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

Scrappy purchases that'll help your money stretch over time.

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1. A Nifty journal to help you streamline things like buying gifts, cooking, organizing, etc., so you don't end up buying a bunch of stuff you don't need.

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The journal incorporates the success tactics of the world’s top performers into your everyday life — effortlessly. Score!

Get it from BuzzFeed's Nifty shop for $22.95 (available in Adulting 101, General, and Busy Parent).

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2. A SodaStream starter pack that'll earn its keep if you've done your end-of-year expenses and realized you spent more on La Croix than you'd like to admit.

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Transforming regular tap water into carbonated water can help cut down on your cost for bottled or canned beverages — both in their outright price AND the cost of gas to go and buy the stuff from a physical store. The kit includes Source Sparkling Water Maker, one Mini CO2 Carbonator (makes up to 9L of sparkling water), one 1-liter BPA-Free Reusable Source Carbonating Bottle, and one 60-liter mail-in rebate. Check out the range of Flavor Essences on SodaStream.

Get it from Amazon for $73.99+ (available in two finishes).

3. Or a ~cheaper~ haul of La Croix from Jet if you absolutely cannot give up your habit.

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Amazon is not always the cheapest online retailer and this is one of those cases! As in an *actual* case of La Croix. For less pennies!!!

Get a 12-pack from Jet for $6.29.

4. A pair of glass phone screen protectors that can save you with a DIY application instead of suffering the significant markup at the Apple store.

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I *just* bought these and applied one to my new iPhone 8. It was criminally easy and took way less time and money than waiting on an associate to apply it to your screen for you. The kit comes with everything you need (including wet/dry wipes, a squeeze card, installation guide, and dust-removal stickers). It only took me five minutes! I haven't exactly thrown my phone into a wood chipper to test it out, but it's holding up very well against my brutal everyday wear and tear.

Get a pack of two protectors from Amazon for $7.99.

5. A bundle of slow cooker liners — they'll make it easy to fix one dish, then quickly swap it out for another one, eliminating the need to buy another slow cooker just for your annual holiday party.

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I have these and love them. They make cleanup a total breeze without making your recipe taste different or your kitchen smell like hot plastic wrap. I've also never had one rip or tear on me. Anything to help me fix a batch of spicy chili without having to wash a huge stoneware insert in my kitchen sink is a godsend. (No, I do not have a dishwasher to wash my slow cooker insert.)

Get four boxes of 12 liners from Amazon for $28.49.

6. A Billie razor subscription as an easy way to dodge the (bullshit) pink tax for cheaper razors.

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ICYMI, stuff marketed to women is often more expensive than the same products marketed to men — beauty and toiletries are especially bad about this. The $9 starter pack includes a razor handle in your choice of color, a magnetic holder, and two five-blade razor cartridges (kinda like these). From there you can set up how often you'll receive refills. Shipping is ~always~ free. Oh, and these razors are hella aesthetically pleasing!

Get a starter pack from Billie for $9.

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7. A 150-pack of gift tags and string you can use instead of those sticker tags that basically render a gift bag useless after one time.

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Hullo, all those gift bags you bought this year can be used again thanks to these! Gift bags are *too* expensive for what they are and should be used until they're falling apart, IMO. And finding a sticker tag that covers last year's tag on a gift bag is difficult and very obvious anyway. (I speak from experience.) The set includes 50 tags of each color and 100 feet of natural jute twine.

Get them from Amazon for $7.98.

8. A spill-proof travel toiletries bag that won't leak all over the inside of your suitcase and make you regret paying for a checked bag to bring along your trusted shampoo.

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Shelling out $25 for a checked bag just to have your Kiehl's shampoo spill all over your stuff is an awful (and expensive) way to start a vacation.

Get it from Amazon for $29.68+ (five colors) or Walmart for $29.99 (charcoal only).

9. A paper and credit-card shredder as some motivation to clear out old papers without paying someone at the UPS store too much money to handle it for you.

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This cross-cut paper shredder has a 6-sheet capacity and destroys credit cards (one at a time). It has a 2-minute continuous run time, 30-minute cool-down time, auto start, and manual reverse to clear paper jams.

Promising review: "Unless you are really churning out shredding projects (home-based business?), this should suit any household. We use it for receipts, bills, credit card offers, and recently, for shredding a duplicate copy of tax papers. Cheaper then identity theft repercussions." —Ella

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

10. A Spotify family premium account to let you and up to five people reap the benefits of ad-less music for a small(er) price.

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A solo premium account is $9.99 a month, so sharing this with a partner, kid, or roommate will help you save straight away! Aside from billing, it's like each person has their own account with playlists intact. You're supposed to only share with people who share the same address, but I definitely know a crew of friends who don't live together and share one.

Get it from Spotify for $14.99/month.

11. A gluten-free cookbook from the masters at America's Test Kitchen so your GF friends can get in on the holiday sweet treats without you spending all your budget on GF treats someone else made.

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Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my mom, who had to go gluten-free. She is raving about this cookbook and informative scientific test book! She loves learning, and at 82, enjoys knowing just why some things work in a recipe and some things fail miserably. America's Test Kitchen teaches her those lessons. The recipes range from very, very good to superb. My dad even likes them, knowing they are gluten-free. That's quite an accomplishment!" —tealady1

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+, Barnes & Noble for $15.99+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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12. A 20-pack of cheap food containers so guests won't "borrow" your good stuff to take home leftovers at a holiday party and never return it.

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No need to worry about nagging them for that good Pyrex. (Though if they're a good friend they won't mind your nagging and will feel incredibly guilty about having your belonging for too long.) These have tight-sealing clear lids for a leakproof seal, and are made of heavy-duty BPA-free polypropylene.

Promising review: "I love these!! I packed holiday meal leftovers for guests and they were perfect. The boxes go in the microwave and freezer, which makes them really convenient. I also pack work and school lunches with them. GREAT!" —Christina M. Lukas

Get them from Amazon for $15.72.

13. A 12-cup drip coffee maker with a wide-mouth carafe that'll keep the good stuff piping hot for hours, in case you'd rather dip into your coffee beans to brew a new batch than heat a cup up in the microwave.

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My parents are always drinking coffee, and my brother and I significantly contribute to that trend when we're visiting. I made my brother buy this coffee maker for my mom a few Christmases ago after I found out about it. Before that, my mom was always pouring leftover coffee into a tall carafe with a small mouth that was very hard to clean. I've cleaned this and it's so easy! And it even has a sensor so you can interrupt the brewing process to grab a cup without making a total mess of the counter.

Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

14. A gift set of your go-to beauty products that can help your bottom line by getting you more product at a lower cost — OR it's an excellent excuse to try some new products without sinking the full amount of money into them.

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This obviously takes a little more research to weigh cost and size differences, but it's worth a little bit of effort. AND if you purchase via Sephora, you can take advantage of their lenient return policy if the stuff ends up being all wrong for you! This kit from K-beauty brand Laneige includes a water sleeping mask (which I love), water bank essence, and water bank moisture cream.

Get this Laneige Slumber Party Kit from Sephora for $28.

15. And while we're on that note, a mini mascara that *suspiciously* seems to deliver the same amount of product for a smaller price 🤔.

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This gift set retails for $18, which is way less than the cost of the same full-size Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara at $23 and Sephora collection eyelash curler at $9 (which is the cheapest available on Sephora.com right now). So it's a steal for a pretty good mascara and comfy-looking eyelash curler, if you're in the market for both.

Get them from Sephora: gift set for $18, full-size mascara for $23, and eyelash curler for $9.

16. A 270-pack of ~lavender-scented~ dog poop bags to prevent some desperate runs to the pet store for marked-up bags.

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Includes 270 bags (18 refill rolls, 15 bags per roll) and the rolls fit standard leash dispensers.

Promising review: "These are by far my favorite waste bags I've used. Compared to others I've tried, not one has ever ripped on me, it feels thick enough to feel like there is a bag in between my hands and the poop (Other bags are so thin, it feels like you're actually touching the poop). I've tried both the scented and non-scented ones of this brand and both work great! Also, getting them through Amazon will save you some money." —Sandy

Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

17. A makeup organizer where you can keep your precious pots and potions instead of having to scrape liquid foundation off your bathroom floor because the bottle slid off your counter.

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A glass bottle of foundation smashing happens quite often and it's devastating every last time.

Promising review: "This product is amazing! It saves a lot of space and holds a lot of makeup. The lipstick holders are big enough to hold my NARS Audacious lipsticks and I store my eyeshadow palettes in the bottom two drawers. The product is sturdy and feels like it is good quality. Also, the price point is good for the amount of makeup that it stores." —sefiohdsafn

Get it from Amazon for $15.55+ (available in 15 configurations, color combos).

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