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    Updated on Jan 31, 2019. Posted on Aug 3, 2018

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

    Things that may save you some time, money, and hassle over the next few months.

    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. The Shredded Chef cookbook as a source for flavorful dishes when you feel like you'll die if you try to feed yourself grilled chicken and quinoa one more time. (Psst, 700+ people swear by it on Amazon.)

    amazon.com

    It's me, I feel like I'm gonna die if I eat chicken and quinoa one more time.

    Promising review: "I never really 'cooked,' sure, I could make breakfast and do the store-bought stuff but it had an ingredient list, forget it. My wife passed away suddenly a couple months ago and she cooked pretty much without recipes. After a couple weeks i was rummaging through Amazon and came across this book. I needed direction about food and cooking and it had to be easy to understand and do. Mike's book was just what I needed. I don't plan on becoming shredded, but I am eating healthy and Mike's recipes are easy to follow, most of them are not too many ingredients." —Edward H Roe

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+.

    2. Or a "foolproof" vegetarian cookbook (from the good folks of America's Test Kitchen) with 700+ recipes to make budget-friendlier Meatless Mondays less daunting.

    amazon.com

    If the people of ATK tell me something is delicious, I believe them!

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about America's Test Kitchen. I own several of their cookbooks and the recipes work. I was thrilled when I found The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook because though I am not a vegetarian, I don't find it necessary to eat meat every day and I cook many vegetarian meals simply because I like them. The first meal I made from this book was Millet Cakes, which I served with Braised Potatoes. The Millet Cakes are incredibly healthy and very tasty, but honey let me tell you, the Braised Potatoes are in a class all by themselves and worth the price I paid for this cookbook. Really! Also, several people commented about the binding not being strong enough, but my copy is sturdy." —mcdavis19612

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+.

    3. A purse organizer you can pick up from yesterday's bag and put in today's bag without missing that pack of gum or tampons you'd otherwise forget and have to buy later.

    amazon.com

    I've personally spent a small fortune on things I've left behind in yesterday's purses but required in the moment. Each organizer includes 13 pockets and is made of sturdy, water-resistant nylon.

    Promising review: "I tried a couple of the felt-style purse organizers but they added a lot of bulk. This organizer isn't as bulky. I like that it has zipper compartments for things I don't want to fall out of my purse. The pockets are all a good size. It actually makes my purse seem less bulky and so much more organized! My only complaint is that the zippers aren't as smooth to open as I might like. I did remove one of the zipper tabs and added a keychain in its place so I would know which zipper compartment had my wallet, etc. Overall I really love this product as it has made me more organized. Thank you!" —SJ

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three sizes, eight colors).

    4. 1040 earring backs for less than $10 — this pack will feel like a blessing for people who are into making jewelry or just those of us who are always losing earring backs (it me).

    amazon.com

    OK, maybe you won't lose the backs for 500 pairs of earrings, but you could split up this treasure with your equally forgetful friends! The kit includes 10 styles so they'll feel like a *true* replacement for your MIA backs.

    Promising review: "A must have for individuals who wear earrings daily; strong and actually stay in place so earrings are not lost. Too bad I lost my diamond earrings BEFORE I found this!" —norac

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. A Ninja blender that'll be able to handle ice and smoothies with ease. (We know because we tested it!)

    amazon.com

    Word to the herd: This is THE best blender for a budget-ish blender. (And click thru to learn more about two pricier options that go above and beyond their budget counterparts.)

    Promising review: "I love my Ninja and absolutely cannot say enough about it! First off the power of it is amazing compared to all the other blenders I've used such as Oster, Black & Decker, and a couple others. Its power is far stronger than all the others I've used, but what's more amazing about it is that it's so much quieter than the others. It's a win-win situation for sure. This blender is also a food processor so the range of things that can be done with it is limitless. I enjoy juicing fruits and vegetables, but don't like typical juicers because it throws away all the pulp, and that is where the vast majority of nutrients are. With the Ninja I get the best quality of fresh juices, smoothies, protein drinks, and baby food. The cleanup is so much easier than any other blender I've used as well. I have been using my Ninja for already five months and it works like a charm. This product is something I would recommend to anyone!" —Hernandez 101

    Get it from Amazon for $67.27.

    6. An eyeglass chain to keep your shades in check, even when they're not on your face.

    amazon.com

    Folks will just assume you're wearing these for the LEWK, not because you're forgetful and clumsy!

    Promising review: "This is awesome! I bought this for my eyeglasses because I am constantly taking them off (I only wear them for nearsightedness, mostly for driving or attending presentations). The chain feels more like jewelry than anything, and doesn't irritate my skin." —Danielle Myers

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in silver or gold).

    And while you're at it, check it more things that'll make you stop saying "This is why we can't have nice things."

    7. A crop tee you can rock now while the weather's sizzling and use to layer under your summery dresses into the fall.

    amazon.com

    Do normal-length tees look weird and bunched layered under dresses on anyone else?!

    Promising review: "Love this shirt. Very simple, but a great outfit staple. It is very soft and does stretch, but not too much. Highly recommend." —Eva

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL, 17 colors).

    8. A 3-in-1 coffee brewer that'll take up very little space while helping you brew coffee shop–quality joe at home. (It serves as a French press, pour-over, and cold brew maker!)

    crateandbarrel.com

    Top rack–dishwasher safe and easily stores inside the largest canister.

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $79.

    9. A grill-cleaning stone — it may help revive your OG cook surface you were hellbent on replacing.

    amazon.com

    Made of 100% glass heated in a process similar to volcanic pumic stone, so you can expect it to wear down much like pumice stone.

    Promising review: "My grill accumulated a lot of crud as a result of many cookouts. I tried to keep it as clean as possible with a wire brush and various cleaning pads and cleaners. I never could get the rack and grates to look like new. There was always a layer of permanent food residue, carbon, and other debris that defied removal. I decided to give the Magic Stone Grill Cleaner a shot. It arrived as a lightweight square without the grooves shown in the product illustration. I had serious doubts that this thing could do any good. Surprise! Surprise! This is truly a magic stone. It removed everything from the grill parts that I worked on and left them looking like new. The cleaning process did put grooves in the bottom of the stone and that helped to get the sides cleaned off as well. I am now a true believer and highly recommend this item." —Duffer.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    10. A priming moisturizer to save you on a bottle of primer you end up using for only special occasions. (Remember the last time it went dry before you could use it? Yep.)

    glossier.com

    Promising review: "I apply this before I ever put on makeup. It smooths my skin and makes it all one texture! It makes my foundation go on so much smoother and I Love it." —Skin_christy

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    11. A sunrise simulation alarm clock to save you a few afternoon coffee runs or actually make it to work on time for once in your life.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Makes waking up so much more pleasant, I start out feeling peaceful instead of jarred awake by my alarm clock. And I don't feel all groggy and sleepy. I haven't actually bothered with coffee in over a week, because I don't feel sluggish when I wake up. I wish it had some better alarm functions (like the kind of features you'd see on a $15 clock, basic stuff), a battery backup, and was a bit easier to program. But overall I'm happy with my purchase and love waking up a bit gentler. Update: Still working great several months later. I made labels to put on the face of the light because I could never get used to where the buttons are. Still glad I bought it." —Tiny Moose

    Get it from Amazon for $78.36+. Or check out a similar well-reviewed clock for $46.20.

    12. Mike's Hot Honey — it'll do wonders for making that frozen pizza you unearthed from the back of your freezer taste like something close to gourmet when you're tempted to go out to eat instead.

    amazon.com

    Yep, *I* poured this stuff all over a frozen pizza I forgot I had in my freezer and it made it taste DELICIOUS. Just know that a lil' bit goes a long way. Bye $20 food delivery minimums!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.11.

    13. An Apple TV remote case to give that slim lil' device a little extra heft (and protection).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Listen...I'm just happy I can finally hold the dang remote without feeling like it's going to fly out of my hands across the room, out the window, into the sky, beyond Max Q, and into a deep space trajectory to catch Voyager 1. It's also cut back on the inadvertent clicks which inevitably turn on the AppleTV, and subsequently triggers the automatic input switch, changing it off the football game, which causes extreme frustration and arguments, which lead to eventual resentment between friends and/or family." —Ted Striker

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59 (available in three colors).

    14. A *luxury* dual comforter built for couples who have different sleeping temps, so you can avoid a war over the thermostat and restless nights.

    craneandcanopy.com

    This is made with two different warmth and weight levels (all-year and lightweight) with labeled sides and premium down alternative filling.

    Get it from Crane & Canopy for $199+ (available in queen/full or king/California king).

    15. An Uggs cleaning set that could save you a dropoff at your local dry cleaner's before you start living and breathing in your fave cozy boots.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Includes sheepskin cleaner, protector, freshener, a brush, and a stone to revive the natural luster of your twin-faced sheepskin boots. This kit is recommended for use only on twin-faced sheepskin boots and slippers within the Classic, Ultra, and Ultimate collections.

    Promising review: "This stuff saved my Uggs. I was ready to throw them out! Luckily I found this stuff and it saved me a couple hundred dollars :-)" —Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90.

    16. A washable mascara for creating the illusion that you're wearing false eyelashes instead of going through the trouble of applying actual falsies or getting lash extensions.

    amazon.com

    This stuff is *legit.* I keep coming back to it in my pursuit of the perfect budget mascara.

    Promising review: "I've told myself for many years that I was never going to wear false eyelashes and thanks to Maybelline's Falsies, I can continue without! I was hesitant about buying this mascara for a while because I heard some bad things about it like clumping, flaking, and it's a bit hard to get off. But I have to say the cons are definitely worth the pros! If you're looking to lengthen your eyelashes, this is the one. They look so beautiful and long that they give the appearance of false eyelashes. My eyelashes touch my eyebrows when I use this!" —anjanette

    Get it from Amazon for $5.64+ (available in seven colors).

    And if you're so inclined, check out a well-reviewed lash serum.

    17. A frizz-taming hair dryer (we tested!) with a powerful air stream to help reduce your drying time and deliver pro-quality results for the long haul.

    amazon.com

    We had LOTS of people (including me!) test out LOTS of hair dryers and this is our best hair dryer pick for a mid-range price.

    Promising review: "This hairdryer has been my favorite! I have naturally curly hair, but it's powerful enough to blow dry my hair straight. It has also cut down on the drying time for from about 20 minutes to less than 10, which is a huge plus for me! I had a BaByliss hairdryer before I bought this one and it lasted years until I accidentally left it behind in a hotel, so I'm sure this one will last a long time as well!" —lindsay davis

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    18. A toasty cardigan you can button up all the way over lower-cut dresses (or cover your arms with) for an office-approp look with some weekend ~versatility~.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just order a size or two up. I alternate between a med/large and brought extra large. I love it!! I have yellow, pink, black, white, and cream... all beautiful, nice sweaters. So many compliments!!" —Nurse Ley Ley

    Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in sizes S–3XL, 28 colors).

    19. A stacking snack system with decent proportion sizes for helping stave off hanger (or spending $$$ on snacks in times of desperation).

    amazon.com

    These beauts stack, lock with a twist, and will even fit inside the BlenderBottle Classic and SportMixer bottles. And if you're into protein shakes and supplements, these'll fit that stuff too.

    Promising review: "Love this! One of my TAs last semester had one and told me about it. It's perfect for portion-sized snacks during the day. I usually put some baby carrot sticks in the bottom, some sort of dip in the top and the middle two are saved for nuts about 1/4 cup of nuts each. Small and portable, great for school, work, or the gym." —Liz M.

    Get a four-piece starter pack from Amazon for $10.89+ (available in eight colors).

    20. A color-changing lip balm that'll give you a little color on the cheap so your friend will stop saying "YOU NEED SOME COLOR ON THOSE LIPS" every time you post a pic.

    amazon.com

    I am that friend. (But I just text it. I'm not that mean.)

    Promising review: "I'm not a lipstick wearer but I like a little color. Can be difficult to match the right lip tint but this gives a perfect subtle pink tint for me. I like that it's 'customized' which I feel takes the guesswork out of it. I keep one in my purse and one in my makeup bag, and will continue to use this as my go-to balm/gloss/lipstick." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19.

    21. Waterproof socks — they could be THE favorite thing you pack for your next outdoor adventure because the *last* time you got your socks wet, you would've shelled out $50 for dry socks.

    showerspass.com

    These are ideal for runners, hikers, cyclists, and other generally outdoorsy people. Oh, and you can grab some matching waterproof gloves too.

    Get them pre-order (ship Sept. 1st) from Showers Pass for $45 (available in four sizes).

    Planning your revenge against anyone who questioned the last time you bought an investment:

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