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

Scrappy buys that'll earn their keep (and more) this month.

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1. A gift-wrap organizer to corral last year's festive rolls so you know what you have before you spend $20 on fresh wrapping paper you won't even use this season.

We've all done it!Promising review: "Well-made with four zipper compartments large enough for a bunch of Christmas bows and able to hold up to (I guess) 10 rolls of wrapping paper. It could also hold small to medium gift bags. It is sturdy and will probably last a long time. I originally had my items in a gift wrap holder I'd made, but without the see-through plastic compartments, I never could find what I needed. Totally portable." —Helpful HannahGet it from Amazon for $6.99.
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We've all done it!

Promising review: "Well-made with four zipper compartments large enough for a bunch of Christmas bows and able to hold up to (I guess) 10 rolls of wrapping paper. It could also hold small to medium gift bags. It is sturdy and will probably last a long time. I originally had my items in a gift wrap holder I'd made, but without the see-through plastic compartments, I never could find what I needed. Totally portable." —Helpful Hannah

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

2. A jar of petroleum jelly — add it to your shoe care kit in place of polish.

It'll do what regular polish will and ohmigod it'll last must longer. Do I even need to explain how this is cheaper than getting your shoes shined?Get it from Amazon for $4.25.
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It'll do what regular polish will and ohmigod it'll last must longer. Do I even need to explain how this is cheaper than getting your shoes shined?

Get it from Amazon for $4.25.

3. Holiday gifts for your kids to give. Figure out who they'll have to give holiday gifts to now and buy in bulk for discounts on cool things, like this multitool that everyone could use in their life.

Boy Scout leaders, school teachers, and other folks can fall through the cracks until you're trying to find the least-crappy thing in the picked-over dollar section at Target two days before holiday vacation begins. Gather some ideas from our list of cool gifts under $10.Get the multitool from Amazon for $5.34.
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Boy Scout leaders, school teachers, and other folks can fall through the cracks until you're trying to find the least-crappy thing in the picked-over dollar section at Target two days before holiday vacation begins. Gather some ideas from our list of cool gifts under $10.

Get the multitool from Amazon for $5.34.

4. A tiny timer so you can set a shower time limit and enforce it. It'll beep and shame the person who's singing the entirety of Mariah Carey's classic Merry Christmas album under the shower head.

It holds up!Promising review: "We got this for our son to time his showers and for brushing his teeth. He is 8 and it is super easy for him to use. Be prepared that it beeps loudly when you have to punch in the time, and there is not a way to silence the buttons. Other than that being a small annoyance, it is a very good product. Has a stand to prop it up and magnet to put it anywhere." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $8.99.
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It holds up!

Promising review: "We got this for our son to time his showers and for brushing his teeth. He is 8 and it is super easy for him to use. Be prepared that it beeps loudly when you have to punch in the time, and there is not a way to silence the buttons. Other than that being a small annoyance, it is a very good product. Has a stand to prop it up and magnet to put it anywhere." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

5. An inexpensive LBD or supplies to transform one you already (like some fancy-looking earrings). A LBD will get you through all sorts of seasonal soirees.

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You do NOT need a new dress for every party. But this basic one has 2K+ reviews and is incredibly versatile when you pair it with stuff like these chic tassel earrings (that you can also wear over and over again).

Get them from Amazon: dress for $15.99+ (sizes XS–2X, 35 color combos) and earrings for $3.07 (four colors).

And check out our master list of 32 perfect things for your LBD for style inspo in spades.

6. Low-key heel caps that may save you a few shoe repairs and keep your high heels in fighting shape while you're partying the night away.

Promising review: "I love this product and use them on all my heels. They blend in great and have significantly increased the life of my heels. Love all the size options!" —Jennifer TravarelliGet seven pairs from Amazon for $12.50 (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "I love this product and use them on all my heels. They blend in great and have significantly increased the life of my heels. Love all the size options!" —Jennifer Travarelli

Get seven pairs from Amazon for $12.50 (available in three colors).

7. Micellar water — it'll last you *so much* longer than makeup-removing wipes.

One pre-loaded wipe never seems to do it, huh? Or maybe I just load up on mascara more than the average person. Either way, I have this stuff and love it!Promising review: "This is my go-to makeup remover. The price for the quantity is unbeatable. My skin can get oily and when I use this my skin feels fresh and clean after, not greasy. It also works great to remove my mascara and doesn't burn my eyes or cause irritation. I've had it for almost two months and am not even halfway through the bottle. This has saved me so much money compared to how quick I used to go through my makeup-remover wipes." —LaurenGet it from Amazon for $6.79.
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One pre-loaded wipe never seems to do it, huh? Or maybe I just load up on mascara more than the average person. Either way, I have this stuff and love it!

Promising review: "This is my go-to makeup remover. The price for the quantity is unbeatable. My skin can get oily and when I use this my skin feels fresh and clean after, not greasy. It also works great to remove my mascara and doesn't burn my eyes or cause irritation. I've had it for almost two months and am not even halfway through the bottle. This has saved me so much money compared to how quick I used to go through my makeup-remover wipes." —Lauren

Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

8. A casserole dish set to help you perfect a few easy dinners you can fall back on while feeding a crowd over the holidays, or just yourself!

This Pyrex set will set you back as much as my average Domino's order AND I AM ONE PERSON! It includes a 3-quart oblong dish, 8" square baking dish, 2 1-cup storage dishes, and matching lids. Pyrex is somehow magical in that it cleans easily and never seems to drop no matter how many times I drop my roommates' dishes. (Sorry.) Whipping up the pictured white chicken enchilada casserole from Gimme Some Oven will be nearly as easy as ordering pizza, more satisfying, and way cheaper! While you're at it, check out 16 more easy dinners.Get the set from Amazon for $22.69.
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This Pyrex set will set you back as much as my average Domino's order AND I AM ONE PERSON! It includes a 3-quart oblong dish, 8" square baking dish, 2 1-cup storage dishes, and matching lids. Pyrex is somehow magical in that it cleans easily and never seems to drop no matter how many times I drop my roommates' dishes. (Sorry.) Whipping up the pictured white chicken enchilada casserole from Gimme Some Oven will be nearly as easy as ordering pizza, more satisfying, and way cheaper! While you're at it, check out 16 more easy dinners.

Get the set from Amazon for $22.69.

9. This Drybar book for people who swear by salon blowouts. Teach yourself how to DIY one before the holidays instead of paying $45 a pop!

The cult-status hair salon that specializes in just styling services will cost you $45 a blowout at a New York City location, but prices vary by their many locations. (BTW, check out a full review of the salon from my colleague Emmy Favilla here.) If you go for *just one* blowout this holiday season, you could make your money back by buying this book!Promising review: "I love Dry Bar. I wish we had a location closer, but this book is the next best thing. Between reading the tips and tricks in the book and the plethora of online videos you can watch on their website, I almost have the technique down and couldn't be happier with the results. Every product from Dry Bar that I've tried has been amazing. Believe the hype! Well worth the price." —HcavinderGet it from Amazon for $9.99+ (Kindle, hardcover).
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The cult-status hair salon that specializes in just styling services will cost you $45 a blowout at a New York City location, but prices vary by their many locations. (BTW, check out a full review of the salon from my colleague Emmy Favilla here.) If you go for *just one* blowout this holiday season, you could make your money back by buying this book!

Promising review: "I love Dry Bar. I wish we had a location closer, but this book is the next best thing. Between reading the tips and tricks in the book and the plethora of online videos you can watch on their website, I almost have the technique down and couldn't be happier with the results. Every product from Dry Bar that I've tried has been amazing. Believe the hype! Well worth the price." —Hcavinder

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (Kindle, hardcover).

10. A replacement zipper to save any pants that fall victim to holiday-season weight gain or a delish Thanksgiving meal with

This thing is just under $10, which is considerably less than a new pair of slacks your third helping of turkey burst open at the dinner table in your in-laws' presence. Get it from Amazon for $9.95.
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This thing is just under $10, which is considerably less than a new pair of slacks your third helping of turkey burst open at the dinner table in your in-laws' presence.

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

11. This powerful stain remover that'll go such a long way in righting spillage wrongs that'd probably require professional cleaning. Consider it prep for an onslaught of spilled wine, chocolate fondue, and all sorts of holiday-ish during the next few months.

Promising review: "This 65+ senior/grandma has done a lot of laundry in her life and I’ve never found anything that consistently works as well as Grandma’s SSR every time. It’s the best stain remover I’ve ever found. Hands down, the best!" —Hallie R. ShepherdGet a three-pack from Amazon for $13.50.Ready this three-ingredient stain remover from Nifty before company visits because you and I both know someone's going to spill something in your home.
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Promising review: "This 65+ senior/grandma has done a lot of laundry in her life and I’ve never found anything that consistently works as well as Grandma’s SSR every time. It’s the best stain remover I’ve ever found. Hands down, the best!" —Hallie R. Shepherd

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.50.

Ready this three-ingredient stain remover from Nifty before company visits because you and I both know someone's going to spill something in your home.

12. A slow cooker to do all the work for you, rather than paying steep prices for pre-made holiday party food.

Ah yes, that meat tray is *so* easy to order for pickup at your local grocery store, but a cozy slow cooker dip seems much more appetizing than a tray of cold meat, no? What's that, you don't have a slow cooker? They make at-home meals so much easier and use less electricity than your oven! Check out this fondue recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen and 17 more party dip recipes.Get a highly rated seven-quart Crock-Pot from Amazon for $24.99. (Tbh, that's the cost of a *bargain* party meat tray.)
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Ah yes, that meat tray is *so* easy to order for pickup at your local grocery store, but a cozy slow cooker dip seems much more appetizing than a tray of cold meat, no? What's that, you don't have a slow cooker? They make at-home meals so much easier and use less electricity than your oven! Check out this fondue recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen and 17 more party dip recipes.

Get a highly rated seven-quart Crock-Pot from Amazon for $24.99. (Tbh, that's the cost of a *bargain* party meat tray.)

13. And a fast-food recipe cookbook that'll fight cravings and stop your kids from begging for a happy meal.

Promising review: "I am a big Todd fan and this book does not disappoint . I made the KFC baked chicken and the family liked it better than KFC😳😏" —Alexis M. BakerGet it from Amazon for $5.73+ (Kindle, paperback)Also check out our ways to fight fast-food cravings.
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Promising review: "I am a big Todd fan and this book does not disappoint . I made the KFC baked chicken and the family liked it better than KFC😳😏" —Alexis M. Baker

Get it from Amazon for $5.73+ (Kindle, paperback)

Also check out our ways to fight fast-food cravings.

14. Packing cubes — (maybe) check one less bag for holiday travels by compartmentalizing your kids' stuff in your own bag.

Packing cubes are great! We love them! We wrote about why they're awesome here AND here. These have more than 5K reviews on Amazon. That's how much people believe in them!Promising review: "After trying to figure out how to pack the needs of four people into two check bags for a week-long trip, we found these packing cubes. Boy am I glad we did, there was something about having things organized into smaller 'bags' that allowed us to stack and pack enough clothes and toiletries for a family of four into two check bags. These cubes are made of good-quality material and the zippers seem to be fairly stout. OH, and one more plus, when we got to the hotel we were able to easily transfer the cubes into drawers instead of digging through a suitcase all week, that was a nice thing because we usually do not transfer our laundry to drawers on trips. I travel several times a year for work and I won't be traveling again without these cubes in my bag. I would recommend one set per check bag–sized luggage piece." —Amazon CustomerGet a five-pack from Amazon for $22.99 (available in eight colors).
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Packing cubes are great! We love them! We wrote about why they're awesome here AND here. These have more than 5K reviews on Amazon. That's how much people believe in them!

Promising review: "After trying to figure out how to pack the needs of four people into two check bags for a week-long trip, we found these packing cubes. Boy am I glad we did, there was something about having things organized into smaller 'bags' that allowed us to stack and pack enough clothes and toiletries for a family of four into two check bags. These cubes are made of good-quality material and the zippers seem to be fairly stout. OH, and one more plus, when we got to the hotel we were able to easily transfer the cubes into drawers instead of digging through a suitcase all week, that was a nice thing because we usually do not transfer our laundry to drawers on trips. I travel several times a year for work and I won't be traveling again without these cubes in my bag. I would recommend one set per check bag–sized luggage piece." —Amazon Customer

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $22.99 (available in eight colors).

15. A Guac-Lock for people who eat a lot of guac. It'll keep the scrumptious stuff fresher for longer — especially if it's leftover from a party!

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Promising review: "Granted, it's best used in a scenario where you'll be eating your guac immediately after opening the container — so you won't have to jump through hoops to get it back to its initial setup for ~optimal freshness~ — which, let's be real, is probably how most people will be using it anyway, because who actually has leftover guac?

It's a smart option for making guacamole (or any other dip, for that matter) a day or so ahead of time, and a super-convenient way to store and transport it." —Emmy Favilla

Read our full review here.

Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

16. A easy solution made of pantry essentials and chelated iron that kills tree-drying bacteria. If you're one of those people who *must* buy a real Christmas tree during November, this may help you avoid having to replace it halfway through the season (maybe).

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You can expect cut trees to last four to six weeks, but if you're adamant about buying a tree in November, you can treat the stump to make the whole thing live longer. Read all the deets on Clorox.

Get the ingredients from Amazon: 30 oz. of bleach for $6.99, 32 oz. of corn syrup for $11.99, and 8 oz. of organic chelated iron concentrate for $9.99.

17. Gifts. You *know* you'll be buying them, so sign up for our gift guide newsletter and peruse our holiday gift guide — especially the Under $25 section — to make less of a dent in your budget!

We just launched our gargantuan BuzzFeed Holiday Gift Guide and write lots and lots of ~Inexpensive~ gift lists that'll impress the loved ones (and the hated ones like your boss, amirite?!) in your life without bankrupting you. Stay in the loop by signing up for our Gift Guide Newsletter *and* Shopping Newsletter, while you're at it.While you're at it, have any online orders shipped to their ~ultimate~ destination so you spend less cash on checking them in luggage or weighing down the back of your mini van. (I do this every year with the gifts I'll exchange with my family in another state.)Our gift guide is also a stellar place to build your own holiday wish list, especially the Practical section so you can convince loved ones to buy you things you know you need anyway, like that hand vac you've been putting off since your old one broke in April. Yes Aunt Ellen, feel free to get that for me!
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We just launched our gargantuan BuzzFeed Holiday Gift Guide and write lots and lots of ~Inexpensive~ gift lists that'll impress the loved ones (and the hated ones like your boss, amirite?!) in your life without bankrupting you. Stay in the loop by signing up for our Gift Guide Newsletter *and* Shopping Newsletter, while you're at it.

While you're at it, have any online orders shipped to their ~ultimate~ destination so you spend less cash on checking them in luggage or weighing down the back of your mini van. (I do this every year with the gifts I'll exchange with my family in another state.)

Our gift guide is also a stellar place to build your own holiday wish list, especially the Practical section so you can convince loved ones to buy you things you know you need anyway, like that hand vac you've been putting off since your old one broke in April. Yes Aunt Ellen, feel free to get that for me!

You after putting your money where your thrifty mind is:

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