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    27 Things That'll Save You Money In The Long Run

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    1. A trio of reusable food wraps to cut down on waste and prevent having to throw out that fancy slab of cheese because it absorbed the taste of plastic wrap.

    Washable, reusable, and compostable. Made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Use it to wrap up cheese, fruit, vegetables, and bread. Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your next adventure. They last about once a year when used a few times a week.

    Promising review: "Bee's Wrap is an amazing product. It's easy to use, cleans easily, and might save the planet. I cannot recommend this enough to people tired of using saran wrap, tin foil, or ziplock bags! You save tons of money by never having to buy that crap again. Bee's wrap may seem pricey but it's worth it! Let go of that plastic addiction and do something good for you and those dear to you. I give it as gifts β€” have to spread the word!!!!!" β€”Buddysage

    Get them from Amazon for $18+ (available in three patterns).

    2. A pack of fridge liners for extending the life of those veggies you spent precious time selecting.

    The lightweight foam fridge liners measure 15"x13.5"x0.3" and let air circulate around perishable items in order to prevent spoilage. Each is washable and reusable.

    Promising review: "Surprisingly, it works. I was really skeptical because it just looked so simple and plain and I thought 'How was this going to work??' But I gave it a try anyway, and sure enough my fruits and veggies last so much longer. I'm a single mom of two kids so I forget what I have in the fridge because I'm so busy and this helps me from always having to throw out money from wasted produce. I love it. You do have to cut to fit." β€”Claudia Y. Gomez

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

    And check out our tips for making your food last longer here.

    3. A pair of cheap, skinny on-trend sunnies so when models stop wearing them in paparazzo pics in two months it'll be NBD.,

    Promising review: "dope



    be the cool kid and buy these


    well made

    so dope" β€”Mo

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in nine colors).

    4. A drying rack and bottle of cruelty-free brush shampoo for providing some motivation to properly keep those investment makeup brushes in top-notch condition so you won't have to replace anytime soon!

    This will also work for art brushes, too! Has 28 silicone holes of various sizes for a just-snug-enough fit for brushes.

    Promising review: "Very happy with purchase. I have over 100 brushes, I do makeup professionally and it is a hassle to wash all brushes and wait for them to dry. Most do not dry in time for use. This drying rack helps me stay organized and dry up to 28 brushes at one time, which helps me so much. Also, I like that I am saving my brush handles from coming apart. For about $8, it was a good purchase in my opinion." β€”Jasmine Marinoff

    Get the rack for $8.49 and shampoo for $9.99 from Amazon.

    5. A comfy camera strap in a floral pattern guaranteed to earn you sooo many compliments while making sure your expensive camera is secure!,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this camera strap. I constantly get compliments about how cute it is and it is very high quality for the price. It's also really comfy and doesn't scratch my neck like the strap that came with my canon did." β€”Hayley/Kate

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

    6. A set of 133(!) furniture protectors so scraping furniture legs won't make you have to refinish your floor more often than necessary.

    Includes 133 total, with 106 brown and 27 beige in various sizes.

    Promising review: "Sticks well to furniture surfaces. Cost effective solution to avoid the screeching sounds and save your flooring materials." β€”Prajwal

    Get them from Amazon for $9.91.

    7. A set of eight rubber succulents (in real pots! with fake dirt!) for total plant killers. They require zero care (houseplants sitting dead in their lil' containers unbeknownst to you for three months isn't something you want to repeat).

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed,

    I, a succulent serial killer, just bought these after I put them in this housewarming gifts post. Yep, that's my hand. And they look so realistic you wouldn't know unless you felt the leaves. If you want to keep some succulents around but have no faith in yourself, this is a wise investment.

    Promising review: "I love them! Realistic looking, great price, and beyond perfect." β€”GINA

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. An adjustable measuring cup built to release alllll the sticky stuff your recipes requires, aka no more wasted honey stuck to the bottom of your regular measuring cups!

    Losing less of your sticky ingredients to an OG measuring cup = more yummy treats! Dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.

    Promising review: "Throw away those 30 different mismatched measuring cups that you great-grandmother passed down after carrying them across the great dust bowl in the back of her father's covered wagon! It's about time that I can have all of the world's combined knowledge in my pocket AND one bloody measuring device in the kitchen. Squeegee-like ring at the top of the plunger gets everything out so you can stop using a spatula like a cave man, (that means it saves you dishes, Kronk). Now what to do with all the kitchen drawer space I just gained back?" β€”TK-422

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 1- or 2-cups).

    9. A dryer lint trap brush for getting every last spec of built-up lint out of that dark cavity from a winter full of drying all kinds of cozy clothes.

    News flash! Built-up lint can make your dryer less effective, which means you have to run it for additional cycles and that leads you a higher power bill! But most importantly, a dryer trap filled with lint is a MAJOR FIRE HAZARD. So take care of it, whether it's with this brush or another method!

    Promising review: "Perfect brush for me! Tool cleaned the lint inside my dryer vent and it was easy to use. Good job!" β€”DAWN GIUDICE

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    10. A six-pack of filters because your furnace has been working overtime and it's time to make a swap so it continues to run efficiently. And then you'll have multiples at the ready next time you're due for a swap!

    These may not be the cheapest filters, but this is also a product category in which you don't to skimp. Confused about what kind of furnace filter to choose? Watch a This Old House video on YouTube here for an explainer. (Disclaimer: I used to work for TOH but use their information on *all* home things.)

    Promising review: "This six-pack of Filtrete Clean Living filters is an excellent value. They are the good quality three-month filters, and they really do a great job in my older system. I have actually left them in for much, MUCH longer than three months before, because life, and they still did a great job. I don't necessarily recommend trying to extend their useful life on purpose, but if you're going to be forgetful and be a bit behind in changing your filters, I highly recommend that it's with these, instead of the 'bargain' brand. Overall, I definitely recommend this brand of filters, and at this price for a six pack, they really can't be beat." β€”Linda B.

    Get them from Amazon for $33.99 (available in a variety of sizes).

    11. A bluetooth receiver to cheaply upgrade your car and pull triple duty by allowing you to *safely* talk while driving, navigate with GPS, and stream music.

    Can connect two Bluetooth devices at once. Change the volume, play/pause music, or skip tracks with ease; Apple devices can even activate Siri with the click of a button. 10 hours of talk and play time, or up to 200 hours on standby on background. Hands-free calling with the built-in microphone.

    Promising review: "I almost spent $200 upgrading the entertainment center of my car, but after being very happy with a TaoTronics bluetooth speaker I had purchased, I got this little device for the car, saving me over $180! It is small and neat β€” plugs into the car's Aux jack point and I keep it connected to the charger just so that I don't need to worry about running out of battery power (although it lasts a long time without). I have the device connected to my Windows phone so that it can play music, and (at the same time) connected to my Samsung Galaxy for hands-free calls β€” which I can decide to accept with a single button push, or reject. It is very light, but the build quality is good and the built-in microphone seems to be just as good as those in either of the phones." β€”zeesstof

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two color combos).

    12. A salad lunchbox kit that's the price of a not-that-fancy salad to keep your toppings nice and crisp, even if you meal prep the night before!

    Includes one salad container (5.2 cup capacity), one toppings tray, one salad dressing container (1.8 oz), one ice freezer pack. Snap together, leakproof, BPA-free, and microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Since getting this set, I take a salad nearly every day for lunch. The inner compartmentalized box is great for carrying 'wet' veggies like cut up tomatoes, cucumbers, and beets while your leafy greens stay soggy-free in the main container. It's definitely cheaper than buying a $10–13 salad at the places near the office." β€”JLG

    Get it from Amazon for $8.19.

    13. A cast-iron pan scraper that won't compromise your seasoning or finish and will be so much cheaper than replacing your kitchen go-to.

    Has four different-shaped corners for cleaning any pan. And as some reviewers point out, this will also help clean the inside of grills!

    Promising review: "These work great to clean my cast iron skillet, glass baking pans, and stainless steel cookware. I don't notice a difference between the red and the black scraper. They are so durable I gave one away because I don't see myself wearing mine out anytime soon. It saves me so much time to do a first pass with the scraper before getting out the scrubber and soap. I never wish to again clean a scrambled egg pan without these lifesavers." β€”James

    Get them from Amazon for $4.80.

    And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    14. And while you're spiffing up stuff in the kitchen, a can of Bar Keepers Friend for reviving the look of everything from pots and pans to marble sinks to scummy glass shower doors.

    Promising review: "When we purchased our house, we thought the glass shower enclosure would just need a good scrubbing. Boy, were we wrong. The scum and grime must have been building up for nearly a decade. We tried nearly a dozen different cleaning products and none of them worked. We started getting quotes to replace the glass and realized it would cost us around $1,000. I read reviews on Bar Keepers Friend and saw how the abrasive powder worked so well on other surfaces. Today, I used Bar Keeper’s Friend and steel wool on the shower glass. I was able to cut through the scum and grime, and finally see through clear glass. This stuff is awesome!" β€”Amanda

    Get one 12 oz. can from Amazon for $6.29.

    And check out more cleaning products that are grossly satisfying here.

    15. A guide book for hosting your own paint party, lest you let another unused Groupon for a wine painting event expire.

    This includes instructions from the founders of The Paint Bar, which teaches individuals or groups how to paint in a comfortable atmosphere, so you'll be learning from the best!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.02.

    16. A lemon saver that'll be be endlessly useful if you squeeze fresh lemon juice into water or on salads on the reg.

    Eliminates the need for plastic wrap. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Keeps our lemons fresh!! We were always throwing away our used lemons before we used them all. This lemon keeper works great. I highly recommend." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.66 (also available for cheese, tomato, and avocados).

    17. A fruit bowl with a hook for bananas β€” which can make other fruit ripen faster when touching!,

    The more you know!!!

    Promising review: "This bowl is HUGE! I put a whole bag of apples, a whole bag of oranges, two bunches of bananas, and a few avocados in it, but I could fit a LOT more! I posted this pic on my Facebook and a few friends immediately went out and got one. Sturdy, too." β€”Jillybean

    Get it from Amazon for $16.87.

    18. A reusable grocery bag and produce bag compact enough to fit in your purse for impromptu food runs.

    Promising review: "Bigger than expected. Good price. Durable. I love how it comes with two bags. Perfect for a small grocery trip." β€”Kelsey P.

    Get it from Amazon for $4 (also available in black).

    19. A can of spray paint to revive your outdoor furniture before you start clocking in a bunch of time on those gliders you bought a few years back.,

    Promising review: "I used this to paint some very old patio furniture. I used six cans, and painted two slider chairs, an ottoman, and a bench. They came out fantastic! The paint says it works on vinyl and it covered it perfectly. I only used one coat, and then went back for touchups where I missed spots. In one day and with less than $40, I have beautiful new-looking patio furniture." β€”D. Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $3.96+.

    20. A UV protectant spray for keeping your car's leather interior looking pristine OR to halt fading on your custom Nightmare Before Christmas spare tire cover.,

    Also, someone used this on their Stormtrooper costume. So stay tuned for an update on that review.

    Promising review: "I made a quilted spare tire cover for my Honda CRV. I noticed after just two weeks that the colors were already starting to fade. I removed it and washed it. I applied the TriNova UV Protection as directed. I have noticed that the fading has stopped. I hope this is a good sign and that my cover will last me awhile before I have to make another one." β€”Christina E Jayasinghe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    21. A microwave air popper and jug of popcorn kernels that'll keep your family set for awhile when it comes to your fave Netflix snack.

    Use with any corn kernels and oil, makes up to 14 cups. Made of BPA-free silicone and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I am a full-time RVer. I do not have room for a lot of extra gadgets, so I have to really love and find value in any item I decide to purchase and keep. Popping my own popcorn saves me money and it's so much healthier than bagged microwave popcorn at the store! This popper cleans up easily, folds compactly down, is lightweight, and works like a charm! Couldn't ask for anything more! You can pop without any added oil, but I just love the added flavor a teaspoon or so of butter adds! The price is incredible, too! I've paid 2x this price for microwave popcorn bowls that didn't work half as well." β€”NanaD

    Get them from Amazon: popper for $12.97 (available in four colors) and 8 lbs. of kernels for $22.25

    22. A trio of toothpaste squeezers so the whole family can use every last drop of the stuff.

    Promising review: "This is one little item that ensures you can use all the toothpaste you paid for, because the toothpaste container is now made of a substance that can't be crimped as you use the toothpaste. This product works exactly like advertised!" β€”satisfiedcustomer

    Get them from Walmart for $5.48.

    23. A countertop painting kit that'll hide your tired laminate surface for substantially less than a new countertop!!!

    Yes, this will be a project, but most money-saving DIYs for your home require some elbow grease! This easy three-step paint process goes right over old laminate, cultured marble, and ceramic tile countertops. Has automotive-grade durability and made with safe water-based materials. Each kit covers typical kitchen of 35 square feet, or 16 running feet of standard 2-foot-wide countertop.

    Promising review: "This is amazing stuff! My daughter and I are not what I would call 'artistic,' but we braved it out and covered a beige Formica countertop with Silica Sand. I have to say it looks like granite! We even managed to put on the polyurethane with no streaks! Now we just need to put in a new sink. In a couple of weeks I expect we will back to business as usual. Easy to understand instructions and video (we did watch it twice to be sure we were doing it right). I would highly recommend this product, it saved us hundreds of dollars if not more. THANK YOU." β€”Emily Arriaga

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in four colors).

    24. A handheld milk frother to help perfect those Insta-perfect doses of caffeine at home, rather than use precious gas to drive to a coffee shop and wait in line for a picturesque drink you're going to gulp down anyway.

    Powered by two AAA batteries (not included) and operates with single on/off button.

    Promising review: "It works great! Love the speed and the power of this frother. It makes every coffee a latte and saves up $4 everytime we make our own instead of stopping in at our local coffee place." β€”jcopp

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. A four-pack of stainless-steel straws so you can cut down on waste and replace your monthly purchase of disposable drinking straws you swear by for your homemade iced coffee.

    Universally Fits all 16 oz., 20 oz., 30 oz., and 40 oz. tumblers. Dishwasher-safe, and rust- and scratch-proof.

    Promising review: "Wish I had invented these! First, I LOVE the idea that they save the environment in that, unlike plastic straws, perhaps they won't litter our oceans and kill our wildlife. They save money in the long run, because you don't have to keep buying and throwing away plastic straws. They are easy to clean with the enclosed brush, and they are the perfect size to fit in large mugs, whether it's a hot or cold beverage. I am pleasantly surprised, and very pleased with my purchase." β€”C Shaw

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

    26. A headphone-wrap keychain that'll keep two of your everyday essentials in one spot so you won't have to call a locksmith or buy a spare pair of headphones while you're out and about on the town!

    Love this wrap idea but don't want it on your keychain? Check out this!

    Promising review: "This keychain is perfect!! It saves me from having to constantly find and detangle my earbuds." β€”Brittany V

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    27. A simple tracker for recording whether someone already fed the v good doggo who's giving you major puppy dog eyes. That way you can stick to your dog food budget and stay in good grace with your vet!

    Promising review: "Monday through Friday we have a feeding routine with the dogs. Saturday and Sunday we tend to sleep in and the first person to rise usually feeds the dogs. We eventually figured out that our dogs sensed weakness and used our sleepy weekend brains to con us out of an extra breakfast. Not anymore, dogs. Not anymore." β€”Political Junkie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    When you *and* your dog are overly excited from realizing these little purchases will save you $$$ down the road.

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