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    30 Cheap Products That Can Be Quick-Fixes For Annoying Problems

    Problem-solving things for under $20, because quite frankly, we cannot be bothered.

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    1. A cable sleeve so you can finally manage the tumbleweed of cords taking up space behind your desk or entertainment center. Out of sight and out of mind, as they say.

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    One reviewer mentioned they use these to protect their cords from being destroyed by their cats, so cat owners, you're welcome.

    Promising review: "I had order this item in the hopes that it would make my living look less messy and wouldn't be a hassle to get the wires to be to difficult to wrap. Turned out to be a breeze! I really like that it's a zipper and not velcro wrap. These are ideal for area where the cables are not ridiculously too long. They're approximately 19.8 inches (1.5 ft). They're great for any area where you just don't want a messy wire's looking too busy. Enjoy." —Sir Webb

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.49.

    2. And! A set of cable clips that can be used to organize and prop up your chargers, *or* as a clever way to store your toothbrushes.

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    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.94.

    3. A pack of divider sticky notes that'll conveniently summarize important chapters of the giant textbook you've been lugging around all semester, while keeping your notes super organized.

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    Learn more in our full write-up on these tab divider sticky notes.

    Promising review: "I love these! I'm a college student who takes notes a lot, and these are perfect for using on rented textbooks (which you can't write in). The tabs are nice and there's just enough space on each paper to put down important information. Nice thick paper; it's sticky from one edge to about halfway to the other edge so it stays on pretty well." —maria17

    Get it from Amazon for $4.63 (available in packs of one, two, three, six, nine, and twelve).

    4. A mini knife sharpener for reviving the inexpensive knives you've had since freshman year of college back to pristine condition. No need to go out and buy a fancier set.

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    Promising review: "I bought more than a dozen Victorinox steak and kitchen knives over 15 years ago and they have been great knives. But they’ve been getting dull over the years and I believed I couldn’t sharpen them because they have the wavy blades, but I was mistaken. This stone does a fantastic job and after a quick 20 pulls across the steel (rough) and then ceramic stones my knives were 200% sharper. Now I try to pull them over the ceramic sharpener a few times each time I wash them. They’re essentially brand-new knives again." —J&A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    To learn more about it, check out "This Lil' Knife Sharpener Will Transform Your Trash Knives For Under $6".

    5. A clever safety cutter so you can slice open packaging, quickly cut out coupons, and trim photos — you know, all annoying and time consuming things — like a ninja on a mission.

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    Promising review: "This is one of those products that you never knew was missing from your life. It cuts paper, slices envelopes, opens plastic packaging, and cuts coupons from magazines without damaging the second page, all without danger of cutting your hand." —aJayM

    Get it from Amazon for $7.41.

    6. An antiperspirant lotion formulated for your hands and feet to give you some relief from sweaty palms and soles, and the frustration that comes with it.

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    Promising review: "My husband had researched so many products concerning his feet sweating. We have bought different kinds of socks and tried moisture soaking insoles too. Nothing worked. He stumbled across this product and it worked miracles on his feet. If you have problems with your feet sweating a lot, then I highly recommend this product!! It really works! So glad we took a chance on it! You should too!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99, and check out their antiperspirant wipes.

    7. A variety pack of heel and shoe inserts to not only protect your feet from blisters, but provide extra support for your soles. Go ahead, wear those super cute work heels that give you blisters...'til now that is.

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    Promising review: "I love these and wish I had them for every pair of heels I own. They can be a little annoying to put on because they are extremely sticky, but once they're on they're on. I bought the pack for four different heels for my week of sorority recruitment and used them on every pair and even stowed away the extras for my next pair. My favorite part is that the back connects to the heel, making it stay in place. When I have bought just heel ones in the past, they never stayed on." —Amazon Customer

    Get an assortment pack of eight pairs from Amazon for $13.98.

    8. A taco holder for perfectly cradling your masterpieces and stopping any ingredients from tragically falling out. And besides, don't we all need more reasons to eat more tacos???

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    They're dishwasher (top shelf) and oven safe (up to 500 degrees).

    Promising review: "My kids love the double-decker tacos I make, but they fall apart when I put them on a plate. These holders keep everything in place. They making assembling the tacos much easier too. When you're making 12 tacos at once, you can set these up like an assembly line. I definitely recommend them." —AlphaPepper

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.95+.

    9. A microwave plate cover featuring a genius magnetic hover function — and I *dare* that spaghetti sauce to try and splatter all over your freshly cleaned zap box NOW! Your long week doesn't deserve it, ok?

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    This clever and clean kitchen tool is dishwasher safe and simply attaches to the top of your microwave.

    Promising review: "We've had regular microwave splatter covers before and they are a hassle, get misplaced, take up space, and clutter up the kitchen. This microwave splatter cover, however, is really nice. The enclosed magnets make it possible to keep the cover inside the microwave at all times, whether in use or not. You're don't constantly have to remove the cover when putting something into the microwave. It's a very nifty, convenient way to keep your microwave clean! I love it!" —Olivia358

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    10. A cutie magnetic key holder that'll basically guarantee your days are free from the stressful, frantic, and all-too-common car key search.

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    It has an adhesive backing that'll stick to your walls and doors. If you're a renter or are worried about the stickiness, you can always add Command Strips to the back — get some for $2.99.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    11. A clarifying shampoo you can use once a week in place of your usual shampoo to remove that annoying residue left behind from heavy hair products.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this shampoo. I have thick but fine, curly hair. I get a lot of build up because of the products I use to define my curls and control frizz. Curly hair is very dry so shampooing daily is a no-no. This shampoo is perfect because I can use it on my roots once (sometimes twice) a week to cut down any build up. I highly recommend for anyone who uses a lot of products but isn't able to shampoo often." —Mary C

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    12. An eight-bin interlocking drawer organizer you're able to customize to fit your drawers just perfectly so every product finally has its own place.

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    Promising review: "These organizer bins were just perfect for my needs. I love that I'm not stuck with one configuration, it's so easy to change out a large bin for two or three small bins or vice-versa so the number of different layout possibilities are endless. The bins are super easy to lock together so it's simple to increase the size by interlocking a few more bins or make it smaller by removing a couple bins. The bins are made of a thicker plastic and feel nice and sturdy. I use these in the utility drawer in the kitchen, the drawers in our bathroom vanity and my dressing table. This is my third set and I will be using these to organize some drawers in the garage." —Dee

    Get the eight bin set on Amazon for $8.58+ (available in six styles/colors).

    13. An anti-chafing balm to give your skin some relief on sweaty days. Plus, it's made with hydrating ingredients that won't clog pores — and yup, that all sounds A+ to me.

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    Promising review: "From riding bikes to walking around an amusement park in shorts, any activity that caused my thighs to rub for extended periods of time left chaffing and even scabs on my inner thighs. A friend of mine is a triathlete and she recommended this product. What a life changer! I can go bike riding in the Florida heat in shorts now! I can once again go to theme parks or the beach and walk around all day without having to suffer. This stuff is literally magic. I coat it on just before my activity and I don’t ever need to reapply. Doesn’t leave any white marks or do anything funky. It’s like it’s not even there. I love love love this stuff." —amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    14. Reusable produce storage bags for keeping your freshly bought fruits and veggies actually fresh, so you have a real chance at eating them this time. Hello! Look at these results!

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    Promising review: "We decided to do a little test. One banana in a bag and one out, same location in the kitchen. This was after nine days you can see that’s there’s a distinct difference in the bananas. Amazing product!" —Trio Mum

    Get a 20 pack from Amazon for $9.88.

    15. A jewelry fastener that'll make wearing that dainty bracelet (with the impossibly tiny clasp) actually possible.

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    Promising review: "Wonderful helper! I don't know how I fastened a bracelet before ordering this. Each time I use it, it seems to be easier to use." —LuAnne B.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    16. A car vent dip clip so you can dip 👏 those 👏 fries 👏 without fumbling with the barbecue sauce and spilling it all over your car. May your commutes home be somewhat tolerable now.

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    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in black).

    17. Aaaand — to meet your in-house dipping needs — a dip clip that attaches straight to your plate so you're able to properly eat your nuggets, dumplings, veggies, and so on without making a total mess.

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    This lil' guy has a 1/3-cup capacity and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "These are just wonderful. My daughter loves to have ranch with just about anything but hates it on her plate touching her food. This is perfect to put your dip or sauce in without having it run all over your plate." —Gael Fulcer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.68.

    18. A suuuuuuuper duper small spatula made to get into the nooks and crannies of your best beauty products and remove every last drop so when you run out last minute (it always happens on the busiest days!!!), you're still ~covered~.

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    Promising review: "Fantastic product. I'm able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. It works on bottles, jars, etc. I only wish I would have bought this product years ago. Oh, the money I could have saved. Just clean with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up) and I think you will get your money's worth out it. Already bought more as gifts." —HMSK

    Get it from Amazon for $6.12.

    *And! Get a 10-pack of tiny jars ($6.99) for any leftover makeup you scraped out of the original bottle.

    19. A stain repellent spray for your pricier handbags that'll create an invisible protective layer and ward off the evils of rain and denim stains.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff! I have several high end purses and was struggling with dye transfer from my jeans. Now, each time I buy a purse I treat it with this first, and I have no more troubles with my purses turning blue!" —MTHealthyLiving

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    20. A teeny bottle of touchup paint for restoring furniture back to its original glory days. Scratches, chips, and stains, WHO?

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    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free. This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in nine shades).

    21. Extra-pointy cotton swabs here to save the day from any makeup slip-up. Use them to quickly fix eyeliner, lipstick, and eyeshadow mistakes with its precision tip, and you're out the door!

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    People also use them to clean lenses and hard-to-reach places, like in between the letters on keyboards.

    Promising review: "I'm very satisfied with these. They are great for touching up eye makeup. I used them for applying eye shadow, too. But, the biggie for me is, they clean up under-eye smudges. Also, great to keep in your purse for when your mascara gets a bit smeared under your lower lashes. These work so much better than regular cotton swabs." —Vicki LF

    Get an 800-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

    22. Shower curtain clips that simply attach to your shower walls to ensure water stays on the *inside* of the tub. IDK about you, but I sure don't want to spend my mornings moppin' up water.

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    Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower, where at the end there were six or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air; however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one, and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." —starvingcollegestudent

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.69.

    23. A felt purse organizer for your everyday tote or bag that sadly, doesn't have many pockets inside — at least 'til you get this ~handy~ thing. Ahh, just imagine living in a world where you open your bag and see your keys right where you left them.

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    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs! THIS organizer allows you to put lots of things in their own pocket so that you can quickly retrieve it without wasting time digging around. Other items (perhaps, taller items) can be put in the main section that is the length of the organizer. I purchased one and am now purchasing two more as gifts for people who I know also own tall tote bags like mine. If you have a tall tote, you can't go wrong buying this product. I highly recommend it." —A. E.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 24 style/size/color options).

    24. Heel protectors that'll not only keep your best pumps from getting ruined, but prevent you from sinking into the grass or losing a shoe to those cursed street grates.

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    You just never know where the day can take you, and if for some reason it takes you to some wet grass, you'll be set.

    Promising review: "I needed these for a pair of heels I planned to wear to an outdoor wedding. I took a chance with a size small without measuring my heels. Despite being a touch too large for my heels, they only slipped off once while I was seated. I'm very satisfied with how these held up and protected my shoes! They were easy to apply and remove, and small enough to slip into your purse." —J. St Louis

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes).

    25. A life-changing shoe spray that kills odor-causing bacteria and keeps your best sandals from smelling like death. Hot summer days are approaching fast — now you and your feet can get through them stink-free.

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    Promising review: "This stuff REALLY works. All my kids shoes were super stinky and I gave each one a spray. The results were immediate and long lasting. You can't imagine how happy I am because all those smelly toes were getting to me. I also really like that it's all natural and has a fresh clean scent." —MoogliWoogli

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    26. An overflow drain cover so you can enjoy a full bath without worry about losing precious water every second. Listen, you deserve to climb into a hot bubble bath and relax, ok?!

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    Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths, and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know...THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness... all because of this little bit of silicone!" —anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    27. A set of toe caps for protecting ingrown nails, corns, blisters, and other painful areas and preventing them from rubbing in your shoes. Its latex-free gel material also moisturizes skin and promotes healing.

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    These are waterproof and reusable!

    Promising review: "This is an unbelievable product! I work 12 hour shifts in the hospital and need protection for the corn on my left great toe. I purchased the size large and it fit well. I completely forgot I was wearing it underneath my socks and athletic shoes — bonus! The silicone is very soft, flexible, cleans easily. Would absolutely recommend this since it has held up quite well for the 17 hours I have it on (from the time I wake up until I am back from my shift). Cleans and dries easily and has maintained its shape." —LJ

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two sizes and colors).

    28. A multipurpose moldable glue to seal, repair, bond, and solve tons of tiny household problems — including one of the most annoying things of all: frayed cables.

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    It can be used to repair other things as well and works on aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood, and some fabrics. It's waterproof, UV-resistant, electrically insulating, and dishwasher-proof when cured.

    Promising review: "My MacBook Pro charger wire was starting to break so I got some Sugru to mend the damage. Absolutely incredible product that saved me like $70 to get a new charger." —leesankwok

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $15.99 (available in seven color combos).

    29. A discreet little password book that'll serve ya a friendly reminder when you can't remember what your favorite pizza topping was in 2007.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this little book! What an awesome idea someone had when they came up with this! I have always had to write my passwords in some sort of notebook/journal since I have so many accounts and can never remember any of them, but this just made it SO much easier! It’s in alphabetical order which is super convenient and it’s discreet yet not boring enough to get shuffled away with other paperwork and notebooks." —Erika Gustafson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    30. And a cup holder designed to fit on shopping carts so you don't have to chug your freshly poured Starbucks before hitting the grocery store. Now you can stroll, shop, and sip — as one should.

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    Promising review: "Ingenious idea and great invention. I go grocery shopping with cart and attach this cup holder to the cart with Starbucks coffee... Walking around, hands free, have a sip of coffee every now and then...life is great." —stephen moody

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.99.

    Hopefully now this will *NOT* be you.

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