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    45 Things Under $50 That Are Smart *And* Effective (A Truly Winning Combo)

    Be prepared to say "oh that's such a good idea" about at least one of these products.

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    1. A reusable Revlon oil-absorbing roller stick with a ball made of volcanic stone that sucks the excess shine right off your face. Just pop it out and give it a wash once in a while and you can reuse it over and over and over again!

    The rollerball stick on a pile of volcanic stone

    2. A cat self-grooming toy you can attach right to a corner or wall and make your furry friend think "I'm ~feline~ myself" — and help you have less hair to clean off your everywhere else.

    A reviewer's cat rubbing its face on the toy

    3. A chunky knit satin-lined winter beanie to keep your head toasty warm when the temperatures drop *and* to help protect your hair from damage and moisture loss without disrupting your style or curl pattern.

    4. A measuring cube with a whopping *19* amounts on it (metric AND US) so you can handle your cookie, banana bread, or cake project without having to wash (or store) so many individual measuring cups and spoons.

    The yellow cube with vanilla extract measured into one of the divots

    5. A portable pack of soap sheets, because when public bathrooms run out of soap (especially in times like ::gestures around::) that is *not* a good feeling.

    The paper thin lavender soap sheets, which come in a matchbox size box

    6. A soft but light infinity scarf with zipper pockets so you can stash away your phone, a credit card, and a lip balm for errand runs when you don't want to schlep a whole purse with you.

    a model with the black scarf with a phone half in the pocket

    7. A single-handed tape dispenser, because wrapping presents is hard and time-consuming enough. Just pull the lever to cut the tape!

    8. A pair of lil' leaf scoopers to help make clearing your lawn less of a, well, chore.

    Hands using the trashcan lid-like scoopers with rake teeth on the bottom to scoop leaves

    9. An ~enjoy-a-bowl~, a genius two-bowl system for picky dogs and cats. Put their fave food in the lower bowl, the food they need to eat in the upper bowl, and the aroma will waft up and help them enjoy their dinner more!

    Bacon in the lower bowl, topped with a plate with holes to let the smell rise, and kibble in the top bowl

    10. A liquid-free rolling screen cleaner to clean your tablet, phone, laptop, and more back to straight-from-the-box newness. You know when your screen goes dark and you're like "Oh wow, that's a lot of dust and sneeze particles!" That's over now.

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

    The cutting tool slicing through packaging tape, blister packaging, plastic bags, and clamshell

    12. A Dash toaster with a *see through* window for monitoring the darkness of your Eggo, bagel, or toast. As someone with Very Strong Feelings about the proper toast color, this is a game-changer.

    The toaster in black with text that says "large window. never burn toast again!"

    13. An ingenious cereal bowl designed by some clever person who (like me) hates sogginess. Pour your milk in one half, dump your cereal in the other, and then just scoop it down into the milk as you go. You'll enjoy a fully satisfying bowl every dang time.

    Two people using the divided bowls

    14. An ergonomic, angled pen designed for lefties to keep ink from smearing and smudging allllllllll over the side of your hand.

    The pen

    15. 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

    16. A razor protector (it fits all standard men's and women's razors) to prevent rust and corrosion and keep your blades sharper for longer, so you don't have to waste money on replacements again and again and again.

    A three-image collage: new blade (clean), blade without the Steelbee (after one month with rust on it), blade with the steelbee (1 month, no rust)

    17. A microfiber towel-material pillowcover with a waterproof lining so you can go to bed with freshly-washed hair without ruining your pillowcase — and so you can sleep comfortably.

    Model sleeping on a pink and grey pillowcase

    18. A smartphone or tablet holder you can attach to your treadmill or exercise bike (or anything with a handlebar!) so you can enjoy some Netflix while on a jog or to use the Peloton app on your decidedly nonPeloton bike.

    A reviewer's home bike with a tablet attached

    19. A *customized* set of ManiMe nail stickers made with a thin, 10-free gel for the easiest way to get an at home manicure, whether you're looking for solid colors or sophisticated or fun nail art.

    20. A self-watering, self-aerating planter to keep your thirsty plants happy, *without* worrying about dreaded root rot. Just fill the reservoir and the (patented) hollow legs will draw water up into the soil.

    21. A handy-dandy silicone paw cleaner designed to fully (but gently) remove dirt, mud, sand, ice melt and whatever else from your furry friend's feet pronto – and without the hassle of scrubbing or wasting paper towels. Just rinse it out for next time!

    22. A ~Multi-tasker~ makeup brush with four tools in one (concealer sponge, blush brush, brow brush, and eyeshadow brush) so you can keep just *one* thing at your desk, in your purse, etc. for touchups throughout the day.

    23. A Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron that rotates to create curls or waves in seconds. All you need to do is press the button and watch the magic happen.

    A reviewer with straight hair before using, and voluminous waves after

    24. A pet hair-removing roller with a patented brush design (and *no* adhesive strips to replace) to rid your lovely black sofa of all your furry friend's shedding in a quick roll — so you can get back to cuddling together. Adhesive lint rollers and other devices only WISH they could.

    25. A Luminoodle — an LED lighting strip you can affix to the back of your TV for a backlighting effect that'll create sharper images, increase color contrast, and reduce eye strain.

    A reviewer's before/after of their TV with backlighting: before with a less clear picture and brights that strain the eyes and after with clearer picture and backlighting on the wall

    26. A pack of waterproof blister bandages that are thick enough to protect and prevent blisters (like moleskin), but also made of hydrocolloid to treat any existing blisters while you wear 'em.

    The packet of bandages with the three sizes: long and narrow, round with side strips, and oval

    27. A clip-on spoon rest so all the good stuff drips back *into* your pot rather than onto your sparkling countertop — and so you don't get ~crabby~ having to scrub your surfaces down later.

    The holder clipped on the side of the pot, designed to look like crab claws

    28. A handy dandy phone and tablet holder you can rest on the tray table while down or hooked on while folded up to watch your *own* downloaded flights and shows on any flight.

    A tablet held up on a seat tray table

    29. A two-in-one chop 'n' stir tool ideal for thoroughly cooking ground beef, easily mashing boiled potatoes, dicing hardboiled eggs for egg salad, and oh-so much more — all with the twist and press of one hand.

    the tool with four horizontal blades mixing up ground meat in a pan

    30. A two-pack of mint-flavored, sensitive skin-friendly teeth-whitening pens you can just brush on and remove those deep-set coffee, tea, and wine stains — without all the hassle of those trays or strips.

    before and after images of yellow and then whiter teeth

    31. A three-pack of 14-karat gold-filled magnetic clasp converters to more easily (but still securely) put on and take off your go-to necklaces and bracelets — without having to ask for help.

    The three clasps

    32. A TikTok-famous mirrored alarm clock to add some style to your bedside table and make it rreeeaaalllyyyy easy to see if you need to get up yet. It also has brightness settings so you can get some Zzzs.

    A reviewer's clock

    33. And 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!

    34. A ball launcher that'll be a years-long treat for any four-legged friends who love to R-U-N.

    35. 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

    36. A padded sleep mask with lavender and flax seeds inside for a relaxing aromatherapy moment built right in to send you off to slumber. It's like a weighted blanket *for your eyes*.

    Model in the lavender silky mask

    37. A plastic cutting board that'll fold into a funnel so you can chop your ingredients and scoop them into your recipe in one fluid motion.

    38. A roll of screen repairing tape to quickly patch up a hole or tear in your window screen if you're *also* realizing mosquitos are finding their way into your home.

    A screen that's been repaired with the tape

    39. A bungee dog leash to keep both you and your eager pupper happier on walks — with no unpleasant jolts for either of you. And the handle is padded for extra comfort.

    A reviewer's dog on the stretchy leash

    40. A window-insulation kit that'll help keep your heating bills down — no more warmth (and money) going out while the drafts come in.

    A model applying the clear insulation around a window, plus two reviewer photos showing the thermostat up 9 degrees thanks to the insulation retaining heat

    41. A SockDock, aka a useful tool you can clip dirty socks to (in pairs!), toss the *whole thing* in the washer and dryer, and remove together so NO SOCK gets lost. And you're not stuck searching for a pair when you're already running late.

    Model clipping socks in the sock dock before putting it in the washing machine

    42. A set of bed bands that will keep your fitted sheets neatly tucked under your mattress, so you'll sleep more comfortably *and* be able to make your bed wayyyy faster in the morning. And making your bed is really the best way to start a productive day.

    43. An intelligently designed, mega-popular AND water-resistant Under Armour face mask for a much, much comfier alternative to disposable ones. This bb sits off your lips, so you have room to breathe (and don't have the fabric sucked into your mouth every time you talk). Plus it's made with Under Armour's "Iso-Chill" fabric for zero overheating.

    BuzzFeed editor in a black face mask that protrudes slightly off the face

    44. A fun and functional multitool masquerading as a hair clip. Just use it to pin back those in-your-face locks and take it out whenever you need a ruler, nail file, box opener, screwdriver, or bottle opener (beer me, stat!).

    45. And a cute little buffalo plaid iced coffee koozie, because it's iced coffee season all year round (I refuse to hear otherwise) but we'd like to keep our fingertips from freezing as we head into cooler weather.

    A smoothie in the koozie

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