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    22 Products That'll Upgrade Your Life For Under $25

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    1. A life-changing pair of no-tie shoelaces you can use to turn any pair of shoes into comfy, perfect-fitting slip-ons and banish gross, hazardous dangling shoelaces for GOOD. Just ask the over 11,000 (!!!) positive reviewers., Amazon

    Some reviewers even recommend using them in place of drawstrings on pants!

    Promising review: "In 10 years, this is only my second review. These have blown me away to the point that I had to share an unexpected benefit. After getting a new pair of boots, I was having issues with the ease of getting my feet in/out without drastically adjusting the entire boot's lace tension each time. The Lock Laces looked like they could save me some time. Well, the results are better than I imagined. I can easily squeeze my feet in/out when needed, and I never have to adjust the tension. The Lock Laces are stretchy enough to both hold my feet snugly, AND have enough stretch to let my feet out when I try to get them off. Another added benefit is that they make walking and simply wearing my boots more comfortable. The original laces had no stretch at all, and gave the entire boot a rigid feel when tightened. The Lock Laces make the entire boot feel more comfortable, with good support all around, without the rigidity and pressure points." —John C.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 12 colors).

    2. Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes, which might be the closest you'll get to the green thumb you've always wished you had. Just stick these guys into your plant pot every few weeks so you can keep your foliage friends alive and perky for once!


    Each spike can be used for 30-60 days, depending on the season. The reviewer pics on the right are all of the same plant — the top one shows how this magical stuff helped the rather sad dude perk up in just 10 days, and the bottom one shows that he's completely come back to life three weeks later!

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, and three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny. Since I tend to kill them anyway, I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I've had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I'm very happy with this product and it was a great price." —victoria

    Get 48 spikes from Amazon for $6.90. Get some specially designed for orchids here.

    3. Amazing, as-seen-on-Shark Tank earplugs designed to lower the volume in any noisy setting without interfering with sound quality, so they're perfect if you're going to a concert or are sensitive to loud noises.


    They've got over 1,000 positive reviews! Check out more awesome products from Shark Thank.

    Promising review: "I'm autistic with noise sensitivities. I have tried other earplugs but they always muffled conversations, and have tried earmuffs but I really don't like standing out when I'm in public. This was a really serious issue for me, because my sound sensitivities make it very difficult to walk alongside busy roads or sit in loud rooms like restaurants without having a shutdown or meltdown. I was debating saving up for electronic earplugs, but I came across these and decided to give them a chance. I am SO glad I did! Not only are they discreet and comfortable, but they work great. I can actually sit in my living room, watch TV with my family, and talk to my dad without having to grin and bear the volume. My dad's going deaf, and he tends to yell-speak, which is horrible when combined with my sensory issues. Either I have to remind him to quiet down every few minutes or I have to pretend that I don't want to take several steps back and cover my ears (because that would be rude, obviously). No one wins in the situation, but with these earplugs it's not an issue anymore. I can talk to my dad and honestly fully enjoy the conversation for the first time since his hearing started to go. It really is amazing." —Brandon McNabb

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98.

    4. An amazingly affordable babydoll and thong lingerie set for those nights when you want to rock something that's a sexy step up from the souvenir T-shirt you've been wearing as pajamas since 2006., Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm about 5'2" and wear a 36D bra. I ordered the rose pink color in a size large, and it fit perfectly! It was a liiiittle small in the bust area, but not small enough that I spilled out. It has some good stretch to it, so that's a plus. It's the perfect length as well, and accentuated my short legs nicely. It's suuuper comfy and the material's great too! My boyfriend loved it." —Bianca

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes S-4X and in 12 colors).

    5. An adorable mental health-focused planning pad to remind yourself that finding time to do things you love is just as important as the rest of your to-do list.


    The limited spaces and the labeled columns also help you prioritize without piling too much on your own plate!

    Get it from KatieAbeyDesigns on Etsy for $8.41.

    6. Coty Airspun loose face powder, a magical setting powder that over 3,500 reviewers swear by to really, truly lock in their makeup All. Dang. Day. The days of your fab smokey eye wearing off by lunchtime are over.


    Check out more great beauty products you can get on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I'm totally blown away by this product! I've been using Laura Mercier's Translucent loose setting powder (which is $39) for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m., I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is about 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97+ (available in six colors).

    7. A pair of blind spot mirrors to help you safely see all your surroundings when you're behind the wheel and prevent a limited field of vision from ~driving~ you bananas.


    Promising review: "My wife is still on her learner's permit, and the blind spot was really posing a challenge. She has a bad tendency to drift when trying to turn around and look at her blind spot, not to mention taking her eyes off what's going on in front of her. I personally have difficulties getting my stiff neck to turn at that angle, so these simple items help tremendously! They were very easy to put on, with two different mounting methods to choose from — you can either stick the little mirror directly to your side view mirrors, or you can use the ball swivel mount so you can move it to different angles if you like! Why these type of mirrors aren't standard equipment on all new vehicles is puzzling to me, but they really do help deal with the notorious blind spot!" —Jason Z. Smith

    Get them from Amazon for $6.97.

    8. An angled frosting spatula that'll totally take your baking game to the next level (extra Instagram likes are basically included).


    Promising review: "Wow! I've never owned an angled icing tool before, but everyone who makes cakes should own this! It makes icing a breeze! It saves time and makes the cake look professional by applying an even amount of icing! I bought the Wilton Dessert Decorator along with this tool and it was the best purchase! I'm not a baker, but dude, my cakes were looking pretty dope!" —SMTWNGal

    Get it from Amazon for $3.84.

    9. Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Serum, which is perfect for folks who want long nails but aren't long on patience.

    The before and after pics above were taken just two weeks apart!

    Promising review: "I noticed an improvement in my nails after just the first application. I put it on my nails at night before I go to bed. I've been using it faithfully now since it arrived. Yes, my nails are definitely stronger and are growing fast! I'm applying it twice a day now. Incredible results!" —Tweety2015

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    10. A handy laundry detergent cup holder that rests neatly under the detergent jug to stop you from making your usual soapy mess. Because after all, anything that makes laundry less of a pain in the butt is a win.

    Promising review: "This product does a great job serving its purpose, especially for the price! I love how it stops the dripping of laundry fluids and stores the caps without having to rinse the cap excessively before storing it on a shelf. I'd definitely buy it again and I've already recommended it to friends. There are others out there at triple the price, but face it — they all do the same thing, so why not save some $ with this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98.

    11. A Harry Potter origami book for anyone interested in trying a magical new hobby or just having something to do with their hands while they watch Prisoner of Azkaban for the hundredth time.


    It's the best of the movies, fight me.

    It comes with special illustrated paper for each design, pages covering origami basics for before you get started, and tips on storing and preserving your creations!

    Promising review: "I wasn't expecting much in this little origami book, but I just picked it up and I'm so excited. It's got gorgeous illustrations and imagery throughout. The step-by-step instructions are also full color and have the steps highlighted in circles, unlike the Star Wars or Pokémon origami books. The book suggests completing the projects in order and I agree — unless you're a master origami make you really have to do it like that! Perfect book." —Hannah B.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

    12. A luxe silk scrunchie that's gentle on your hair and won't leave you with the dreaded split ends or post-ponytail crease. Plus, it'll look wayyy cuter on your wrist than your usual elastics.


    Promising review: "I don't usually write reviews, but this one deserves a shout-out. I have long, thick, unruly hair. Living in a dry climate, my hair is also very dry. I've purchased silk scrunchies before (LOVE THEM), however the cost makes me drag my feet. My wonderful dog took and buried my last silk scrunchie so I broke down and bought this one. It's very high quality, BEAUTIFUL, pure silk, and strong enough to hold my hair. It looks like most people use these at night, but use mine all the time. Silk doesn't dry my hair out at all, and if anything, makes my hair softer somehow with fewer flyaways. This particular scrunchie was a far superior quality than any other I've purchased. I will definitely will be buying a few more (no regrets whatsoever)." —dmvrlv

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in 25 colors).

    13. Game-changing microwavable meal mugs, each printed with multiple recipes you can actually make in the mug itself — hello, breaking out of your weeknight dinner rut without breaking out your oven mitts or your Postmates password.


    Promising review: "These are super fun. Each mug is a little shorter and wider than your standard coffee mug, and each has three recipes printed on the mug's surface. We haven't tried every recipe yet, but the ones we have worked out great. The baked oatmeal recipe is great, the scrambled eggs turned out wonderful, and the cookie recipe wasn't too cookie-like but it tasted good and who honestly expects to get an actual cookie after microwaving a cup for a few minutes? I look forward to trying the other recipes out, and this is totally a great gift for recent graduates or the college students in your life. In fact, we already ordered another set and gave it to a friend's son who just graduated high school." —Otto Correct

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $20.

    14. A simple-yet-brilliant magnetic glasses holder to keep your specs safely on your shirt at all times, and prevent the panic that always ensues when you lose track of your favorite pair. It also works great for ID badges and corded earbuds!


    This cool gizmo is also from Shark Tank! You just place the little piece of plastic with two super strong magnets on the inside of your shirt, stick the hook on the front, and you're good to go!

    Promising review: "I was visiting my uncle and he mentioned he keeps dropping his glasses when he bends over. He didn't want to get an eyeglass chain because he didn't want to look like 'an old man' (he's almost 80). I immediately remembered seeing these, so I ordered it him one. He LOVES it! He's able to keep his glasses handy at all times, and they NEVER fall off this holder." —Jim & Nancy Yates

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. An adhesive document clip that'll attach to your monitor and free up precious desk space and keep everything you need to see at a glance. Having to shuffle papers around every time you need to reference that memo? You're too much of a boss for that.

    Promising review: "This is a must-have in the office. This simple item has made my life easier. It's extremely easy to install and to use. It has increased my productivity in the office when needing to refer to a hard document. When not in use, you can easily hide it behind your screen. It has two options to hold paper: one that you can just stick in and the other to clip on multiple documents." —Elee the lawyer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

    16. A genius multitasking ring ready to solve all your purse problems, from not wanting to leave it on the floor of a crowded bar or restaurant to losing your keys in the abyss of your tote...again.


    Promising review: "I keep this in my purse all the time. It's sturdy enough to hold a heavy purse on many tables. It's not big enough for all restaurant tables, but frequently enough to still be useful. The flashlight is great for finding keys and stray lipstick in the bottom of your bag or for navigating sidewalks at night." —Mega

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    17. A mini photo lightbox that'll put regular frames to shame by giving your pics some glam backlighting. You can even write a cute caption on the bottom with a dry-erase marker!

    Forever 21

    The back is magnetic, but it can also be wall-mounted or stand up on its own! Get the required AAA batteries here.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $6.99 (originally $9.90).

    18. An amazingly roomy yet thin wallet with over 4,500 positive reviews and a RFID-blocking lining that's your heavy, bulky old wallet's worst nightmare — it's finally getting replaced.

    Promising review: "I ordered this wallet to replace one that I’ve had for close to eight years that just wasn’t able to hold the number of cards that I had anymore. I’m absolutely thrilled with it. It holds every single card that I have (20, some of which are stacked behind one another), my phone, and cash, all without feeling super bulky. It’s probably not large enough to hold something larger than a regular iPhone (I have a 6s), but for me it’s absolutely perfect. I’ll definitely be using this wallet for everything." —Amanda Parmelee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 42 colors).

    19. Cheerful pastel four-color pens here to give you the prettiest (and most organized) notes of your life.


    Promising review: "These are great for nursing students. I need the different colors to keep my patients' information straight. Each color is for a different patient and my system has worked very well. The colors are also more appealing than your normal four-color pen, which I like. I bought this pen over a year ago and am still on pen number one, so I can confirm they also last a very long time." —Zoomzoomxpress

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $6.11.

    20. A nonstick-safe, soap-dispensing dish brush, because you're sick of getting your hands all gross and soapy with your beat-up old kitchen sponge. In fact, it may be time for that guy to retire.


    Check out one BuzzFeeder's take on why you might consider cancelling your kitchen sponge.

    Promising review: "This is a great product to have near the kitchen sink. It holds a lot of dish soap, fits in your hand perfectly, and has long bristles that make it easy to clean out dishes. I highly recommend this product and it’s great to have two spares in case I need them, so I recommend the three-pack at a very reasonable price." —evright

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. Cloaked Box, a genius gift box for those of us who find wrapping a gift neatly to be about as easy as the Saturday crossword or scoring Jonas Brothers tickets. All you have to do is assemble the box and secure the pre-attached (and, most importantly, pre-cut) peel-and-stick paper, and you're done!

    Cloaked Box

    It even comes with a bow and a card, so literally all you need is the gift itself.

    Get it from Cloaked Box for $6.50+ (available in four designs and three sizes).

    22. A huge set of letter stud earrings to help make your personal style way more...well, personal. Spell out short words if you have multiple piercings, rock your initials or those of someone you love, and just get creative!


    Get 52 studs (two of each letter) from ModCloth for $4.97 (originally $25)

    Kudos to you for taking your life to the next level on a budget!


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