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    Updated on Nov 12, 2019. Posted on Nov 3, 2019

    29 Things To Help You Budget (Even If You're Terrible At Saving Money)

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    1. A monthly bill planner that'll help you manage all your scary expenses, instead of avoiding the thought of them and accidentally forgetting about them entirely (a no-no). It helps break everything down (including a debt payment log, daily and weekly expense tracker, and budget worksheet) to make finances feel more maneagble. Phew.

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    Plus it's dateless, so you can start whenever!

    Promising review: "I really like this planner. I've been saying I’m going to get my life together and get out of debt. So in order to do that, I need to keep track of my budget. When I saw this I said let me just see it’s less then $10 so I’m sure it’s not gonna work for me!!! Boy was I surprised. It’s super big; it has enough space for me to write. The lines are separated very well. It has my budget for the month, then a page for weekly activity. I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s thick not thin like a $1 store book it’s sturdy. Folks let me tell you. Order this and save yourself some money and enjoy this. I can’t wait to order more." —Nia

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89.

    2. A bottle-emptying kit, because now you'll get EVERY 👏 LAST 👏 DROP 👏 of your favorite salad dressing, shampoo, hand lotion, whatever — and prolong having to buy more at the store. Now these weekly expenses will become monthly.

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    You just replace the original bottle cap with this!

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

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. And! A mini scraping tool so if you INSIST on only buying high-end makeup, you'll at least use all of it — not just until you can't pour any out. Think of this as a way to meet yourself in the middle — you're still buying your favorite foundation, but saving trips (and overtime $$$) to Sephora.

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    Promising review: "This product is fantastic for dispensing foundation that doesn't come with a pump. I waste so much less makeup and make much less mess. It also really does help you use up every drop. The other end of the spatula also has a little ball on the end, and will pick up product from much smaller tubes like concealers!" —Nurse Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.

    4. A pour-over kettle and coffee dripper for putting an end to wasting $5 on coffee every morning (our biggest weakness!!! *shakes fist*). These'll make individual cups so you don't waste coffee grinds *and* will save you money in the long run (all while tasting incredible rich).

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    Plus! Reviewers like to take this to the office to start their day in a more relaxed manner.

    Promising review (for the coffee dripper): "I really enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, and this is a pleasurable and meaningful way to create your own style. You put your own energy into every cup...it's relaxing!! What a better way to start your day, before all the road rage and office shenanigans!" —Grdngoddess

    Get them from Amazon: the pour-over kettle (left) for $24.98 and the pour-over dripper (right) for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. Or! A cold brew maker that'll nix overspending on our precious iced coffee every morning (you better BELIEVEEE all year). It tastes the same, has the same amount of caffeine (priorities), and gives you spending money for things like...refilling your laundry card 😐.

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    Promising review: "I don't know how I ever functioned without this. It's my first cold coffee brewer. I'm usually a daily drive thru cold coffee drinker. I haven't purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven't had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven't made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn't drink. So simple! Don't hesitate to try it!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three sizes).

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review (who says it really helped her cut her Starbs expenses) in "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker". And! See what won best cold brew makers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. A wrinkle-release spray to cut back on dry cleaning bills ($60 for my blouse? Do you see a rainbow over me?), while still maintaining a *crisp* appearance at work.

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    Promising review: "This year I have been attending medical school interviews all over the country. I have ONE suit that I do not have the money to continuously dry clean between interviews. I bought these to keep with me when traveling so my suit remains pressed and fresh. I typically spray it and do not hot iron it (as it's time consuming and I have other things to worry about on interview day, like answer prep and transportation). Really does what it says, is great at keeping clothes crisp and nice-smelling, especially if you have a garment that wrinkles easily and you don't feel like ironing before each wear." —Taylor

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.94.

    7. A mini file organizer, because this'll easily help you keep and REMEMBER your receipts instead of crumpling them at the bottom of your bag. Not only will this help you track expenses (especially those that'll get you *cough cough* tax returns), but make purchases more memorable so you stop thoughtlessly swiping that card.

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    I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH, if you make donations (like giving clothes to GoodWill), KEEP THE RECEIPTS! Get those tax returns!

    Promising review: "This file organizer is perfect for budgeting and is small enough to keep in your purse! Also, if you are into couponing, this is perfect as well!" —Lisa

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

    8. A habit-tracking calendar so you can be better about your spending by making both short-term and long-term goals. This'll actually help you watch your progress so things like "pay more than my minimum credit card bill" seem attainable.

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    Each month has a theme to inspire you to make even more productivity goals, not just finances! Basically you just write something you'd like to achieve (be better about laundry) and mark each day that you accomplished it. Plus, it's year-less so you can jump in whenever.

    Promising review: "Tracking time is something people always talk about, but rarely do. Time is to much of an ambiguous concept that feels like a multi-head hydra. I don't know about other folks but I am visual. I need to see a physical representation. Habits are hard to start and harder to break. I like that this calendar can be customized and placed on your desk to 'gently' remind you about your goals. All in all, it's a great habit calendar that keeps you on track." —LEJ

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    9. An order from Fresh Direct (an online grocery store) so you're more encouraged to food shop, instead of getting takeout AGAIN — so expensive over time. There are even freshly prepared meals for one if you just KNOW you are never going to cook. If you can order takeout, you can order groceries.

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    Everything you can get at a grocery store is here! And it's all delivered right to your door. BLESS.

    Create an account or first browse their selections to start your grocery shopping!

    10. A four-way cleaning brush for making worn-out shoes look brand-new again, instead of buying new boots every flipping fall. You said these were THE ONE last year — it's time to put an end to limitless shopping (sad, I know). But now you'll be excited to wear them again!

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    It has four sides: one to clean heavier scuff marks and stains, one to gently clean fine suede and light scuff marks, one to clean rounded corners, and one to clean hard-to-reach crevices and grooves.

    Promising review: "I was really sad when I thought my bucks were at the end of their road, because I had always heard that suede couldn't be cleaned. With this brush and a little elbow grease my bucks are looking great again! I didn't use any water or cleaner, I just kept wiping the brush off on my jeans to keep the brush clean, then hit the shoe again with a clean surface. It even brightened the leather up a bit." —Roberto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. A portable personal blender that'll stop you from blowing $7+ every afternoon (you know it's adding up) on overpriced smoothies. Except this'll be BETTER, because you can custom-make your smoothies now *and* save money in the long run.

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    Plus, this is shatter-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and comes with an ice cube tray and funnel! ANDDD it's quiet, so you'll feel comfortable making your smoothie at work.

    Promising review: "This blender is amazing! I am a yoga teacher and always on the run, which sometimes makes it hard to eat well. I bought this after reviewing quite a few different options and I am SO glad I did. It fits well into my gym bag, is surprisingly quiet when in use, and holds a charge really well. The blades are very efficient and I’ve had no trouble blending up ice or frozen fruit. Seriously cannot recommend it enough." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in four colors).

    See what won best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. A duo of Rubbermaid produce-saving containers, because these'll extend the life of your groceries (particularly helpful if you're shopping for one). Your veggies can last up to TWO WEEKS in these bbs, which'll help cut down on how much you need to buy each week.

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    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    To learn more, check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks".

    13. A pack of Shout dye-trapping sheets so you can throw your colored *and* white laundry in the wash together, thanks to how these lock up loose dyes found in the water. Doing all your laundry at once = no longer wasting precious cash on fluff and fold services.

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    Promising review: "These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I Just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and white) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry too (he isn't the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. If you do laundry, you need these!" —Shannon Schneider

    Get a pack of 72 from Amazon for $10.44.

    14. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo for brightening your hair and reducing brassiness in just one to three minutes. Translation: you get to maintain platinum blonde tresses so you can put off going to the pricey salon much longer than usual (aka where half your paychecks keep going).

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    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    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 $10.35+ (available in six sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo".

    15. An envelope budget system to 👏 control 👏 that 👏 spending by planning out how much cash you think you'll need that week — and then sticking to it! You'll be so much more aware of how much you're spending money when it's in cold hard cash.

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    It even comes with a guide to help you get in the right ~frugal~ frame of mind! Plus, the enveloped come with logs so you can write down everything you spend that day, as well as your deposits. Overtime you should see some real improvement!

    Promising review: "Pure and simple, this product was the catalyst I needed to stop thinking about saving, and actually start saving for real. I've had these for a few months and it's nice to keep track of each 'deposit' on the ledger area of each envelope. It's been fun building up some savings. I also really like the durability of these things. I'm sure they will last years and years. If you're on the fence about this item, just buy it." —Mojoed

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A rapid egg cooker that'll quickly become your new favorite cheap and easy snack. It can cook up to six hard boiled eggs, which'll tide you over at work and keep you away from the vending machine ($2.75 every day...sadly adds up).

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    Promising review: "This thing is NO JOKE the easiest thing I've ever used in my life. Pretty sure it's idiot-proof. And I'm an idiot in the kitchen. I love hard-boiled eggs, but I'm the kind of cooking-illiterate person who can't even boil water right. So I bought this puppy, read the directions carefully, got six eggs, and in 15 minutes, the buzzer went off and VOILÀ! Hard boiled eggs! They were perfectly cooked, nice and yellow in the centers, and tasted awesome. I'm going to make a bunch more and use them as quick snacks. This appliance is so great and cheap! I couldn't believe how well it worked." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $18.96+ (available in five colors).

    17. A window-insulation kit, because your heating bill is probably pretty darn HIGH the minute temps drop. This'll make sure you don't have to turn the heat up so much (especially if you have a drafty house), and increase energy efficiency. Maybe now bills won't be *so* terrifying.

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    Promising review: "Very easy to use once you get the hang or it. I live in an apartment building with very drafty windows and electric heat; this insulation saves me a lot of money on my winter heating costs, and I've gotten really good at making it nearly invisible over the years." —Julie

    Get a three-window kit from Amazon for $6.59 (also available in five- and 10-window, as well as patio door and large window).

    18. A meal-planning pad to get SERIOUS about grocery shopping and put an END to ordering takeout every night — what are we, Rockefellers? Spending $15 on fried rice that was delivered from next door?! Luckily, this will be placed right on your fridge so you can never avoid it.

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    Plus, we can rip the lists off so you can bring 'em with you to the store!

    Promising review: "This is perfect for what I needed. I think this will make meal planning, and grocery budgeting a lot easier. I like that the shopping list side is perforated, to easily take to the store without disturbing the meal plan side." —Jenny63

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in 14 styles).

    19. A pack of Neuro energy gum so you can get your midday caffeine fix *without* a daily $5 coffee run. Plus! Its formula of green tea caffeine, vitamin B6 (for your mood), and vitamin B12 (for your energy) work together to get you energized, minus the usual jitters or crashing. Win, win.

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    Promising review: "As a medical student this has been an amazing addition to my daily study regimen. It gives me the same amazing boost as the Diet Coke and coffee I used to chug, but without the jitters, crash/headache, or teeth-staining. It's become my new go-to for staying awake and alert in the OR or on the wards. I highly recommend for anyone who needs a pick-me-up, but doesn't want that 'wired' sensation you get from coffee." —R. Sardesai

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $21.

    Check out why a BuzzFeed editor swears by this in "Literally Just 10 Products We Really Love Right Now" (#2).

    20. A bottle of Acure brightening facial scrub for brightening your complexion from face wash *alone*, meaning you can stop buying so much $$$ skincare. Consider this your new go-to to exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts — all while bringing out a clear, glowing complexion from underneath. One cheap product > expensive regimens.

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    Its vegan formula helps to stimulate new cell growth with a chlorella growth factor. And it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again (it was one of the side effects). I didn't have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that i decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal and it felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out." —janelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A popular app called Mint that'll make (gulp) money management actually accessible, and not confusing. It'll break down your spending, bills, savings, and credit card charges and present them in a way that makes sense. AND it shows how much you're saving so you feel motivated, not disheartened!

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    Basically now you'll actually feel capable of tracking and organizing your expenses. It'll even give you a free credit score!

    Promising review: "This is the only app I use for finances and it’s all I need! This has helped me to be on top of budgets, account balances, bills and my credit score. This app would be great for anyone, even if you are starting out with you first savings account. It sends you alerts if you have high spending or if your account balance gets too low. Plus, everything about this app is customizable as for as organization goes." —Hablo espanol

    Get it from the App Store or Google Play for free.

    22. A stackable bento box, because this'll encourage you to actually meal prep (and perhaps even get creative with your lunches). It turns out saving money is easier when you don't buy three meals a day — who knew??

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    Promising review: "I've been through quite a few different styles of bento boxes. This one though, hands down, is the best of the bunch. Each compartment has a vacuum-type seal holding the lids down, and doesn't to leak at all. After several months of use, the band seems to be holding up just fine. Cleanup is easy and so far the plastic has not been 'stained' by any foods kept inside." —Nathan S.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95 (available in two colors).

    23. A powder mani starter kit so you can drastically reduce the amount you spend on manicures (especially if you get regular or even gel). This'll last three to six weeks every time you use it, look professional, take 15 minutes to soak off (with water!), and won't make your nails as weak as gel.

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    I get powder manis to save money and even THIS is a better a deal (for reference, I pay $40 every three to four weeks). My nails never feel brittle or weak, like they did when I got gel manis. This kit comes with three powder jars (one is your base and finish, the other two light pink and white) and four polishes, which are numbered to tell you the order you'll need to use 'em.

    Promising review: "Get this. It's sooo, sooo worth it. It comes with more than enough product to last for the foreseeable future and getting additional colors is about the same as getting a new bottle of nail polish. I personally don’t do French tip, but I has been using the base and pink color to strengthen and build my naturally peel-y and soft nails. It's sooooo much cheaper than salon visits and beyond easy to do at home if you have even a basic understanding of nail polish." —Michelle Gadbury

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

    You can also pick other colored starter kits or colored dip powders!

    24. How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any, a helpful guide on learning how to budget and save money, even when you're just making ends meet. Reviewers like it because it's not about "getting rich" — it's honest, from the author's experience, and actually insightful on making the most with what you have.

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    Promising review: "Good book of financial advice. Wecks gives practical advice on how to change your thinking about money and how to create a budget that you will really stick to by making it your own. The book is funny and down to earth, making it a much easier read than many others on this topic. It is easy to understand and follow his principles and they are applicable to those with some debt and financial problems, as well as those who are barely making it financially. He gives a lot of basic advice and really works hard to make consumers understand how debt and credit cards are not always your friend, despite how easy they are to use." —Sixtus

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. An expanding accordion folder for being a responsible ~adult~ and organizing your tax paperwork. Besides knowing where everything is come tax season, being organized and on top of things could lead to one very good outcome: a bigger tax return, which will go straight into those SAVINGS.

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    Promising review: "This folder is just what I need for my income tax papers. I love that it has dividers to keep papers sorted. It's expandable and has a secure snap closure. Highly recommend." —Kim Bayer

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

    26. A "rainy day fund" box that'll encourage you to save even spare change and old dollars bills. They may be small, but they add up! And now you'll have some extra ~pocket change~ justtttt in case (always a good idea).

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    Promising review: "Really cute box and way to remind me to save and store money." —Jeni

    Get it from Amazon for $13.20.

    27. A yoga mat and exercise cards, because it's high time you quit the gym you pay for every month and yet NEVER GO TO. If you truly never workout at your gym, it is simply a waste of money. Do some cardio at home instead — maybe these will even motivate you!

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    Promising review (for the exercise cards): "Like many of us, I know I should warm up and stretch before and exercise and cool down and stretch after exercise. Also like many of us, I don't tend to have a good exercise routine or even the best knowledge of what or how to do it, or even the creativity to be able to mix things up. These cards have helped with that. Each card features a picture of an exercise, a description of how to properly perform it, recommended number of reps, and rating for level of difficulty." —Lance

    Get them from Amazon: the yoga mat for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and13 colors and patterns) and a pack of 50 exercise cards for $19.97 (also available in Spanish).

    28. An on-the-go snack container so you can bring ~full~filling yogurt parfaits to work, instead of wasting money every day at the boring vending machine. It's spill- and leak-proof, and has two separate compartments to keep food fresh and dry!

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    Promising review: "I loved this container so much that I bought a second the next day after receiving it. I love that I can put my fruit in the bottom of the container and then my granola in the top bowl, and they stay safe, protected, and do not leak. The clips are a secure fit, too." —Kelly V

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. A multi-purpose cleaning solution for treating just about everything under the sun: rust, burnt pans, stained tubs, worn-down sinks, even Sharpie marks (!!!). Translation: you can get everything to look like new, instead of replacing things the minute they look worn-down.

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    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!" —Dan Borden

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

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

    Because this is how it usually feels when we get our paycheck:

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

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