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Updated on Feb 15, 2019. Posted on Oct 24, 2018

38 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Life Right Now

A mix of self-care, affordable luxuries, and DIY home decor that’ll give you the quality of life you DESERVE! ✨

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1. Wear a pair of chic delicate earrings so if you're one to never take your earrings off (me) you'll still look polished and on-trend every day.

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Promising review (for the left): "I love these tiny little earrings. I received them about a week ago and I never take them out and sleep in them. Honestly I forget they are even in until someone compliments me! My holes are a little stretched out after so many years of heavy earrings, but I haven't had any issues with these sinking into the holes like sometimes happens with smaller studs. I appreciate that the posts aren't so long and that I don't get stabbed by them." —Julie N.

Get them from Amazon: the left for $12.99+ (available in 15 styles) and the right for $18 (available in silver, rose gold, and gold).

2. Declutter your desk and chicly update it all at the same time with a set of stylish metal organizers. Clean workspace = actually feeling motivated to answer emails from time to time.

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This set comes with folder holder, pen/pencil holder, and supply organizer!

Promising review: "I love this beautiful set! It goes perfectly with my hand-crafted, hand-painted desk. Perfect compliment. This set is so nice and heavy that I immediately filled the pen holder with a lot of my favorite colored pens and there was no tipping. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who wants a perfect finishing touch for their favorite spot. It makes me smile when I see it." —Michele

Get it from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in six colors).

3. Expand your wardrobe without major time or financial commitments when subscribing to Frank and Oak, a monthly service that delivers high-quality, on-trend pieces right to your door. Sorry Lizzie McGuire, but you're alone now on outfit repeating.

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You take a short style survey to let them know your size, style, and budget preference. Then you'll receive a preview of what's inside your box so you can confirm (or further customize)! All you need to do from there is show off your temporary new wardrobe!

Promising review: "This is a phenomenal product for the price. It truly looks and feels like something that would retail for three times as much." —Ben

Get a subscription to Frank and Oak for $25+/month.

Check out how a BuzzFeeder cheaply upgraded her look with this subscription service!

4. Brighten your smile with a vegan charcoal toothpaste that'll give you pearly whites without a) costing you a lot of *green*, b) making a mess of your sink, and c) requiring any more effort than just regularly brushing your teeth.

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Did I mention it's made with organic mint which makes it taste AMAZING?

Promising review: "I've used every brand, you name it, and NOTHING has ever worked. I was shocked to see how white my teeth were after one brushing. I had no idea it was also a whitening toothpaste. I love this toothpaste. I haven't been able to eat cold stuff in years and years! Now I can eat fruit right out of my fridge instead of letting it sit out to warm up. Thank you so much for this wonderful product!" —Raemi L.

Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

And! Don't forget to check out our top picks for best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

5. Nix sleepless nights by drinking some moon milk before bed — you know, that pretty drink you see all over Pinterest? You make it with ashwagandha powder and warm milk so you can naturally drift off to dream land. This is the year we discover what well-rested feels like.

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Check out the full recipe that a BuzzFeeder now swears by to help her sleep through the night!

Promising review (for the ashwagandha powder): "Taking this at night really helps. I mix it with a little warm water and down it. Normally I toss and turn for a while before finding sleep as my body feels active still. After taking this, I've noticed that my body's been more relaxed and I've been able to fall asleep more quickly with less fidgeting. There's something there!" —Martin Griffith

Get ashwagandha powder from Amazon for $14.99.

6. Transform cheap wine into the fanciest-tasting adult juice you've ever had with an attachable aerator. It infuses oxygen to release the vino's ~aromas~ and bolden the taste right out of the bottle — so basically your leftover pizza is about to get a very upscale pairing.

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Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

7. Bring the spa to you (specifically your bed) and try this simple trick of combining the power of soothing sheet masks and brightening serum to leave your skin radiant and you feeling pampered. Heck, put on a fluffy robe while you're at it!

The Beauty Department

Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to amp up your sheet mask!

This popular K-beauty mask set ($11.99 on Amazon) has over 1,800 five-star reviews)! It comes with *16* face masks to address every single finicky issue you may run into. You're covered no matter what: the different types are olive, bamboo, milk, bee venom, acerola, red ginseng, strawberry, apricot, wine, cherry blossoms, pomegranate, honey grapefruit, rose, grape, acai berry, and aqua. All contain vitamin E and collagen for a brightening and smoothing effect each and every time.

Need a serum? This highly-rated — we're talking 7,381 five-star reviews — vitamin C serum ($19.99 on Amazon) is packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to improve clarity and brighten skin. It promotes collagen production, while the vitamin C synergistically blends with hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E targets fine lines, firmness, dark spots, and most importantly, ACNE.

8. Top off your everyday outfits with a statement jacket so even when you inevitably wear the same black leggings 24/7 you still totally look like you tried. Your secret is safe with me.

HM, Forever 21

Get the first jacket from H&M for $39.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors) and the second from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes 1X-3X).

9. Decorate your space with some insta-worthy decor like a trendy felt letter board. People will want to physically pin your apartment AND you can leave yourself nice messages to conquer mid-afternoon slumps.

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Promising review: "My first letterboard after all of the hype. I'm IN LOVE WITH IT. It has so many letters and designs to choose from! Arrows, hearts, commas, periods, apostrophes, cursive words, numbers, etc. I highly recommend it." —Mom

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

10. Improve your efficiency with an easy-to-follow motto: the one-minute rule. Basically if it takes you 60 seconds or less to finish it (i.e. making your bed, unpacking your bag, etc.) just DO IT. Life is better when you don't have any annoying tasks hanging over your head.

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Don't even know where to begin? A task-organizing notepad ($14.16 on Amazon) helps you delegate what things need to get done first. Check out more things that'll help you stop procrastinating and how a BuzzFeeder now lives by the one-minute rule!

11. Live in super soft clothing ALL the time thanks to puffer fish dryer balls. Not only will they save you money (because they're less wasteful than dryer sheets), but they'll make your things feel and smell like heaven every darn day.

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Promising review: "I love these. I live in the desert and in the winter especially it gets super dry and static becomes insane here. I don't much care for dryer sheets because they stick to everything and my dog likes to destroy them, so these balls are amazing. They have completely cut down the static in my clothes and sheets. Even microfiber sheets come out with zero static. I'm impressed. They have also improved drying time by quite a bit, as well." —Siobhan

Get them from Amazon for $8.

12. Destress and ~explore couture~ with a vintage-y coloring book that features iconic fashion magazine covers, as well as famous designers from the art deco and nouveau periods. Is this how Anna Wintour relaxes? I'm going with yes.

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Who are the designers, you say? Helen Dryden, Erté, George Wolfe Plank, Frank Leyendecker, and George Barbier.

Promising review: "This is an absolutely beautiful fashion coloring book. I own a number of fashion coloring books and I must say that this one is one of my favorites both for style of the design, as well as for the care with which they have been drawn. The designs all have a framing line around the edge to give you a definite end to the design. I always find that gives me a more finished and polished look to my project." —iiiireader

Get it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for $7.99, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

13. Glitz up your nails minus the salon charge with some easy DIY sparkly nail art. All you need is a pale base coat and glitter polish and voilà you've got yourself a luxe mani. Commence Insta story.

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Check out more from Lulus for the full tutorial!

Get them from Amazon: base coat for $5.04+ (available in three shades) and glitter polish for $8.99 (available in three shades).

14. Comfort menstrual cramps with a cooling and heating pad, because life is seriously new and improved when you're free of painful afternoons. Plus you have a new cuddle buddy now.

Urban Outfitters

Microwave it or freeze it depending on what you need! These bbs are filled with natural buckwheat grains and lavender for a comforting effect.

Promising review (for the sloth): "This product is absolutely amazing! It’s perfect for when you’re experiencing severe cramps and need to soothe the pain. On top of that, it’s super cute!" —brianabbb

Get them from Urban Outfitters: the llama and sloth for $29 each.

15. Achieve pro-level platinum hair without a trip to the expensive salon with some Fanola purple shampoo. Its violent formula neutralizes yellow tones and brightens your hair so you're left with a dramatically lighter shade — all in just one to three minutes.

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Check out our full breakdown for amazing before-and-afters!

Promising review: "I'm not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough!" —Rachael

Get it from Amazon for $10.85.

16. Update your old dresser (or even a bookcase) by doing nothing more than sticking some gold contact paper onto the furniture's edges. I can't believe we live in Versailles now, who knew it was that easy?!

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All you really do is cut the correct-sized strips and stick 'em on! Check out more from Preciously Me for the full tutorial!

Get gold contact paper from Amazon for $8.99.

17. Start your day with an upscale brew of coffee even when running late so you never feel too hassled. A French press travel mug gives you all the bold flavoring (and CAFFEINE) of a traditional cup, but you can enjoy it on the subway.

KohiPress

It works just like a French press, but faster and in a to-go travel mug!

Promising review: "I have waited to write this review until I have used the product enough to give my honest opinion. I have had this item for over a month now, using it multiple times a day to make espresso and coffee. It works awesome as a press! A very bold flavor comes from this! It keeps it hot/warm for hours. After about two hours I can tell its no longer HOT, but rather warm. It's super high-quality!" —ValAl

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

18. Treat your bottom with a pack of inexpensive lace underwear so every morning has a *touch* of affordable luxury. La Perla who?

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Promising review: "I didn't think I'd like this style — I'm a Hanes cotton brief girl, but they are super cute and while they are cheeky, they are not uncomfortable at all." —JML

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $16.90 (available in sizes S-XXL).

19. Add shine to your hair and bring out your skin's ~natural glow~ with a subscription to Ritual, the gorgeous vitamins you see all over Instagram. Not only are they super good for you (hello, supplements omega-3 and vitamin B-12), but they're deliciously minty so they serve as a little pick-me-up to your day!

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Did I mention they're delivered right to your door? These are also fantastic (FANTASTIC, I say) for your skin. They give you all the essential nutrients you're probably missing: folate, omega-3, vitamin D-3, iron, vitamin K2, boron, vitamin E, and magnesium. They'll do all the hard work — you just remember to take 'em once a day.

Start your subscription to Ritual for $30/month.

Btw, a BuzzFeeder really did see her skin improve and actually start to glow! Check out her full review!

20. Sleep in the lap of luxury without having to pay the price. This down-alternative quilted comforter would like to introduce you to cloud nine, courtesy of 100% fluffiness. Not to mention now your room looks very adult.

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Plus it's hypoallergenic and washing machine- and dryer-safe!

Promising review: "It's so fluffy! As soon as I got it I threw it in the dryer with some dryer sheets and when it came out it was even fluffier than before. I threw it on my bed and my dog immediately jumped up on it and hasn't left since. He enjoys it and so do I." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes twin XL-Cal king and in five styles).

21. And! Mix and match bold patterns (and fold your comforter in half to show the sheet's contrasting prints) on your bedspread to totally transform your room. A few fuzzy pillows will add some fun texture!

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Check out even more from Bed Bath and Beyond for creative ways to make your bed.

Get the fuzzy pillows from Amazon for $10.74+ (available in three sizes and in 16 styles).

Too lazy? This striped sheet set ($26.63+ on Amazon; available in sizes twin-Cal king) and striped duvet cover ($58.99+ on Amazon; available in sizes queen-king and in nine styles) do all the work for you!

22. Turn your regular ol' shower into an at-home spa session with nothing but an all-natural coffee and grapefruit scrub. It exfoliates dead skin (leaving you buttery soft and smooth), soothes aching muscles, and oh: smells DIVINE. Tl;dr: you'll come out of that bathroom feeling like a whole new person.

Free People

Promising review: "I've purchased this coffee grapefruit scrub at least three times now and I love it! Its smell is great, it exfoliates, and it keeps my skin so soft. Five stars!" —sjmjoy

Get it from Free People for $18 or a similar product from Amazon for $5.97.

23. Learn a new easy hairstyle so you can look and feel put-together despite always running late. A deceivingly easy bun will leave you stress-free, on-trend, and most importantly, out the door.

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Check out some v easy stylish bun tutorials!

Still too much work? Try a bun-shaping hair accessory ($4.99 on Amazon for a two-pack) that'll make a ballet bun for you. No effort required!

24. Stay hydrated even when on-the-go with a chic water bottle. If you're one to always fall behind on the H2O goal (eight ounces people!) this'll serve as a reminder you'll actually want to use. Who knew being responsible looked this good?

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It's flat and lightweight to make carrying this around super easy! AND it's dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "I get compliments and double takes on this water bottle all the time! Not that I have high expectations for a water bottle, but it's a nice color, can hold enough water for me while I'm out doing errands, and the rubber grip makes it feel more comfortable than some other plastic-y bottles. I got this shape as it fits better flat against my purse rather than a bulkier cylindrical bottle and it does that job!" —KYS

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).

25. Travel in style with a luggage tag and passport holder set. Their sleek vegan leather design will make you feel chic even when settling into coach, and their bright colors will help you identify your bag and get the heck out of baggage claim faster. One step closer to luxurious flying, my friends.

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That's right, they come together!

Get them from Nordstrom for $25 (available in eight colors).

26. Give yourself flowers! They'll add a touch of elegance to your home, but also serve as an affordable ~treat yourself~ moment that I am CONFIDENT will make you smile. Who doesn't like to see a fresh bouquet in their room?

Lulus

Check out more from Lulus for floral arrangement ideas!

Don't like caring for flowers? Treat yourself to a faux peony arrangement ($9.68 on Amazon; available in six shades) that give you alllll the decor credit with none of the watering.

27. Organize your bathroom while also adding a sleek, modern touch with a hanging shower caddy. Is this even more satisfying than bathing at the Ritz? I say YES.

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Promising review: "This is the best shower caddy organizer I have ever had. My shower/tub has really narrow ledges so I quickly decided that I needed some other solution. Saw these, and thought worse case scenario they get mold/mildew and they get tossed. Fast forward nine months later and no complaints! Everything has its spot, and I haven't seen a speck of mold/mildew. Overall very happy with purchase" —Krystin

Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

28. Pack a fashionable pair of roll-up flats wherever you go so you can keep your outfits stylish without ever sacrificing comfort. This is the year we turn our heel on painful dressing.

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Promising review: "These are really nice! I wasn't expecting to find quickie flats that I can carry with me that are so exciting to wear. At night in a dark club, they really light up! I'm a jazz vocalist and I had three sets to sing so after singing for two sets in heels, I switched to these on the third set. They looked really nice on stage. I purchased the black and the gold. Very nice!" —EllaJazz

Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 5.5-9.5 and in five colors).

29. Take self-care to a whole new level by *growing* with Lunarly, a nature-inspired subscription service that encourages mindful living with therapeutic practices like journaling, caring for plants, and setting "intentions" not "goals" for the month (which is a whole lot less stressful). I feel more relaxed just writing this.

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Each monthly delivery follows the lunar cycle, which is when you set your new intentions, or goals. Your boxes come curated with feel-good treats like wellness items (scented candles, bath bombs, etc.) and houseplants. If only Remus had Lunarly, maybe he wouldn't hate the moon so much.

Start your subscription for $40/month.

30. Haven't grown a green thumb? Learn a guide to houseplants in order to both ~spruce~ up your home and discover the therapeutic benefits of befriending botany.

A Pair & A Spare

Check out even more from A Pair & A Spare for how to care for indoor plants!

Still afraid? This six-pack of succulents ($21.99 on Amazon) are especially hard to kill — because they're fake! They look super real and will still *freshen* up your space.

31. Give your feet the plush treatment you both deserve as soon as you get home. These fuzzy slippers will give you a big ahhh moment — which is usually much-needed after a day at the office. Relaxation begins *now*.

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Promising review: "Seriously, buy these — it's like walking on a cloud! Plus, the extra fluffiness makes you feel as posh as a Kardashian, which everyone deserves to feel! I 10/10 would recommend." —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $17.95 (available in sizes 7/8-11/12 and three colors).

32. Trade in your usual black bottoms with a pair of velvet leggings for a more luxe twist to the very same outfits you usually wear. I know you're loyal to your standard leggings, but I overheard them saying they're tired of being worn everyday.

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Promising review: "I can't believe how great these fit. I was surprised at the quality of these in real life! I'm tempted to stock up on other colors!" —ShoeShoppingStar

Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS-5X and 21 colors).

And! Don't forget to check out our top picks for best leggings on BuzzFeed Reviews!

33. End your habit of ordering so-so Chinese food every night by instead learning some easy, delicious at-home alternative recipes. Not only are they healthier (and taste a whole lot better), but you'll definitely find yourself saving moolah. You can do a lot more fun stuff when you suddenly have your Seamless money!

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Check out all the tasty recipes at 22 Homemade Versions Of Your Favorite Take-Out Foods

Feel like you're always pressed for time? An Instant Pot slow cooker ($59.95+ on Amazon) requires one step: toss in all your ingredients and leave for the day. When you come home you have tasty, home-made meals waiting for you!

34. End the day like royalty in a pair of silky pajamas. I can't guarantee room service will magically arrive, but you'll still feel like you're living a five-star life while catching up on Riverdale (even when on the same IKEA couch you've had since college).

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Promising review: "These are beautiful pajamas! They're soft, comfortable, and cozy as heck." —Am3berg

Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and in six styles).

35. Hit the refresh button when it comes to skin in need of TLC with a spritz of Mario Badescu facial mist. Its cooling combination of green tea, cucumber, and peppermint brightens dull skin and tones uneven complexions — all while just sitting at your cubicle.

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "I am 18 years old and have struggled with very stubborn severe white heads and pimples on my face back and even arms. Typically, one, like myself always has the urge to pop a pimple as soon as the head is visible. In my case I could never leave my face alone until I felt like I got every white head and pimple popped! This obviously was not a good idea, and it lead to huge open wounds and scabs every where. This spray shrinks and shrivels up any open wound or scab you spray it on by at least 75-80% within HOURS. Wounds and scabs are a huge issue for me and this product was my saving grace. Totally beyond recommend this product to anyone in my situation." —Lucy

Get it from Amazon or Urban Outfitters for $7.

36. Get yourself a new cuddle buddy, we'll call them flannel fleece blanket, who'll make your old couch look like it came from West Elm. Also, even if you've had the most 💩 day this has a 100% success rate of making you forget all about it the minute you're enveloped in a posh-looking cloud.

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Promising review: "I love this blanket! It is so soft and keeps me warm. It’s a very nice blanket to curl up with and go to sleep in my recliner, or on the sofa." —Mindy Adams

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

37. Refresh your space with an all-purpose cleaner that'll also give your home a pleasant scent, like this french lavender formula. You'll feel more motivated to stay on top of cleaning so your place is always looking and smelling extra nice.

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Plus this spray is all-natural and can quickly clean away tough messes like grease!

Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff. It makes cleaning so easy. Seriously, I’ve broken so many nails trying to scrape dried pancake batter off my stove. I sprayed this and two minutes later, it wiped off like it was still liquid. I used it in my microwave which had months of exploded pizza rolls on it — didn’t matter. I’ve yet to find a better product." —Amaren

Get it from Amazon for $2.68.

38. Rely on a stackable bento box with a pretty bamboo finish to encourage you to actually meal prep (and perhaps even get creative with your lunches). Pretty layout = humblebrag Insta. Oh, and I guess saving money but mainly the former reason.

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You get two stackable containers and a cutlery set (one fork, spoon, and knife)! Need some inspo? Check out 19 Packable Lunches With Five Ingredients Or Fewer for yummy ideas!

Promising review: "This lunch box is perfect! There are so many bento boxes on the market, and I wanted one that didn't look like it was made for a little kid. This one is super stylish and great for bringing to the office! Plus, it's the only bento box I saw that comes with a removable divider! This lunch box is roomy enough for lunch and snacks and looks exactly as pictured! Definitely would recommend." —Sloan

Get it from Amazon for $20.91.

Live your life as if you're every single member of Queer Eye.

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