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    Jun 14, 2020

    27 Products Under $20 That Mean Business

    Practical things (with a touch of fun) that just get things done.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A set of two magnetic cheat sheets for making the most of your Instant Pot without having to Google. This is a great way to make bulk-cooking grains for the whole week and making cooking for yourself a little easier!

    Amazon

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $8.39.

    Promising review: "Best invention ever for all Instant Pot fans! A must! I am so happy that I decided to give this product a try! What an amazing idea. I placed the smaller magnet right on the instant pot and use it daily for a quick reference. Instead of search the cook book or internet, I can just glance over and know in an instant how to program my ip for that particular product." —Olesya R.

    And if you don't have an Instant Pot yet, you can get one for $79.

    2. A bottle of Purito unscented sunscreen with SPF 50, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin safe, with no irritation, greasy feeling, or white cast — and no oxybenzone or avobenzone.

    The sunscreen
    Amazon

    I just saw a skincare TikToker said that this is a great dupe for the (expensive, but so so good) Tatcha sunscreen — and as someone who loves it, I'll definitely be trying this next!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90.

    Promising review: "Like the title of this review says — UMMMMM, what the heck just happened?!? I have tried a lot and I mean A LOT of sunscreens over the years. Always on the hunt for the perfect one. Something that doesn’t leave a white cast, doesn’t feel like it’s greasy or just sitting on my face, and wears well under makeup and doesn’t irritate my face. WELL, I must say this does all of that and more!! I am legit shook! Every darn YouTuber and Instagrammer I follow won’t shut the heck up about this. I finally bit the bullet when I saw my most respected users exclaiming about it and O. M. G. It does not leave a white cast, it dries down semi matte (so not dewy but neither matte. Just looks like skin), it actually absorbs into the skin, it is HYDRATING to the point where I may not wear moisturizer if I wear it, and it wears AMAZING under makeup almost like a flippin’ makeup primer! It has skin good ingredients in it too. Centella asiatica calms down redness and irritation especially which is big for me because my cheeks are chronically dehydrated and red. This is now officially my holy grail sunscreen!!! If it ever gets discontinued, I think I will legitimately cry lol. LOVE THIS!!!!!! For reference; my skin is normal to oily and dehydration prone." —Pink Neko

    3. And a Sun Bum hair and scalp sunscreen mist for anyone else who has gotten a bad scalp burn — but doesn't want to slather regular sunscreen all over their hair (me).

    A hand spraying the bottle of sunscreen
    Target

    The burn right down the center of my head I got after wearing my hair in two braids one day on a boat last summer....ouch. But this summer, I have a bottle of this and I am READY.

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    4. A giant bubble-making kit so the whole fam can enjoy a magical backyard activity with surprising ease — and take plenty of photos.

    A reviewer using the kit to make a giant, long bubble
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    The kit comes with a wand, a pouch of bubble-making concentrate, and a tips & tricks booklet.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "This bubble maker is SO much fun. The bubbles are huge! During a time when we are all social distancing it was pretty cool for my kids to be able to make gigantic bubbles and watch them float through our neighborhood. Some of our neighbors even open their windows and clapped. Other kids were riding by on their bikes trying to pop the bubbles as they floated across the street. Seriously, it’s the little things these days and this bubble maker gave us hours of fun and brought a smile to so many faces!" —Adrienne

    5. A ~StayHold~ tool that Velcros down to the carpet of your trunk to keep bags of groceries, plants, bottles, and more from tipping over and rolling around.

    The L-shaped tools holding up a paper bag of groceries in a trunk
    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99 each.

    Promising review: "I have used these on multiple occasions all with excellent results! Not sure what kind of carpet the 'single star' people have in their car, but in my new Buick, the Velcro sticks so well, at times it is kind of hard to pull off when done using! I have even had bellmen at hotels comment on how good of a product it is. The plastic quality is just fine, appropriate for the products function, not cheap at all." —xrayman

    6. A tequila-infusing kit to make your very own ~spicy margarita~ in the comfort of your own home and without having to follow a recipe or shop for special ingredients. The pouch is filled with dehydrated lime, orange, grapefruit, jalapeño, and pineapple for the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

    InBooze / Etsy

    Just place the infusion bag in a container (like a mason jar) with tequila. Infuse for at least three days, then just take out the bag and make your drink!

    Get it from InBooze on Etsy for $12.75 (originally $15; available in 10 flavors and varieties — the blackberry gin smash is calling my name!).

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how good this is. The flavor is unreal." —Amber Horton

    InBooze is a Black woman-owned Etsy shop based in Michigan. All their packets are handmade, filled with dehydrated fruits, veggies, spices, and herbs — and each kit is enough to infuse 8 to 10 cocktails. Bottoms up!

    7. A three-pack of door opener and button-pushing tools to help you touch as *few* surfaces when you're out and about.

    A hand using the tool to push an elevator button
    Amazon

    Get the three-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in smaller and larger packs).

    Promising review: "I love the fact we get three of these little helpers in every order. They have come in handy already in such a short time. I open doors using these and touch keypads and ATMs. I feel much safer I’m not touching so many germs. Every little bit helps. I’m happy with my purchase." —Teacher

    8. A Versed cleansing balm formulated with eucalyptus, jojoba and clove leaf oil to ~dissolve~ makeup and the day's grime without stripping moisture from your skin.

    The jar of Day Dissolve cleansing balm
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

    Promising review: "I love using this product as my first step in double cleansing. It takes off not only my face makeup but also my stubborn eye makeup. Definitely recommend using instead of makeup wipes!" —kels0001

    9. A set of reusable snack and sandwich bags so you can stop buying and tossing disposable ones ever again — and carrying snacks with you is always a good idea.

    Four of the bags with produce in them
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    They're leak-safe, dishwasher-safe, and freezer-safe, too.

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $18.99.

    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 Grove.co I HAVE EVEN STARTED USING THESE IN THE FREEZER! Overall very satisfied and would purchase again!" —Raeann

    10. 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 — hello dalgona coffee!

    A mason jar with milk and whipped coffee
    amazon.com

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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two 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

    11. An easy-to-use pill remover stone you should try if the whole "sweater shaver machine" thing scares you a bit. Just brush the pumice-like stone gently over your favorite knit that's seen better days and watch the magic happen.

    A hand brushing the stone over a sweater
    Celsious

    It's made from upcycled car windshield glass — how cool is that?!

    Get it from Celsious for $17.

    Celsious is a Black woman-owned and environmentally focused laundromat *and* online shop based in Brooklyn.

    12. A hide-and-seek style dog toy to give your fluffy friend some engaging mental stimulation — while also entertaining you. Reviewers say even chewers love playing with this prehistoric play set.

    A dog fishing one of the dinos out of the volcano
    Chewy

    Get it from Chewy for $15.89.

    Promising review: "Our puppy seriously LOVES this toy. Not only is it interactive and stimulating, but it’s also basically seven separate toys. Great to grab one of the dinosaurs to keep her occupied on a car ride or to take on the go. She stuffs her whole nose in the volcano to get the dinos out- it’s adorable. I’m not usually one to write reviews but we are so impressed with this toy!" —Jamie

    13. 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
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (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

    14. A pocket-sized, safer-to-use cutting tool to make small jobs (cutting tape, opening boxes) quicker and easier and tough jobs (that clamshell packaging) less frustrating.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96.

    Promising review: "I have a medical disorder that causes my fingers to lose dexterity in cold, and in my job, I have to go into a freezer and open taped up boxes every day. I was having way too much trouble getting the tape off, and didn't want to use a bulky box cutter. So I found this, put them on my keys, and it is ready to go immediately. It hasn't cut me, and I grab my keys over and over a day (I'm a delivery driver) and have yet to be injured. I love this thing! The blade is tiny, but strong. It does not retract, but it's still safe." —Rachel C.

    15. A ~handy~-dandy Glossier hand cream in a cool pop-top bottle so you can moisturized those dry-from-all-that-hand-washing mitts with ease — and then just click shut and pop in your bag or pocket.

    Hand holding the pink bottle with the lid popped open
    Glossier

    And the scent is the same as Glossier's You perfume!

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    Promising review: "I had high hopes for this hand cream and it definitely delivered. The smell is INCREDIBLE (seriously, it’s a dream). The consistency is a little bit greasy at first but it does die down. It soothes my eczema and I absolutely love it. Plus the packaging is so cute!" —Bella

    16. A pepper corer that'll quickly remove the stem, seeds, and core in a jiffy so you can get to slicing, stir frying, stuffing, or just chomping on a sweet slice of raw bell pepp (a go-to snack of mine).

    Hands holding the stainless steel corer with stem and seeds inside, and a cored pepper
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "I love eating raw bell peppers and this handy gadget has been a real time-saver. Removes the core to make slicing up peppers much more efficient. Two thumbs-up for this ingenious kitchen gadget." —I love Amazon

    17. A narrow scrub brush designed to be used on that hard-to-clean grout in your bathroom or kitchen. And the ergonomic handle and stiff bristles work hard so you don't have to.

    amazon.com

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

    Promising review: "Yes!!!! This works!!! I used this on the grout on the kitchen floor, we have not scrubbed in 10+ years. The first half hour I was using two toothbrushes to scrub. Why? Because I had the toothbrushes and didn't want them to go to waste. Boy what a waste of time. I should have thrown out the toothbrushes and used this in the beginning! I really appreciate this product and its design. The bristles stayed hard and was easy to control over the tiles. Easy five stars" —Amazon Customer

    18. A set of three *fabric* resistance bands for anyone who's looking for an at-home workout, but is tired of the rolling, pinching, and snagging caused by latex ones.

    Models using the bands and showing the light, medium, and heavy resistance versions
    Amazon

    Each has a different resistance level so you can customize your workout, and they come with an exercise guide book to get you started.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.90 (available in four color sets).

    Promising review: "I have been using this for a couple of weeks and it has been fantastic to say the least! It doesn't roll down or move whilst I'm exercising and the resistance it provides is amazing! After the first day of exercising with it, I felt the difference. Now I and those close to me are seeing the results. My thighs, hips and butt have definitely improved in tone and definition. My abs have also improved but not as much since I haven't been doing any exercises to target them! Oh and I forgot to mention that they came with an exercise guide which also helps for beginners or to boost your routine! They are durable and will last a long while! They are a vast improvement to the latex bands. I will recommend these to anyone who is serious about working out!" —Kylie Shepherd

    19. A set of pre-filled ant traps that are ready to use at the first sign of the picnic-crashers. Just open and leave it out, and you can get rid of the whole colony.

    A reviewer holding the traps, which are filled with ants
    amazon.com

    Get a twelve-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    Promising review: "With the onset of really hot weather, the ants decided to try my kitchen as a refreshment counter. Having used several other products only to have the ants return, I was dreading the idea and expense of hiring professional pest control for occasional but virulent ant attacks. Then I saw this product on Amazon and decided to give it a try. If I hadn't used it myself, I wouldn't believe it. I put out the bait in the afternoon and the ants were dead and disappearing in less than 24 hours. Since the old trap had dead ants in it, it didn't look very appetizing in the kitchen so I replaced it with a new one. NO MORE ANTS!!! This product is wonderful and cost-effective. I have several more unused ant traps just waiting for the little buggers to strike again!" —Pamela K. Buck

    20. A two- or three-year NordVPN subscription, which (though it's more of a service than a product) will give up to six devices unlimited bandwidth for faster streaming, protect your private information with a secure connection, and will connect your device to the fastest server available so all your time spent on the internet is just plain better.

    An illustration that says "Protect your connection, protect yourself"
    instagram.com

    Get a two- or three-year protection plan from NordVPN for $3.49/month.

    To learn more, check out "15 Phone Hacks Every Traveler Needs To Know."

    21. An insulated foam can coozy designed to look like a pipe straight out of Super Mario for anyone who loves the classic game and *hates* when beer or canned wine (or spiked seltzer of course) gets too warm.

    Green and brown "pixelated" coozy in the style of a warp pipe from Mario games
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "The material is more sturdy than I expected. I can't imagine our cat being able to knock this one over. Purchased for my boyfriend and he uses it all the time now, with any can or cup that will fit inside." —CW

    22. A set of motion-sensing strip lights for installing effortless under-cabinet lighting, brightening dark closets, or lighting up creepy-at-night staircases.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    They go on when you get within 3 meters (almost 10 feet), and turn off 15 seconds after you walk out of range. And they just stick right on — how easy is that?

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.99.

    Promising review: "One of the smartest things that I've purchased in a while. Just peel off the double-sided tape cover and stick the magnet wherever you need light. The light is metal so it clings to the magnet that you just stuck to the wall, ceiling, wherever — it's super easy to change the batteries. Motion-sensing so you don't have to touch them — just be there. Also, they are light sensitive so that you don't waste battery power if there is enough light anyway. I like to use rechargeable batteries so that I don't have to buy batteries all the time. They are bright enough for a regular closet or under a kitchen cabinet and the lights are LED so they are energy efficient. I just bought a couple more three-packs for seasonal gifts. This is a no-brainer — you need this!" —Kindle Customer

    23. A champagne stopper to preserve the bubbles in your half-finished bottle of sparkling wine for DAYS. AKA this is the perfect accessory for Aperol spritz szn.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    I have this myself, and what a great purchase! This little bb is so easy to use — just pop it on top of the bottle, push the metal sides in so it clamps on, then push the top button several times to vacuum seal and preserve the bubs. Then when you next want a glass, spritz, or mimosa, you'll hear that same *POP* you heard when first taking out the cork — and the effervescence you so crave will be fully intact. Plus, you can confidently store your leftover bottle on its side in your fridge; I've had zero leakage problems with this!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    24. A roll of screen repairing tape to quickly patch up a hole or tear in your window screen if you're *also* realizing mosquito season is beginning and they're finding their way into your home.

    A screen that's been repaired with the tape
    amazon.com

    It may not blend in perfectly but hey, it's cheaper than replacing a whole screen!

    Get a roll of 15 feet from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "I live in an old home and we are at the point in life where we have done all the big repairs we are going to do. We have holes in quite a few screens which my spouse promised to fix with his mystical screen hole patching prowess. That was years ago and I’m tired of getting eaten alive. I bought a roll of this and in 10 minutes every screen was patched. This product cuts cleanly even with mediocre scissors. It adheres to the existing screen neatly and without a lot of pressure or fuss. I’d say not to worry too much about which color you choose as this product is quite obvious in use. It is really not going to blend. However I don’t care; my screens no longer are mosquito boulevards and the product stays put. I’m thrilled, one more job off the list." —Quickbeam

    25. A pretty acetate PopGrip that's *not* just for your phone — might as well stick one on every device that tends to tumble from your hands on the regular.

    A white kindle with a blue acetate popsocket, with the text "no more dropping my Kindle on my face when lying down"
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    I read before going to sleep every night using my much-beloved Kindle Paperwhite — it helps shush the anxious thoughts that often keep me awake at night and helps me get my pages in. Basically I pop an Olly melatonin gummy, turn the brightness settings on low and read until I can't keep my eyes open. The problem is, sometimes I lie on my back and....drop my Kindle on my face. Frankly this happens when I'm falling asleep, but also when I'm just reclining and reading on the cough. So after I got a PopGrip for my phone, I thought...why don't I stick one on my KINDLE?! Long story short, it was a great idea, 10/10 recommend. I haven't dropped it on my face SINCE. Also, as a lefty, I find holding my Kindle with one hand and being able to turn the pages very annoying. My right hand is weaker and gets tired, but my left hand can't turn the pages on the right side. The PopGrip makes gripping with my right hand and turning the pages way easier. Pop one of these pretty bbs on your favorite device — it'll make things just a little bit easier.

    Get an acetate PopGrip from PopSocket for $17+, or check out the full selection of PopSockets on Amazon.

    26. A pair of almost-too-pretty lace Bandelettes, aka spandex-nylon blend anti-chafing bands guaranteed to stay in place all day long and keep friction at bay so you can strut your stuff irritation-free.

    A reviewer wearing a black lace bandelette under a dress
    amazon.com

    They're also available in plain (non-lace) versions!

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in seven sizes ranging from 21" to 32" and 12 colors and styles).

    Promising review: "Ladies, we can finally toss the deodorant. These things work! I was hella skeptical, because my thighs are crazy resistant to any sort of chafe defense. My thighs just love rubbing up against each other too much. But that crap has got to stop! I wore these while walking at least five hours at a music festival and they stayed put without me ever needing to adjust them! I couldn't believe it! My delicate inner thigh skin was preserved, not a chafe in sight, and they're so romantic looking that I didn't even care if someone caught a peek at that beautiful lace. Way sexier than my usual biker shorts. Love that I can wear dresses all day now without worrying about my thighs overheating." —OceanHips

    For more glowing reviews, check out our closer look at Bandalettes!

    27. A handy-dandy plate cover to keep food-plosions from splattering the inside of your microwave (looking at you, tomato sauce and baked beans!). It has magnets on top, so you can store it *in* the microwave between uses so your fam never forgets to cover their food again.

    A dirty microwave vs a clean one when you use the cover
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in a non-magnetic version).

    Promising review: "After many years of cleaning the microwave after hearing that familiar 'pop' and finding food all over the microwave this device has kept food off the walls and top of the microwave. The magnets are great for storing inside the microwave making it easy to use. If food hits the cover it's easy to clean by just rinsing in the sink. It's the perfect size for our unit. I couldn't be happier with this." —DT

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