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    Updated on Aug 18, 2019. Posted on Aug 10, 2019

    32 Things Under $20 That'll Make A Big, Big Difference

    We have enough problems — spending all our money doesn't have to be one of them.

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    1. A pack of water bottle–cleaning tablets that'll FINALLY reach the bottom of yours without the need for futile reaching and scrubbing — goodbye, mysterious smell.

    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 it from Amazon for $7.99

    To learn more, check out "Your Travel Mug Is Probably So Gross; Clean It With These No-Scrub Tablets".

    2. A bug-catching tool, because this'll help you escort surprise guests from your home quickly without squashing 'em. Its thumb-operated trapping slider is easier than the ~cup and paper~ trick (you just need one hand!) and even has a magnifier so your kids can have a quick science lesson before letting the intruder free.


    Promising review: "I got this catcher because we try to be as kill-free in our home as possible, but sometimes the traditional cup-and-paper method just doesn’t work. This tool catches bugs so easily, we’ve even nabbed house flies with it! The opening was wider that expected, so I think most household critters (e.g., daddy long-legs, centipedes, mosquitos, etc.) could be caught in it without damage." —J&S

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    3. Tend Skin's shaving solution so you can nix ingrown hairs and razor bumps ~in the bud~. When applied before waxing or shaving, it drastically reduces redness, irritation, and bumps — even in the bikini area!

    Reviewers say you can also use this after shaving!

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This Magical Product Will End Ingrown Hairs And Razor Bumps For Good".

    4. A tube of Glossier Brow Flick for easily defining your brows, while maintaining a natural-looking finish. Its featherlight strokes blend seamlessly with your hairs so your brows still look like themselves, just bolder.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I cannot do makeup to save my life, but this made it so easy to learn how to make my brows look amazing (I have next to none). It looks natural and makes it so easy to get the shape and fullness I want. Plus, there is no transfer, flakiness, or smearing." —Kim

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in three shades).

    To learn why a BuzzFeed editor and her lil' caterpillars love this, check out "Just 10 Things You'll Want To Try In July".

    5. A stylish nursing tank top that'll make breastfeeding easier and more accessible — no more hunting down a free room if you like your privacy. It has a double-layer design so if you prefer to keep your breast covered, you can.


    You can also wear this as a maternity top!

    Promising review: "This is an awesome tank! I love the material and how well it fits. I love that it keeps you really well-covered, but is easy to nurse and even helps cover the baby/breast!" —Jordyn Land

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 12 colors and styles).

    6. A patterned luggage handle, because this'll not only make it more comfortable to lug your suitcase through the airport (ty, cushioned neoprene), but make baggage claim so much easier. We're jet lagged and sat in the middle seat for hours, we want to GOOOOO.


    Promising review: "They're pretty and comfortable. My cat chewed the original handle on my briefcase so I covered the rough damage with these. Not only are they comfy for my hands, but they brighten my black briefcase." —Debby White

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

    7. A pair of earbud covers so you can wear your AirPods *without* them painfully digging into your ears — or worse, falling out. Plus, these won't sacrifice sound quality and will stay in place while you run and work out (Beyoncé, get me THROUGH this).

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

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

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

    8. A double-sided dressing aid tool perfect for anyone with arthritis, carpal tunnel, or who could just use a little assistance so you can button or zip your clothing sans pain and frustration.


    It features a non-slip handle for a comfortable grip and two sides: one is a snag-free wire loop for buttoning and the other a narrow zipper hook.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother who has arthritis and wears blouses with small buttons. She says it's the best thing since sliced bread! It works very efficiently to both button and unbutton, making her much less frustrated." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A teeth-whitening pen that'll work on-the-go so you can show off brighter pearly whites. Not to mention, its soft-bristle brush is easier to use on uneven teeth than strips, thanks to its 360° application. AND reviewers say it doesn't cause sensitivity!

    Did I mention it's mint-flavored?!

    Promising review: "Due to prior experiences with Crest and other whitening strips, I always deal with tooth sensitivity even after the first use. Naturally now, I only use this pen every other day thinking I was going to deal with the same issue and surprisingly I don't. I actually really like the way it whitens my teeth and love the fact that I'm not dealing with any tooth sensitivity pains." —Claudia Garcia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    See what won best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    10. A menstrual cup, because this'll free you from uncomfortable tampons, save you moolah, and decrease the amount of times you need to ~freshen up~. Honestly, if it wasn't for the whole period thing this bb would purely be a delight.


    Promising review: "Omg, this cup has changed my life. Where was this 10 years ago? I'm a heavy flow person and would use pads and tampons together and still spill over and stain. With this cup, it's all i need and just a light pad. I can sleep all night now, sneeze cough and have no accidents. I never have to use tampons again!" —R.A.V.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in small, large, and combo pack).

    You can also get Pixie Cup's all-natural lubricant ($11.95 on Amazon) to make make sure inserting your menstrual cup is effortless and comfortable!

    11. A pack of Avarelle rounded or extra-large acne patches to tackle every kind of breakout that dares to challenge your complexion. They're both powered by tea tree oil and calendula oil (all of which are gentle on sensitive skin) to reduce inflammation and absorb pus, whether it's just one zit or a spread-out breakout you can cover with one patch.,

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Everyone should have these on-hand for a stubborn zit when you really need them." —Caitlyn

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.50 and a box of 8 extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

    12. An adjustable pet seatbelt harness so you can have peace of mind as you drive your bestie to the vet. A plus: they can no longer randomly attempt to escape through the window. Why.

    Its metal buckles guarantee extra durability.

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

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

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

    13. A foaming carpet shampoo especially popular for cleaning car interiors — it's high time you get rid of that ketchup stain from 2005. Your four-wheeled baby deserves BETTER.

    Did I mention it's citrus-scented? Its stain-removing formula lifts dirt and residue on cloth, carpet, and upholstery! AND it cancels funky odors.

    Promising review: "This stuff is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! I posted before-and-after photos (above) for you to see for yourself! My 1996 Toyota Camry is 23 years old — this is the original carpet! It took me exactly three hours to clean this carpet and I will tell you this: IT WAS WORTH IT!" —treylee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A flat colander that'll make catching food scraps and washing fruits and veggies a heck of a lot easier while you cook — adulting is hard enough, why add cleanup to the list?


    Promising review: "This is a brilliant design. It's great for washing berries or green beans, and also great for catching the snippings, too. It's so nice to be able to peel onions, trim radishes, and other vegetables without having to scoop the peels up by hand. Just peel/snip into the sink and dump all the debris just once. Love it." —KATHRYN T.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. A set of Schtick dermaplaning razors, because these'll remove peach fuzz and shape brows painlessly (and without paying for a wax). They're gentle, precise, and won't leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby's bottom and you'll never have to pay the price.,

    Promising review: "I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up." —I & S. Stark

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    16. A TubShroom so you have something to catch hair, product residue, and whatever the heck else happens in the shower to prevent clogged drains. Meaning you won't have to pay for someone to help you unclog your shower.

    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).

    17. A bottle of Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair color for a treatment that works on even dark hair (!!!) and puts expensive coloring jobs to SHAME. The shades are super saturated and the formula conditions while it treats your tresses, so your hair is left super soft. Aka you'll soon have a colorful, shiny mane.

    ANDDD it's vegan and cruelty-free! It's extra vivid on already-bleached hair, but creates colorful highlights on darker hair.

    Promising review: "I wanted something that wouldn't bleach or damage my hair, as I have a perm (above). I did NOT color or lighten my hair before putting this in. I put it all over my head on natural medium brown hair with previous peek-a-boos. It tinted well and super enhanced my highlights." —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and 22 shades).

    18. A pair of no-show socks, because reviewers PROMISE these actually a) stay on your feet and b) won't make an unwelcome appearance midday. Plus, they wick away sweat so you and your outfit can stay high and dry.

    Promising review: "Dang these are great socks. I wear them with Keds, Vans, and anything else where I don't want my socks peaking out of my shoes. The secret sauce is the tiny rubber band at the back of the heel. Without it, the socks would continually fall down, ending up in an uncomfortable bunch around my toes. But with the rubber bit they stay put all day!" —CK

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and seven color combinations).

    19. A collapsible silicone water bottle so you can bring H2O wherever you go, including on flights. It'll fit nicely in even over-stuffed bags thanks to its ability to get teeny-tiny. The best part? You'll never have to buy for overpriced plastic water bottles again.

    Promising review: "I purchased these water bottles for my hiking trip in Switzerland. They definitely did not disappoint! I love that I can tightly roll them up and throw it in my suitcase or clip it on my backpack. I use it every time I travel now, since TSA makes you throw out all liquids over a few ounces. I highly recommend for anyone who travels a lot!" —Gabby

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $15.97.

    See what won best insulated water bottles on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    20. An acupressure wristband for saying farewell to nausea and saying hello to sweet, sweet relief. Reviewers swear this helps put an end to bellyache blues whether it's due to pregnancy, flying, vertigo, WHATEVER.

    It's also been known to work for post-operative and chemotherapy-induced nausea. It applies pressure on your wrist to help ~restore balance~.

    Promising review: "I'm eight weeks pregnant and have had morning sickness nonstop every single day, and it has made my appetite go away so much that I feared for my baby's health. I needed a quick fix so I could eat again. It worked amazingly. I went to Denny's and ate my weight in pancakes! It feels so good not to feel nauseous all the time." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.10.

    21. A Teddie Organics rosehip oil that'll require just a few drops to tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Nothing will get in your way of ✨glowing skin✨ from here on out...not on this bb's watch.

    Promising review: "I had a friend come over from out of town and her skin in the past was pretty covered with acne, but this time it was glowing and her scars seemed to be mild! She told me she had been using this oil (two drops at night) and she mixed one drop with her foundation in the morning; it has helped her immensely. I’m not usually a believer in acne stuff since I’ve tried about everything, but I can honestly say I am so glad I took the risk — my skin in two weeks has never looked better! I couldn’t go without it again in my routine!" —Ty Azevedo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A set of electric toothbrush head covers to protect your mouth from floating germs and, well, poop particles. There, I said it. They're in your bathroom's air and they're COMING FOR YOUR TOOTHBRUSH.


    Promising review: "These are awesome and super cheap. They fit any size and head type of Oral-B's electric toothbrush models. They are great for traveling and keeping the toothbrush heads safe from germs. I use them at home, as well, because I read that most toothbrush heads kept in toothbrush holders in bathrooms are magnets for germs, including feces, yeast, and E. coli — YUCK! These snap on tightly and keep the toothbrush heads shape well for months longer than without them." —FelineFriendly

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.99.

    Or! Get a pack of 12 silicone toothbrush covers for non-electric toothbrushes ($7.99 on Amazon). And see what won best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    23. A foot peel mask, because this'll have rough heels and callouses feeling REBORN — and in a way they will be. No scrubbing required, just a little unconventional *masking* for exfoliated, s m o o t h feet.

    Use it for an hour for about two weeks to see ~results~!

    Promising review: "I haven’t gotten a pedicure in years and the skin on my feet was becoming too tough for even pumice to break through. After three days of using this product, my tough skin started peeling away!!! A Godsend, I tell you! I didn’t think it would work for me but it did!! Love my new feet." —Cynnamon

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16.95.

    24. A floral lace bralette designed with DD breasts in mind to give you a break from underwire, while still providing PLENTY of support thanks to its lightly lined bust. Welcome to a world where you spend the whole darn day feeling braless.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I’m a 42DDD and I bought a 1X that gives support. I bought another after loving the first one so much. I loveeeee this bra." —Brianna W.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.90 (available in sizes 0X–3X and two colors).

    25. A bug bite suction tool so you can play those suckers at their own game. It actually removes insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin to stop the itching and even help ease swelling. This definitely works better than the "x" trick.,

    Some reviewers say it has strong suction power, so use it lightly!

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    26. A leather conditioner for bringing worn-out shoes, furniture, bags, or really any upholstery back to life. Scuffs? No problem. Water damage? BRING IT.

    It also softens old leather! Plus, it's water-, snow-, and rain-repellant so it protect your belongings in the future.

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!" —David Horning

    Get it from Amazon for $18.85.

    27. An open-back tank top that'll keep you cool not only during workouts, but just about all the time. You can wear it to prevent overheating while running, or as a trendy part of any outfit. As long as humidity is around, this'll have your *back*.

    Promising review: "I love the style and being able to tie it in the back and also have some air flow to keep me cool, but covered. I bought two more as soon as I wore this one through a good weight lifting session." —NK

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 12 colors).

    28. A bitter-tasting varnish, because this has already helped thousands of people kick the pesky habit of biting nails. It dries clear, but you'll know it's there. Basically, its taste is *super* sharp and strong so your brain is trained to say "I DON'T WANT THIS AT ALL" every time you go to munch.

    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: "This stuff is amazing. I've been a terrible nail-biter since I was a young child, and I tried everything to stop. I hated my hands and was so ashamed of how they looked, but I couldn't help it. I committed to putting a layer of this on every other day, and it's now been three months and my nails look amazing. The urge to bite has lessened, but I don't think it will ever go away, so I plan to use this polish for years to come. The taste is so strong and immediately bitter, and it really lingers on your lips and tongue for a while. It's an amazing product, and I highly recommend it." —Lydia G Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50+ (available in three sizes).

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

    29. A set of light-dimming sheets so you can reduce glaring screens and fall asleep easier once you're actually in the dark. If your alarm clock is annoying in more ways than one, let these bring you peace.

    You'll get two large static cling light-dimming sheets.

    Promising review: "What a time to be alive. I was laying awake at night wishing there was something I could do to make my hellish alarm clock less bright. I was really pleasantly surprised when I found out this product existed. I'm SO HAPPY that it does. I seriously don't know where my fiancé bought this alarm clock, but it has four brightness settings and they range from light house search light to surface of the sun. I cut one of these sheets and smoothed it over the display and it's AMAZING. I can still read the clock during the day, but at night it's now just the right brightness so I can see the time, but not burn my retinas when I crack my eyes open in the middle of the night." —Tiffany Marie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.29.

    30. A self-adhesive seal strip to cheaply soundproof your room without any hefty investments if your roommates are l o u d. This'll prevent their show (with the volume at seemingly 1,000) from creeping into your space — who knew door cracks were the real culprit?

    You can pick between white and brown, depending on your door. Just cut it to the size you need and stick it on!

    Promising review: "I came across this blessing in disguise after being completely FED UP with noise from my siblings in my house when I'm trying to sleep for work the next day. My door wasn't thick enough to bounce off noise from behind it. I realized it's not actually really the door I have to worry about...IT'S AROUND THE DOOR. This is everything I needed. I was listening to my sibling take a phone call when the door was open then after I was done, I closed the door and POOF, noise no more! If you're looking at this because you need some soundproofing, this is definitely a must-have." —Bobby

    Get it from Amazon for $5.57+ (available in sizes 16ft–33ft and colors).

    31. A bottle of Finish booster powder for effectively washing your dishes without needing to rinse 'em beforehand. Meaning you won't "soak" your plates until the end of time anymore, but you also won't need to be more productive either.

    This is especially great for treating hard water stains!

    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.

    32. A single serve pour-over coffee dripper that'll encourage you to actually make a cup of joe in the morning, instead of blowing $4 per day just to avoid the task. All you'll need to do is pour some hot water over the filter and let it take the rest from there.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love it! The water reservoir on top is what makes this one stand out; just pour your water in the top and it drips through several small holes down onto the coffee in the cone, at a metered rate. No standing around waiting to add more water! I get on with the rest of breakfast prep and my coffee is ready without further attention. I've tried several of those expensive steel mesh filters, and although I'm a pretty discriminating coffee enthusiast, I can't detect any difference. Clean-up is a snap." —Rodney St. James

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeed editor's review in "Just 9 Things You'll Want To Try In May" (#9).

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