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    33 Affordable Things You Might Buy Over And Over Again Because They're Just *That* Good At Their Jobs

    And they all cost less than $16, too.

    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 pack of double-tipped pointed cotton swaps so you can make a more precise fix when it comes to smudged eyeliner or overlined lipstick.


    Promising review: "Honestly, reviewing something like this is silly — but I just love these. I use them all the time. They are great for cleaning up any little makeup mistakes!" —Jeanine

    Get a pack of 400 from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. This spackle kit for filling in any unsightly holes you've made in the walls from trying to hang family photos up around the house, only to take them down and totally rearrange them.

    This kit contains spackle, primer, a putty knife, and a sanding pad!

    Promising review: "I slipped in the shower the other day and grabbed my towel bar outside of it so as not to die. Doing so, I ripped the bar off the wall, including the screws and anchors, so I had four small but kind of nasty holes in my wall. I've never done any sort of drywall repair/spackling, etc., and I figured, for under $10 with all I could need, this would do the job. I applied the spackle, smoothed it with the flat end of the tube, and allowed it to dry. I was able to sand it smooth and then paint over the spackle. It looks fine now. I give it five stars for convenience." —John J. Connelly Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    3. This nail polish topcoat from Essie so you can have multiple long-lasting manis without footing a hefty salon bill.

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    You'll get high shine in no time, and it even lasts up to 14 days!! BTW, this works best with Essie gel-effect nail polish.

    Promising review: "I can't live without this product. I have it on my monthly Subscribe & Save. With two coats of any color and one coat of this, my nails look professionally done. You can apply a thin coat if you prefer, but if you want the gel manicure look, you can apply a thick coat and it will look AMAZING. It dries super fast, too. I reapply it every two or three days and maintain my home mani for about a week and a half without any chipping!" —PsychMama

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

    Abby Kass, a writer here at BuzzFeed, tried this topcoat for herself. Read her full review to find out why she thinks this is the solution to fast-chipping nail polish.

    4. These Bottle Bright cleaning tablets, since the day has come when baking soda and vinegar have *actually* let you down, and you just can't seem to remove the stains and gunk from your water bottles and travel mugs.


    Promising review: "Finished using it five minutes ago and it’s the best! My husband uses a Stanley thermos daily to take coffee to work. He tries to remember to rinse it out every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I got the package today, filled the thermos with water, dropped in a tablet, and let it sit. I promptly forgot about it for a few hours. Initially, I was disappointed when I dumped the water, as it was barely tinged brown. Then I put fresh water in, covered the top, shook it, and OMG. The crap that came out was disgusting, yet fascinating. I looked in the thermos and saw almost nothing but sparkly silver! There was a little crud left in the top third of the thermos, but it’s a really tall one, so I wasn’t surprised. Got the bottle brush, swished twice, and bam! All clean! No fumes, no smell, no nothing, just clean. I used to struggle cleaning it with baking soda, vinegar, the brush, soap, and elbow grease. Screw that. I will forever use only these tablets! Here’s to better-tasting (and way less gross) coffee!" —BranchingOut

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in packs of 12 and 36 tablets).

    5. A pack of Pacifica underarm deodorant wipes for when you need a quick refresh but don't have access to a shower — like when you have just 10 minutes to get from the gym to your office for an early-morning meeting.

    Plus, they're vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have always suffered from bad odor on my underarms because I have very delicate skin, so I can't use strongly scented deodorants. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I can't believe that something finally works! My armpits don't smell bad; I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful — I love the smell, and it is not harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms are still smelling like coconut." —Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in four packs of one, four, and eight and in four scents).

    6. A pack of Avarelle Acne Cover Patches because they're more effective at reducing inflammation than just a dab of toothpaste on your zit.

    To use, all you do is make sure there's a very small opening on any blemish with a whitehead (aka one that's filled with white gunk), then plop the patch on top to absorb what comes out.

    Promising review: "I love this product! Whenever I have a pimple that is ready to burst (whitehead), I put one of these stickers on for a day and BOOM, it flattens and sucks up all that yucky junk. It feels really comfortable and can be barely noticeable if you have a small pimple that needs to be removed. There were times where I wore these out to school. Great product!" —Jenny

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $8.50.

    7. This super-handy aromatherapy migraine stick that can actually help alleviate your headaches before they get worse.

    You may need more or less of a swipe, depending on how strong your headache is.

    Promising review: "I have had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I have tried everything: OTC medication, prescription medication, pain injections, chiropractor, etc.This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I have only had two to three headaches in that time, and they were mild. I ordered more already so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines. It is phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    BTW, my colleague Katy Herman wrote an in-depth review of the migraine stick that has some additional deets.

    8. A tube of anti-blister foot balm because we all have a pair of shoes or two that we just *adore* but never wear because they eat the skin off the backs of our feet every time we put 'em on.


    Promising review: "I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS; I was like, pssh, what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING. Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day INTACT! I highly recommend it. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!" —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    9. This highly rated purple shampoo so you can maintain your blonde hair or highlights (affordably) at home instead of booking a salon appointment every couple of weeks.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a godsend! I used to have red hair and decided to get a blonde balayage. It took two visits to get my hair lightened to where it looked blonde and not gold, but it still had lots of gold in it. Now my hair is finally blonde and not gold! I’m so happy! Plus, this stuff smells amazing and makes my hair so soft and shiny and voluminous, with lots of body!" —KatEd

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes).

    10. An itty-bitty spatula because you waste sooooo much foundation and moisturizer when you just trash an empty bottle without scraping down the sides and bottom. This lil' guy makes it super easy to get every last drop (for very little money!!!), so you may actually want to buy one for everyone you know. /

    Promising review: "Fantastic product. I'm able to get every drop of my very expensive face cream. It works on bottles, jars, etc. I only wish I had bought this product years ago. Oh, the money I could have saved. Just clean with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up), and I think you will get your money's worth out of it. I already bought more as gifts." —HMSK

    Get it from Amazon for $5.89.

    11. This jewelry cleaning stick to practically turn back time and restore all your gems to the sparkle they had when you first got them.

    Promising review: "This little pen brush is incredible! I wasn't sure if it would work well on my emerald engagement ring, since it's mostly advertised for diamonds, but I thought I'd give it a try. I have been wearing the ring since getting engaged in October, and even though I had it cleaned at the jeweler's in April, it just didn't seem as bright as it was when it was new, and I thought it would just always be a little cloudy. But after cleaning it once with the Dazzle Stik, I was blown away by the difference — it looks as bright and sparkly as when I first got it! I'm so glad I didn't buy an ultrasonic cleaner, since this is so much less expensive and easier and gentler. It took me less than a minute to clean, and I can do it whenever I want! And it's honestly better than when the jeweler cleaned it. So thrilled!" —KFray

    Get it from Amazon for $6.93.

    12. A bottle of all-natural dry shampoo because you've run out of the house in the mornings with that slick-hair look far too many times to count, and you're officially making it your mission to have fresher-looking locks (even when you haven't had time to wash them).

    This is vegan, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly and doesn't contain talc, parabens, baking soda, phthalates, or aerosol. Just dispense the powder from the bottle onto your hair roots and gently rub it in using a brush or your fingers. Repeat as necessary.

    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair because I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month, and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. A super-cute terra-cotta bear that (magically???) softens hard, lumpy brown sugar, thus saving you from deeming an entire jar of it unusable and throwing it away. PS: You may wanna gift it to all your relatives!


    BTW, if you have a big jar of brown sugar that needs softening, reviewers say it may take a day or two; but a smaller amount can be softened in less time, of course.

    Promising review: "OMG, soft brown sugar! I've heard of the product for years — shame on me for not buying one sooner. They work. Brown sugar in a glass canister, hard as a rock, can't chip it out; soaked the cutie brown sugar bear for 20 minutes. A half hour later, it's fully soft and usable." —Karsie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40.

    14. These drain snakes to wriggle their way down sink and tub drains to remove any hair and *shudder* gunk that's been creating blockages — all thanks to their textured edges.


    Promising review: "You will not regret buying these. They work SO well. I had constant draining issues in my shower, so I figured I would search 'hair drain' on Amazon. Lo and behold, there I was searching for tools to clean out my drain. I did not expect these drain snakes to work so well! They are made out of sturdy plastic, and I was able to use one both on my shower AND my sink drains before being too grossed out and needing to throw it away." —Nhi

    Get three from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A roller stamp because it makes taking an extra step to protect yourself from identity theft sooooo simple. It'll black out any identifying information from old letters, bills, and receipts before you toss 'em.

    I bought this because honestly, when I think about the fact that I'm gonna have to remove my package labels and rip them to smithereens, I don't even feel like ordering anything anymore! I know we've put these rollers in posts before, so I decided to order them for myself.

    The ink is preinstalled (yay), so all I did was remove the ink cover and rolled right over the label info I wanted to hide, and BOOM, it was all covered up! My mom and I were pretty impressed, and honestly, I didn't want to stop using it! I went through the house just looking for more things I could use this lil' guy on. While it works amazingly well on most package labels and paper, it won't work on super-glossy surfaces.

    Promising review: "I liked this product so much, I bought another one as a gift. It works as promised, and you really cannot read what is underneath the stamp. Black permanent marker wasn't working very well, and sometimes shredding takes too long. This is a great product." —Figs5

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three colors and with refill sets).

    16. This anti-dandruff shampoo, formulated with ketoconazole (an ingredient that kills dandruff by binding to your hair's natural protein) to keep persistent itchy flakes at bay.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. I was one step away from going to the dermatologist. I had severe dandruff that was so bad, I could shake my head and it would come off. With just a few uses per week, I got rid of all my flakes. My scalp also stopped burning from dryness. My hair has never been healthier." —Moo Moo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84 (also available as a pack of two).

    17. A bottle of NYX makeup setting spray because it's here to ease your smooth-makeup woes and grant you a fresh look that stays locked in place all day long.

    Promising review: "INCREDIBLE!!!!! I swear this has changed my life. It makes my makeup last all day — literally 120-plus hours. It has even kept my makeup on and smudge-proof through a two-hour nap!!! I'm so incredibly impressed. I have very oily skin, and the 'dewy' finish has not made me look or feel greasy. I seriously love this stuff sooo much!!!!" —JaNaeSyx

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89 (available in a matte or dewy finish).

    18. And these natural green tea oil-blotting sheets to rid your face of the excess grease it may accumulate throughout your day.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but didn't get around to writing a review until now. I've tried other blotting sheets, and they've either broken me out or just did not absorb all the oil. Every time I come back to these, I realize they are truly the best. I have SUPER-oily skin (and cystic acne, which I have the scars to show for), and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne. As you can see, it truly removes all of the oil and keeps it that way for several hours. Very cute design, too, and really easy to use and keep anywhere with you. Amazing price for what it does. If you're hesitating to buy it, just go for it!" —Noopur D.

    Get a pack of 100 sheets from Amazon for $6.95 (available in bamboo, green tea, and rose and in packs of one, two, and six).

    19. A jar of O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream because this ultra-concentrated cream locks in moisture and prevents your skin from becoming too dry. In other words, you may finally be able to cure the rough, dry cracks on your fingers.

    For best results, you should apply the cream after washing your hands, after showering, and at bedtime.

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday, and when I put it on, I could tell right away that it was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29 (available in packs of up to 12).

    20. An enzyme-based laundry spot remover so you can really give those tough-to-remove spots, spills, and stains your very best shot. You'll never want to go another day wondering if your favorite shirt will ever make a comeback from those annoying yellow armpit stains.

    It also helps get rid of tomato juice, red wine, mud, makeup, pet stains, and more. It's a nontoxic and cruelty-free concoction, which means it's made from ingredients that won't harm pets or kids.

    Promising review: "I had some super-nasty dress shirts that I was about to throw away. No matter how much I washed them, my antiperspirant was caked up inside the armpits and actually smelled as if someone with rank armpits just took it off (not me, certainly!?). I put two squirts of this stuff under each armpit and rubbed for about 15 seconds each. Then I tossed all the shirts in the floor for the night, still wet. The next morning, I washed them and took them out of the dryer, and I couldn't believe that the shirts looked and smelled brand-new. I love this stuff!" —Don K.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98+ (also available as a pack of two).

    21. Or this wine stain–remover spray you'll really wanna keep around if you somehow always end up spilling your pinot noir on your favorite blanket while watching The Bachelor (I mean, who could blame you?).

    This stain remover works on fresh and dried stains without forcing you to use bleach (win!!). Plus, it also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red-medicine stains, and even any "accidents" your pets may have left behind.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate to a friend how great it is. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it to clean all sorts of materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.87.

    22. These Bioré blackhead removal strips because they'll have you literally holding your blackheads in your hands in about 10 minutes flat.,

    Promising review: "Wet down your schnoz and toss one of these babies on there. It will transform from malleable and comfortable into a stiff, sticky pad on your face. After your five minutes of waiting is up and you are ready to see what disgusting things have been cratered in your nose, pull this baby off — nice and slow, from one side to the other. Feel the rush of excitement as your nose has its blackheads ripped from their pores and you feel cleaner than you do after a shower. Then flip it over and inspect it closely to see how many nasty blackheads were previously calling your nose home. Take a pic or show to a friend, preferably both. Then crumple it up and throw it away and begin the countdown until the next extraction." —r0bdawg11

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $13.60 (also available as a pack of 16).

    But before you slap one of these babies on, check out this explainer on what you should know before using pore strips.

    23. A pumice cleaning stone to help you banish the calcium, lime, and hard-water stains that just keep showing up no matter how much you scrub. Your toilet bowl will look like new, and your relatives may actually beg you to buy them a stone or two.

    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time that regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. I decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to do anyway if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out. The pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later, I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. I am very happy with this purchase...well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available as a pack of one or two).

    24. This nonabrasive, bleach-free cleaning and polishing powder that'll power through all *kinds* of grime in your life, including the gunk on the cookware you just aren't ready yet to replace.,

    It'll remove rust, tarnish, stains, and mineral deposits from stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, copper alloys, fiberglass, Corian, brass, bronze, chrome, and aluminum.

    Promising review: "Yes! This turned my nasty yellow bathtub white again! I don't have to keep my shower curtain closed anymore while I have guests come over because I don't have to be embarrassed by my tub. You do have to scrub, but it WORKS, and I'm really happy with the result!" —Cassie B.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.99 (available in packs of up to three).

    25. An Iron Out spray gel for tackling tough rust stains that have started making your shower area seem unsightly. Reviewers say it dissolves rust in just a few spritzes.

    Promising review: "Wow! This is the best rust-removing product I've ever used! I live in the country with my own well, and the water is very high in iron. Honestly, this product is a lifesaver." —Mela

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98+ (available in packs of up to four).

    26. This dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant to remove lime scale, rust, grease, and other nasty buildups you may not have realized your dishwasher can collect. Plus, giving your dishwasher a much needed refresh can give you cleaner dishes.


    Just pour it into your empty dishwasher and run it at the hottest setting. You don't even need to scrub anything!

    Promising review: "This is one of those products you always wish you could have. It outperforms expectations and cleans a calcified dishwasher so that it gleams. Remember that stunning finish on the stainless steel panels and a sparkling detergent dish when you first bought the dishwasher? Well, if you have a high number of dissolved solids in your water, the result of just one treatment is remarkable. We recommend this product without qualification." —D.C. Alexander III

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.92 (or about $5.65 each; also available in packs of one and two).

    27. And a pack of washing machine cleaner tablets so you can start throwing your clothes into a ~sparkly clean~, residue-free washer that might honestly look brand spanking new.

    Promising review: "I never knew how tough it would be to clean my high-efficiency washer. It is a never-ending battle. Life is a little easier now that I can toss in a tab and have it do most of the work for me." —Maggie Dennis

    Get the pack of six tablets from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. This cruelty-free lengthening mascara to give your short, barely there lashes the boost you've been searching for. It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day.,

    Promising review: "Love it, love it, love it!!! You really look like you have fake eyelashes on. This mascara is amazing! It's not thick and lumpy, and it glides on smoothly and precisely. You feel like you had a makeup artist do your eyes!!! It lasts all day — no touch-up required, no smearing, no clumping. I use soap and warm water to remove. I am 500% completely happy and satisfied!" —Disappointed

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (also available as a pack of three).

    29. A clear eyebrow gel that'll give you a nearly invisible hold and ensure that not a single unruly eyebrow hair is out of place.

    Promising review: "Best eyebrow gel ever purchased. The applicator holds enough gel to use on both eyebrows at once if you’d like. Initially it felt slightly sticky on my eyebrows, like for the first five seconds after applying, but then it dries to look and feel as if nothing is there. It holds my eyebrows in the exact shape I want, and so far I am very satisfied." —VT

    Get it from Amazon for $4.38.

    30. The one and only Mike's Hot Honey, because trust me when I say you'll wanna eat this stuff with almost everything. Personally, my favorite way to enjoy this is to drizzle it over potato chips.


    Reviewers say it pairs perfectly with fruit salad, pizza, pork chops, baked beans, fried chicken, and more.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a Valentine's Day gift for my hot honey (see what I did there?). He LOVES it! He puts it on everything! I should've gotten the two-pack..." —Elizabeth J. Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48 (available in packs of 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12).

    Rebecca O'Connell, an editor here at BuzzFeed, gave Mike's Hot Honey a try, so read her full review to find out why she thinks it's the bee's knees.

    31. Or a bottle of Everything but the Bagel seasoning so you can instantly take breakfast to a whole new (delicious) level. You can sprinkle it on avocado toast, bagels, eggs, and more!,

    My favorite way to use this seasoning is by sprinkling it over a poached egg on top of a piece of toast. And yes, it really does taste like the stuff on the outside of an everything bagel — aka delicious!

    Promising review: "I literally put this on everything. It’s awesome! I bought it because I already love Trader Joe’s, so that was a no-brainer. I was making homemade keto bagels and wanted everything bagels, and this was perfect. I will definitely buy more when I run out." —Edward Maroney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    32. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask because it'll help take care of your acne and dark-spot woes while deep-cleaning your skin.,

    OK, so I finally caved in and bought the Aztec Secret clay mask that we put in virtually all of our articles because those dang reviewer photos just look so impressive. And it was way more affordable than paying another $120 for the Korean face mask system I had been using. I break out once or twice a month, but I typically get huge cystic acne flare-ups that leave dark marks. Using this mask was the single best thing I've done for my skin all year!!!

    I've tried mixing the mask with just water and just apple cider vinegar (ACV) and found that I get a smoother consistency with ACV, so that has been my go-to. I literally use just 1 TEASPOON of clay mask with 1 teaspoon of ACV, and that's enough to cover my whole face and neck in a nice, comfortable, thin layer. I leave the mask on for about 20 minutes — it feels like it's strangling the crap out of my pores!!! — and wash it off. Yes, my face turns red, and yes, it does subside after about 15 minutes.

    My face LOOKS clean and FEELS fresh afterward. I have been using the mask twice a week for the last month and a half, and some huge, dark marks I've had completely faded!! And it helps dry out the cystic breakouts before they can cause too much trouble. Plus, I've got enough product to last possibly another six months because the jar is so huge????

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    33. A safe-to-swallow antibacterial toothpaste that'll prevent plaque buildup and keep your dog's breath smelling fresh, thanks to the ~vanilla mint~ scent.

    Promising review: "I write this for Pabu, a Shih Tzu. The vanilla mint flavor disappeared for a long time, and Pabu would refuse all other flavors. This arrived yesterday and he went right for the first link. Happy breath and dental care again. Woo-hoo!" —Mikah

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available as a pack of two).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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