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    36 Things That'll Save You Money In The Long Run

    Cleaning up your suede boots with a cheap brush and giving your gross Keurig machine a thorough clean can seriously help your bottom line.

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    1. Cleaning cups that'll remove built-up coffee grinds and residue from your Keurig machine because maybe the reason you're feeling a bit meh about your morning cup is because something's up with your machine. No need to replace it. You've just gotta give it a thorough clean.

    Promising review: "10 stars!! Pictures are worth 1000 words folks.. I haven’t cleaned my Keurig in years..yes it’s nasty but I guess I never really thought about it. As you can see from start to finish.. the water was BLACK in the beginning, now it is CLEAR! I can’t wait to clean my Keurig every week (it’s too easy not to do it) plus enjoy tomorrow’s cup of jo :) Amazing product. Easy to use. No smell. I already bought 2 more boxes 👍" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.76.

    2. 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.

    reviewer's pic of a house plant looking all droopy then it looking more alive with leaves up after using the plant spikes

    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 24-pack from Amazon for $2.98.

    3. 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. Let's hold onto them.

    reviewer pic of cloudy pyrex bowl then completely clear, clean looking bowl

    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.

    4. And cleaning tablets you can toss in your dishwasher to help make that $$$ appliance work so much better than as of late. Don't even start googling new dishwashers.

    Promising review: "Moved into a new house and thought the dishwasher was broken. We avoided using it for SEVERAL MONTHS while we saved for a new one. Called a repair service, described what was wrong, they suggested using Affresh first. After two uses the dishwasher was good as new, never replaced it. Thank you!" —Mojito

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.98.

    5. A dryer lint brush to clean out your lint trap, which'll help your dryer work super effectively and prevent doubling up on drying cycles.

    reviewer photo showing the dryer lint brush next to a pile of dust and lint on their dryer

    Promising review: "Works perfectly for scrubbing the stuck lint out of the insides of your dryer. Everyone who owns a dryer should have these, they're basic safety equipment. Clean that lint, and reduce fire hazard and make the machine more efficient. They're long enough, strong enough, and just flexible enough without being too flexible." —Winged Wolf

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.95.

    6. 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 $14.47.

    7. And a nail grinder if you want to prevent all sorts of scratch marks on your wood floors and furniture. It'll trim your pup's claws to an acceptable length, also saving you some cash from getting it professionally done.

    Before photo of a reviewer's dog with extremely long, thick nails and an after photo of the same dog with neatly trimmed nails

    Promising review: "As a groomer I’ve used professional dog grooming Dremels that cost double and triple what this little guy cost and this is great! It came ready to do the job. It is easy to hold and is perfect for touch-ups after clipping the nails or just tipping them. It is nice to not have another cord hanging around and charges quick. I don’t leave the charger plugged in all of the time since that tends to kill the battery a lot faster. If I know I have a dog coming in I’ll charge it and use it that day and the charge usually lasts for a few days, (depending how often I use it). I don’t recommend using it on big dogs unless you are just touching up the nails since it doesn’t have the strength to grind down big nails like that." —T.I.M.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. 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!

    person pulling a knife through the small handheld knife sharpener

    Check out my full KitchenIQ Knife Sharpener review.

    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 $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    reviewer pic of blush and bronzer stained makeup brushes, then them looking new and clean thanks to the brush shampoo

    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 $6.99.

    11. Bar Keepers Friend powdered cleanser to spiff up just about anything you have around your house like car head lights, pots and pans, porcelain sinks, stove tops.... Really, the limit does not exist for what this magical powder can do.,

    To understand just *how* versatile this product is, check out Bar Keepers Friend review and prepare to be amazed!

    Promising review (for the pics on the left): "I’ve been using this to clean up my truck. It works great on rust and scratched up windows and foggy headlights." —C. Baker

    Promising review (for the pics on the right): "With a little elbow grease and this product your pots/pans will come back to life. This took me about 8 mins. Amazing results at a fair price." —Alyssa Hinojosa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    12. A scrubbing brush you can attach to your drill/driver to help your cleaning products (and time spent on chores) go a lot further. Work smarter, not harder.

    the brush cleaning a tire
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I use these brushes regularly, and haven't had a single issue with them. I'm strong, but these save me time and energy. When they do wear out, I'll be ordering more." —MJ

    Get it from The Grommet for $10.95 (available in three brush types).

    13. A jean button replacement kit in case the problem with your go-to pair is actually the hardware. Yes, $5 for a one-time fix can feel steep. But y'know what's steeper? Finding another pair and then paying for 'em.

    hand putting a screw into a button hole and then mounting the button on that screw

    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 $4.99.

    14. A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra cotta bear that'll keep your brown sugar from going rock solid just in time for when you need to bake with it.

    jar of brown sugar with a terra cotta teddy bear beside of it

    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 $9.99.

    15. 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).

    reviewer pic of brown tinted inside of thermos then completely clear thermos inside thanks to the cleaning tablets

    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.

    16. Charcoal inserts for de-funking those favorite flats of yours you can't throw in the wash but have been stinking up the mudroom.

    row of three pairs of shoes with the charcoal inserts in them

    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.

    17. 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: "Great for fingerprints, smudges on painted walls, baseboards, trim, kitchen cabinets, and excellent with cleaning the white rubber trim on shoes!!! My Chucks look brand new. Must be careful with painted walls because can strip paint. Also the sponge gets a little flimsy and crumple if placed in water too long. Oh and also used them to clean the smudges in my office walls! Worked wonders" —Danielle B.

    Get a nine-pack from Amazon for $6.97.

    18. A red wine stain remover to keep on hand because, well, accidents happen! But you can be prepared for (at least some of) them!

    Promising review: "This stuff is magic! Works in seconds! I highly, highly recommend." —Diane Harper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    19. 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. I recommended this to a friend who fell in a puddle of motor oil on a sidewalk, then accidentally wiped it on her camel coat. It got the stains out!

    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 $9.99.

    20. 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.

    the bottle of nail polish thinner

    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 $8.20.

    21. A cold brew maker that'll work on tomorrow's caffeine fuel for 8–12 hours in the fridge as you reap the benefits of today's while you annihilate your to-do list.


    Read up on why we love this in our full review of Takeya cold brew maker!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    22. A shoe shine kit – it might just turn you into office royalty thanks to your not-that-fancy footwear that just looks its best. Take care of your shoes! Please!

    one worn looking leather boot and one polished boot

    The kit comes with two tins of black polish, a shine brush, a dauber, and a cloth.

    Promising review: "KIWI is my favorite brand for shoe care items. From shining actual military boots to polishing my dress shoes, I haven't found a better quality shoe shine. This pack is extremely useful for those who are new to polishing shoes themselves since it comes with everything a beginner really needs to learn. Remember that these are new horsehair bushes, so you may lose a few hairs the first time you use the dauber." —Lord McFatty

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47.

    23. A magnetic grocery list to help make grocery shopping and meal planning a bit easier. 'Tis time to replenish your ingredients so you don't have a solid excuse to order in pizza.

    list on fridge

    Promising review: "Such a great idea. It helps me organize my shopping trip and helps to save money by not duplicating items I might already have on hand. It tears off easily from the pad so that it goes right into my purse for shopping ease." —Karen L.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    24. A budget monthly tracker that'll work in your Google sheets if you're 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).

    25. A produce-saving container to keep your farmer's market haul fresh long enough so you can actually consume all of it. Now that you've figured out what Swiss Chard looks like, you can make sure you actually consume it before it goes bad.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Check out our full review for the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Containers.

    Promising review: "Keeps fresh fruit and vegetables fresher for a longer period of time. We purchase fresh vegetables at the Farmer's Market for the week and have found that these Rubbermaid containers keep them fresh for up to two weeks. Very satisfied!" —Linda C.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75+ each (available in five sizes and combos).

    26. And a root vegetable storage sock that'll help keep more produce edible for longer.

    sock person is pulling a full garlic bulb out of
    The Grommet

    Get it from The Grommet for $9.

    27. An ink remover to erase all sorts of pen accidents and transform even Sharpie writing. Look at you saving that white button-up shirt that had a tussle with a ballpoint pen!

    Sharpie on a blanket, then the blanket without the writing on it

    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." —Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    28. A teeth-whitening pen – it'll put only a teensy dent in your budget (vs. a trip to the dentist you've been saving up for), *plus* they're way easier to use than white strips and taste minty.

    Reviewer before and after showing the pen noticeably whitened their yellow teeth

    Promising review: "I have only used the two original pens that I purchased and can already see an improvement. I am older than 60 and drink coffee daily and red wine weekly." —vicki houska

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    29. Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver that'll do a far better job of clearing your bathroom or kitchen drains than the super well-known brand you usually grab. Keep one of these at the ready before you even think about googling your plumber. This is worth a go!

    a green bottle with two openings with twist-off caps at the top of it.

    My bathroom sink tends to stop up far too easily and this does a drastically better job of clearing the gunk than Drano or Liquid Plumber. I also love that it's non-corrosive (I live in a pre-war apartment building with old pipes) and odorless (no one loves feeling like a bug being fumigated in their own home)!

    Promising review: "OK... So I have to do a little review on this product BECAUSE I have had a stopped-up kitchen sink and have LITERALLY tried EVERYTHING down to the industrial products with NO luck. I decided to go on Amazon and read a few reviews. This is the one I decided to go with. I only used one chamber, let it sit for an hour, and then used boiling water. My sink is NO LONGER stopped up!!! I saved a plumber bill and this was $11.97. HUGE win for this woman!!" —Tabpeach

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    30. And a TubShroom for clearing recently departed strands out of your shower drain sooo much faster.

    Sorry not sorry, but I'm also obsessed with this product! I have thick, long hair and have lived with other people with a lot of hair. This thing is totally game-changing! If you don't believe me (EVEN THOUGH YOU SHOULD), check out the below:

    Promising review: "I have a blue heeler who sheds like a wild beast. Before I had the TubShroom my bathtub would clog every time and I'd have to go buy Drano. Now I don't have to worry about that at all. This thing really does stop all hair, I am so surprised at how awesome this inexpensive product is. I would highly recommend this product to all pet owners or you Bigfoot-type folk." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors; also available in a sink version).

    31. A fabric defuzzer to bring your go-to sweater back to a suitable state. Oh, and it'll also de-pill your super comfy couch that you snagged for a steal on Craigslist a few years back.

    It has three settings so you can control as you go.

    Promising review: "I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.15+ (available in six colors).

    32. A four-way cleaning brush for refreshing your favorite boots before you tote them along to your favorite shoe shop.

    one boot covered in dirt, the other looking super clean

    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.

    33. Or a ~powerful~ shoe cleaner to bring your shoes back to life.

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them — now I can wear them for even longer. Very pleased with Pink Miracle. I will buy it again when I run out of my bottle." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    34. A washable Swiffer mop cover you can use, wash, then use again in lieu of the disposable kinds.

    the cloth on a swiffer mop
    Saged Home / Etsy

    Saged Home is a Portland, Oregon-based shop that specializes in reusable household items. 

    Promising review: "These were the perfect size for a Swiffer, as advertised. I like that I can use them as wet or dry cloths. Very easy to store and wash. I dust mop once a day so these have already paid for themselves." —brik

    Get a six-pack from Saged Home on Etsy for $16.50+ (available in white or gray and three quantities).

    35. A mountable battery organizer for parking all your loose power sources instead of letting them roll around in your junk drawer taking space where they live 'til they expire and THEN you need them.

    the battery organizer

    This *safely* holds 82 batteries of various sizes. You can store in a drawer or mount on a wall!

    Promising review: "Something so simple saved me an entire drawer's worth of space! We had a battery drawer in the den desk, but it was a mess! Opened battery packages, half of them had new batteries, other batteries floating around loose in the drawer all willy-nilly, all different sizes and brands mixed together. It was an eyesore and a pain every time I had to look for batteries. Now, thanks to this little helper, our batteries are organized and easy to find and grab, right inside the basement stairs doorway. The wattage tester is super helpful, and I was able to toss out half of the batteries we'd had that were dead or nearly dead from being old or accidentally put back with the new batts instead of into recycling. It feels a little thin and flimsy, but it just holds the batteries, you don't move or bend it, so it's moot. So glad I bought this; it's fantastic!!" —Amanda S. Michniewicz

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    36. A box of chlorhexidine wipes you can use as antiseptic cleaning and relief of irritated or inflamed areas for poor pet bbs who suffer from allergies or acne. Skincare is a family thing.

    Promising review: "The first picture of our Doberman was taken on April 18th (above, left). He was getting really bad chin acne and when he’d bump into you or boop you the acne would start to bleed. Sometimes the scabs would bleed and it was a never ending cycle. We tried a lot of creams but nothing was working. I ordered these wipes the first time back in April or May and I would use them twice a day to start. His acne slowly started to dry up, leaving only scabs. The bleeding became less often and soon stopped. After that the scabs went away and his little chin hairs started to grow back. It is now June 16th and the picture is how his chin looks this morning (above, right). This is going to be our daily routine and is something that needs to be maintained for our pup since it works! I’ve also used it in between his paws when he starts to itch or on hot spots. So far I haven’t found anything it doesn’t work on. Our dobie doesn’t really like the smell but it’s not a bad smell. I also use this formula to clean his ears. If your pupper is going through puberty or has some hot spots I recommend trying these wipes." —Caroline Cypres

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

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