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    23 Products That'll Help You Solve Problems You Probably Didn't Think You Could Afford To Fix

    Less money *can* solve more problems.

    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. Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner, a beeswax and orange oil formula that's basically like a spa treatment for your wood surfaces. In addition to polishing, it adds a protective layer and helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading — and most importantly, prevents you from having to spend $$$ on surfaces you were sure you ~wood~ have to repair or replace.,

    No wonder it's got over 5,000 positive reviews! Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this polish.

    Promising review: "If I could give this 1,000 stars, I would!!!!!!!! Buy this product!!! I have tried EVERYTHING, I mean everything, and have spent so much money trying to fix my floors. You guys, the photo on the right is of the product completely dry! Most products get you excited because they looks like they've covered the worn spots, only to find that they reappear once the product dries or soaks in. Not this stuff!!!! You guys have a loyal customer!!!!" —heather

    Get it from Amazon for $14.07.

    2. Or an easy wood-repairing marker and wax stick set so you can fill in and cover those scratches you've been meaning to do something about for ages...without spending all that coin to replace your floors and furniture.

    One reviewer even said it was perfect for filling in worn shoe soles!

    Promising review: "For $10 you can cover up so many scratches that you couldn't buy a house big enough to run out of ink. I've had this for just four hours, but I fixed a table that was scratched when I moved it, kitchen cabinets, chairs, a wine rack, and some hardwood flooring. It does a good job at covering the scratches to a point where you have to stare at a spot to notice it, but don't expect it to make your furniture to look brand new again. But for $10 you can make your furniture look reasonable! Would highly recommend to anyone who has pets who scratch the !@#$ out of their wood furniture." —Phaedrus

    Get six markers, six wax sticks, and a sharpener from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A miraculous diamond cleaning stick precise enough to clean every last corner of your most prized gems and get them to shine as bright as Rihanna said they would — without paying a jeweler to do it.

    On the left, a reviewer wearing a large gemstone ring that's very cloudy. On the right, the same ring sparkling and clear

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this amazing stick.

    Promising review: "This thing works like magic! I have a rose gold morganite stone set into my engagement band that hasn’t been cleaned in over two years. I took it to a professional jeweler who recommended a $50 deep cleaning treatment. Luckily, I ended up finding this lifesaver on Amazon instead. It worked like a charm, and with a little elbow grease my ring looks brand new! Buy this and save yourself some cash money." —LittleBrittles

    Get it from Amazon for $7.68.

    4. A magical purple toning shampoo that eliminates yellow or brassy tones in your hair, so you won't have to go to the salon for a touch-ups nearly as often. BTW, 5,000+ reviewers say it's to ~dye~ for.,

    It's very strong, so several reviewers recommend mixing it with your usual shampoo!

    Promising review: "Wowza! I'm not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough! Photo on the left (from right to left): Before using, one wash, two washes. Love, love, LOVE!! 😍" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $13.27.

    5. Majorly space-saving hangers to help you make the most of a tiny closet until the day you can afford to move into a mansion with a Cher Horowitz-type closet with room for your whole wardrobe.

    There are hanger hooks on both ends, so you can attach either one (like in the pics above for maximum space-saving) or both (to hang easily-wrinkled clothes a little farther apart) sides to your closet rod. Each one has five slots for more hangers, so one set can store up to 50 pieces.

    Promising review: "TEARS OF JOY. Okay, I know that's dramatic, but I cannot say enough about how these hangers have transformed my tiny, odd-shaped closet. I was so desperate for more space, I was considering spending big bucks to have a professional come in and redesign the space. Then I found these and it's like my hanging space quadrupled! It feels downright luxurious in my closet now. I can see all my clothes and nothing is squished together like it used to be. I can also comfortably add a substantial amount of clothing and would still have room to grow. BUY THESE IMMEDIATELY!" —milanina77

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. Or an adjustable hanging rod that's basically an instant closet renovation.


    Both the height and width are adjustable so you can fit it wherever you need it!

    Promising review: "This is fantastic. As a renter, I am always looking for ways to maximize closet space without making modifications that I can't get my money back for (good closets are so hard to come by in a rental). This really helps with that. It's easy to put together and easy to adjust." —Tiffany G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    7. Game-changing Rubbermaid Freshworks containers, which are basically a dream come true if you live alone and just plain can't afford to keep buying fresh fruits and veggies that go bad before you can eat them all.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    The pics above are my coworker's strawberries after 10 days (!!!), with the one on the left kept in the store container and the one on the right kept in one of these dishwasher-safe, BPA-free wonders. Check out BuzzFeed's full review here.

    Promising review: "Amazing! Berries, mushrooms, tomatoes, and all my expensive organic food lasts three times longer, so I can shop for produce every three weeks and save time and money not going to the store or throwing out rotten food forgotten in the back of the fridge." —A.Wilkinson

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $32.99. Find more sizes and buying options here.

    8. A zipper repair kit that'll make fixing the fastenings on bags and jackets without the help of a pro (or just giving up and tossing the item) a breeze even if you're not at all handy.


    The kit includes 11 replacement zippers in common sizes and designs, four bottom stopper replacements and six top stopper replacements, plus illustrated instructions and access to a customer service line that'll help you figure out exactly the replacement part you need.

    Promising review: "Incredibly easy! Big money saver! Amazing! Within ten minutes of opening the package I had repaired the zippers on two ski jackets. A tailor wanted $14 each to replace the zippers and I would have had to provide the zippers. It came with enough parts to fix several more. Wish I had known about this handy product a long time ago." —gbdoc

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (also available in a version for outdoor gear here).

    9. A restorative headlight wipe kit to make your headlights look so shiny and new, they may make other drivers (and everyone who splurged on professional treatments) pull over just to take a moment and say "Wow."

    Because clearer headlights aren't only prettier, but they're safer too! Plus, the treatment claims to last a long time — just one treatment can last years.

    Promising review: "My car had 11 years of headlight wear and they were pretty nasty. After the application, they are about 90%+ clearer and there's a significant difference at night. There were a few spots I didn't get off, but perhaps could have with some more elbow grease as this was the first time I used this product. I had plenty left over to do my riding mower headlights too. At $14 and 15-20 minutes of my time, it's a bargain compared to the $100 price tag my auto body shop wanted. If fact, the service rep there recommended Wipe New as the way to go." —Brian Laskey

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    10. And a windshield repair kit so you can fix dings all by yourself. Spend a ton of money on a repair every time a pebble hits your windshield on the highway? You're cracking me up.

    The kit comes with chip-filling resin, an applicator, and everything you need to mount and apply it, plus instructions.

    Promising review: "I had a 'professional' come and fix a chip on my windshield and was not impressed with the repair. Based on his results, I decided to try this product on a chip on a different windshield (Can you believe two freeway rock chips in a week? Ugh!) and do it myself. Each kit comes with everything that you need for a single repair. This worked better than the pro job. If you follow the easy-to-use instructions, you should get very good results." —LaserBill

    Get it from Amazon for $9.35.

    11. An amazing leather and suede cleaning brush that'll swoop in like a superhero to save your splurge-worthiest shoes that you thought you'd totally ruined after one walk in wet grass.

    The brush actually has four parts — a soft bristle side and a hard bristle side, plus curved edges to tackle even the hard-to-reach parts of your suede goods.

    Promising review: "BUY THIS THING! I got mud on my new suede boots and thought for sure they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. I was so impressed. It's absolutely worth getting and trying for yourself! Scuff marks take a bit more time to improve, but they do look better after brushing them." —Gaby Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. Waterproof screen repair tape so you can patch up holes in seconds, no expensive repairs or replacements required.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product that's very easy to use and saved me a ton of money as an alternative to replacing the screens. I have a sun room with very large screens (approximately 5' x 5'), which would've taken a lot of time and material to replace. Yes, you can see where I repaired the holes, but that's not a huge deal. I really like the fact that you can cut this tape to any size to fit almost all needs." —Jerrykyll

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    13. An ingenious champagne stopper that doesn't just reseal your precious bottle, but also increases the pressure inside to preserve the bubbles. Turns out, you don't have to be a gazillionaire to afford to open a bottle when you want a single glass of bubbly.

    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    You can even mark the date you opened it on the top of the stopper!

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by this! Here's what she has to say: "I love bubbles — champs, cava, prosecco, sparkling rose — they just know how to bring the party! But no one likes when sparkling wine goes flat, or you feel like you can't just have one or two glasses without ruining the whole bottle. So I went on Amazon and found the best champagne stopper I could find and immediately hit 'add to cart.' What a great purchase! This little bb is so easy to use — just pop it on top of the bottle, push the metal sides in so it clamps on, then push the top button several times to vacuum seal and preserve the bubs. Then when you next want a glass, spritz, or mimosa, you'll hear that same *POP* you heard when first taking out the cork — and the effervescence you so crave will be fully intact. Plus, you can confidently store your leftover bottle on its side in your fridge; I've had zero leakage problems with this thus far!" Check out her full review here (#1).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in two colors).

    14. Febreze Clothing, which actually eliminates smells instead of merely masking them, so not only do you have to do laundry less often, but you can keep hard-to-wash things like coats and blazers fresh for longer without amassing a huge winter dry cleaning bill.

    A spray bottle of the product in the Gain scent

    Just don't use it on fabrics that can be stained by cleaning products like silk, leather, or suede. I have this and I've only used it once so far, but the smell is really nice. I find that (not to give TMI or anything) the underarms of my jackets can get kinda stinky, and I really don't want to dry clean them every few wears. I'm planning on using this to help solve that problem!

    Promising review (for the linen scent): "I had a cardigan I had worn outside the day before and I wanted to wear again the next evening. I smelled it and it smelled outdoorsy. I used this refresher and it took that smell out of it. I’ve been using it on my clothes (cardigans, jeans, and jackets) that aren’t laundered after each wear unless I spill something on it and it makes them smell fresh again. I will definitely continue to buy this spray!" —TJ

    Get the Gain scent or the linen scent from Target for $4.99.

    15. A peel-off barrier nail polish so you'll stop using your messy nail painting skills (big mood) as an excuse to spend $30+ on a salon mani.

    Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. Then, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and pretend it never happened! I won't tell.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It would've saved me so much money on manicures. I'm horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I've always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It's a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it's great." —Brittany N

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A clever grout-coating pen to make it look like you spent tons of time and money cleaning up your tile.

    The pics above are with just one coat of this stuff!

    Promising review: "I love this!!! I have a house built in the '80s and I believe the tile in the bathroom is original. I can't afford to replace it, but the grout has gotten old and has chips and holes (like coral) in some spots. This filled in those holes and covered the discoloration on the grout. I'd tried EVERYTHING before (vinegar, bleach, even painting it) and nothing worked. This works, has lasted, and was SO easy to apply — just like coloring with a pen!!! This seemed too good to be true, but it is true and I've ordered more for the other bathroom!!!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    17. A 4-in-1 clip-on lens kit for anyone who wishes they had room in their budget for a fancy camera or even just a phone with a better camera, and would be very excited to find an under-$30 alternative (spoiler alert — I found one)., Amazon

    It comes with a 12x zoom telephoto lens, a fisheye lens, a wide lens, and a macro lens, all of which can be clipped onto most smartphones! The kit also includes a phone holder and tripod, a cleaning cloth, four lens covers, and two clips.

    Promising review: "This is the least expensive way to get better pics with your cellphone. The lenses fit perfect, enhance my pictures, and give a great effect. I think it's a nice addition for an amateur photographer like me. If you want professional quality, go buy a professional camera. Since I don't have too much money, this was a great alternative." —Ivan Izquierdo

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    18. The Pooch Selfie, a LOL-worthy yet genius device that'll actually get your pupper to look at the dang camera, so you can get amazing pics without hiring a pro pet photographer. Because tbh, Fido has never really understood why he'd want to look at the weird metal light-up rectangle that takes up so much of your attention.

    The as-seen-on-Shark Tank product includes a removable squeaky ball. Plus, the attachment clip works universally with all smartphones and won't block the camera from either side, so you can get great regular pics as well as selfies!

    Promising review: "I bought this after adopting my adorable and excitable 2-year-old Rottweiler. I was hoping to get some nice pictures to share with friends and guess what, this thing works! At first my fiancé mocked me for buying this but now he sees the great pictures and says this idea is genius. Titan loves tennis balls and the squeaky function really allows me to capture his attention. Just look for yourself at the pics I was able to get! All pet owners need this!" —Maranda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A Bevel safety razor that can give a super-close, bump-free shave on anything from your face to your body to your head, but is specially designed to be extra great for thick, curly hair. That's right — you don't actually have to pay a professional to get a shave this smooth and live your best razor bump-free life.

    Bevel is a Black-founded business! Though it's now owned by P&G, the founder remains the CEO.

    Promising review: "As an African-American man, I've always been more susceptible to razor bumps and ingrown hairs due to curlier hair. Gillette was my go-to for shaving, because it did better with sensitive skin and was good for shaving quickly. However, of course Gillette is more of a one-size-fits-all razor brand and doesn't account for some of the nuances some men have to deal with when shaving. I looked for a razor blade that would assist in minimizing razor bumps and ingrown hairs, and that's where Bevel comes in. Firstly, I'm very happy to support a brand that addresses some of the unique grooming issues of Black men, so cheers to that! Secondly, because I was switching from a Gillette razor, there was a bit of a learning curve in terms of shaving technique and how long the shaving process took. I definitely cut up my chin and jawline the first few times using this razor. However, as I continued to use it more and adjusted to the various holding angles for the different parts of my face, the shave got much easier and the results are noticeable (after about 8 months of use). The shave is much closer, so my face is much smoother. Initially when using this razor, I did get a couple of razor bumps, but now that I'm accustomed, I get none! The shave lasts about two days longer than when I use a Gillette razor, and the razor and blades are very finely weighted and crafted, so once you understand the different angles you can maneuver around your face with ease." —Shawn

    Get the razor and five blades from Amazon for $49.99.

    20. A low-key miraculous sink cleaner to polish all sorts of sink surfaces, from porcelain to acrylic to granite, and help eliminate stains and scuffs you thought you were just gonna have to accept were permanent.

    It also creates a shiny, water-repellent surface that water will just bead off.

    Promising review: "I am so thrilled with this stuff and how well it worked. I bought my house last year and the white kitchen sink already had some scratches and stains left from the previous owners and over time they only got worse. I tried so hard to get them out but nothing worked, and I resigned myself to thinking I was just going to have to live with it until I forked over the money to get an entirely new sink. Enter this product that I ran across and figured I’d give a try because it couldn’t hurt and it’s so affordable, there really wasn’t anything to lose. Much to my delight, it exceeded my expectations and got out all of the dingy stains and even some of the marks that I thought were just scratches and wouldn’t come out! It’s very easy to use and it works right away! I’m so happy I found this product and didn’t have to replace my entire sink just to get rid of the stains!" —Maci

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    21. An amazing shed-reducing brush with a 360-degree rotating head for an easy shedding solution and groom that your pet will actually enjoy, no groomer required.,

    Note that it's not a good brush for breeds that don't shed!

    Promising review: "I’ve been using other de-shedding tools on my Pomsky (Husky/Pomeranian mix), and it just wasn’t enough to take down the fur that would otherwise shed. This brush does wonders! Was able to get so much in just a few minutes. And this doesn’t hurt my pup, like other de-shedding tools. My dog sheds a lot less now after using this on him every day, or even a few times a week." —Monica R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    22. A 4-in-1 hole repair product that is a squeeze bottle of spackle with a built-in primer, plus has a built-in putty knife on the top and a sanding pad on the cap, so even the least handy people ever (me) can easily get their security deposit back.


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product! Completely repairs dings, damages, and holes in drywall (that a landlord would charge $100+ for) in one product. Used it to fix a large wall ding above my bed that was very unattractive. Spackle easily coated and covered the ding. I flattened the spackled surface with the sharp edge on the bottle and allowed to dry overnight. I sanded down the surface with the smoother disk on the cap, and no scrapings or dust spilled at all while sanding — it left a perfectly smooth surface. Painted over it and it's gone!" —Analytical V

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    23. And finally, 100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know, a tome full of insights on how to do everything from understand your plumbing system to cut heating costs to roll paint properly to protect your belongings. TL;DR, you'll no longer feel like you need to pay someone to fix all of the weird problems you wish you'd learned how to handle in school.

    Reader's Digest, Barnes & Noble

    And because, realistically, there will be some things for your home you can't do yourself, the book even has sections on how to hire the best professionals, so you can make smart choices when solutions do require a little more dough.

    Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $14.99+, from Target for $19.29, or from Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $22.99, or check your local library.

    How you'll feel after realizing you can afford to solve all your problems:


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