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    Jan. 24, 2020

    23 Things Under $20 That Every Single Adult Honestly Needs

    Yes, you can still call your mom every two minutes. Obviously.

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    1. A TubShroom first and foremost, because why don't you have this already?! Your drains are suffering! Stop showering in standing water!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.95+ (available in six colours).

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeed writer's full review in "This Mushroom-Shaped Hair Catcher Is So Gross, But Really Satisfying."

    2. A pack of pimple patches for tackling adult acne once and for all by draining zits overnight and reducing the lifetime of your breakout faster than you can say pop.

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    Being a grown up means NO MORE PICKING!

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon Canada for $9.16.

    3. A pair of blackout curtains to help you get some SLEEP for once past 6 a.m. All you need to do on your end is shut these before bed for instant πŸ™ darkness πŸ™ that'll last until your alarm goes off.

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    Get them from Amazon Canada for $17.99+ (available in eight sizes and 25 colours).

    4. A pack of floss picks, because it's high time you have a positive dentist appointment. It's also time you eat salads without wondering how much of it is in your teeth (though maybe you should stick to pizza, just in case).

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    Maybe this is the year we don't bleed all over our dentist? One can only hope.

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon Canada for $3.57 (as an add-on item).

    5. A reusable tote that'll make you actually feel motivated to bring leftovers to work. Prepare to be amazed at how much money you'll save.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.16+ (available in 13 styles).

    One of our editors has (and loves) this lunch bag β€” check out her full review in "Literally Just 10 Products We Really Love Right Now".

    6. A wrinkle-release spray so you can make a very simple choice: this easy-to-use spray, or wearing messy-looking clothing. Obviously, dry-cleaning is not even on the table β€” unless money is indeed suddenly growing on trees.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $4.49 (as an add-on item).

    One BuzzFeed writer was amazed by this stuff β€” check out her full review in "This De-Wrinkle Spray Is Perfect For Anyone Who's Never Touched An Iron."

    7. A pack of toilet-cleaning gels, because this'll be an easy way to keep your toilet sparkling without the dreaded bathroom *doody*. It cleans every time you flush, making this every lazy adult's dream come true.

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    Each application lasts about 12 days!

    Get a stamp and six gels from Amazon Canada for $4.69 (as an add-on item).

    8. A pack of mini file organizers to keep and REMEMBER your receipts instead of crumpling them at the bottom of your bag. Not only will this help you track expenses (especially those that'll get you *cough cough* tax returns), but make purchases more memorable so you stop thoughtlessly swiping that card.

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    Get a four-pack from Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    9. A tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes, because these'll conquer scary messes wherever they happened β€” including on your carpet. Meaning: these are about to become your version of cleaning if you're not even sure how to use a vacuum (and people will have no idea).

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    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon Canada for $11.98.

    10. A bottle of Garnier micellar water for easily removing makeup, purifying pores, and cleansing your skin, even if you "forgot" to wash your face again. Growing up apparently means not going to bed with makeup on anymore. Sad face.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.97.

    Check out why a BuzzFeeder now lives by Garnier Micellar water (#5 in the post)! AND! This won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    11. A set of large mesh laundry bags that'll upgrade your washing routine from "hope I don't ruin all my bras" to "wow, my delicates last so long now." We're still never going to do a separate load, so this'll do the trick.

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    They're also great for separating your dirty clothes in your suitcase when you travel!

    Get a pack of six bags from Amazon Canada for $13.95.

    12. A bottle of BarKeepers cleaning solution so you can easily scrub rust, surface scratches, burnt grease, and even Sharpie marks away on all of your surfaces. Would you look at that β€” your kitchen is suddenly presentable.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $2.99 (as an add-on item).

    For more about this, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    13. A window-insulation kit, because this'll make sure your heating bill stays under control. This'll make sure you don't have to turn the heat up so much (especially if you have a drafty house), and increase energy efficiency.

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    You just stick it around your windows and then use a hair dryer to essentially shrink-wrap it against the window frame!

    Get a three-window kit from Amazon Canada for $19.36 (also available in one-, five- and ten-window).

    14. A four-way cleaning brush for making worn-out shoes look brand-new again, instead of buying new boots every flipping fall. You said these were THE ONE last year β€” it's time to put an end to limitless shopping (sad, I know). But now you'll be excited to wear them again!

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    It has four sides: one to clean heavier scuff marks and stains, one to gently clean fine suede and light scuff marks, one to clean rounded corners, and one to clean hard-to-reach crevices and grooves.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.26.

    15. A dishwasher magnet to have a non-aggressive way to communicate with roommates whether the dishes are clean or dirty β€” or it can serve as a much-needed reminder to yourself to run the dishwasher.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99 (available in three colours).

    16. An attachable aerator so you can transform cheap wine into the fanciest-tasting adult juice you've ever had. It infuses oxygen to release the vino's ~aromas~ and bolden the taste right out of the bottle β€” so basically your leftover pizza is about to get a very upscale pairing.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.95.

    17. A pair of blue light glasses, because these'll help you read emails without a headache (at least from the blue light). These minimize ~digital eye strain~ to help you avoid any midday crashes caused by your glaring screen so you actually stay in the zone.

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    Get them from Amazon Canada for $19.99+ (available in 14 colours).

    See a BuzzFeed editor's review on v similar blue light-blocking glasses in "8 Life-Changing Things To Try In December" (#1).

    18. A wireless charging pad for accepting you are TOO OLD to be asking people if they have a charger. It's also time to outgrow trying to deal with frayed wires.

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    Just lay your phone on it and pick it up later with a full battery! #Science.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.99+ (available in five colours).

    See what won best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A meal-planning pad with two sides: one to brainstorm weekly dishes and the other to keep track of groceries. Now you can actually make your own food, instead of wasting all your money on takeout. It even has a magnetic back to put on the fridge so it's almost impossible to forget to use.

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    You can separate the two lists or keep them attached!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.37.

    20. A bitter-tasting varnish so you can join the thousands of people who stopped biting their nails, even after years of doing so whenever stressed. It dries clear, but leaves a terrible taste so your brain is trained to STOP munching and direct your attention to another stress-reliever. Anything that doesn't leave your fingers bleeding is an improvement.

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    Don't worry, it's bitter but it's harmless! Totally edible, just unpleasant.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    21. A very entertaining activity book, because this'll help you take your mind off the day's πŸ’© scenarios and navigate the constant stress of adulthood through multiple fun outlets β€” maybe today you'll colour a soothing grandma, the next create your own underground bunker.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.34.

    22. A mini knife sharpener that'll make those inexpensive knives you've had since freshman year of college are suddenly useable again. Good news: you can cook now! I'm sure you're thrilled.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    Learn more about it in a BuzzFeeder's full review and see what won best chef knives on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    23. A set of travel cutlery that comes with its own carrying case, so you don't have to rely on plastic knives and forks to eat your lunch at work. Plus, they look so pretty!

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    Each set comes with a knife, a fork, a spoon, and a pair of chopsticks.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.55+ (available in seven colours).

    Being an adult really just means you're allowed to do this:

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