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    31 Smart Purchases That'll Totally Pay Off In The Long Run​

    Your future self will look back and say, "Wow, thanks past self!"

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    1. An Instant Pot for the chef who doesn't actually want to do a whole lot of cooking. This will save you tons of money on ordering out, because it'll be so easy to cook right at home! Did I mention it has over 22,000 five-star reviews?!

    Promising review: "It has revolutionized my home cooking. So far I've used it to cook a whole chicken (twice), pork roast, four kinds of dry beans, and brown/white rice. Everything has turned out wonderfully. The Instant Pot is extremely easy to use and the insert is very easy to clean. Suddenly I've lost my urge to eat out — why leave the house to eat when I can make a delicious, FAST, and inexpensive meal at home? My Cajun red beans and rice with andouille sausage used to take four hours to make — now it takes under an hour and turns out just as perfectly. This is the best kitchen-related purchase I've made in years." —L. Osborne

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review for all the info!

    Get the six-quart from Amazon.

    2. A three-piece set of produce saving storage containers that'll save you money by saving your food. Keep your produce in these containers for longer lasting goodness.

    Promising review: "I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them. I loved these so much, I ordered this second set on Amazon. If I had more room in my fridge, I'd get more!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    Learn more about how they saved a BuzzFeed writer's strawberries, and prepare to be impressed.

    3. A butter saver cap to preserve your sticks in the fridge or on the counter so you don't have a buttery mess after just one use.

    Promising review: "Fits perfectly, which is really all you need it to do." — PristPen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A foldable drying rack so you can gently dry your clothes to preserve their shape instead of running them through the damaging dryer.

    Promising review: "It is easy to put together, sturdy once up, doesn't take up much space, and holds quite a bit. You can really load the laundry on if you're creative. I put stuff on hangers and hang on the sides — I use every inch of it. I love it. I put it in our room under the ceiling fan and stuff dries fast." —Alyson

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

    5. A wine vacuum sealer for anyone who likes to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and doesn't want to spoil the whole bottle. Drink more, save more!

    Promising review: "My wife loves red wine. I don't. We're also poor. This means that when we open a bottle, she's had to do one of two things. 1) Drink it all at once or 2) Leave it open. The cheap stuff we buy goes bad pretty darn fast. This was a nice cheap vacuum that worked well and held a seal on a variety of sized bottles. My wife can enjoy a glass a day all week and not feel guilty about it going bad. I won't say that it's saved my marriage or anything like that, but it's nice little addition to our kitchen." —John

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    6. A pack of moldable glue to stop cords from fraying so you don't have to keep replacing your charger and headphones every month.

    Promising review: "Sugru is so versatile and easy to use. I wish I had bought it sooner. I had to reorder two more packs after two days of fixing. It has saved me money from having to re-buy broken items (saving hundreds of dollars), and it helped restore and reinforce things that couldn't be replaced! That itself is worth the price." —Benjamin Bannister

    Get a eight-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A device that'll absorb Ethylene gas so your produce will last longer in the fridge. Raise your hand if you bought veggies on Monday and had to throw them away by Thursday?! This madness ends today.

    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (three to four days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get it from Amazon for $16.79.

    8. A bottle cap stand for anyone who is tired of throwing away perfectly good lotions, shampoos, and condiments just because the contents are stuck on all the sides.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. I haven't found anything yet that they don't work with. Right now I have them on my lotion, shampoo and conditioner bottles. I have always tipped my bottles over but they fall over and these help with that. I highly recommend these if you like to get the last drop out of your bottles." —Amazon Customer

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.95.

    9. A compact knife sharpener so your cutlery can operate like new and you don't have to keep replacing perfectly good knives because you think they're old and worn!

    Promising review: "The Portable mini knife sharpener that works! This little tiny knife sharpener, sharpens like a pro. I was skeptical because of size and cost but i am impressed on how well it sharpens my stainless steal and ceramic knives. It fits in the palm of your hand!" — Lynshina Gray

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    Learn more about why this sharpener is so great in a BuzzFeeder's review!

    10. A pack of four re-usable Keurig cups, because what's nicer than saving money? Saving the planet! These re-usable cups will help keep money in your pocket and plastic out of the ocean. Win-win!

    Promising review: "I love this product. I was not a coffee drinker but was given the Keurig machine a few years ago and have slowly turned into a coffee drinker (two kids later) and I started going through K-cups quickly. I started to feel bad about how many K-cups I was putting into the landfill Every day. This is great because it reduces my impact on the environment and of course saves money on having to buy K-cups all the time." —LF

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. A lavender scented Baby Foot exfoliant peel so you can save money on pedicures. If you're trying to be frugal but still want to treat yourself to a spa day, this is a great first step!

    Promising review: "WOAH! It definitely works! Disgusting yet gratifying. Mine didn't REALLY start peeling until about day five and I'll admit I was really bad about pulling it off as I saw it coming as opposed to letting it slough off naturally, but it still worked great. As others have said, just make sure to soak daily for at least 10 mins. Made a big difference, especially as the skin started lifting off. No pain or discomfort at all (just don't force peel anything that isn't already coming off naturally). Even the tops of your feet and toes where you don't think it's that dry are going to peel, so don't be surprised." —Wildflower

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    You know you want to see more amazing before & after photos, so check out This Exfoliating Foot Peel Is The Definition Of Gross But Satisfying!

    12. A compact jewelry cleaner that'll uncover the sparkle you didn't realize was still there! No need to buy a new watch or necklace; just run it through this machine and it'll look brand new.,

    Promising review: "My center stone is a white sapphire that gets dirty extremely quickly. I've tried taking it to different cleaners and even to mall jewelers, but they could never get it as clean as the jeweler we bought it from (who is over an hour and a half away). Because of this, my ring would get so dirty to the point that I wouldn't even want to show it off. This little machine with some Blitz Gem and Jewelry Cleaner made a HUGE difference — I ran it a handful of times because of how dirty it was and can't believe how shiny it is now." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    13. A blade sharpener so you don't toss your razors at the first sign of dulling. It will be a better shave if it's sharp!

    Promising review: "I've waited six months since I bought this to write a review, after I finally began using a new blade (as suggested). The cartridge works nearly as well as when it was brand new, and it definitely saves money on expensive replacement cartridges." —RC

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

    14. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers that'll extend the years of wear by keeping your shoes smelling fresh.

    They're also great at controlling moisture after a run when your shoes have basically turned into sweaty swamps.

    Promising review: "My 13-year-old grandson loves really expensive shoes but doesn't love changing his socks! I had serious doubts about the effectiveness of these inserts (no spray has ever worked), but when you spend big bucks for shoes, you do what you need to. I instructed him to brace for the consequences as I didn't see new shoes in his future, but these things really do work!! Never in a million years would I have thought that anything could really absorb that funk!!" —Peggy R.

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A super sleek iPhone case for the person who is always dropping their phone or roughing it up in some way. Keep your electronics bill down by protecting your devices early on!

    Promising review: "The case is very minimal, and doesn't ruin the integrity of the size of the phone by adding unnecessary bulk. It's a very easy product to slip on, and protects against drops pretty well without scratching or cracking the case. The volume control and lock buttons are easy to press over the case, despite the over molded plastic design. It does it's job at a low price and looks great." —vince.nyn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A cold brew maker to relieve your wallet from your serious iced coffee obsession.

    Promising review: "I have been drinking Dunkin' Donuts coffee every day for over 10 years. At $2.75 a coffee, that adds up. Trying to save some money and make my iced coffee at home, and this thing is worth it! I brew it overnight and have coffee for two days." —Heather Sullivan

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    17. A set of nonstick silicone baking mats that'll conveniently reduce the amount of money you spend on baking sheets and Reynolds Wrap.

    Plus, way less messy than cooking oils and sprays.

    Promising review: "These make baking so much more enjoyable. I am one of those people where stress-baking means it actually stresses me out and I end up half-screaming at pastry dough. But using these babies means I don't have to worry about sticking, moving, or any of that nonsense. I wait for cookies or pastries to cool and then they come right off — no issues with breaking or sticking. LOVE them." —Katrina

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    18. A motion sensor light switch to help you save $$ on your electricity bill. Now when you enter and exit a room, the lights respond accordingly.

    Promising review: "Not only are we saving energy because the lights aren't left on during all hours of the day and night, but we really like being able to walk into rooms with arms full of groceries, laundry, or anything else and have the room light up for us automatically. The installation was very simple and took less than ten minutes each, including removing the old switch." —Rob N.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50.

    19. A cast-iron skillet that'll outlast your entire collection of pots and pans — and probably you, too. This is one of those kitchen staples you'll never regret buying.

    Promising review: "On durability, my 83-year-old grandma left her antique 10" Lodge skillet to my dad, who passed away at 77 and left it for my 41-year-old brother. One of his kids will likely get it afterwards. If cared for, meaning not left to rust, Lodge pans do not wear out and just get smoother and better at cooking with time. Do yourself a favor and get this pan. I plan on leaving all mine to my 10-year-old pancake maker." —Slipflash

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88.

    20. A roll of reusable bamboo towels, because little costs like these add up — especially if you're guilty of ripping off multiple sheets at a time for each meal, cleanup, etc. These replace up to *six months* of paper towels.

    Promising review: "You want strong, tough, and absorbent? Here you go. These towels drink up water without falling apart and dripping all over. The area by my dog's bowl usually takes two or three paper towels to wipe up the mess, but it only takes one of these. And it is not sopping by the end. These towels clean extremely well and are eco-friendly. How can you go wrong? An excellent value!" —Kitt McComb

    Get one roll (replaces 60 conventional rolls) from Amazon for $7.99.

    21. A KitchenAid stand mixer you can hand down to your children, because it's just that well-built! Save money and invest in those products that will last a lifetime (or two).

    Promising review: "Love love love. I have arthritis and needed something lighter weight. So excited! Fit perfect in my pantry shelf. Love that i can put it away when I want or leave it out. The size is fabulous. I did have to adjust the beater depth. I'm not a huge baker but I'll admit I have used it 3-4 times a week. Way more than I thought I would!" —J. B.

    Get it from Amazon for $252.

    22. A pack of Silicone food huggers so you stop wasting half-eaten veggies and fruits and have makeshift caps for any sort of bottle or container.

    Promising review: "They work great! Veggies last much longer and no plastic wrap in the landfills." —L. Saldana

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    23. A pack of reusable lunch bags so you can replace those plastic baggies that are bad for the environment (and your wallet).

    Promising review: "Perfect sizes for my various lunch items and easy to throw into my bag without worry. They're also dishwasher safe! Talk about easy cleanup. Highly recommend these for anyone looking to reduce their plastic bag use." —Winnie Carter

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 11 colors).

    24. A sponge holder to keep pesky bacteria at bay so you're not wasting dollars on sponges. Soak up these savings!

    Promising review: "No more stinky sponges! This allows the air to circulate well enough to prevent that. The suction works well too and hasn't fallen off once. It helps save money instead of buying more sponges all the time due to mildew and such." —Tee Q.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

    25. An Amazon Kindle that'll save you space and money. E-books are much cheaper than physical ones — and you can borrow 'em from your library!

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    Promising review: "It's lightweight (lighter than my iPad), easy to read off, and has a long battery life. In addition, the books on the Kindle Store are often cheaper than paper books, saving me money! I buy my textbooks to read on Kindle and this helps me (a poor college kid) afford all the books I need." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (regular) or $119.99 (Paperwhite).

    26. A SodaStream for any soda lovers out there who are tired of buying 24 packs that disappear in a week.

    Promising review: "I've had one for years. It has saved me a lot of money and is environmentally friendly. I have since given them as presents." —Gary Kirby

    Get it from Amazon for $180.

    For plain ol' water, invest in a Brita pitcher if you haven't already (because duh, why buy bottled water all the time?).

    27. A DivaCup so your time of the month doesn't have to bleed through your wallet! The Diva Cup is an environmentally friendly alternative to all the pads and tampons you buy on the regular.

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    Just remember to wash the DivaCup before you insert and after you remove it with DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented, and water-based (oil-free) soap. And empty and wash at least twice a day (a minimum of every 12 hours).

    Promising review: "I've been using this cup exclusively for five years and I will never, ever go back to conventional feminine hygiene products. With the cup, there's no 'period smell.' There's no swampy feeling or leaks. My cramps have lessened. And after 60 periods it still works perfectly, so it has saved me sooo much money." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $24.05.

    28. A water-efficient shower-head that'll give you real, unadulterated pressure in exchange for a way less expensive water bill. Shower your future self in savings.

    Promising review: "We love a good, strong shower but we also feel strongly about not wasting water, energy, or money, so this shower head fits the bill. It has two flow settings and we leave it on the lesser of the two, but never feel that we are skimping. The designers really solved the problem of making a water-conserving fixture feel like an old-fashioned full-flow product. It was a cinch to install. After about a year of daily use, it continues to work like new. We observed a nice drop in our water bill when we replaced our old showerheads with these." —Thomas C. Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    29. A pack of wool "socks" for your chair and table legs so they don't totally scratch up your floors over time.

    Promising review: "No more marks on the floor from my black painted chairs! The chairs slide easier when pulled out and are almost silent. Very happy." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    30. A bag of re-usable wool dryer balls to save on dryer sheets without compromising the fluffiness your clothes deserve.

    Promising review: "They reduce drying time by a third and cut down on static cling. Clothes come out less wrinkled. They can be used for over 1000 loads. The price I paid for these is nothing compared to the $ I'm saving on electricity and fabric softener!" —AFear

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    31. An easy-to-use steam cleaner with a powerful built-in scrubber for a deep clean that puts Swiffer mops to shame.

    And all you need is water! No need to buy replacement wipes or anything like that.

    Promising review: "My kitchen and bathroom floors are absolutely clean with hardly any effort. In fact I've never seen my tiles shine so brightly, probably because there is no cleanser residue, since I just used water/steam. Some of the features that sold me were the attached scrubber and the variable levels of steam. And, as promised, it really heats up in just a few seconds. The cord is nice and long. The water cup is sufficient to clean a large area, depending upon steam level." —P. Aguilar

    Get it from Amazon for $75.65.

    Welcome to the future and look how much money you've saved!

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