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

    Less money to solve more problems.

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    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 3,600 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 $8.48.

    2. 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.

    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 $5.49.

    3. 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, 3,000+ 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 $11.74.

    4. 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 $10.28.

    5. 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.

    6. 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 $26.99. Find more sizes and buying options here.

    7. 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 (available for clothing or outdoor gear).

    8. 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 $9.88.

    9. 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 my 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 $9.04.

    10. 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.

    11. 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).

    12. A miraculous all-natural clay mask that over 14,000 (!!!!) reviewers swear by for pulling every last bit of gunk out of their pores — possibly better than a facial or expensive acne products ever could.

    Most reviewers use it to treat acne, but some also mention it's great for poison ivy or even on your hair! Note: If you have sensitive skin, you shouldn't leave it on for as long as the reviewer below, only 5-10 minutes.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this mask for a little over a week now. I use it with apple cider vinegar. I used it every night for about 20 minutes (or until I felt my face pulsate a little). This is the only thing that has ever worked for me, and I have tried EVERYTHING to fix my skin. My skin seemed to get worse when I’d try to wash it, tone it etc. I tried cheap brand and expensive brands. All in all, I probably spent hundreds of dollars on acne care. I was at the point where I gave up and decided to live with the acne. But this mask is like the holy grail of acne solutions. I posted my results. The left is the first day after doing the mask, and the right is today after doing the mask for a little over a week. It doesn’t totally take away acne scars, but it takes away the pimples for sure. If you're on the fence about this product, BUY IT! This the only review I've ever written on amazon because it actually does work if you're consistent with it!!" —Clarence Balagtas

    Get one pound from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. An amazing shed-reducing brush capable of removing loose fur from your pup's undercoat for a major shedding solution, no groomer required.,

    It's got over 12,000 positive reviews!!! It also has an ejector button for disposing the hair with ease. Learn more about how and how often to use a de-shedding tool like this here.

    Promising review: "Wow! Just received this today and it's an amazing product. It feels very sturdy and I love the button on top that allows you to release the hair. We have an Australian Cattle Dog who has a very thick double coat and is constantly shedding. We need to vacuum every day to keep up with the hair. I opened the package and immediately started brushing our dog. He sat so well while I brushed him and enjoyed it the whole time. I couldn’t believe how much hair the Furminator removed from his coat. It was incredible. I’m so glad I ordered this product. It'll save me money in the future by not having to pay for brush-outs from the groomer. Now I won't have to vacuum up as much hair over the next week. He loved his brush out and is one happy dog!" —R. Strobele

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in five sizes and for short- or long-haired pups). Get one for cats here.

    14. 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!

    Promising review: ""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!" —Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed shopping editor (check out her full review here, #1)

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    15. 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.


    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!

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

    16. A comfy foot hammock, which attaches to arms of the tray table in front of you and will actually make you feel like you have space to get comfortable, even in a cramped coach seat. Betcha didn't think your uncomfy seat problems could be solved without a first class upgrade.


    Stiff, swollen legs at the end of an international flight? I don't know her.

    Promising review: "Just used this product today on my flight from LAX to Munich, and it was the most comfortable economy flight ever because I was able to offload both feet from the floor. I slept great and it prevented the usual swelling of my feet with these long flights." —Marietta G.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.29.

    17. 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.

    18. 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).

    19. 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-$20 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 $17.95.

    20. 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 Grommet

    It 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 work with an animal rescue group, and this is the best way to get fantastic pictures of the foster dogs to put online. Works like a charm every time!" —Anna

    Get it from The Grommet for $9.95.

    21. 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.


    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.

    Promising review: "Every homeowner should have this book. You're never too old to learn new ways of doing things. Most how-to ideas are easy and will have you wondering why you didn't think of them yourself! You can save money by fixing things without having to hire someone. I highly recommend this book!" —Chris U.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+.

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