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    32 Things Under $20 That Every Adult Probably Needs

    Yes, you can still call your mom every two minutes. OBVIOUSLY.

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    1. A TubShroom first and foremost, because why don't you have this already?! Your drains are suffering! Stop showering in standing water!

    Just put it in your drain and pop it out to clean every so often. It's made of silicone so you can easily wipe away all that gross hair and who knows what else before you lose your cool. And check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for all the info!

    Promising review: "I was so afraid to wash my hair because the thickness would stop up the tub. This TubShroom changed my hair washing routine forever. Great product!" —cassandra edwards

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

    2. A pack of pimple patches for tackling adult acne once and for all by draining zits overnight and reducing the lifetime of your breakout faster than you can say pop.

    Being a grown up means NO MORE PICKING!

    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." —Matt F.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.50.

    3. A personal blender with a detachable bottle so you can start every morning at work with a full stomach (important!) by quickly making a satisfying smoothie, even if you're running a little late. No dishes, no overpriced juices.


    Until Sunday, then it's sugary cereals ALL THE WAY. This comes with two travel bottles (that you use directly to blend!).

    Promising review: "This product is exactly what I was looking for! It is so quick to pull it out, make a smoothie, and get it put back away without any trouble! I use frozen fruit in my smoothies and this blender has had no trouble so far." —Erika F.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    See what won best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    4. A windshield cover that'll prevent bitter winter mornings of trying to get all the snow off ten minutes before work. Where are our parents to do this?! Oh, they don't live with us. Drats.

    This just brought up memories of me trying to drive to school with snow all over the windshield and I really hope I'm not alone on that. This comes with four magnets to keep the cover down!

    Promising review: "I just recently bought this product and it definitely lives up to my expectations. It has been windy all day and it has stayed on no problem. I have a Chevy sonic and it completely covers the windshield. I'd expect it to fit a much larger windshield, too. It keeps the snow off." —Shelby

    Get it from Amazon for $13.79.

    5. A travel case of floss picks, because it's high time you have a positive dentist appointment. It's also time you eat salads without wondering how much of it is in your teeth (though maybe you should stick to pizza, just in case).

    Maybe this is the year we don't bleed all over our dentist? One can only hope.

    Promising review: "I purchased these to keep in my purse zipper compartment for 'emergencies', aka getting something stuck in between my teeth such as pepper, lettuce, herbs, or whatever. I can go to the powder room and remove whatever it is. I feel better having these in tow. We love Plackers for use here at home — they make flossing easy. With age, it just seems things tend to get stuck more, and these are a great idea to have along, just for in case. I can refill the case if I do end up needing to use them. The case is easy to open and close, and feels like it will stay closed in my purse. These are a great idea! I'm very happy to have this little travel case of Plackers tucked away in my purse!" —Small~Town~Girl

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $4.86.

    6. A pair of elastic ballet flats for comfortably helping you look polished at the office, minus the *sole*-crushing heels. You can commute in these, work in these, sleep in these, you get it.

    They're even available in ~25~ colors and s-u-p-e-r cheap so you can collect 'em all for versatility!

    Promising review: "I’ve been searching for a cute flat that actually stays on my feet and are comfortable — a task that seemed unattainable until these miracles entered my life. They're true-to-size, have comfy insoles, and the straps aren’t too tight or too loose. These are the only flats I’ve owned that didn’t need to be broken in! I'm definitely buying these in other colors." —Legss

    Get them from Amazon for $7+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and 12 colors).

    Learn more in "​These Ballet-Esque Flats Are Adorable, Cheap, And Basically Already In Your Amazon Cart".

    7. A reusable tote so you can not only scare people away from stealing your lunch in the shared fridge (grrrr), but actually feel motivated to bring leftovers to work. Prepare to be amazed at how much money you save.

    Promising review: "Love this bag. I've gotten so many compliments on it. It's small, but big enough to bring my lunch to work and not take too much space in the shared fridge. It's easy to clean and super cute." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 13 styles).

    One of our editors has (and loves) this lunch bag — check out her review for all the reasons why!

    8. A Revlon gel top coat that'll let you keep your hands polished and manicured for the office *without* the usually expensive gel mani bill. No one will know the difference.

    Basically, you'll get all the perks of one straight from your couch — it's fast-dry, high-shine, and will make your hard work last (and last).

    Promising review: "This works on every kind of nail polish. Obviously it pairs best with Revlon Gel Envy products, but I use this topcoat on all my nail polishes. Not only is it super shiny but it also lasts long!! Maybe not as long as a professional manicure, but I can have a great at home manicure for an entire week without chipping. A+ product! I’ll continue to purchase this." —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97 (available in 55 shades).

    9. A pack of toilet-cleaning gels for a way to keep your toilet sparkling without the dreaded bathroom *doody*. It cleans every time you flush, making this every lazy adult's dream come true.

    Each application lasts about 12 days! Refills have six gel stamp uses, and each box has two refills.

    Promising review: "I live in a two-story house with three men, so needless to say, our downstairs toilet becomes quite a mess no less than three days after I clean it. But with this product, it keeps the bathroom smelling fresh, the toilet looking clean, and me feeling less grossed out about cleaning the toilet at the end of the week! I highly recommend this product for anyone with a house full of guys, or just someone who hates cleaning the toilet as much as I do. You could easily not scrub your bowl for two weeks and not have to worry about stuck-on grossness." —Vanessa

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.54.

    10. A magnetic key holder for never forgetting the most important thing of the day again. As some of us know all too well, calling the locksmith is EXPENSIVE. We need that money for takeout.

    Promising review: "This is one of the most useful purchases I've ever made on Amazon. I use it every single day to hang my keys. I've had it for at least half a year now it seems. It hasn't lost any magnetism and it holds my car keys, remote start, USB, rewards/gift cards, house and work keys, etc. I'm in love. One of the best purchases I've made." —Makenah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    11. A recycle sorter so a) you earn bragging rights for saving the planet and b) you stop throwing plastic bottles away in the can bin. How embarrassing. Your landlord knows it's you.


    Promising review: "Most apartment units don't have recycling so you either have to find a recycling center in your town or throw everything away. I decided to find a recycling center and order this product. It sits right next my door and I love the fact that it has handles!! Now when my sorter gets full it's already right there at the door, ready for me to take to the recycling center! All I have to do is grab my purse, jacket, and keys, and I'm on my way! No more fumbling with bulky plastic bags or boxes!" —Dana~

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A faux leather wallet with lots and lots of slots that'll put an end to you losing all your credit cards at the bottom of your bag (or worse, you don't know where). This'll essentially do all the organizing for you.

    Promising review: "I was scared a little at first about how small it is. I knew I was getting a small wallet, of which I'm not used to, but I was sick of digging out a large wallet. I transferred my essentials over to this wallet, which is about half the size of my old one, and it's perfect! It fits my essentials and it isn't bulky at all. It's slim and small, which will help with extra room in my purse! I'm also glad the pockets fit more than one card in the slots too. There are six card slots total, but I have at least 12 cards in it, and it's still slim."

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 31 styles).

    13. A desktop organizer for under your monitor, because this'll both clean up your usual clutter to help you FINALLY focus *and* make your desk look promotion-ready.


    Promising review: "This is perfect — just what I needed. It was super easy to put together. My desk is not very deep. This gave me space underneath to move my mouse around. I love the little pen holder. It gave me extra space all around my small desk. It works perfectly!" —Tammy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two colors).

    14. A retractable drying rack attachable to the wall for hanging up your delicates, leggings, whatever, instead of shrinking them AGAIN. You can only afford to replace so many pants.

    The rack is right there, just throw your dress onto it. YOU WILL REGRET PUTTING IT IN THE DRYER.

    Promising review: "This is a really clever device. We have a narrow laundry room and three athletes in the house, so there is lots of exercise gear that can't go in the dryer. The large drying rack holds an entire load of workout gear. Most of the time it's folded out of the way, which is awesome! The unit is nicely made and seems substantial." —Designer Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $15.02+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A set of watering globes that'll encourage you to buy at least *one* house plant this year. This'll make sure it gets watered — all you need to do is stick it near the sun and say a small prayer.

    Just fill these with water and stick 'em in the plant's dirt! Most people say the water will last for about two to three days (so the amount of time it'll take you to remember you have a plant).

    Promising review: "These keep my outdoor potted plants watered for at least three days. I have had a large begonia, petunias, ect., indoors for almost a week. It has been a very dry, hot summer and these have saved my plants. I have no problem filling them; I just use a small stream on faucet and clean them with a wooden skewer when they get clogged with dirt." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.95.

    16. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes, because these'll conquer scary messes wherever they happened — including on your carpet. Meaning: these are about to become your version of cleaning if you're not even sure how to use a vacuum (and people will have no idea).


    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $11.94.

    17. A bottle of Garnier micellar water for easily removing makeup, purifying pores, and cleansing your skin, even if you "forgot" to wash your face again. Growing up apparently means not going to bed with makeup on anymore. Sad face.


    Promising review: "My new holy grail facial cleanser. This stuff is fabulous — so fabulous that I've been using it in the evenings and mornings, and have all but retired my expensive brands. It is so simple and fast to use. I love that I don't have to pull my hair back and inevitably get my hair wet when I wash my face. Anyway, I use this with a facecloth and to help do some light exfoliating. It dries quickly and once it does my skin is silky smooth and clean. Best of all, my pores are literally gone and so tiny that I rarely even wear foundation anymore." —Mrs. Warren

    Get it from Amazon for $6.96+ (available in three formulas).

    Check out why a BuzzFeeder now lives by Garnier Micellar water (#5 in the post)! AND! This won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. A bottle of white touch-up paint so you can quickly fix any scuff marks on your wall or furniture to make your space look as neat and put-together as possible. Tl;dr: that dresser you bought four years ago can still look brand new.


    Promising review: "I decided to try this to cover up some of the chips of missing paint in my kitchen. It works perfectly. The bottle is a little bigger than a tube of Whiteout, but it's going to last me a long time. The paint went on smoothly and dried quickly. I am very happy with this product." —JMar

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in eight shades).

    19. A pair of large mesh laundry bags that'll upgrade your washing routine from "hope I don't ruin all my bras" to "wow, my delicates last so long now." We're still never going to do a separate load, so this'll do the trick.


    They're also great for separating your dirty clothes in your suitcase when you travel!

    Promising review: "These are bomb. My tank tops usually get caught in the dryer and tear apart, but when I wash them in these they come out perfectly every time!" —12267beepboop

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99.

    20. A roll-up drying rack, because this'll save counter space in small kitchens (hello, every apartment) and streamline that pesky chore of washing dishes when everything can stay in one place.,

    You can also use to wash and dry produce!

    Promising review: "This product is a game changer for small kitchens. Forego the large drying rack and get this sleek, stylish space saver. I don’t like leaving dishes in the sink, nor do I have a dishwasher, and this is just perfect for keeping the sink clean and leaving the counter space open. It's also amazing for washing produce." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in four sizes).

    21. And a dishwasher magnet for a cute, non-aggressive way to communicate with roommates whether the dishes are clean or dirty — or it can serve as a much-needed reminder to yourself to run the dishwasher.


    Promising review: "This is an awesome little magnet. I thought it would go on there and we would always forget to rotate it, but we don't. It makes it easier to make sure we know what's clean and dirty." —Mike D.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    22. A printed midi dress in ~18~ patterns so you can cheaply stock up on a slew of chic and professional go-tos. Heck, get one for Monday through Friday (but Saturday is for sweats).

    Promising review: "I love this dress. It fits just right and is VERY comfortable to wear. I got it primarily to wear to work and still be comfortable around the office. It feels soft, is breathable, and is not see-through. I even felt comfy wearing it around the house after work when I usually am ready to strip off whatever I'm wearing to throw on some comfy laid back clothes." —Alexismd

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 patterns).

    23. An attachable aerator to transform cheap wine into the fanciest-tasting adult juice you've ever had. 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.


    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 $11.95.

    24. A pair of blue light glasses that'll help you read emails without a headache (at least from the blue light). These minimize ~digital eye strain~ to help you avoid any midday crashes caused by your glaring screen so you actually stay in the zone. / Facebook: MelissaSalaman,

    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven colors).

    See a BuzzFeed editor's review on v similar blue light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December" (#1).

    25. A wireless charging pad, because you are TOO OLD to be asking people if they have a charger. It's also time to outgrow trying to deal with frayed wires.


    Just lay your phone on it and pick it up later with a full battery! #Science.

    Promising review: "I have a battery case and I do not enjoy wrestling the tight case off my phone every night for charging. This wireless charging pad magically charges both the phone and the case over night while it sits innocently on my bed stand. This miracle of science somehow keeps my phone fully charged without wires. My previous phones also used battery cases, which would eventually stop working because of taking them on/off the phone so much. Great product at 1/3 the cost of the similar solution offered by the battery case company." —Joel

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six colors).

    See what won best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    26. A meal-planning pad with two sides: one to brainstorm weekly dishes and the other to keep track of groceries. Now you can actually make your own food, instead of wasting all your money on takeout. It even has a magnetic back to put on the fridge so it's almost impossible to forget to use.


    You can separate the two lists or keep them attached!

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. The fact that it's magnetic is cool, because you can hang it on the fridge. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    27. A Swiffer wet and dry mop so you can rely on the easiest solution to picking up the dirt, hair, and other grime that's been living on your floor. If you hate cleaning, this will make it as painless as possible so you feel like you're living in an actual home and not a dorm.

    This comes as a starter kit: one sweeper, seven dry sweeping cloths, and three wet mop cleaning solution cloths!

    Promising review: "This product saved me — I have arthritis in my back and knees, and normal mopping and ringing out were such a chore and pain to my joints. The Swiffer is so easy: no bending, no rinsing out, no wringing. I just put a wet pad on, run it over the floors, and they come out clean. When the pad gets dirty, you just change it. I recommend this great product to everyone if they want a truly clean floor with no hassle." —Frank Paolucci

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    28. A set of plastic drawer organizers that'll declutter your bathroom, desk, vanity, really whatever needs the most help. Being a grown up = knowing where your toothbrush is.


    Promising review: "I love all of the organizers! This is a great product! I bought the organizers for all of my bathroom drawers to store various items that normally were left out on the counter of which made the whole bathroom look cluttered. I love the way the plastic containers stack upon each other! You can also configure the boxes to fit in your drawers. The clear plastic is great for seeing what is on the lower organizer. It is convenient to take one container out one out at a time if you need to." —A H

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99.

    29. A non-padded supportive bra loved by DD+ breasted reviewers, because it's about time you discover how amazing a properly-fitted bra feels. Teenage training bra woes are OVER, my friends.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49 (available in sizes 34B-44H and eight colors).

    Promising review: "I am in love with this bra! It looks just like the picture — beautiful! My cups don't 'runneth over' if u know what I mean, and I don't bulge out the sides. No more ripping bra off when I get home! I have had it on for six hours today and I forgot I had it on! I have been searching for a bra like this my whole life, even spending up to $100 at Nordstrom and Lane Bryant, and even after getting measured by the 'expert,' my bra still sat in my drawer after one wear. I am going to get a different color every payday! I actually got a little teary eyed, that is how frustrated I had been with bras!" —Sjh

    Learn more about this cult-favorite bra in "Hundreds Of Big-Breasted People Swear They Wear This Bra Literally Every Day".

    30. A habit-breaking polish to finally put an end to your nail biting. I know adulting is super stressful, but enough is ENOUGH.

    It's basically just bitter-tasting clear polish that's safe for children as well (it's also great for stopping thumb-sucking)!

    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.

    Learn more in "This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails".

    31. A bottle of Downy wrinkle release spray for anyone who just knows ironing is never going to happen. This will quickly get the job done and no one will be the wiser. Crumpled blouse = no adult sticker.


    Did I mention I mention this spray also acts as an odor eliminator and fabric freshener? It's like hitting the reset button on your crumpled clothes.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a miracle for a young twenty-something living in NYC. I've been using this stuff since it first came out years ago and it almost completely eliminates the need for an iron/ironing board (depending on the fabric). I live in a very small multi-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, and storage space is always a serious issue here — even if I wanted to pay for an iron and ironing board I don't know where I would store it. My normal laundry routine has become to hang all my newly washed clothes on hangers and if they even look a little bit wrinkly to spray some of this on, flap/wave the piece a clothing a couple times, and then hang them in the closet to air dry." —Bonnie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    32. A mini knife sharpener so those inexpensive knives you've had since freshman year of college are suddenly useable again. Good news: you can cook now! I'm sure you're thrilled.


    Promising review: "I bought more than a dozen Victorinox steak and kitchen knives over 15 years ago and they have been great knives. But they’ve been getting dull over the years and I believed I couldn’t sharpen them because they have the wavy blades, but i was mistaken. This stone does a fantastic job and after a quick 20 pulls across the steel (rough) and then ceramic stones my knives were 200% sharper. Now I try to pull them over the ceramic sharpener a few times each time I wash them. They’re essentially brand-new knives again. " —J&A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    Learn more about it in a BuzzFeeder's full review and see what won best chef knives on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Being an adult really just means you're allowed to do this:


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

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