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

A budget vegan cookbook, an automatic curling iron, tough AF gardening gloves, and more things that may save you some cash down the road.

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1. A five-ingredient cookbook made for college students — it could do older folks a huge service because we've all gotta eat, but we're not all made o' money!

Promising review: "Got it for my friend who can't cook. There's a bunch of easy stuff in here for people who aren't brave when it comes to trying food but then there is also a big range of food to work up to, palate wise. There's also a list of words that you just know as a cook that people who don't spend any time in the kitchen may not know and you wouldn't think twice about it. So there's an explanation of say, 'poach' or 'saute.' There are also gluten- and dairy-free options on the side of a lot of the recipes. I might order a second copy for myself bc i like what i see." —Ynoxas123Get it from Amazon for $11.99, Barnes & Noble for $12.95, a local bookseller through IndieBound.
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Promising review: "Got it for my friend who can't cook. There's a bunch of easy stuff in here for people who aren't brave when it comes to trying food but then there is also a big range of food to work up to, palate wise. There's also a list of words that you just know as a cook that people who don't spend any time in the kitchen may not know and you wouldn't think twice about it. So there's an explanation of say, 'poach' or 'saute.' There are also gluten- and dairy-free options on the side of a lot of the recipes. I might order a second copy for myself bc i like what i see." —Ynoxas123

Get it from Amazon for $11.99, Barnes & Noble for $12.95, a local bookseller through IndieBound.

2. Or a Frugal Vegan cookbook so lil' baby vegans and mature vegans alike can whip up something instead of seeking out a pricey restaurant where you can eat more than two things on the menu.

Promising review: "Frugal Vegan is a very, very accessible cookbook. The recipes are simple yet creative and they really won't break the bank. It's a perfect book for someone like myself who wishes she/he was savvy in the kitchen but often doesn't have the patience or energy or resources to make something nutritious and lavish. I highly recommend this book!" —BobbiGet it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, Urban Outfitters for $21.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
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Promising review: "Frugal Vegan is a very, very accessible cookbook. The recipes are simple yet creative and they really won't break the bank. It's a perfect book for someone like myself who wishes she/he was savvy in the kitchen but often doesn't have the patience or energy or resources to make something nutritious and lavish. I highly recommend this book!" —Bobbi

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, Urban Outfitters for $21.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

3. A Beachwaver that'll give you those tousled waves you've been lusting after without shelling out dough at the dry bar on a weekly basis (or wasting money on other curling products).

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I have several friends (with gorgeous hair) who swear by this tool.

Promising review: "You know that perfectly wavy reality TV star hair? I wanted it. Craved it. Tried everything to get it. But nothing worked. Nothing lasted. I thought that my long, thick hair was just going to be straight forever. Impervious to curls of any kind. Until I tried the Beachwaver. I fell in love, y'all. I watched in wonder as my head of lackluster locks transformed into flowing waves with just the push of a button. Literally — it's pretty much dummy-proof. Basically does all the work for you. #motorizedmagic And here's the really crazy part — these curls last. For a looooong time. I'm talking 3+ days. Even brushed out and slept on, my hair stays soft, smooth, and perfectly wavy. I'm starting to feel like this is just the natural state of my hair. Probably gonna get my own reality show soon just because of these glorious waves. I know it's pricey, but think of it as an investment in your awesomeness. You're worth it. You deserve it. And so does your soon-to-be primetime hair." —OhMargo

Get the 1" version from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $129.

4. A makeup sponge stand to let your BeautyBlender (or budget dupes) air out as the beauty gods intended so you can get the full use out of it.

Promising review: "Decent size, not too big and not too small. Is very decorative on my makeup counter. It allows complete air flow to dry your sponges. Besides, you can use it for other functions and place other objects in the basket." —MaximusGet it from Amazon for $3.98 (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "Decent size, not too big and not too small. Is very decorative on my makeup counter. It allows complete air flow to dry your sponges. Besides, you can use it for other functions and place other objects in the basket." —Maximus

Get it from Amazon for $3.98 (available in three colors).

5. Or a ~deluxe~ sponge holder that surely will hold at least most of your collection...because if you can't see them, you won't use them!

Promising review: "This Beauty Blender organizer is the best thing I've ever bought for myself!! It's so cute and displays my beauty sponges, while also letting them dry completely. Super great purchase!!!" —Emily PalanGet it from Amazon for $12.
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Promising review: "This Beauty Blender organizer is the best thing I've ever bought for myself!! It's so cute and displays my beauty sponges, while also letting them dry completely. Super great purchase!!!" —Emily Palan

Get it from Amazon for $12.

6. A peel-and-stick window fly trap for avoiding a messy accident like walking into a hanging fly trap, ruining your hairdo and haunting your dreams for years to come.

Psst, if you don't want dead flies to greet visitors, you can put these strips behind curtains and furniture for a low-key, effective trap. Promising review: "Nothing much to say except that these WORK! See my picture! Finally a product that kills flies and doesn't smell like old gym socks with dead fish inside. These don't attract flies but flies are attracted to the windows anyways so they land on this thing and then are stuck there until they die. Looks a little gross when it gets full but it's better than flies buzzing all over the house!" —ChristineGet a two-pack from Amazon for $6.72.
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Psst, if you don't want dead flies to greet visitors, you can put these strips behind curtains and furniture for a low-key, effective trap.

Promising review: "Nothing much to say except that these WORK! See my picture! Finally a product that kills flies and doesn't smell like old gym socks with dead fish inside. These don't attract flies but flies are attracted to the windows anyways so they land on this thing and then are stuck there until they die. Looks a little gross when it gets full but it's better than flies buzzing all over the house!" —Christine

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.72.

7. A odor-locking diaper pail that'll spare you the agony of buying pricey dedicated garbage bags or suffering through dirty diaper smells 24/7.

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There *are* Ubbi branded diaper pail bags made for this, but all the reviews say you can use normal garbage bags instead.

Promising review: "Have used for 4 1/2 years now and works as good as it did when new. I added felt strips to the bottom so it wouldn't scratch my new tile floor. The inside smells horrible but once it is closed back up the smell never seeps out." —Cheery_Chickadee

Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (14 color combos), Walmart for $69.99+ (nine color combos), or Jet for $69.99 (white only).

8. A tough pair of goatskin leather gloves that won't bite the dust before the first frost hits and may just save you some bandages.

Promising review: "These are wonderful. I removed a group of rogue raspberries that had infiltrated my rose garden and didn't get pricked once by either the rose bushes or raspberries. The glove portion is soft and very pliable — it's almost like not wearing any gloves at all, yet tough enough to keep me from getting pricked. The part that extends past your wrist goes well past your elbow, is a bit thicker, and saved me from a ton of scratches. I would highly recommend these gloves and will probably get a second pair." —marie a tommasiGet them from Amazon for $25.95 (four colors, sizes XS–XL).
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Promising review: "These are wonderful. I removed a group of rogue raspberries that had infiltrated my rose garden and didn't get pricked once by either the rose bushes or raspberries. The glove portion is soft and very pliable — it's almost like not wearing any gloves at all, yet tough enough to keep me from getting pricked. The part that extends past your wrist goes well past your elbow, is a bit thicker, and saved me from a ton of scratches. I would highly recommend these gloves and will probably get a second pair." —marie a tommasi

Get them from Amazon for $25.95 (four colors, sizes XS–XL).

9. A concentrated carpet shampoo to do the work of a pro for significantly less dough.

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Can be used in the leading upright deep cleaning machines including BISSELL, Hoover, and Rug Doctor.

Promising review: "Absolutely love this product. I feel like I've tried everything on my carpets to no avail. After one cleaning and 24 hour drying period my carpets have never looked better. I would highly recommend even if there are pets in the household!!" —melissa

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

10. An organic mesh produce mag for toting around during errands instead of being suckered into buying another tote to carry each grocery haul

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8+ (available in two sizes).
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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8+ (available in two sizes).

11. A pair of kid-friendly snack catchers — they may put a dent in your ziplock bag consumption *and* prevent messes.

Promising review: "We bought these for our recent 2500 mile road trip with our 2-year-old and 1-year-old twins. These cups totally saved us. We were able to give the kids Goldfish crackers, string cheese, fries, graham crackers, or any other snack you could think of in these cups. The kids figured out how to use them very quickly and the cups clean up very well in the dishwasher. I just lent these to my sisters who have kids ages 6 months and 9 months and even kids that young figured them out quickly and were able to use them with little mess. Love them!!" —JCGet them from Walmart for $5.99 (one color combo) or Amazon for $6.99+ (three color combos).
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Promising review: "We bought these for our recent 2500 mile road trip with our 2-year-old and 1-year-old twins. These cups totally saved us. We were able to give the kids Goldfish crackers, string cheese, fries, graham crackers, or any other snack you could think of in these cups. The kids figured out how to use them very quickly and the cups clean up very well in the dishwasher. I just lent these to my sisters who have kids ages 6 months and 9 months and even kids that young figured them out quickly and were able to use them with little mess. Love them!!" —JC

Get them from Walmart for $5.99 (one color combo) or Amazon for $6.99+ (three color combos).

12. A stadium security–approved tote bag you can use to keep your beach gear dry during the summer and bring along to all your season ticket football games in the fall.

Promising review: "As our high school football team was poised to head to the state playoff game, we encountered the unknown of yet another stadium on the road. This time an NFL stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL bag policy was in full effect. Having a large group of friends going with us, I bought several of these for all the ladies in the group, who normally carry their purses. The bag meets the spec sizes for the NFL stadium. Bags were made of good quality, with heavy strap materials and a zippered top. They are perfectly clear when standing up." —UberGeekGet it from Amazon for $6.99.
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Promising review: "As our high school football team was poised to head to the state playoff game, we encountered the unknown of yet another stadium on the road. This time an NFL stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL bag policy was in full effect. Having a large group of friends going with us, I bought several of these for all the ladies in the group, who normally carry their purses. The bag meets the spec sizes for the NFL stadium. Bags were made of good quality, with heavy strap materials and a zippered top. They are perfectly clear when standing up." —UberGeek

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

13. A set of reusable straws (and cleaning brushes!) that'll be tall enough for your to-go cups and wide enough for smoothies.

Promising review: "I LOVE these straws!! They are very durable and hold up to my straw chewing. This saved me lots of money cause I was always buying straws. Highly recommend!" —Amazon CustomerGet them from Amazon for $12.95.
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Promising review: "I LOVE these straws!! They are very durable and hold up to my straw chewing. This saved me lots of money cause I was always buying straws. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $12.95.

14. A grocery notepad so you don't forget essential ingredients for that big dish you're cooking later this week.

Promising review: "What a cool shopping list form. Just stick it on your fridge and grab one whenever you need it. The choices pretty much cover most shopping list choices. Now I have no excuse for missing shopping items." —KTroutGet it from Amazon for $6.25 or Jet for $7.54.
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Promising review: "What a cool shopping list form. Just stick it on your fridge and grab one whenever you need it. The choices pretty much cover most shopping list choices. Now I have no excuse for missing shopping items." —KTrout

Get it from Amazon for $6.25 or Jet for $7.54.

15. A pair of pocketed leggings you won't believe cost less than the boutique fitness class your friend convinced you into attending this weekend.

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Promising review: "The search was on for workout leggings that were high-waisted, breathable, cute-ish, and had a nice pocket deep enough for my iPhone — and at a price that I would not feel guilty about when I inevitably stopped working out. Enter these $13 workout leggings from Amazon — they had good reviews, met all my requirements, and were cheap enough for the perfect impulse buy. And I am so glad I bought them! They're pleasantly thick and stretchy with the perfect rise, aaand they have mesh panels down the legs that are cute *and* help with the sweat factor. And the pockets are EVERYTHING. Whether I'm flinging myself down the street (that's what it looks like when I'm running), doing high knees, trying one burpee and then lying down, or attempting convoluted yoga poses, my phone NEVER leaves that little pocket! Who needs endorphins when you feel the joy of finding the perfect leggings for under $20?" —Maitland Quitmeyer

And check out the ~full review~ about why a BuzzFeeder loves these.

Get them from Amazon for $12.88+ (available in five color combos, sizes ).

16. A sensible reminder disguised as a pretty decal — it just may save you some smelly disasters that'll dry up your air freshener supply.

Get it from Kenna Sato Designs on Etsy for $11.99+ (available in six sizes, variety of colors).
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Get it from Kenna Sato Designs on Etsy for $11.99+ (available in six sizes, variety of colors).

17. A super powerful mosquito repellant to keep the pests away and save you some calamine lotion and scar-erasing products later.

Promising review: "Saved my skin while I was in southeast Asia. The lotion doesn't have any noticeably pungent scent, and spreads easily on skin so a small amount is more than enough to cover exposed areas. It would last me the majority of the day, even when I was sweating. Overall, a great product and a much more preferable alternative to Deet." —MalcolmGet it from Amazon for $5.49.
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Promising review: "Saved my skin while I was in southeast Asia. The lotion doesn't have any noticeably pungent scent, and spreads easily on skin so a small amount is more than enough to cover exposed areas. It would last me the majority of the day, even when I was sweating. Overall, a great product and a much more preferable alternative to Deet." —Malcolm

Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

18. A disposable flask you can fill up before an outdoor activity and save yourself a few bucks on an overpriced drink. (And it's cheap enough that if you get caught and have to toss it, it's NBD.)

Dishwasher-safe so you can use it over and over again. Get it from Urban Outfitters for $6.
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Dishwasher-safe so you can use it over and over again.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $6.

19. A Disney autograph book to buy now, lest you have to venture into a park gift shop and get guilted into buying your kid five more things.

Get it from Shop Disney for $7.99 (and check out more autograph books).
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Get it from Shop Disney for $7.99 (and check out more autograph books).

20. A chic minimalist lamp that'll quickly outfit your home office with a shockingly low price for a CB2-ish design.

Get it from Jet for $12.77 (available in two colors).
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Get it from Jet for $12.77 (available in two colors).

21. A deep fryer here for you the next time you get a hankering for fried chicken or onion rings because you've been spending way too much on takeout lately.

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Promising review: "I've had several deep fryers through the years and this is the best one ever! The immersion-type heating element heats the oil fast and keeps it up to cooking temperature even with frozen foods. I used pure peanut oil for my first test frying with this fryer as I've have such good results using that oil in the past. It costs a lot more but is well worth it. My wife commented that the foods I cooked tastes as good as some better restaurants we go to." —Doc Martin

Get it from Amazon for $98.99.

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22. A heat-resistant styling tools holster to keep your vanity top scorch-free and serve as a travel essential so you don't get burned by the helpful fire hazard.

Promising review: "I had no wear to lay down my curling rod but this has been very handy and I take it on every trip too. Handles the heat very well and protects my counter." —TatianaGet it from Jet for $9.99 (three colors), Amazon for $13.29+ (four colors), or Walmart for $14.99 (three colors).
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Promising review: "I had no wear to lay down my curling rod but this has been very handy and I take it on every trip too. Handles the heat very well and protects my counter." —Tatiana

Get it from Jet for $9.99 (three colors), Amazon for $13.29+ (four colors), or Walmart for $14.99 (three colors).

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