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    39 Things That'll Help Your Bottom Line Over The Long Run

    Purchases that'll help make an impact over time.

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    1. A rich foam maker to transform your liquid face wash into some luxurious foam that'll make your container last much longer than normal. Reviewers also say that whipping product makes it gentler on skin!

    the pump covered in foam

    Promising review: "This thing is the bomb. Does exactly what it advertises; makes a thick whipped cream/foam out of washes, making it economical as well as fun. It can soften harsh washes to make the concoction gentler on skin. It's also great for mixing washes if you have two or more you'd like to combine for different effects. And of course, a little goes a long, long way with this puppy. For the price, it's a steal. Definitely give it a try if you're not sure. It's a really cool device." —Knock Knock Me

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    2. Butterfly-shape sticky traps that'll look cute while they ensnare fungus gnats, fruit flies, plus other nuisances that are wreaking havoc on houseplants. You could buy a new plant every day, but you shouldn't have to.

    Promising review: "I purchased a bunch of indoor house plants during quarantine and now I have a bunch of fungus gnats in my house due to the plants. These sticky traps have worked very well for me catching the Gnats. I was a little skeptical at first but this product does help the problem." —Robert

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

    3. And a 3-in-1 plant moisture meter to help you better care for your plant babies, whether you're a plant newbie or a seasoned pro.

    the meter in a potted plant

    Promising review: "Used this last night, works well, have to let it sit for 10 minutes to get a correct read. Dial is easy enough to read, basic understanding of pH is needed but otherwise easy enough." —Nate

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90.

    4. Shrink wrap window insulation that could help you keep from jacking up the heat or the A/C way too much. Go ahead, enjoy that lovely well-appointed den with all the windows!

    Promising review: "Super secure, super savings, super product! It’s so polished once you blow dry it you can’t even tell the plastic's there. It works better at keeping ice build up or moisture build up than a storm window insert I tried. I mean to tell you it may seem janky but boy does it stop air flow and loss — either heat or AC won’t flow out. I took a non-covered window which shows all the moisture, then the covered window and the plastic is so invisible I had to take a from below pic. The only issue is I wish I trimmed the excess better! Super sticky and secure tape easy to work with." —Bill

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59+ (available in four sizes and two styles).

    5. A wrapping paper holder for storing your goods once the gift-giving season is over. No more buying paper because you think you're out, only to unearth a crumpled roll of gift wrap during spring cleaning you could've used.

    the wrapping holder upright against a cabinet

    My mom has a similar container where she stores rolls in a hall closet. It makes gift wrap so much easier to find! Also if you like to save scraps of really pretty paper and bows for reuse later, they'll be safe in this too.

    Promising review: "Moving in a month and didn’t want to throw away my unused wrapping paper from previous holidays. Ordered this and it saved the day! Well worth the price when wrapping paper is $3–$6 a roll! Larger in width and length then what I expected! Very happy!!" —Natalie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    6. And some reusable gift sacks in case you'd like to avoid buying new paper or gift bags in the future. You probably won't be able to put an Instant Pot (an excellent gift!) in one of these, but it'll take care of a lot of gift-wrapping needs.

    white and gold metallic gift sacks of various sizes

    You'll have to use these for a few years in a row (or gifting rounds) to get your money's worth on these in comparison to large packs of paper gift bags. But have you bought a single gift bag from the drugstore recently? It's expensive and will run you $3-$4, so in that sense you'll get your money's worth much faster!

    Get five bags from Amazon for $21.95 (available in four color combos).

    Also check out a similar plaid set for $20.99 or a 24-pack of small bags for $12.99.

    7. A cheese slicer – it'll let you create the perfect charcuterie board for your 90 Day Fiance marathon with that Aldi cheese rather than the stuff from the fancy cheese shop downtown.

    person using the cheese slicer on a piece of cheese

    Promising review: "After having several cheaper slicers that didn't last long, it's nice to have this. It's larger, heavier and apparently built to last. I appreciate that it comes with an extra wire (now if I can just figure out how to keep track of the wire until I need it, and remember that it's there.) It works beautifully. Note that to adjust the thickness, you unscrew the two ends of the roller individually. This is less convenient than the one-screw mechanism on some other slicers." —Chuck

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    8. A weekly budget planner for helping manage those expenses that feel like they're looming over your head. Sometimes just putting pen to (v organized) paper can help make the daunting things feel much more manageable!

    Basically every budgeting or financial guru suggests tracking everything you spend, whether they tout zero budgeting or another technique. And it's nondated, so you can start now!

    Promising review: "I love the monthly and weekly calendars. I always have a hard time keeping track weekly, but I do love the monthly format and that there are so many empty entry slots I can write whatever I need to in. I have a hard time categorizing my bills and love seeing them one by one and this gives me that flexibility." —Nicholas Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $6.88.

    9. Or a budget monthly tracker that'll work in your Google sheets in case you prefer to keep it digital, are trying to be better about paying attention to where every (digital) penny goes.

    colorful budget monthly tracker
    BudgetGirlGoods / Etsy

    This Etsy shop is run by one of my favorite YouTubers Budget Girl, whom documented paying off $33,000 in debt (video here!) and has set up a net worth of $75,000 (video here!). So yeah, I think her advice is solid!

    Get it from BudgetGirlGoods on Etsy for $7.99 (you can also get an annual net worth spreadsheet).

    10. A teeth-whitening pen – it'll put only a teensy dent in your budget (vs. a trip to the dentist), *plus* they're way easier to use than white strips and taste minty. I've used these and they're super easy but effective!

    reviewer's before pic with yellow teeth and then after pic with much whiter teeth

    Promising review: "I always worry whether this stuff will actually work, look good, be easy to use, taste decent, be safe for my teeth... and this stuff has it all and I'm more than impressed! This photo is just after TWO uses!! Love this product!" —Lil Mama Mindy

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. And while we're talking about dental needs, a copper tongue scraper that'll help kill the funk so you don't waste your precious time buying different mouthwashes and mints to address it.

    the copper tongue scraper

    BLK+GRN is a Black woman-owned brand and based in New York.

    Get it from BLK+GRN for $5.

    12. A set of reusable coffee pods you can fill with your favorite ground brew and then toss in your K-Cup machine like normal. This'll put a halt to tons of plastic pod waste, both for the environment and your fam's monthly budget.

    Promising review: "These reusable filter cups work PERFECTLY with our Keurig Elite B-40 model. Usually we use K-Cups, but we received a bag of ground coffee as a gift. We attempted to use our old reusable filter cup that we'd had for an old model Keurig, and it just created a mess and left tons of grounds in the cup. Amazon delivered these K & J cups in a day and they solved the problem. The bottom and sides are mesh, which was not true on my old reusable filter cup, and the little lid snaps shut snugly. They come four to a pack, but I don't see using the others until the one I'm using wears out. Very easy to clean also. So happy to find these!!!" —Jamie von Holstein

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    13. And a set of K-Cup cleaning pods in case your Keurig is starting to have problems. Give these for a go for less than $10 before shelling out cash for a new machine!,

    Promising review (for the pic on the left): "Ran it through three times. It truly works!" —Shawna20

    Promising review: "I bought this product because the needle in my Keurig 2.0 keeps clogging causing inconsistent brew and taste. These cleaning cups fixed both of my issues and especially liked that it was really quick and easy to use… I put the cleaning pod in and ran one cycle, then took the pod out and ran a rinse cycle to clean out any leftover grinds. FAST, EASY, and GREAT results…VERY HAPPY!!" —Corey West

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. A pill-removing stone to help keep those investment sweaters (plus the cheaper ones that, turns, out could survive a nuclear bomb) looking in tip-top shape.

    person using square sponge-looking stone on sweater

    Celsius is founded by sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams, who have a background in fashion and design, and love cleaning and the environment. So they opened the Celsius flagship in Brooklyn, which is an energy-efficient laundromat stocked with their specialty detergents and cleaners. Each cycle there comes with a complimentary dose of eco-friendly unscented laundry powder. If you can't make it there IRL, you can snag their cleaning products online, including this stone! Speaking of the stone, if you want some extra credit you can use it with wool conditioner and Wool & Silk Yuzu Delicate Detergent. Plus if you take care of this stone, it can last you for up to 10 years!

    Get it from Celsius for $17.

    15. A liquid tartar remover for dogs you simply add to their water bowls to cut out on plaque and smelly breath for a difference you'll notice. R.I.P. to all the doggy toothpastes you've tried in the past.

    Promising review: "My dog's molars were turning black and he had a ton of build up on his canines. In the photo (above), just imagine everywhere you see slight yellow, instead covered in black and brown gunk and hard plaque. His gums were beginning to look inflamed. And, of course, his breath could kill a horse. After one week of constant use (a cap full for every bowl of water) you could see an obvious difference in tooth color. I was blown away. (Why can’t human mouthwash do such a good job on our teeth?) After three weeks, his molars were almost completely clean. After a couple months of use, the plaque on his canines was soft enough to brush some of it off, which was totally impossible before. Plaque covered the canine approximately 70%. Obviously that's no longer the case. Idk what insane solvent this is made of, but it keeps his gross mouth clean as a whistle. Now I don’t have to worry about my picky princess mutt losing his teeth because he can’t be bothered to chew anything." —BaconPancakes

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12 (available in three flavors and two sizes).

    16. A bracelet keychain you can also loop onto your purse straps so you don't misplace your keys AGAIN. Locksmiths are *expensive* plus having to borrow your spare that your friend across town has can be a huge hassle. (I know.)

    person holding up tote purse with a loop keychain around a handle
    @mykeyper / Via

    Keyper is a woman-owned biz started by Sally Robinson and her eldest daughter Dana as a solution to make carrying a purse with your essentials a hands-free task. You can also grab a cute bag that hooks onto your Keyper keychain here or as a set here that'll further simplify your routine.

    Get it from Keyper for $29+ (available in a variety of canvas, leather, and metallic leather options).

    17. A keyboard cover as some insurance for anyone who's always sipping coffee or eating sandwiches at the computer. (OK I could use this.)

    colorful keyboard cover on a mac laptop

    Promising review: "Super cute. Way better than my last, thin, clear one that looked dirty all the time and got warped super fast. This one has awesome color, I was really surprised by the quality. It sits perfectly on my keys and ends perfectly at my touch bar. The color is super durable. I even clean all of my laptop supplies every week with alcohol pads and the keyboard skin was unfazed, it’s a great product." —haylie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    18. A bidet attachment — it could be just the thing for the people in your household who use SO MUCH TOILET PAPER you can't believe.,

    Promising review: "Once you have a bidet you will never want to live without one. We are in the middle of a toilet paper shortage because of the pandemic. My husband poops three time a day so we were faced with a serious situation as our toilet paper supply was fading fast. He was very hesitant to use a bidet, but was convinced after the first time he used it. The cold water doesn’t bother us at all, I was concerned that it would be uncomfortable but it’s actually soothing. The water pressure is strong, but it’s completely adjustable, I don’t even turn it all the way to one. It was very easy to install, takes about 15 minutes. We save a lot of money on toilet paper and our butts have never felt cleaner." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $36.27+ (available in two color combos).

    19. A four-way cleaning brush to make big moves on those black suede (or nubuck!) boots you decided to shuffle around in the dirt while wearing last weekend. Their days are no longer numbered

    one dirty boot, one clean boot

    It has four sides: one to clean heavier scuff marks and stains, one to gently clean fine suede and light scuff marks, one to clean rounded corners, and one to clean hard-to-reach crevices and grooves.

    Promising review: "I was really sad when I thought my bucks were at the end of their road, because I had always heard that suede couldn't be cleaned. With this brush and a little elbow grease my bucks are looking great again! I didn't use any water or cleaner, I just kept wiping the brush off on my jeans to keep the brush clean, then hit the shoe again with a clean surface. It even brightened the leather up a bit." —Roberto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. Wool dryer balls that'll be a wonderful effective alternative to fabric softener sheets or liquid that can cause some serious buildup on machines, leading to pricey problems later! (Also, buh-bye single-use softening sheets!)

    the wool dryer bars on a blanket

    Promising review: "I have been using these for over year now and I absolutely love them. I only use four in my dryer and they have reduced the time it takes to dry clothes. I did not add a scent to the balls so I sometimes throw a dryer sheet in with the balls. They make a soft thud sound while drying. I have given them as gifts to all of my sisters-in-law and they love them." —P. King

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    21. A Baby Yoda dishwasher magnet to keep the fam on the same page as to if that plate was licked clean or washed clean... very important! No more having to run a second cycle because of someone putting in a dirty plate!

    dirty side of the magnet with Baby Yoda eating a frog, clean side of Baby Yoda drinking soup

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. Clever Finance Girl, a book by Bola Sokunbi, who's behind the site and social media accounts by the same name. This book walks you through ID-ing what's important for you in your life, then how you should plan and allocate your funds accordingly. Plus it has a SUPER clear explanation for investing op types and so much more!

    the book cover
    Elizabeth Lilly

    I've been a social media follower of Sokunbi awhile now and once I saw that her second book Grow Your Money came out I decided to buy her first (yes I'm going to buy the second one soon!). In 2020, I've become a little obsessed with reading about personal finance and have probably seen every last Chris Hogan video on YouTube (I love him!). But I have to say that this book contains the simplest, most direct explanation of 401(k) plans, Roth IRAs, and all that jazz. I feel like I finally understand the differences between investing options and can explain them to someone else. Additionally, the Clever Finance Girl site has tons of FREE financial resources and courses for your learning needs! Even if your IRL friends aren't as focused about saving money and making start spending decisions, you can lean on online communities like the one on Clever Finance Girl for motivation!

    Get it from Amazon for $15, Barnes & Noble for $22.45, Target for $16.69, Bookshop for $22.95.

    23. A notebook strap for anyone who's constantly jotting down notes or sketching on the go. No more losing your great writing utensils, only to have to replace them! (Also perhaps this'll help you actually put all those wonderful notebooks to good use.)

    plain black notebook with elastic strap that fits over it that holds writing utensils
    Little Otsu

    Little Otsu is a small business located in Portland, Oregon, and co-owned by an Asian-American woman. Oh, you like stationery? Well you're gonna LOVE this store.

    Get it from Little Otsu for $8 (available in nine colors).

    24. A kitchen scale with measurement conversions so you never have to worry about a baking Pinterest fail because you mussed up a conversion.

    scale with measurement conversions on it

    It measures cups, ounces, grams, milliliters, pounds, and fluid ounces.

    Promising review: "I've been using this in the kitchen on a regular basis. It works great for making a balanced sourdough starter feed. The gram setting is extremely precise and sensitive. So far I have not had to change the batteries and it's been a few months." —Anaya

    Get it from Amazon for $21.34.

    25. A red wine stain remover in a mini size that can work on soooo many other stains too.

    Promising review: "Totally impressed! The unassuming generic packaging and label left me a bit skeptical but this stuff is almost as exciting as the wine I spilled! This Cabernet stain sat on my ivory faux fur blanket for over a month before I tried this product. Completely gone in one try! Get this. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed." —PersianTess

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    26. A six-pack of reusable ziplock bags that'll stand up as you fill them. Cutting down on $$$ one-use plastic *and* feeling like you have an extra set of hands in the kitchen?! Win-win!

    three sizes of reusable ziplock bags

    Promising review: "Very easy to clean and use. I have a smaller fridge so these are better than colored tubs. You can see the items in the bag. Nice thickness." —Judy Sinkular

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A dip powder mani kit for a salon-like effect for about the cost of one visit. Now that you've become great at painting your nails with regular polish, it's time to ~level~ up., Amazon

    Promising review: "I get my nails done a lot, but the cost to get them done all the time wasn’t good on my budget. I started doing my own nails with the LED lamp, but they never lasted as long. I saw this product and for the price I couldn’t resist.

    It was packaged well and it had instructions with it on how to apply the coats and powder. I knew what to do from having my nails done a lot before. I thought the process was super easy! Love the colors!" —Lexi

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (also available in more colors).

    28. A trio of Instant Pot magnets to help answer those questions (sorry, Siri) about how long everything cooks in that incredibly helpful appliance. This lil' bit of help can help prevent disasters *and* convince you to use this appliance more for at-home dinners rather than takeout or restaurant meals.

    the three magnets

    (Psst, my brother and I bought these magnets for my mom for a Christmas gift!)

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter. She is thrilled with them — just what she needed for her Instant Pot." —KerrieS

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    29. Plastic grocery bag wranglers light enough to hang on a hook on your wall *or* inside your kitchen cabinet. Hoarding plastic grocery bags so you never have to buy small bin liners again is a worthwhile pursuit. This'll make it cute too!

    two vertical bag holders hanging from hooks on a wall

    Tbh, I need one of these. I make my mom give me all her plastic grocery bags because I use them for trash. My personal goal is to never have to buy garbage bin liners again! But I'm a weirdo like that.

    Get two from Amazon for $6.99.

    Want a sturdier option? Consider this cabinet door bag holder. Alternatively, you can stuff them in an empty facial tissue box!

    30. A leather conditioner to revive your leather goods *even* as large as a leather couch! Welcome to your next project while you catch up on the latest ep of your fave true-crime podcast!,

    Reviewers note that using this may darken the leather, so keep that in mind!

    Promising review: "Excellent product! So happy I tried it! I wore kitchen gloves and smoothed a thin layer of the product all over the couch, instead using of the cloth. Went way faster and I didn’t waste product soaked up by the cloth." —Kristie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    31. And a wood scratch cover that'll cover up dings and discoloration on door frames and molding you can see outta the corner of your eye as you watch TV *without* sanding or refinishing! Cue to you on the prowl for more wood surfaces you can fix up.

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well Old English works! I recently purchased a home where a dog previously lived and had horribly scratched the woodwork. I thought I may have to sand and refinish the woodwork around two doors. Old English saved me a lot of work! " —Behold Behold!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82 (also available for light wood tones).

    32. A spray bottle of L'Oreal Paris root cover-up spray to help bridge the gap between your *real* roots and the time between colorings. Yes, you can put off that expense for another month!

    A reviewer with gray roots and dark brown hair showing the spray completely covered their grays

    Plus, it's water-resistant!

    Promising review: "My hair grows somewhat fast so I find myself coloring my roots at minimum every two weeks, which I think is bad for my hair. This product has been a lifesaver in allowing me to extend that time frame some. I wish I had found it sooner!" —Mmandkcs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in eight colors).

    33. A menstrual cup you can wear for up to 12 hours at a time and built to last up to 10 years. OK I'm horrible at math but I KNOW that is a LOT of tampons and liners you're replacing. Plus, it comes with this cute carrying pouch!

    black menstrual cup with cute printed zippered pouch for carrying

    Otherwild is queer-owned and its IRL shop is actually a gathering, workshop, and event space. And when you purchase this cup, you're actually purchasing two cups! For every Dot cup purchased, one is given to a girl in need, allowing her to go to school or work and to be an active member of her community, regardless of her menstrual cycle!

    Get it from Otherwild for $35.

    34. A pair of period undies that'll hold the same amount as three tampons or two pads. Here's to a sustainable (extremely cute!) way to cut down on those expensive (former) essentials.


    This brand also makes super well-reviewed menstrual cups but this is their foray into period underwear. There are six styles in total with two layers of absorbency. These high-waisted beauties are meant for high absorbency, meaning they'll hold up to 2–3 tbsp/10–15ml/three tampons/two pads.

    Get them from Saalt for $36 (available in women's sizes XS–XXL and four colors).

    35. A Bissell SpotBot as a hands-free spot scrubber you can leave and let scrub the red wine stain for you. Turns out, you won't have to buy a runner to cover that spot after all!

    This portable carpet cleaner will spray, brush, and suction up any stain, no adult supervision needed. It also comes with a hose and tool attachment if you'd prefer a more hands-on cleaning session.

    Promising review: "I have two cats (ages 16 and 8), one dog, a 5-year-old kid, and several other dogs on occasion (I pet sit and board dogs). I have needed to rent a carpet cleaner at least twice a year since I can remember. No longer! The SpotBot has revolutionized cleaning in our household. It is ridiculously easy and fast! The best part is that I barely have to touch anything gross anymore. I always pick up the larger chunks first, but I let the SpotBot do the rest and all I have to do is follow-it up with a good dump and rinse. A single spot takes less than five minutes to clean depending on the setting used and your competency (again, super easy to set up and use). I've had good experience on the stairs and the upholstery using the wand as well." —Rainbow Chicken

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    36. Or a carpet cleaning solution with results so impressive (just cast your eyes below this text!) that you may have to bleep out your own reaction. Get ready to break up with your carpet cleaner rental spot.

    reviewer pic of carpet being cleaned with a vacuum revealing a much lighter carpet color underneath

    Promising review: "After reading the reviews I thought I could at least try it, and holy smokes, this is a miracle cleaner!!! I think I have tried every cleaner on the market for pet stains and nothing ever really works on my carpets. Even if I get it off the top, it somehow comes back up. My crazy dogs hate the rain and they have one spot that they always go on when they decide they are not going outside. I have cleaned the spot probably 100 times. I cleaned this area one time with this cleaner and my spot steam cleaner and it is completely gone! The stain and smell are 100% gone, not just covered up like before, completely and absolutely gone. Miracle cleaner for sure!" —PLLane

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    37. A pair of Drainwigs, which is just fancy talk for some hair catchers that can hang out in your shower drains. Nothing throws a wrench in your day like a clogged drain that demands a bottle of drain cleaner you don't already own.


    BTW, drain cleaner can take a toll on your pipes (especially if you live in an old building like me), so if you can use a gadget to catch hair BEFORE it clogs your drains, it's totally worth it IMO.

    Promising review: "I didn't even think about my shower drain being such a problem with hair. We have a relatively new shower and the drain was starting to be slow, but not really a problem because the pipe has a long drop. I was watching Shark Tank and thought maybe I need to check this out. Wow, there was a lot of hair to clean! Three long-haired girls in the house! I started using this and it pulled all sorts of hair out. We change it about once a month. Easy to pull out and no breaks or rust. I keep buying!" —Kindle Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.62.

    38. Scotch-Brite nonscratch sponges that'll tackle that caked-on mess without making your casserole dish look like it went through battle (though it might as well have during enchiladas night).

    person cleaning a casserole

    Promising review: "Great sponges. They work great if you cut them in half as well. Then you get twice the sponges and it's easier to clean in the corner of casserole dishes. The 'rough' side does a great job with baked on messes without scratching any of my dishes. The sponges are durable and don't fall apart easily, if it starts to smell I just pop it in the dishwasher with my dishes for a quick sterilize. Works great for Dutch ovens, pots, pans, regular dishes, etc." —MMS

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.22 (or Subscribe & Save for $4.96/month).

    39. Cat paw chair socks to keep those gorgeous original hardwood floors looking perfect.


    Get 24 from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    But if you hate cats, check out these plain furniture protectors.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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