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    36 Things Under $20 That Every Single Adult Honestly Needs

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

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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

    Promising review: "I held off reviewing this to see how it worked over the course of a month or so. My first though is, 'how are my husband and I not bald?'. Seriously, I empty this thing every other day (see nastily graphic photo below) and it is always completely gunked up with hair and goo of all types. I was impressed by the sheer amount of hair and other stuff this thing captured. Yes, clean up is disgusting. Pull it out with a paper towel and clean it off with another one. It's flexible, so the gunk come off easily." —LT

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in six colors).

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeed director's full review in "9 Life-Changing Things To Try In February" (#3).

    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 pair of blackout curtains to help you get some SLEEP for once past 6 a.m. All you need to do on your end is shut these before bed for instant 🙏 darkness 🙏 that'll last until your alarm goes off.

    Promising review: "These are TRUE blackout curtains!!! FINALLY I found some curtains that you truly cannot see through. These are exactly what I was looking for! They really don't let ANY light through, they're fantastic for both my office, where I have to do minute color adjustments on architectural illustrations on my computer monitor, AND my bedroom, where the nearby train station's blinding lights keep me up all night unless I wear one of those sleeping blindfolds, which are really uncomfortable." —DotScott1

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and 18 colors).

    4. A Seche Vive gel-effect top coat that'll let you always have pro-like gel manis ~on hand~ *without* blowing your weekly budget. It'll keep your nails looking freshly-done for up to 14 days (!!!) so chipped, messy-looking hands will be a thing of the past.

    Valeza Bakolli / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am apparently hard on all nail polishes. A typical DIY manicure would last a day or two before chipping. I have tried MANY top coats and DIY gel solutions, but read recent reviews on Seche Vive gel top coat and thought I would try it. I was surprised. I did my nails on a Thursday and they lasted me through Tuesday before chipping. This was pretty amazing." —Mommy May

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.48.

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeeder now swears by this, check out "I Tried The Seche Vite Top Coat That Claims To Really Make Your Manicures Last Longer, Here's What Happened".

    5. A portable personal blender 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.

    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.

    6. 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.

    7. A windshield cover for preventing 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.

    8. A pair of cushioned ballet flats to stay on your feet all darn day whenever your schedule is filled with back-to-back meetings. No, you can't call in sick. You'll make it to all of them — and still look polished!

    Promising review: "I originally bought this for the unique color and thought for the price I would give it a try. When I tried them on they were so comfortable. I wore them all day without any issues. Needless, to say I ordered another pair in black since I wear flats all the time to work. If you want shoes that look nice and are super comfortable, I would recommend these shoes. " —Scuba one

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 22 colors).

    9. A reusable tote that'll 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.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    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 full review in "Literally Just 10 Products We Really Love Right Now".

    10. A wrinkle-release spray so you can make a very simple choice: this easy-to-use spray, or wearing messy-looking clothing. Obviously, dry-cleaning is not even on the table — unless money is indeed suddenly growing on trees.

    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.

    11. A pack of toilet-cleaning gels, because this'll be an easy 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 $12.88.

    12. A recycle sorter for a) earning bragging rights for saving the planet and b) putting an end to 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 $18.99.

    13. A mini file organizer to 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.


    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).

    14. A monthly budget planner that'll help you finally do what all adults must learn eventually: budget. This'll break everything down (including a debt payment log, daily and weekly expense tracker, and budget worksheet) to make finances feel more maneagble. Phew.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 16 colors).

    15. An organizing keyboard shelf so you can both clean up your usual clutter to help you FINALLY focus *and* make your desk look promotion-ready.

    Promising review: "This is sooo perfect. It’s easy to assemble and holds a great amount of weight. It keeps my desk organized and takes up less space than having these all on my actual desk. I’ve sent this to five coworkers to purchase for the same reason." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.29.

    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 to 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 bottle of BarKeepers cleaning solution so you can easily scrub rust, surface scratches, burnt grease, and even Sharpie marks away on all of your surfaces. Would you look at that — your kitchen is suddenly presentable.

    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 $9.19.

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

    21. A window-insulation kit, because this'll make sure your heating bill stays under control. 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.


    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).

    22. 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!

    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.

    23. And a dishwasher magnet to have 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.

    24. A printed midi dress in ~18~ patterns that'll give you a way to 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).

    25. An attachable aerator so you can 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.

    26. A pair of blue light glasses, because these'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).

    27. A wireless charging pad for accepting 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.

    28. 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 $9.95.

    29. A set of plastic drawer organizers to 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.

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

    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

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

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

    31. A bitter-tasting varnish so you can join the thousands of people who stopped biting their nails, even after years of doing so whenever stressed. It dries clear, but leaves a terrible taste so your brain is trained to STOP munching and direct your attention to another stress-reliever. Anything that doesn't leave your fingers bleeding is an improvement.

    Don't worry, it's bitter but it's harmless! Totally edible, just unpleasant. It also lasts longer than most drugstore habit-breaking polishes — and works to stop kids from sucking their thumbs!

    Promising review: "During stressful times, I bite off all my nails. Once they're bitten off, it's hard for me to quit biting them so I thought I'd try this product. Well, it's been a week and I'm not biting them anymore. The taste if you do is just bitter enough to make you stop. And my nails already look better after a week. I highly recommend this product." —Cheryl Douglas

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    To learn more about why people swear by this, check out "This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails".

    32. A very entertaining activity book, because this'll help you take your mind off the day's 💩 scenarios and navigate the constant stress of adulthood through multiple fun outlets — maybe today you'll color a soothing grandma, the next create your own underground bunker.


    Promising review: "This book is exactly what it says it is: a big activity book for anxious people! It’s got some great activities inside that totally keep me busy, keep my anxiety in check, and truly is a great time suck to keep my mind focused on the activities and an escape from whatever is consuming me those days. Cannot recommend this book enough!!!" —Alex R. Pepin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.82.

    33. A car essential oil diffuser for keeping your car freshly scented no how many fries get buried under your seat. Having your own car is only great when it doesn't smell like 100-day-old fast food.


    It's easy to refill and stays securely attached to your air vents — no fussing needed.

    Promising review: "This is a great way to have your car stay smelling great!! The pads are nice and thick and hold plenty of oil for a good week or more!!" —Marnie Richardson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    Need some essential oil? Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.99.

    34. A bottle of Finish booster powder to restore dishes with hard water stains or just glasses you've been *getting around* to replacing after many red wine nights. Throw 'em in the dishwasher with this, and they're back to brand spanking new.

    Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    35. A mini knife sharpener that'll make 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.

    36. An insect catcher so you can stay far, FAR away from spiders who come for an unexpected visit. If you're one to do the cup and envelope trick because you don't like to squish bugs, this'll make life easier for you.


    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport, but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy that your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside :)." —Crystal R.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in five colors).

    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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