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    38 Kitchen Products That'll Basically Pay For Themselves

    Saving money = more in the budget for snacks.

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    1. Ethylene gas–absorbing apples for anyone tired of fresh produce spoiling before they can use it — the company claims these'll save the average household up to $600 per year.

    A hand holding the apple-shaped device above a fridge drawer full of produce
    Blu Apple

    They can keep produce fresher for two to three times longer. Each packet inside the Bluapple lasts three months, and you can order replacement packets as needed.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising review: "This product works so much better than I thought it would! Worth every penny. The little ethylene gas (produce lets off this gas and it speeds up it's demise) absorbing packet goes into the apple and you just toss it in your product drawer. Easy peasy! This pack comes with two apples and enough packets to last a full year. I have had strawberries last over a week in the drawer (no fuzzy mold or squishy spots). This has resulted in less waste and I am sure that they have more than paid for themselves in food savings in just a couple of months. So glad I gave these a try." —Lisa C.

    2. A pack of dishwasher cleaner and deodorizer tablets that'll remove limescale, ruse, grease, and hard water buildup to extend the life of your machine. All the ingredients are biodegradable too!

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $24.12.

    Promising review: "My dishwasher is about 4-5 years old and gradually I was noticing that I had white powder all over the inside of the dishwasher. I pulled off some of the sprayers that I could easily remove and cleaned them as best as I could but I could see the calcium deposit clumps stuck inside. I looked into buying all new sprayers but it was going to cost me $100-200 to replace them all. So I started researching and discovered Lemi Shine. The instructions stated that if your machine was in bad shape to use two packets so I did. I then set it on the tough clean cycle but turned off the heated drying. I put the stuff right on the bottom of the dishwasher as that was what it said to do. I could not believe the results. My dishwasher was like brand new. The photos do not do it justice but all the white residue was dissolved from inside the sprayers and both my husband and I were floored! I paid a few dollars for this. On the next wash I used the additive but I am hoping I won't need to all the time and maybe just using this cleaner every few months might do the trick." —Becky Brooks

    3. A mini waffle iron perfect for making a big batch, which you can then freeze and toast whenever you need a quick breakfast.

    The waffle maker in black

    When you make much cheaper and tastier waffles than the ones in the freezer aisle, you will finally be able to ~leggo that Eggo~.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 16 colors and pattern — and an iron that makes a heart-shaped waffle, one that makes a skull, and one that makes a pumpkin!).

    Promising review: "This little waffle maker is so perfect! It makes the perfect-size waffles, the smaller ones you would get out of the freezer section at the grocery store. I just buy some mix and make a huge batch to freeze for my son, and he just pops them in the toaster. I also made a bunch to make waffle sandwiches for my daughter. Healthier and a lot cheaper. I make those up and freeze them as well to be able to just pop them in the microwave." —SnoopyHJ

    4. A knife sharpener with two grooves (one for coarse sharpening and one for quick touch-ups) to make your year-old knives slice like brand new.

    Hands sharpening a knife in the first groove

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

    Promising review: "I have had my set of knives for over 10 years. I was looking to replace them when someone recommended trying to sharpen them. I hated sharpening the knives with the sharpener they came with. I wanted something easy. This was it! I sharpened all my knives with it and they are like they were when I first purchased them. This knife sharpener made it quick and easy. It saved me a lot of money from purchasing a new set. If your knives are dull, give this a try. You can't beat it for the price!" —M. Bell

    Learn more about this handy sharpener in our editor's in-depth review, and check out our picks for the best chef's knife on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    5. A roll of ~bamboo~ paper towels you can toss in the washing machine and reuse over *120 times*. They're super-absorbent and durable, but are soft enough to use on your skin, too. You can even use them on your Swiffer!

    One roll of these will tackle a number of messes equivalent to 60 ROLLS of conventional paper towels.

    Get a roll from Amazon for $8.99.

    Promising review: "I've had these bamboo towels for a month now and am incredibly impressed with their performance! They're much larger than a regular paper towel, thicker, softer and more absorbent. I've washed the first ones I've torn off the roll several times now and they DO survive the laundry and perform just as well afterward. I've only used five bamboo towels this month, washed them and re-used. Several times. I would have been through a whole roll of Brawny by now. One caveat...when you wash them, you're supposed to air dry them, so I haven't sent any through the dryer. And I haven't needed to, because allowing them to air dry has not affected the quality of the towels when I 're-roll' them!" —A. Clark

    6. A panini press with floating lids that can perfectly grill up any size sandwich — and at a way smaller price tag than an airplane ticket to Italy...or a trip to your local deli on the regular.

    Two grilled sandwiches on the press, staged in a kitchen

    And it stores vertically for compact storage in even the teeniest kitchens.

    Get it from Amazon for $41.58+ (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "Freaking awesome! Who knew?! Just like the real thing, at a rock bottom price. This is one of the smartest purchases I have made in a while. This little machine works. The only thing is you have to remember to unplug. Love it. I am eating loads of veggies because of this little number, and saving money as well making my sandwiches at home." —Customer

    And if you prefer making grilled cheese the old-fashioned way, check out our picks for the best cast-iron skillet on on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    7. A six-quart programmable slow-cooker that'll save you money on gas — while making it easier to buy and prepare meals ingredients in bulk. You deserve a set-it-and-forget-it dinner after a long day, too.

    The oval stainless steel slow cooker with a front control panel

    You can set it to cook anywhere from 30 minutes to 18 hours, and the digital timer displays how long is left (perfect for any impatient kiddos to check on dinner). Aaaaand the crock and lid are both dishwasher safe!

    Get it from Amazon for $60.

    Promising review: "I've been using a slow cooker for years but needed a new one quickly so I could drop off a dish for an event. Grabbed this one and never looked back. Actually got one of these for my mom as a gift, too. It's easy to set, cooks evenly and is easy to clean and to transport. I have a much more expensive slow cooker and I can't tell a bit of difference in the final product; roasts, soups, any variation of chicken. Now the real question is how long will one of these last when compared to the pricey brands...I guess we'll find out eventually but, for now, I think this is an amazing deal." —Karri

    8. A set of reusable grocery bags to help you shop greener and save money if your local stores charge you for plastic bags — basically, buying these makes a lot of ~cents~.

     A yellow reusable bag with a handle with a dog print and holding groceries, including a wine bottle, grapes, oranges, and other items

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (for a set of five; available in four sets of prints).

    Promising review: "These are giant bags. They are extremely sturdy. I can go grocery shopping for my whole family using these and I’m not afraid of them ripping or tearing like I do with store bags or other reusable bags. The patterns are also really cute." —Amber Sayre

    9. A set of reusable snack and sandwich bags so you can stop buying and tossing disposable ones ever again — and convince you to actually bring lunch to work once in a while. Snacks!!

    A review image of four baggies with carrots, string beans, Brussels sprouts, and cucumbers in them

    They're leak-safe, dishwasher-safe, and freezer-safe, too.

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $16.99.

    Promising review: "My goal for 2020 was to start saving money. I'm a big 'meal prepper' and I eat healthy snacks through my workday. These bags are perfect!!! I wish they had some in true snack size, like for small berries and such. But i love them! I just rinse them out and hang on the coffee cup side of the dish rack and they dry just fine! Only thing is I did notice some minor staining when I put in blueberries, but it came out in a few washes. They are super durable and lay almost completely flat, which is something I was looking for. I did NOT want the bulky bags like they sell on I HAVE EVEN STARTED USING THESE IN THE FREEZER! Overall very satisfied and would purchase again!" —Raeann

    10. Cheese storage paper guaranteed to keep your cheddar sharp, your Parmesan poppin', and your Brie better than ever for way, way longer.

    The paper wrapped around a wedge of hard cheese

    The paper breathes just the right amount, maintaining the perfect humidity and mimicking the environment that cheese is aged in.

    Get a package of 15 11"x14" sheets of cheese paper from Amazon for $9 (also available in larger packs).

    Promising review: "Before I bought this cheese paper I would do the cheese search in the refrigerator. After buying cheeses, opening them, and then rewrapping them in heaven knows what (namely plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic containers), it was always the same result: moldy cheese. This box contains the paper in sheets plus some stickers that you can write on with the name of the cheese and the date it was wrapped or even sell by date. There are also pictures of a sheep, cow, and goat so the source can be identified by circling or checking one of them! What I also like is that the cheeses can be rewrapped after use and amazingly the stickers still stick! The paper can also be cut to size to wrap smaller cheeses. So far I have noted that the cheeses have stayed fresh with not a trace of mold. I highly recommend this product to all cheese lovers!" —Prairie Woman

    11. And bread-saving sheets that'll say "no more, mold!" and keep your favorite baked goods fresher for up to four times longer.

    The sheets, which work for bread, bagels, cakes, and muffins

    The sheets contain a blend of spices that naturally prevent fungus and bacteria and last about a month each.

    Get a pack of eight sheets from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in a version for produce).

    Promising review: "I have used Fresh Paper for fruits and vegetables, so I wondered if this new product would work for bread. I was really pleased with how well it worked. I had some fresh bagels from my favorite local shop; usually they mold within a few days but when I put a piece of Fresh Paper with them they were still fresh way longer than I expected! It also tested a piece with some dinner rolls I baked myself a few days before Thanksgiving. The ones I didn't bring to the dinner stayed fresh all weekend, and I could use them with dinner the week after!" —C. Elizabeth

    12. A stainless steel Sink Shroom from the makers of the cult-fave TubShroom that'll blend right in with your sink and keep *all* the pesky food remnants from clogging your drain so you can spend less on drain cleaners or plumber visits.

    The SinkShroom strainer in a sink

    That hollow black part in the middle? That's designed so the sink will still drain, even if you have a big pot blocking it!

    Promising review: "Like the fact that this stops those annoying hair clogs I get from washing my hair in the kitchen sink. It fits right over the drain stopper, & stays in place with a sink full of dish water, simply slides on & off for easy cleaning. Catches just about every thing that you don’t want going down the drain. I don’t use drain cleaners any more, which actually saves money in the long run." —Susan Y

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. A Nespresso Vertuo that'll save both counter space ~and~ the amount of money you spend at your local coffee shop on high-quality espressos and coffees.

    The machine, plus two Nespresso pods and the aeroccino milk frother

    It comes with a milk frother, so say hello to delicious lattes and cappuccinos, too. I have one of these bbs and it makes your morning brew quick + delicious — ideal for pre-caffeinated brains!

    Get it from Amazon for $182.99+ (available in five colors, plus bundle options with the aeroccino (Nespresso's milk frother) and/or sets of coffee pods).

    Promising review: "We are impressed! I am on my second cappuccino as I write this review. The coffee is rich, creamy and so flavorful! The machine is very easy to use, convenient, and gives you an aromatic and very delicious cup of coffee in just a couple of minutes. It's a great value too. Each cup of coffee costs less than a dollar, saving you money over the competition! The milk frother is wonderful addition. Works great and adds depth and creaminess to your coffee! I just love this machine!" —Renee Beckman

    If you're looking to save on countersize, I have the Vertuo Plus, which I use all the time and love — you can get it for $112.46.

    14. Or if you're a Keurig person, a set of reusable pods so you can make your favorite coffee without shelling out on individual K-Cups.

    The purple and mesh pod with a lid you can open to fill with coffee

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.95.

    Promising review: "If you're worried about landfills, these reusable K-cups are the bomb. They are the exact right size, easy to fill and clean, and they make the perfect cup of coffee. In fact, I find that the coffee made with this leaves less grounds deposits in my cup, so that's actually superior. Anyway, you can save a lot of money by buying medium-ground coffee and filling these little things yourself. You can't go wrong if your goal is to save money and avoid dumping so much in landfills." —David Good

    15. And a handheld electric milk frother so you don't *have* to leave your home to enjoy a fabulous cafe-quality latte or cappuccino. It even works on iced bevvies!

    A reviewer's frothy latte dusted with cinnamon

    It's battery operated — just run it in some soapy water for an easy cleaning.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "Love this little thing! I have every thing you can think of at home for making coffee and espresso... Well I love the Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew with foam. I set out to make my own. Well I can now make cold foam thanks to this little tool. Love it!" —Gav's mama

    16. A fume-free oven cleaner you can spray on, leave for a minute, and then wipe away for an oven so clean, you'll think it was swapped out for a new model overnight.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    Promising review: "Miracle in a spray can! I had just about given up on my stove top, and was getting ready to purchase a replacement top when I came across this product. I sprayed it on the entire surface of my stove and let it sit for two days. After that, with a little elbow grease I was able to easily remove all the extensive build up! It almost looks like brand new. By investing a few dollars and time, I was able to save so much more, since I no longer need to purchase a new stove top. Such a bargain in this little spray can." —Jem

    17. A microwave popper so you can buy your kernels in bulk (no dumb little bags!) and top your popcorn with WHATEVER you choose — no oil required, if you don't want to add it!

    A reviewer's photo of the blue popper, filled with popcorn

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "This is a great little invention. Easy to clean and store, and it pops the popcorn perfectly every single time. Save yourself a ton of money, and just buy this and pick up some unpopped kernels from the grocery store. I bought a small organic bag for $3 and got about 15-20 bowls out of it. Now I can finally have some decent microwave popcorn without having to deal with the trans fats or palm oil that all of the major brands seem to use in their products nowadays." —Amazon Customer

    18. A two-in-one citrus reamer and saver that'll both make juice and store it so you don't waste a whole lemon or orange on a recipe that only requires a little.

    The clear and orange juicer

    AND it has measurements printed right on it for even more convenience.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.75.

    Promising review: "Easy to use and easy to store leftovers in the fridge. I generally only need a tablespoon of lemon, lime, or orange juice at a time (for single serving dressings or recipe flavorings, not for juice drinking). So I juice the whole fruit and save the rest for next time right in this tool." —Jodi Vezzetti

    19. A brown sugar–softening bear so you won't ever check your pantry before making chocolate chip cookies or your morning oatmeal, only to find rock-hard brown sugar you now have to toss. It'll stay soft and scoop-able every time.

    The terracotta bear next to a jar of brown sugar

    Just soak it in water for 20 minutes and pop in the container. You can *also* use it without soaking to absorb moisture, keeping foods like pretzels, crackers, chips — and even salt — nice and dry.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.51.

    Promising review: "This is the second brown sugar bear I've purchased because they work so well. They are simple to use and very effective. Soak it in water and then place it in your brown sugar container. It will keep the sugar soft and easy to scoop. If you have brown sugar that has already hardened and is like a solid rock, you can place the bear in the container and by the next day you will be able to scoop it again. It's simple, effective, and inexpensive. There is no reason not to get this little bear." —Hannah M.

    20. A vacuum-sealing wine saver to remove air and keep your wine fresh for up to a week — great for people who drink one glass a day or use wine for cooking!

    The vacuum sealing device, plus a stopper

    Put the stopper in your open bottle, attach the vacuum sealer, and pump out the air. When you hear the patented click, that means it's sealed! The vacuum seal prevents oxidization (because there's no air next to the wine), preserving the taste.

    Get a wine saver with two stoppers from Amazon for $11.89 (also available in larger sets with more stoppers and different designs).

    Promising review: "This product keeps your red wine good for about a week and is also nice to use on white wine to ensure freshness. I'm so happy I bought it! I like to have a glass of wine or two in the evenings, but I rarely finish a bottle of red within the time it takes the wine to go bad (which I find is 3-4 days). With this, my red wine lasts about a week and a half!" —LindsayRoseEliz.

    Learn more about this stopper in If You Like Wine, Boy Do You Need This Vacuum-Sealing Bottle Stopper.

    21. A lemongrass-scented, slow-burning soy candle for keeping your kitchen smelling fresh; soy candles last far longer than regular wax candles. And reviewers rave about how these lovely (but not overpowering) scents spread throughout the house!

    The candle, with a cotton wick, hand-poured in the USA

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in two sizes and 23 scents).

    Promising review: "After trying Bath and Body Works candles, Target candles, our grocery store, and even a candle subscription service, I have yet to find any that can hold their own against Lulu Candles. It's simple. Lulu Candles have amazing smells that you can smell farther than a few feet away from the table it sits on. We walk in the house and can smell the scent from the kitchen. Winner. Thank you for making the best candle we could find." —David C.

    22. A sushi-making kit that'll help you ~roll~ like a professional and save money on takeout. Just whip up some sticky rice, and load 'er up with your favorite fresh veggies and fish.

    The kit, staged with sushi and ingredients

    DIY sushi bar! This kit includes the training frame, sushi mat, roll cutter, and non-stick rice paddle so you can whip up the best salmon avocado roll in your sweats.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    Promising reivew: "My very first time making sushi, and this kit worked flawlessly! The Sushiquik really made the whole process easy. Sure, you can layer on rice without the frame, but why? The frame made it so easy to get the edges straight and the rice evenly packed along the roll. I actually made six different rolls last night, and I just got better and better at this, even though my first roll was pretty perfect, they just got better and better as I played with the amount of rice and filling, and varied the pressure I used when rolling. The rice spoon was amazing! Everything in my house was sticking to the rice EXCEPT this spoon! Anywhooo, I highly recommend this set if you want a nice clean way to make sushi rolls. If you are a traditionalist who doesn't like improvements in your world, get on your horse and ride to the store to go get a bamboo mat...and hey, why are you on the Internet?" —The One and Only Seadog

    23. A grocery list notepad so you 1) never forget anything at the grocery store, and 2) stop wasting money on impulse purchases you don't *actually* need. Stick to the list!

    The pad, which says "all out of" and has check boxes of suggested grocery items, plus blank spaces you can write in

    Get it from Amazon for $6.36 (available in five versions, including a vegetarian one and a keto one).

    Promising review: "I put these right on the front of the fridge. I tend to run to the grocery store for one thing I forgot and end up with a whole buggy full. I'm thinking this will surely save me trips to the store and money that I usually waste buying something else. There are extra lines to write in anything that's not listed. Perfect!" —CD

    24. Antimicrobial silicone sponges that'll never get stinky — they're almost 100% resistant to mold and mildew, more durable than regular sponges, and won't scratch your pots and pans! Aka you won't be tossing a whole new sponge every other day.

    A model using the sponge, with the text "silicone. no odor. clean"

    They *guarantee* that each scrubber sponge will stay odor-free for at least three months.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.95.

    Also available in a version designed to clean your stovetop!

    Promising review: "My girlfriend has a keen nose for mildew, which meant we were throwing out kitchen sponges well before they were worn out. I came across these and was very happy with the first ones we tried. Absolutely no odor, even after several weeks worth of usage. The scrubber will break down long before it starts to smell. A definite winner in my book!" —Amazon Customer

    25. A bottle-emptying stand sure to change your sauce-loving life forever and prove that BBQ sauce, ketchup, honey, and other condiments are good to the last drop.

    A bottle of barbecue sauce right side up, and then the same bottle upside-down, using the stand, which forces all the sauce to the top

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising review: "This gadget is FANTASTIC. We placed it first on a squeeze bottle of honey, always aggravated that the last third of a bottle of honey was so difficult to have at the ready. It doesn't change the height of the bottle so it will store on the same shelf. It allows us to keep the honey stored upside down so every drop will be at the ready as the bottle empties. So impressed that it has a fail-safe cap so it closes off automatically when done squeezing the product and eliminates concerns of leakage. They are substantially constructed and should last a very long time." —O. Sutherland

    26. A Feed n Wax Wood conditioner reviewers swear by to bring their scratched, worn-out, and dull tables, cabinets, and drawers to new life. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than a kitchen remodel.

    A review image of worn-out, semi-stripped cabinets before, and then solid color polished cabinets after

    It'll basically erase years of damage (looking at you, drink rings) and polish up beautifully in minutes, bringing out the natural color and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* add a layer of protection.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.87.

    Promising review: "Our home was built in 1984, solid wood cabinets still solid but needed some love. We are getting ready to update the countertops and I was trying to decide if I wanted to spend the extra money and just replace the cabinets. Decided to try some love on the old cabinets, found this product and gave it a try. Yes, it was some work, but I am a 'hands-on' kind of girl, so spent the better part of a day removing the cabinet hardware, waxing and buffing. This product does feel greasy but I could see it soaking into our old wood cabinets. Even gave some of the more used one a second coat. Left it on for the directed 20 minutes and then buffed off with a clean dry cloth. Our old cabinets look fantastic. So glad I found this, it just saved us thousands on the cost of new cabinets." —K. Pollock

    27. A quick and easy breakfast sandwich maker so you can enjoy a hot and satisfying brekkie without having to make a pit stop on the way to work — or shelling out those extra bucks.

    The sandwich maker with an english muffin sandwich and the text "ready in 5 minutes" with the steps: adding bread, meat, cheese, and egg

    It'll cook eggs, veggies, meats, and toast up English muffins, biscuits, and even small bagels. It comes with a recipe book with ideas, and you can TOSS THE REMOVABLE PARTS IN THE DISHWASHER! Breakfast is ready in five!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Promising review: "The best small appliance I have ever bought! My husband buys the microwaveable egg sandwiches that are frozen and they are pretty expensive, especially when you buy enough for the month. He just grabs one and goes to work. So not only did this little gadget work as well as it said, it will save us money in the long run. The food is better since it's fresher, and I just couldn't believe it took five minutes. The sandwich was done and without all that messy frying and smelling up the house. Now, this is so easy, even my husband can do it without me if he had to. I want to buy one for my kids, the one at college and the newly wed. Also, the one here on Amazon was cheaper than the one I saw at the store and I had it in two days." —Mistie Morgan

    28. A salad dressing shaker with measurements printed on the side, an airtight seal, and a one-handed lever for easy pouring of your very own homemade vinaigrettes and dressings.

    The shaker, filled with vinaigrette in a fridge

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    Promising review: "Best salad dressing shaker ever! This is really a great product if you like to make your own dressings. I find that many bottled dressings are too salty and full of preservatives as well. Making your own is embarrassingly easy and saves you money as well. The wide mouth makes it easy to add the oil, vinegar, etc. and it also has a handy rubber grip in case your hands are slippery! Never buy salad dressing again!" —Ella Dedman

    29. A salad spinner to keep your greens washed and fresh for crisp salads whenever you want. You'll never be surprised looking into a sad bowl of wilted and spoiled greens. "But....I *just* bought these!!"


    This one has a smart, wobble-free design, and the corners make it easy to pour the excess water out neatly!

    Get it from Amazon for $30.97.

    Promising review: "I eat a huge amount of greens everyday. I like to wash them and then dry them thoroughly before I store them. This spinner really dries the vegetables and then you don't get those nasty wilting bits in the containers of baby greens from the market after a day or two. Well worth the money and looks like it will last a very long time." —JPC10

    30. An easy-breezy pineapple corer perfect 🎶 if you like piña coladas 🎶... but not spending a fortune on pre-cut pineapple. This thing is so easy to use, it's like a tropical vacation in your kitchen.

    A reviewer image of their spiralized pineapple and the empty pineapple "shell"

    Cut off the top of your pineapple, twist the corer into the fruit (kind of like a wine bottle corkscrew), then pull it out. You now have a cored and spiral-cut pineapple in minutes!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "OMG! Why did I take so long to get one of these? I would typically spend two or three minutes slicing up a pineapple and I LOVE pineapple so its pretty common for me. Now, I can do it in 30 seconds, and that was the first time not knowing what I was doing or what to expect. I suspect I'll have this down to 10 seconds on the next go round. Love IT! Oh, BTW, it is sturdy and seems like it should last a while." —riverseine

    31. Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers with venting technology to keep produce fresh for up to 80% longer.

    BuzzFeed / Natalie Brown

    The vents regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and keeps moisture away so your strawberries taste freshly-picked days and days and days later. I recently got a couple of these and a bunch of basil and strawberries stayed fresh for SO LONG!!

    Get them from Amazon for $8.53+ each (available in six sizes and in sets of multiples).

    Promising review: "I read the reviews and thought I’d give these a try since they here easily half the price of the other ones I looked at that had to have the charcoal filters replaced periodically. These need no filter changes and oh-my-gosh, they work! I went on a 10 day trip to visit my mom and left my husband home with asparagus, strawberries, and spinach in the containers. He ate some of all of them, but there was plenty left when I got back and they were in perfect condition! I couldn’t believe it! These will save us a lot of money not throwing away food because we couldn’t get through it fast enough. (We shop at Costco and get large containers of produce.) These are TOTALLY worth getting and I will be getting a few more sizes. Excellent product!!!" —Elizabeth Walter

    Check out our full review of these game-changing containers!

    32. A sink cleaner and polish formulated to use on stainless steel AND porcelain sinks (plus cast iron, corian, acrylic, and more) to restore that just-like-new shine *and* protect against further damage. That new sink you've been wanting? It can wait, now.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.94.

    Promising review: "This amazing product saved us $1,000. This product is amazing!. We have a kitchen sink that was so stained and scratched that we were shopping around for a new one. My wife stumbled on this product and we decided to give it a try. I used my drill with a soft buffing attachment, and after about 30 minutes, the sink was like brand new!! Highly recommend this product." —Joseph Rodriguez

    33. A filtering Nalgene water bottle that'll provide great-tasting water on the go, without having to schlep massive packs of the bottled stuff from Costco.

    The blue Nalgene with built-in straw

    It has a coconut shell–based carbon fiber mesh filter built right in to remove particulates and contaminates from your tap water.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.95 (available in 11 colors).

    Promising review: "I decided to get this bottle simply for the fact that I drink a ton of water and I want to save on using plastic water bottles. This filter gets rid of any foul taste there is. The worst is when I go to the gym and try to use the water dispenser there, it tastes absolutely foul. I tried this bottle with the gym water and boom! Crisp, clean tasing water. It’s super easy to sip through the straw as well and size is perfect." —Nicole C.

    34. Or an under-the-sink water filtration system to help you kiss your Brita goodbye and pour a glass of the good stuff straight from the tap. And fun fact: It's designed to be installed in under three minutes.

    A reviewer photo showing a used filter turned completely brown, and an unused one that's all white

    And yes, the above photo shows a used filter (left) vs. an unused one (right) to show how much it's filtering OUT of the water. Yikes. BTW, each cartridge lasts for two years! You can get more from Amazon for $19.99.

    It has a two-step filter that removes 99.99% of contaminants, and it comes with direct connect hoses to hook right up to the standard 3/8-inch valves in US kitchen sinks.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    Promising review: "We have town water and it seems they are putting more and more chlorine in it every year. We should be getting used to it and tasting it less and less, not more! The refrigerator filters are super expensive and weren't cutting it. Every time I put a glass to my mouth it smelled like a swimming pool. I searched the internet and decided to give this a try due to the positive reviews and affordability. Wow! easy install (I'm an avid DIYer). And the taste! The chlorine taste is just gone! No more overpriced fridge filters for us. I love that the filter replacement procedure is basically the same as a fridge. Just twist and remove. We love it so much I teed off the fridge line and put a dispenser at our sink as well. The flow on this thing is just amazing! And the water tastes great! Don't waste your money on the expensive, complicated ones. My parents have a three-chambered, name brand filter at their house. It was expensive, the replacement filters are expensive, it is a pain in the petunias to replace the filters, and the flow rate is pathetic! But guess what! Our water from this filter tastes just as good as theirs at a fraction of the price, plus it's way more convenient, plus the flow rate is way better. I just can't say enough. Love, Love it! You will too!" —BJ

    35. A sectioned salad container with compartments for greens, toppings, and dressing for a not-sad and not-soggy desk lunch — eat your heart out $15 take-out salad!

    The container, separated to show the sections

    Once you're ready to eat, take out the removable toppings tray, add your dressing, and shake it up. I *also* bought this and loooooove it. Totally leak-proof, and the topping and dressing sections are just the right size!

    Get a it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Promising review: "This is the best salad storage container I have ever purchased. I can fit about 2-3 oz of greens in the bottom and 2-4 toppings plus the perfect amount of dressing in the top and everything stays together under the leakproof lid. I travel to work via public transportation so it helps that the container itself doesn't add too much weight and the fact that it's rectangular rather than circular means it fits easily into a fairly small tote bag. Sometimes I transport it on its side if I need to carry more things in my tote and never once has it leaked. Since I bought this, I've been bringing salads for lunch every day instead of going to my local (and rather expensive) salad bar and that savings alone has made up for the price of the container. I have also brought it it my carry-on bag for a flight which allowed me to have a delicious and healthy lunch in flight rather than be subjected to airplane/airport food. I will definitely be ordering more of these. Thank you Rubbermaid for such a well-designed product!" —Witey

    36. An airtight cold brew maker so you can get your ice-cold caffeine fix immediately upon waking up. Waiting in that Starbucks before even having your coffee? No thank you!

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Air tight = your coffee won't taste like the Chinese food leftovers that are *also* in your fridge.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.05 (also available in a larger two-quart size).

    Promising review: "I was wasting money every single morning at Starbucks on coffee I didn't even like until the Takeya came into my life. I went from spending $90 to $100 on coffee a month to under $10. This is how I make my coffee: I fill up the tube about three quarters of the way full of coffee grounds (so it's extra concentrated) on Saturday night. On Monday morning I remove the coffee grounds and pour three parts coffee and one part cold water over ice in my to go cup with a splash of coconut milk. Adding the water to it makes it so I can make five cups of coffee — good for one every morning for the entire work week. That way I don't have to worry about running out since it takes about 36 hours to make. It's that easy! Not only does it save me money but it also saves me all the time I spent waiting in the drive through (I live in Seattle lines for coffee get long!) Bottom line is it's totally worth it if you're trying to find ways to cut back on spending." —Katie Bee

    WOW LOOK, it's ANOTHER product I personally own and love! My Starbucks cold brew habit cut back *significantly* when I bought this. Check out my review of this iced coffee maker for all the deets!

    37. And a set of reusable straws so you can fully replicate that Starbucks iced-coffee feeling without actually going there — aka you'll help save money AND save the turtles.

    A set of four golden straws

    Plus, they come with a narrow brush for easy cleaning.

    Get a set of four (two straight, two bent) from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in four colors).

    Promising review: "I got these straws as a gift for my mother. She likes to use a lot of plastic straws, and I got these for her to use instead. They are a good way to conserve plastic since they are reusable and won't end up in the dump after one use. The straws don't make the liquid taste any different than with a plastic straw. Worth the money!" —Julia Bowers

    If you don't like metal straws, you can get a set of 10 silicone straws (plus a cleaning brush) from Amazon for $5.99.

    38. A ~guac lock~ container that'll press alllllllll the air out so your precious dip won't turn brown or get mushy. Leftover guac? Miracles DO happen.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.73.

    Promising review: "Fairly certain I've never left a review for ANYTHING on Amazon but everyone needs to know how amazing this product is! I finally purchased it after the price inflated up to almost $70 and came back down to $30! WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. I'm a self proclaimed guac enthusiast and the guac in my photo is a WEEK OLD. I put this bowl to the test when I first got it and it gets an A+++ ! The guac is not only fresh in color but still has great taste after a whole week! Getcha one guac lovers!" —angel brooke raines

    The more money you save, the more you have to spend on food!


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