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    39 Things Under $40 That Pretty Much Pay For Themselves

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    1. This brilliant storage solution, which makes something of that random space between the fridge and wall.

    Clare Aston / BuzzFeed

    This slim shelf is fitted with wheels, so you can keep it tucked out of sight and bring it out when needed. It has four shelves perfect for storing spices, oils and canned food (and in my case, wine).

    Promising review: "I moved in with my partner to a beautiful one bedroom apartment about six months ago. We only had one cupboard that wasn't filled by an exhaust fan or dishwasher etc, and that was quickly filled with our plates and glassware — we ended up appropriating a huge shelf of our linen cupboard for our dry goods!

    Finally, I had enough and bought this rolling shelf to fit in the empty gap next to our fridge. It was super easy to assemble, had enough space to empty out our linen-turn-pantry shelf and ended up matching with our kitchen cupboards (go figure!). The only real down side is that the wheels aren't the best quality. I think they need to be just a touch bigger, but for the price point, I really can't complain!"

    Clare Aston

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.95.

    2. This polish to gel formula, which will use whatever regular polish you already have and turn it into durable gel.

    Amazon

    A four-and-a-half star rating and over 440 ratings, you know the claims must be true. If, like me, you have a collection of regular polishes at home — but are missing the gel nails you'll treat yourself to once in a while — use a combination of half polish, half this high-gloss formula, while we wait for salons to open again.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $24.95.

    3. This felt bed caddy, which is a brilliant alternative to a bulky bedside table overflowing with your essentials.

    A bedside caddy storing a water bottle, remote and other miscellaneous items.
    Amazon

    Constructed from sturdy, thick felt, this bed caddy will store and protect your bedtime accessories — water bottle, charger, books and TV remote — making for a tidy and neat bedroom. Should it suit your aesthetic more, it also comes in a pale grey.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    4. This cold brew coffee maker, which you can conveniently drink from and bring with you when popping down to the supermarket.

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    Next to having caffeine directly injected into your veins (please do not attempt this), cold brew is heaven sent to a caffeine addict. Should you be the kind of person to not go a day without a morning cuppa, try your fix in a different way with this cold brew maker. A stainless steel basket holds ground coffee or tea leaves — and a complimentary neoprene sleeve means hands stay warm and dry when on the go.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.79.

    5. This anti-spill cup holder, which will keep your drink right next to you on the couch, without fear of messes.

    Amazon

    This one-size-fits-all, silicone drink coaster securely hugs couch arms and back rests, removing the need for a coffee table in teeny spaces. Its tacky base grips to the surface on which its placed, while its holder adjusts to accomodate almost every can, bottle or mug.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.99.

    6. This cord organiser, because if your desk/home/life is anything like mine, there are wires and cords everywhere.

    Amazon

    Constructed from durable silicone instead of hard plastic and fitted with self-adhesive backing, this is the easiest (and cheapest) damn thing to use to sort out your cables. Use on your bedside table (yeah, I know you keep your phone next to you), desk, car and yes, garage.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.99.

    7. Alternatively and a step further, this cord organiser that will make tangled and exposed cables a thing of the past.

    Amazon

    This cord organiser is super minimalistic and big enough so that you can store your power strips and cords inside. Plus, it's electrically insulated, which means you'll never have to worry about it overheating.

    Buy a pack of two from Amazon Australia for $33.99.

    8. These blockout curtains, which will avoid the sun waking you from your slumber before you're good and ready.

    Amazon

    If you're still making do with blinds and having sunlight hit your face through the slats every morning, take control of your sleeping patterns with these blackout drapes. These block out 99% of sunlight and 100% of UV rays, and are thermal insulated (perfect for this time of year!). With lengths between 160-274cm and 15(!) colours to choose from, they'll suit most bedroom windows. Unsurprisingly, they are the number one bestselling drapes on Amazon.

    Buy two panels from Amazon Australia for $39.98+.

    9. This stylish pair of blue light blocking glasses, which you'll need if you spend all your hours looking at a monitor or mobile.

    Amazon

    These glasses work by blocking out the blue light from screens, which can cause eye strain, headaches and inability to sleep.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.90.

    10. This silk, electric eye mask, which will treat puffy eyes and migraines with five levels of heat.

    Amazon

    Made from natural mulberry silk, this eye mask is soft on sensitive eye lids (even more so with just a couple of drops of water!). Built with five levels of heat temperature and six different time settings, you are guaranteed comfort no matter the severity of your headache. Plus, it's powered via USB adapter, so you can charge it with a power bank on the go.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $35.99.

    11. This facial steamer, which will effectively open pores for easy blackhead removal.

    Amazon

    This brilliant device takes only 8-10 minutes (according to skin type) to cleanse and open pores, making blackhead extraction easy with the complimentary tools. In addition to giving you healthier skin, the nose and mouth inhalation attachment makes it ideal for clearing blocked noses when just a touch of essential oils is added.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.99.

    12. This Sleepy lotion by Lush that will make you feel relaxed and ready for your eight hours.

    BuzzFeed / Hameda Nafiz

    This body lotion contains lavender to calm your mind, oatmeal to soothe your skin and jojoba oil to moisturise the heck out of your skin. It also smells absolutely phenomenal.

    Promising Review: "I kid you not, this lotion has changed the quality of my sleep. It's this heavenly mix of oatmeal, lavender oil, organic cocoa butter and a bunch of other natural goodness, plus it smells divine. My colleague swore up and down I would never sleep better than getting out of the shower, lathering this on, then jumping under my covers – and he was not wrong."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy for it from Lush for $17.95.

    13. This sushi bazooka, which will make feeding the masses fun and speedy.

    Amazon

    There is no way I could ever achieve the kind of neat and uniform sushi rolls I desire by hand. Fortunately, this time-saving sushi maker is easy for even a complete novice like myself. Simply fill with rice and your desired fillings, then pump out your perfectly formed sushi onto a nori sheet for quick assembly.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.99.

    14. This wine aerator and decanter, which will give you the best glass of wine every time – even though you just picked up the cheapest bottle you could find.

    Amazon

    This ergonomically-designed device adds the perfect amount of air into wine and removes any sediment. Simply pour wine from the bottle, through the device and into your glass. Pair this with a homemade dinner and the fact you no longer drink wine out of a goon bag — you goddamn grown up, you.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.99.

    15. This Squatty Potty, which will help you, well, go to the toilet better.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This simple stool promises to relax and fully open your colon for quick and easy, err, evacuation. Furthermore, you can say goodbye to symptoms of haemorrhoids, constipation and bloating.

    Read all about my experience with the Squatty Potty here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $40.

    16. This light therapy Neutrogena acne spot treatment, which uses dermatologist in-office technology (no UV rays!) to treat mild to moderate acne.

    Jemima Skelley / BuzzFeed

    Promising Review: "I DEFINITELY did not think this would work. How can light get rid of pimples? Well, after only using it a couple of times my mind was completely changed. It's good at making big, sore pimples smaller overnight. I also had a red mark on my skin from a giant pimple I'd had two months ago that I couldn't even get rid of with microdermabrasion. After about a week of using this light pen on it twice a day, it was way smaller and lighter. This pen is true magic."

    Jemima Skelley

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.95.

    17. This French, green clay face mask, which works wonders on oily, clogged and acne-prone skin.

    Amazon / BuzzFeed

    This green clay face mask is 100% natural and mined straight from the earth in the Montmorillonite region in France. Because of its unique blend of minerals and very fine texture, it's able to act as a magnet — drawing out the toxins and impurities from the skin.

    Promising Review: "My skin has been problematic AF for pretty much the entirety of my lockdown living. Whether it's due to stress, a change of environment or because I have way too much time on my hands to pick it to death — all I can say is, this mask saved my skin. I use it once a week and it draws out all kinds of shit, leaving me looking glowy and radiant!"

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    18. This microfibre hair wrap, which will dry your hair without damaging it.

    Amazon

    This microfibre hair wrap will keep your wet hair out of the way when you're getting ready, while simultaneously using its incredible absorbency to dry it. Essential for those of us who hate to blow-dry their hair, but also can't risk getting a head cold during winter.

    Buy a two pack from Amazon Australia for $15.95.

    19. This blackhead remover, which will suck all the gunk out of your pores so you look impossibly air-brushed.

    Amazon

    This next-generation blackhead remover adopts ~innovative vacuum technology~ to clear your face of oil, build-up and dead skin cells. Designed for a variety of skin types, it has three suction heads for different skin conditions, and helps to clean up blackheads, remove dirt grease, reduce dead skin and fine lines, as well as massage and tighten the skin.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.

    20. This magnetic phone holder for your car, because life's too short to deal with pesky phone cradles.

    Mariela Summerhays/BuzzFeed

    This phone holder comes with a magnetic disk that you can either stick to your phone or your phone case, for instant 360° GPS viewing ability.

    Promising review: "I have been through so many phone cradles. Time after time, phones will just fall after driving over a speed bump and not provide the security they promise. This magnetic device is brilliant — I never have to worry about my phone falling and can view the screen in both landscape and portrait mode with a single rotation. The base of the holder extends and tilts in any direction, making it perfect to use in either the driver or passenger front seat."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.99.

    21. This motivational water bottle, which will remind you to hydrate during work hours and in between your passive-aggressive emails.

    Amazon

    Dehydration is the enemy of energy and concentration, so fix your productivity with all the water. This litre bottle is marked with times, so when you glance at your bottle and realise its past the hour, you know it's time to take another swig. It helpfully lets you know just what a certain amount of liquid is doing for you, including, "3 p.m. — Reduce Fatigue" and "5 p.m. — Hydrate Skin".

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.19.

    22. This body fat scale that you can connect to your phone, because we all need to be aware of our health — especially in this new reality.

    Amazon

    With changes to all of our routines, diet and exercise, it's easy for our health to fall by the wayside. Keep your health on track with this scale that calculates all of the things — including BMI, body weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    23. This adjustable laptop stand, so that you can get work done without hunching over.

    Amazon

    Raising your laptop is not only more comfortable for you to use, it'll ensure you don't end up with terrible posture and even worse, back pain. This stand is super compact and lightweight, so you can bring it with you wherever you want to work.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $32.16.

    24. This foot peel mask, which will make your calloused and dry feet as soft as a baby's bum in a week.

    Amazon

    I mean, I don't really want to picture it, but this exfoliating foot peel causes dead and crusty skin to fall from your feet over seven to 10 days. Simply press the mask to your feet for 30-40 minutes (socks advised!), remove then rinse. Wait for it to work its magic over coming days, then voila! Fresh and smooth feet.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $24.99.

    25. These laptop camera covers, so you don't need to worry about anyone spying on you when you're shoving food in your face and binge-watching YouTube videos.

    Amazon

    These webcam covers are super thin and compact, so much so that you can even use them on your phone's front camera. You can also slide it open and close, which is a much better mechanism than that janked up sticker you've been using.

    Buy a pack of three from Amazon Australia for $9.79.

    26. This rechargeable sweater shaver, so you can get rid of the fuzz that randomly appears on your clothes.

    Amazon

    This shaver works on cotton, wool, linen and even upholstery. You can also use it as a zero-waste lint roller! This one comes with two extra shavers, a cleaning brush and a drawstring bag for easy storage.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    27. This all-in-one mandoline slicer, so you don't have to risk fingers in the pursuit of perfectly sliced veggies.

    Amazon

    Why bother with a knife when you can buy a tool that does it all? Whether you need your produce sliced, julienned or even cut into waves, this tool does it with ease. Plus, it stores all the contents in a neat, little container, leaving no mess and a stack of perfectly assembled veggies.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.98.

    28. This drain snake, which will unclog the hair that has been building up since you've been sprouting follicles on top of your head.

    Amazon

    If I'm honest, I can't look at this photo without gagging a touch. I imagine doing the job itself would be much the same, but it needs to be done, so might as well get it over and done with faster, right? There are two different lengths to choose from, 50cm and 60cm, so no matter how far down you've managed to shove your hair, the tiny claws along its length will be able to pull it all out in one go.

    Buy a pack of four from Amazon Australia for $8.99.

    29. These silicone heel protectors, which will soften shocks to your feet and prevent cracked heels.

    Amazon

    These one-size-fits-most heel protectors are made from medical grade silicone, cushioning and supporting your feet as you move. Wear under your socks and in your shoes for hidden relief from the pressure walking, running and standing puts on feet and heels.

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    30. This magic double-sided tape, which you can use to free up counter space and can be washed and reused, time and time again.

    Amazon

    Thanks to some special kind of wizardry, this durable, double-sided, clear tape can be used to stick almost anything to any surface. Five metres long, it can be cut to suit your needs and then — without leaving a mark — be removed, washed and used again from now until eternity.

    Read all about its wondrousness here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.18.

    31. This gel mould and mildew remover, to do all the work in your shower that you've been avoiding.

    Amazon

    I love me a quick fix. This highly concentrated (wear gloves!) mould and mildew remover is effective and requires very little effort. Simply squeeze gel along the grout you want to revive, leave for five to six hours, then wash off with running water. Much cheaper than renovating the bathroom, really.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.99.

    32. These impossibly cheap blemish patches, which protect your spots from bacteria as they heal.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a wound-healing material that protects against bacteria. Ultra-thin and complete with a matte finish, they can be worn on top of inflamed and acne-prone skin, and under foundation (!). A few hours later, your zits will have shrunk noticeably. No wonder people are buying these in bulk.

    Read all about their genius here.

    Buy a pack of 18 patches from Amazon Australia for $5.20.

    33. These high-waisted workout leggings, which will solve the problem of where to put your phone during lifting sessions.

    Amazon

    These tights are made of ultra-fine fibres that mimic the softness and durability of silk — so whether you're working out or sitting on the couch all day, your tush will remain at a comfy temperature. The fabric is also super stretchy, so you'll be able to move in any direction you please without feeling any discomfort. Plus, it features a side pocket for your phone — so, you'll no longer need to stick it in your bra and let it get all sweaty.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.98+ (available in 30 colours).

    34. This, Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with Rose Petal, which will do everything all your exxy serums, creams and oils claim to.

    AnaMaria Glavan

    Treat redness, breakouts and a host of other skin problems with this magic liquid. Alcohol-free and made with rose petal water, vitamin E and Witch Hazel extract, this thing is beloved by thousands on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well."

    AnaMaria Glavan

    Read more about this excellent product here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.94.

    35. This scalp massager, which will not only relieve tension, but increase blood circulation and stimulate hair growth.

    Amazon

    This ergonomically-designed scalp massager will make easy work of shampooing your hair. Made of environmentally-friendly silicone (flexible!), the use of this brush will reduce stress and improve hair health.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.95.

    36. This reusable face wipe, the Face Halo, which removes every inch of makeup with nothing but water.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "You can tell by my ~shook~ facial expression that I was blown away. I mean honestly, look at the state of my face and hair — do you think I'd allow this GIF to live on the internet if I wasn't genuinely impressed?

    The wipes are non-toxic, chemical free and recyclable, so BIG wins all 'round. Not only are you doing your face a favour — by not subjecting it to the toxins in that pack of two dollar wipes — but you're doing the environment a solid, too."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Read more about the Face Halo here.

    Buy a pack of three from Amazon Australia for $30.

    37. This phone charging stand for your desk, because I know you have trouble remembering to plug your phone in at night before you sleep.

    Phone about to be placed on charging station.
    Amazon

    So, thousands of people are really keen on this thing. Reviewers love how fast this stand and wireless charger charges their phone, how they can see the screen whilst on their computer and how affordable it is. As someone whose most commonly texted message is, "I'm sorry, my phone died", I wholly endorse this purchase.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $33.99.

    38. This kitchen cabinet paper roll dispenser, which will free up space in the cabinet under your sink.

    Amazon

    This durable and rust-resistant roll holder will hook to shelves and cabinet doors, freeing up cabinet space that can go to other household essentials.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    39. And finally, this kitchen knife sharpener, because I know you've been neglecting your blades.

    Amazon

    This ergonomically-designed knife sharpener is designed to fit securely in your hand and sit firmly on your counter — which means no gory accidents! With three stages — prepare, sharpen and hone — your sad-looking, blunt stainless steel knives will be dangerously sharp once again.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    You, when your flatmate accepts their umpteenth package from the postie for you next week.

    SNL

    "I swear this is the last one."

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