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    24 Things Under $5 That I Think You Absolutely Need In Your Life

    Yes, you read that right โ€” Under. Five. Dollars.

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    1. A double-sided tongue scraper and brush, aka the oral hygiene gadget you never knew you needed. Buh-bye, bad breath and aftertastes, I won't miss you.


    Promising review: "This is one of those tools that you don't know you need until you actually use one. I'd never used a tongue scraper until my sister introduced me to them. Why would I need one when I use my toothbrush to scrape my tongue, right? Using this tool gets so much grime and grossness out of your mouth and tongue that you didn't even know you had. Your mouth won't feel clean until after you've used it, period." โ€”Katherine

    Get it from Amazon for $3.09.

    2. A bar of fancy French shea butter soap without the fancy price tag. That plus the over 3,000 positive reviews have me saying "Oui, s'il vous plaรฎt."


    It's paraben-free and not tested on animals!

    Promising review: "I generally go through at least three bars of soap in month. This soap has lasted the entire month and I still have a good-sized portion left. It hasn't broken into tiny pieces like my usual soap. It's also smells great and adds moisture to my dry skin. I'll be ordering more and trying the other fragrances. Great as a gift, too." โ€”Kuda

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 24 scents).

    3. NYX Butter Gloss, a buildable lipgloss beloved by over 2,800 reviewers that actually won't leave your lips all sticky like the other glosses you've tried over the years.,

    Promising review: "Skip the expensive mall store โ€” buy this. This is one of those drugstore products that lives up to its reputation. 'Angel Food Cake' is a nice, rose mauve color with no yellow undertones. The color stays true and wonโ€™t turn orange while youโ€™re wearing it. Itโ€™s not sticky like so many inexpensive lip glosses. It will also keep your lips reasonably hydrated. The color wonโ€™t be dramatic enough for some, but as an..ahem...mature woman I need to keep it subtle. This gloss is all you need for everyday wear." โ€”Toomanycats

    Get it from Amazon for $2.15+ (available in 23 colors).

    4. Wonderfully whimsical fine-tip llama pens you're gonna wanna al-pack-a in your work bag ASAP.


    Promising review: "I love these pens. Most of all, I love how the llamas can come off the ends and be put on another pen or pencil!" โ€”Kelsey P.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $4.90.

    5. Pus-absorbing, pimple-eliminating patches over 2,600 reviewers rely on to zap their zips faster than they ever thought possible.,

    I personally swear by these! Check out my full review here.

    Promising review: "Okay, what is this sorcery?? I can't believe I never knew these existed. I seriously felt like a teenager again last weekend. Literally days after talking about how great my skin has been, this giant, painful, bulging zit was starting to form right in the middle of my chin. A week before my cousin's wedding, naturally. It was like it wouldn't stop growing, and spot treatment solution was doing absolutely nothing. It hurt so bad, and I couldn't help trying to pop it, but it refused. Then I heard about these. I placed one on my chin the second they arrived in the mail. After a few hours, I saw the white forming and I was curious and peeled it off. Then I put a fresh one on before bed, and come the next morning...HOLY COW, the entire dot of the patch was now a giant white blob. This zit was no joke. It's amazing how much fluid/pus had to get sucked out. Like I said, this is some magic. The zit completely went away within a day." โ€”Heather R. Weather

    Get a box of 36 from Amazon for $4.05.

    6. A miraculous rust stain-removing spray that'll give you serious bang (and OMG-worthy results) for your buck. Trust me.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough great things about this product. We just purchased a home that has a well with very high iron content in the water. I tried everything to remove the stains from our three toilets, but nothing worked. I found this product online and immediately ordered it. The results blew me away. I didn't have to scrub at all. I let it sit in the tank for several hours and the results floored me!" โ€”Toni Huitt

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    7. DampRid moisture absorber, which comes in handy little tubs that'll mil-dew a great job of keeping the air free of that icky, humid smell that's the one thing you're not looking forward to when the weather gets warmer., Amazon

    Each tub lasts up to 60 days and can be refilled with moisture-absorbing beads. It works best in small spaces like closets and bathrooms, and claims to help reduce allergens in the air, too!

    Promising review: "I live in a humid climate where keeping towels and sheets smelling fresh seems impossible. I purchased this and placed one of the two containers in a small bathroom closet where my wife and I store linens. It's been working like a charm! I personally like the scent it gives the closet space. After two weeks, the towels and sheets still smell fine, no musty odors. This has been the most effective method of preventing the pesky mildew smells that can propagate during the rainy season. I also like the small, inconspicuous buckets because they're easy to place on the floor or a shelf." โ€”Kort

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $4.25+ (available in two scents).

    8. A handy lip balm holder clip that's exactly the product anyone who's always losing their Chapstick (aka me, you, and probably everyone) has needed all their lives.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get one in a random print from Urban Outfitters for $5 or Amazon for $2.25.

    9. The Cat Dancer, a super-simple wire toy that every cat and owner alike will become paws-itively obsessed with. It's the under-$2 way to get your cat to perform the most hilarious antics of their nine lives, so I suggest having a camera ready.,

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go wild. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I've never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" โ€”Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $1.77.

    10. Microfiber makeup-removing cloths capable of getting your whole face clean with โ€” get this โ€” just good ol' water.


    They've got 2,000 positive reviews and are machine washable so you can use them again and again!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they do a pretty impressive job of taking off all my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." โ€”RachelM

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $3.99.

    11. A precious and ridiculously affordable cat spoon that can conveniently perch on your cup and provide a smile on mornings when you're ~feline~ blue., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this little spoon! It fits perfectly on the edge of my coffee mug. Now I no longer have to go searching for spoon to stir my morning coffee! Since it sits on the edge of the cup, my fingers don't get sticky from a wet handle. Plus, it's absolutely adorable and makes me think of my own kitty while I'm away at work. This spoon has become an essential part of my morning routine." โ€”Brianna S

    Get it from Amazon for $1.59.

    12. A blow dry accelerating spray for anyone who wants great hair without the wait. You've got places to go, people to see. In the immortal words of a certain sea witch, you're a very busy person who hasn't got all day.

    @nymbrands / Via

    I'm a morning shower person with unruly bangs that must be blow dried or chaos will ensue. I use this every day as a heat protectant and in an attempt speed up the process. I think it's a must for impatient folks who want to look fab!

    Promising review: "My hair is somewhere between straight and wavy. I blow dry and flat iron my hair every day. It's long (past mid-back) and, while it's fine, there's a lot of it. It typically takes 35-45 minutes to get my hair dry. I came across this product by accident at the drugstore, so I decided to give it a try. My hair goes from dripping wet to bone dry in 10 minutes FLAT. This stuff is a lifesaver. I just want people who spend a five or six hours a week under a blow dryer to know there's a better way!!" โ€”CLL1979

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89.

    13. A unique sticker from a favorite fandom like Harry Potter or Schitt's Creek that'll generate approximately a zillion compliments from fellow geeks when you pop it on your laptop or water bottle.

    ImBookishandBakewell/Etsy, LaceyOlsonDesign/Etsy

    Get the Snape sticker from ImBookishandBakewell on Etsy for $3.48 and the David sweater sticker from LaceyOlsonDesign on Etsy for $3.50.

    14. Milani eyeshadow primer to lock in the gorgeous ~lewk~ you spent so much time on this morning. No way you're letting it go to waste.

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review of this primer here!

    Promising review: "Let me tell you what primer can do for you. Seriously. The first picture is right after the application of the primer and my eye makeup. The eyeshadow I used was $5 โ€” NOT high quality stuff, but lovely colors. The second photo is eight hours later and the third is over 13 hours from the first photo. I didn't notice creasing until I took that pic, and it's not even noticeable until I'm nearly touching my nose to a mirror. I'm going to go to sleep with it on just for fun to see what I wake up with in the morning. Tip for applying: don't do anything fancy! Just put a dab on your finger and cover your whole eyelid up to the brow. Let it dry for a sec. You shouldn't be able to see it, and it should feel very light." โ€”Lorraine Renee

    Get it from Amazon for $4.29.

    15. A convenient laundry detergent cup holder that rests neatly under the detergent jug to stop you from making your usual soapy mess. Because anything that makes laundry less of a pain in the butt is a must-have, IMHO.


    Promising review: "Something I never knew I needed, but now canโ€™t live without." โ€”LW

    Get it from Target for $2.99.

    16. A simple-yet-brilliant bracelet fastener so you can actually fasten a clasp by yourself without wishing you had an extra limb.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I waited this long to buy one of these. My eyesight is failing, including my depth perception, so wearing bracelets has been difficult unless they're slip-on. This jewelry helper is easy to use. Now I can wear bracelets again." โ€”Cat Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in two colors).

    17. A whimsical and helpful little frog sink strainer that's toad-ally ready to help you keep icky food debris out of your drain., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this on Amazon after seeing it at a kitchen store, thinking it was adorable, and then leaving it there because I suspected it was overpriced. Indeed, it turned out that Amazon was offering it at about half the price of the kitchen store. I was sick of dish strainers breaking, looking gross, and constantly twisting and blocking the drain. I was starting to dread doing the dishes, and especially having to reach my hands into a bunch of clammy, disgusting dish water to unplug the strainer (shudder). With this one, there have been zero problems. It's cute and does what it's supposed to do. I'm extremely happy with it." โ€”mlrowley

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in nine designs).

    18. Coty Airspun loose face powder, a magical setting powder that over 5,000 reviewers use to help them really, truly slay all day.


    Promising review: "I am 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." โ€”AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available in five shades).

    19. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet that's so simple yet game-changing. It might even save you from having ANOTHER fight with your S.O. or roommate when they throw their icky cereal bowl in with the dishes you JUST. FREAKING. WASHED.


    Promising review: "This holds really well to the door of the dishwasher and I couldn't be more pleased with it. It's very simple and no-frills, but it does the job and didn't cost a lot. It makes our lives much easier not having to worry if the dishes are clean, and it saves water that way!" โ€”brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $4.83.

    20. Strong and cute mini cactus magnets for a fun fridge update that definitely doesn't succ(ulent).


    Promising review: "The cutest little magnets! Stronger than I thought they would be โ€” one can easily hold an invitation on the fridge." โ€”Mallory

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $3.99.

    21. OMG-worthy over-the-knee Pusheen socks to add some much-need cattitude to every outfit.

    Pusheen Shop

    Get them from Pusheen Shop for $4 (originally $8).

    22. A 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!" โ€”SMTWNGal

    Get it from Amazon for $3.19+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A fun Disney face mask to make your self care routine about a million times more magical.

    Hot Topic

    Get the Toy Story alien matcha mask or the Beauty and the Beast rosewater mask for $4.90, both from Hot Topic.

    24. And a LOL-worthy nose pencil sharpener that's a bargain that's nothing to sneeze at.


    Get it from Amazon for $3.25.

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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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