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24 Things To Buy This Month That'll Save You Money In The Long Run

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1. A enticing cookbook that'll cater to those who'd prefer to live off nachos and other bar food (ME!) but know they should eat some veggies once in a while.

I'd eat nachos every meal if I could! So this appeals to me a lot, even though I don't identify myself as a "dude."Promising review: "I love rich indulgent gourmet meals, but I'm a busy mom on a budget. I don't have time to go looking for specialty ingredients. I also need foods that are simple, flavorful, and healthy that the whole family can relate to. This book delivers just that. I have made 4 meals from this book and each one has been better than the last. My 12-year-old didn't even realize she was eating quinoa." —S. LejeuneGet it from Amazon for $4.99+, Barnes & Noble for $4.99+, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.
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I'd eat nachos every meal if I could! So this appeals to me a lot, even though I don't identify myself as a "dude."

Promising review: "I love rich indulgent gourmet meals, but I'm a busy mom on a budget. I don't have time to go looking for specialty ingredients. I also need foods that are simple, flavorful, and healthy that the whole family can relate to. This book delivers just that. I have made 4 meals from this book and each one has been better than the last. My 12-year-old didn't even realize she was eating quinoa." —S. Lejeune

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+, Barnes & Noble for $4.99+, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

2. Or perhaps a Harry Potter cookbook to get the whole fam so excited for dinner they may even not beg for delivery pizza instead.

Everyone loves a good theme! Oh, and it's even ~more~ exciting because of the new Fantastic Beasts movie. If you have some monsters who aren't Potterheads in your family, you can just tell them it's seasonal bc Halloween.Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.99+, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.
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Everyone loves a good theme! Oh, and it's even ~more~ exciting because of the new Fantastic Beasts movie. If you have some monsters who aren't Potterheads in your family, you can just tell them it's seasonal bc Halloween.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+, Barnes & Noble for $10.99+, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

3. A foam pumpkin you can carve into a jack-o'-lantern this year and then display for years to come. And it'll be sooooo much less of a mess than an actual pumpkin.

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Promising review: "Looks real and cuts well. Realistic texture as a real one. I used a stencil pattern traced it on and used a knife to carve. It was about a half-inch thick." —Kelly

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

4. And if you're serious about carving (real or faux) pumpkins, a rotary tool carving kit to help you *safely* etch intricate, prize-worthy designs.

Includes a 6-volt cordless Dremel rotary tool (requires 4 AA batteries, not included) that rotates at 6,000 rpm or 12,000 rpm; 10 carving templates; 1/8-inch diameter high-speed cutter; and wrench.Promising review: "This Dremel did exactly what it was designed to do. it is not used for cutting a jack-o'-lantern with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. It is used to carve intricate, detailed patterns into the flesh of the pumpkin. It is not intended to cut clean through like an electric knife. I never used it above the low setting, and actually wish it had a lower setting. It removed small pieces of flesh at a time with great precision. Depending on the detail a pumpkin can take me 4–7 hours to carve. This easily knocked off 1–2 hours off and wasn't as painful to my fingers and manual tools.The hardest part of doing a detailed pumpkin is getting the flesh all one thickness, so that the light shines through evenly and you only get one color, typically orange. The thinner the wall of the pumpkin, the more yellow it will be, and the thicker the wall, the deeper orange it will be. This tool makes matching the thickness of the wall so much easier than manual tools." —jwag420Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
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Includes a 6-volt cordless Dremel rotary tool (requires 4 AA batteries, not included) that rotates at 6,000 rpm or 12,000 rpm; 10 carving templates; 1/8-inch diameter high-speed cutter; and wrench.

Promising review: "This Dremel did exactly what it was designed to do. it is not used for cutting a jack-o'-lantern with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. It is used to carve intricate, detailed patterns into the flesh of the pumpkin. It is not intended to cut clean through like an electric knife. I never used it above the low setting, and actually wish it had a lower setting. It removed small pieces of flesh at a time with great precision. Depending on the detail a pumpkin can take me 4–7 hours to carve. This easily knocked off 1–2 hours off and wasn't as painful to my fingers and manual tools.

The hardest part of doing a detailed pumpkin is getting the flesh all one thickness, so that the light shines through evenly and you only get one color, typically orange. The thinner the wall of the pumpkin, the more yellow it will be, and the thicker the wall, the deeper orange it will be. This tool makes matching the thickness of the wall so much easier than manual tools." —jwag420

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

5. Ankle booties in dozens of colors so you'll never be at a loss about how to wear them. Aka, you're going to live in these this fall.

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Promising review: "Still the best ankle boot out there. I've now purchased this same boot in three colors. I'm on my feet quite a bit at work and they are perfect. Look very professional and can be dressed up or down. Get them!! Also recommend protecting them with clear coat protectant before wearing, as they can get scuffed somewhat easily in rough conditions." —T.M.T.

Get them from Amazon for $46.99+ (available in sizes 5–13, 39 colors).

6. Stain-preventing dental wipes — they may buy you a few months 'til your next whitening treatment.

Promising review: "These wipes are amazing! Wine stains on your teeth are completely embarrassing. I recently bought these for my best friends wedding and her bridal party and we took amazing photos all night. Definitely comes in hand and saves the night!" —Amazon CustomerGet them from Amazon for $7.29.'Tis time for a whitening treatment? Check out our top picks for teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.
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Promising review: "These wipes are amazing! Wine stains on your teeth are completely embarrassing. I recently bought these for my best friends wedding and her bridal party and we took amazing photos all night. Definitely comes in hand and saves the night!" —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $7.29.

'Tis time for a whitening treatment? Check out our top picks for teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

7. A streamlined laptop backpack you'll want to carry even when you don't need your laptop. (I own it and love it!)

I own the red color and can slip my 13" MacBook Air (without a case!) into the inner pocket for flights to visit my family and it stays fine despite getting shoved under airplane seats and jostled around on my trips. AND I even recently used it to bring a bunch of food and cans of rosé into Universal Studios Hollywood (it's allowed!) instead of buying overpriced food in the park. My friend Aaron wore it like it was NBD thanks to its cushioned straps and back. Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (black only) or Incase for $79.95 (three colors).Check out *why* it was our mid-price pick for our top picks for the best laptop backpacks on BuzzFeed Reviews.
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I own the red color and can slip my 13" MacBook Air (without a case!) into the inner pocket for flights to visit my family and it stays fine despite getting shoved under airplane seats and jostled around on my trips. AND I even recently used it to bring a bunch of food and cans of rosé into Universal Studios Hollywood (it's allowed!) instead of buying overpriced food in the park. My friend Aaron wore it like it was NBD thanks to its cushioned straps and back.

Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (black only) or Incase for $79.95 (three colors).

Check out *why* it was our mid-price pick for our top picks for the best laptop backpacks on BuzzFeed Reviews.

8. And a waterproof electronics organizer to keep all your family's wires and cords organized and dry.

Have you every tried to track down a replacement laptop charger while traveling? It's awful. Promising review: "With four people and Lord only knows how many devices in our house we needed some sort of organizer to help get us ready for vacation. I ran across this one and liked the colors it came in so I got it in gray/orange. The first thing I noticed was that the zippers work really well, they don’t snag and get stuck. The organizer is nicely padded, there’s ample space for all the different cords we need, and there’s even a place for an SD card which works out great for our video camera. It had a small pocket for a mini tablet but we don’t have one of those so I’ll find something else to put in that spot. It’s perfect for our needs and I love the strap that comes with it." —AGOGet it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in nine colors).
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Have you every tried to track down a replacement laptop charger while traveling? It's awful.

Promising review: "With four people and Lord only knows how many devices in our house we needed some sort of organizer to help get us ready for vacation. I ran across this one and liked the colors it came in so I got it in gray/orange. The first thing I noticed was that the zippers work really well, they don’t snag and get stuck. The organizer is nicely padded, there’s ample space for all the different cords we need, and there’s even a place for an SD card which works out great for our video camera. It had a small pocket for a mini tablet but we don’t have one of those so I’ll find something else to put in that spot. It’s perfect for our needs and I love the strap that comes with it." —AGO

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in nine colors).

9. A specially made funnel that'll do its own thing to get the last drops out of the old bottle while you do better things with your time.

Promising review: "This is the best gadget ever. I can't tell you how many times and for so many bottles I use this. It is amazing how much will drain from the old bottle to the new. If the top bottle is large, I just put it by a cabinet to prop it up a little. An example would be hand soap refill bottles. They are large, but draining one bottle into the other saves money, reduces waste, and makes it easier to clean out for recycling." —catlovestoreadGet it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in several colors).
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Promising review: "This is the best gadget ever. I can't tell you how many times and for so many bottles I use this. It is amazing how much will drain from the old bottle to the new. If the top bottle is large, I just put it by a cabinet to prop it up a little. An example would be hand soap refill bottles. They are large, but draining one bottle into the other saves money, reduces waste, and makes it easier to clean out for recycling." —catlovestoread

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in several colors).

10. A beanie perfect for runners that'll replace the never-ending supply of ear muffs and ear covers you always swear will be the solution to cold weather runs.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 13 colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 13 colors).

11. A tried-and-true juicer (that we tried and tested) so maybe you can save some dough and break up with your baller juice shop habit by hacking your own recipes.

We found in testing this model — which is pretty cheap for a juicer — that the generously sized chute meant less chopping and quicker prep time. And it makes a glass of juice in under two minutes. (I tried that juice, it was tasty AF.) Plus, this appliance is easy to clean with removable dishwasher-safe parts. (We all know the worst part about owning a juicer is having to clean it.) Get it from Amazon, Walmart, or Target for $54.99. Willing to make a bigger investment? Read up on our other two top picks for juicers on BuzzFeed Reviews.
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We found in testing this model — which is pretty cheap for a juicer — that the generously sized chute meant less chopping and quicker prep time. And it makes a glass of juice in under two minutes. (I tried that juice, it was tasty AF.) Plus, this appliance is easy to clean with removable dishwasher-safe parts. (We all know the worst part about owning a juicer is having to clean it.)

Get it from Amazon, Walmart, or Target for $54.99.

Willing to make a bigger investment? Read up on our other two top picks for juicers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

12. A slim card case for those times when you can't carry your full wallet or you'd rather not go out with every credit card you own.

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Oh, and it's RFID-blocking! Seriously, you don't need to advertise to creeps that you have a super thicc wallet in your back pocket while you're minding your own business in public.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 16 colors).

13. An affordable runner to put down in high traffic areas so your newly refinished floors keep looking good.

I own a dead ringer for this and have it in front of my closet where I try on shoes every day to see how they look and feel to fit my outfit/mood. Aka, my downstairs neighbor is probably grateful for the dampened sound. And the gray-black color scheme means it doesn't show dirt!Get it from Amazon for $29.59+ (available in nine colors, variety of sizes).
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I own a dead ringer for this and have it in front of my closet where I try on shoes every day to see how they look and feel to fit my outfit/mood. Aka, my downstairs neighbor is probably grateful for the dampened sound. And the gray-black color scheme means it doesn't show dirt!

Get it from Amazon for $29.59+ (available in nine colors, variety of sizes).

14. Odor-free dishcloths you can use for years and years, and will clean up so easy in the dishwasher or washing machine. Bye sponges!

Promising review: "I bought a set in 2014, and I'm back to buy a second set now, only because three of the four from my previous set have mysteriously gone missing over the past month (I have a new housemate, but I'm not pointing any fingers...). They held up very well, they do a great job of scrubbing dishes without getting all grimy and smelly, and they're a cinch to clean by rinsing under running water, putting them in the dishwasher with the dishes, or tossing them in the laundry with the clothes. I won't go back to sponges or traditional dishcloths." —K. BonnerGet a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).Can't quit your beloved sponges? Check out our top picks for kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews for a serious upgrade.
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Promising review: "I bought a set in 2014, and I'm back to buy a second set now, only because three of the four from my previous set have mysteriously gone missing over the past month (I have a new housemate, but I'm not pointing any fingers...). They held up very well, they do a great job of scrubbing dishes without getting all grimy and smelly, and they're a cinch to clean by rinsing under running water, putting them in the dishwasher with the dishes, or tossing them in the laundry with the clothes. I won't go back to sponges or traditional dishcloths." —K. Bonner

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

Can't quit your beloved sponges? Check out our top picks for kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews for a serious upgrade.

15. A heat-resistant travel mat that'll help protect countertops from your hair tools and then keep them safe in your luggage — even if they're still a little warm to the touch.

Has a unique texture that prevents it from slipping on surfaces and is heat-resistant up to 450 F. Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in gray).
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Has a unique texture that prevents it from slipping on surfaces and is

heat-resistant up to 450 F.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in gray).

16. A 3-in-1 coat with a removable lining you can wear as a light down-filled layer or zipped into the outer shell.

I tried this coat on in store and heavily debated on it with two friends. Both of them bought it and even though it's still warm in NYC at the moment, I'm kind of regretting opting for another coat with lighter lining! You've gotta love a piece of 3-in-1 outerwear, especially if you're tight on space or subscribe to the capsule wardrobe lifestyle.Get it from Columbia for $220 (available in sizes XS–L and 1X–3X, four colors).
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I tried this coat on in store and heavily debated on it with two friends. Both of them bought it and even though it's still warm in NYC at the moment, I'm kind of regretting opting for another coat with lighter lining! You've gotta love a piece of 3-in-1 outerwear, especially if you're tight on space or subscribe to the capsule wardrobe lifestyle.

Get it from Columbia for $220 (available in sizes XS–L and 1X–3X, four colors).

17. A full-zip fleece to layer under your top coat on days when the wind definitely has a bite, but you're not quite ready for your sleeping bag–like coat.

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I am 110% here for getting more use out of cute top coats thanks to ~layering~.

Get them from Amazon: women's for $20+ (sizes XS–2XL, 11 colors) or men's for $21+ (sizes S–2XL, 16 colors)

18. A reusable pour-over coffee filter that'll work in your Chemex and other models now that you're a pour-over devotee and are going through paper filters at a scary rate.

This is made of 100% hemp and can be used hundreds of times! Simply rinse it with hot water after each use and let dry. Promising review: "I bought this for our Bodum and one for my brother's Chemex. It fits both! It's not that big of a deal to clean. I let it dry out a little bit then invert it over the trash and most of the grounds fall out. Then I rinse it under the sink, squeeze it out, and put it back in the bodum filter that came included to let it dry for the next day. I think the coffee tastes better with this than the ultra thick Chemex filters, but I'm not coffee expert so that's just my own humble opinion. I know one coffee filter a day is barely even grazing the surface for sustainability, but I still feel a little less guilty after making coffee in the mornings." —K. LewisGet it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in three sizes).Also check out a similar organic cotton filter.
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This is made of 100% hemp and can be used hundreds of times! Simply rinse it with hot water after each use and let dry.

Promising review: "I bought this for our Bodum and one for my brother's Chemex. It fits both! It's not that big of a deal to clean. I let it dry out a little bit then invert it over the trash and most of the grounds fall out. Then I rinse it under the sink, squeeze it out, and put it back in the bodum filter that came included to let it dry for the next day. I think the coffee tastes better with this than the ultra thick Chemex filters, but I'm not coffee expert so that's just my own humble opinion. I know one coffee filter a day is barely even grazing the surface for sustainability, but I still feel a little less guilty after making coffee in the mornings." —K. Lewis

Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in three sizes).

Also check out a similar organic cotton filter.

19. A time-saving brownie pan to help you whip up all kinds of holiday and bake sale treats quickly (rather than relying on store-bought goods).

It's dishwasher-safe and heat-safe up to 450 degrees F.Get it from Amazon for $19.99.
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It's dishwasher-safe and heat-safe up to 450 degrees F.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

20. Cute packing cubes for squeezing soooo much more stuff into your luggage and avoiding checked baggage fees for all that holiday travel you have planned.

Promising review: "I travel frequently for work and am a serious over packer. I typically pack business casual items, day wear, and pajamas. In other words, my suitcase is always a mess and usually I need to pack and check a much larger suitcase than I actually need. I am seriously in love with the well traveled compression set. I seriously just packed at least 10 outfits and a weeks worth of pjs in my CARRY ON. With room for like four winter sweaters. I feel like a legit travel rockstar. The compression set itself is beautiful. I love the colors and images. The material feels amazing, the zippers are super sturdy, and the seams are holding rock solid. And I am known to burst the zippers on my travel gear. Well worth the money. I'll be buying more to pack away my seasonal wardrobe." —shayla walshGet them from Amazon for $24.93.
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Promising review: "I travel frequently for work and am a serious over packer. I typically pack business casual items, day wear, and pajamas. In other words, my suitcase is always a mess and usually I need to pack and check a much larger suitcase than I actually need. I am seriously in love with the well traveled compression set. I seriously just packed at least 10 outfits and a weeks worth of pjs in my CARRY ON. With room for like four winter sweaters. I feel like a legit travel rockstar. The compression set itself is beautiful. I love the colors and images. The material feels amazing, the zippers are super sturdy, and the seams are holding rock solid. And I am known to burst the zippers on my travel gear. Well worth the money. I'll be buying more to pack away my seasonal wardrobe." —shayla walsh

Get them from Amazon for $24.93.

21. Fiskars scissors that'll leave you wondering why you've been using other scissors your whole dang life.

Seriously, I stan Fiskars scissors! Just think about how this is going to change the game when it comes to all the holiday crafts and gifts you'll be handling in the coming months. Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
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Seriously, I stan Fiskars scissors! Just think about how this is going to change the game when it comes to all the holiday crafts and gifts you'll be handling in the coming months.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

22. An eyeshadow primer to keep your Halloween look perf or your eyeliner intact on your snowboarding day trips.

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Promising review: "Works really well! kept my eyeliner on all day while snowboarding! Would buy again and recommend." —erica

Get it from Amazon for $6.81.

23. A 4 lbs. bag of Halloween candy so you won't have to fight your neighbors for the last few overpriced bags in the grocery store candy aisle on the night of the 30th.

Includes 240 pieces of a variety of Mars candies, including Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Way Chocolate Candy.Get it from Amazon for $14.50.
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Includes 240 pieces of a variety of Mars candies, including Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Way Chocolate Candy.

Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

24. And a fog machine and fog juice to ~set the mood~ and make priceless memories by scaring the neighbors' kids.

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Besides, who wouldn't want a fog machine at their disposal? Forget rentals!

Promising review: "Made our halloween themed b-day party awesomely spooky. Seriously, it filled our whole giant front yard with thick creepy smoke! Everyone loved it! I set a book on the on-switch button and it went off at regular intervals. Just make sure you keep it filled with smoke-juice. I liked it so much I bought a wireless remote controlled one form a local store. It sucked. It worked about 50% of the time. Buy the hard wired one. Works so much better." —jd williamson

Get them from Amazon: fog machine for $27.99 and 1 gallon of fog juice for $19.99

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