit. It comes in a biodegradable packet that you can just drop in.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My new apartment's garbage disposal is slower than most just from the make of it. After using these packets, the garbage disposal cleans SO much quicker and, not to mention, watching the blue foam is beyond satisfying! 10/10 would recommend." β€”Cindy D

    Get a bag of four from Amazon for $3.98.

    4. A pair of knitted cotton socks ideal for helping set house-elves free and keeping your toes nice and toasty.

    A pair of gray socks that read, "Master has given Dobby a sock" on the right sock and "Dobby is FREE" on the left
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my daughter (she loves Harry Potter). I didn’t know what it meant, but she sure did and absolutely loved them!" β€”Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $4.59+ (available in six colors).

    5. A tube of Essence Lash Princess Mascara that'll leave you with lashes that look so damn long people will think you're wearing falsies β€” but you're not! And you didn't have the struggle of trying to put on fake lashes.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long-wearing. I go from an eight-hour workday right to the gym and sweat like crazy...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" β€”Carrie E Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    6. An interactive Cat Dancer β€” it'll have your little fluff ball jumping and moving around like Kris Kross was making them.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" β€”Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    7. A canister of SoftSheen-Carson Magic Extra Strength Shaving Powder which was formulated to remove hair without ever having to use a razor β€” meaning no razor bumps. Just mix the powder with water, lather, and apply. Five to seven minutes later remove with a damp cloth and bam. Done.

    SoftSheen-Carson Magic Extra Strength Shaving Powder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Alright, so I hate shaving. EFFING hate it and am always looking for alternatives. Saw some chick post about this cheap shaving powder and figured I’d give it a shot. YOU GUYS. It smells like every rotten egg in the universe has joined together to revolt against the world, but it works like magic. No razor burn, no irritation, NO INGROWNS. No bumps β€” period! You can use it EVERYWHERE 😺😺😺😺 if you catch my drift. I made a thin paste and slathered that s**t on for 10 minutes. Make sure you take it off with a damp washcloth. Before some Karen comes at me yelling for promoting a product that isn’t made of only organic dirt and essential oil β€” adults can read labels and make decisions for themselves :)." β€”LizzieChambers

    Get it from Amazon for $1.04+ (available in four varities).

    8. A fizzy toilet cleaning bomb designed to basically work the same way your fave bath bombs work except these are formulated to really get deep into the grime in your toilet and clean it all right up in about five minutes.

    A bag and pile of Johnny Drops - Toilet Cleaning Fizzing Bombs
    Juniper Seed Mercantile on Etsy

    Juniper Seed Mercantile is a Littleton, Colorado-based Etsy shop specializing in earth-friendly goods for body, baby, and home.

    Get it from Juniper Seed Mercantile on Etsy for $2.50+ (available in packs of one and five).

    9. A mood describing vinyl sticker just in case anyone tries to start anything in front of your salad.

    A vinyl sticker rendition of the popular cat with a salad meme
    Tut And Rogue Sticker Co on Etsy

    Tut And Rogue Sticker Co is a New Philadelphia, Ohio-based Etsy shop filled with Kawaii, vinyl, Japanese-inspired stickers.

    Get it from Tut And Rogue Sticker Co on Etsy for $3.49.

    10. A pack of facial and eyebrow razors that'll help shape your eyebrows, remove fine hairs, and smooth your skin.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love πŸ’• these little razors for all that peach πŸ‘ fuzz. My face looks so smooth now!!! They’re really easy to use. I had no idea there was such a product! My esthetician used something similar on my face and I thought πŸ’­ I can do that!! So glad I found it!" β€”Patti16

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $1.49.

    11. A pack of Miracle-Gro plant food spikes designed to help give your leafy green friends the yummy nutrients they need (for up to two months) β€” and since now you'll have a plant that doesn't die the second it comes into your home, you'll need to keep buying these nutritious little sticks.

    A Miracle-Gro plant food spike being placed in a plant
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became greener and more healthy-looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." β€”Elizabeth

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $2.78.

    12. A tube of e.l.f. Cosmetics Clear Brow and Lash Mascara, a dual-sided clear gel that will condition and groom your lashes and brows all day long.

    The wand of the clear brow and lash mascara sitting ontop of a bunch of open tubes of the mascara
    e.l.f. Cosmetics

    All e.l.f. products are free from phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, and hydroquinone. All skincare is also free from sulfates.

    Promising review: "I always have one of these, great to have! Keeps your eyebrows shaped and in place all day. Love it when a product that works is also super affordable!" β€”Kay shu

    Get it from e.l.f. Cosmetics for $3 (cruelty-free).

    13. An ear-saving headband that'll hold your mask straps away from your ears in a super cute print or color.

    Eymbellish Designs on Etsy

    Eymbellish Designs is a Colorado-based shop established in 2015 that specializes in knit headbands and button ear savers.

    Get it from Eymbellish Designs on Etsy for $4.95 (available in dozens of colors and two sizes).

    14. A pack of really yummy ChapStick to have you and your lips asking for some more.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Omg! 😍😍😍 When I opened the package I could smell the sweet scent. Its smell is so delicious! Jesus! 🀀 I can't choose which is my favorite but I guess it’s safe to say all three are my favorite! This is a must-buy! Chapstick never fails me! 😍😍😍" β€”Shakkura

    Get the pack of three from Amazon for $2.99.

    15. A dino-mite coated bronze T-rex necklace with a super-sweet and loving message printed on the packaging.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this necklace as a gift for a friend who loves dinosaurs. It was super cute and the little saying on the paper is nice too. The T-rex itself is a little small but I liked that about it because it makes it more subtle when it's worn (I tend to like nerdy jewelry that is more subtle until people really see it up close). The recipient loved it and put it on right away too. :)" β€”melrom

    Get it from Amazon for $5+ (available in silver, gold, and rose-gold-plated brass and check out the matching earrings). There are also really cute brontosaurus and triceratops versions.

    16. A hand-painted bookshelf tracker bookmark with spots for 50 books that you can fill in as you finish them.

    The book tracker partially filled out
    British Book Art on Etsy

    British Book Art paints your favorite characters on book pages.

    Get it from British Book Art on Etsy for $3.63.

    17. An oversized set of faux pearl barrettes for an elegantly dramatic accessory that'll take your outfit to the next level.

    A collage of photos showing models wearing the clips in their hair along with close-up images of the clips
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These clips are super cute. I bought them to jazz up my hair for a party and they were perfect for that. Very large and didn’t hurt my head like some heavier clips might." β€”Amber C.

    Get the set from Amazon for $3.99.

    18. A peach-scented Mane Club Bad Attitude Volumizing Hair Mask designed specifically to give your fine and flat hair a little extra strength and volume while it conditions.

    The BAD ATTITUDE Volumizing Hair Mask
    Mane Club

    Promising review: "This mask is amazing, gives my flat hair just enough volume while staying soft and sleek (my fine hair hates when volumizing products leave behind a gritty texture). And the smell is just so yummy. Highly recommend all of the masks but definitely this one for my fine-haired girls!" β€”Danielle E.

    Get it from Mane Club for $3 (also available in a smoothing, moisturizing, frizz control, repairing, and straightening mask).

    19. A beautiful cross-stitch pattern that'll have you creating intricate and honest pieces of art in just a matter of time β€” a matter of a long time.

    A person holding up a finished floral cross-stitch that says "this took forever"
    The Stranded Stitch on Etsy

    This is a digital download so even though it'll take forever to create you can access it instantly.

    The Stranded Stitch is an LA-based Etsy shop filled with cross stitch kits and patterns.

    Get it from The Stranded Stitch on Etsy for $4.50.

    20. A magical little pack of Affresh washing machine cleaner wipes designed to help remove any build-up and residue on your appliance β€” it's also made of a thick material that won't tear when you start wiping away.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These wipes are worth the money spent! I have tried other disinfecting wipes, rag/cleaner, etc. in the past. These wipes made the job much easier and faster! It only took one wipe to wipe my front load down. The biggest impact was cleaning the rubber surround! I could not believe how much easier this made the task. Just took minutes! Life-changing product!" β€”AmazSD

    Get a pack of 24 wipes from Amazon for $4.98.

    21. A delightful little card to let your loved one know exactly what you'd like to do to them if they're okay with it.

    A greeting card that reads, "I just want to touch your butt all the time. It's nice."
    Yea Oh Greetings on Etsy

    Yea Oh Greetings is a San Diego-based Etsy shop specializing in funny greeting cards and gifts for the inappropriate.

    Get it from Yea Oh Greetings on Etsy for $5.

    22. A bottle of L'Oreal's Blow Dry It, a hair cream designed to help you reduce your blow-dry time and protect your locks from overheating.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had never tried this before, and I had some pretty serious doubts about it, but for the <$4 price, how could I not try it? Y'all, this is a game-changer. I can't tell you how many times I've had to leave my house with miserably cold wet hair because my thick hair simply could not dry fast enough and I hesitated to use a blow dryer on my already-fragile curly hair. Not only do I now feel safer in drying my hair, but IT DRIES SO MUCH FASTER. What used to be a half-hour or more ordeal is now a ten-minute process. Bless L'Oreal for creating this. It just became a go-to for me. Bravissima!" β€”Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    23. A set of easy to install, flame-retardant socket sealers designed to stop the cold air from leaking into your house and messing with your warm and cozy home.

    Amazon

    The 24-piece set includes 16 outlet sealers, 6 switch plates, and 2 decorative covers.

    Promising review: "Socket sealer. Say it with me. Socket sealer. Alliteration can be so much fun. Okay, now with that out of our system, down to brass tacks. I love these. They're cheap and easy to install. They block the draft that is sure to come out of an electrical outlet or a light switch. I've used these in apartments and in houses. They work both ways. Just unscrew the plate, slap one of these bad boys in, and screw the plate back in. Just be sure to not touch metal to metal or skin to metal. It's a good idea to flip the breaker to deactivate the outlets you're installing these on. Otherwise, you'll give yourself a nice jolt. Or three. You know how everyone tells you not to stick a fork into an outlet? The same principle applies here except your finger is the fork and you can't taste purple for a while. So do yourself the favor of flipping the breaker before installing these. Don't make the same mistake as I did. Once. Or maybe three times. I can't remember too good now." β€”Frequency Jones

    Get the 24-piece set from Amazon for $2.74.

    24. A bottle of super gentle Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo β€” don't let the name fool you, it's not just for babies (at least not of the infant variety), it's great for anyone with sensitive skin.

    A bottle of Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This soap is great for anyone with sensitive skin. I use it for both myself and my son. A little goes a long way, but the amount that comes out even with soft squeeze is too much." β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    25. A very accurate vinyl sticker β€” it's like copied-and-pasted straight from every conversation I've ever had.

    A vinyl sticker that says, &quot;Hold on. Sorry! I saw a dog.&quot;
    Anthem Sticker Company on Etsy

    Anthem Sticker Company is a Salisbury, North Carolina-based Etsy shop filled with equality, protest, politics, and kindness stickers.

    Get it from Anthem Sticker Company on Etsy for $3.50.

    26. A pack of collagen-infused eye masks to help combat your lack-of-sleep look and any other general under-eye puffiness that tends to add to your bad day.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is a MUST for anyone who struggles with puffy/dark under eyes! I have horrible under-eye bags thanks to poor genetics and wearing eyeglasses my entire life. At some point, I'm going to have plastic surgery but I will be using these eye masks every day until I can afford the time and money for the surgery. I've enclosed an ugly (but very honest) picture of the before and after results from using this product this morning. I woke up and immediately applied the eye mask. I then wore it for about 25 minutes under my eyeglasses while I went about my household chores until the pads completely dried. When I removed the mask, my under-eye area was looking way less puffy and much brighter than when I woke up. I love this product so much that I'm ordering five more packages today so I have a supply handy." β€”Mrs L

    Get two packs of 30 from Amazon for $3.20.

    27. A bottle of germ-killing Pipette hand sanitizer made with 65% USP ethyl alcohol content and sugarcane-derived squalane that'll leave your hands sanitized and moisturized.

    The small and large-sized bottles of Pipette&#x27;s hand sanitizer
    Pipette

    Promising review: "This hand sanitizer makes my hands feel soft and it quickly absorbs when applying. Great product. Great price. I will be buying from Pipette again!" β€”Bridget .

    Get it from Pipette for $3.50+ (available in four sizes).

    28. A small and perfectly illustrated Dr. Frasier Crane print, because we all need someone who is listening right now.

    An illustration of Dr. Frasier Crane.
    Kimmy Makes Things on Etsy

    Kimmy Makes Things is a Philadelphia-based Etsy shop filled with unique pieces created by artist Kimmy Scafuro.

    Get it from Kimmy Makes Things on Etsy for $5.

    29. A pack of Command picture-hanging strips that'll aid you in hanging your ever-growing art collection without digging any holes into your walls.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used these to put a 24x36 dry erase board/corkboard on the wall and not have to anchor and screw it to the wall. It took less than a minute to push them together, peel one side, stick it to the back of the board, peel the other side and stick it to the wall β€” using masking tape that as a guide to ensure that it would be level. I've had zero problems using this to attach the board to the wall." β€”Lew

    Get a pack of four pairs from Amazon for $3.49.

    30. A set of rubber jar grippers for when you need that extra assistance opening all those impossibly hard to open jars that are really just being difficult for no reason.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These work great!! Just as intended. I’m not really sure what some people were complaining about. I have small hands and most times I just can’t get a good enough grip on a jar or bottle as I don’t have enough 'hand leverage' over the container. Sometimes I will hold one on the bottom of the jar and use one to twist off the lid for better control if it’s a tougher jar to open. They work great β€” every time and you don’t have to be Hercules to open a jar." β€”Kristen B.

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $2.79.

    31. A very therapeutic Aveeno shave gel made with oat and vitamin E for help preventing razor burn and the pain that comes along with it.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I like that it foams up really well and aids in a close shave β€” plus it leaves some moisture. Neutral scent and not irritating. Husband even uses it to shave his face. Works well for my legs and underarms too." β€”MyFeedback4U

    Get it from Amazon for $3.96.

    32. A shiny tube of Rimmel Stay Glossy lipgloss designed to stay on and stay put for six hours.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Nice lip gloss, good 'weight' or thickness, and staying power. I only use clear lip gloss, so thinner one's sort of dissipate, this one has a nice weight without feeling like it's taking over my face. And at a price that is reasonable to me 'cus 20 clams for clear lip gloss is ridiculous." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97 (available in 41 shades).

    33. A pack of slow cooker liners, because maybe someone in your family has allergies that you have to be extra careful about and do everything you can to prevent cross-contamination or maybe you're just lazy and don't want to wash any dishes after you cook β€” or maybe both!

    A slow cooker with a liner placed inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My brother told me about these. I was skeptical. Not anymore! I figured they would melt, leak, or something. Nope! High heat for seven hours and the bag still holds its juices β€” no leaks. I've used them a couple of times already and never a problem. Saves lots of cleaning time." β€”Bookworm555

    Get a box of six from Amazon for $2.98.

    34. A delightfully foul-mouthed coloring book that'll help you get all your frustrations out in the prettiest way possible.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are some of the cutest critters to color. What's better than adorable animals with filthy mouths? Nothing!" β€”Candy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    35. A pack of bra strap clips to help hold everything in place and stop you from doing the grab for your sliding straps every 20 seconds.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Since I started using these clips, I haven't had to pull up my straps a single time! I used to have to pull them back up a dozen times a day. No more. Now I can put on my bra and then just forget that it is there. I don't notice any change in the fit of my bra. I wear a large cup size and the last thing I wanted was to add to that. However, with the straps fully extended on my bra, I find the fit to be essentially the same as before. The only difference is that the straps stay in place. If you've ever struggled to keep your straps up, you owe it to yourself to try this product." β€”K. Howe

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.97+ (available in eight options).

    36. An absolutely delightful children's book filled with the story from what is (without a doubt, I don't give a hoot what anyone says) the best movie ever created.

    A Little Golden Book of Disney Pixar&#x27;s Coco
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We got this book before the movie came out here in the US. My mother-in-law (who's from Mexico) started crying while she was reading it to my kids because it reminded her of her parents. The movie was incredible too!" β€”J. Floyd

    Get it from Amazon for $3.39.

    37. A reusable makeup-removing cloth, because getting rid of all the excess makeup every night is a chore but this will help make it easier β€” they just need water!

    The makeup removing cloth with makeup residue on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." β€”RachelM

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    38. A velvet faux pearl beaded headband designed with a knotted detail and in a comfortable fit for a sophisticated look you can wear all day.

    The beaded headband in pink
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am so impressed with these headbands!! The price is unbeatable and the quality is better than some headbands I have from Anthropologie for a MAJOR fraction of the price. Super excited to start styling it, may just have to get it in more colors!" β€”Paige Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $3.19.

    39. A set of whimsical little bag clips so you can keep your food fresh and maybe even stop all those little critters you live with away from your food β€” and by critters I mean your roommates.

    A variety of animal-shaped bag clips being used
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These clips are absolutely adorable! I can't say they are the most sturdy, but we bought these clips for the purpose of clipping bags of chips and cereal, so nothing too strenuous or bulky." β€”Sting

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $3.99.

    40. A delightfully etched side-view mirror sticker for help with your competive nature.

    A close up of a car&#x27;s side mirror with the sticker, &quot;objects in mirror are losing&quot;
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, this is so funny! I love this sticker and it gets a lot of attention. I only put it on the driver side of my car, as the passenger side already has the pre-engraved 'Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.' It stays on well after car washes. I love this sticker!!" β€”Mel Point

    Get it from Amazon for $2.49.

    41. An inspiring vinyl wall decal that'll be your daily reminder to leave your house and kick some serious ass.

    The wall decal that reads, &quot;be amazing today&quot; placed on a mirror
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holds up well, easy to apply, long-lasting, and easy to remove when done. I used this in a classroom on the front whiteboard. Easily applied early in the school year β€” bold/solid black. Stayed up with no problem. Easily removed at the end of the school year. I would buy again, the quality was good and the words are NOT individual letters that you have to apply one at a time. The whole phrase is on clear cellophane that you apply all at once and then remove the cellophane. So easy!" β€”M. Brooks

    Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (available in two designs).

    And I promise you all, at the time of publication everything on this list was five dollars.

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