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

A brown sugar–saving bear, double pie pan, nail polish thinner, and more products to help you reap the benefits now *and* later.

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1. An adorable brown sugar–saving bear to keep the sweet ingredient clump-free for your next baking adventure. (No more buying a new package every time you decide to bake!)

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." —diosaGet it from Amazon for $5.49 (also available as a gingerbread girl, maple leaf, or sugar cookie).
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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 it from Amazon for $5.49 (also available as a gingerbread girl, maple leaf, or sugar cookie).

2. And a kitchen scale with etched baking conversions so you'll never have to toss a batch of cookies due to a measurement error ever again!

Read about why a BuzzFeeder loves this scale. Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.
Macy's

Read about why a BuzzFeeder loves this scale.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.

3. A nail polish thinner — it can right the goopy wrongs of that half-filled bottle you don't wanna throw out just yet.

Promising review: "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." —KellyGet it from Amazon for $7.94.
Amazon

Promising review: "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 $7.94.

4. A split-decision pie pan that may just save you some trouble and ingredients for the Friendsgivings you already have on the books with your most indecisive friends who won't be satisfied with just one pie.

You can make one pie, two pie halves, or just one pie half! The bottom is removable for easy serving. Get it from Amazon for $13.84.
Amazon

You can make one pie, two pie halves, or just one pie half! The bottom is removable for easy serving.

Get it from Amazon for $13.84.

5. A Cricut Maker, a holy grail crafting tool that'll handle most of the hard work for you when it comes to cutting, writing, and scoring on materials from leather to balsa wood to sparkly iron-ons (AKA you can finally make some picturesque DIY gifts).

Shed a tear for all the cutting you've been doing by hand for crafts and invest in one. Once you snag one, you'll never run out of projects to make. You may even want to start an Etsy shop of your creations! And you'll have access to lots of other users' projects and designs via the ~free~ Cricut Community. Get the Cricut Maker from Amazon for $349+ (available in two colors) or a Maker bundle with tools and materials for $449.99. And if you're into a Martha Stewart-branded one, you can pick up a Cricut Explore Air 2 special edition bundle from Michaels for $279.99.
Amazon

Shed a tear for all the cutting you've been doing by hand for crafts and invest in one. Once you snag one, you'll never run out of projects to make. You may even want to start an Etsy shop of your creations! And you'll have access to lots of other users' projects and designs via the ~free~ Cricut Community.

Get the Cricut Maker from Amazon for $349+ (available in two colors) or a Maker bundle with tools and materials for $449.99.

And if you're into a Martha Stewart-branded one, you can pick up a Cricut Explore Air 2 special edition bundle from Michaels for $279.99.

6. A turkey baster that comes with its own cleaning brush so you could actually use it at next Thanksgiving too!

Its angled tip smoothly and quickly draws in juices (so no splashing!). Made of heat-safe materials with a removable bulb and tip for easy cleaning. Get it from Amazon for $12.99.
Amazon

Its angled tip smoothly and quickly draws in juices (so no splashing!). Made of heat-safe materials with a removable bulb and tip for easy cleaning.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

7. A 2-in-1 manual fabric shaver — it won't go overboard on your investment sweaters like an electric one might.

It's gentle but more effective than electric shavers with three interchangeable edges so you get the look you want. Promising review: "I purchased this to use on my handmade knits, I am addicted to knitting with quality wool and they all pill to different degrees. This tool is a must, it removes all of the pills that my lint shaver never could and is better for heirloom-quality fabrics. I now use it as a lint brush, it is the best lint brush I have ever owned. I will be purchasing additional Gleeners for my office and car (and one to hide in my closet, because it seems to have mysteriously grown legs and feet, even though it wasn't advertised with them)." —CherryGet it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).
Amazon

It's gentle but more effective than electric shavers with three interchangeable edges so you get the look you want.

Promising review: "I purchased this to use on my handmade knits, I am addicted to knitting with quality wool and they all pill to different degrees. This tool is a must, it removes all of the pills that my lint shaver never could and is better for heirloom-quality fabrics. I now use it as a lint brush, it is the best lint brush I have ever owned. I will be purchasing additional Gleeners for my office and car (and one to hide in my closet, because it seems to have mysteriously grown legs and feet, even though it wasn't advertised with them)." —Cherry

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

8. Fridge bin liners that'll keep your fridge tidier so your family will actually consume all that fresh produce you bought.

It absorbs produce-rotting moisture, and is reversible and trim-able. Promising review: "I like these. Help keep moisture down, increase life of fresh products, and keep the drawers and shelves clean." —Alexandria, VAGet a three-pack of 12"x24" liners from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in two colors).
Amazon

It absorbs produce-rotting moisture, and is reversible and trim-able.

Promising review: "I like these. Help keep moisture down, increase life of fresh products, and keep the drawers and shelves clean." —Alexandria, VA

Get a three-pack of 12"x24" liners from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in two colors).

9. A toothpaste squeezer with a built-in stand to help you squeeze out every minty drop without hogging countertop space.

Get two from Amazon for $6.59.
Amazon

Get two from Amazon for $6.59.

10. A countertop garden to replace your IRL outdoor garden for the winter and eventually save you some bucks on buying fresh

Has energy-efficient LED grow lights that automatically turn on and off, and the system reminds you when to water and add plant food. Includes Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food.Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available i three colors).
Macy's

Has energy-efficient LED grow lights that automatically turn on and off, and the system reminds you when to water and add plant food. Includes Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, and Miracle-Gro plant food.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available i three colors).

11. Easy-release ice cube trays to freeze those freshly grown herbs and effectively fix some holiday-season libations.

Amazon

Made of silicone that'll safely freeze and let you easily pop out cubes. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

Get four trays and lids from Amazon for $10.99.

12. Dinnerware service for six at a price that won't break the bank so you don't have to compromise your nice china for holiday gatherings or pour money down the trash can with disposable plates.

Made of AB-grade porcelain, BPA-free so it's lightweight yet durable. Includes 6 dinner plates, 6 dessert plates, and 6 bowls. Get them from Amazon for $38.40.
Amazon

Made of AB-grade porcelain, BPA-free so it's lightweight yet durable. Includes 6 dinner plates, 6 dessert plates, and 6 bowls.

Get them from Amazon for $38.40.

13. A huge gift wrap set that'll get you on the right path for the holidays without having to cobble together all the wrappings and trimmings at the store for considerably more dough.

Includes 4 rolls of 24"x10' gift wrap (3 of which are reversible), 30 bows, 2 spools of ribbon (4 colors), 1 gift bag, 8 sheets of tissue paper, and 24 to/from tags.Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four color combos).
Amazon

Includes 4 rolls of 24"x10' gift wrap (3 of which are reversible), 30 bows, 2 spools of ribbon (4 colors), 1 gift bag, 8 sheets of tissue paper, and 24 to/from tags.

Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four color combos).

14. Or if you're more of the creative type, a roll of kraft paper — it can open up all kinds of fun customization opps for gift wrapping.

Get a 17.75”x100' roll from Amazon for $13.89.
Amazon

Get a 17.75”x100' roll from Amazon for $13.89.

15. Silicone baking mats to save you on some baking spray and keep your world-famous cookies from burning.

Get two from Amazon for $8.37+ (available in three types).
Amazon

Get two from Amazon for $8.37+ (available in three types).

16. Machine-washable paper towels made from bamboo for helping sop up all kinds of household messes without feeling like you're starting your own landfill.

You may have seen these on Shark Tank. Each roll has 30 towels and each towel can be machine-washed up to 100 times!Get a roll from Amazon for $15.99.
Amazon

You may have seen these on Shark Tank. Each roll has 30 towels and each towel can be machine-washed up to 100 times!

Get a roll from Amazon for $15.99.

17. A super resilient umbrella with an easy-grip handle that'll stand up to all kinds of showers and winds because storms happen in other seasons beside the spring.

Promising review: "I get so many compliments on this umbrella! It is cute, and it has stood up to every storm I’ve been through with it. Also, it’s a pretty cool perk that when I fold my umbrella down, the outside is dry! Didn’t even think about that when I bought it, but that’s pretty darn cool." —MelanieGet it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).
Amazon

Promising review: "I get so many compliments on this umbrella! It is cute, and it has stood up to every storm I’ve been through with it. Also, it’s a pretty cool perk that when I fold my umbrella down, the outside is dry! Didn’t even think about that when I bought it, but that’s pretty darn cool." —Melanie

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

18. A temperature-regulating comforter to keep you snug as a bug in the winter and cool in the summer.

It's made from hygro cotton, which wicks moisture. Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $175+ (available in five sizes).
Macy's

It's made from hygro cotton, which wicks moisture.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $175+ (available in five sizes).

19. Really good (but affordable!) workout leggings in a bunch of different colors — they may just give you a lil' winter motivation when the weather's gray, you're one with the couch, and thinking about standing up your friend who's expecting you for a running date.

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FYI, these leggings were our low-priced pick for the best leggings for every body on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Promising review: "I do Crossfit and have a muscular build. 5'6", 150 lbs., and the medium fits perfectly. I love the high waist, and the leggings/pants are comfortable and allow for a wide range of movements. They can be worn in and out of the gym, which I love!! Definitely going to order more colors." —Gator girl

Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 19 colors, and sizes XS–2XL).

20. Beeswax food storage wraps that'll keep your prepared stuff fresh without adding too much to your family's weekly garbage haul.

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $18.
Amazon

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $18.

21. And a Thanksgiving meal kit from Martha in case you don't have time to gather recipes from Pinterest or loved ones for a show-stopping meal.

Includes all of the ingredients and cooking instructions for a 12–14 lbs. brown sugar-glazed turkey, gravy, four sides (herbed stuffing with dried cherries, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, and green beans with fried shallots and lemon), and one dessert (spiced apple oat crisp). Supplies last until they sell out. Get it from Marley Spoon for $159.99 (enough for 8–10 people).
Marley Spoon

Includes all of the ingredients and cooking instructions for a 12–14 lbs. brown sugar-glazed turkey, gravy, four sides (herbed stuffing with dried cherries, mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, and green beans with fried shallots and lemon), and one dessert (spiced apple oat crisp). Supplies last until they sell out.

Get it from Marley Spoon for $159.99 (enough for 8–10 people).

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