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    20 Things That Basically Pay For Themselves The Very First Time You Use Them

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    1. A drain millipede, which extracts every last bit of hair and whatever other mysteriously gross gunk lurks below the surface, clogging up your tub and sink drains.

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    As long as the clog is in your sink trap and not further down the plumbing line, you can skip the call to the plumber!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.95.

    2. And of course the classic TubShroom because it will prevent that clogged, goopy, hairy horror-scape problem in the first place.

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    You do have to pull the hair off of it after your showers (which may lead you to marvel how you have so much left on your head!) and let the 'shroom dry on the side of the tub so it doesn't get gross itself, but that takes like, two seconds.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99 (available in six colours). Have a pop-up or flush drain? Try OXO's hair catcher instead, $16.99 on Amazon Canada.)

    And we know it works because we've tried it! Read our full Tubshroom review for more.

    3. A headlight restoration kit that attaches to your power drill so you can have crystal clear, like-new lights without shelling out for new headlight lenses or so a repair shop can do the same job.

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    Comes with sandpaper pads, polishing disc, foam applicator disc, polishing compound, UV coating, masking tape, velcro adapter, and machine adapter!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    4. A wine-saver — it's designed keep all your opened bottles fresh for an extra day or two (and up to a full week) so you get to enjoy every last drop of that $20 bottle at its peak, even when a work emergency means you can't finish it that night.

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    It literally creates a vacuum seal: you wet the rubber cork, stick it in, then use the pump to suck out all the air remaining in the bottle. When it makes a *click* sound, you know you're done! I've owned one of these for eight years now, and my parents have had one they've used regularly since the early '90s. Just think of how many glasses of wine just those two alone have saved!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17+.

    5. A filtered produce-saver container that actually does keep berries, lettuce, cucumbers, and all sorts of fruits and veg fresh for two full weeks.

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    I tested them last year — and wrote a full review — and still use them and love them. The secret's in the lid: it's airtight except for a small filter that lets in the precise, best balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide (that you never have to replace). Plus its removable bottom lattice tray lets the air circulate all around the fruit and veg while keeping it out of any moisture. These might take a total of two or three uses to pay for themselves, but they'll last for years and save you SO much money (and food!) over time.

    They come in a variety of sizes and sets on Amazon Canada: get one in size medium for $9.99, get one is size large for $17.99, or get a full set of small, medium, and large for $24.97.

    6. A carpet shampooer to give your floors a deep clean that will pretty much rewind the clock to the very day you moved in or installed the carpet (or rugs!). It's a fraction of the price of buying brand *new* carpet/rugs, and once you own it, you can use it whenever you need it, rescuing your soft flooring from stains whenever it gets bad again.

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    And it only weighs about 13 pounds — heavier-duty carpet cleaners usually weigh around 20 — so you won't feel completely exhausted by the time you're done with your living room.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $174.83.

    7. A quart-size cold brew concentrate coffee maker so you can make enough to last for five entire days. If you have just one cup a day, that's enough for a full work week and could help you dodge coffee chains more often.

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    You just scoop out some ground coffee, measure your water, stick it in the fridge, and let it work its magic! And yes, it's dishwasher safe.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    Maitland, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns and loves this! Read her full cold brew maker review for more.

    8. A wood polish and conditioner — it practically erases damage as if it was never there, to instantly renew things like your antique beside tables that have had one too many water glasses sweat on them overnight.

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    Get a bottle on Amazon Canada for $8.48.

    FYI, if you're facing much damage that's a little worse, you might want to try their other (also well-reviewed!) product, called Restore-A-Finish, first; it does more to hide minor scratches, white heat rings, deep water marks, and stuff like that. The two products are actually made to be used together! Get that on Amazon Canada for $13.46.

    9. A self-adhesive door draft stopper — it'll let you stop paying extra $$ on your electricity bill for the hard-earned cold AC air that escapes out to your garage, apartment hallway, or basement.

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    Besides that, it helps with light, pests, and sound...and will keep the heat in during the wintertime, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    10. A pair of anti-nausea bands because you've got a cruise coming up and have no idea how you — or your sibling with a history of motion sickness — will be able to actually enjoy the vacation y'all paid for while contending with a stomach that churns as fiercely as the waves.

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    Get one on Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    11. A waterproof pouch so you can take your phone swimming, fishing, beaching, tubing, rafting, kayaking, waterpark-ing, and kiddie pool-ing without worrying about it for one second.

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    I used this on my vacation to the Dominican Republic earlier this year and it worked great! It protected my phone not just from water, but also from ALL THE SAND that got everywhere else.

    It fits any phone up to 100mm x 170mm (or about 3.9 inches x 6.7 inches). If you get one, definitely check out this review; it's packed with all sorts of good tidbits that will help you get the most out of the case. Oh, and you can totally use the touchscreen through the case — including the camera! People take incredible photos with it.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99 (comes in 14 colours).

    12. A mini white noise machine with non-looping audio because pretty much nothing's more valuable than being well-rested. And this can finally give you the solid night's sleep you deserve, construction, neighbor, and, yes, partner noises be damned.

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    It has ten fan sound options and ten ambient noise options, and is small enough you can easily pack it for travel.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $49.98.

    13. A handheld fabric defuzzer that will eliminate the pills on all sorts of fabrics after just a few leisurely passes so all your sweaters, pillows, sofa cushions, tees, upholstered chairs, fleece, and slippers can look brand new again...for way less than the price of buying every pilled thing in your home for a second time (lol).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.96.

    14. A pineapple slicing tool so you can stop paying that significant markup on precut pineapple *and* still enjoy your favourite fruit, with no more than like, five extra minutes of effort.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $4.99+.

    15. A waterproof, heat- and cold-resistant, flexible, moldable glue called Sugru that you can enlist to make dozens of tiny fixes like saving those expensive cables and chargers so they can live to fight another day (or lots of other random little tasks).

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    You can use it to bond glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and most plastics *and* to bond all of those surfaces to most walls. It slowly cures from malleable glue into a tough silicone rubber overnight.

    Get a three pack on Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    16. A brown sugar bear, so you don't lose any more bags of previously perfectly good brown sugar to the curse of rock-hard-solidificiation (and in fact can revive any brown sugar already in that sorry state!).

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    Soak it in water for 20 minutes, dry it off a little, stick it in the container, and wait! A day or so later, your sugar will be nice and soft. (And if it's soft already, it'll *stay* that way!) Live somewhere super humid? Skip the soak and stick it in with chips, pretzels, salt, etc. to keep them from going stale or sticking together!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.95.

    17. A pack of two miniature spatulas — when your expensive foundation's almost gone, they'll be able to extract every last bit of it so a) it doesn't go to waste and b) you'll actually get all your money's worth.

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    When you think your foundation's empty, try cutting it open — I can basically guarantee there will be at least two more applications-worth in there. They also work well for food!

    Get the set of two — one with a six-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle (for different tasks!) — on Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    18. A patented pet hair removing–roller that you simply brush over any fabric surface to pick up any other residual shedding your furry friend leaves in their wake, no paying for bulk packs of adhesive rollers.

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    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and can use it forever — cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Get one on Amazon Canada for $33.95.

    19. A handheld knife sharpener because it will fiercely hone each and every blade you own until they're back to their peak, like-new sharpness that makes it a thousand times easier to slice and dice.

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    Elizabeth, one of our editors, owns one of these and loves it — you can read her full knife sharpener review for more!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $5.29.

    20. A razor sharpening pad so you can seriously extend the life of each and every one of those pricey cartridges and avoid needing to stock up on them quite so often.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.99+ (available in two colours).

    You, enjoying your new stuff plus all the money it's helping you save:

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