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30 Inexpensive And Useful Products To Help You Get Through The Week

Wrinkle spray, mini heating pads, mushroom coffee, and more to get ya through looooooong weeks.

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1. Battery-operated, motion sensing night lights you can install anywhere in the house, because you don't turn on the lights. The lights turn on for YOU.

Night lights installed on the staircase wall where there are no outlets

These little lights are AA battery-operated (not included, but you can grab some here), weatherproof feature, a 30-second auto shutoff, activate from 15 feet away, and can be stuck anywhere (just grab some Command strips!).

Promising review: "We have a short set of steps from the house into the attached garage that have always been dark and a little hard to see clearly in certain situations. These lights have been a perfect solution. They activate quite well and at a good distance, and put out a really nice amount of light. They also seem well made. I mounted one with the adhesive strip, and one with the screws (both included) and they are equally secure. They couldn't be easier to install and use right away. My whole family appreciates them." —foradrive

Get it from Amazon for $14.99

2. A sheet detangler for drying sheets faster (and with fewer wrinkles!) and keeping them from twirling up in a soggy ball. That's not helpful, dryer!

sheets in a basket with the clips on the ends to keep them from tangling up
The Grommet

Owner Cyndi Bray created her company Wad-Free to provide a solution to a problem we all know too well: Sheets wadding up and not drying properly. 

Promising review: "I love this gadget. The sheets come out wrinkle free. They are easier to fold and the rest of the laundry is not balled up in the sheets. Everything dried in less time." —Christine

Get it from The Grommet for $18.95 or Amazon for $18.99

3. Shower curtain rings with two separate hangers for your curtain and liner that'll make it incredibly easy to remove either for cleaning. Save the precious free time you have during the week to do fun things, instead of fighting to get your grimy curtain off.

curtain rings with two separate hooks to hold liner and curtain

Promising review: "This is one of those items you didn’t know you needed, and once you get it you can’t help but wonder you ever managed before. I absolutely hate taking the shower curtains off because of the whole open and close for multiple shower curtains. I know you’re like, ‘It’s just shower curtain hooks.’ And it is. But when you have to change out the creepy shower liner, that likes to attack you, and you dread doing so, this just adds seconds to your life. No more unsnapping. Simply take out the liner, place the liner on the appropriate hook, and presto." —Nardsbaby

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five finishes).

4. The Super Shammy — a super absorbent towel made with soft microfiber chenille designed to get your pup dried fast. It features convenient pockets you can slip your hands into for a good, good dry. No more muddy paw prints here!

person using the towel to dry a dog
The Grommet

The Super Shammy is from small biz, Soggy Doggy. Owner Joanna Rein used her inspiration from a car wash and a towel she saw a swimmer use at a swim meet to come up with this practical, easy-to-use pet towel. It's odor-resistant, super soft, and so much better than trying to use old rags to your very muddy doggo cleaned up.

Promising review: "I have two German Shepherds and was really surprised the first time when it soaked up the majority of water on both of them. It was so nice not to have to use several towels each time they came in. I am so glad I purchased this." —Jeanna

Get it from The Grommet for $20.99 (available in four colors).

5. Horizontal prism glasses that'll let you do your favorites (read, Netflix binge) and your not-so-favorites (work from home...) all while laying completely horizontal. Absolute gold if you ask me.


Promising review: "These are great. A few years ago I bought a pair from a different company, and they were very heavy and hurt to wear. These glasses are MUCH lighter weight and don't smash my nose when I try to sit up. 5 starts. They block all lights behind you when wearing these; the light reflects into the glasses." —customer

Get them from Amazon for $12.95.

6. A blow dryer holder that'll angle the dryer in the perfect position, meaning no more arm rest breaks...meaning less work on your part. Genius.

person blow drying hair with a dryer placed in the holder

The actual stand is universal, so it will hold dryers of all sizes and weights.

Promising review: "I LOVE this hair dryer holder. It used to take me 15 to 20 minutes to dry my hair in the morning. Now it takes me eight because I don't have to put my arms down to rest them anymore. I placed it high on my bathroom wall and tilted the arm down because I wanted to straighten my wavy hair. My hair was sleek and straight because I brushed it while drying, which was so much easier to do without holding the dryer. I'll tell all my friends about this!" —Jon Wagner

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

7. A deck of bodyweight exercise cards you'll find just as useful at the gym as you will during your at-home workout. Add some new excitement into your routine by randomly selecting one of these!

Promising review: "These are super useful. I am a certified personal trainer and I am using them to help challenge me to try new workouts. I looked at these online for a couple weeks before deciding to take the plunge and purchase them. Totally worth the money! High quality cards, easy to read and great for a learning tool for anyone from beginners to advanced!" —OrganicallyOlivia

Get them from Amazon for $17.99 (available in three versions and other exercise types like resistance bands, Pilates, and more).

8. A pre-filled grocery list to keep track of what you need throughout the week so when you hit up the store in a rush, you're not aimlessly wandering grocery store aisles with no game plan. That = bad. That = too much brain power.

the grocery pad styled on table with fruits

Promising review: "This is a wonderful grocery list. It has multiple sections pre-written and it even has some blanks in each section so that you can add any items that aren't already on the list. You can even put the list on the fridge because there are magnets on the back. Very handy. :)" —Lydia

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

9. A pack of no-tie shoelaces, because tying your own laces is so last year. With these you can just slip on your sneakers and head out!


Promising review: "I've always hated dealing with floppy shoelaces that either come untied or require a bulky double bow. I'm also lazy and like to slip my shoes on and off without untying/retying. These solve all my problems while adding color to dull shoes and (optionally) making me more visible to cars at night. Now, my shoes take a half-second to pull on or off, and feel secure on my feet. Where have these shoelaces been all my life?" —CKO

Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 35 colors).

10. A wrinkle release spray for the mornings when you just don't have the time to break out the ironing board and iron, and give your shirts a nice press. Who has the time for that?!

reviewer's pants with one side less wrinkly because of the spray, and the other side super wrinkly

Promising review: "HOLY SMOKES. I wasn't expecting this product to work so well. Literally 10 seconds after spraying and gently stretching as the directions suggested, this was the difference! I let it hang for another 15 minutes with a subtle improvement, but the first few seconds after were mind-blowing." —Desiree

Get it from Amazon for $13.94.

11. 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.


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 $6.99.

12. A hard-boiled egg timer so you can skip the guesswork of "hmmm, is eight minutes enough? I have no idea." Skip that and the Googling, and just use this lil' guy.


Simply plop the timer and the color of the timer will change to indicate how boiled the eggs are, so you know when it's time to take 'em out.

Promising review: "100% necessary? No...however, it does make one thing a little easier for me in the morning. Instead of watching the pot and waiting for the water to boil to start the timer you can just put the NobelEgg in the pot with your eggs, start the heat and just wait for your eggs to be done. Cant wait to give some as gifts!" —BaileyBoo

Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

13. A compact hair roller so you don't have to lug out a giant vacuum just to remove the mounds of pet hair that's accumulated on your couch.

Added bonus: This product doesn't use sticky adhesive paper. The roller can be reused over and over again because of its high quality bristles that grab the hair again and again like a brush.

Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-lb. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care; it's THAT good." —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

14. An ergonomic spout and handle attachment for mason jars so you can conveniently pour syrup, honey, and homemade sauces with total ease.

spout attached to mason jar with syrup
The Grommet

This gadget was created by Culinesco, a small business started by makers Kate and Bryce Hansen. After Kate's 1960s syrup dispenser broke, she was on a mission to find something that did the job just as well. When nothing came up, she invented her own!

Promising review: "I use this for my maple syrup because it pours without it dripping all over. It's a pretty handy gadget. I like the way it stays closed. The handle allows a good grip while pouring." —Pamela

Get it from Culinesco on The Grommet for $21.95.

15. A clever glass and bottle cleaner with a design that makes it actually possible to get waaay down to the bottom of narrow glasses and get a good cleaning. Your hand grasping onto a big sponge will not fit, not matter how hard you try!


This handy little gadget suctions to the side of the sink or onto the counter so you can scrub, scrub, scrub without the worry of it moving around on ya. And! When the brush needs a cleaning itself, just detach and wash!

Promising review: "Love this! Helps with speed, ease and thoroughness of cleaning. I had foggy residue on the inside of a glass where my hands could not reach. A few suds and twist and it looked like brand-new." —Kyle

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

16. A rapid food slicer because it's this, or individually cutting each cherry tomato, ultimately increasing the likelihood you get juice sent straight to the eyeball. This is just so much more efficient!

Promising review: "The Rapid Slicer is a fantastic addition to any cooks kitchen! It is an extremely high quality product that makes cutting so much faster. I really dislike making salad because of all the chopping. Now it is a breeze using the Rapid Slicer. I’m an economy Mom who will purchase meat in larger packages to save money. I use the Rapid Slicer to cut large chicken breasts, pork chops, etc. to make portion size cuts of meat. I don’t have a steady hand so my portion sizes used to be all over the place and now they are all even. I would recommend this product for all of the reasons." —Amazon reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

17. A dry shampoo POWDER (!!) so you can ditch the shower on late mornings and achieve hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Hey, nobody has to know it's going on day three...or five.

Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

18. A small heating patch made with lemon balm, juniper berry, jasmine, dandelion root, rosehip, and without harsh chemicals to help with pesky cramps. Simply apply to achey parts of the body and the patch will heat up to provide relief.

person holding up patch near lower abdomen

Promising review: "Amazing! If you like heating pads during that lovely time just get it.. It says they last for 6 hours or something but I've had a few/all stay warm and comforting for over 15 hours! They are perfect." —SFMB

Get a three-pack from Rael for $6.

19. A jump rope with a digital counter to take the guesswork out of how many skips you actually did. With this nifty thing, you can keep track, time jump sessions, and see how much you've burned.,

Promising review: "I love how this jump rope has both a timer and a counter. This allows me to jump for a fixed length of time without having to check my phone. I usually jump for two minutes every set, and when the time is up the timer will beep to let me know, and then I rest for another minute before beginning another set. Also, it is difficult to keep counting when I am too exhausted from jumping, and I'm glad that the rope counts for me, so I don't have to worry about it. I can keep a very detailed record with these features. Overall this is a nice product, especially during the time of self-quarantine." —Lynda

Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in seven colors).

20. A clever little water bottle ideal for outdoor workouts and jogs. It comes with a secret compartment in which you can store cash, cards, and keys.

person hiding keys in compartment on side of water bottle

Promising review: "This thing goes everywhere with me. It makes going to the gym, zumba, and yoga so much simpler! There's no need to fight with a purse or wallet because all you need is this handy dandy water bottle." —OlyGirl

Get it from Amazon for $18.50+ (available in two colors).

21. A bag re-sealer (that, yes, looks like a teeny hair straightener) for closin' up that chip bag you didn't get through. This gadget heats up and clamps bags shut with its corrugated hot plates, so you can keep your snacks fresh!

Promising review: "Just got this cool new gadget! So sick of never having a clip for the million bags of chips my daily opens. This sealer worked great. Heated up in like 40 seconds and sealed this chip bag in seconds, and now I don't have to find a clip! I'm sure the chips will stay fresh much longer too since it's sealed like I just bought it! Would recommend!" —Stacy0814

Get it from Amazon for $8.80.

22. A pack of mushroom coffee mix reviewers say give them the same amount of energy as regular cups of joe, but without any jitters or caffeine headaches. Feel the midday slump comin' on? Grab this.

reviewer holding coffee packet

Promising review: "I have no idea if there will legitimately be any real benefits to ingesting these 'super-'mushrooms in my coffee, but what I do know is this: They taste good, and they leave me less jittery than regular coffee. That could be just the result of drinking slightly less coffee in my coffee, but either way, it satisfies my craving for coffee and it tastes good." —Kate O'Neill

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $11.84 (available in three mushroom blends).

To learn more about this, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (it's #3!).

23. A giant (and very encouraging) water bottle that'll keep track of your daily intake *FOR YOU* so you stay hydrated and feelin' healthy., Karma Brown /

Promising review: "This is the perfect bottle for my daily needs. I no longer have to constantly refill up my water bottle. The opening of this bottle is big enough for me to put in lemons to add a bit of acidity and vitamin C to my water." —Anthony Lu

Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in three sizes and 27 colors).

24. A box of antiperspirant towelettes that'll keep you dry for up to an entire week (a week!). Just gently wipe before bed, let dry for five minutes, get your sleep on, and wake up with dry, happy armpits.

reviewer image holding Sweat Block wipe packet

Promising review: "For anyone who might be skeptic, please allow me to put you at ease. If you have hyperhidrosis, meaning it can be 9 degrees outside and you're still sweating under your arms, this product has the potential to change your life. I would sweat THROUGH a sport coat before noon. Enter the Sweat Block product. I've had it for three weeks and it is life changing. I DO NOT sweat under my arms anymore. I'm still on the original box that I bought three weeks ago. I had to write a review after I was cleaning the garage today in 85 degree heat...I was sweating through my shirt on my back...BUT NOT MY UNDERARMS. It is amazing!" —Frosty McGee

Get an 10-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (each box lasts two months).

25. Or an antiperspirant formulated for your hands to give you some relief from sweaty palms and the frustration that comes with it.

person holding bottle of carpe lotion, with a review that says "makes hands dry instantly"

Promising review: "I've struggled with a severe case of hyperhidrosis since I was born. I've tried pretty much everything out there, and besides surgery, this is the only product I've found that WORKS. I cannot say how much I LOVE this product. Other products give you this awful tingling sensation that burns. This doesn't! Once you apply it at night, you can't feel it the next morning. It worked for me after one application, and I just can't say enough great things about this. I NEVER review products, but if my review can help this company get more clients who are struggling with hyperhidrosis to try it, then it's worth it. You will not be sorry you tried this!" —Rachel Alvarez

Get it from Amazon for $14.93 (also available in a foot and underarm formula).

26. Cook Once, Eat All Week — a cookbook featuring 26 gluten free recipes that, you guessed it, will get you through an entire week with only cooking once. Busy weeks stand no chance with this in your cookbook arsenal.,

Promising review: "I really like this cookbook and I am no cook, but this book makes me feel like I am! Step-by-step instructions that don’t overwhelm. It’s so practical for me as a mom of three boys! My husband was able to help with the meal prep on the weekend and then during the busy week, boom, I have fresh DELICIOUS dinner cooking IN THE OVEN in about 5 mins. I’ve had time to clean up kitchen, set table and enjoy my family without slaving away everyday in the kitchen for dinner! I’m going to start doubling the recipes so we can all have lunch the next day too. My boys have loved all the recipes! Fed and Fit delivers AGAIN! Life hack cook book for sure!" —Candace

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

27. Bra strap extenders to give you room to breathe (like, literally breathe). Don't go out and try to find a new bra, just get these! *Ahhhhh.*

reviewer image of extender added to bra straps

Promising review: "Great! Not to long like others I was finding! These are great if you need to go up like one to three clips, instead of two inches like others! These were just what I needed and I love you get three sizes and three colors. Totally awesome!" —Steff

Get a nine-piece variety set from Amazon for $6.89 (available in six set sizes).

28. A set of silicone lids that'll stretch to fit and mold over any container that lost its companion lid. Or soda can. Or watermelon. Who ever said you couldn't fit a circle in a square clearly never used these.,

Promising review: "I bought these to replace the lids on my Pyrex because they were all cracked. I have multiple sized Pyrex including rectangular ones. These lids are thin and stretchy which work perfectly around pretty much any dish. Even though they are all circular they stretch to fit the rectangular ones great!" —Matza

Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $11.99.

29. A collapsible colander with extendable handles so you don't, *cough cough,* have to annoyingly clear out all the dirty dishes at the bottom of the sink just to drain some pasta.

extendable colander inside sink with veggies

Promising review: "This is awesome! Large enough for 2 pounds of pasta and lots of veggies. It's easy to clean and easy to fold. Spend a few extra bucks to get this vs. other colanders. The shape makes it easier to return contents to pots without mess on stove! Trust me! And it prevents pasta coming in contact with sink germs." —Kath B

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four colors).

30. A two-spray shower head because the last thing you need on a slow and sluggish morning is slow and sluggish water pressure.

before/after of reviewer's shower with noticeably stronger pressure coming out after installing 2-spray head

Promising review: "I'm amazed! We live in a prewar New York City apartment and it seemed that poor water pressure in the shower that barely extended beyond the wall was par for the course. We just installed this shower head and now the water stream extends to the other side of the tub! Looking forward to finally taking a satisfying shower after all this time." —TWNYC

Get it from Amazon for $20.19.

Read our full write-up and learn more about this life-changing bathroom addition.

Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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