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    34 Cool & Random Things You Can Probably Afford

    A pet-grooming hammock you need to see to believe, and a bunch of other goodies, all for $30 or under.

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    1. A two-in-one hammock for your dog or cat to 1) help them dry off (it's made out of towel material) and 2) keep them freaking still while you cut their nails for once.

    A reviewer's dachshund in the hammock with leg holes

    Just hang the hammock from your shower curtain with the included hooks — the max weight is 33 pounds. I just saw a TikToker use this and say it REALLY works — when they could stop laughing, that is.

    Promising review: "I am a Professional Groomer; the first time I used this hammock it saved the day! I had a very nervous cocker spaniel puppy, and no one was able to trim her nails or shave her face — and as soon as she was in my brand-new hammock she gave a big, happy sigh and relaxed. I was able to completely finish grooming her! Her owner was ecstatic and now this puppy won’t be as afraid to come see me every six weeks!" —KathyS

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in three sizes and four colors).

    2. A ~croissant~ ring with a chunky, twisted design that'll make a statement on your hand (and remind you to pick up your favorite pastry, of course).

    The ring on a model's hand
    Sami Jewels / Etsy

    Promising review: "Will continue to buy from this shop because the pieces here are absolutely gorgeous. I bought these three rings and I love all of them. Great quality and fast shipping! Also a great way to stay with the trends without breaking the bank! Love the croissant ring :)" —Mia Flowers

    Get it from Sami Jewels on Etsy for $24.40 (available in ring sizes 4–10 and in silver).

    Sami Jewels is a New Jersey–based small business making jewelry designed to be stacked and layered to suit your personal style.

    3. A pack of cable-hugging superheros who are flying into action to defeat the annoyance of fraying cords. No bent cord = no exposed wires, FINALLY. Your phone is your bestie, best start treating it that way.

    The cable protectors shaped like various superheros including iron man, spider man, captain america, batman, and hulk

    Never underestimate a problem solver that's *also* fun.

    Promising review: "I was replacing rather expensive Lightning cords at least three times a month. I finally purchased these and started using them and have yet to replace another cord! It is a big savings over time!" —Faith H.

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in seven other sets, including fish, fruits, and more).

    4. An exfoliating First Aid Beauty Bump eraser body scrub reviewers with KP (aka keratosis pilaris) swear by to get rid of those tiny red bumps, without slathering on any additional creams or products — just use in the shower instead of your regular soap.

    A reviewer's before/after showing the bumpy skin that's now smooth with five-star review text "like a magic eraser"

    It contains 10% glycolic and lactic acids, and has tiny pumice exfoliants to buff away dead skin for smooooooooooth arms.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! I've suffered with KP on my arms for 15 years and nothing helped. This product didn't just help, it completely cleared it away! I noticed a big difference after just one use and a month later of using it two times a week my arms are smooth and I'm no longer embarrassed of them. I'm so excited! This product has changed my life!" —Sherrie Ruiz

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    5. A lazy Susan shelf to maximize your pantry space and store frequently used items like condiments so you don't know eight things over in your quest for peanut butter. Just give it a spin!

    The white and grey shelf with a turntable

    Promising review: "Added to kitchen for added space and it is PERFECT!! No tools needed and fits perfectly in my tiny space. Will be ordering additional for two more spaces that are flex spaces!" —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $20.50.

    6. A ~hand flex~ sticker for any fans of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice, and what might be the hottest moment on film of all time. Your laptop/phone/journal just deserves this!

    The sticker with a piece of greenery and darcy's hand flexed
    A Lemon Leaf Art / Etsy

    Get it from A Lemon Leaf Art on Etsy for $5.

    A Lemon Leaf Art is a Utah-based small business making adorable illustrated pieces based on your favorite pop culture.

    7. A champagne-printed cutting board to kick your shark coochie board up a whole extra notch. Invite some friends over, pop a few bottles, and enjoy your favorite cheeses, jams, nuts, and cured meats. This is the height of luxury!

    The round cutting board with a repeat pattern of different styles of champagne bottles
    Lindsay Kay Co. / Society6

    Get it from on Lindsay Kay Co. on Society6 for $20.99 (originally $29.99).

    8. An at-home putting green with three holes for practicing your short game so you don't leave the golf course in tears...again. But seriously, 10,000 5-star reviewers swear by this!

    The reviewer's oblong felt green mid-play

    It's 3 feet by 9 feet, by the way, and the "sand traps" in the back catch your overshot balls so you don't have to go chasing them!

    Promising review: "Anyone who needs a true review from a real golfer, here it is. So easy to line up a putt and give yourself a true feel and a great line. I slapped down a chalk line for 6-foot putts. I wake up every morning and sink five in a row and go about my day. This has helped me soooooo much on the course. It’s made my short putts easy. The 1-star reviews here are jokes. Before I buy anything on Amazon I look at the reviews, especially the 1 stars to see what people have to say. But I went for it and this is a steal. My friend has a $200 setup and this exceeds it. It does the job and more. I have it set up on a wood floor and it rolls true. Buy it and learn the short ones. A 300 yard drive counts the same as made 6-foot putt." —Thomas W. Matson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.91.

    9. A padded velvet headband so you stay fashion-forward this fall — minimal effort (and spending) required. Dramatic hair accessories, I am so very here for you.

    Promising review: "Padded headbands are this season’s hottest hair trend. These products are a prefect way to look stylish and have lots of options while getting a bang for your buck. All six headbands are soft and high quality — plus they’re handmade. I bought this option because I like a variety of colors. I love that you get basic colors that will go with everything but that are also very appropriate for the fall/winter season. It also comes with a complimentary scrunchie that is cute and a perfect addition to my collection. Highly recommend. —Bhavini Patel

    Get a set of six different colors from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in pearl-embellished sets).

    10. A jar of *lemon*-infused honey for a delicious, flavorful boost of sweetness you can add to your morning yogurt, fancy burrata toast, or just a plain cup of tea for soothing your throat in the colder weather.

    The jar of honey
    Zach & Zoe

    Get it from Zach & Zoë for $22.

    Zach & Zoë is a Black-owned business making honey at Hunterdon County Farm in New Jersey. The married couple behind the business, Summer and Kam, first began making raw honey in hopes of finding a natural remedy for their son Zach's allergies. The brand was also featured on Oprah's Favorite Things List last year!

    11. A box of skin-lifting, pore-tightening Skin1004 face masks with results that reviewers swear by — not to mention the fact that it's weirdly fun? The mask tightens as it dries on your face, giving you the titular "zombie" effect. Just wait 15 minutes and rinse to reveal your glowiest glow yet, thanks to the albumin (aka egg white) and aloe formula.

    Reviewer before and after showing the mask made their skin look tighter and reduced the appearance of some wrinkles

    Promising review: "I've used Hanacure for a while but they are so expensive. I just can't bring myself to buy them anymore. I ran across these and was so excited to try them! It does have a funky smell (reminds me of perm solution) but they worked excellent. My skin was very soft afterwards, and my pores looked way smaller. I see absolutely no difference in the effects of this mask and Hanacure. The only difference is the huge price tag Hanacure carries. Definitely worth the money!" —K. Bell

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $20.26.

    12. A Dyson-compatible brush attachment to turn your home into your very own groomer's ~salon~. It (gently) loosens dog hair so it doesn't get scattered alllll over your home — and your clothes., Amazon

    It comes with a combing tool attachment and an adapter to expand compatibility (it works with the Dyson V6 through V11).

    Promising review: "I could not write a better review for a better product — this thing is absolutely amazing. We have two German shepherds, a husky mix , and a a long-haired mini Aussie. I was skeptical about how well this would work because I bought other vacuum attachments in the past, but this thing blew my expectations out of the water. It’s absolutely amazing, even with just a light brushing on our dogs it removed more than an entire canister of hair." —Shiane cleland

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. A twisted candle for subtle spooky vibes that'll still look oh-so chic among your home decor. And at under $4 a pop, you can stock up and scatter them all around your space before watching every Halloweentown movie on repeat until October 31.

    The candle

    Get it from Boohoo for $3.20 (originally $8; available in three colors).

    14. A set of bake-even strips you can wrap around cake pans before you bake for a more level, evenly baked result. No need to cut off the top of your cake = no wasted cake!!

    Cake pans wrapped with the fabric strips

    Although I do sometimes like to snack on that part. Just soak them in water while you're mixing up the batter, then wrap!

    Promising review: "I first heard about these bake-even strips on a baking blog and just had to try them out. I am so glad I did! My cakes would usually come out looking like a dormant volcano and I'd have to spend quite some time trying to cut them down to be level, usually ending up trimming almost half the cake away! But with these bake-even strips, my cakes came out flat and pretty evenly baked without the darker, slightly overcooked edges. I even got compliments on how even my cake levels looked... A definite MUST-HAVE for those who do a lot of baking." —Shari Nakano

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $22.99.

    15. Fly By Jing's Sichuan Chili Crisp, the immensely popular sauce that's the perfect combination of spicy, slightly numbing, and savory — with a delicious crunch. Drizzle it on your dishes or even fry an egg in it — you basically can't go wrong.

    The jar of sauce in front of a model eating a bowl of noodles
    Fly By Jing

    Get it from Fly By Jing for $15 (you can also subscribe and save).

    Fly By Jing is an Asian woman–owned small business making flavorful sauces and spice mixes you'll want to add to basically all of your recipes. The name is inspired by Chengdu's (the owner's hometown and the capital of the Sichuan province) "fly restaurants" — so called because they attract customers like flies. The chili crisp sauce is also made in Chengdu.

    16. A tube of Maybelline's Lifter lip gloss that's allllll over TikTok as a Fenty gloss dupe that provides high shine, gorgeous color, and a plumping, lifting effect — without feeling goopy or sticky.

    Swatches of the gloss shades on three arms with different skin tones

    Promising review: "These are amazing! Never in my life had I liked a gloss this much; I literally had to hunt these down everywhere and let me tell you they are very hard to find 'cause they are always sold out ... I went to Ulta and got Silk and Moon just to try them for the first time since I had heard really good reviews but I was a little skeptical about them 'not being sticky' since I had never found a gloss that didn't have that thick, sticky, gross feel to it. When I try them I was o.O because they feel so amazing, very moisturizing but not heavy and best of all NOT STICKY! expected when I went back to get the rest of the shades they were sold out already so the hunting started again LOL. I was able to order here the shade Stone and next will be Petal...They smell good and shine so beautifully but anyways, enough bragging LOL." —Edu

    Get them from Amazon for $6.98 each (available in 13 shades).

    17. A wad preventer, because balled-up sheets that NEVER seem to actually get dry?? Not on my watch! Who has the time?! This genius invention will keep the corners from getting bunched up to increase your tumble and decrease your dry time.

    a model showing a pair of sheets with the wad preventer

    Just tuck the corners of your flat or fitted sheet into the holes to prevent tangling and twisting aaaand (according to the manufacturer...and backed up by reviewers) improve dry time by 75%!!!!!!!!

    Promising review: "I don’t know what kind of magic makes these things work, and I don’t care as long as it keeps my sheets from tangling up in the washer and dryer. This saves me so much time in the laundry room. I have king-size sheets that always end up in a twisted cocoon of wetness in both my front-load washer and my dryer. Before, I always had to stop the dryer and untangle everything, now I just toss them in with no worries. I admit when I first purchased it I expected it wouldn’t work, but was willing to try if there was a slim chance it might. After washing and drying three separate loads of sheets with Wad-Free, I purchased two more sets for my parents. Friends and family are definitely getting this for the holidays come December." —ZombieQT

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    Wad-Free is a small biz, and their products are made in the USA. 

    18. A prettier than pretty marbleized travel mug so you can enjoy your favorite hot beverage on the go (or bring it to be filled at your local coffee shop) without sacrificing the luxurious morning energy that comes from drinking out of a mug.

    The green and blue travel mugs with handles

    Get it from S'well for $19.59 (for the green; also available in blue, pink, and purple)

    19. A multipack of subtly glittery sheer socks so you can change up your ~foot looks~, even when wearing the same black skinny pants day after day. These'll look equally cool peeking out of sneaks, pumps, or ankle booties.

    The socks in beige, brown, lavender, pink, and black

    Promising review: "These socks rock! They are comfortable and can be inserted into a casual outfit or dressy! Versatile!" —Gay Sperling Boasberg

    Get a set of six pairs from Amazon for $17.90 (also available in five other nonsheer sets).

    20. A Furemover rubber broom that, despite the name, isn't just for those with shedding pets (although it's great for that) — as one of my BuzzFeed shopping colleagues knows first hand, it's also great at getting *human* hair out of carpets.

    It works on all floor types, but is *especially* great on carpet. *And* it has a built-in squeegee great for cleaning up spills on hard surfaces.

    Promising review: "I use this on my wood floors and my rugs. I have three big dogs that shed like crazy. It is the perfect shape and size to fit anywhere to get the fur trapped under couches, tables, etc. As soon as I got it, I tried it out and my jaw dropped after how well it worked. It's completely made of rubber and molded so it wont fall apart." —Brittney

    Promising review: "This is the best $13 I’ve ever spent in my life. I’ve had it for three days and I’ve told like 37 people about it. I don’t have carpet in my house but I have rugs and hard wood floors and giant German shepherd hair tumbleweeds. I’m not kidding I felt like I was swimming in dog hair! I was sweeping with a regular broom multiple times a day and it felt like I was trapped in a fur dust storm. My allergies were begging me to find a solution. I bought ALL the vacuums and blew up every single one of them, including an actual Shop-Vac. This thing somehow magically attracts all the dog hair and dirt in a neat little pile. I will buy this again and again until I die." —Kimber Leigh

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    21. Nomad Cosmetics' Studio 54 disco-inspired eyeshadow palette that is giving me big piano-crescendo-in-Abba's-"Chiquitita" energy. The four multi-chrome shadows glitter in four shades for a dramatic look you'll want to dance the night away in.

    The palette with four glitter shadows: gold, pink, blue, and green
    Nomad Cosmetics

    Promising review: "Strobe lights and platform shoes are making a comeback in my house with this new eyeshadow palette. The colors are nicely pigmented and give my eyes that extra sparkle!" —Maria Cruz-Cordoba

    Get it from Nomad Cosmetics for $19.

    Nomad Cosmetics is a small, vegan & cruelty free beauty brand.

    22. A Tetris-esque wooden puzzle kids of all ages will enjoy — and honestly I wouldn't mind having a go at this myself. No screens needed!


    Reviewer's say this is a great toy for all ages — from 3 to 12.

    Promising review: "This puzzle has been a huge hit with my 4-year-old and 6-year-old grandsons. Each was able to play with it in a unique and challenging way. The quality is great and it is lightweight as well so it is easy to store and get out." —BoiseMom

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. A clear bubble umbrella so the wind CANNOT get to you, even if it's hailing or raining sideways. You'll stay dry (and not get stabbed in the eye by someone else's umbrella).

    A model in the umbrella that comes down slightly below their shoulders

    The polka-dot version of this umbrella got me through long, windy, rainy walks through campus in college!

    Promising review: "The best umbrella I've ever had. I bought this umbrella in hopes that it wouldn't flip inside out when it was windy, and it did that and more. We had a pretty bad storm tonight and the wind was incredibly strong, so strong I really did think it was going to break - it not only did not break but it protected me from the hail and the extreme gusts of cold wind from hurting my face. Because it is see-through you can carry it pretty low and look through the umbrella when walking. The wind didn't break the umbrella and it didn't hurt my face. Overall I am so happy I purchased this umbrella and plan on purchasing more for my family." —pb1124

    Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in three designs).

    24. A fancy-schmancy bottle of Madagascar vanilla extract for those recipes where breaking out "the good vanilla" is oh so key.

    The bottle of vanilla
    Beyond Good

    It's made with whole Bourbon vanilla beans.

    Get it from Beyond Good for $11.99+ (available in three sizes).

    Beyond Good is a small business making certified organic chocolate and vanilla products.

    25. A Mueller hand blender with nine different speeds and three attachments to make the very most of your storage space: an immersion blender (hello SOUP SEASON), a whisk (for batters and homemade whipped cream), and a milk frother (copycat Starbucks cold foam, here I come).


    Promising review: "Holy cow...I made whipped cream in no time with this blender and I’m never looking back!!!! It usually takes forever to whip cream up to the stiff peaks that I like and it was done in no time. Such a life saver! And such a dream to clean...a quick rinse and I was done! My old standing blender had to be submerged and hand rinsed. I love that it comes apart. It’s like having a Vitamix in your hands! The whip is so strong, the suction it creates while I was mixing was enough that I could lift the bowl off the counter. I already started texting friends and family to get this blender!" —suki8lizard

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    26. A bag of Miracle-Gro water-storing crystals that'll help solve both over- *and* underwatering struggles — just mix in with your soil and the crystals absorb water now and slowly release over time. It works for both indoor and outdoor plants, too!

    A sink full of plants with five stars and the text "I never write reviews but I had to leave town for 3 weeks and used these for the first time. When I got home my plants were greener than ever!"

    If you don't want to repot your existing plants, just poke holes in the soil and add!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! We have a raised-bed vegetable garden and our plants were forever dying. I mixed these in with the soil this year and our plants are flourishing! I was even able to see how much the crystal expand when I was taking out some of the soil to add new plants. I'm excited to see how long they hold up. But, so far, we've been using them for over a month and we are beyond pleased." —Amazon Customer

    27. A spiral-bound book journal with pleeeeenty of space to keep track of all the Big Thoughts you had while reading — you know that part where you threw the book across the room? Talk about that.


    It ALSO has pages for books on your wishlist, logs for the books you've lent out to others (so you can ensure you one day get them back), and lists of suggestions to expand your literary horizons!

    Promising review: "Each book gets two pages: The first page is where you fill out the title, author, genre, how many pages it is, rate the book on quality based on several different elements, who you would recommend the book to, how you found it. The second page is almost entirely blank and reserved for whatever you want — your opinions, quotes you liked, impressions while reading, anything. When I go back and look over the entries I've made for other books I can see how much I enjoyed an author, a book, or even an entire series. It really gives me a unique perspective on what my frame of mind was when I read the book. As such, my book lover's journal is deeply personal to me and is so much more than just a list of what books I've read." —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $12.83.

    28. A two-in-one straightener and curling iron so you only have to store or bring *one* tool, no matter how you want to wear your hair. It has dual voltage for international trips, too.

    The tool in black and rose gold

    It has a swiveling, tangle-free cord, too.

    Promising review: "I bought this for a trip to Italy, as I didn't have a dual-voltage iron (and you can't just use a converter-adapter combination with things that heat up). I liked that it was a flat iron and curling iron combo, so I could change things up as I desired. It worked beautifully on our trip — I look nice in all my selfies ;) — and continues to work beautifully at home. In fact, I've replaced my old flat iron with this because of the versatility and now use this one every day. BTW, in case you are wondering, it automatically switches to the appropriate voltage, no looking for a switch or anything. You don't need to do anything but plug it in! Great product!" —Diane Field

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (also available in white).

    29. Elizabeth Mott's cult favorite Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer to keep your favorite eye makeup look on lock all day AND all night — *no* creasing. That's right, you will NOT have to reapply before your evening plans.

    A reviewer showing the difference the primer makes — one photo without primer showing the makeup rubbed off and creased after 15 hours, one with the primer showing the sparkly eyeshadow fully on after 15 hours

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high end to low. Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you, Elizabeth Mott, for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    30. The Pink Stuff, a TikTok- (and reviewer-) beloved cleaning product that miracles! Name your mess, and this mildly abrasive paste will take care of business — including but not limited to bathroom tiles, sinks, stove tops, painted walls, grills, and outdoor furniture.

    A reviewer's oven before/after cleaning, showing baked on brown stains being removed

    Promising review: "I am genuinely stunned by how well this worked in my shower. I have been trying to get rid of these water stains since the day I moved in almost three years ago. They just got worse with time and nothing would hold them off. Then I tried The Pink Stuff and my jaw dropped as I washed it away. You can see in this picture I did a small section and holy moly, it looked like a new door. I usually don’t write reviews but I had to say how stunned I was with this. I haven’t used it on much else yet but with the results from my shower door, I can only imagine how great it’ll be. I give 5 stars!" —Katie Marchbank

    Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

    31. A car air freshener reed diffuser you can customize with *23* scents to keep your wheels smelling fresh, whether you're carting around messy kids, keep your gym gear in the back seat, or stop for french fries and don't want your car smelling like McDonald's forever.

    The diffiser hanging from a rear view mirror
    Amber and Wood Co.

    I personally love the smell of McDonald's in the car, but you do you. Just refill when you've run out — you can buy refills right from their shop!

    Promising review: "This is the cutest car fresher and smells amazing! Perfect balance of filling the car but not overwhelming." —indgot

    Get it from Amber and Wood Co. on Etsy for $8.

    Amber and Wood Co. is a mom-owned small business making candles and other scented goods with phthalate-free essential oils.

    32. A space-saving laundry bag designed to help you *compress* those dirty clothes into a compact bag so they're out of sight, out of mind until you're home...and fiiiiiinally unpack.

    The bag

    Just stuff them in and squeeze to release the extra air!

    Promising review: "As a frequent traveler, this bag has been great for packing dirty laundry on the return trip home. It will hold much more than I usually put in it and compresses nicely in the suitcase. I toss it in the washer along with the clothes and it has held up for well over a year now." —CC

    Get this cute map-print one from Amazon for $8.03 (also available in an airplane print).

    33. Living Proof's Dry Volume Blast, which is TBH the best hair volumizing product on the market. It smells great, lasts and lasts, and leaves hair feeling touchably soft, NOT stiff or crunchy.

    A model with half their hair styled using the product to show how big it gets
    Living Proof

    OK you guys, this is The Stuff. I don't understand *how* it works, I just know that it does. One time I sprayed this all over my hair, thinking it was the dry shampoo, and WOW was my hair ENORMOUS. But still so soft!

    Promising review: "I have hair about as fine and thick as a 2-year-old baby's. I saw this product advertised on Facebook and I've tried a MILLION different products over the years to try to make my hair look thicker (and not a single product has worked). The video for the product looked great so I thought I'd try it but it's a bit expensive (and after all, NONE of those other products worked) so I thought I would purchase the travel size 1st to test it out. One word: WOWOWW!!! This stuff is awesome and REALLY works! I would recommend it to anyone with fine hair who wants volume without your hair looking or feeling sticky. I will be purchasing the full size bottle b/c I'm never going without this product! :D" —CDub

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    34. A pair of gold-plated safety pin earrings that are just plain cool. There's really no other way to put it!

    The earrings
    Chanceamz / Etsy

    Get them from Chanceamz on Etsy: a single earring for $8.99 or a pair for $17.98 (available in gold and silver).

    Chanceamz is an Austin, Texas–based small business making jewelry.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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