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

    You can invest in yourself in many ways and these are just a few.

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    1. Shrink wrap window insulation that could help you keep from jacking up the heat so you can sit in that lovely well-appointed den that happens to be made up of three walls of windows.

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    Promising review: "Exactly as advertised. My house has windows over 120 years old. If it weren't for this product, I'd spend a king's ransom to heat. Left it up from last winter to see if it help through summer, it did. Energy loss is loss no matter the season. Well worth the money and time installing. Mine come out crystal clear. Go slow on using the hair dryer when shrinking it. Don't get too close, your will shrink it right off the tape. Good luck." —irishhandyman

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

    2. A lined city shell made for layering and ease of movement. So you can get away with making do with this coat instead of replacing that wearable sleeping bag coat that's starting look like a garbage bag instead. Plus, if you travel often, you can work around this instead of checking a bag for a bigger coat.

    Hill City

    It's roomy in the shoulders and chest (for your thicc sweaters!) and tapered through the body. Raglan sleeves makes it easy to stay moving. Plus, ribbed cuffs and an adjustable hem help you manage heat loss.

    Get it from Hill City for $198 (available in men's sizes S–XXL and three colors).

    3. A fabric shaver you can take to the couch you've had for a few years and still love, even though you don't love those pills it's accumulated. And then you can use it on all your sweaters and coats!

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    Promising review: "This is the best money I have spent in a long time! I was worried it wouldn’t be very nice, being so low priced, but it saved my couch! I put a picture of both my couch cushions, they both used to look like the one on top but now my couch looks brand new! I love this product, would 100% recommend." —B. Nielson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. Death Wish Coffee (yep, that's the name!) you can get pumped about it in case you're a person who spends A LOT of dough to stay caffeinated (it me) and as much as you roll your eyes when some finance guru tells you to quit your habit, good lord you just looked at your 2019 expenses and ummmmm maybe that isn't the worst advice ever. (Not the best advice, but clearly not the worst.)

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    I live above a very lovely coffee shop and am tempted to go there every time I walk by but find that keeping some coffee you legit really like at home staves off that temptation! Your caffeine content will still depend on how you brew, but if you use these beautiful beans you'll get about 660 milligrams per 12 fluid-ounces.

    Promising review: "Ok folks words of warning....if you have heart conditions, ration out your coffee. I'm serious; heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or single handedly raising the Titanic on your own; all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned!" —ITsTheXFactor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96 (also available in whole beans, K-cups, and canned cold brew).

    5. A 30 oz. Yeti tumbler that'll save ya' on those days when you're doing the homemade coffee thing and then get so busy going about your day that you forgot about said coffee 'til the afternoon when your eyelids get really heavy and then you remember that your caffeine juice is still piping hot in this big ole boy.

    Yeti

    It happens! It's made of kitchen-grade stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation and has a magnetized sliding lid.

    Get it from Yeti for $34.99 (available in nine colors; and check out the accessories for tumblers).

    6. 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 lifers, despite your home's hard water.

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    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.

    7. 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! Any day you can avoid trashing a piece of clothing thanks to a stain is a *great* day.

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    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 $10.89.

    8. A Trader Joe's cookbook so you can get inspired to shop *my* favorite budget grocery store and whip up something besides their amazing frozen pre-made meals. Takeout food and dining out up racks up quickly, and eating a few more homemade (even partially!) meals can help a budget significantly.

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    Promising review: "While there are some legitimate recipes in here, it's more of a shopping list for things that you can make for dinner. You'll still need to cook, but it's all about making cooking really easy. And it does a great job of that! If you love Trader Joe's, this book is great whether you're in college or not." —Adam Selby

    Get it from Amazon for $2.30+.

    9. And some TJ's everything bagel seasoning to dump all over your scrambled eggs, sandwiches, really most whatever. It'll take your impromptu DIY meals up a notch with a shake of your wrist.

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    I may or may not have dumped this alllllll inside a breakfast sandwich that's made with an everything bagel to improve its already-pretty-good taste! OK, I totally did this. But I'm not the only one who loves this stuff. My colleague Samantha Wieder has been a fan for years. Check out her full review of Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48.

    10. Capital City Sweet Hot Mambo Sauce you can use as a marinade, glaze, dipping, finishing sauce, or even for food on the grill. Because sometime it takes a lil' sauce to get you excited to make your own food. Or make your loved ones food for a dinner in that'll cost way less than that place that has an uncorking fee.

    Capital City

    Get it from Target for $8.53.

    And be sure to shop the rest of Target's curated Black History Month collection that features products from black-owned businesses!

    11. A repair kit for electronics in case you're super handy and would much rather spend a lil' elbow grease to get that thingamajig back to fighting shape.

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    Promising review: "I like trying to fix my electronics myself. Easier than ever with cheap parts on Amazon and numerous how-to videos. This tool set is exactly what I needed. I've purchased several cheap tools to get a one off job done, like replace a cell phone screen or fix the track pad on a Mac Pro and I've always thought that the tools kinda sucked but they got the job done. I needed a P2 pentalobe driver to take apart my current phone to try to fix the GPS and was about to purchase another cheap tool when I remembered my recent struggles trying to unscrew a link on my watch to adjust the bracelet because the cheap precision screwdriver was so crappy. Enough is enough.

    I am very happy with this set. It's reasonably priced, has all the bits I'll ever need, and is even guaranteed for life. The bit driver is excellent and the bits work 100x better than the cheap stuff. I should have purchased this a long time ago..." —KoreanGuy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    12. The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money, an easy to read, but incredibly informative tome from a CBS News business analyst/podcaster that isn't one of those books that tells you Budgeting 101. But it *will* walk you through IRL scenarios that've happened with people and their money mistakes. Also, of course how to avoid said mistakes!

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    Yep, that's my hand! Holding this very book! I'm currently reading it and can tell ya' that it's super easy to digest and entertaining at the same time. (Truly if a book about money isn't both of those things, I would certainly not be reading/recommending it here to you fine people.)

    Promising review: "Initially I didn’t know for whom this book was written. The answer is EVERYONE. From the person who doesn’t have money to 'invest' to the high net worth individual who has a sophisticated money manager, Schlesinger’s book is for all. She not only tells you what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it, she tells you WHY. You won’t change your behavior if you don’t change your thinking — Schlesinger guides you through the process of understanding your financial psychology. It’s an incredibly valuable book that has universal application." —Kathy G

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+.

    13. But if you need to start at the basics (we've all gotta start somewhere), The Financial Diet can give you the info you need.

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    I've long read the blog The Financial Diet and binge Chelsea's videos on YouTube (I *also* highly rec them!). But finally picked up this book for myself after hearing lots of good things from friends and just naturally assuming I'd love it as much as video gems like "6 (Non-Book) Ways The Library Can Save You Money" (from which even I, a vocal library patron, learned some things).

    Promising review: "I've been following The Financial Diet since it was a little Tumblr blog, and I'm happy to say that this book didn't disappoint. This is a great primer for people who are new to personal finance concepts. In addition to learning about budgets, investing, mortgages, etc, you'll also find guides on how to talk to your friends about money and what ingredients you can use to jump-start your kitchen. In particular, I loved the DIY/home improvement essentials from Chelsea's mom; I know I'll be referencing that chapter again at some point.

    All in all, this is a fun and practical introduction to personal finance. It's witty, honest, and offers a refreshing outlook on money and living a balanced life." —Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+.

    14. Needle-nose pliers that, if you don't already have a pair in your tool bag, you absolutely need. A pair like this is my most-used hand tool thanks to their nimble ability to bend things gently, like warped earring hooks, Christmas tree ornaments, and just about anything else that needs some detailed handiwork.

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    Promising review: "These are excellent for jewelry repairs as that is what I do for a hobby. Now I can make intricate repairs with no problem. A very precise tool and a must for people who are into jewelry repair or making jewelry. Lightweight and the grip is excellent. Highly recommend these. Would order from this seller again." —kittylover

    Get them from Amazon for $6.66.

    15. A bottle of dye for reviving your black jeans that've been looking a little more gray as of late. Keep wearing those perfectly worn-in jeans without screaming I LIVE IN THESE or bothering with hunting down another pair.

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    Promising review: "This dye works really well. Follow the directions and you won't have any issues. I used about 3 gallons of boiling water, 1 cup of salt, a teaspoon of Dawn dish detergent, and one whole bottle for 3 pairs of jeans. I left them soaking while stirring for an hour. Rinsed twice, washed with my regular detergent, and let them air dry. They all came out perfectly." —Tracy Di

    Get an 8-ounce bottle of black fabric dye (enough for a pair of jeans) from Amazon for $2.99.

    16. And a jean button replacement kit in case the problem with your go-to pair is actually the hardware. Yes, $7 for a one-time fix can feel steep. But y'know what's steeper? Finding another pair and then paying for 'em.

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    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 $6.99.

    17. 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.

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    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 $6.70.

    18. A shoe repair kit for anyone who wears down their heels like it's their job. With some online instruction, you can do the task yourself instead of taking it to the repair shop.

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    Promising review: "Luckily these tips fit most of my shoes, as the dowels are all 4mm, regardless of tip width. I watched a YouTube video first and have already successfully repaired three pairs of shoes/boots. I usually pay $9 per pair each fall season, so it’s already saved me money!" —Dolores R.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. Mink oil that'll waterproof and preserve those perfectly worn-in boots that've gotten significantly worse looking for wear. Revive them with this $3 buy and make your feet *and* wallet jump for joy.

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    Promising review: "It’s no secret a good pair of boots can last forever if you take care of them. Well, I’ve neglected this pair of Carolinas for three years but they’re my FAVORITE! So instead of replacing these boots that I’ve perfectly worn in, I gave this a try. They look great! So happy and $3?!?!?! Can’t beat it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    20. A sassy cross-stitch pattern you can buy and then execute a few times throughout the year for birthday, housewarming, and any other kinds of gifts. People LOVE a gift like this (I know! I give them!) and if you can spare a few hours for executing a beaut like this as a relaxing hobby, you can save a pretty penny on your gift-giving.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Everyone really is getting a cross-stitch birthday gift this year. I stitched this very pattern for my friend Tashween for her birthday and it was a wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon at home! FYI, I was able to cobble together enough colorful thread for this neon-sign design from thread left over from other projects.

    Get the downloadable pattern from GrandmaGirlDesigns on Etsy for $5.

    21. A mini reading journal that, yes, costs money, but could help you cut down on your towering book-buying habit. Check out those tomes from the library and have this physical reminder of your faves. You can still rec books to friends! And convince them to use that local library branch!

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    Promising review: "Love this journal. Very cute convenient size (especially if you are someone who writes small, or doesn't have too too much to say) I really love the star system for coloring in with a pen. There are also prompts throughout the journal like 'favorite author,' 'books I want to read' 'quotes to remember,' etc. The back asks you to fill out the saddest book, funniest book, literary character you'd date, and a few others." —River

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    22. A bottle of air sanitizer (yes that's a thing) that apparently funeral directors love...and you will too, for lots of more NORMAL uses! Stop burning through all those fawn-cy candles and spray air fresheners just to cover up that weird smell that you can't locate. Light those candles and enjoy then WHEN YOU WANT.

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    My mom bought this to get rid of the "dog smell" in our house that, tbh I cannot smell (she is EXTREMELY into cleaning and I'm less so). I can assure you that it knocks out any smell that's lingering. It's quite powerful!

    Promising review: "This product was recommended to me by a funeral director. He said he has been using it for years. I have to agree it is wonderful. Recently our daughter had a mouse die in her car. (She was away and the car sat in the summer heat in Florida for a week.) She was ready to sell the car...the smell just wouldn't go away. I told her about Ozium and she couldn't believe it! After one night the smell was gone! Another Ozium believer!" —jbf

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

    23. And an all-black (naturally) candle accessory set because I can't be the only one whose candle has been useless with more than an inch of wax to go thanks to a warped-as-heck wick that, tbh, I should've trimmed.

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    Promising review: "For years I have just been using scissors to trim my wicks but the trimmed pieces would often fall onto my candle wax making them look awful. The trimmer keeps the trimmed portion contained so this doesn’t happen. I don’t really use the bell shaped snuffer often, but the tool that you use to bend the wick over into the hot candle wax to snuff it out without all the smoke? Seriously, I’ve been missing out. Tools you didn’t know you needed but they make burning candles so much more enjoyable. Handy storage box, they look nice and seem to be good quality so far." —KeCaRi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    24. A Hearts card set with some bite you can get 3–5 players involved in for couple game night instead of meeting everyone at the bar and then pouring sooo much money into beer, wine, and various bar eats. BYO card game for entertainment that costs less than those, tbh, subpar bar nachos.

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    The goal of the game is to strike the Queen of Vampyres before time runs out. The set comes in a decor-worthy coffin-shaped box and includes a deck of illustrated playing cards and rules for standard Hearts (it also has expanded rules and a token for a vampyric variation). This game is intended for players 12 years old and up.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    25. Speaking of nachos, a nacho-specific cookbook can prevent you from venturing out for the best bar food ever (absolutely do not @ me) or spending way too much to get someone to bring you an order.

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    My friend Coco gave me this cookbook for Christmas and it's soooo gorgeous! I've spent, um, lots of money on delivery nachos over the years and uhhhhh maybe I should've bought this book back in 2016 when it was first published.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.69.

    26. Magnetic garage handles and faux windows that'll bring some serious curb appeal to your home for an EXTREMELY small fraction of the price of getting some carriage-style doors. They're pricey as heck. These magnets are not.

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    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to upgrade our garage door for a long time and now I have no idea why I waited! The magnets are super strong. Purchased two sets but only used one set of 'handles,' I wasn’t a fan of how close I had to place each set next to each other with the narrow spacing on the door itself. Paired with the magnetic 'windows,' it looks like a brand new door!" —MrsPirate

    Get them from Amazon for $11.68+ (available in several sets and variations).

    27. Hush Money, a podcast meant to get listeners more comfortable about discussing traditionally taboo money topics in an effort to make life easier. Recent episodes (that I've listened to!) include doing social stuff when one person in a group is "broke" and the pros/cons of combining finances with a partner. Breaking the stigma of talking about this stuff IRL can save you a lot of frustration (and maybe even money!) in the long run.

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    The premise is that Jason Feifer (Entrepreneur editor-in-chief) and Nicole Lapin (money expert and author of Rich Bitch and other books) take different sides on a subject submitted by a listener, then a guest decides who's "right." A recent episode's guest is Bobbi Brown (yup, the beauty mogul!) on treating yourself to expensive things.

    Listen to it on Stitcher or Apple for free!

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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