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    29 Things That'll Earn You Extra Credit In Life

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    1. A set of multicolor pens to color-code your notes like a pro. Plus, the set is big enough that you can share with coworkers and score BONUS bonus points at work.


    Each pen includes blue, black, red, orange, green, and purple ink, and you just click the top to switch between them!

    Promising review: "These pens take me way back to my teenage years. I'm a very neat person (at least in my writing) and these pens really help me organize my notes in a manner that's clear and colorful (always an added bonus). The colors are as described and I had mine shipped all the way to Kenya and they arrived without leaks or breakages, which is pretty impressive." —Miss Kananu

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $12.70.

    2. A veggie spiralizer for cooking up a meal that scores an A++ in nutritiousness and deliciousness (just ask the over 2,000 people who left positive reviews).


    You can use it to turn squash and zucchini into "pasta." Plus, it'll thinly slice veggies and potatoes into the perfect shape for stir-fry, garnishes, or even fries.

    Promising review: "This is awesome. I bought as a gift for a very healthy husband and it turns out I'm the one pushing to use it all the time! It's simple to use and makes long pasta in two different thicknesses. A quick run through the steamer, put some marinara on there and boom, a super tasty dinner. We've been using and hand washing this for a few months at least once a week with no damage, signs of wear, or rust." —M. Severson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.93.

    3. Or Barilla ProteinPlus multigrain pasta, which is made with lentils, barley, oats, egg whites, and chickpeas so you can get all the goodness of regular pasta with the added bonus of more fiber and protein.


    I'm a lazy/unskilled chef and a picky eater, which is not a great combo when it comes to nutrition. My doctor actually recommended this to me as an easy upgrade to the simple pasta I often pack for my work lunch. I love it! It's just as easy to cook as regular pasta, and I love knowing that I'm getting things like protein, fiber, and iron, which are, tbh, lacking in other parts of my diet. I also think it keeps me feeling fuller for a bit longer, which is a huge deal during the work day (with regular pasta, I'd usually feel really full and then suddenly ravenous a few hours later). Plus, the taste/texture differences really aren't that noticeable (if anything, they make it seem a bit more satisfying) — take it from super-picky me!

    Get a box of penne from Amazon for $1.99 and find more shapes here.

    4. A waterproof, 13-pocket purse organizer to show the world that you've got this whole organization thing in the bag (literally).,

    It's no surprise this wonder has over 1,000 positive reviews. Not only will it keep you from getting stuck in the legendary purse black hole every time you try to find your keys, it'll make switching from one bag to another way easier. Hello, matching your purse to every outfit like a legit fashion plate.

    Promising review: "This bag has revolutionized my life! As a professional woman who needs to stay organized, my purse was my downfall. All my adult life I've fumbled to find things on the bottom of my handbag, no matter what size. Do I have a pen? It's got to be here somewhere. Paper, yes I think I have paper? Well, its crumpled, but it's paper. Now I'm the picture of efficiency, with my wallet, pens, paper, cords, phone, keys, gum, safety pins, comb, ID badge, mouthwash, lipstick, cold capsules, and more all tucked nicely into this travel bag, which easily slips in and out of any purse I choose to carry. This organizer holds a ton of stuff and everything is in full view. It's completely changed everything." —Janis Creason

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes and 27 colors and prints).

    5. Unf*ck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life, a guide to becoming an even better version of yourself by saying "so long" to the negative thoughts that are holding you back.


    Promising review: "I read a lot of self-improvement books and this is by far the best one I've ever read. The no-nonsense approach the author takes is just what you need to get motivated and understand how you can sometimes be your own worst enemy. This book has completely changed my mindset in dealing with my problems. It's helped me overcome a lot of the negative thinking I participated in daily. When I get into a rut with my thinking or life in general, I go back to this book for reminders of what to do to overcome these obstacles. If I had to recommend one book for people who are struggling with negative thinking or self-doubt or who feel like they're stuck in a life they don't want, this would be it." —Jeff B.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

    6. A stainless steel monkey-shaped multitool you can whip out in any sort of minor emergency and dazzle your friends. "Me, a hero? I just did what any well-prepared person would do." Bonus BONUS points for the fact that this super helpful device is also adorable.


    This little guy isn't just monkeying around — he features six different size wrenches, three screwdrivers, a bottle opener, letter opener, a slot you can use along with a credit card to prop up your phone, a peeler, a ruler, a headphone wrap, and a straight edge.

    Promising review: "I originally backed the PocketMonkey on Kickstarter, and it has lived in my wallet ever since. I cannot tell you how many times a week I use the thing; it's unbelievably helpful to just have. Not only is it one of the best bottle openers ever, but just having a screwdriver at all times is unbelievably handy. It also still looks brand new five years later after tons of uses. Everyone should have this in their wallet. You will not regret it." —Gavin Wachtel

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    7. Or if you really just need a bottle opener, a crafty ring that combines fashion and function in the most genius of ways.


    Get it from WaveofLife on Etsy for $12 (available in a custom size and in eight wire wrapping colors, just make a note for the seller when you place your order).

    8. Dr. Bronner's liquid soap, which can basically wash anything it's possible to wash — from your hair and skin to your home surfaces and clothes — to effortlessly achieve a level of cleanliness even Mr. Clean himself would award an A+.


    As if finding the holy grail of one-and-done cleaning products wasn't enough, this stuff is worth extra extra credit for being organic, natural, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I love this product because I use it for almost everything and a little goes a long way. I use this as a face wash, body wash, hand soap, sometimes to clean dishes, and will even use it as a detergent from time to time. I'm a college student, so being resourceful and crafty is necessary, and this product is perfect because it's multipurpose." —Abigail

    Get a bottle of the unscented formula from Amazon for $7.79. Find more scents here.

    9. A bottle of Poo-Pourri travel spray to make people say, "Wow, they're so perfect, their shit doesn't even stink.",

    Just spritz a bit of this into the toilet before you go, and the blend of essential oils will coat the water and trap the fumes. Having to go at bae's house? NBD. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on Poo-Pourri.

    Promising review: "This is surprisingly effective! I keep this in my purse for bathroom trips at work and my boyfriend's house. It doesn't leave a strong, lingering scent like Febreze, it just traps the smell while you go, then flushes down and leaves a very faint and natural citrus scent behind." —Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in four scents and seven other sizes).

    10. A truly amazing stain- and wrinkle-resistant button-down shirt so you can look polished and profesh and still eat or drink whatever you want without fear of ruining your look.

    @theessenceof_ / Via

    It's cotton and machine washable, but you won't have to wash it too much — the material repels both oil- and water-based things you might spill on it. If you do spill, it should blot away easily with water! Oh, and doesn't it look fabulous on BuzzFeed editor Essence Gant in the pic above?

    Promising review: "It's perfect for travel. This shirt performed exactly as promised! No ironing, no wrinkles, and no stains after a full day of airport shuffling! Love it!" —2DotPeg

    Get it from Chico's for $79.50 (available in sizes 0/2-20/22 regular and 2P-16/18P petite and in five colors) or Amazon for $37.99+ (available in sizes 0/2-20/22 and in eight colors and prints).

    11. A bright expanding file folder to earn you points for presentation. Because frankly, it doesn't matter how good that report is if you turn it in as a crumpled mess.


    It's got five pockets and can hold up to 200 (!!!) letter-size pages. Check out our full write-up on these folders.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I've always been the type of person to have a different folder for every single subject in school, but it becomes too troublesome when you're a college student to have to switch them out every day depending on your schedule. You could easily forget a folder you need. I found this large file folder and decided to give it a try. After four months of continuous use, it's held up really well! It holds everything I need and is always by my side, and it actually still looks somewhat new. I get compliments on it for being cute as well as a great organizational tool." —KaleSensei

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors, and also in floral prints).

    12. An exercise peddler that pretty much provides the life hack you've been searching for your entire life: how to sit on your couch and and be active at the same damn time.


    This device folds up so you can move it to wherever you're sitting. It's got an adjustable resistance and a display screen, which can tell you your time, calories, RPM, or number of rotations. You can even take it to work and impress your coworkers with your ~commitment~ to fitness.

    Promising review: "I'm pretty impressed. For a very low price, you can pedal while you're watching television, working, on the computer, reading a book, or whatever. It's smooth, very quiet, and you can add resistance, just like the higher-priced ones. I even use it in my kitchen when I'm sitting on a low stool. I bought it because I loathe exercise except occasional walking and it's too cold outside to walk right now." —Pen Name

    Get it from Amazon for $28.79.

    13. The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook, because if you can master eating nutritious noms and always having a meal ready to go, you basically deserve a gold medal in adulting.


    It features over 100 recipes, three two-week meal plans, weekly shopping lists, and guides on how to safely store your pre-made meals.

    Promising review: "Having personally worked with clients as a registered dietitian, I can attest that most of the difficulty people have reaching their health goals is not just with eating healthier, but preparing and having the right foods stocked so that when hunger hits, you’re prepared. My favorite part of the whole book is the step-by-step process for Sunday meal preps. Choosing a day to commit to your shopping, prepping, cooking, and storing is no joke. In many ways, this is meal prepping in a nutshell, but the author makes it easy and fun. The organization is already done for you. The book provides three meal plans to choose from: weight loss, clean eating, and building muscle. Pick your goal and head to those recipes, easy peasy." —Manuel F Villacorta

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+.

    14. And a set of microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe three-compartment containers perfect for storing your pre-made meals (or even just making your lunch look a bit more luxe).


    Promising review: "I'm a single mom who works in the construction industry. The fewer dishes I have to deal with, the better. My time is precious and when I'm not at work, the less time I spend on dishes, the more time I get playing with my daughter. This was a perfect solution for meal prepping my and my daughter's lunches, dinners, and snacks. These exceeded my expectations in both convenience and durability." —Kayla Steinbach

    Get a pack of 21 from Amazon for $15.70.

    15. A three-in-one portable razor featuring two blades, a shave balm stick, and a spray bottle that goes above and beyond the functions of a basic travel razor.

    Free People

    This thing is essentially a secret agent-level gadget for grooming on the go. Just twist the dial on the front to switch between functions and escape any hairy situation without a scratch on you.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! It’s the perfect size for my bag. It shaves very close and keeps my skin very soft. Shaving doesn't need to be a shower exclusive anymore! It’s ideal for quick touch-ups on the go. The design is cute too!" —MariaLala

    Get it from Free People for $15 (available in three colors).

    16. Some honest-to-goodness grown-up PJs to set you apart from the basic people who still sleep in an old T-shirt and boxer shorts.


    Promising review: "Truly amazing. I received the white pair for Christmas, and then went back and bought myself another pair in blue. They are the cutest, most comfortable pajamas I've ever owned!!! I wish I could own them in every single color. I feel like a sexy, classy adult wearing them. They are soft and cozy. I like the short sleeve/longer pant combination, too, because I feel like my body is the perfect temperature when I sleep. When I wear long sleeve/long pant pajamas I get too hot, and if I wear short sleeve/shorts pajamas, I get too cold. Perfect!!!"—MontanaMac

    Get them from Nordstrom for $56.95 (originally $85, available in sizes XXS-XXL). Find more colors and a long-sleeved version here.

    17. A countertop herb garden that'll give you all the satisfaction of saying you grew your ingredients yourself without all the work. This baby basically takes care of everything, with everything from indicator lights to let you know when the plants need food and water to LED grow lights that turn on and off automatically. No green thumb required.


    It comes with Miracle-Gro plant food and seeds to grow mint, thyme, curly parsley, dill, Genovese basil, and Thai basil.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of this garden!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $99.99 (originally $189.99, available in two colors).

    18. A productivity-boosting planner to help you break down your goals by days, weeks, and months and totally take your life to the next level.


    The daily pages have places to rank the day's priorities, track what you're grateful for, and review wins and struggles at the end of the day. The pages at the beginning of each week provide space to set goals and projects, and plot out what you want to work on in each area of your life, from work to relationships. Finally, each of the three months begins with a blank calendar for you to fill in and spaces to plan and reflect. With the purchase of the planner, you even get access to an online course about productivity. Check out BuzzFeed's full review (#2), plus more of the best planners you can get online.

    Promising review: "Taking time to write about what you are grateful/excited for changes your whole life. If you're feeling apathetic or just not living up to your potential, buy this book! On the first day of using it, I made more sales than the whole prior month. I was SUPER motivated. This is something you can do for your mental and physical health that works immediately!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97+ (available in four colors).

    19. A collapsible drawer organizer set, because whenever I see someone whose underwear or sock drawer isn't a jumbled mess, I automatically assume they know all the magical secrets of the universe.

    These things really take the concept of "having your life together" to another level. The set includes four collapsible containers, one with six sections, one with seven, one with eight, and one with 24. Plus, they're moisture- and mold-resistant, so they'll keep everything fresh.

    Promising review: "This is a very nice and well-priced product. I like the differently sized sections (though some reviewers said their bras didn't fit in the largest sections, mine are a pretty good size and fit beautifully into the six-section divider when I folded them in half). I fit quite a large group of rolled-up camisoles and silk shirts into the seven-section piece. And the eight-section one is perfect for bulky wool socks. I especially like the way the pieces fold flat and then pop into shape when you zip the bottom, which gives them structure." —econut

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.89+ (available in three colors).

    20. Wonderfully whimsical statement earrings capable of bringing some sunshine to any outfit — and making that perfectly passable LBD you've worn a zillion times look brand new.

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $6.90.

    21. A set of eyeliner stamps that'll allow you to achieve the impossible. Yes, I'm talking about showing up with a perfect cat eye and being on time.


    You get two stamps, one for the the left eye and one for the right. Plus, each one has a classic eyeliner pen on the other side, which'll save you even more time — no need to rummage through your makeup bag to find another product. No wonder they've got over 2,500 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "With this product, I got two symmetrical wings in less than 30 seconds! It's super easy to use and very convenient. The eyeliner is a nice, dark shade of black and stays put throughout the day. I have sensitive skin and my skin wasn't irritated at all. I would definitely recommend buying this!" —Sharae Cua

    Get them from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three sizes).

    22. An in-depth (and majorly on sale) online photography class so you can rise above the common folk who let portrait mode do all the work for them.


    You don't need any experience or a snazzy camera — you can follow along with something as simple as a smartphone camera. Once you enroll, you'll have lifetime access to 21 hours of video, 62 articles, and 30 supplemental resources.

    Promising review: "I am definitely a visual learner, and after studying these charts and hearing the technical elements explained in various ways through videos, it felt like I had the information engrained in my brain for good. Now when I'm out shooting, I can adjust my camera as needed without second-guessing myself. This course built on the framework I already had, and taught me everything I needed to know about shooting in different lighting. Now I know how to shoot without over- or under-exposure, and I can shoot and adjust my settings much faster; moments don't pass me by anymore!" —BuzzFeeder Harper Hendrickson (check out their full review here!)

    Get it from Udemy for $11.99 with code UDEAFFBUZZF519 (originally $199.99!!!!!).

    23. A stunning lace romper to give you the best of both worlds and prove that yes, you deserve the limo out front. Pair it with the hottest styles, every shoe, every color., Amazon

    A sheer, sexy dress you can actually move in without fear of flashing the world? Yup, you've earned that spot at the top of the fashion class.

    Promising review: "Holy hell guys. This romper/dress is stunning. I was so nervous when I ordered it that it wouldn’t fit (I’m on the curvier side), but it’s GORGEOUS. The fabric feels like good material and it’s comfortable to wear — not too tight on anything. I also always feel like I’m wearing an adult diaper when I wear rompers, but not with this one! It's super flattering. 10/10." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $23.47+ (available in five colors).

    24. A turntable speaker that can do it all: play records, serve as a Bluetooth speaker, and convert your beloved vinyl into MP3 files. In other words, it sets the record for coolest music gadget ever.


    You'll get coolness points for the records, but all your friends will be extra impressed when you're able to switch over to Spotify.

    Get it from Firebox for $46.99+ (available in two colors).

    25. A peel-off nail polish barrier to get a manicure so flawless, no one will believe you did it yourself. Are you sure you didn't go to beauty school?


    Nobody has to know how much of a mess you made on your cuticles while swiping on your favorite shade. Just apply this stuff around your nails first so you can peel away any mistakes. You can also use it as a base coat to make polish easier to remove later!

    Promising review: "I've seen and used several of these kinds of liquid, peel-off cuticle guards, and this is the best one! It has a latex base, so if you have allergies stay away from it! However, if you don't, this is great! It has a very nice feel, applies easily in a pink tone, and dries clear almost immediately. There's no real wait time to continue on with your work and it's very easy to peel off in one piece!" —Vianney Luna

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A flower delivery subscription, because nothing says, "I'm an adult who has their stuff together" like a perfect floral arrangement (bonus points for never having to schlep to the florist).

    Enjoy Flowers/Cratejoy

    In each shipment, you'll get a bouquet of 20-30 stems (depending on your plan) that you can display all together or break into smaller bunches.

    Promising review: "For the price, I definitely had high expectations, but this exceeded them. The bouquet that arrived was absolutely stunning. The flowers arrived looking much nicer than anything I've bought before (and I normally get flowers every week). There was not a single bloom that looked blemished, which is incredible considering the distance it was shipped. I hadn't planned on continuing past a one-time purchase, but I will because they look and smell great!" —Yuliya S.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $41.65+/month (available in five plan options).

    27. An adorable reversible swimsuit featuring two 100% awesome prints for a look that's 200% fabulous (that's how math works, right?).

    The padding in the chest is removable and the ties are adjustable, so you can really customize this baby to make it fit your body as well as your mood.

    Promising review: "I normally don't write reviews, but this suit is AMAZING! I'm 5'2" and 125 lbs. It's so hard to find one-piece suits when you're short, especially when the shoulder straps aren't adjustable, but the way you can lace the straps in the back makes this super easy to adjust! The fact it's two in one is the best part. This is better quality than suits I've bought at Target for $10 more!" —Em Guercio

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    28. A mod corner shelving unit so you display tons of knickknacks in a Pinterest-worthy way, while still taking up very little space.

    The Home Depot

    Get it from The Home Depot for $69+ (available in four colors).

    29. And an iPhone-charging bracelet that truly puts the extra in extra credit.

    Uncommon Goods

    It gives you up to a 50% charge in only 40 minutes and looks cute to boot.

    Promising review: "This is a stylish and practical lifesaver. My boss LOVES this. She's on the phone all the time and I noticed she was always carrying cords to plug in her phone. This made it super easy! She used it the first night I gave it to her at a business dinner when her phone was dead. It gives enough of a charge to finish that business deal AND still catch a Lyft home!" —Elizabeth D

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $149 (available in two colors).

    Your friends, your family, your boss, your coworkers, and strangers on the street when they see how good you've become at life:

    Warner Bros.

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