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    Updated on May 16, 2020. Posted on May 10, 2020

    45 Products Under $10 That'll Basically Pay For Themselves Over And Over Again

    Three cheers for useful investments that won't feel like a burden on your wallet.

    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. Bandages that'll ACTUALLY match your skin tone so your healing process will be seamless, quicker, and therefore less-painful. Also, maybe those Minions bandages look cute on your kid, but you don't want to wear one on your hand!

    amazon.com

    You may recognize these from a BuzzFeed News story about a man's viral tweet talking about feeling seen by these bandages that match his skin tone in a market saturated with "flesh tone" bandages that just match Caucasian skin tones.

    Promising review: "It matches my dark skin perfectly!!! Hardly noticeable and blends right in. I bought the purple one at Target for $2.79. Great quality. Definitely not a cheap brand bandage. Never thought that I would actually 'like' a bandage." —Ife Odiatu

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $6+ (also available in brown-dark brown and olive-moderate brown).

    2. And a mini first-aid kit you can fill with your own supplies (like ^ bandages) and keep on you at all times for when minor catastrophes happen.

    Amazon

    Includes three antiseptic wipes, two sting relief wipes, two packs of antibiotic ointment, six 1-inch x 3-inch latex-free bandages, four small bandages, two butterfly bandages, two spot bandages, two knuckle bandages, one 2-inch safety pin, one 1-inch safety pin, one razor blade, and one reusable tin.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A holographic highlighter palette because you wanna shine without spending your weekly disposable income on a shimmery cheek bone.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    TBH, I've spent my week's disposable income on a Taco Bell order SEVERAL TIMES.

    Promising review: "The palette came intact. The colors are gorgeous!!!!!!!! They're really holographic. Not chalky. I did go a little wild with the highlights in the photos but I was just loving putting it on!! It has a wet look as well. A little goes a long way. I will be buying another one soon!!! I wasn't disappointed at all." —Timaa Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. And a high-wattage glow booster you can use alone or on top of your fave splurge-y highlighter in case you'd prefer that your shimmer is seen from space.

    NYX

    OK, so this is $10 and not "under $10" for this story, but I think this is worth breaking the rules for. I recently gave this shimmery product a go and a little will go a long way for helping you achieve maximum shimmer status. I haven't tried it on TOP of my highlight yet, but wow you get some major bang for your buck. Here's to looking like a scarily glam alien.

    Get it from NYX for $10.

    5. A bedside caddy you'll congratulate yourself for purchasing next time you need your headphones and would pay $50 to NOT crawl out from underneath your covers.

    Amazon

    We've all been there.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.68+ (also available in black).

    6. A wood polish with astounding "before" and "after" pics — it might just have you seeking out all sorts of worn-out wood surfaces to rejuvenate.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot even believe this stuff. I just purchased a house built in 1900 with gorgeous original woodwork that not had attention in quite some time. I was a little skeptical trying something like this, so I tried it out on some woodwork that is behind a dresser. Next thing I know, I'm putting this on any piece of wood I can find. This stuff is a miracle in a bottle. Do not hesitate to purchase this, I will always keep some on hand from here on out." —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    7. Elastic shoelaces you may just use on every last pair of shoes once you realize how much time they buy you in getting ready in the morning or just getting through security at the airport. (They also make putting on shoes easier for people who have a hard time bending over to tie laces.)

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and 12 colors).

    8. A mug warmer to keep at your desk because you and I both know the only thing you hate more than cold coffee is your coworker whose pasta leftovers always get all over the microwave (and they never bother to clean it up).

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. And a super specific but incredibly helpful microwave cover to help you heat up leftovers and avoid gross splatter. Plus, it collapses for easy storage!

    Amazon

    Measures 3.5 inches but collapses to 1 inch for easy storage. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. I have one and IT WORKS.

    Promising review: "This product can be categorized as a timesaver. Have been using this for the past month and it has sharply reduced the cleaning time. No more splatter no more cleaning in the small space. Most of my plates and bowls are covered with the collapsible design. Before getting this, using a lid was the only way to prevent the splatter, however using a lid affected the heating of food. This one however eliminates that problem. Cleaning this is a bliss too, run it under the tap water or a light scrub should do the trick. This is a must for everyone with a microwave." —Zondor

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

    10. A texturizing dry shampoo (that smells slightly beachy) to perk up dirty hair without leaving weird white spots in dark locks.

    Amazon

    I bought this in a drugstore on a whim (for way more than its listed Amazon price) and really dig it! The coconut smell is nice, but kinda faint. If you hate such a smell, opt for another product.

    Get two from Amazon for $9.20.

    11. A lightning charging cable for your iPhone to keep at the office for those days when you were really looking forward to slipping into sweatpants at 6:03 p.m. but then the group chat reminded you it's someone's bday dinner tonight.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors and three lengths).

    12. A setting powder made for oily skin to keep your t-zone looking like matte perfection during seasons when it normally feels like your makeup is sliding down your face on the way to work. But that's a thing of the past!

    Amazon

    I have very oily skin and recently made the switch from a pricier setting powder to this. It makes a huge difference! And the included puff is cloud-like.

    Promising review: "A game-changer. When I put this on in the morning I apply it over all my face makeup, and it keeps my skin feeling fresh, smooth, and comfortable all day. It even keeps my bangs from looking greasy! If I forget it in the morning, by mid-afternoon I have a shiny, oily face. But I can still pat it on, using it as I would blotting papers, and this powder immediately mattifies and smoothes my skin. I prefer this over blotting papers. I haven't noticed any sort of residue. It's got a lovely, light lime sort of scent. This has become one of my most treasured cosmetic products" —Maggie R

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    13. A box of slow cooker liners that'll make cleaning up after yourself (and delicious concoctions) criminally easy. Just toss the liner when you're finished!

    Amazon

    I adore my slow cooker but hate cleaning up after using it. So I use these handy lil' bags. Read my full review of Reynolds Kitchens Premium Slow Cooker Liners.

    Get a box of six from Amazon for $2.60.

    14. A bright accordion folder where you can file important papers because no matter how many bills you go paperless for, there'll still be SOME physical papers you'll need to locate quickly.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four patterns).

    15. A box of Magic Erasers to brighten dingy sneakers, remove walls scuffs, scrub away marks on stainless-steel sinks, and clean up grout stains on shower walls.

    amazon.com

    I use Magic Erasers for all of the above, especially during rushed mornings when all of a sudden a pair of sneakers I planned to wear looks especially dingy. I can't rave about them enough!

    Promising review: "Helped to remove the dirt on my white Vans from hiking. I tried using baking soda before but it didn't do anything to the mud. Thanks to Magic Eraser the stains are almost gone!" —Daisy

    Get a box of nine from Amazon for $6.97.

    16. A pair of Drain Wigs, which is really just a funny name (that sounds like an excellent Drag Race insult) for drain hair catchers.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These things saved my sanity. I have long, curly hair. Even when I brush it BEFORE I shower I still have a ton of loose hairs that do not fall out until I shampoo and condition. I have tried a few options that catch it before it hits the drain but they only do so much. This however catches it ALL. I pull it up once a week, try not to gag, and clean it up and put it back. 10/10 telling all my girlfriends about this thing." —JuliaSto

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.10.

    17. An easy jar opener — easier than those rubber things — so you won't have to burst a blood vessel in your eye just trying to open a jar of fancy preserves you, tbh, spent way too much on at the *nice* food store in your neighborhood.

    Amazon

    Hand-wash when needed.

    Promising review: "I have a similar adjustable jar opener from probably 40+ years ago and it finally wore out at the point I needed most. This new one works great! I had given up finding another jar opener that helps me so much with my arthritis. It is the only one I have found that does not expect me to twist with my painful hand/wrist." —Lorraine Redrock

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A set of pastel highlighters to call your attention to the essentials during study sessions or organize a bullet journal without giving yourself eyestrain — and therefore rendering that life helper a life hurter.

    Amazon

    Includes 12 pens. Available in several other color varieties.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love these!! Perfect for my planner!! The colors are light enough that you can see through them perfectly while highlighting things that you need highlighted!! I'm going to order these whenever I can!" —T. Liles

    Get them from Amazon for $5.90.

    19. A pair of Fiskars scissors (I own and adore!) with a soft grip that'll cut as smooth as buttah without turning your poor hands red.

    amazon.com

    Every time I've thought, "These scissors are legit" in my life I've inspected them to discover that they're Fiskars. And I've thought that quite often in my life. Seriously, other scissors are trash.

    Promising review: "I have a old old pair Fiskers hard plastic orange color. These are gray. Way better fit. I have huge hands and my thumb and fingers don't get caught in the holes. Soft material and I can really tell. Way better set than my old ones. Couldn't get my fingers all the way in the old ones but they still cut good after 20 years?" —steve ypsi mi

    Get them from Amazon for $6.48.

    20. A shampoo brush that'll target buildup and hurt so good with the teeth massaging your scalp like you're at the salon. Plus it is SO CHEAP.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "OH MY GOODNESS!! I absolutely LOVE these shampoo brushes for detangling (I also use them for scratching my scalp if I have an itch while detangling.) I have type 4 tightly coiled, kinky hair and these work PERFECTLY for detangling my hair type without ripping out my hair. Thanks to YouTuber Chazzzisawesome!" —💜Kiki.L.G💜

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    21. A cotton tote in a cute pattern you can easily identify — like something fruity or floral — to keep in your car or at your desk when today's bag just won't cut it for your storage needs.

    Amazon

    Plus, if you live in a place where stores charge you for plastic bags, having a bag handy like this can save you $ over time.

    Get them from Amazon: pineapples for $8.99, or floral for $9.99+ (available in six styles)

    22. A mattifying makeup primer for a smooth finish that'll stay that way for so much longer.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I am not one to leave reviews but this stuff deserves recognition! In my 32 years of life I have never had something that is supposed to control oil actually do its job. From the moment this stuff touched my face, I felt a difference! My face is extremely oily that by the time I walk out the house, my makeup is sitting on top of my face looking caked. This is the first time EVER, I had a primer leave my face matte with makeup on. Although I love my look with makeup, I hate what the oil does so I’m usually limiting my application to eyebrows and under eye. Although this is day one of use, my makeup has been on my face for almost four hours and I have yet to pull out my MAC blot powder or oil control sheet to touch things up. I am IMPRESSED and that is a major compliment considering I’ve literally tried everything on the market and this $5 product surpasses them ALL!!!" —Rosie

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    23. A paddle detangling brush that can do major things for unruly hair (and maybe save a few bucks of the detangling spray you normally use to douse your hair so post-shower detangling doesn't feel like a torture session).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "LADIES STOP RIGHT HERE AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BRUSH. I have color-treated, fine, thinning hair. It tangles. A LOT. No matter what conditioner I use, or what leave in. I had been using the original Wet Brush, but home girl's hair decided it was gonna grow like a weed this year. I can't get my little T-rex arms through it good with the other brush so I read up and saw that longer hair benefits from the paddle shape. Mind you, the bristles are EXACTLY THE SAME. Just a different brush head. HOLY UPSIDE DOWN JESUS CAKES BATMAN. Went through my hair like a hot knife through butter. Like your mama through some Oreos. It was AMAZING. Buy this S.O.B. if you have hair like mine, OK? Don't even think about it. Long fine tangle-prone hair? BUY IT. P.S. It works just amazing on dry hair but you know, you probably gathered that. Buy this. TREAT YO' SELF." —Voxemluth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in three colors).

    24. A glitter primer for keeping those sparkles in place, whether it's for a sizzling eye look or swatching.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Loooooove this. I've used a lot of glitter primers and usually they work for a little while an hour, maybe two, and never up against sweat. I used this on Halloween and am now using it to swatch any of my glitters for nails or makeup. And this holds AMAZINGLY. I did dishes and made lunch while having the pictured snowflake on to swatch glitter colors and it did not budge, I had to use micellar water and a makeup wipe just to get it off a little. So definitely recommend!" —Seriously Lacqueing

    Get it from Amazon for $4.55.

    25. A stick of anti-chafing balm to keep your inner thighs and other parts ouchless when it's time to get physical, physical.

    @bodyglide / Via Instagram: @bodyglide

    I own this and yes, can vouch that it's QUITE effective for inner-thigh chafing (the bane of my existence).

    Promising review: "I'm fat, I chafe, it's gross and hurts like hell. This product solves that problem. I started walking 10 miles a day, normally by the 5th mile I'm ready to call someone to pick me up. Not because i'm exhausted, tired, muscles hurt. Because my fat thighs are rubbing together trying to make fire like I'm trying out for Survivorman. As long as I remember to put this on before my walk (applied like deodorant) I am completely chafe-free. This product is a lifesaver." —Kevin C. Hayes

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes; also available in a cream, "for her," and for your feet.)

    26. A makeup sponge storage set with two drying racks that'll let the air circulate so much better when you're drying it out post-wash. Then when you're ready to take a sponge with you, just throw it in one of the adorbs cat cases!

    Amazon

    You're washing your makeup sponges, right? RIGHT?!

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98 (available in five color combos).

    27. And a five-pack of highly rated makeup sponges in case you've been bad about washing your current one and you could use some redemption.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "They're just what I needed. Much better than paying $10 for one branded product. They feel a lot denser than the Eco Tools blender i was using before. A nice big size too and I love the colors. Would definitely buy again!" —gaimanite.pkat

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    28. And while we're on the subject, a brush cleansing pad can take care of your other makeup tools and keep them in fighting shape for drastically longer.

    BH Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I didn't realize what I was missing out not having one of these brush cleaners. This particular one is pretty cheap, but it's a good size and durable. I wash my brushes daily now because this makes it so simple." —Michelle D.

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $5.

    29. A water-based lube – it can get you through all sorts of would-be sticky situations.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This lube is like... -woah-. It’s very viscous, which means it doesn’t run everywhere and it stays where it’s supposed to, but is thin enough to get to where it needs to be. This lube is perfect for long-wear glass and silicone toys. Usually after an hour of wearing my favorite plug, things begin to rub raw, but Paloqueth’s lubricant keeps everything sitting smoothly. I was able to wear my most challenging piece for over 8-hours because of this lube. :O" —Ada Lovecraft

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    30. A coffee scoop/bag clip so you'll never have to track down a spoon to fill 'er up with caffeine while you're zombie yawning.

    Amazon

    Get two from Amazon for $8.95.

    31. And a pair of reusable K-cups in case you find yourself buying coffee near your office instead of opting for the K-cups your company provides and you're v meh about. (I feel your pain.)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I never thought I would like anything but the disposable K-cups, but these are perfect. Saves me money and I can use my own coffee. Plan on getting more. They are very durable. I even put them on the top shelf of my dishwasher." —DianeW

    Get them from Amazon for $7.95.

    32. A three-pack of SPF 30 lip balm in yummy flavors so sun protection will be far more appetizing.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in single flavors).

    If you're looking for a tint, check out the SPF 15 tinted lip balm. I wear it approx 4x a week and it truly leaves an opaque tint behind for a lipstick effect without the drying!

    33. And an easy lip stain for delivering major color that'll stay put for so much longer than regular lipstick or gloss.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought all three! SUPER awesome lip tint! Smells lovely and looks natural! Definitely recommend this! This is great stuff!🙌🏼" —tophjovyi

    Get it from Amazon for $4.90+ (available in three colors).

    34. An all-purpose cleaner (in pre-mixed or powder form) that'll give you legendary results around the house without costing as much as hiring an actual house cleaner.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    I used to work for ThisOldHouse.com, where staffers know all about household solutions and this was always a top recommendation. It works on stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper alloys, aluminum, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and Corian. So *most* household surfaces!

    Promising review: "After I cleaned the stove, the next beast was the bathtub, which I tackled with the powder. This tub didn't have just a light layer of grime — it had awful stains from sitting water. And sir, a bathtub is a place to *clean* yourself, so it should NOT be slime central!" —Kayla Suazo

    Want more? Read our full review of Bar Keepers Friend (both kinds)!

    Get them from Amazon: two-pack of pre-mixed for $14.99 and two-pack of powder for $17.99

    35. A waist bag to free up your hands for stuff like wrangling a toddler, putting up your hands on a roller coaster, or fighting off zombies while running for your bunker in the hills.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 12 colors).

    36. A sheet of door-dampening bumpers that'll be silent and go unnoticed, much like your deep dive for snacks when the baby's asleep.

    AMazon

    These come with an adhesive back so you can simply peel them off the sheet and stick them on your cabinets. I recently bought them for my slamming kitchen cabinets and they work without drawing attention! I also put them at the top and bottom of my sliding closet doors. I'd like to think my neighbors are very appreciative of my considerate nature!

    Promising review: "Work just as promised. My husband always slams the cabinet doors. It’s been driving me crazy and prompted me to find a solution without reinstalling new hinges. These little pads have reduced the noise by 95%. Love it! Worth every penny. Took me a whole 10 minutes to do my entire kitchen and we have a lot of cabinets. Thanking for giving me my sanity back!" —MeL

    Get 100 clear bumpers and 20 black bumpers from Amazon for $7.99.

    37. A 3-in-1 avocado tool for *safely* dismantling the green fruit faster for treats like toast, guac, and more!

    Amazon

    This beaut splits, pits, and slices avocados, and it's top-rack dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" —NPR MAN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    38. A rugged dad cap in a range of colors to keep on standby for shielding your eyes from the sun or helping disguise a lackluster hair day.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in several styles and colors).

    39. A heel liner to give some sweet relief for that amazing pair of shoes that slip just enough to leave your heels howling in pain.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These really do work? I am a habitual salsa dancer and these things just made my day. Yes more expensive than others but hey! real leather here and very durable? Best of all they are not slippery like the cheap ones, so shoes stay in your feet the whole time!!" —Penetrator

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99.

    40. And a couple of pairs of gel inserts that'll cushion your foot pads on the DL when you decide to wear heels.

    Amazon

    They're washable and reusable!

    Promising review: "These are just the ticket. On my left foot, I developed a stone bruise. It made walking very uncomfortable. I would be so careful to baby that foot and the swelling would start to go down. Then, I'd do something foolish like put too much pressure on that foot, and then, I'm back to square one as the sole would swell up again. These gel pads were perfect to protect the injury until it fully healed. I had no problems with them shifting in my shoes either." —Richard Garland

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in three combos).

    41. A handy dino here to hold your phone while you take your millionth BuzzFeed quiz of the afternoon. (We support your BF quiz blackhole.)

    Amazon

    After all, you have to do something while you wait for your characteristically tardy friend at the coffee shop. Compatible with iPhone5/4/4S/3G/3GS, iPod series Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500/i9505, HTC One M7, Sony, LG, and other smartphone models.

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

    42. A quick-dry top coat for a lasting finish over your home mani.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've bought so many of these that it's insane! This has to be the number 1 top coat out there! It's durable and oh my gosh so shiny!!! I use it every time I paint my nails, and I'm thrilled with the results. Nothing else on the market compares. Don't waste your money on anything else." —Dawgfan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.91.

    43. A headrest trash bag that'll eliminate your kids' excuses for littering on the car floor.

    Amazon

    It has an adjustable belt to fit around your headrest and can be washed clean!

    Promising review: "Purchased this to replace the plastic garbage bag that I use to put garbage dropped in the car by yours truly or my passengers. This bag is more appealing and not in the way. Its size holds enough that I get to empty once a week. Can hold even the medium-size drink from Burger King." —YeeBuyer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    44. A *legit* oven cleaner ready to do the tough scrubbing for you.

    amazon.com

    Just do it in a well-ventilated space!!!

    Promising review: "Works like magic! My oven hasn't been cleaned for what it feels like a year (I just moved in the apartment) and this made it look like new. Make sure to keep it for eight hours or more. One downside: it's very chemically smelly, and since I sprayed a lot of it to make sure it does the job it was a bit unpleasant." —NYer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    45. A dog water dispenser you can throw in your bag for all sorts of adventures with your BFF. After all, you've both gotta hydrate in order to THRIVE.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Used one of these Gulpy water dispensers for 10 years with our previous boxer. It is very convenient to always have water supply and does not leak. We purchased two more for our new boxer puppies. This is perfect to carry in hot humid Florida. It's very easy for dogs to use and even share. I recommend this for anyone who has dogs." —vrs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49 (ships an assortment of colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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