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    May 5, 2019

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

    Just some sound investments you'll be grateful you made in a few months.

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    1. A sample of solid shampoo and conditioners you can take with you on your next vacay and save on that checked bag fee you've been paying for the sake of your haircare.

    Amazon

    Includes a Frizz Wrangler shampoo, Heali Kiwi shampoo, St Clements solid shampoo, The Guardian conditioner, and Wonderbar conditioner. Even if you have no travel plans, this would be a cost-efficient way to try out solid shampoo before you make a bigger financial commitment!

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (also available in a face or body sampler).

    2. And while we're on the subject, a powder dry shampoo to help keep your mane looking fresh AF as you're trotting around to all kinds of destinations, free from checked-bag fees. (Now do hairspray next.)

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    Promising review: "I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A stainless-steel earwax cleaner kit to help you cut down on the cost of disposable cotton swabs AND help you get closer to a zero-waste lifestyle.

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    This is also good to try in case you're afraid you'll have to have your ears professionally cleaned.

    Promising review: "I'm always getting clogged ears, or ear infections. This is amazing since I can sterilize everything before and after use. I really like using this instead of cotton swabs. The Case is slender, each stick is weighted well and smooth, cleans ears easily, and can be washed and re-used saving on trash in our landfills." —Robert & Angela Zonis

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A concentrated laundry detergent that'll be good for 50 full loads and take stains to task without irritating your precious sensitive skin.

    Amazon

    OK I also use this stuff and even though I send a lot of my laundry out for wash and fold service (a thing in NYC you can do when your place doesn't have laundry!), I still hand wash a ton of stuff. This stuff annihilates all kinds of weird food stains I clumsily let set in for way too long. And it smells SO good.

    Promising review: "This has become our go-to laundry detergent. My son and I both have skin sensitivities (eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis). Even the sensitive lines of some very reputable brands have caused issues for us. This has proven to be OUR detergent. It truly gets out stains and dirt (he is 2 years old), but seems to be easy enough on our colors to not fade them. Very much recommend this detergent. We also purchased this about two months ago and are STILL using the same bottle. We do about 3–4 loads of laundry per week and use four pumps per load as instructed! Great value and product!" —B

    Get it from Amazon for $11.77.

    5. A jetted tub cleaner to save you a visit from the plumber (and maybe scar you for life?)!

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    You run your bath, add the cleaner, watch the gunk emerge, drain your bath, and then clean off the gunk!

    Promising review: "I want my Mommy!!! Wahhhh! So gross! Caused dry heaves and I don't even have a weak stomach. I had just cleaned my jets two weeks prior and they were running clean with no 'black monsters' shooting out. I just thought they were clean. Oh no. I was wrong. Ran once with Oh Yuk and this greasy green and brown and black goo kept coming out. Then I ran a tub of pure water and all these 1" by 1" flakes of biofilm were floating around which I've never seen. So I'm assuming the Oh Yuk loosened this stuff up from the tubes. I noticed that if I cut the jets on and off several times it's almost like the pressure just made more and more shoot out. I would recommend turning them on and off several times as well as running them for 15 minutes. Ran the Oh Yuk again (more goo) followed by another one with pure water. It now runs clean!!! I highly recommend watching the suds...mine came dangerously close to overflowing the tub. I also took a full bucket of water and poured over the filter several times and all this crap came out. I will never ever use a public hot tub again. And I really don't want my jetted tub. Next time it'll be a soaker tub! I'm here to order a gallon of this stuff. I recommend this to any jetted tub owners!" —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    6. Bra extenders that'll bump you up a few inches in case you need some room around but are good in the cups. (These are especially good for adding to your bras during pregnancy!)

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    Promising review: "These bra extenders are so great during pregnancy! Saves a person from having to go and buy a whole bunch of new bras. Just pop these things on which is super simple and gives you the extra couple inches you need for when your belly bump has expanded which makes your rib cage (band size) increase. Spares you from having to wear nursing bras until after delivery when the milk comes in (which causes cup size to increase, but band size goes back pretty much to wear you were pre-pregnancy). Great product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get three from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in a variety of styles and colors).

    7. A vegetable-centric cookbook (that includes some recipes with meat!) to help you figure out what the heck to do with that in-season veggie at a super reasonable price at the grocery store or farmer's market. (ICYMI, in-season produce is most always cheaper!)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This book is chock-full of recipes for vegetables of all kinds. There are a few meat recipes here and there, but the vegetables really are the star of the show. From sides to hearty mains, they are all here — and they range the gamut from simple and elegant to robust and complicated. Many of the recipes are from their website or other books, but having them all in one place is fantastic and makes picking something to make a much easier choice. Of course, because they are all ATK/Cook's Illustrated recipes, you know they will turn out great no matter what." —J. Paree

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+.

    8. A pro-level pet stain and odor remover to turn back the clock on area rugs, furniture, and other surfaces that've felt the wrath of pet urine and residue — even years of crystallized urine!!!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We originally purchased this product because we have a fake-grass pee pad on our concrete patio for our dogs to use when we are not home, so we got Rocco & Roxie to clean and deodorize the pad and concrete. It worked like a charm. THEN, we just finished renovating my mother's (hoarder) house. She had previously had a dog who urinated on the carpet in one area so much that the carpet and pad had solidified to the wooden sub-floor. My husband had to use a chisel and hammer for hours to get it up. The smell was horrific and permeated throughout the house. The urine had crystallized to the wood floor and he was simply unable to get it all to release, so before we left for the night, we soaked 3 old rags in Rocco & Roxie and left them on the spot. The next morning, wow! He was able to scrape up the remaining crystallized urine from the wood floor. Then, that next night, we soaked an old blanket again in the Rocco & Roxie, pressed it down onto the stained area and left it again overnight. The next morning, not only was the stain virtually gone, but there was NO urine smell. Rocco & Roxie has a pleasant smell to it, but it does not linger — just fresh. It was truly amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!!" —AZ

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    9. And a urine-focused remover (never thought I'd type that phrase) with the power to right the late-night accident that the mattress protector couldn't handle. Something that saves you from buying a new mattress? ✔️

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I was skeptical but after trying to clean a mattress that the protector failed, I am definitely a believer! If the stain is old you may have to repeat the application but it will work. The mattress is clean and smell-free! Highly recommend it!" —Daniela Hoffman

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    10. Waterproof sneakers as a rainy summer option for when it's too steamy outside to wear proper rain boots but you can't afford to destroy your go-to fabric high-tops.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am so happy with this purchase! Wore these to a music festival that was muddy and where it rained later on during the night. My feet were completely dry and the shoes aren’t ruined, just used baby wipes to clean them off and they’re ready to go again. They look so similar to the all black high-top Converse sneakers. They fit very true to size, I’m usually a size 9.5 but I ordered a 10 and I believe going down a half size would’ve been better but I just wore a thicker sock to take care of that problem. 5 stars!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 14 colors in both high- and low-tops and sizes 6–11).

    11. A mold and mildew cleaner for your bathroom caulk in case you're in the last-resort stage before you're ready to remove it all and start over again.

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    Promising review: "We had tried bleach along with other spray-on options and nothing worked. This was a last resort before I just removed it by putty knife and re-caulked it. I have to be honest, I did not expect the result to be this good and this easy to accomplish. I had two separate corners I applied this to and the result was the same, mold is gone. I applied it three times in total about five hours apart and have around a half bottle left. All I did was apply and use a rubber glove to spread around. I did not think the smell was too strong, reminded me of an indoor pool chlorine smell. The smell went away after several hours. I will share two pictures, the first is after an hour into the first application, it was already cutting into the mold and the second photo is final result. After final application, I just took a wet paper towel and wiped off the excess gel. The ease of use and final result of this product was simply amazing. This far exceeded my expectations. I would definitely buy this again." —David H.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. And a grout pen to transform the look of a bathroom tile floor that's bordering on the verge of disgusting despite tons of bleach and scrubbing.

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    As many reviewers point out, you might have to buy a few pens to cover a whole floor and it'll take patience. BUT it's so much easier and cheaper to do this than attempting remodeling yourself or paying someone else to do it in order to handle grout issues.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned, and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying 2–3 layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). Super easy to apply, works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don't end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side." —regalle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    13. Long-lasting kitchen sponges that'll stick around for much longer than those bargain-bin ones you pick up on the reg.

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    Promising review: "I am very pleased with how these sponges have held up. I am the type of person that doesn't mind doing the dishes and does them daily. My wife even complains why I don't just put the stuff in the dishwasher... I don't know why but I just don't mind doing them. That said, I have put these sponges through the tests and they are indeed very good quality scrubbers. I should probably toss and change them sooner than I do but they hold up for a very long time (months if you want them to). Totally recommended, even if a little more expensive as they do last. I will definitely be buying again." —JSV

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. Platform espadrilles you're poised to see for a lot more dough this season. Best to snap 'em up in a few colors on the cheap now ;).

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    Promising review: "These shoes are so comfortable, very soft base, great width and length. Very fun to walk in and look great. They fit true to size. Very pleased with this purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 11 styles and sizes 5.5–9.5).

    15. An easy-to-read meat thermometer – it'll serve any griller well by helping you avoid ruining the dinner's main event. (Anyone who's had to toss a cut of meat because of a temperature mixup knows.)

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    Promising review: "Fantastic! This has changed how I grill. I no longer have to worry about under/over grilling expensive cuts of meat. I hated it when I would under cook something, and have to throw the partially cooled meat back on the grill to finish. Or being excited for a steak and having it turn out tough and rugged. This takes the guesswork out of yielding perfectly cooked pork and beef every time. I love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    FYI, you can pay a lot more dough for some leave-in meat thermometers, which give you a constant accurate temperature count for the perfectly cooked steak — that is if you haven't already perfected that ;).

    16. And a smoker box you can fill with wood chips and put under your grill's grates for some delicious flavor you'd otherwise have to buy a separate smoker to achieve.

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    Promising review: "I'm loving my cave tools smoker box!! The smoker box is thick and very durable. I like the hinged lid. It makes it easy to open without worrying the lid will fall in the hot bbq. It was convenient having a lid on the smoker box. It kept the wood chips from falling out and catching on fire. The smoker box can fit any size of wood chips from small or large. I like that! When using wood chips it gave the meat a nice smoky taste. The smoker box fits good on the grill and I like that the box has no holes on the bottom so no chips can fall out and light on fire. You can put the smoker box on the grill grates or on top of charcoal. My food has a nice smoke flavor when using Cave Tools smoker box." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    And be sure to check out more products for anyone who loves to grill.

    17. A shine spray for adding some visible moisture to parched curls so you don't have to use a ton of your *really good* product or effort to revive them.

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    Promising review: "I have dry curly hair and have used many shine sprays in the past. Most have felt weird and way too oily on my hair (even though my hair is super dry), or had a weird smell, but this spray is perfect. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it look weird and it smells amazing. I love it and finally found a keeper!" —JP

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    18. A whitening kit that comes with toothpaste, rinse, whitening "serum" you paint on your teeth, and a light to activate all the whitening power. So yeah, no more cobbling together a whitening system you hope will work well together. AND the light handles the timing for you by shutting off after the requisite two minutes!

    Amazon

    I'm in a constant battle against my love of coffee and a front tooth that's actually a crown to make sure that my *actual* teeth match the color of my crown. (Yep, go ahead and pity me.) I've been using the toothpaste alone a few months and have noticed whitening results! But I've recently tried the kit and haven't experienced any sensitivity that I've experienced with whitening strips and whitening mouth washes. You can do treatments back to back and can expect results in 10 treatments. But there's enough supplies in one kit to do at least 20 treatments.

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99. (Which, btw, is so much less than a professional treatment, which I've definitely paid for myself.)

    Want more whitening options? Check out our best picks for the best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A hair-cutting tool that'll help give you a trim at home (or give your kid a haircut you won't have to pay to have corrected later, oof).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this product. I can't wait to tell people what I use on my hair. I hate going to salons. I think I'm one of the few people that has never left a salon feeling like I look better than before I arrived. It doesn't matter how much I've spent on the visit either. This product has been a lifesaver. I just look up YouTube videos and follow the instructions. I just have myself a layered A-line bob, and it's one of the best cuts I've ever had. It seems like this product would be too good to be true, but if you're patient, it's super easy to use." —Michelle H

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    20. e.l.f. Beauty Shield Primer – it packs an SPF 50 in a formula that covers without feeling too heavy. It'll keep your foundation looking flawless (even for oily skin) and make your dermatologist happy you're using something stronger than ole 30. Gotta love a 2-in-1 product!

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    I've been using this for more than a month and I am SO into it. Tbh, it works better than pricier primers for my skin that has rosacea and acne scarring that requires foundation on the reg. But lots of people use it as a a BB cream! Yep, it's that good and has a bit of a tint that melts into your skin.

    Get it for $12 from elf or Target.

    21. And Maybelline Fit Me Foundation for a department store level of coverage at a drugstore price in 45(!!!) shades. Each rings in at less than what you'd spend in Sephora on any trip you're going in just to "have a look."

    Amazon

    Yep, lots of brands you'll find at Sephora have an inclusive range of shades but there aren't a lot of drugstore foundations that have that range! I finally caved and bought this foundation after seeing it in my coworker's story on makeup products that'll basically apply themselves and I'm happy to announce we're in an *exclusive* relationship.

    Promising review: "I have used this product for about three years now and wouldn't ever change. I am 65 and it doesn't settle in wrinkles and it has great coverage... not too heavy and not too light." —Pam Hankins

    Get it from Amazon for $5.77 (available in 45 shades).

    22. Washable insoles that'll fight sweaty feet and keep your shoes in tip-top shape for so much longer. (You and I both know quality no-show socks are unicorns.)

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are great! I hate having my bare feet inside shoes that I can't wash. It's gross. These are perfect. I put them in with my delicates, and just wash with everything else. You can barely see them while I'm wearing them, and my shoes remain foot-sweat free. Just make sure you have enough room in your shoes!" —kristinab

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors and 14 sizes).

    23. Crystal light individual packets in case you get a hankering for sweets but never seem to finish off a gallon of juice anytime you buy it. ::raises hand::

    Amazon

    I just described myself! And this is in my kitchen cabinet right now! Also great for when you're trying not to drink soda but want something besides plain water. It includes 44 packets with lemonade, cherry pomegranate, raspberry lemonade, and wild strawberry.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.98.

    24. A smart notebook, which is really just fancy talk for a notebook you can take notes or scribble in, move those notes online, and then microwave the notebook to start with an *actual* blank slate. If you go through notebooks fast, you need this!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this notebook — Shark Tank be damned! This is a very cool product and a great way to keep your notes electronically, but also have the time to process through handwriting (which the experts say is important). Great product — makes note-taking fun again!" —JeannieInMD

    Get it from Amazon for $27.

    25. Cat-eye sunnies with impact-resistant lenses that'll also float, in case your "fun" friend decides to push you in the pool against your will.

    Nordstrom

    Get them from Nordstrom for $19 (available in two color combos).

    26. A facial hair remover for dealing with peach fuzz and more — without paying for a salon appointment.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Works great to remove even light, peach fuzz, facial hair. Very compact, only requires one battery, quiet and easy to control. 'Painless and perfect' is accurate." —Topsy Crets

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. Or some hair removal cream if you're not into shaving but also don't wanna launch yourself down the slippery slope of paying for salon waxes.

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    Promising review: "I married a hairy beast. And he vowed on the sacracy of our sex life to keep his back hair free for me. Fast forward nine years and the vow went out the door. Bored on Amazon I order this stuff and forgot all about it until it showed up. I never believed this would work. I did a test patch and after 6 minutes... I was hyped when I wiped and it looked like baby skin. Probably because the hairs so thick his skin hasn’t ever seen the light of day. I slathered that stuff on the rest of his back so fast! Voila people! It’s freaking magic! I can’t belive my eyes! I’m going to have to start buying it in the gallons! Now, if you’ll excuse me.... bow chicka wow wow" —Addicted to Prime

    Get it from Amazon for $8.05.

    28. Flexible drain snakes that are cheap enough that if you pull out what looks like a muppet, it'll be NBD. (Do I even need to point out how much cheaper these'll be than calling the plumber?)

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Also, have you ever stood by and watched someone else snake your shower drain? It's mortifying. I just bought these and though I didn't pull something like ^ out of my bathroom sink drain, it loosened up a lot of hair and what I can assume is congealed facial cleansing oil from my drain and it's back to draining like normal! And for the love of all things holy, please buy a TubShroom for your shower to catch the hair before it gets to this drastic stage.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two lengths).

    29. A set of e-cloths (eight to be exact) that'll help you clean nearly every corner of your home with *just* water. Yep, water!!! Look at you saving on disposable paper towels AND cleaning solution.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Anyone who does any cleaning at all should be using these money-saving, bacteria-ridding cloths. I can't tell you enough how awesome these are to work with, whether cleaning a stovetop or windows, I will not use anything else besides these e-cloths. They are worth every penny. I have actually given them away as gifts because most people just don't realize or think they will make that much difference until they use them. So forget the initial price and go for it, you won't be sorry you did." —Gerry B.

    Get them from Amazon for $27.16.

    30. A scratch remover to tackle those scratches that ~mysteriously~ appeared in a parking lot before you take it to a body shop to get some outrageous quote.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had a few noticeable fine scratches on the hood of my truck that I tried this Trinova Scratch and Swirl Remover on, and it worked. I no longer have to be annoyed every time I approach my vehicle from the front! It didn't take a lot of effort to get it back to looking like new again. I will use it again in the future if necessary. I'm glad that I didn't pay someone at the body shop to try to buff the scratches out, I saved a bunch of money with this!" —Bonnie Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    31. A gel-effect top coat that I can personally attest will make your at-home mani of that nail polish you found where it rolled underneath your bed a month ago look like you paid for the gel mani at the *good* salon in your neighborhood.

    Amazon

    Seriously, it makes that bargain-bin polish look like a gel! I own and it use it over ALL my nail polish. And I NEVER get manicures.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.13. And check out the matching nail polish.

    32. Mink oil will turn back the clock on leather shoes and accessories that are looking worse for wear. It's a workhouse for waterproofing, conditioning, and preserving your leather investments.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Omg this stuff is AMAZING!! I have had these boots for eight years and have never conditioned them (I know, I am terrible). I live in MN too so the conditions outside can be very harsh on leather. I used this mink oil and the difference is night and day! They look like the day I received them; I love this product." —aebdjc215

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    33. A cable protector to help protect your laptop charging cable that's starting to look a little rough at a much lower cost than replacing that power cord. (My wallet aches just thinking about this, tbh.)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks — the latter at $80 or $90 a pop — I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether, attempted electrical tape repairs notwithstanding. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Simple as can be and works like a charm. Plus, fun colors make it easy to tell your gear from everyone else's at a glance. What's not to like? Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get four from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight color combos).

    34. A wine stain–remover to tackle that errant spot that you keep staring at and have considered renting a carpet cleaning machine to deal with.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "We have a lighter colored carpet throughout our entire house and with a toddler, two black cats, and two clumsy adults, it feels like a new stain shows up every single day. Saw this product on a BuzzFeed list and figured since it’s less than $6 I’d give it a try. It WORKS! The photo on the left is a coffee stain that was probably 5ish months old and nothing else had gotten it out. The picture on the right is after 1 use of this product. It worked SO fast and smells nice too! I promise you, this is $6 well spent!" —Jonathan and Jill Orbell

    Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

    35. An acupressure tool that may save you a few trips to the chiropractor to work out those reappearing knots.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Q-Flex is one of the best inventions ever! I saw the Q-Fex on Shark Tank a few years ago and meant to buy one at that time. When I saw the show again recently and saw the demonstration again it was a 'must-have' and so happy Amazon had this in stock. I use it all the time. Any aches and pains on my body, I apply the Q-Fex and it eliminates the pain! I have saved a lot of money from going to my chiropractor. I even take it to work with me, especially when working at my computer working on projects. This tool is so handy to relieve stiff neck and pain.I highly recommend the Q-Flex!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

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