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    Updated on Oct 31, 2018. Posted on Oct 28, 2018

    31 Clever Products Under $30 That'll Make Everyday Tasks So Much Easier

    It's about the little things in life and the time you don't have to spend on the little, unimportant things.

    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 kitchen scale with conversions etched into the surface so you won't go into a Google black hole about liquid ounces when you're just trying to make cupcakes for a PTA bake sale.

    Macy's

    And if you want to make cleanup even easier, just slip this scale into a (clean) ziplock gallon bag before you use it so you can clean the bag — not the scale — in the case of spills.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99.

    2. A bed-shaking alarm clock to help wake you up from the dead for the daily grind.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a hard time waking up at 6 a.m. for my daily 12-hour shifts. This alarm clock works wonders. It has three settings: alarm, alarms with vibration, or vibration alone. I personally just used the vibration device under my pillow and it feels like a gentle nudge in the morning in combination with my phone alarm. The sound this alarm clock has ranges from medium to wake up your next door neighbor loud. Great product overall." —S. Marquez

    Get it from Amazon for $27.47+ (available in two colors).

    3. An egg cooker that'll make breakfast (or really any meal) so much easier by getting your protein *just* how you like it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is NO JOKE the easiest thing I've ever used in my life. Pretty sure it's idiot proof. And I'm an idiot in the kitchen. I love hard-boiled eggs, but I'm the kind of cooking-illiterate person who can't even boil water right. So I bought this puppy, read the directions carefully, got 6 eggs, and in 15 minutes, the buzzer went off and VOILA! Hard boiled eggs! I put them all in a bowl of ice water right after the buzzer went off, just for a minute or two (That was a tip in the instructions). That really made the shells come off easily. In one piece even! It was a joy to make these! They were perfectly cooked, nice and yellow in the centers, tasted awesome. I'm gonna make a bunch more and use them as quick snacks. This appliance is so great and cheap! I couldn't believe how well it worked. It's really small and all the pieces are plastic or metal, but it works like a charm, so who cares! A+++++ Highly recommended." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $19+ (available in five colors). Also check out the double-decker version.

    4. A 24-inch shoe horn to make slipping into the day's footwear so much faster while running out the door.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I thought this might be a useful item, but did no realize just how great it was to be able to slip on my shoes on the first try, and not destroy the back of the shoes. I have limited mobility and the long length of this shoe horn, combined with what feels to be a sturdy plastic was a pleasant surprise. It does take some practice to get used to using it, but then you wonder how you were doing it without it." —Ken The Teacher

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A non-stick fry pan made of titanium ceramic — it can help you whip up all sorts of quick meals on the stovetop without dousing everything in butter or cooking oil spray.

    Macy's

    PFOA- and PTFE-free, and dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    6. A grid organizer with stretchy straps to help you secure and then zero in on your everyday essentials in the deep, dark recesses of your bag.

    Amazon

    "Do you have a pen?" "Yes, right here."

    Promising review: "I can and have packed cords and converters for iPad, iPhone with Mophie battery pack, Kindle, Nook, electric shaver, and ear buds on this handy device and I think I can or have squeezed AA batteries in a 4-pack holder for a couple of flashlights I carry with me on trips. I bought another one for my wife for her phone, Nook, etc. She has more room than I do, but I'm sure we will find some way to fill it. I had been using 1-qt freezer bags for each cord/charger, labeling them distinctly, and then putting them all in a large 1- or 2-gallon freezer gallon bag to keep them together before I got these. It helped with organization, but this Grid-It does a better job, making it easier to find the cord/charger I need." —Bookman McCoy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.62+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A measuring cup for sticky ingredients you'll be happy to own the next time you have to measure out a cup of peanut butter for a recipe.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Excellent OXO quality in an adjustable measuring cup especially made for sticky items such as peanut butter, honey, yogurt and other gooey ingredients. I use this almost every day and will probably get another one as an extra to have on hand. It gets every bit of sticky ingredients out of the cup and it's dishwasher safe. A must for any kitchen, especially for bakers." —E. Deland

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

    8. Mini silicone tools — they can work their way into bottles and jars normal tools can't to get the last bit of your fave peanut butter or that local honey you swear by.

    Macy's

    Includes a rounded spatula, pointed spatula, spoon, all-purpose spatula, and basting brush. Gentle on non-stick cooking surfaces and heat-safe up to 425°. Hand-wash only.

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

    9. And a beauty spatula to do the same when you can SEE the foundation lurking in the bottom of a glass bottle but don't have time to turn the bottle upside down and wait for the drip.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I used to turn my bottles upside down, but would leave lots of foundation unintentionally. This is so worth it and will save me so much money!" —jennifer i.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

    10. Poo-Pourri to spray beforehand and eliminate bathroom odors in the toilet bowl because nature has to call, but it doesn't have to linger.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves." —Supa D

    Get it from Amazon for $9.46 (available in several sizes and scents).

    11. An odor-neutralizing candle meant for pet-filled homes that'll annihilate all kinds of weird wafts, even if you're (sadly) pet-less.

    Amazon

    I've owned several of these soy candles (soy candles burn slower, FYI) and continue to love them over all other candles. Read all about my adoration.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in 20 scents).

    12. A car trunk organizer to stash everyday essentials and free up lots more room for luggage, bags of groceries, and other things needing transport.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    13. And a coin side pocket to hold onto your change instead of having to pry it loose from a sticky cupholder next time you're going through the drive thru.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a 2005 BMW X3 that I love, but cubby space is scarce. This gave me that little extra space I had been looking for, plus a cupholder, without being clunky or in the way. It slipped right in on the passenger side and has been the perfect place to drop my phone, change, and other little things. It has a sturdy build and stays in place even without the foam inserts it came with. I would highly recommend this item." —tstark

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in several varieties).

    14. Reusable toaster bags that'll make whipping up all kinds of cheesy sandwiches a cinch, without the spatula!

    Amazon

    These bags can be washed in warm, soapy water or the dishwasher up to 100x! And reviewers note that they're also super helpful for folks with Celiac diseas.

    Promising review: "Perfect for making grilled cheese and Reubens. You don't have to flip and keep a constant eye on the toasting like you do in the oven or on one of the portable grills. I'm not sure how long they will last but we've made about a dozen sandwiches with one bag and it's still going strong." —Starstruck

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.85.

    15. A detangling hair brush for ~gently~ getting through the snarls on your own head or your kid's — no matter the hair texture!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77 (also in black).

    16. Heat-safe oven grips that'll also avoid splatter when placed on pots on the stovetop...or bowls in the microwave!

    Macy's

    Dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and heat-resistant up to 450°.

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    17. Elastic shoelaces to make your go-to sneakers slip-ons so you can cut down on time spent getting ready each morn.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 13 colors).

    And if you need some new sneakers, check out our top picks for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. A really good can opener that can make popping the top off that can of chicken noodle soup (even when you feel like death!) easy-peasy.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Strange that I would rate a can opener, but this is a really awesome can opener! I have yet to see it slip, not open, not penetrate the can, or anything. I open two cans a day for my dogs and this guy just chews through them. Nice thing is the quick release button so you don't have 'dog food hands' after you are done!" —Mack-SS-Seattle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.26+ (available in three color combos).

    19. A no-spill ice cube tray with a peel-back lid to slip into your freezer most any which way around all those frozen pizzas.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Do you feel the need to research even the smallest purchases before you commit? Well then, this is the review for you because I spent a solid hour researching ice cube trays upon moving into my new apartment. Amazon reviewers, you've done it again! This ice cube tray is as awesome as it is blue and white (hint: VERY). I have owned this ice cube tray for approximately four months and I have loved every day we've had together. I've considered inviting people into my home and offering them a glass of water just so they can watch in awe as I peel back the silicon top and cool the crap out of their drink. The ice cubes taste like fresh ice and the name does not lie — these ice cubes DO NOT SPILL. I sometimes turn it upside down in my freezer just to spice things up." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. Makeup brush–cleansing cloths for keeping your brushes in tip-top shape on the reg.

    Amazon

    Get a 25-pack of wipes from Amazon for $6.99.

    And for those days when you need a thorough cleaning, check out this brush-cleaning mat that I reviewed here (#2).

    21. Whisks in two sizes made of silicone that's safe on non-stick surfaces, so you can tackle the big stuff (like cake batter) and the little stuff (like scrambled eggs for one).

    Macy's

    Includes 10" and 12" balloon whisks. Dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant up to 400°F.

    Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $14.99.

    22. An ear buds holder ready to help you locate and ~unwind~ the things that help you zone out while you're on the treadmill.

    Amazon

    This is made of silicone, so it'll be easy to wipe down once it gets a little dingy from kicking around in your bag.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.68+ (available in six colors). And check out a similar black leather one.

    23. A headphones stand nice enough to leave out on your desk so you'll actually use it for keeping your precious noise-cancelling helpers off the floor and at the ready.

    Amazon

    My brother bought me this (in black) for Christmas last year and it's fantastic. It's sturdy enough to hold my noise-cancelling headphones on my crowded desk, which I use often. We BuzzFeeders are *quite* loud.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (also in black).

    And if you're in the market for new headphones, check out our top picks for the best over-ear bluetooth headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    24. A TubShroom for clearing recently departed strands out your shower drain sooo much faster.

    amazon.com

    Also, it's not a great idea to pour chemical drain de-cloggers down old pipes! I use one of these (and so do about 10 other people on the BuzzFeed shopping team) and it's just about the best thing you can buy for your bathroom.

    Promising review: "I had serious doubts from looking at it but my photos display hair caught in my first week of use. It is easy to clean and the hair and muck does not stick to the silicone like it did to my prior wire mesh basket. This product also comes completely clean. Mitzy, in photo, is no longer forced to look at trapped hair when drinking at her favorite watering hole. See picture, it is designed to sit 1/2 inch out of the drain." —Mitzy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

    25. Cut-resistant gloves so slicing and dicing ingredients for family dinner doesn't turn into a painful and time-consuming bloodbath.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought the gloves because I had two nasty cuts in quick succession from a cheese grater. Anyone who has had injuries to their fingers knows how difficult it is to continue to do everyday activities and meal preparation, while still protecting your wound. I received the gloves quickly after my order and pressed them into use immediately that evening. I am most impressed. My fingers/hands were protected from my very sharp grater and knife while I prepared dinner. I bought two pairs, one to keep and one to give as a gift. I am now going to buy a third pair in a larger size for a friend who also likes to cook, but, suffers from occasional run-ins with mandolines, graters, and knives. Great product!" —O'Hare

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes S–XL).

    26. An inverted windproof umbrella can put all the drugstore umbrellas you've abandoned on the street to shame.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is how umbrellas should have been designed from day one! I love everything about this umbrella! The pattern is beautiful and it's super functional! I love that it can stand up on its own, that is closes outwardly (it makes getting in your car while it's raining a much better process than it normally is), and I love the C-shaped wrist holder that allows me to walk my dog, hold my phone, and use am umbrella!" —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $19.68 (available in 33 color combos).

    27. A portable charger for helping juice up your phone on those days that turn into later nights because you're having so much fun and lose track of time.

    Amazon

    Those are the best nights. It can add over one charge to an iPhone 8 or at least 80% to the Galaxy S8 and other popular smartphones.

    Promising review: "I have several backup battery chargers for my devices, but this is the one I go to again and again. The main reason is the size — this fits anywhere. It's like the size of a very small flashlight or, for ladies, probably a large lipstick. My other chargers tend to be bulky and rectangular, whereas this easily fits in my pocket. It will readily charge up my iPhone, and while it won't fully charge my tablet, it will extend the battery life. For the most part, these are to have on hand just in case. I use these a lot when traveling or camping, but the reason I use this one particularly is because IT FITS IN YOUR POCKET! Going to an all-day event? This fits in your pocket. Going to the stadium for a tailgate and game? This fits in your pocket. Going to your nephew's three-hour long graduation ceremony? This fits in your pocket. Going on a really long car, plane or bus ride? This fits in your pocket! I'm also getting these as little token gifts for other people. Don't know what to buy someone? Who can't use a quick one-off charge that fits in your pocket?" —B. Nommensen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    And while you're at it, check out the best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    28. A *deep* collapsible colander so the days of accidentally dumping half of the cooked noodles in your boxed mac and cheese (the organic kind!) will be a thing of the past.

    Macy's

    Serves as a strainer, lid, and steamer. Dishwasher-safe and heat-safe to 425°.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

    29. A MakeUp Eraser washcloth to wipe away all your makeup with just water. It's big enough to handle a couple days' worth of makeup, then you throw it in the wash, and start all over again.

    BuzzFeed

    I've used these for years and LOVE them. A normal day of makeup includes longwearing foundation and waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and these work! But don't just listen to just me. We tested them out for BuzzFeed Reviews and they won out for the best makeup remover in our top-tier price category. But they're incredibly cost-efficient in comparison to disposable makeup wipes, as you can wash each for up to 1,000 washes.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    30. A really good lighted mirror for zeroing in on stray eyebrow hairs while plucking, achieving even eyeliner wings, and pulling off other detailed tasks when your bathroom mirror just won't cut it.

    Amazon

    It has 24 LED lights, three levels of magnification, wide viewing, 180-degree rotation, and dual power supply of USB and four AA batteries (not included).

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    31. A Shark Tank–famous sponge (that most often looks like a face) — it can seriously scrub away food particles and then release them for a kitchen sink helper that won't stink to the high heavens like cellulose sponges.

    BuzzFeed

    Lots of folks adore the smiley Scrub Daddy sponge and This was our mid-price pick for the best kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get a 12-pack of sponges from Amazon for $13.89.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

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