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38 Things To Buy In 2019 That'll Save You Money In The Long Run

Some practical investments you'll be thankful you bought a few months down the road.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

Hey! While we try to keep our posts updated as much as we can, this post is actually from 2018, so we can't guarantee that the pricing and/or availability of the products featured are accurate. For our most up-to-date recommendations, check out the 2020 version of this post!

1. A vegan cookbook packed with artisan recipes in case you're trying our Meatless Mondays in 2019 or have been spending too much dough on pre-made or restaurant vegan meals.

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Meat is expensive! Finding a few go-to vegan meals you can really get excited about (and even brag about on Insta) could help cut down on your grocery bill. Also this cookbook cover is gorgeous and I feel INSPIRED just looking at it.

Get it from Amazon for $19.49+, Barnes & Noble for $19.99+, a local bookseller on IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

2. A Lidia Bastianich cookbook of *simple* Italian recipes that could make you break up with your pasta BFF, aka the sweet human who delivers pasta from your neighborhood fave straight to your door two days a week. (OK four.)

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If I were a gambler, I'd bet there are NO vegan recipes in this, but that's totally fine because I could watch Lidia all day long on her cooking show. She's lovely.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.99+, a local bookseller on IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

3. Reusable makeup remover pads (with a mesh laundry bag) for creating less waste AND cutting the cost of disposable pads.


Promising review: "I use these to apply toner to my face and I love these little things. I was wary that they were going to soak up too much of the product, but was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't any more than a normal cotton pad would. Although they are a little floppy (as seen in some of the other reviews), I don't really mind because the fabric is super soft, easy to clean (that said, I don't use these to take off my makeup), and its a cheap/easy way to cut back on waste AND save money. These are perfect for what I use them for and I love that they come with a little laundry bag!" —Megan Johnson

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five color combos).

4. And micellar cleansing water that'll gently remove your waterproof makeup at a budget-friendly price. No more trashing your stained washcloths!


This has been a personal favorite of mine for a few years and also the budget pick for the top makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

5. Fridge shelf liners designed to absorb excess moisture and keep fresh groceries fresher for a tad longer.


Promising review: "Thanks for creating such a simple item that's much needed in the home. The paper towels are thanking you too. Before I found these, we were going through loads of paper towels in our crispers. This is durable and the patterns look great too." —Fayola

Get three 12"x24" liners from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in two patterns).

6. A starter menstrual cup that'll be super soft and fold into a protective go-anywhere case so if you've been flirting with the idea of making the switch from tampons, this'll be a good gateway.


And that pull ring will make removal a snap.

Get it from Intimina for $18.71.

7. A pet nail grooming kit you can use to give your bb a pawdicure instead of paying someone at the vet to do it.

Two rotation speeds let you safely and carefully grind nails in stages. Battery-powered device uses a 60-grit sanding drum to comfortably trim toenails in a manner that is designed to be harmless and humane.

Promising review: "Was tired of paying $15 for nail trims at our vet's office. I had a groomer friend teach me a few tricks with the Dremel and then we were good to go! The first couple of times I turned on the Dremel, I did not use it on my dog's nails. I put it close to her, turned it on, and gave her a treat. A few days later we started actually using it and she got a small treat after each paw was done. I love that my girl can now run more comfortably and that her nails no longer make tons of noise on my wood floors! I did not have issues putting it together and it holds a charge well!" —emmyjoy

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

8. A wall-mounted scratching post that'll entice your cat more than your brand new couch. Eek.


Promising review: "I have two of these for my cat and they're helping save my furniture. These are GREAT. My cat ignored all cat towers but loves these." —CBCB

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

9. Charcoal shoe inserts to help you ~lazily~ fight the funk any time your footwear's in storage, lest you have to throw out another pair of your kid's sneakers because they've tainted the mudroom.


Promising review: "Our boys play a lot of sports but we bought these specifically for our teenage son's soccer cleats. We tried spray and sneaker balls but they didn't touch the smell. These Moso Bags were recommended by a teammate's mom and they are great. His cleats were so gross if he took them off in the car I had to roll down the windows. When these bags are in you can't smell the cleats. If you stick your nose up in his shoes they still have an odor but I feel like they are constantly having to battle the funk so they are doing a great job. He can also stick his cleats in his bag and not make all his kits smell. These are definitely worth the purchase." —Aimee

Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

10. Plant-watering globes disguised as cute accents to salvage that nice plant you spent way too much on at the farmer's market and keep forgetting to water.


The rate at which the globe waters your plant depends upon the type of plant and soil.

Get them from Amazon for $7.60.

11. A leak-proof bento box as some lunch-packing motivation because you won't have to Tetris together a bunch of random food containers.


Has four separate compartments and is dishwasher-safe when the cool gel pack is removed.

Promising review: "As a mom who packs lunches daily, I am always on the lookout for innovative packing solutions. I try to avoid using plastic baggies, foil, or saran wrap. I find it is incredibly wasteful and I prefer to save money using reusable items. The Cool bites lunch box kit is a fantastic solution. It has several compartments, some of which can be removed if needed. The compartments are nicely sized for portion control." —Kalistah

Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

12. A fireplace whitewashing kit for a transformation on the cheap. Don't even LOOK up how much it'll cost you for a new fireplace surround. Trust me.


Includes everything you need to whitewash a range of brick colors. Designed specifically for brick and should NOT be used over ceramic glazed or coated masonry. The paint is water-based and coated surfaces will not allow for absorption.

Promising review: "Love it, easy to use and very clear instructions. I used the ration for thicker coverage i did not want too much of brick showing through. Great quality and everything you need comes in the box kit. Worth it for me. Rags included as well as a great quality brush even the plastic tarp and painters tape. Perfect kit to get my project done!" —Erini

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

13. An insulated tote bag with enough room for 25 soda cans that'll be big enough for snacks and drinks on family adventures like road trips and picnics.


Picking up snacks and drinks at the gas station en route can get expensive!

Promising review: "LOVE THIS BAG. I’m am ER nurse who works 12-hour shifts and needs a lottttt of food and stuff. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this bag — cute, functional, and keeps my food cold all day. Outside pockets fit my phone, stethoscope, and planner, as well as my pencil case. I can fit my 32 oz. Hydroflask and a shaker cup with my protein shake in it, PLUS my food for the day. Highly recommend!!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three colors).

14. A digital scale with a bowl so you can get your measurements exact and save yourself the time and gas money on a trip to the store for that one thing you measured incorrectly.


Get it from Amazon for $34.

15. A snack stacking system to help cart around healthy snacks in your bag by only taking up the size of a water bottle.


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

16. A toiletries kit that'll make you become one of those people who can *just* pack a carry-on.


I've forced myself to become one of those people when it comes to 90% of my trips and I'm so glad.

Get them from Bando for $20.

17. Wool dryer balls to help reduce wrinkles and your drying cycle time by up to 25%.


Promising review: "Are these economical? I would say yes. We used a fresh dryer sheet in every load, maybe 10 per week. Boxes of 50 are just a few dollars, but we didn't want the scents on our clothes. Now five year later, we have NOT bought (10 boxes a year times 5 years) 50 boxes of dryer sheets so we saved a net of $150 over that time. Not a huge amount, but in our case saving money, without loss of function, is valuable in itself." —L.Booth

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

18. Cat paw chair socks that'll keep your floors looking perfect — especially if you're a renter who KNOWS your landlord is looking for any excuse to not return your security deposit.


h/t to my friend Kate Neely who tweeted about how weird/wonderful these look!

Get 24 from Amazon for $13.39+ (available in four colors).

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

19. Incredibly potent air sanitizer — funeral directors swear by it — to eliminate any horrible smell with a startling efficiency. Spray a bit for all the ineffective flowery air fresheners of yore.


My mom uses this stuff and it CLEARS out any undesirable smell.

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 $9.19.

20. A book about roommates that can help you find a solid roomie and walk you through some awkward talks in case you're already in a less-than-stellar situation.

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Promising review: "I love this book! Very creative, cute, and hilarious. If you've ever had (or currently have) a roommate, you can relate to the advice, anecdotes, and hand-drawn pictures!

Need to drop some subtle hints to your current roomie? This book makes a great gift filled with lots of passive do's and don't's for all shared living situations!" —Austin L. Rundall

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+, Barnes & Noble for $8.49+, a local bookseller on IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

21. And a toiletries shower locker in case you share a shower with folks who seem to also have a taste for luxury shampoo and conditioner. YOUR shampoo and conditioner.


Promising review: "I live at home with my parents, and I have THREE teenage brothers who don't care if I buy my own stuff, they're going to use it. Schlocker saved my sanity and their lives!" —Savvyw

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

22. A 10-piece cookware set to help you avoid a number of sticky situations. And if you DO end up burning one of those exciting recipes you've pinned for 2019, they're dishwasher-safe so it'll be easy to start with a clean plate.


Made with durable titanium ceramic non-stick surface. PFOA- and PTFE-free, oven safe up to 450°F, and dishwasher-safe. Includes Includes a 9.5" fry pan, 2-quart saucepan with lid, 11" grill pan, 3-quart saucepan with lid, 4-quart jumbo cooker with lid and helper handle, 6-quart Dutch oven with lid, and recipe booklet

Get them from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $149.99.

23. Mesh laundry bags so you have enough for your bras and other delicates. Also, put your socks in one so you'll never lose one again?!!??!!


Get seven from Amazon for $7.99.

24. Water bottle-cleaning tablets so you'll get way more use out of that Yeti tumbler instead of getting grossed out by stains and then springing for a new one.

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 $7.99.

25. A 24-pack of Hallmark Cards (with a pretty box) to help prep for a festive occasion without having to run to the store to pay $3 per a card. And then $25 for other things you "could use" but don't really "need" in the traditional sense.


Last year my mom gave me a box of cards like this for Christmas and I've bought maybe ONE card in 2018. It's been such a money saver! This set includes 14 birthday cards, 2 baby cards, 1 wedding or anniversary card, 2 condolence cards, 1 thinking of you card, 1 thank you card, 1 congratulations card, and 2 blank cards for any occasion.

Get them from Amazon for $29.99. And check out a non-Hallmark 40-pack for $9.99.

26. Wood polish and conditioner that'll revive all sorts of heirloom and sidewalk finds so you can bring your great-grandmother's rocking chair back to fighting condition for the nursery.


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: "I'm not able to sand and stain my floors until spring but they are so dry and worn. I bought this hoping to keep them moisturized until we can refinish and I am amazed with this product." —nicole feather

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

27. A *legit* temporary tattoo service that lets you test run your own design for up to 18 days so you can get a real look and feel for your skin art before you take the plunge.

Check out pricing for custom tattoos from Inkbox here or get the shown designs Love Lockdown or No Secrets for $14.

28. A super adaptable sofa you can add on to over time, which will be so much cheaper than investing in a new couch when your family grows.

FYI, each *light* piece (meaning side, back, and base) easily comes apart and can be covered in a range of covers. And so many are washable! So it's a safe bet if you live with messy kids, adults, pets, etc. Also, be sure to check out the accessories options.

Get a couch with two seats and four sides from Lovesac for $1,600.

29. A highly rated hair dryer that'll last, quickly dry your locks, and de-frizz. It's a favorite of pro stylists!


This is our mid-price pick for the best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Promising review: "This dryer is awesome. Love how quickly it dries my hair. I even used it to dry out my truck when it got waterlogged and wouldn't start. A few minutes of my trusty Babybliss Pro under the hood had it started in no time. My dog loves it too, unlike weak hairdryers this one actually has enough power to part her hair when it's wet. Good stuff." —Eryn Wolfstark

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

30. And a universal diffuser to pack and use on any ole' hotel dryer. OR just replace the diffuser you lost for your current model.


Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in five colors).

31. A rapid egg cooker that'll help avoid a repeat of the Deviled Eggs Disaster of Thanksgiving 2018. And 2017. And 2016. And 2015. But I don't wanna dredge up the past.


Promising review: "This thing is NO JOKE the easiest thing I've ever used in my life. Pretty sure it's idiot proof. And I'm an idiot in the kitchen. I love hard-boiled eggs, but I'm the kind of cooking-illiterate person who can't even boil water right. So I bought this puppy, read the directions carefully, got 6 eggs, and in 15 minutes, the buzzer went off and VOILA! Hard boiled eggs! I put them all in a bowl of ice water right after the buzzer went off, just for a minute or two (That was a tip in the instructions). That really made the shells come off easily. In one piece even! It was a joy to make these! They were perfectly cooked, nice and yellow in the centers, tasted awesome. I'm gonna make a bunch more and use them as quick snacks. This appliance is so great and cheap! I couldn't believe how well it worked. It's really small and all the pieces are plastic or metal, but it works like a charm, so who cares! A+++++ Highly recommended." —Emily

Get it from Amazon for $15.25+ (available in five colors).

32. An Instant Pot cookbook so you can actually use that Instant Pot someone bought you for Christmas last year. Go ahead, it's great!


Promising review: "The book is set up very logically. Having the table of contents organized by main ingredient (grains, rice, beef, pork, turkey, egg, fish, potato etc.) makes it easy to see what options are available based on what the reader has on hand. There are many vegetarian recipes too!

I had no idea my IP was so versatile and had only cooked pork and chicken in it previously. When reviewing the book, I've tried at least 9 recipes: cinnamon steel cut oats, polenta with honey and pine nuts, herb turkey breast, lamb curry, shrimp curry, seafood paella, easy beef stew, ham and egg casserole, ratatouille. All dishes came out beautifully cooked and moist" —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $10.54.

33. A tooth-whitening pen that's vegan, cruelty-free, AND easier on sensitive teeth than (pricier) whitening strips. (Your teeth are totally going to do that *ding* thing when you smile.)


FYI, this won as our budget pick for the best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews. It only takes 30 seconds to work (applied four times a day, as recommended) with just a few swipes of a pen.

Get it from Sephora or Tarte for $22.

34. Reusable K-cups you can pair with bulk-buy coffee to seriously cut down on waste AND your caffeinated bottom line. (And you can bring them to the office!), Amazon

Promising review: "We received our four-pack of reusable coffee K-cups Monday and have been using them non stop since. They are easy to use and easy to clean. we are all day coffee drinkers that live in an area with limited trash service so it is nice to not have all of the added waste from disposable K-cups. We have also saved money buying coffee this week because the ground coffee and bulk coffees are less expensive than the disposable K-cups we had been using. We will be purchasing a second set soon." —JoAnna Kuntz

Get four from Amazon for $8.95.

35. A roller stamp that'll cover up sensitive info on bills and other mail for a little peace of mind.


This is easier than using a shredder!

Get it and three ink refills from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two colors).

36. Lightweight (washable) shopping bags you can keep in your car for shopping trips where you'd get charged for a plastic bag OR sandy trips to the beach for easy cleanup.


And if you shop at Trader Joe's you can enter a raffle for a gift card for bringing your own bag! (Or at least at mine.) Also, these bags are such a fashion girl thing rn.

Set four from Amazon for $11.59.

37. A bottle-emptying kit to help you get every last drop of liquid things like hand soap, shampoo, ketchup, and more out of bottles. That stuff adds up!


Promising review: "I will never fight with a pump bottle again. As soon as it gets difficult to pump anything out of any bottle, I will waste no time in 'flipping it.' I'm so glad someone created this. Upside-down bottles are such a small annoyance in life, but this simple solution really means a lot. 100% worth the price." —Amazon Customer

Get two from Amazon for $11.99.

38. And mini spatulas that'll help you do the same thing on your pricey holy grail beauty products to help you get every last penny's worth., Amazon

Promising review: "This product is amazing! My all time favorite foundation has been discontinued so naturally I went out and bought a bunch of them. I want to make sure I am getting every drop of foundation I can. I was using a qtip but the cotton was adsorbing the foundation. My husband told me I needed a spatty daddy. I had no idea was it was but he ordered one for me. I thought it was kind of gimmicky but thought it was worth a try. OMG it’s amazing!!! I was able to get so much more foundation out of the bottle! I was able to scrape the sides so clean you can even see through the glass bottle. I am 100% sold on these little spatulas!" —Natqall

Get two from Amazon for $11.70+ (available in two colors).

Future you when you realize *how* good of a buy that thing was:


Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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