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    33 Inexpensive Things You'll Probably Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

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    1. An over-the-drain hair stopper so every time you shower, you'll see just how much hair floats towards the drain only to be stopped by this genius contraption. You'll be extra glad you bought this when you don't have to un-clog your drains.

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    Promising review: "I've been very impressed! It's tall enough to fit easily over my pop-up drain and (even without suction cups) the weighted top keeps it in place. I have medium-length hair and seem to shed almost as much as my cat, but the drain protector catches it all and is easily removed and tossed away. Best of all, the silicone doesn't hold onto mildew or mold. I have been able to spray and wipe away any grime with very little effort. It looks like this drain protector will last a very long time. This has been a very worthy purchase!"—Suneimi

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in a pack of two).

    2. A personal password book because, like me, you keep adding a number to the end of your passwords and you've lost count and also lost sleep. Just keep your passwords all in one place so when you do forget, you'll be glad it's just a page away in your drawer.

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    Promising review: "When we have so many internet addresses and passwords to remember, it gets really hard — especially when you get older and have trouble remembering what silly password you gave something. And, we are supposed to change or update passwords from time to time, so this is a great tool to help us do that. It certainly makes more sense than scribbling on a random piece of paper on your desk and then misplacing it. The trick, however, is to not misplace the book! I HIGHLY recommend this!!" —Carole P

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    3. A bottle of Burt's Bees sunburn lotion to soothe the biggest mistake you make every spring and summer — forgetting about SPF!

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    Two words: aloe and coconut! Those are the main two ingredients and with results like these, we have no choice but to stan.

    Promising review: "Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.68.

    4. A pack of motion-sensing LED lights, because while you're on your way to the kitchen in the middle of the night, you'll be glad not to stub your toe for the millionth time! These are a cheap way to get helpful lighting in places that need it most around your home. You don't need to get professional installation — just stick them on.

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    They're battery-powered (three AAA batteries; not included) for cordless installation. They automatically turn on within 10 feet and automatically shut off after 15 seconds of no motion detected.

    Promising review: "Excellent unwired lights for places that would benefit from having lights but you don’t want the hassle and expense of hiring an electrician to do the wiring for the lights. I have four of these lights inside hallway shelves. This hallway gets a lot of foot traffic. In the evening, these lights get triggered on by a passerby by at least 20 times. I’ve had these lights for two whole months, and the original batteries are still good to go. Please be advised that these white lights are rather cool temperature lights. I would estimate around 5,000K. If you’re looking for something slightly warmer (i.e. slightly more yellow) then opt for the warm white version." —H. Jonathan K. Park

    Get them from Amazon: a six-pack for $19.99 (available in four colors) or a three-pack for $12.97.

    5. A portable bug bite suction tool that'll reduce the itching and swelling your body is experiencing after a mosquito, bee, or wasp sting. Could have used this my ENTIRE childhood.

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    The suction can be pretty strong so use caution and try a small amount of suction first and work your way up if necessary.

    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 a pack of two from Amazon for $18.95.

    6. A bag of Bottle Bright tablets that'll clean your bottles, plastic containers, mugs, and everything else, with no scrubbing required. We love reusable bottles, but boy do they get dirty. You'll be glad to have these on hand every now and again for a fresh clean.

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    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    Check out more about this product in our deep dive into Bottle Bright tablets.

    7. A comfy, memory foam chair cushion for anyone who's been searching for something to help soothe their back pain and/or work on their posture.

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    Promising review: "Works great, helps to relieve some pressure from sitting. This is a great memory foam cushion for office chairs or your couch. You really can feel the difference. This is thick, and feels like it will last for a really long time. I've been using mine for a couple of weeks and already feel a little better. The cover is removable for washing, and the stitching is done really well. I recommend this to anyone who has to sit for more than a few hours." —phillygirl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    8. A set of anti-chafing thigh bands to protect the skin on your inner thighs from rubbing together and getting red and irritated. Whether it's a long day exploring the city or a hike on a long trail, you'll be happy to have these on you.

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    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office. This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable feeling or digging into the skin." —A.Spencer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in six sizes and 15 colors).

    Read more about these anti-chafe bands in our closer look!

    9. A pet hair remover roller, because the second you start sneezing your head off from dust and dog hair you'll be so glad to have this handy to save the day (and your nose).

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    Added bonus! This product doesn't use sticky adhesive paper. The roller can be reused over and over again because of its high quality bristles that grab the hair like a brush!

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care; it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    10. A stainless steel tongue scraper to help rid your mouth of the odor that sticks to your tongue after a delicious meal or three. Think of all the meals you have to scrap off!

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    Promising review: "Oh my god I need everyone to know this tongue scraper is LIFE CHANGING! The past few months I’ve noticed a weird white/grayish look to my tongue and have had bad breath which I’ve tried everything to control. I saw this on BuzzFeed and figured, why not give it a try. Literally the first time I used it, I could see such a major difference. Not to be too gross but like holy hell I could visibly witness all the gunk being removed from my tongue. I couldn’t look away. The next morning I could tell that it worked. I had ZERO bad breath and my mouth wasn’t so dry. This product truly is life changing. And so easy to use. You just hold the cleaner with either one hand or both and just gently scrape your tongue. It’s painless and super user friendly. 10/10 recommend." —Katelyn Foehner

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    11. A pack of 36 hydrocolloid acne absorbing patches to put on any unwanted pimples (are any pimples wanted?) overnight and — WOW — say goodbye to pus, oil, and inflammation in the morning. Could have used this like, yesterday and every day before that!

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    Promising review: "I’m a 47-year-old woman who has adult cystic acne for 12 years. Four months ago I got the worst cystic zit of my life. It kept closing up and then refilling. I was so depressed and researched these dots online. I paid for next day shipping and was amazed how great they work! They were able to drain the zit and keep it draining so it couldn’t close and refill and get big and angry. They dots filled up so much I ran out and when I went to reorder they were back ordered so I had to order another brand. The other brand was a couple of dollars cheaper but they did not work as well. Get these! Seriously they really were a GODsend!" —auntylizzy

    Get a pack from Amazon for $12.50 (available in four sizes).

    12. A pair (or two) of high-waisted leggings that'll be the softest and most opaque pair you own — you'll be tempted to never wear the other leggings in your closet ever again.

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    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I never take the time to write reviews — and I purchase half of everything we buy on Amazon. However, as a former LLR obsessed mom of two toddlers, I felt called to make time to review these leggings. If you are reading this and wondering how these compare to LLR leggings, I am here to tell you I am confident LLR is ripping loyal customers off by charging $25-30+. These leggings are just as soft. They fit the same, if not better. They do NOT PILL if you wash cold and hang dry. I truly feel like I’m wearing 'butter leggings' or 'like I’m naked' or whatever other claims LLR makes. The price is obviously better and more fair in my opinion."—Jen Wolfe

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in "one size", "plus size", and 25 colors).

    13. A USB-plug desk fan for when you're rushing to work, finally get to your desk, and you're suddenly sweating profusely!?

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    Promising review: "Great fan! I bought this for my desk at the office, and I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the product. It is quiet, it is powerful and it is just what I needed. Cool design, too! The two speed settings are great, and I like there’s no buttons on the device itself (the base is touch-sensitive and acts as the on/off switch). I would recommend to any/all who are consider purchasing!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    14. A set pf silicone stretch lid covers, because your food keeps spoiling every time you haphazardly throw some cling-wrap on it. Store your food properly so it doesn't go to waste! Speaking of waste, these will help rid your life of one-use plastics!

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    Promising review: "This is truly an amazing replacement for plastic wrap or other covers that are not eco-friendly! And it saves you money in the long run! You can throw them in the fridge/freezer/microwave because they are made out of the most kitchen/earth friendly material...silicone! Plus, they're easy to clean, easy to use, and durable as hell!" —Tammy Cardona-Zambeis

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99 (available in multi-size ( 3"-10") and small).

    15. A flexible cable protector so you can prevent your charging cord from fraying after, like, two weeks. We all wish we bought this like three chargers ago, but now's your chance.

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    Promising review: "I am always breaking my cables so I got these little protectors for all my wires, what a great bang for the buck. There are plenty in a package, it was enough for all my cables and I had some left over for the future."—Erica

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $5.59.

    16. A pack of Space Saver vacuum bags to make storing your stuff so much easier. And you can use any vacuum cleaner with 'em. Just think of all the things that could be way tinnier now!

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    Promising review: "This is a supreme product. In the past, I've tried different kinds of storage bags that promised and NEVER delivered. In some, the plastic was thin and couldn't be sealed properly. Some product required you to roll the bag in order to get rid of the air, which usually ended up being an unsuccessful hustle. I was desperate to get more closet room and decided to give this product a chance. What a success!" —AA

    Check out this BuzzFeeder's review of the Space Saver vacuum bags. (#2)

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes medium—jumbo).

    17. A pack of oil-absorbing tissues that'll confront a shiny T-zone in the fastest manner possible. They're super absorbent and will be your go-to for years to come, so stock up now!

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    Promising review: "From greasy to matte in seconds! I love how well these work and how big the sheets are. They absorb the access oil on my skin without removing my makeup. Glad I bought these, you will be too."—Jessica Ellis

    Check out this BuzzFeeder's closer look at these oil absorbing tissues!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95 .

    18. A five-pack of makeup-remover cloths to gently and effectively remove all the makeup that's been soaking into your pores throughout the day. This will help minimize breakouts and also make you feel generally cleaner before bed each night.

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    A pack of five is great because you can use some for heavier makeup days and some for just day-to-day makeup or even no-makeup days to gently remove residue from throughout the day. If you're a makeup artist, this is especially helpful if you have clients and want to use a gentle remover that is different from your own.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —Rachaelm

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in a pack of five).

    19. A pack of peel-and-stick cable clips for keeping your computer and charging cords untangled and off the floor so when you reach for a charger it's right where you left it, every time!

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    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.96.

    20. A desktop organizer so you can keep books and trinkets at your desk in a clean and professional way.

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    I have this on my desk at work! It keeps everything so clean and I get to keep all my favorite books right where I can see them. It only took 15 minutes to put together and all the pieces you need are included. So easy! Seriously one of my favorite purchases on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I’m very happy with this purchase. It looks very 'finished' and good quality. It took me 20 minutes to assemble it, and the directions were very easy to follow." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).

    21. Or a useful desk organizer that'll add a nice height for your monitor and for anyone who loses all of their things unless they're in plain sight.

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    This product has a few different cubbies for your cell phone, coffee cup, papers or note pad, and any other everyday office supplies like paperclips.

    Promising review: "This monitor riser is fabulous! I love it! It holds pens, my phone, a stack of business cards, small task note pads, etc. and looks great too. It helps keep my neck at an ergonomic angle which is why I bought it, but I love the organizers and the newly available space under it too. I am super happy with this purchase! Worth every penny!" —Decorsauce

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in two colors).

    22. A 60-minute visual timer for anyone who has trouble focusing and needs a visual reminder that time is passing by while performing daily tasks at home, school, or work. Just set a time, and get back to work!

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    I have ADHD and have used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set 30 minute increments for any given task, an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in 30 minutes, but rather I am kept aware of time passing in the first place and that helps me stay focused. The red film that disappears is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it within view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off I can quickly glance up and say, “oh wow that was 10 minutes of distraction, better get back into it."

    Get it from Amazon for $28.76 (available in two sizes).

    23. A mini fabric steamer so you can trick the world into thinking your clothes never get wrinkly, because you are responsible and hang them up after doing laundry. (Lol, can't relate).

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    I personally own this steamer and I love how compact and effortless it is! Pop off the top spout, pour in water from the sink, plug it in and within SECONDS it's steaming and ready to go.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this for a few months now and I use it all the time! It heats up so fast and steams the fabric within seconds! I have had no problems with water spitting out or being burnt at all. I love this machine so much I am bringing it with me on my international trips! So I have to say don’t think twice this is a must buy!"—Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's review of this steamer to find out more.

    24. A set of four packing cubes for any last-minute trips you might have this year. With these, you can fit everything you'll need so you don't feel panicked and unorganized.

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    I recently bought these for myself and I cannot stress enough how much SPACE I SAVED by using them. I was able to pack, I kid you not, DOUBLE the amount of clothing for my trip. Should I have? Probably not. Did I take full advantage of it? Yes, I did. I truly feel like I won against life on this one!

    Promising review: "I am officially sold on packing cubes!! These things are amazing! I can't believe I've been packing without them my whole life. I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip to Europe (full contents listed below). I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes!" —Tiffany

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99 (available in eight colors).

    25. A windshield cover so you can be better at taking care of your car. Not only is this product going to make you a better car owner, it'll also make you a better person because you won't have to scrape away at three inches of ice before you even start your day.

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    It wraps around your wheels so it won't come off or let snow underneath!

    Promising review: "This is the best thing I could have ever bought! I bought one for myself, my mom, and my sister. New England just got slammed with a Nor'easter, and let me tell you...this thing works! It only took about five minutes to put on my car, and like five seconds to get it off this morning. No snow or ice anywhere on the wiper well or windshield. I highly recommend this!" —Shelley

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in three sizes and two colors).

    26. A Squatty Potty for a cool tool to help with your stool! But really, if you want to be better at life, be better at pooping.

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    It works because the angle it helps you sit (aka squatting) is more conducive to an effortless bowel movement.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant about how much Squatty would impact my GI conditions but this is amazing. Although the stance is a bit awkward to experience at first, the results are immediate. After finishing, my lower abdomen is SO much more relaxed than a bowel movement without the Squatty. There is NONE of the strain/tightness/cramping I usually feel in my lower abdomen." —s. levine

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Check out our full review of the Squatty Potty for all the deets!

    27. A pair of amber-tinted glasses for anyone who spends hours in front of a computer. These'll rescue your tired eyes by minimizing eye strain caused by blue light emitted from digital screens and fluorescent lighting.

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    Promising review: "These glasses are great. They look sharp, and they're not tinted so much that they alter color perception. I work in an office setting and after just one day of wearing these glasses, I noticed an improvement in my eye health. My eyes no longer hurt, water, itch, or feel bleached out after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Highly recommended!" —Ariele Monzo

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in seven sizes).

    28. A tin of Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder to set your skin all day! Any time of year, with any skin type, your foundation is good to go with this setting powder.

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    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder for about 6 months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. By 5PM, I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is 13% of the cost. Can't believe it. Never going back."—AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97 (available in six shades)

    Check out our post to learn about why it's been such a great product for so long.

    29. A purse organizer so when you're going about your *busy life* you can easily (and quickly!) find your phone, wallet, keys, etc!

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    Promising review: "This thing is great! I have a large bag I use as a carry-on when I fly by plane. Unfortunately it has very few pockets and is just like a bottomless pit. This fit in perfectly. I was able to organize all my items quite well. They were easy to retrieve in flight and in the airport. I didn't use the zipper compartment at all, but did put that piece in to use it as a divider. It is well-made and sturdy. Be sure to measure your inner bag space first!" —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in 13 colors and six sizes).

    30. A set of bedsheet suspenders that'll clip and grip your sheets so they stay secure around your mattress. Now you can fake like you make your bed every morning when in reality it make itself!

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    Promising review: "Say goodbye to re arranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these bed bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I would have bought this so much sooner." —Khalysee

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and four pack sizes).

    31. A set of Schtick dermaplaning razors, because you've spent years and thousands of dollars getting your brows waxed all the time. Let's be frank, you want to do them yourself anyway.

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    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 the 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 (available in a pack of three or nine).

    32. A visually stunning hanger stacker so you can ~finally~ walk into your walk in closet without stubbing your toe and getting stressed over the mess.

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    Promising review: "The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!"—Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $18.30 (available in six packs).

    33. A pack of light-dimming patches, because you're sick of lights blinking in your peripheral vision before you head to bed.

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    Each pack comes with100 easy to use, peel and stick patches in a variety of sizes and shapes that will dim 50-80% of light.

    Promising review: "I have some super bright LEDs on the fan controllers on my main PC, which just happens to be across the room from my girlfriend's side of the bed. The lights shine directly at her and are quite annoying to a good nights sleep. I have both the original strength and blackout versions of this product and I used a combination of both on my computer. I had plenty in the needed sizes to cover all the lights I wanted too. They work perfectly." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $4.59.

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