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    39 Products Under $10 To Help You Fix Stuff Instead Of Buying Replacements

    From the perfect pair of black jeans that've gone gray to your rental's oven that seems to have three decades of gunk inside, we're here to help.

    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.

    Perhaps you, too, have fallen into a YouTube rabbit hole of frugal bloggers, and have heard the phrase “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” BUT the hardest part of that can easily be the "make it do" when something is broken and you're unsure of how the heck to repair it.

    You're not alone! Sometimes googling how to repair that thing you're trying to mend reveals that you need to buy another thing to do the task. Or buying a cheap thing you can use to fix it (and then fix many other things after!) can make your repair much less daunting. I get it and have even used a ton of these things below to do all kinds of repairs! I want you to fix the stuff that you love and save some cash in the meantime. (I'm forever telling my friends to do this.) So without further ado....

    Here are the things that'll help you fix stuff you already own:

    1. Wood polish and conditioner that'll revive all sorts of wood surfaces and furniture in your home. Reviewers have used them to zhuzh up front doors, kitchen cabinets, wood floors, wood furniture, and just about any other wood surface. FYI, replacing kitchen cabinets can get up into the TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars. So this bb is def worth a go.


    Enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain on finished *and* unfinished wood. For use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors and trim, etc.

    Promising review: "Very impressed so far. Just tried this stuff on one of our kitchen cabinets and it really did a nice job. The cabinets are 15 year old cherry stained hard work cabinets (oak, maybe?) and are scratched deeply in certain parts from the previous owner's dogs. 20 minutes after applying this product and wiping it off, I can't complain at all about the results. It looks great in the picture, and even better in real life where you are not focusing on staring at imperfections. In addition to helping tremendously with the blemishes, it also leaves a nice glossy shine on the cabinets, making them look clean and fresh (not over the top glossy and fake). For the minimal price, I can't complain at all. Finally, I used about a 1/3 of an oz to do the 36" double base cabinets and the 36" wide drawer, so I believe the 16 oz bottle will last quite a while." —Patrick Gallagher

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    2. A water mark removing cloth that could also do wonders on the nail polish remover you dribbled down your nightstand two years ago and has made it a curbside contender. Let it stay awhile with this magic-working wipe.

    Saving a piece of furniture is well worth the (small) price tag IMO but it's also reusable!

    Promising review: "Worked wonders! I spilled nail polish remover on my nightstand. This worked like magic! Just rub lightly with the cloth." —JMac

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. A handy lil' knife sharpener I can personally vouch for because it transformed a drawerful of leftover roommates' knives into sharp specimens that make meal prepping go so much faster. No need to buy a knife set. Make do with what you have!


    Check out my full review of the KitchenIQ Knife Sharpener.

    Promising review: "I decided to actually come back to this nearly two years later to review it because it kind of got lost to me to review it back then. However, since I've bought it, I've heard my husband talk about it on and off. Just yesterday with my daughter he was going over sharp knife safety, and he just said how much he still absolutely loves it. Of every gift I've ever given him, this is the only thing I've heard still get praise nearly two years later." —Gluten Free Mama

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

    4. A fume-free oven cleaner to revive an oven that you thought was too far gone. Sometimes you can't replace an oven because you're renting! (Or, bc budget!) Clean it with this and then use that oven!!

    Promising review: "I have a seasonal home with oven that I thought was so far gone that I'd have to replace it. I had to do a little scraping off the bottom with a spatula but you can see how bad it was." —Jilly Bean

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    5. Needle-nose pliers that, if you don't already have a pair in your tool bag, you absolutely need. A pair like this is my most-used hand tool thanks to their nimble ability to bend things gently, like warped earring hooks, Christmas tree ornaments, and just about anything else that needs some detailed handiwork.


    Promising review: "These are excellent for jewelry repairs as that is what I do for a hobby. Now I can make intricate repairs with no problem. A very precise tool and a must for people who are into jewelry repair or making jewelry. Lightweight and the grip is excellent. Highly recommend these. Would order from this seller again." —kittylover

    Get them from Amazon for $6.13.

    6. A holy grail soft cleanser to help you *easily* erase all those gray and rusty stains on household surfaces you came to term with years ago. Reviewers detail reviving grimy flatware, shower doors, porcelain sinks, and even stainless-steel fridges that were on their last leg (when it came to looks anyway)!


    FYI, this is the pre-mixed version (which saves you a bit of time). But you can also try the original powder version. To understand just *how* versatile this product is, check out our review of Bar Keepers Friend and prepare to be amazed!

    Promising review: "My old sink was so bad I thought I eventually was gonna have to replace it. I tried everything you could think of. I heard about this product and it was only a couple bucks so figured I would try. Took me less then five minutes and you can see the before and after photos. It even took away the gray marks that I assumed was permanently scratched. I use it about once a month. My sink looks brand new every time. Excited to try the other products." —jhenry

    Get two 13 oz. bottles from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. Goo Gone for making all sorts of sticky messes you've resigned to living with disappear — including that old magnet that fused with your rental apartment's fridge (me) or stickers fused with garage door windows (my friend who just bought a house). Seriously though, this stuff is MAGIC for anything you've considered tossing thanks to a sticky mess.

    Seriously, a swipe of this stuff made the goo leftover from a magnet wipe away like magic. Of course after i'd ruined a manicure unsuccessfully scratching away at it.

    Promising review: "I used this on my JBL LSR4236P Studio Monitors and it worked very well. For some reason JBL decided to put some kind of weird adhesive on the front of these monitors, which caught every piece of cat hair and dust that touched it over the years. Used this with some paper towels and a little elbow grease and the adhesive came off quickly. The Picture I added: (Left) After Goo Gone (RIGHT) Before Goo Gone." —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $7.41.

    8. A rust-removing spray to work wonders in neglected showers, minus the elbow grease. Spray it on a rusted surround, leave the room, and come back to diminished stains you can easily wipe away instead of shopping around for a new surround.

    Promising review: "Seeing is believing. I posted before and after pictures of our bathtub. It was gross and orange rust stained. Not even Mr. Clean Magic Erasers touched the rust stains. But now it's shiny and looks brand new. I sprayed it on (yes, it's more of a liquid than a gel but it still works). I came back an hour later and wiped it off. No elbow grease needed. Majority of the rust was gone, only thing left was soap scum and that easily wiped away. I'll be buying this stuff again!" —NMP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    9. A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra cotta bear that'll keep your brown sugar from going rock solid. OK, so you're not *repairing* your baking ingredient per se, but it'll sure keep you from replacing that formerly rock-hard block of sweet.


    Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

    Get two from Amazon for $7.10.

    10. Water bottle-cleaning tablets to rejuvenate the inside of your reusable water bottle that currently looks like it's caked in mud thanks to your beloved coffee. These tablets fizz up and renew the look of your container so you keep on using that tumbler and enjoy that positive impact on the environment (and your pocketbook).

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    11. A pumice stone that'll scrub away hard water marks and all kinds of nastiness. Nope, you do NOT have to replace the old toilet in your new place. You're already paying so much for the move! Spend an Alexander Hamilton on this.

    Promising review: "We rented a home and the toilets were disgusting. Someone suggested a pumice stone and let me tell you it was amazing!! The picture is after just five minutes with the stone. I tried bleach, every toilet bowl cleaner available, and countless hours of scrubbing to no avail...but this stone worked instantly! I will be buying several more!! The stone does dissolve when scrubbing so you need a couple. I was able to do almost two toilets completely that looked awful with one stone!!" —CristaCross

    Get it from Amazon for $9.13.

    12. Indoor plant food spikes to turn that plant bb's frown upside down... and yours too! You spent way too much on it at the farmer's market anyway and are determined to help this one thrive. RIP to all the plants before it.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this fertilizer for 10 days. And now I can see the plant’s deference! It’s resurrecting, isn’t it? I’m very happy!

    -third week now. Getting better and better!!!

    -added a current picture after two months using this." —MARY H.

    Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $6.43.

    13. A makeup brush cleanser because you and I both know you're not washing your beauty tools as frequently as you should. (Same.) Turns out, they aren't prime for a replacement, they just need a thorough wash.

    Promising review: "This cleanser is great! It fully removes all makeup from the brushes without leaving them feeling beat up (I'm not the most gentle when it comes to cleaning brushes). I use a thick foundation that soaks heavily into the bristles, but this removed it all. At first I thought it was a bit thin, but after using it, a little bit goes a long way. It has a nice lather, but very nicely and easily rinses out." —Kryssy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    14. A container of silver-polishing wipes that may just convince you to take out those heirloom pieces you've been ignoring and considering passing onto another family member. Clean them up and start using them so your loved ones can enjoy them long after you're gone too. Reviewers also love it for jewelry!

    Package includes 20 saturated wipes that measure at 5.5” x 7.9” each.

    Promising review: "It was so satisfying to watch the tarnish wipe right off! I'm no silver snob/don't know a lot about taking care of it, so I'm not sure if this product is the best for your high-end silver, but for me it definitely does the trick! It took me three to four wipes for the pitcher and two for each the cream and sugar bowls. It looks like I probably used a third of the container. (Though the wipes were still very saturated, they had so much black/tarnish I would start a new rag. I'm not sure if it's recommended to just keep using it even when it gets all ruddy?) So this might not be the most reasonable option if you have a large amount of silver." —Lauren

    Get a container of 20 wipes from Amazon for $8.19.

    15. A special brush to keep your dryer's lint trap clear of debris and make drying cycles/the appliance more effective for longer. If your stuff is coming out wet, you may need one of these. It's so much cheaper than a pro repair!!


    Also, built-up lint is a fire hazard! Make it a part of your weekly cleaning routine.

    Promising review: "This is exactly the same type as the one used by the appliance repairman that repaired my dryer last week, easy to use inside the dryer filter holder as well as the outside vent." —ab

    Get it from Amazon for $5.68.

    16. A bottle of dye for reviving your black jeans that've been looking a little more gray as of late. Keep wearing those perfectly worn-in jeans without screaming I LIVE IN THESE or bothering with hunting down another pair.,

    Promising review: "This dye works really well. Follow the directions and you won't have any issues. I used about 3 gallons of boiling water, 1 cup of salt, a teaspoon of Dawn dish detergent, and one whole bottle for 3 pairs of jeans. I left them soaking while stirring for an hour. Rinsed twice, washed with my regular detergent, and let them air dry. They all came out perfectly." —Tracy Di

    Get an 8-ounce bottle of black fabric dye (enough for a pair of jeans) from Amazon for $2.99.

    17. And a jean button replacement kit in case the problem with your go-to pair is actually the hardware. Yes, $7 for a one-time fix can feel steep. But y'know what's steeper? Finding another pair and then paying for 'em.


    Promising review: "What can I say, never sew another button on your pants again, These are sturdy and easy to install. I use them on jeans and I've used them on shorts and khakis, too." —J R

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    18. Charcoal inserts that'll be worth a try to de-funk those favorite flats of yours you can't throw in the wash but have been stinking up the mudroom.


    Promising Review: "I have a pair of minimalist sneakers that just reeked during this past summer. They were starting to make my entire hallway smell. So I gave these a try. I continued wearing the sneakers daily and put these in them each night. It took a few days before the odor started to go away, but after about a week the sneakers were much fresher. I'm still using them and they are still working just fine. Just leave them in the sun for a day if they start to smell." —Joshua

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A hard-water booster for your dishwasher that'll finally get your Pyrex bowls that you thought were donezo looking normal again. You and I both know those bowls are the best, despite your home's hard water.

    Promising review: "We have ridiculously hard water. The Culligan guy who tested it was surprised it doesn’t come out of the faucet as a solid. My dishes, especially my Pyrex bowls and casserole dishes were almost white from the build-up. Nothing ever seemed clean. I tried this, and it’s an absolute miracle. My dishes are clean again. See the comparison in the picture — bowl on the left is 'clean', it was washed without the Finish booster. The bowl on the right was washed with. I’m totally not kidding, it completely does what it says!" —CB

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    20. And cleaning tablets you can toss in your dishwasher to help make that $$$ appliance work so much better than as of late.

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $3.70.

    21. Magic Erasers that'll just, (UGH they're so good), revive most anything around your home. Use it on a grungy tub, marks on walls, sneaker soles, wooden outdoor furniture you thought was trash, so. Many. Things.

    Promising review: "These things are amazing! We have a rental property and the tenants trashed the house. I went to clean up and brought along these Magic Erasers. The bathroom was in really bad shape. I gagged for a portion of my scrubbing. These worked wonders. I'd say that they probably cut my cleaning time in half. Water stains, grime, whatever it was that those tenants left on the floor near the toilet. It left everything looking as brand new as it could. Saved me a lot of time and headache." —Crista Nalezny

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39 (for a pack of four).

    22. A millipede-like hair remover with more than 4k hooks and loops to ensnare all that hair down there and save ya' a drain replacement or costly visit from the plumber., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best product ever for getting rid of hair clogs in sink and tub drains! I have two teenage girls with long curly hair and despite them gathering hair that they find in the tub after showering, it still clogs from time to time. All I have to do is put down the drain millipede and it pulls out the hair and removes the black gunk on the side of the drain. It's absolutely disgusting and smells horrible BUT gets the job done without chemicals and a plumber. A must have for every tub/shower drain!!" —D. Darr

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    And check out more ways to avoid having to call the plumber.

    23. A container of fabric glue – it come in handy for folks who find holes in their clothes but don't know how to sew (though it's not as hard as you'd think!).

    It can mend leather, wood, and lace, as well as other fabrics!

    Promising review: "Do you know how to sew? I sure don't. A brand new shirt sprung a hole after only one wash, and obviously, it couldn't be returned at that point. This stuff was the answer. It dried quickly enough and did not stain. I wore the shirt several hours later with no issues. Thank God for this stuff, because I will likely never pick up a needle and don't really plan to." —Eve ill

    Get it from Amazon for $9.41.

    24. A wine stain remover for undoing that wine spill from that 90 Day Fiance reveal on your ~nice~ blanket you keep thrown on your couch. No need for it to use its glamorous status.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has last us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Malanie Nolan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

    25. Grandma's Secret, an under-the-radar solution with serious stain-removing prowess — like, cleaning pen from a white leather couch.

    It can remove oil, grease, ink, grass, and blood stains for all my vampires out there.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! I stumbled upon it years ago at my local quilt shop of all places. It does exactly what it says it will do, it takes out any stain you throw at it. I was most impressed by how it takes out blood, I had an 'accident' in the middle of the night wearing light pink PJs. I had just gotten the PJs from a friend for my birthday and was devastated at the thought of them being ruined. Before washing them (and risking the stain setting), I dabbed a few drops of the spot removal on the spot, scrubbed the stain with an old toothbrush and left it sitting for about a half hour. I did that twice. To say it did a good job on the spot is an understatement; you couldn't even tell there was a spot to begin with! I call it the little magic in a bottle, it's a lifesaver! You must buy it, don't wait." —Stiixgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.34.

    26. A set of stainless steel underwires for resurrecting that bra that you thought met its demise in the wash back to working order. OK you're supposed to hand-wash bras, but just this one time you threw it in the wash and :(.


    Promising review: "The underwires were just as described. I had several expensive bras with broken wires. I took my chance and ordered these. Great quality, better than original ones in the bras. It was hard to accurately measure my broken wires so I ordered a size up to be safe." —walley

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in cup sizes B–E and two colors).

    27. A flexible cable saver that'll help you hold your charging cables together, lest you foot the bill for a new one AGAIN.

    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks — the latter at $80 or $90 a pop — I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether, attempted electrical tape repairs notwithstanding. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Simple as can be and works like a charm. Plus, fun colors make it easy to tell your gear from everyone else's at a glance. What's not to like? Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three color combos).

    28. A nail polish thinner to help you make the most out of those tiny bottles of lacquer that seem to dry up in the most inconvenient times.

    Promising review: "This works well to thin and restore thick and goopy nail polish. I use this one because it doesn't contain acetone, which some companies put in their thinner. Acetone destroys nail polish and will eventually ruin it. I've used this with a variety of different nail polish brands and finishes, and it seems to do the job every time. I usually use a few drops at a time, shake the polish up, and then repeat again if necessary. Depending on how bad the polish has gotten, it may need several rounds to get it back to a normal consistency. If I add too much, no big deal; I just leave the bottle open for a little while to breathe and thicken back up again. Will definitely purchase this again when I run out." —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $6.70.

    29. Bra bands that can easily add some extra space to your trusty underthing you aren't quite ready to part with. Bras are incredibly expensive, and these aren't!

    These are also great for creating a custom fit if you have trouble finding your exact size in stores.

    Promising review: "These have been amazing during my pregnancy. I really can't rave enough. When my body started changing, I went out and bought a new bra (I'm a 32 and got a 34), but soon it started feeling tight on me. I didn't need another bra because the cups still fit fine, then I found these extenders, and they made all the difference! I can extend without buying new bras! They are sooo soft and comfortable, you can't really feel or tell they are there. I've already recommended them to all of my pregnant friends!" —Mari

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99 (available in a variety of combos).

    30. A polishing cloth for making your silver jewelry you keeping "forgetting" to clean sparkle as intended. You deserve to actually wear and enjoy your nice things.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    This polishing cloth single-handedly saved all of a coworker's silver jewelry. Read more about it in our full review of Sabrina Silver Polishing Cloth!

    Promising review: "Large enough for silverware and small enough for delicate jewelry. Arrived in great condition. Cleaned with easy strokes of the cloth. Love it!" —Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $7.24.

    31. Heel cap covers to cover exposed nails (y'know, that guilty party for clicking and clacking) so you can keep wearing your fave heels without footing a big bill at the shoe repair.


    Promising review: "I bought these because I have and old pair of heels that still had a lot of life in them and I wanted to revamp them. The heels were worn down to the screw and the XS fit perfectly. If the cap looks like it will fit but the end of your heel is too square, I recommend you file it down with a really

    good nail file and round it out. My shoes look like new now. I love them !" —Yeya93

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five size combos and also in taupe).

    32. And a shoe repair kit for anyone who wears down their heels like it's their job. With some online instruction, you can do the task yourself instead of taking it to the repair shop.


    Promising review: "Luckily these tips fit most of my shoes, as the dowels are all 4mm, regardless of tip width. I watched a YouTube video first and have already successfully repaired three pairs of shoes/boots. I usually pay $9 per pair each fall season, so it’s already saved me money!" —Dolores R.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    33. A fabric shaver you can take to the couch you've had for a few years and still love, even though you don't love those pills it's accumulated. And then you can use it on all your sweaters and coats!

    Promising review: "This is the best money I have spent in a long time! I was worried it wouldn’t be very nice, being so low priced, but it saved my couch! I put a picture of both my couch cushions, they both used to look like the one on top but now my couch looks brand new! I love this product, would 100% recommend." —B. Nielson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    34. Mink oil for waterproofing and preserving those perfectly worn-in boots that've gotten significantly worse looking for wear. Revive them with this $3 buy and make your feet *and* wallet jump for joy.

    Promising review: "It’s no secret a good pair of boots can last forever if you take care of them. Well, I’ve neglected this pair of Carolinas for three years but they’re my FAVORITE! So instead of replacing these boots that I’ve perfectly worn in, I gave this a try. They look great! So happy and $3?!?!?! Can’t beat it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    35. An eyeglasses repair kit with tons of screws, nose pads, specialty tweezers, and just about everything else to fix that pair that's been just about everywhere with you but you don't want to replace just yet.

    Promising review: "I was looking to fix my glasses by myself because I went to a repair shop and they were going to charge me $50 so i thought about it and didn't think it should be $50 to fix. I found this repair kit and was able to fix my glasses for so much cheaper and on top of that I have extra parts now so if it ever breaks again I'll be able to fix it no problem!" —Jen Chang

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    36. A similar earring repair kit that'll let you keep wearing your faves instead of replacing them, even if they were only a few bucks. (Cue to me clicking Add to Cart bc I have a pair of Alexis Bittar earrings that need a new earring hook.)


    Most of the reviews are by people who make their own earrings rather than repair them, but if you're a jewelry fiend this kit will def come in handy!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    37. A headlight restoration kit that, judging from all the reviewer pics, will most definitely be worth a stab before you drop your car off at the shop to replace your hazy (and dangerous!) headlights.

    Promising review: "I have a 2010 Prius with hazy headlights. Bought this for $5 thinking what could it hurt? The instructions in the box are lengthy, but thankfully you only do step two if step one doesn't work. So don't be discouraged when you see like 30 lines of instructions. I taped off area using masking tape and didn't experience any over spill. The results are very satisfactory within minutes. I'd buy this again even if it only lasts one year." —Joshua

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    38. All-purpose super glue you can keep on hand for shoe emergencies, like when my metal toe cap fell off a pair of flats during a lunch break stroll.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed / Via

    Find you a bottle that will work on everything. Then buy one for home and another for work. This formulation (in new packaging) bonds leather, cork, paper, cardboard, wood, chipboard, fabric, metal, ceramic, rubber, and hard plastics like Plexiglas, polycarbonate, polystyrene and PVC.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    And if you need to do some work on heavy-sold boots, check out some Boot Fix Glue for $14.45. (I recently used it to reattach the lug sole to my favorite pair of ankle boots I will wear until they fall apart and it works SO well.)

    39. A sewing repair instructional book and a simple sewing kit so that pile of clothes in your laundry room you need to take to the tailor disappears.


    Seriously, knowing how to perform a simple running stitch on a fallen hem in thread that matches the color of the fabric or sewing a button back on your coat will save you so much money, even if you plan on taking it to the tailor or dry cleaner to do the repair for you! (I make those at-home repairs all the time.)

    Promising review (for the book): "I have always wanted to be a bit more 'crafty' with a needle and thread but readily admit to having little skill. I love that this book has numerous pictures to help guide you, it's a lot easier when you know what the stitch is supposed to look like. I would definitely recommend this book for beginners." —Tiffany

    Get them from Amazon: book for $2.99+ and sewing kit for $9.99

    You bringing the "make it do" into action:

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