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    Updated on Sep 27, 2019. Posted on Sep 21, 2019

    31 Things To Buy If You're Slowly Becoming Your Parents

    Are you truly your parents' child if you haven't bought these yet?

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    1. A pack of stick-on cable clips so your desk is always organized. Looks like all the years your mom spent yelling at your to clean your room finally got through to you.

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    Promising review: "These cable clips are just what I needed! My desk is more organized and definitely neater now that I have them! My cords would always get mixed together and it drove me insane. Using the cable clips is so easy and eliminates tangling. Putting it on a surface was easy, they're durable and not bulky either. They blend in with the color of my desk so you don't even notice that they're there. I used three on my desk and another two on my night stand. I love them and now my husband and kids are asking for them so looks like we'll be placing another order for more!" —Disneymom76

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.94.

    2. A set of 50 cable straps to keep your chargers and laptop cables neat — just like Dad always did it.

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    Promising review: "These work well and are at a great price. Perfect for organizing the cords and cables in your house. I even use them now for keeping my scrunchies and hair bands neat and organized." —FDL Mom

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A soft-close toilet seat for anyone who's tired of living with monsters who let the toilet seat *slam* closed. Who knew one day you'd be screaming "close it quietly" just like your parents?

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    Promising review: "I never thought I'd say I love a toilet seat LOL but here I am saying I LOVE THIS TOILET SEAT! Before buying I did a complete online hunting for the right toilet seat, best-selling one, best reviews, etc....guess what? This is the seat that kept coming up in my quest, so I did a *gulp* and spent the money to see if all the great reviews were correct. I have three bathrooms in the house and all three now have this seat. The seat is comfy, quiet, the lid is awesome, being able to take the entire seat off for cleaning? O M G! I'm the only female in the house of one hubby and two sons.....need I say more...only another mom and wife will understand what I mean LOL." —AmazonPrime

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97+ (available in two styles and three colors).

    4. A set of cactus dryer balls so you don't have to wait hours for your laundry to dry. They help aerate the dryer so it finishes 50% faster while also reducing static cling and wrinkles. As a true adult, you recognize how absolutely wonderful warm laundry is and now realize how silly you were to toss the dryer balls your parents gifted you forever ago.

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    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 two and three, 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 bedtime. 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.

    5. Ear plugs for loud concerts, because your parents were right about not wanting you to damage your hearing. They're made of silicone so they won't muffle sounds like foam ear plugs, meaning you can wear them to all-day music festivals. Reviewers with noise sensitivities also swear by these ear plugs for helping them enjoy concerts or navigate noisy crowds.

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    Promising review: "Great earplugs for a concert or for local club bands. Protects your hearing but you can still talk with people while wearing them. No ringing or muffled ears after an event. Easy to put in and the metal storage container doesn't get mangled when at the bottom of your handbag." —Donna

    Get them from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in three colors).

    6. A set of 24 glass food storage containers to keep food you can't finish. Why spend money on takeout when there are leftovers in the fridge (aka what your mom was talking about when she said "there's food at home")?

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    Promising review: "These are heavy duty containers built to last and last. I really like the size and shape assortment; it means I pretty much have a container for any size leftovers or anything I want to store and know it will still be fresh when I go to enjoy it again. I do meal prep and they work wonderfully. The leakproof snap-on lids allows me to keep things like olives in the containers without any worry of it leaking all over the fridge." —AmazonShopper

    Get them from Amazon for $39.99.

    7. A set of eco-friendly reusable bags that'll make your super organized parents oh so proud. There are hook-and-loop fasteners on the side of the bags so you can attach them together and roll them up when you're not using them. The cooler bag is especially useful for foods like ice cream and meat because it's insulated. And! The poles are detachable so you can use the bags for regular storage.

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    Promising review: "These bags are sturdy and hold so much! I can easily fit all of my weekly groceries for my family in the regular sized bags with room to spare. They are easy to carry and the straps fit right over your shoulder and they fold up nicely. I also purchased the produce bags and they are so nice and will fit in the pocket of these totes for easy access while shopping." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $34.99 (also available in earth tones).

    8. A coupon organizer so you always get the best deal on your groceries. It was embarrassing to watch your mom whip out coupons at the store when you were a kid, but now you're all about those savings.

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    Promising review: "Simple and effective. No frills, but none needed. It has lots of labels, so you can choose your own storage categories. Lots of room, and the front pocket is perfect for today's coupons. I also like that you can clip back the cover for easy searching." —Book fiend Kel

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in seven colors).

    9. A reusable silicone bag for snacks. As the unofficial mom of your friend group, you like to make sure there's always food on hand in case of emergency munchies.

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    Promising review: "I must own 30 Stasher bags now. These are great and so multipurpose! I took it to the beach to keep my phone and keys in. I've used them for snacks, storage, marinating, you name it and these can probably do it." —R. Trembley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five sizes and eight colors).

    10. A fleece blanket that'll keep you cozy during Netflix binges. Your parents knew what was up when they said staying home was more fun.

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    Promising review: "This blanket is amazing. The sherpa side is so soft and cozy, and the opposite side is equally as soft. The blanket is warm yet lightweight. I take this everywhere I can with me. I even bought a second one because my husband liked it so much." —Diedra K

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in four sizes and 18 colors).

    11. A pair of memory foam slippers you'll want to superglue to your feet. They have a no-skid sole so you can wear them outside just like Dad did (much to your embarrassment as a kid). Comfortable shoes are a necessity and surprisingly hard to find, so now we can kinda see why parents would want to wear them everywhere.

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    Promising review: "I really love these cozy, cute slippers! I read lots of slipper reviews before choosing these, and I'm glad I picked them. They feel really soft and warm on my feet, they stay on well, and they look nice." —Elizabeth O'Brien

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes 5–12 and five colors).

    12. A pair of massaging gel insoles to keep your feet happy. You probably found these lame when you were a kid playing dress up with your parents' shoes — but now you know they're basically life-changing and definitely worth it.

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    Promising review: "These work great. They replaced a worn-out pair that I had used for years. These feel so much better and keep my feet, legs, and back from hurting as much when standing for long periods of time." —allegro

    Get them from Amazon for $10.88.

    13. A heating pad for all your aches and pains. It totally makes sense now why your parents were always complaining about their back or knees.

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    Promising review: "I use this heating pad almost daily for lower back pain. I like that it is larger than most heating pads, has six heat settings, and carries a five-year warranty. When it malfunctioned, I emailed customer service and received an email reply in a little over an hour, and a subsequent phone conversation with a very pleasant customer service rep resulted in a replacement heating pad shipped out with expedited shipping. I received the new one in two days." —JW

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    14. Or, a microwaveable neck compress so you can find relief without being chained to your couch. It also works wonders for people who inherited the cold gene from their parents and are perpetually freezing.

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    Promising review: "I have struggled with tension/migraine headaches that make my neck and shoulders hurt. Even when I don't have head pain, I often have a sore neck from tension. This heating pad is perfect for my needs because I can walk around with it. I have used an electric heating pad, which works great, but I am stuck on the sofa. I can heat this heating pad for two minutes in my microwave and it stays warm for at least 30 minutes. I also like that it is somewhat heavy, which helps relieve tension. This is a quality product, that I plan on using for a long time." —J. Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in six styles and colors).

    15. A foot roller that'll massage away the pain of a 12-hour shift — no partner needed! You should call up your parents and thank them for this suggestion.

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    Promising review: "Wonderful piece of equipment. It's perfect for people who work jobs that require them to stand on their feet all day. I would absolutely recommend. It's easily the most effective $20 you'll spend on foot pain." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    16. A purse organizer that'll help you find a place for all your stuff. "I can't find anything in here" —your mom and you before buying this insert.

    Promising review: "I bought the size large for my Longchamp Le Pliage large tote bag and it's perfect. Keeps some shape to the bag and perfectly organizes everything. Plenty of pockets. The interior small zip bag that is removable is a great feature. If you want to switch bags it's super easy to just drop it in a different bag and not have to reorganize your purse. I would highly recommend!" —S. Glasgow

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in six sizes and 11 colors).

    17. A magnetic meal planning and grocery list pad so everyone knows what's for dinner, because you're sick and tired of the kids always asking.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this and use it almost weekly. It’s so helpful to have the meal plans on one side and the shopping list on the other. Make your plan then just tear off the list and go shopping. This has helped keep me more organized and on budget. I keep it on the fridge so I can jot down things I run out of and also see what is on the menu so I can take out meats that need to defrost." —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    18. A KitchenAid stand mixer that'll make all your baking dreams come true. Chances are you've been lusting after one of these for years and are 100% ready to be the mom who always sends the kids to school with baked goods for the class.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband purchased this for me at a steal for Christmas seven years ago, and I am still madly in love with it. I have never had any issues with it. It cleans easily, is gorgeous, and definitely the best mixer I have ever used. I have recommended KitchenAid mixers to people and will continue to do so. It is worth the money if you like to bake!" —Kris G.

    Get it from Amazon for $379 (available in 51 colors).

    19. A sheet pan with lid for any home chef who wants to whip up dessert that's as good as their mom's.

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    Promising review: "Whether you're an occasional or avid baker, quality pans are essential in any kitchen. I'm a self-taught cook who never understood how much more difficult I was making baking by using cheap pans until I bought my first Nordic Ware. Loved it so much I bought EIGHT more. Wanted a quality aluminum pan and when I ran across this with the addition of the convenient lids I knew I found the right ones, pans are great and the lids really push this product over the top." —Shane

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    20. A set of leather coasters to prevent water rings from ruining your wood tables.

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    Promising review: "I wanted a marble look without actual breakable marble. These are perfect and people who use them are always so surprised that they're leather. I was worried about them being messy and not absorbing water but that hasn’t been an issue at all." —DL

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A two-pack of Dawn dish soap for cleaning the dirtiest dish — as well as carpet stains, your makeup sponge, and even glasses. Mom and Dad always said it was worth it to spend a little more for Dawn, and they were totally right.

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    Promising review: "From my experience trying different dishwashing soaps, this is the best one for me. Grease cleans off quickly, it is a nice consistency, it is gentle on my hands, it lathers nicely, and is a great all-around cleaner. I use it in my soap dispenser." —MarleneLouiseTop

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    22. A two-pack of Tilex Mold & Mildew spray that contains the stain-fighting power of Clorox bleach. After years of cleaning up after you, we'll trust any product that comes parent-recommended.

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    Promising review: "I am almost in tears writing this review right now. For almost two years I've been dealing with mold and mildew in my bathroom. It's covering the walls, the caulk in the bathtub, and the baseboards. I've spent so much money on bleach sprays and mold killers that didn't work. I almost gave up and moved out. I can't afford to hire a professional and my landlord is a corrupt jerk so I've been stressing by myself. I bought this two-pack as a last resort and I can't believe how well it's working!!! My tub is nearly spotless and the walls are coming clean as well. Hopefully I can paint and get this nightmare over with! I've been avoiding having people over because I've been so embarrassed but now I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am so grateful to this brand and product." —Jessica N

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.78.

    23. A novelty coffee mug for anyone whose sense of humor now resembles their parent's — aka they very much enjoy coffee-related jokes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Finally. Tired of telling my kids not to speak in the morning until my coffee is *here* — now they can just glance at it and know how long they need to fend for themselves." —D.z

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    24. A set of mesh undergarment bags so you can wash your delicates without ruining the underwire. (RIP that beautiful bra you got to wear like twice before the dryer destroyed it.) It's almost like...your mom was on to something...when she suggested you use these years ago.

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    Promising review: "When I got these bags (set of three large and three medium), I wasn't sure how clean my clothes would get because the weave is considerably tighter than those cheapo net bags. But I've used them five times through normal wash and my clothes are clean as ever — and the zippers on these bags actually stay zipped so there's no loose netting for the bra hooks to hook on to or shirt zippers to snag. That's what ruined the old bags. These bags are awesome, very sturdy, and protect your fragiles from getting yanked around and stretched. I haven't had any problem with unraveling and other stupid stuff that happened with the cheap fishnet bags. So glad I found these!!" —Meggie Sophia

    Get a set of three medium and three large bags from Amazon for $8.97.

    25. An auto-off outlet for the person who's picked up their parents' bad habit of worrying about everything. Did you shut off your hair straightener? No worries if you didn't! This outlet automatically powers down after a certain amount of time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "A simple device that will automatically turn off my curling iron and flat iron. No more worries of starting a fire with a left-on iron. So far it works great! Better than buying new irons with built in timers." —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    26. A 39-piece tool kit that'll help you with repairs around the house, because you've finally realized that it's cool to live in an apartment where things actually work (Who knew a screwdriver could be so useful?!) Your parents will be so pleased — and relieved that you'll stop asking them to help.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I live alone, and this fits all my little fix-it needs whenever they occur. I now no longer have to use my shoe as a makeshift hammer and it’s amazing. I’ve successfully put together a table, two chairs, and a bookcase and feel very proud. It would have taken so much longer without these little things. Definitely recommend if you need just the bare basics around the house." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    27. A set of travel hand lotions for anyone with chronically dry hands. No more stealing Mom's (though she may ask to borrow yours)!

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    Promising review: "I brought this hand cream set to share with my mom. We always carry one in our purses so the traveling size fits well. I really love this set; the fragrances are very nice. I especially like the green tea and the ocean. This hand cream moisturizes your hands, it absorbs well and leaves a shine on the skin, and it's not overly greasy so your hands just feel really good. I have bought many other famous brands from retail stores in the past but they dried up fast, you need to layer up a lot, this one moisturizes well and keeps it longer. Oh the packaging is very beautiful too." —Sue

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    28. Supergoop sunscreen to protect your skin — just like Mom always told you. Reviewers love this cream because it doesn't make their skin greasy or leave behind a white cast.

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    Promising review: "I use sunscreen every day and I also have oily skin. With that in mind, I’ve gotten used to blotting my face several times a day to remove the super shine that sunscreen always leaves me. Supergoop works in the sense that it provides protection. What I didn’t think would happen was how wonderful it reacted with my skin! So much so that I no longer need to blot! I’ve always been under the assumption that oily skin + sunscreen = greasy mess, but I was wrong. This stuff is amazing!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    29. A shoe shine kit so you can restore the boots you already own instead of spending more money on a new pair. Not spending $$$ on shiny new boots? Frugal dads everywhere rejoice!

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    Promising review: "Took 20 minutes to put on two coats and bring my pair of 20-year-old boots back to 'like-new' condition. Great stuff. It helped to heat it up before applying. The brushes are great." —Slooo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    30. A huge bag of epsom salt that'll remind you of the one your parents have at home. Epsom salt is a great source of magnesium, which has anti-inflammatory properties and may even help you sleep better.

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    Promising review: "Love this product! It's a natural way to get the body's magnesium needs and it's so relaxing. After a good warm soak in the tub, I can sleep like a baby. Did you know that magnesium is lost in the body through stress, and who doesn't have stress these days? This is a great way to replenish your magnesium levels. Be sure to soak for at least 20 minutes. I keep these Epsoak Salts on hand all the time." —MissRhondaLee

    Get a 19-pound bag from Amazon for $26.99.

    31. A pack of mini hand sanitizer for the traveling germaphobe. *Sanitizes hands and passes bottle to parents*

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    Promising review: "This product was exactly as I expected it to be. Just like the usual PURELL brand. The scent was just the normal kind. The size was convenient for traveling and the quantity was great for multiple trips." —Brenna

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $11.98.

    Oh, is it not cool to be like your parents?

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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