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    34 Things Under $10 That Will Never Stop Being Useful

    A doggy seat belt, fancy metal straws, AirPod ear grips, and 31 other things that are here to take problems DOWN.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A credit-card sized multi-use pocket tool with ~11 functions~ so you can tackle every minor inconvenience that comes your way, be it opening a bottle or needing a ruler.


    Shall we list what this bb can do? It's a can/bottle cap opener, four- and two-position wrench, butterfly screw and direction ancillary wrench, knife/saw edge, screwdriver, ruler, and keychain hole (for easy attachment onto your gear). AND it comes with a protective sheath. WOOF.

    Promising review: "I went through a six-month phase where I was obsessed with multi-tools. This happened to be one of the tools I purchased and also happens to be the only one (of around a dozen) that I haven't thrown out. Its design is simple and elegant and amazingly compact. And yes a socket set, utility knife, bottle opener, and so on would work much better for the task you happen to use it for, but you can't fit that laundry list of tools in your wallet." β€”Aaron Posser

    Get it from Amazon for $4.88.

    2. An adjustable pet seatbelt harness that'll give you peace of mind as you drive your bestie to the vet. A plus: they can no longer randomly attempt to escape through the window. Why.

    Its metal buckles guarantee extra durability.

    Promising review: "On 2/8/17 my service dog and I were in a terrible accident. We spun on black ice into a concrete median, into a semi, and back into the concrete again. I was wearing my seat belt and walked away with just minor scrapes and bruises. Thanks to this device my service dog was not thrown from the vehicle and walked away with only a bruised paw. I almost lost my best friend and lifeline but thanks to this purchase and a safety harness I'm happy to say we're both here today!" β€”TeagenQueen613

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six colors).

    To learn more, check out "People Swear By This $8 Dog Seat Belt To Keep Their Pets Safe".

    3. An essential oil blend with tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, and more that can give you sweet, sweet relief from seasonal allergies. Reviewers say a dab of this on your nose = no more stuffy noses and coughing.


    If normal allergy medication makes you drowsy, this is worth a shot! It has a spicy and warm scent to help ease inflammation and irritation that causes swelling and blocks airways. Ah, pollen.

    Promising review: "Throw a drop on your finger and rub this around your nose β€” it'll open right up during the allergy season! It doesn't take much to get you opened up. I try and use this when I'm at home and stay off of the allergy medication, which give me side effects. Topical treatment seemed to work best for me." β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79+ (available in three sizes).

    4. A pack of Rael pimple patches for draining zits overnight and reducing the lifetime of your breakout faster than you can say pop. They take a second to slap on, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and help you totally skip the whole "how to conceal this flaky scar" process.

    Promising review: "I don’t write a lot of reviews, but I’m just in awe of this product. What are these magical stickers?! After washing my face last night, I put a patch on a new, under-the-skin pimple from hell, and when I woke up this morning all of the pus had been pulled out. My pimple is flush and feels so much better. It’s all but gone." β€”Matt F.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $5.99.

    5. An address and password log book, because you and I know the computer forgot your password, but that won't help now. And we can't prove we're not a robot. What was our mother's maiden name again?! This is so stressful, please just get this book.


    I JUST WANT TO WATCH MY SHOWS. This has a whopping 144 pages, including tabbed alphabetical pages!

    Promising review: "I finally have all of my usernames, passwords, account numbers, service providers, etc. all in one place. No more sticky notes and little pieces of ripped paper or resetting my passwords all the time to only forget and reset them again. I searched for a couple weeks until I decided on this particular book. It seemed to offer the best layout and amount of information I could log and hasn't disappointed me yet. I love it! You can even store internet service info for easy reference." β€”Elizabeth R.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    See what won best pocket notebooks and planners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. An Essie gel-effect top coat so you can keep pro-level nails ~on hand~ without the hefty bill. Basically, you'll get all the perks of a fancy gel mani straight from your couch β€” it's fast-dry, high-shine, and will make your hard work last (and last).

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    Did I mention it lasts up to ~14 days~?! By the way, this works best with Essie gel-effect nail polish ($8.89+ on Amazon; available in nine shades).

    Promising review: "I can't live without this product. I have it on my monthly subscribe and save. With two coats of any color and one coat of this, my nails look professionally done. You can apply a thin coat if you prefer, but if you want the gel manicure look, you can apply a thick coat and it will look AMAZING. It dries super fast, too. I reapply it every two or three days and maintain my home-mani for about a week and a half without any chipping! " β€”PsychMama

    Get it from Amazon for $8.65.

    To learn more, check out "This Gel Nail Polish Will Change The Way You Do Your Nails Forever".

    7. A set of metal drinking straws that'll let you both ditch plastic straws once and for all, but also avoid paper straws. Have you ever tried to drink a milkshake out of those? I have. It was a catastrophe.


    Promising review: "I was looking for straws I could carry with me in my bag. I don't use single-use plastic anything anymore. I love that these came in their own bag and getting four is great, as I keep two in my bag and two at home. Very good value for the money spent!" β€”doogiesmom

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in three colors).

    8. A key-hiding case for preventing you from getting locked out of your house yet again. If you REALLY don't want to call your roommate for help again, you need this. For everyone's sake.

    Promising review: "This gem is worth every penny. You can't tell the difference and it blends in perfectly. What I like most is that the top has a little chain with a hook that you attach your key. So you need only to pull off the cap of the 'sprinkler'. No fumbling around inside the container for the key. And if you have kids, the container top is a physical reminder that the key is the emergency spare key." β€”Muggle Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    9. A pack of Pacifica underarm deodorant wipes, because sometimes you just need a little ~pick-me-up~. Actually, we need this all the time. This morning's deodorant has already been abolished. Our armpits are too strong.

    They come in four formulas: coconut milk and essential oils, coconut milk and pineapple, rose, and sugared flowers. Plus, they're vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have always suffered from bad odor on my underarms since I have very delicate skin, so I can't use strongly scented deodorants. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I can't believe that something finally works! My armpits don't smell bad; I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful β€” I love the smell and it is not harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms are still smelling like coconut." β€”Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four formulas).

    For some deodorant recommendations, see what won bests natural deodorants on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    10. An eyeglass repair kit (it's great for sunglasses, too!) so the next time you break your glasses you can fix 'em right away, instead of having to make time to go to the optometrist. Which is great, because this seems to happen a lot.

    It includes four snap-off screws, a screw driver, and a convenient carrying tube.

    Promising review: "This is an ingenious little invention. I tried to fix a pair of eyeglasses using the exact same screws as the original in what was an infuriating and ineffective exercise. On my first attempt with this kit, I was able to repair them as good as new in less than a minute. One of my most satisfying purchases ever!" β€”Bostonian

    Get it from Amazon for $4.93.

    11. A monitor mount clip that'll keep things that you REALLY can't forget about right in front of your face. Procrastinators, meet your match.

    It can be swung to the back of your computer when you're not using it! The dual-function clip can fit up to five sheets one-handed, or securely clip up to 30 sheets.

    Promising review: "This simple item has made my life easier. It is extremely easy to install and to use. It has increased my productivity in the office when needing to refer to a hard document. When not in use, you can easily hide it behind your screen. It has two options to hold paper: one that you can just stick in and the other to clip on multiple documents. Another must-have 3M product!" β€”Elee the Lawyer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69+ (available in two sizes and with an included whiteboard).

    12. A duo of reusable snack bags for nixing the cost (and waste) of plastic baggies. This is also a wonderful way to disguise animal crackers so you don't have to share.

    They're water-proof and stain resistant!

    Promising review: "I love these little bags. It has been awesome not having to constantly use and toss or wash the plastic ones. I use them all the time for crackers, pretzels, grapes, etc. I've put markers in them, as well to keep them together. Depending on what I had in then, I've wiped clean, hand-washed with my dishes, and tossed them in the washing machine with my cold laundry. All these worked fine to clean." β€”mama_bear_ali

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in 26 colors).

    13. A handbag organizer, because this'll make sure you never lose your dang keys again....or wallet, mail, headphones, you get it. Messy folk β€” your days of digging are OVER.

    It has ~13~ inner and outer compartments, including two large zipped compartments!

    Promising review: "This is a fabulous organizer; well-made and easy to slip in and out of various purses. Pockets are sewn nicely, and the fabric/material is just the right weight for keeping things where they belong, without a lot of shifting within the pockets. I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone who has a hard time staying organized or finding things in 'the abyss' of their purse! A place for everything, and everything in its place!" β€”Fire Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–L and 21 colors).

    14. A short-sleeved bodysuit you can constantly depend on. It's basic, cute, and will cancel any fear of your outfit becoming *untucked*. Basically it'll do all the work of making you look composed.

    Promising review: "This is shockingly awesome piece for the price! The material is thin and very soft, and the fit is excellent. The XL is an excellent and comfortable fit. The snaps do not rub or pinch. It's great for layering or with a high-waisted skirt. I am very pleased and will be ordering more colors!" β€”Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and 10 colors).

    15. A lightweight contoured sleep mask and soothing organic sleep balm that'll help you fall (and stay!) asleep for once. The mask leaves zero pressure on your eyes so you won't feel its presence, while the balm uses a blend of essential oils to ease you into a more relaxed state of mind. Talk about a dream team.


    Rub the balm on your temples, pulse points, lips, or chest! It'll help relax you, rather than force you into drowsiness.

    Promising review (for the sleep balm): "This natural essential oil blend does the trick for me, every time. Remember, it is subtle in the way it helps you fall, and stay, asleep. Not a drug, so you can really relax and know that you will safely drift to sleep and dream of wondrous things." β€”Marietta Rhyne

    Get them from Amazon: the sleep mask for $7.99 and the sleep balm for $9.75.

    16. A rapid ramen cooker (from Shark Tank!) for transforming hard noodles into a drool-worthy, microwave meal in MINUTES. Please don't press your face against the microwave. You really only need to wait for about three minutes.


    It has heat-resistant handles!

    Promising review: "This thing may seem like just an ordinary food-saver, but I assure you it will blow that thin plastic garbage out of the water. It retains heat amazingly and does not bend or falter under extreme temperatures. I'm a college student and I have never felt such joy from making ramen in my small dorm microwave, for a 900 watt I recommend five minutes. Buy this product if you live and breathe air, because it is beautiful." β€”Theron

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two colors)

    17. A heat-resistant silicone travel mat, because how many times have you burnt T-shirts from tossing hot curling irons in your suitcase? That's right, TOO MANY.,

    It's heat-resistant up to 450Β° F and available as both a travel *mat* and *pouch*.

    Promising review: "Great for travel! Love that I no longer have to wait for my straightener to cool down all the way when we are traveling. Now I can let it cool a little then wrap it up and pack it away, saving me tons of time. Love that it has the slit to keep the cover on the iron. I also like to rest the straightener on it any time I use it to protect our marble countertops. Definitely recommend it!" β€”IDesign

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors and styles).

    18. A set of double-tipped pointed cotton swaps so you can fix smudged eyeliner or really any mistakes, instead of singing "hello darkness, my old friend" and leaving the messy wings.


    Promising review: "Honestly, reviewing something like this is silly β€” but I just love these. I use them all the time. They are great for cleaning up any little makeup mistakes!" β€”Jeanine

    Get a pack of 400 from Amazon for $8.49 (available in two styles).

    19. A mini shoe grip with a suede finish that'll swoop in just in time for sandal season and prevent pinched piggies and blisters by reducing friction.

    Just stick 'em inside on the straps of your sandals!

    Promising review: "I LOVE these mini grips! Such a clever design. These are perfect for lining the inner part of my work shoe that used to dig into my upper lateral foot. The adhesive on these is very strong β€” I am on my feet all day and these grips have not budged! I was so pleased with these that I bought three more packs for all of my work shoes. Highly highly recommend!" β€”Frances25

    Get a pack of four for $6.99.

    20. A double-dipper sauce holder, because the alternative is either spilling BBQ sauce all over your lap or driving distracted. You deserve to eat nuggies with nothing but pure joy and the open road.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for a friend who frequently eats in her car and she loves it! It fits great in the air vent and is very practical and easy to use." β€”Lara Brewer

    Get it from 3D Printed By Brian on Etsy for $5.25+ (available as both single and double-dipper, and in two colors).

    21. A floating book shelf so you can perform the most unbelievable magic trick: decluttering. That's right, this'll keep your favorite reads off the floor and right up on your wall. AMAZING.

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" β€”LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in two colors).

    22. A cuticle and nail oil pen to drastically repair brittle, damaged nails in just three days' time. Its ~initial hydration treatment~ requires you to apply this oil consistently for the first three days so that your fingertips are totally saturated in its healing ingredients. The result: strong, shiny nails that actually GROW.

    It recommends that you apply it 8-15 times a day for the first three days to REALLY get the most out of its nourishing formula of jojoba wax ester (a v hydrating ingredient), vitamins A and E, and grape seed and tea tree oil. It'll reduce hangnails and encourage faster nail growth so that you can watch results, instead of giving up and going back to biting.

    Promising review: "I love this product! I have been a nail-biter all my life, and because of that my nails are weak and peel easily. I have never been able to grow them out, and I've tried everything (hardeners, coconut oil, strengtheners, etc). Nothing worked. This nail oil does. After just the three day hydration challenge, I see and feel a difference in my nails. I totally recommend!! The picture I provided (above) was after three days!" β€”Jarrett Hansen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45 (available in three scents).

    23. A wildly popular everything bagel seasoning blend that'll make your avocado toast taste like the carb angels themselves blessed it. Sea salt + garlic + onion = instant tears of joy.

    Avocado and eggs are the most popular things that people use this with, but you can put it on really anything (including salads)!

    Promising review: "This seasoning blend is just stupidly delicious. My favorite use so far was for making homemade gluten free bagels. They. Were. AMAZING. I thought I made enough for the a few days, but my family ate them all in 24 hours. So maybe too delicious...My nearest Trader Joe's is over an hour away, so happy to be able to order this here." β€”Heather M

    Get it from Amazon for $7.30.

    For more ideas, check out "I Need To Tell You About This Everything Bagel Seasoning That I Literally Put On Everything I Eat".

    24. A silver jewelry cleaner, because this'll bring all your rusty, old jewelry back to ✨sparkly new✨ condition. Hello, Tiffany bracelet from my Bat Mitvah. How I've missed you.

    The only thing you *shouldn't* use this with is pearls! This includes a basket to leave your pieces in when treating them in the solution.

    Promising review: "I decided to try this and WOW! It literally worked in seconds and was so efficient, I cleaned every piece of silver I owned because I was so amazed. I will never use anything else! This stuff is awesome!" β€”ACC41606

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    25. A leak-proof water bottle so you can easily stay on track all day after swearing you're going to drink more H20. That was your New Year's resolution and it's now April. It's TIME.


    It's portable thanks to its carry loop, while its push button flip-up lid prevents spills and dust. PLUS, its lock ring keeps everything secure while you go about your day.

    Promising review: "I don’t really write reviews unless the product is really bad or almost too good to be true. Fortunately, this bottle falls under the latter category. It feels sturdy with attention to quality. I’ve had too many bottles that would pen/break loosely, leak from all over the place, or just be inconvenient and bulky to carry around. As an avid bicycle rider, I will be taking it with me out for the bike rides. It's also good for gym activities. Anyway, I definitely enjoy the bottle and expect long life and use out of it." β€”Eugene Pan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    See what won best insulated water bottles on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    26. A multi-purpose cleaning solution that'll treat just about everything under the sun: rust, burnt pans, stained tubs, worn-down sinks, even Sharpie marks (!!!). It's true there isn't a mess we haven't seen, but now there won't be a mess we haven't fixed.

    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" β€”Dan Borden

    Get it from Amazon for $8.65.

    To learn more about this, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    27. A handy device for making sure you and your family can more easily keep track of whether the dog has been fed. No more accidentally feeding them twice. A win for you guys, but a loss for the dog.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything, because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if it's not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" β€”Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    28. A cult-favorite drain snake with a flexible barbed wand, because this'll finally put an end to showering in standing water. It turns out even when you use 10 pounds of conditioner (don't deny) clogged drains are avoidable β€”especially since this takes less than a minute to use.

    Promising review: "Seriously, this was so satisfying and gross. For months my tub had been clogged up. At first, it wasn't bad, just a couple inches in the bottom of the tub, but when it got to the point that the water rose to mid-calf and didn't drain for thirty minutes, I knew I had to do something. As soon as I got these in the mail I went to the bathroom, stuck it in there, and pulled. It was like deep sea fishing. I struggled to get it out, not because I'm weak, but because what was attached at the end was a ball of hair/conditioner/gunk/boogers (probably) the size of a rat. It was weirdly satisfying, like watching those pimple videos on Youtube. Anyway, even after the trauma to the snake I used, it can still be used again! And I have three more!" β€”Elizabeth

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.89.

    29. A pair of earbud covers so you can wear your AirPods more comfortably without sacrificing sound quality. The future is NOW.


    They're specifically designed to comfortably fit AirPods even for long periods of time, like when running or exercising. And! Their ~passive noise reduction~ helps to improve the bass.

    Promising review: "My ears are a bit small and using the AirPods for long periods of time starts to become painful. These are perfect, because they allow me to wear the pods loosely (not shoved all the way in the ear) and still have great sound. They also help to keep the pods in my ear and not fall out. I highly recommend them for those who have had pain issues with the AirPods." β€”Christy A.

    Get a pack of three pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    30. A multi-functional car duster that'll make keeping your dashboard free of dust bunnies super fast and easy. Which we need, because we're always too busy running late to clean anyway.


    Promising review: "This tool is such a great little addition to my car! I am super lazy and cannot be bothered to remember a microfiber cloth to dust my car every few weeks, so keeping this in the car is awesome. Whenever I see some dust on the dash, I give it a whirl β€” zip, zip, zip β€” and my dash is dust-free!" β€”LindsayRoseEliz

    Get it from Amazon for $7.35.

    31. A roll of reusable bamboo towels for nixing overspending on regular paper towels and cleaning up messes a whole lot faster, thanks to the absorbent material. Eco conscious AND saving money? Who knew chores could be so rewarding.


    Look familiar? They're from Shark Tank! They're machine-washable up to ~100 times~. One roll comes with 20 sheets!

    Promising review: "Such a cool product! I saw them on Shark Tank and had to try them. I hate how many paper towels I go through on a daily basis, but I hate using reusable rags because of how much dirt and bacteria they hold on to β€” and even when you ring them out and let them dry, they just feel disgusting and start to smell. Bambooee isn't like that at all!! It doesn't hold on to dirt, so when you rinse it off it looks and feels good as new! It really is incredible." β€”hollys2424

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    32. An RFID-blocking metal card holder, because this'll keep credit cards, ID's, building passes, and everything else organized and compact. It has seven accordion slots so you can throw everything in and ditch the messy, bulky wallet.


    Promising review: "This easily holds 14 regular credit/bank cards and ID's. It's a very sturdy design. I had another wallet like this and anytime you touched the clasp (or something in your bag did), it'd open up. This one holds fast until you open it. My old one also had the images wear off really quickly and looked much older than it was. The printing on this one is high quality and durable. I'm extremely happy with this wallet!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 43 styles).

    33. A pair of reusable silicone ear plugs so you can discreetly block out noisy people in the office without making it obvious (or having to listen to music). They're also safe and comfortable for sleeping!, Amazon

    They're also great for swimming, water sports, and flying! Plus, they're comfortable enough to wear for an extended time. Btw, these come in a small, waterproof case.

    Promising review: "I ordered these to use at concerts and at work. I work in an animal shelter and sometimes the barking of the dogs gets really loud. In addition to this, we use a lot of loud equipment in our cleaning such as shop vacs and power washers and these little things really help to reduce the damaging noise levels. I love the little key chain holder and keep it attached to my work keys so the plugs are always at hand. The silicone is comfortable and fits snugly in my ears. I also like that they are washable and reusable. Definitely a good investment!" β€”Sharasa Kerbouchard

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.99.

    34. A helpful mug that'll always make sure to remind you to do the most important thing of the day β€” right after you finish your coffee, of course.

    Forever 21

    Don't wait to call your mom until you need her to help you cook an egg! SHE DESERVES BETTER.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $7.90.

    But then your mom says you can't bring your laundry home anymore and you're like...

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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