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    31 Things For Anyone Who Wants Fast Results But Hates Spending Money

    Because we want things done and we want them done NOW (for very, very cheap ty).

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    1. A spray bottle of Shout advanced stain remover, because all it takes is a spritz of this bad boy to hit the reset button on your white carpet that just got red wine all over it.

    Its formula features enzymes that quickly penetrate, break up and remove tough stains!

    Promising review: "Love the gel spray texture. It's a great price and really removed tough stains with no adverse effects on the material. I like to wear long-sleeve white shirts for yard work — the white for coolness in the heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast and long sleeves for skin protection. I have nine acres of mature vegetation and I work almost daily trying to keep it contained. My white shirts take a beating, but this Shout gel spray had made a dramatic difference in their appearance. When I take off the white shirt, I spray all the stains and let the shirts pile up until I have a full load. If I were to use bleach it would break down the threads of the fabric, so this is the perfection solution for me." —Mrs. Couples

    Get it from Amazon for $4.18.

    2. A pet hair removal glove that'll free your couches from the perils of your furry friend's constant shedding. $14 brush > expensive trip to the groomer's.

    Check out more for satisfying before-and-afters!

    Promising review: "I've been looking for an alternative way to manage my pup's shedding and all I can say I wish I got these sooner. These gloves showed to be more beneficial all-around compared to the typical brushing. For one, the pup likes it (as opposed to the brush he tried to avoid at every session), so I’m not wasting time any more trying to get him to come here and stay here, etc. Now it’s wagging tails instead at the sight of these gloves. The process is much quicker now, as the gloves gather not only more easily, but I’d say at least twice if not triple the amount of hair at a time. Apparently these gloves work on his mood too, as he always ends up starting a playfight nibbling at the gloves." —BOA

    Get them from Amazon for $13.86.

    3. A defrosting tray for thawing meat in half the usual time. It only takes about 30-60 minutes so if your mom is on her way home, there's still hope for you.

    It doesn't involve chemicals or electricity, either! Just plop your meat down (that came out weird) and let this metal board bring your frozen food to room temperature.

    Promising review: "I compared the defrosting board against a paper towel. Both were placed with a piece of frozen chicken breast starting at the same time. After more than an hour, the breast on the defrosting board was completely defrosted and could be easily folded, while the other one was frozen firmly together with the paper towel. It's a magic piece of metal!" —OC user

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. A tub of Aztec healing clay so you can deep-cleanse your pores like there's no tomorrow and kiss even cystic breakouts GOODBYE. Tough breakouts? Not anymore.

    By the way, this already has 12,699 five-star reviews! It's super popular for treating cystic acne, and people with oily skin say this is AMAZING for absorbing excess oil and leaving them with a matte complexion.

    By the way this works best with apple cider vinegar!

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product, I figured I would give it a try, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get them from Amazon: Aztec Healing Clay for $8.30 and apple cider vinegar for $8.57.

    Want more proof? Read our full breakdown!

    5. A FlexiSnake drain, because standing in water while showering is actually very avoidable — especially since this takes less than a minute to use.

    Its hook and loop technology grabs drain hair and brings it all up in one motion!

    Promising review: "Holy cow! This thing is amazing! Gross, but amazing. My drain was immediately unclogged and flowing free within minutes." —A. Corbett

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

    6. An all-natural charcoal teeth-whitening powder that'll make you look like the epitome of perfect dental hygiene even if you haven't flossed since...when was the last time?

    Its main ingredients are charcoal (yeah) and bentonite clay.

    Promising review: "I have only used the Pro Teeth Whitening Activated Charcoal Powder for two days (twice a day as directed), and already see a significant difference! Not only are my teeth extremely white, but there is no hot/cold tooth sensitivity like I have had with many major brand whitening systems. My teeth also feel like they have a smooth polished texture exactly like they feel after leaving my six-month dental deep cleaning appointments." —Destiny

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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

    7. A Bissel lightweight vacuum for an ultra compact and easy way to get rid of hair, dirt, whatever (and on any surface). Plus, you can convert it into a hand vacuum to get to those *nitty gritty* areas.


    It also includes a crevice tool and 15 ft. power cord!

    Promising review: "It's so tiny, light, and thin, you'd think it would be bad. But it's great! I bought it for work in a preschool classroom. We use it everyday over the carpet and tiled areas. It picks up really well and is so light and easy to move around, push, and swivel. My co worker liked it so much she bought one for her home. If you need something light that works, this is it." —JS

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    8. A Squatty Potty so you can be relieved from backed-up bowels. Translation: YOU WILL POOP LIKE NEVER BEFORE.


    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review for some very honest evidence.

    Promising review: "I've bought one of these for myself, my parents, and my friends. I'm not kidding. You may think I'm just some made up spam account, but I honestly have bought multiple squatty potties. Not to get too graphic, but when I'm doing my business I'll think almost nothing came out based on the amount of pushing I did. I'll turn around and the bowl is full. I've never seen so much come out of me so easily before. As long as you are also getting an appropriate amount of fiber in your diet, this will work better than sitting on the toilet normally. I almost don't want to use a toilet for #2 unless there's a squatty potty." —Ludlum

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A Garnier makeup removing lotion cleanser, because gone are the days of scrubbing your eyes for an hour to no avail. This will dissolve waterproof makeup in just a *blink*.

    Its main ingredients, moringa and plant extract, are super gentle even on sensitive skin — and this is free of fragrance, alcohol, and oil!

    Promising review: "I live in the south, where the heat and humidity will melt your makeup off your face within minutes of leaving your air conditioned house. So I use primer, waterproof makeup, eye primer, setting powder, and setting spray. At the end of the day, my makeup still looks great, but, man, it's a real hassle to try to get it all off my face. I've tried everything from high-end, expensive makeup removers to home DIY hacks, and nothing, I mean, NOTHING works as well as this cleanser. It's gentle, doesn't dry out my skin, or feel greasy. It removes EVERYTHING, including waterproof mascara. What?! Yeah, no special eye makeup remover needed. This one little bottle does it all. I even used it to remove face paint from my kids faces and it only took one swipe to remove all the glitter, paint and even theatrical glue! All while being super gentle to the skin. Amazing. I would pay far more for such an amazing makeup remover, but, lucky me, it's only about $5!!" —LadyGoat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    And check out our top ticks for best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    10. A pack of water bottle cleaning tablets that'll FINALLY reach the bottom of yours without the need for scrubbing — goodbye funky smell.

    They're biodegradable, chlorine free, all-natural, and environmentally safe!

    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 it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo for brightening your blonde hair to fully platinum in just one to three minutes. You just saved yourself a pricy trip to the salon, my friend.

    Its purple formula neutralizes yellow tones left from pigment residue after bleaching or lightening! Need proof? Check out more before-and-afters in this If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo!

    Promising review: "I have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.85.

    12. A fabric defuzzer so your favorite leggings are finally free of lint and pilling in a lot less time than trying to manually pick at them. Electric shaver > your fingers.

    It has a three-setting depth control for a practically customized fabric "shave." Not to mention its comfortable handle grip makes this quick and easy!

    Promising review: "So I didn't think it through when I threw some dark shirts and sweaters in the wash with a couple of light towels. They came out with all those fuzzies. I ordered one of these based on the price and average customer review and I can see why this was rated so high. Since it's so portable, I just sat on the couch to watch TV and shaved two shirts and a pair of cottony exercise pants while watching TV. I probably would have never worn these items (at least not outside the house!) again if it wasn't for this great little gadget." —Paula Nelson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in eight colors).

    13. A pre-seasoned cast iron skillet, because cooking isn't so bad when you can dump all your ingredients into this. Saving money AND eating well? Who knew?


    Promising review: "I love this skillet! I've used it on the stove: gas and electric, as well as over fire outdoors. I've owned it for eight months now and it still looks as new as it did eight months ago. I've made many different foods in this: bacon, eggs, steak, pizza, etc. All have come out perfect. I would say I would buy this again, but I see this skillet lasting for ever!" —Tinkerman

    Get it from Amazon for $13.02+ (available in 11 sizes).

    And be sure to check out our top picks for best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    14. A bottle of earwax removal drops that'll make its appeal very *clear* even after your first use. Prepare to be grossed out and amazed all at the same time.

    This cleanses your ears with a microfoam action that's a safe and non-irritating way to soften and remove earwax.

    Promising review: "My right ear was totally plugged so I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said that this is the one that doctors usually tell patients to get. I put the drops in, waited, then flushed my ear out with very warm water and OH MY GOSH. The gunk that came flowing out onto the towel blew my mind! It's amazing that I was ever able to hear at all with all that crap in my ear. This stuff works." —CD

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    15. A handheld garment steamer for saying adieu to cumbersome ironing and getting your clothes wrinkle-free a heck of a lot faster (and easier). Yes, even if they've been sitting on The Chair.

    Did I mention it only takes ~two minutes~ to heat up?! Plus its voltage is a whopping 110V and holds 130 ML of water.

    Promising review: "Simple, inexpensive, and works well. My shirts frequently go to the cleaners just because they're somewhat wrinkled, not necessarily dirty. This took the wrinkles right out of four shirts with no problem. It will pay for itself probably in about two to three months." —Jeff T.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. An ergonomic jar opener so you can avoid the physically and emotionally painful battle of trying to open the #*!$@ pickle jar. Holding it under warm water does not WORK, damn it!


    It also works on water bottles! This is great for anyone with weak hands (hi) or with arthritis. Its teeth are made from super hard metal to get a good grip on the lids.

    Promising review: "Bought for my 93-year-old dad who has arthritis. I tried it before giving it to him and we both love it. Opens everything from large jars to Snapple!" —Beckster

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A pack of Cosrx pimple patches, because these will cancel any size breakout practically overnight *without* scarring. All you need to do is sleep.

    Seriously, these hydrocolloid helpers summon bacteria and debris from deep under those zits so by the time you remove it, le zit is le gone. Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for proof!

    Promising review: "This is absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple in the morning, go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything), and by the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL! When I take the patch off, it looks like the pimple was photoshopped right off my face. ZAP! Leaving the patch on all day also keeps me from picking, which prevents nasty scars and making the zit worse." —Lindsay & Eddie

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    18. A set of resistance bands in six different levels of tension that'll cheaply strengthen your arms, back, legs, and back when you integrate them into your home workout routine. CrossFit who?

    Promising review: "These are the best resistance bands that I've ever purchased. I've had then for awhile and they have held up to daily use by multiple people (my family). I love the fact that they don't feel like they have lost any elasticity. I use them three times a day and they have really helped. You gradually work your way up to different levels. They come with a storage bag which is fantastic because I lose stuff a lot! This is a great buy if you need an exercise routine you can do from home. You can work every muscle in your body with these bands alone." —Cassie

    Get a six pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. An Elizavecca hair treatment for coating damaged or frizzy tresses in a collagen formula to restore an impressive shine. Five minutes of wearing this mask, and your mane will be nourished back to health.

    It's packed with protein, Ceramide 3, and collagen so it can work quickly to get your hair shiny and soft.

    Promising review: "I had seen this product recommended in an article online, and came to Amazon to read reviews. Most seemed so positive that I purchased it, and I am very glad that I did! My hair used to be really shiny. Then I had purple hair for a year, followed by blue for six months. My stylist had to bleach the beejeebers out of my hair to remove all of the funky colors. Ever since, my hair has been dry, crispy, and definitely not shiny. This stuff really makes a difference! I used it maybe 10-14 days ago, and I just redid it tonight. After shampooing, I towel-dried my hair and then put a big blob throughout my long-ish hair and clipped it up. I left it on for quite a while, just puttering around and getting chores done. Then I rinsed it and my hair feels soft and looks much shinier. I will keep using this as long as I need to (it will take a few years to grow out all the damage while maintaining length). I'm really glad that I read that article and bought the product" —SHANNON FRASER

    Get it from Amazon for $9.05.

    20. A vacuum wine stopper so you can keep your precious vino fresh. It keeps oxygen out to make sure all the flavor stays in — shall we use finding this as an excuse to toast?

    This vacuum wine stopper comes with a pump to remove all the air out of the bottle before capping it! When you hear a *click* you know it's sealed. See its magic at work in If You Like Wine, Boy Do You Need This Vacuum-Sealing Bottle Stopper!

    Promising review: "This is a cheap way to extend the life of your wine and not feel like you need to drink the entire bottle in one sitting. Maybe you don't 'need' to, but this will help. After I open a bottle, immediately vacuum the bottle. It will easily be fresh the second day. I can't taste a discernible difference between the first opening and second day. It holds up well a third day later also." —SC

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98 (available in six combinations).

    21. A ChopStir, because this ~handy~ tool will help you cook faster by chopping and stirring at the same time (kinda like the name, huh) while food is already in the pan. The sooner we can eat, the happier we are., Amazon

    It works great with ground meats, cooked potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and even for transforming frozen juice concentrate into juice! Food cooks more evenly with this (and, of course, faster). AND it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I love making chicken tacos in my pressure cooker. The meat ends up tender, but sometimes doesn't fall apart. I saw this online and it worked out perfectly. Not only does it smash, but it chops at the same time. While the chicken is still hot in the pot I can use this to smash/shred the chicken, making perfect shredded chicken taco meat. I have also used while cooking ground beef doing the same, chopping while I smash. I even used it to smash/chop some cooked meatballs making meat sauce. I love this thing" —Eric M. Schloegel Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. A bottle of extra-strength melatonin, which can rescue your tired butt if you haven't a good night's sleep since 2005. Plus, they're gummies, which is great if you still hate swallowing pills (all of us).


    And their delicious blackberry flavoring sure doesn't hurt. AND they're gluten-free!

    Promising review: "In my entire life (that I can remember), I have slept through the night twice without some sort of sleeping aid or nighttime cough medicine. I've never wanted to regularly take sleeping pills, so I thought being continually exhausted was just my lot in life. Then, a couple of years ago, a co-worker recommended trying melatonin and I really liked the idea because it was more natural. I tried several different kinds but I like this one the best because it tastes great, works really, and is easy to bite in half. I've found that a half gummy is the perfect amount for me." —Alyssa V. Pierson

    Get a 120-pack from Amazon for $11.49.

    23. A bottle of Seche Vite quick-dry top coat for avoiding ruining your mani the second you use your hands. This will harden your nails right away (and add a high gloss) to make sure your look stays *polished*.

    Promising review: "NEVER GET MY NAILS PROFESSIONALLY DONE AGAIN. I love having long nails. I do not like spending fifty bucks just to get them painted. I tried the gel polish, with gel top coat; I tried the gel system with the lamps; I tried every polish out there. My hands get washed hundreds of times daily. This stuff is unbelievable. It really works the way they say it does. I applied it about one to two minutes after finishing a second coat of color and within minutes it had bonded and set. My nails stayed shiny and polished for over a week. I immediately ordered several more." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    24. A cat litter deodorizer so you can stop holding a grudge against your best friend for stinking up the whole house. This doesn't just mask odors — it neutralizes them at the source!

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I have three high-yield poop machines masquerading as cats, and it’s a never ending mission to make sure the house doesn’t smell like a liter box. I try really hard to ensure the house is clean and smells good without using harsh chemicals or aresol sprays. Within the first day of using this I noticed that the slight lingering ammonia/ poop smell wasn’t noticeable when walking into the house anymore. After a few days I realized that I couldn’t smell anything even as I was scooping the three liter boxes. There wasn’t a fake perfume smell covering up a smell, there literally wasn’t a smell at all! The product smells very fresh and clean in the container, but there’s no odor when applied into the litter." —Tori

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    25. A Clorox ToiletWand, because this will remove tough stains and eliminate germs in the fastest amount of time. Aka it'll do all the *heavy lifting* for you (and its long handle will keep you at a lovely arm's length from your potty).

    It comes with a caddy and six disposable refill sponges!

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before-and-after pic attached (above)." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    26. A strong oral rinse that'll effectively treat odorous breath for up to 24 hours. It neutralizes sulfur-producing bacteria to target the source and leave you feeling ~minty fresh~.


    If you're thinking "this won't work for me", check out the 3,222 five-star reviewers who said the same thing — and now swear by it! It doesn't burn and is cruelty- and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "After reading reviews, I bought this. After using it for a couple of days, I asked my daughter if my breath was bad (I was afraid to ask). She said no, so I got up close and breathed in her face. It was fine. YESSSSS. Finally. I can’t express how relieved I am over this. I’ve been so self-conscious about being close to people. Besides the fact that this stuff works, it doesn’t burn my mouth. I can gargle for the recommended time without any mouth burn, yet it works fine. I’m so glad I tried this!" —In My Opinion

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.34+ (available in two flavors).

    27. A tea tree oil for addressing multiple issues at once, like rosacea, acne, scarring, and razor bumps — just to name a few! Under $10 AND fast-acting? I need a moment.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this the past two weeks to reduce acne and it really works! You can see the change from one day to another: it reduces the color and the bumpiness of your acne. At night I apply it directly to each one of the breakouts. It not only helps with the acne you have, but also helps preventing any more breakouts." —Cliente de Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    28. A bottle of Goo Gone so you can easily remove sticky messes (like gum, glue, and stickers) from surfaces without having to put too much elbow grease in.

    Promising review: "I used this on my studio monitors and it worked very well. For some reason JBL decided to put some kind of weird adhesive on the front of these monitors which caught every piece of cat hair and dust that touched it over the years. Used this with some paper towels and a little elbow grease and the adhesive came off quickly. " —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $7.68.

    29. A mesh bag big enough for shoes, because now you can just toss your stinky gym sneakers in the wash to get 'em good as new. No effort required.


    Same goes for most delicate clothing or knitwear!

    Promising review: "My husband wears 10.5 6E shoes and this bag holds up great in the washer. I wash his shoes with a small load of clothes. No hitting while shoes/clothes are being washed or spun. The shoes and clothes get clean. The zipper and bag have not shown any signs of wear or tear!" —DK

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    30. A bottle of extra-strong antiperspirant that'll treat those of us who are just extra-sweaty people and whose regular deodorant just doesn't cut it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But this will make sweat stains a thing of the past — even when put up against the NYC subway.,

    Check out even more for some impressive proof!

    Promising review: "I have tried everything possible. I even contemplated Botox or surgery. I would soak through sweatshirts and T-shirts when everyone else was cold. I learned to only wear tank tops. This lasts forever. The first month of using it, it would burn a little when I put it on. I would give it a minute to dry then I layered my regular deodorant on top. This stopped the burn immediately. But the medicine was still there and working. After a month or so my body built up its tolerance and I no longer had to do this. This is the first summer I've been able to wear T-shirts since I was like 10. I now don't have to even buy regular deodorant. I use this every few days and I stay dry and odor free. I will be a lifetime customer!" —Jaime A.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    Or! If you're more of an ~au natural~ kind of person, check out our picks for the best natural deodorants (that we tried and tested ourselves) on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    31. A habit-breaking polish for saving your poor fingernails and cuticles from your biting at long last. Maybe now we'll stop getting yelled at when at the nail salon?

    It's basically just bitter-tasting clear polish that's safe for children as well (it's also great for stopping thumb-sucking)! Check out more info at This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails!

    Promising review: "I am 27 years old and have been a horrible nail biter since I was a toddler. I’ve tried lots of different things to stop — gloves, soap under fingernails, acrylics nails and yes other brands of nasty nail polish. This has been the only thing that’s worked. I wish I had a better before photo to share but this is truly the longest my nails I’ve ever been and it’s only been a few weeks. I keep a bottle of this stuff in my desk so I can always have a freshly applied coat. This was my last resort before I tried hypnosis and I’m so glad I gave it a try." —Morgan Shepard

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

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