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    31 Inexpensive Things That’ll Help You Save Money

    And by inexpensive, we're talking $20 or less. 🤑

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    1. A budgeting planner filled with expense trackers, worksheets, and fun stickers designed to make getting financially fit a little more enjoyable.

    reviewer photo showing the budget planner open to a planning badge with the included sticker set

    Zicoto is a family-owned small business run through Amazon selling planners and office products that are easy to use, fun, *and* practical.

    Promising review: "This little booklet is perfect for organizing all my bills and creating a game plan to saving money! I love the way rose gold looks and it is so functional! Nice size makes it easy to carry around and the stickers give it a personal touch. I love the colored tabs and that you can start this at anytime. Plus it’s from a small family-owned business which I enjoy knowing I’m supporting locally. 5 stars!" —aidan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in six colors).

    2. Some budget envelopes beautifully labelled with seven categories for you to allocate your dollars each month, making budgeting easier and more foolproof than ever.

    CreationsbyChantinge / Etsy

    CreationsbyChantinge is a small business based in Lancaster, SC that creates custom cash envelopes and helpful budgeting products to help you get started on your new financial journey.

    Promising review: "Beautiful envelopes to help me start my budgeting journey! Fits perfectly inside my Filofax personal zip organizer. Love the Rae Dunn inspired font. Fast shipping as well!" —Amaris Rojas

    Get them from CreationsbyChantinge on Etsy for $11.99.

    3. OR, a digital monthly budget planner you can use with Google Sheets if old-school planners and envelopes aren't really your thing. And since you can sync it to all your mobile devices, keeping it up-to-date with your impulse buys will be a breeze.

    desktop computer with the monthly budget tracker spreadsheet displayed on the screen
    TheWellDesignedLife / Etsy

    Based in San Francisco, TheWellDesignedLife is a small business making digital personal-finance tools to help you budget, track your credit score, and get out of debt.

    Promising review: "So simple to use. Love that I can use it on my iPad, phone and computer and it's all connected!! Great file!" —Ashlea Griffith

    Download it from TheWellDesignedLife on Etsy for $4.99.

    4. A stainless-steel coffee filter so you can finally say goodbye to paper filters, which just create unnecessary waste and strain on your wallet. Plus, this filter is designed to make your coffee taste BETTER — if you can even imagine such a glorious thing.

    glass pour over coffeemaker being used with the stainless steel coffee filter

    Promising review: "This is my third reusable filter. I have two others from other brands but this one is the best — it's amazing at providing the right drainage rate for the best cup of coffee. I had a suspicion my original one drained too slowly (bitter coffee, even with course grind). This one is beautiful and does, as they say, drain at the best rate! You're going to taste all of the coffee flavors with this!" —Sarah B.

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

    5. OR! A cold brew maker, because your coffee habit shouldn't break the bank. Plus, staying home and channeling your inner barista is *way* more fun than picking up the same boring mobile order day after day, imo.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    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 $19.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    6. A set of Rubbermaid food-saver containers to keep all your produce fresh and ripe for a few extra days. Time and money savings aside, maybe these'll actually motivate you to make something yummy with the veggies you buy, rather than ignoring their existence in the back of your fridge and ordering takeout instead.

    Promising review: "The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days but I'm not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem.. I was skeptical. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry and placed the items in the food saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten. Over the years, I would hate to calculate how much money I've wasted throwing away wilted or spoiled lettuce and rotted berries. The savings from discarded produce will pay for these containers quickly." —M. Hughes

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.35+ (available in eight sizes).

    7. A pack of Shout dye-trapping sheets so you can wash your colored *and* white laundry in the same load. Fewer washes = lower utility bills. And, let's be real, who actually wants to sit around and sort their clothes?? Not me. Big no. These are a win.

    reviewer photo showing a dyed quilt next to the Shout color catchers

    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 $9.94 or Subscribe & Save for $9.44.

    8. A good ole TubShroom, because plumbers can be costly! Besides, constantly using store-bought drain cleaners is basically like ~pouring money down the drain~.

    reviewer photo showing TubShroom with hair and soap caked on it

    All you have to do is pop this in your drain! It's made of silicone so you can easily wipe away all the gross hair and soap it catches (and who knows what else). And if you *do* need to unclog your drains, a little Drano ($18.50 on Amazon) never hurts. You can also get a SinkShroom for your kitchen and bathroom sinks!

    Promising review: "I have saved SOOOOOO much money on drain cleaner because of this. My husband has THICK curly hair and other hair trappers were failing to catch half of it. So I was spending $10-$20 a month on drain cleaner. Now, we're keeping the drain clear of hair." —Cecillia J

    Get one from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A foam maker designed to transform your face wash into a luxurious, foamy consistency — which means you can get away with using a little bit less everyday and make your bottle last longer.

    Promising review: "This thing is the bomb. Does exactly what it advertises; makes a thick whipped cream/foam out of washes, making it economical as well as fun. It can soften harsh washes to make the concoction gentler on skin. It's also great for mixing washes if you have two or more you'd like to combine for different effects. And of course, a little goes a long, long way with this puppy. For the price, it's a steal. Definitely give it a try if you're not sure. It's a really cool device." —Knock Knock Me

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    10. Reusable cotton rounds so you can stop buying disposable ones month after month. All you gotta do is wash these every now and then, and they'll be just as fresh as when you bought 'em.

    ecoroots makeup remover pads styled next to a vase of flowers
    EcoRootsShop / Etsy

    EcoRootsShop is a small business based in Denver creating plastic-free and zero-waste products for a better you. Their wooden kitchen brush and shampoo bars are on my wish list!

    Promising review: "Wonderful! Super soft, easy to hand wash and quick to dry. I am so happy to be making the switch to these and living more sustainably. They are also pretty big. I used one a day and hand wash at the end of the week with normal detergent and spray'n'wash. Only heads-up is that it takes a second for the liquid (facial toner) to sink in, so it COULD drip off. I will be purchasing another two sets for my husband and son." —Natasha Rodriguez

    Get a pack of 10 from EcoRootsShop on Etsy for $9.90.

    11. A charcoal toothpaste to brighten your smile without changing up your regular brushing routine. Whitening sessions can get expensive, and strips can be pesky to apply everyday — this makes whitening mindless AND cheap.

    before-and-after photo of reviewer's teeth which are noticeably whiter after using charcoal toothpaste

    It contains organic activated coconut charcoal, baking soda, tea tree oil, coconut oil, xylitol, and spearmint oil to both remove stains and freshen your breath!

    Promising review: "Great product...noticeable difference in my teeth as well as my son’s (kid safe/friendly). Love the “all natural” aspect of it and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to whiten their teeth naturally." —Beth DePrenda

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two flavors).

    12. A set of reusable zipper storage bags you can rinse out and use over and over again. They come in snack, sandwich, and gallon sizes and can be used for everything from keeping produce fresh to a handy weekend toiletry bag.

    Promising review: "The leakproof performance is excellent as always. I use them to pack sandwiches and snacks for my kids and store produce in the fridge. I also find that the snack bag size is great for storing travel items. There are so many ways to use these bags, I'm glad that they have 12 in one set. I'm planning to buy a second set because these bags are DEFINITELY worth it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. The Spatty so you can get every last drop out of your cosmetic and personal care items before breaking down and forking over a small fortune to replace them.,

    Promising review: "I kept debating about buying this. I'm trying to stick to a tight student budget and wasn't sure if spending money on a little tool like this would end up saving me money in the long run. I ended up getting about a month's worth of foundation out of a bottle that I would otherwise have considered to be empty — and that's just one bottle so far! For me, totally worth it." —Reviewtoo

    Get it from Amazon for $4.94.

    14. Or a FlipIt! Bottle Emptying Kit for those products that are just a little too big for The Spatty (think shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lotion, condiments).

    Reviewer photo showing the Flip-It in use emptying a bottle of conditioner and a condiment

    Promising review: "I hate wasting lotions, etc. in pump bottles and this is the perfect solution and saves money over and over again. Easy to use and clean up. My last bottle of lotion had another two weeks' worth I got to use thanks to Flip-It!" —S

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo to reduce brassiness and lighten your hair in less than three minutes! In other words, this helps you maintain your platinum blonde hair for as long as possible, delaying your next ~pricey~ trip to the salon so you have time to save up some extra pennies.

    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 $10.60+ (available in three sizes).

    16. A pack of cable savers to protect your chargers, aux cords, headphones, and all your other precious cords from fraying and becoming damaged. We thought the electronics themselves were expensive, but the real racket is how costly the charging cords are.

    Product photo showing Jetec cable savers used on both a phone and laptop chargers

    Promising review: "I’ve just had to replace a charging cable for my iPad. The wires broke within the insulation, within an inch of the connector/plug end. Then I found out about these spiral coil flexible silicone wire protectors. They keep the wire cable from being stressed from bending. I bought a bunch of these and have put them on both ends of every charging cable for every device, iPad, cellphone, etc that I own. I would recommend that you do so too!!!" —Richard Virchow

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    17. A bottle of Acure brightening facial scrub to brighten your complexion in one easy step. You don't need a regimen with 1,000 steps and products to get you that ~glow~ you're chasing. This'll exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts while bringing out your clear complexion underneath.

    reviewer photo showing before and after using the scrub, revealing noticeably brighter, less oily skin after use

    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 $9.60.

    18. A multi-purpose cleaning solution that'll help renew everything from rust to burnt pans to stained tubs to worn-down sinks and EVEN Sharpie stains!? No matter what it is, this magical substance will make it look brand-new.

    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 a two-pack from Amazon for $12.12.

    19. A pack of wool dryer balls to reduce your overall drying time, which = a lower utility bill. It'll also just make your clothes super soft and wrinkle-free!

    three wool dryer balls next to their included carrying bag

    Promising review: "I should have bought these a hundred years ago! My clothes dry faster and are nice and super soft, and it beats the wrinkles out of everything so if you grab your clothes the second the dryer stops everything look like you ironed it. You will save on power with these so they easily pay for themselves." —William A.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in three sizes).

    20. A mini knife sharpener so you don't have to buy a fancier, more expensive set just because you're experiencing some dullness in your blades. This will cheaply and quickly bring those knives you've had since college back to their sharpest, pointiest selves!

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I decided to actually come back to this nearly two years later to review it because it kind of got lost to me to review it back then. However, since I've bought it, I've heard my husband talk about it on and off. Just yesterday with my daughter he was going over sharp knife safety, and he just said how much he still absolutely loves it. Of every gift I've ever given him, this is the only thing I've heard still get praise nearly two years later. Highly pleased with it still." —Gluten Free Momma

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

    21. Bissell Stomp & Go Cleaning Pads that are equally effective at removing pet hair and stains from your carpet as they are a cathartic activity. Now you can stomp your feet in protest of cleaning your house, while actually being productive and cleaning your house... A true two-for-one deal.

    Reviewer photo showing a before-and-after of the effectiveness of Bissell Stomp N' Go strips to clean and restore their stained carpet

    Best of all, they'll help keep your carpet looking fresh so you can wait a bit longer before having to replace it.

    Promising review: "These things saved me from replacing my entire upstairs carpet! We had already replaced one section before finding these and were worried we’d have to replace another section at a cost of $3k. Stomp and leave it for 24 hours and I was amazed to see my carpet was its original light cream color. I now stock a box of these and have told every one of my pet owning friends about them. I’ll never spend hours scrubbing the floor or carpet shampooing again!" —findingk8

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. An Ecotools makeup brush shampoo to extend the life of your brushes by cleansing out weeks (OK, months??) of buildup. It'll condition bristles back to their original glory in literally a matter of minutes.

    reviewer photo showing dirty brushes before and after using the cleansing shampoo, revealing brushes looking brand new

    They're also all-natural and cruelty-free! Reviewers also mention it pairs perfectly with a silicone brush cleaning mat ($4.99 on Amazon).

    Promising review: "You know how you spend time and effort to find makeup that lasts? No matter how much you makeup you may wear, using long lasting makeup comes at a cost. You can't just rub some regular soap on your face to get that "all day mascara/eyeliner/foundation" off can you? It's the same with your brushes. This is coming from someone who really doesn't care to clean brushes. I only started using them about seven years ago. It was three or so years after that I started trying to clean them. Rarely. And I thought vigorous scrubbing with hand soap was all you needed. It wasn't so I thought dish soap was all you needed. It still wasn't. I thought natural discoloration was inevitable for the lazy. Long story short, it turns out I was wrong and life is easy. Elbow grease for years was fine... until I got this stuff on a whim. The same brushes that were slowly permanently discoloring and fraying up had looked near new after my initial clean." —Not Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    23. A pack of cleaning wipes because, even though you try your best to avoid mud puddles and excess salt in the winter, your boots somehow ALWAYS end up looking like you walked through a swamp in them. 🥴

    You can also use these on things like purses, winter jackets, and car seats!

    Promising review: "This worked perfectly on black suede booties. I splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. I couldn't find anything that removed the stain. I tried these wipes as a last-ditch effort. I can't believe it, they look brand-new!! Stains came right out with very little effort." —AAD

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.29.

    24. A candle accessory set that'll add SO much more burn time to all those trendy, artisan candles you've been buying lately.

    reviewer photo showing the three tools included in the candle care kit

    Promising review: "For years I have just been using scissors to trim my wicks but the trimmed pieces would often fall onto my candle wax making them look awful. The trimmer keeps the trimmed portion contained so this doesn’t happen. I don’t really use the bell shaped snuffer often but the tool that you use to bend the wick over into the hot candle wax to snuff it out without all the smoke? Seriously, I’ve been missing out. Tools you didn’t know you needed but they make burning candles so much more enjoyable. Handy storage box, they look nice and seem to be good quality so far." —CeKaRi

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    25. A fabric shaver to remove all the pilling on your cozy sweaters before you pack them away this summer. It also works on sofas, too — and I don't know about you, but a new sofa is NOT in my budget.

    Promising review: "This is the best money I have spent in a long time! I was worried it wouldn’t be very nice, being so low priced, but it saved my couch! I put a picture of both my couch cushions, they both used to look like the one on top but now my couch looks brand new! I love this product, would 100% recommend." —B. Nielsen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. Speaking of sofas, a bottle of Leather Honey you can use to restore that dingy sofa you just snagged for 20 bucks on Facebook Marketplace. All you need is a scrubbing brush and a little elbow grease for the honey to work its magic. 🍯

    Promising review: "This cleaner really does only require a small amount to clean the leather. The small bottle at first had me thinking I was going to end up having to buy 3 bottles before it was all said and done, but that wasn’t the case surprisingly. Follow the directions exactly and it works beautifully. I do suggest conditioning after the cleaning as leather does need moisture to retain its beauty...The leather cleaner is an excellent product and don’t be afraid of the small bottle, a little goes a long way. 10 out of 10 will buy again and recommend." —Dorothy I.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    27. A toilet bowl ring remover that'll have your toilet shining bright like a diamond, which means you won't have to waste money on those expensive cleaning sprays (or a new toilet!).

    Promising review: "When we bought our previously owned condo, all three of the toilets had a permanent dark ring. I must have tried at least six different cleaning products that claimed to eliminate rings. None worked. I was actually considering buying new toilets as the ring was embarrassing to me. A friend recommended the pumice toilet bowl ring remover and I was prepared to be disappointed again. But it worked perfectly. The ring is gone on all three toilets and it only took a few minutes per toilet. I don't know when I have ever been so totally satisfied with a product. It just saved me a whole lot of money and I am no longer embarrassed by the appearance of my toilets." —lynn mcdonald

    Get one on Amazon for $11.81.

    28. Zymox Pet Ear Cleaner to keep your pet's ears looking and feeling healthier than ever. Your pet will never know the satisfying feeling of jabbing a cotton swab into their ear canal, so buying this spray will do them a real solid. It can also help prevent nasty infections and complications down the road that'll undoubtedly result in a hefty bill from your veterinarian.

    Promising review: "I have a golden who has ear issues, so much that a few years ago he had to have surgery on his ear because of a hematoma. And of course all the trips to the vet for treatment over the years for yeast and infections have added up. Tried diet changes and other products. This ear cleaner is the best of all. And I noticed after a month of using it every three to four days that his ears are staying much cleaner. I usually don't write recommendations, but this is a good product for chronic ear problems." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    29. A grout cleaning pen that'll restore your grout tile lines and instantly take your bathroom from drab to fab. After using this pen, that expensive tile you've been thinking about will be able to wait a few years.

    Reviewer photo showing before-and-after using the Grout Pen on their bathroom floor. The stains on the grout are visibly gone and entire tile flooring looks considerably cleaner and newer.

    Promising review: "Best product! I wish I had thought to take before pictures! My house was built in the early 1960s and the bathroom grout was becoming discolored in spots. I had used every product on the market before buying this pen to see if I could brighten the grout with no luck. I could have just saved so much money if I had went with the pen in the first place! It worked throughout the shower with more product to go! Easy to clean up and lasts a while!" —Kelli

    Get one on Amazon for $8.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    30. An avocado slicing tool you can use to split, pit, and slice just as well as your favorite brunch place — which means you can get that ~avo aesthetic~ without having to pay $16 for a piece of toast.,

    Promising review: "High quality. The feature that sets this apart from cheaper tools is the pit remover. I actually cut my palm and needed stitches removing a pit with a knife. Then someone told me about tools like this. The slicer part also works fine for me and saves a lot of time over manual slicing. Cleanup is simple. Run water over it in the sink. Then, put it in the dinnerware basket in the dishwasher. Great gift idea!" —W.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    31. A pack of washing machine cleaning tablets because, uh, have you ever cleaned the inside of your washing machine? Did you know that doing so can actually prolong the life of it? As well as prevent your clothes from smelling and getting damaged? Take care of your washing machines, people — they're not cheap to replace!

    Ok but HOW did that come out of a washing machine!?

    Promising review: "I'm happy to say this tablet worked great! Our drum is crystal-clean without a strong odor and there was no residual powder or tablet left. I also tried the Affresh wipe after to clean in and outside the rim, the door, and the detergent tray. Our washer looks brand new. I initially hesitated to buy the wipes but after seeing how well it cleans vs. just using one of my own towels, I'm sold. Having a front load washer in conjunction with hard well water is like a combo of two evils. This did clean the machine much better than I had expected!" —MMak125

    Get them from Amazon for $11.98.

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