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    30 Cheap Things That Are Even Better Than A Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Including light-dimming sheets, a cat butt coloring book, a mug warmer, and a Harry Potter origami book — all under $20.

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    1. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets that'll lift away stains and stinky smells so you can enjoy cheap home-brewed coffee instead. Each capsule is biodegradable and chlorine-free so you don't have to worry about accidentally drinking unwanted chemicals after using it. All you do is fill a dirty drink container with water, drop in a tablet, and watch it fizz and blast away any discoloration.

    Promising review: "Be sure to use hot water; even though it won't foam as much it seems to do a lot better job. The first time I used these on a Contigo travel mug I used room-temp water, and it just came out OK. For the next travel mug, I used boiling water and the results were terrific. It looks new again. Then I used two cubes (and boiling water) in a large old pressure cooker that had become brown inside from years of making vegetable soups, and I'm amazed how clean it came out. That pressure cooker stain persisted throughout dozens of scrubbing sessions and dishwasher runs, so I figured the Bottle Bright wouldn't help either but it did." —MisterPlow

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8+ (available in packs of 12, 36, 45, and 80 tablets).

    2. A mug warmer for anyone who appreciates that hot cocoa season is almost here. Repeat after me: There's nothing worse than cold cocoa. There's nothing worse than cold cocoa. There's nothing worse...

    This mug warmer does *not* have an auto-off feature, so we recommend also getting an auto-off outlet, like this one from Amazon for $16.95, if you're prone to forgetting to unplug things.

    Promising review: "I like a good cuppa joe. My first one goes down quickly, but I like to leisurely enjoy the subsequent one (or two or...), and really no one likes a room temp coffee. (So why is it a room temp coffee tastes cold, but a room temp soda tastes hot?). Enter this good ol' time Mr. Coffee mug warmer. Keeps hot things hot, just like it should. The cord is sufficiently long so I do not need an extension cord. The on/off control switch is mounted on the top of the unit and not on the power cord like some. It slowly builds in temp but after 10 minutes or so, it is at temp and keeps coffee at a hot enough temp for enjoyment — toasty warm but not scalding." —Chuck & Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. An adorable cat spoon to keep you company while you're sipping your cat-puccino.

    Promising review: "Love this little spoon! It fits perfectly on the edge of my coffee mug. Now I no longer have to go searching for spoon to stir my morning coffee! Since it sits on the edge of the cup my fingers don't get sticky from a wet handle. Plus, it's absolutely adorable and makes me think of my own kitty while I'm away at work. This spoon has become an essential part of my morning routine." —Brianna S

    Get it from Amazon for $1.01.

    4. A jewelry-cleaning pen that'll make your jewels sparkle. It's compact enough to fit in your purse so you can use it on the go, yet it's powerful enough to clean days', months', and weeks' worth of dirt and grime that's dulled your stones' shine.

    Promising review: "I actually don’t understand how this works so well. I used to drop my rings in a bit of watered down Windex, let them soak, then scrub with a soft toothbrush, rinse, and dry. That process took about 15 minutes, and even then my rings, and particularly the stones, were not flawless looking afterwards. I thought it did the job. ENTER DIAMOND DAZZLE STICK! I bought this after reading a BuzzFeed list and now I literally I sound like an infomercial talking about this thing. It’s incredible. First you dispense a little product, and you don’t even have to take your ring off!!! Then you scrub for approximately three seconds, rinse, and BAM!!!! Holy sparkles, Batman. My precious stones have never looked better. Even rings that looked pretty good before, I couldn’t believe how sparkly they were after this. Dazzle is right I guess. Consider me a lifetime customer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in a one-, two-, and four-pack).

    Check out our in-depth review of the Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more about why we love it.

    5. A cuticle oil to prepare your nails for all the fall-colored manis you're about to get. A combination of sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and jojoba softens the cuticle and strengthens your claws so you can wave goodbye to weak nails that peel.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. I've always had acrylic or dipped nails because my real nails have always been brittle and always break and peel. I decided to give my nails a break and wanted to try and grow them out. I can't even believe the outcome! They are stronger than ever and growing! I really wish I had taken a before pic to show the difference!" —JOE D.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in two sizes).

    6. A nail buffer that'll 1. smooth and even out your nails 2. add shine to bare nails and 3. revive a dull-looking polish job.

    Promising review: "My nails grow too fast to bother painting them but I like them to look done. This buffer gave my nails a high gloss shine in less than five minutes. For the whole hand. The shape makes it very easy to get to the whole nail, and it's comfortable to hold. I've used block buffers before and they're always difficult to hold onto; this buffer was very comfortable to hold." —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $4.21.

    7. An acne patch for those days when a pimple pops up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.,

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough about these patches! They are my skin savior! I actually gave myself a facial where I pushed up all the blackheads and whiteheads from my pores, which is why there is so much puss on the patches (gross, I know), but I couldn’t believe all of that was trapped in my skin!! Woke up and removed the patches, not a single pimple! If I would've not put these on, guaranteed I would have woken to multiple pimples in the area. I usually break out when I try to exfoliate and extract, so I only do it when my pores start to look huge and filled (yuck). I am now a true believer, leave the 'spot treatment' creams and switch to these! They will pull out that white head and reduce your pimple to practically nothing overnight! And it’s safer than a cream that just brings all that gunk to the surface but doesn’t actually remove it... then when you do your left with an oozing pre-scar for the rest of the day! I am now a monthly subscriber. I will never use anything else. In fact, just ordered the XL acne patches to pull out more gunk on my forehead (live in AZ, constantly sweating and naturally oily). Thank you for making such a great product!!" —jennifer9

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.08.

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 2,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    8. A clay mask so you can basically vacuum out your pores. It may also help reduce the frequency of your breakouts and soften your skin. Women with natural hair say it helped define their curls and clarified their scalp so moisturizing products could actually penetrate their strands.

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible. I have sensitive skin and stuff like this usually breaks me out, but this magic powder, mixed with ACV, no less, just made me red for a little bit, and left me feeling smooth like butter. It did drag up more dirt than a girl with an internet connection with a grudge, but unlike Jessica who ruined my life for a brief period of time, this made me feel good about myself. I use it for spot treatments daily (fewer and further between as the days go by), and once a week I use it as an all over mask. And it's a whole pound. Two tablespoons lasted me two weeks. I'll have to leave this tub to my kids in my will one day cause I'll still have it. It feels really good when it dries and you move your face for the first time, kind of like your face is the soft side of the velcro and the mask is the hook part and someone is pulling them apart slowly. Your face will be red for a little bit, but that goes away. Also, with ACV, it stinks to high heaven. But ohhhh so worth it. Anyway. Get it. It has like a billion positive reviews, it's no joke." —MamaBear

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two sizes).

    Read our review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and discover more of its many uses.

    9. A splurge-worthy pack of 100% cotton exfoliating cleansing pads that'll spell trouble for any lingering makeup. They're made with milk protein extract to exfoliate and hydrate, bamboo water to cleanse and stimulate collagen production, and broccoli extract to soothe the skin and lighten discoloration. / Via @lapcos_usa

    Promising review: "I have struggled with dry skin for what feels like forever. For at least the last two years I have been unable to put on makeup without seeing flakes of skin. After using this product once along with my regular facial cleansing regimen, I put on my makeup and to my amazement there were no flakes. It was the smoothest makeup application ever. I am in love with this product and now use it once a week." —Amy Jagers

    Get them from Amazon for $17.

    10. A jar, nay, a tub, of Mike's Hot Honey for a truly un-bee-lievable sweet-spicy kick. Add it to pizza (yum!), chicken and waffles (drooling!), wings (oh you fancy, huh?!), and even cocktails (mind = blown!).


    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06+ (available in packs of one, two, three, six, and 12).

    11. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara so your days will always be fabu~lash~. It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day — what more could you ask for?,

    Promising review: "I have thick but short lashes, and in the past I have been a huge fan of L'Oreal Voluminous and Butterfly Effect, Maybelline Lash Sensation, Dior DiorShow, Too Faced Better Than Sex, and Bare Minerals Lash Domination. So, it's safe to say that I have been looking for the right balance of cost and high performance product. This mascara is it. I love the way my lashes look and feel after one or two coats. The brush is covered in mini bristles that separate as you apply, and the formula is not sticky or stiff, creates minimal clumping, and washes off easily. The price is closer to drugstore brands, which means I can purchase as often as I like, but the performance is high quality. It gives me results that are a cross between the Butterfly Effect and Lash Domination, for length, definition, and volume — which I love, so this has become my go-to for daily looks. A touch-up coat at the end of the day (without flaking or tearing my lashes) refreshes and darkens for more dramatic evening look." —Butterflydiva

    Get it from Amazon for $9.45.

    12. A teeny tiny beauty spatula that'll scrape the last bits of foundation from the tube so you don't waste a single drop.

    Promising review: "My only complaint is that I didn’t buy this sooner. I cringe thinking about all of the expensive cosmetic containers I threw away that still had some product in them that I couldn’t reach all because I didn’t want to spend 10 bucks on this spatula. AMAZING!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.12+ (available in packs of one or two).

    13. A set of silicone straws so you can enjoy every sip without being haunted by the image of a poor turtle somewhere choking on your plastic. Each kit comes with 10 regular-sized straws, a brush to clean them, and a handy carrying pouch. And! The proceeds of your order get donated to OCEANA, an organization dedicated to protecting the ocean and its inhabitants, if you leave a review.


    Promising review: "I use these daily, they are awesome. I even throw them right in the dishwasher and they get perfectly clean. I hate the metallic taste of metal straws and they glass ones are so fragile. I thought I'd try silicone before I tried plastic and they are awesome. Love that it comes with cleaning tools as well!" —Amanda J

    Get them from Amazon for $8.95.

    14. A sloth to-do list that'll help you stay on top of things, even if you're the type to take things slow.

    Emma McAnaw/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I got this note pad as a gift for my sloth-crazed friend. Usually anything sloth themed is a hit with her, but this note sheet was an absolute win. She loved it. First of all, the sheets are cute as heck. There is a place to rate your sloth mood, every header is a pun, and the design is tasteful. Second, it is organized in a way that makes sense. It separates errands from short tasks and more. Third, the paper is quality. If you are on the fence, this product is perfect." —Allie Schultz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of this mood-boosting, productivity-inducing sloth to-do list.

    15. Tabbed sticky notes for the person who could use a little order in their life. Nearly 2,000 people swear by them for organizing a bullet journal, taking notes in a textbook, and even bookmarking a new recipe to try.


    Promising review: "These babies are pretty sturdy and they make putting notes in a book, or planner, or magazine, or whatever a complete breeze. I really like the ease of these and if you are creative you can make these work for any project. I use them in my textbooks to summarize my notes on a chapter. I also have short-term memory loss after a car accident. I like reading novels but can't remember things, so I use one of these as a book mark and take a few minutes to jot down key things from the book. I really, really, really like these and I am glad they exist." —Delaney

    Get them from Amazon for $3.24+ (available in packs of one, two, four, six, eight, nine, 12, and 72).

    Read our review of Redi-Tag's Divider Sticky Notes for more deets.

    16. A meal planner to help you outline dinners for the week, because there's nothing worse than staring at your fridge at 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, wishing that food would magically appear.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this thing. I used to just print out a blank calendar for every month and then plan my week, but it always looks so tacky and made it so complicated. This thing is great because it literally gives you half of the page to plan out your meals for the week and the other half for your grocery list." —sheri f.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    17. A pack of colorful fine tip pens that'll make taking notes way less boring.

    Promising review: "I buy a lot of art supplies, and while I know that price point isn't always an indicator of quality, I've had enough run-ins with cheap products to be skeptical of something as inexpensive of these pens. I'm really happy to say, though, that my skepticism was unwarranted. These pens are wonderful, bright, true to color, beautifully smooth to write with, and comfortable to hold. The fine tip is perfect for using in my journal and while they're bold, they don't bleed through the page (medium weight dot-grid journal) so badly I can't use the other side, and there's a nice assortment of colors so I can color code everything." —J. Betz

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

    18. Light-dimming sheets so too-bright alarm clocks won't keep you up at night.

    If you'd rather not deal with cutting these sheets to fit your needs, opt for these pre-cut stickers from Amazon for $4.29.

    Promising review: "What a time to be alive. I was lying awake at night wishing there was something I could do to make my hellish alarm clock less bright. I googled 'alarm clock too bright' hoping to find some sort of DIY life hack. I was really pleasantly surprised when I found out this product existed. I'm SO HAPPY that it does. I seriously don't know where my fiancé' bought this alarm clock, but it has four brightness settings and they range from light house search light to surface of the sun. I cut one of these sheets and smoothed it over the display and it's AMAZING. I can still read the clock during the day, but at night, it's now just the right brightness so I can see the time, but not burn my retinas when I crack my eyes open in the middle of the night." —Tiffany Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.29.

    19. A three-layer door stopper that'll block out the sounds of annoying roommates while also maintaining the temperature in your room. Installation is easy: simply cut the strip to size and attach it to your door using the built-in adhesive backing.

    Promising review: "I’m renting an apartment and my front door doesn’t brush up against the floor. There was about an inch gap which was annoying because it meant light, noise, and bugs could get in. Ever since I’ve installed this, I’ve had almost no bugs, no light, and so much less sound! It’s great. The sound-blocking is especially amazing because my bedroom is near the front door and I hated hearing my neighbors conversations clear as day in the stairwell. It’s not totally noise cancelling but it’s so much better." —airazedy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    20. A mini Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy to bring joy to your work desk.

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $9.74.

    21. A collagen-coating hair treatment that's safe for all hair types and will revitalize your dry, damaged, overprocessed strands.

    Bek O' Connell/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel dried it, worked about two quarter sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I'm totally in love with this product, I have long fine hair but this doesn't leave it greasy or weigh it down. I'll definitely buy again." —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment to learn more about why she calls it, "the miracle product I've been searching for."

    22. A set of flexible curling rods so you don't have to spend three hours in the morning curling your hair. Use them on wet or dry hair and then sleep on them. The results: perfect heatless curls.

    Promising review: "I can't believe I waited so long to buy these beauties. These curlers are incredibly easy to use and they give you gorgeous curls that last for days. I have tried every heatless curling method there is — sleep styler, braiding, boho headband wrapping, and every other tutorial on YouTube — and this is the only one that ACTUALLY works." —DW

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. A pack of 10 barrettes — including the pearl barrettes that every Instagram girl seems to own — that'll zhuzh up any boring 'do.,

    Promising review: "I *looove* these hairclips, and get compliments on them all the time! They are seriously all adorable, and I have worn them pretty consistently and experienced no quality issues. Highly recommend!" —jmk

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. A cat butt coloring book for anyone who's in desperate need of some stress relief and a nap.

    Promising review: "Who wouldn't laugh at cat butts? I bought two of these. I sent one to my cousin. To start, she was having a bad day when she received it. She said it made her day much better, then she flipped through the book and laughed! Don't even need to color to enjoy this book!" —Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    25. An interactive cat toy to appease your furry rulers and occupy them for a few hours...until they come howling for dinner.

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get it from Amazon for $1.86.

    26. A stainless steel tongue cleaner to banish bad bacteria and improve stinky breath.

    Promising review: "Unfortunately, I, like many, suffer from bad breath and have tried so many things. I read that sometimes it's the germs on your tongue that can cause it, so I went crazy trying to brush my tongue. Of course we all know how that ends — gagging, watery eyes, and it still looks like that gross film is on your tongue. I finally decided that maybe it was time to get a tongue cleaner and it had to be a stainless steel one because they are easier to clean and sterilize. This product is really easy to use and I can get very far back on my tongue without activating my gag reflex. Also, it doesn't have the feeling like brushing with a toothbrush does. This cleaner just glides across my tongue, taking all the icky germs and bad breath with it. I really like this product and I love that it came with a travel case. But not more than I love my nice new fresh breath and bolster or confidence!" —jordanlauren

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47+ (available in packs of one, two, and three).

    27. A book of Harry Potter origami for any HP fans who need something sirius-ly fun to do until Fantastic Beasts 3 is released.


    Promising review: "I wasn't expecting much in this little origami book, but I just picked it up at a store and I'm so excited. It's got gorgeous illustrations and imagery throughout. The step-by-step instructions are also full color and have the steps highlighted in circles, which isn't like the Star Wars origami or the Pokémon origami book. The book suggests completing the pieces in order and I agree, unless you're a master origami builder you really have to do it like that! Perfect book." —Hannah P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.77.

    28. A brown sugar bear so your baking plans aren't derailed by rock hard sugar. This will keep brown sugar moist for three to six months so you never have to put your cakes, pies, crumbles, muffins, or cobblers on hold.

    Promising review: "After multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps... I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child... And that's when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar... After a quick Google search I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 mins and then added to my lumpy brown sugar... Two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay!" —Sneezeloaf

    Get it from Amazon for $5.62.

    29. An avocado slicer for anyone who knows avocado toast isn't only for brunch. The hardest part of using this will be figuring out when your avocados are ripe.


    Promising review: "The 'knife' is plastic yet sharp and cuts through the skin like butter! Then you flip it on its side and place the prongs over the pit and push in. The pit comes out and you push from the opposite side and it releases right into the garbage more dangerously stabbing the pit with a sharp knife to lift it out and then struggling to get it off the knife! Then flip the tool over for the third time and slide it from top to bottom for the PERFECT slices!" —MountainNurse,BSN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    30. A set of cactus dryer balls so you don't have to wait hours for your laundry to dry. These little guys help aerate the dryer so it finishes 50% faster. They're also designed to reduce static cling and wrinkles.

    Promising review: "I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but these things work. It used to take three cycles to dry my comforter and bed sheets. I'm one of those set-it-and-forget-it people, so I'd always forget to turn the dryer back on for round 2 and 3, which meant that at midnight, when my husband and I were about to pass out from exhaustion, I'd remember the sheets and comforter were still in the dryer, undoubtedly damp because I didn't run them through the dryer another two times. So I finally bought these puppies and as usual, I dried the comforter and bed sheets once, and forgot to check on them. That night, my husband asked where our sheets were since they weren't on the bed at bed time. Then he groaned, and asked if I remembered to really dry them. So I checked the dryer and lo and behold, they were dry! I have actually remembered to check the dryer once after drying the bed sheets and they were dry as soon as the first cycle was over. So, it's a miracle. These things work." —Gabby

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

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