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Updated on Jun 20, 2019. Posted on Oct 22, 2018

26 Money-Saving Products That Actually Solve Your Small Problems

Spend less money, fix your (small) problems.

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. Some fizzing cleaning tablets that loosen seemingly permanent gunk from your coffee/tea mugs and pots so you can keep enjoying your favorite drinks out of your favorite containers they way you did when they were brand new.

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Promising review: "At work we have stainless steel coffee pots with a plastic top that no one cleans and they are often left on for hours at a time. The bottoms got very gross and someone tried to clean them with hot water & soap, but not much happened. I bought these, added hot water and two tablets (since they are bigger than a water bottle) and let the pots sit over night. So much came off with no scrubbing! I then soaked again for about another hour with two more tablets & almost all of the grime was gone. I did scrub just a tiny bit to get all the stains out with a brush I had and you can see the difference between the before & after! They are almost like new! I did this on two pots and we were all amazed by the results." —Heather

Get a package of 12 tablets on Amazon for $7.99.

2. A reusable K-Cup so you can adjust the strength of your cup of coffee by adding your custom amount of grounds *and* reduce the amount of waste you make by cutting back on the plastic pods. All while spending less, of course.

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Besides being wasteful (or at least tedious to recycle), those pods cost money! Plus, in my experience at least, it's hard to find any brand that makes pod coffee strong enough to rival the classic drip makers.

Promising reviews: "If the fact that K-Cups are neither recyclable nor biodegradable puts a dent in your enjoyment of your cup of Joe, get this. It works great, is super easy to clean and, unlike cheaper knock-offs, seems built to last. I use this filter with my freshly ground coffee for my afternoon pick-me-up at work." —Avinash Sarin

"Seals tightly with threaded cap and does what it should and is designed to do. You must remove the original K-Cup holder insert to use this filter; not a deal breaker, but something to take note of. A stronger more robust cup of coffee is attainable using your own grind in the reusable filter. All brands of K-Cup types of coffee I have tried are way too weak for me, even using the minimum amount of water and "Bold-Dark" roast. This is a good filter and I'm satisfied for the price." —BigSkyGuy

Get one on Amazon for $6.24+.

3. A set of storage containers that literally keep produce day-one fresh for just about two weeks.

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I know it sounds too good to be true, but these things do work — I have a couple I use all the time, and talk about my experience in this review. Their secrets? A snug-fitting lid with a filter that lets just the right amount of air circulation happen, plus a plastic grate in the bottom that lets your fruit sit above any water. Oh, and all the pieces are completely dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini; again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

Depending on the size you need, Amazon sells various options: get a set of two (one blueberry size and one lettuce size) for $19.99 or a set of three (one strawberry size and two lettuce size) for $26.99.

4. A carpet stain remover — it works so well it'll save you from shelling out major $$$ on deep cleaning services or...dun dun dun...new carpet.

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Promising reviews: "YOU NEED THIS IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS!!! I am convinced this stuff is magic in a bottle! If I can get up an ENTIRE bottle of ketchup that was rubbed in the carpet, you can get out anything!" —Ashley T.

"I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car when I bought it. I tried other cleaners to get it out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany

Get a 32-oz bottle on Amazon for $12.18.

5. A set of two blindspot mirrors so you always have full visibility of everything that's directly beside your car, and never accidentally open your door into a hidden lamppost.

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Promising review: "The size is nice, at 2", adequate for the average passenger vehicle. I don't get very much use out of them while driving around, but they're great parking mirrors for backing into tight spots or reversing around obstacles.

The mirrors indeed look and feel like glass. They are virtually rimless for a clean look. I attached them in a fixed position (no swivel base.) For installation, I took a few steps to make sure they were 100% secure. I cleaned my vehicle's mirrors with alcohol. I also wiped and dried them with a coffee filter (no fibers or streaks left behind.) Then I attached the mirrors. The installation couldn't have been done any cleaner, thus if the mirrors fall it will prove the adhesive to be inadequate.

*One month update.* The mirrors have not come loose. They survived a touch-free car wash and tons of rain. I applied Rain-X spray to them to keep raindrops from sticking. They're good parking mirrors and don't block my normal view at all, so I see no reason not to have them on my vehicle." —m.

Get the set of two on Amazon for $6.97.

6. Did You Feed The Dog, a switchboard for preventing the family pooch from accidentally being fed dinner three times, once by each hooman who falls for his puppy eyes.

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Would also work for cats or fish who often end up overfed!

Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if it's not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

7. A pack of two kick mats to protect the back of your seats from the dirt and grime on the bottom of your kids' feet, when they insist on resting their feet in that inconvenient spot.

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Then, of course, you'll save on the price of the products you'd need to clean them — or on the cost of professional cleaning, if the dirt or damage got really bad.

Promising review: "These are the best! I've purchased two sets, one set for my car and one for my husband's. They are easy to attach to the seats, simply click the upper strap around the headrest and click the bottom strap around the bottom of the backrest/seat. I was worried the strap would be uncomfortable for the driver and front seat passenger, because you're sort of "sitting" on the lower strap that holds the kick mat in place. However, I don't even notice it. I've installed these in a 2017 Subaru Forester and a 2017 Ford Fusion and they work great — no more muddy footprints on the back of my nice leather seats!" —Aprilcot

Get the pack of two on Amazon for $16.99.

8. If you park in a garage, a lightweight ball on a string you can hang up to make sure you (and other drivers in the house) don't pull into the garage too far, and instead park perfectly every time.

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Because even if it's just the trash cans, whatever you store in the front of the garage is worth protecting. And yes, you could just get a tennis ball + some string + some eye hooks and make something like this yourself! But for those of us who are busy/lazy, this is an easy way to get everything you need at once. Plus a tennis ball won't have such a cute face!

Promising review: "Works great, great price. Easy to install (if you do not have a problem getting up on a ladder to reach your garage ceiling — but that is an issue with some other solutions, too). I like that this has a height adjustment which, if you install it touching the windshield, allows easy adjustment of how far in the car is parked. You can see the ball as you enter the garage and steer yourself appropriately. Also, the sunglassed smiley face makes me smile." —Steve from ATX

Get it on Amazon for $12.86.

9. Roach-baited gel so you can poison the little suckers in one or two easy treatments, no need to call up the exterminator...who, according to multiple reviewers, may not even make the same difference that this stuff can.

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Simply apply dots of this gel in the places you see roaches the most; when they eat it, it kills 'em. You do have to keep your home impeccably clean for maximum effectiveness, so the bugs can't find anything *else* to eat.

Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I purchased a home last year and since it had been vacant for a few weeks, the roaches started to make their way into the garage and some parts of the inside of the house. I applied the product and within a week we were seeing many fewer roaches. I decided to apply it one more time after one week for good measure, and by the second week we stopped seeing them.

I also let a friend try it because she had a roach infestation in her kitchen. It was very bad and she had called a pest control company who came to spray, but it did not help one bit. With this product, most of the roaches were gone in two weeks." —beli8

Get four 30-gram tubes on Amazon for $26.95.

10. A fabric shaver that will restore your pilling, fuzzy sweaters, throw pillows, and furniture so they look like they're brand new again.

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Promising reviews: "I tried this on one of my favorite sweaters and this has made it look like new! There is height adjustment when using different fabrics, it’s a great feature. Batteries seems to last well. I would recommend de-bobbling on an ironing board and keeping the fabric taut to avoid holes." —W

"I've had it for about a week and have used it on almost everything! It helps restore life to my clothes. I've used it on sweaters, hoodies, jeans, yoga pants, etc. So far, it hasn't ruined anything. Obviously, you have to use the correct amount of pressure to avoid small cuts. I also used this on my daughter's stuffed animal, my throw pillows and my couch without any issues.

Don't expect a quick process. It does take a bit of time if you're doing a larger area. Although, I do like to make sure there are no lint balls left behind. If you're less of a perfectionist, it won't take you as long" —CRA

Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

11. A set of heel protectors for your favorite pumps, so you can walk anywhere and everywhere without tearing up and staining your nicest pair of shoes.

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Spend the money now, save on the even pricier cleaning and repair bill. These are especially useful if you have to walk on grass or dirt!

Promising review: "I just tried these last weekend at an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. They were amazing! I kept them on all night. First, I walked outside in thick grass, and the wedding photos were taken in a "mushy" grassy area. I didn't sink even a little bit. It was fantastic. My heels were fabulous. I then decided to leave them on for the rest of the night since they made my heels more stable and comfortable. So glad I tried them. I was showing them off to the other ladies, and everyone loved the look of them." —J. L. Dossey

Get a set of two on Amazon for $9.99.

12. A reusable lint roller/brush you can use to pick up every last bit of pet hair on your clothes and furniture — no sticky sheets or refills required. All you do is empty it when you're done.

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Promising review: "This is the most shocking purchase of my life. You order it and get it in the mail and you’re like, I paid for THIS? This cheap piece of plastic? But then you’re like, “Well, I might as well use it.” And BAM, PRESTO. Before your eyes, the fur just disappears.

It’s not perfect, it leaves maybe 1% of fur and dander and fuzz behind, and you have to keep the surface you’re using taut. The fact that it just empties like a dust pan is awesome, but keep a bag near when you’re cleaning because it fills up fast. 100% recommend." —Undergrad

Get it on Amazon for $20.90.

13. Two charcoal shoe deodorizers that suck up the stench and moisture from all your favorite pairs so you can wear them for years on end.

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Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes!!! So I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. These were the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized off shoes I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!!!" —Erin

Get them on Amazon for $9.95.

14. And a shoe cleaning kit to help keep all your favorite kicks in their best condition, even if you accidentally step in a mud puddle.

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You'll be able to clean multiple pairs (it works on leather, canvas, vinyl, mesh, cotton, plastic, nylon, and rubber, among other materials) for less than the cost of one professional shoe cleaning.

Promising review: "This works perfectly! I just wish I had learned about it so much sooner. I used it on some tennis shoes I had worn hiking and they looked brand new again! Amazing. Also, it didn't smell horrible/toxic as so many powerful cleaners do — I am pretty sensitive, and this seemed safe and so easy to use. Hooray!" —Shannon Lynch

Get the kit (which includes the cleaner, a scrub brush, and a microfiber cloth) on Amazon for $16.97.

15. A buy-once makeup-remover cloth that's just as easy as disposable wipes or cotton rounds, but both removes long-wear makeup faster and pays for itself in less than a year. Oh, and it only needs a little water to work its magic.

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While some reviewers say that most nights they're able to rinse most of the makeup off of it to use it again the next day, it is machine washable. It's also a BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best makeup remover!

Promising review: "OMG!! How have I lived all this time without one of these?!? I wear full makeup every day: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, foundation, blush, several eye-shadows, eyeliner, waterproof mascara, brow pencil, blush, concealer and the longest-lasting, hard-to-get-off lipstick there is (Covergirl Outlast btw) and this thing took it all off without any effort at all!!

It was a bit rough on my eyes, but that was probably just the first time use, I've been more careful around that delicate skin since. I used to go through 4-5 make up remover cloths a night and most of the time would just be too tired to bother. And my lipstick and mascara wouldn't come all the way off until the morning shower. But this thing takes all of it off with such ease!" —MyssLynx

Get it on Amazon in pink or black for $20.

16. A brown sugar bear, so you don't lose any more bags of previously perfectly good brown sugar to the curse of rock-hard-solidificiation.

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And if you find yourself with a solid boulder of brown sugar, this little bear can soften it right back up again!

Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft even in a tight container. I purchased new 5qt jars for my flour, sugar and so forth and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! So I got this, soaked it and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again which was amazing to me! Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

17. A makeup setting spray for locking all your hard work in place for hours on end, so you don't have to touch up even once — even if you sweat, or have oily skin.

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You just need to spritz once or twice (before putting on mascara) to make everything stay put.

Promising review: "This spray is everything!!! like oh my gosh I notice the difference if I forget to spray this on. I walked through the humid city of New Orleans in the middle of July and my makeup stayed mostly on from the time I got to work until the time I got home nine hours later.

Also my makeup like seriously stayed on while running the shower water over my face for 3 minutes (no soap or towel).

If I go to class and have to walk 5 minutes each way to my car in the hot sun and then stay at school for 7 hours I barely have to touch up my makeup when I get home. I can't rave enough about this, and I'm very picky about my makeup." —missyj95

Get it on Amazon for $5.99.

18. A pack of two miniature scraping spatulas perfect for rescuing every last ounce of sauce, peanut butter, foundation, and lotion from their containers.

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When you think your foundation's empty, try cutting it open — I can basically guarantee there will be at least two more applications-worth in there. Plus, they're tried-and-tested: see one BuzzFeeder's review.

Promising review: "So worth it! I'm so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on a 18oz lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container. ..oh please.! You get so much more than you would without it." —Liz

Get the set of two — one with a six-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle (for different tasks!) — on Amazon for $11.99.

19. A drain millipede so you can take care of slow-flowing pipes with just a few minutes of work, no need to call the plumber.

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Promising review: "I bought one of these because the testimonial reviews and I thought, with six kids I know we have slow drains. So I break it out on a Saturday night and started with my bathroom sink. OH MY GOSH! Disgustingly amazing. In two seconds I pulled out a massive hair/soap clog. It was truly amazing and so gross! I went to work on the other bathroom drains and they weren't nearly as amazing or as quick but I pulled a bunch of dried hair out of the kids' tub. So after five drains, I had my fun. I've spent a small fortune on "Drano" type products that never seem to work. I won't buy them again. I was even so amazed I shared the nasty pic on Facebook and didn't think twice about somebody judging me. Get this. And be prepared to throw it away as you're not going to want to clean it." —Jennifer R. Little

Get it on Amazon for $5.28.

20. A low-flow shower head to instantly make the most of any low-ish water pressure you do have, all while saving you cash on your utility bills.

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Promising review: "OMG! I LOVE THIS SHOWER HEAD!! I've spent so much money looking for ways to boost our water pressure. We're on a well. We have a pressure tank. Still, we have poor water pressure especially noticeable in the shower. I've bought so many shower heads I finally gave up hope of ever getting more pressure. I'M SO GLAD I DECIDED TO TRY THIS ONE!! I literally rinsed the shampoo from my hair in half the time it normally takes me. Same for the conditioner! I was absolutely astonished. I couldn't wait to write this review! My husband, who has always complained about the lack of pressure, WAS HAPPY! I'll never have a different shower head." —R.L.B.

Get it on Amazon for $26 (three colors, four gallons-per-minute options).

21. A spray cleaner that might just save you from having to replace your entire shower, if you'd just about given up trying to clean out the stubborn rust stains.

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Promising review: "We have a VERY high iron concentration in our well water at home and it ends up slowly turning our shower, sink and toilet a deep orange color over time. Have tried a ton of products to try to fix this issue but nothing works nearly as well as this product. Smells absolutely terrible but works AMAZING. A few spritzes of this and you can watch the orange dissolve away before your eyes. I use this formula for the sink and inside of the shower and use the powder formula for inside the toilet as that seems to work better there. As stated earlier, the smell is awful and lingers until you rinse everything down so definitely have windows open when using this product." —Samantha

Get a bottle on Amazon for $5.48.

22. A compact dehumidifier so you can put an immediate halt to even the slightest idea of mold and mildew growth in your bathroom, motor home, or other small spaces.

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It even helps with that musty smell that eventually builds up in humid places. It's nice and small, but can de-humidify spaces up to 1200 cubic feet. And its water tank holds several days worth of water, so you don't have to constantly empty it out.

Promising review: "I recently purchased an older house that has a bit of a humidity issue in a state with a bit of a humidity issue. I have one in the bedroom, one in the living room and one in the kitchen. I could feel a difference in the air right away. I was able to increase the temperature on my air conditioner, and it even got a little chilly in the house because the humidity level had improved. They take water out of the air at an amazing rate, and I have to empty the tanks every couple of days. The size is nice too: they are small, unobtrusive, and as much as a dehumidifier can be, kind of cute." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $44.99.

23. A pack of felt sliders to stick to all your furniture legs to prevent scratches and scrapes on your wood and laminate floors, and to make everything glide smoothly and quietly on tile floors.

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Promising review: "We've been in our house about a month and a half with these on furniture in every room... so far the adhesive is sticking quite impressively. I'm sure after a certain amount of time it will be time to replace them, but they're holding up great for now. These sizes and shapes were great for our furniture. Some of the smaller circles and shapes I ended up using multiples of on different furniture feet to cover the space, but it isn't noticeable. It's actually preferable for the odd sized furniture." —Kristen

Get the 133-piece pack on Amazon for $9.99.

24. A bottle of wood restorer — you can use it on basically any dehydrated or lightly damaged wood surface (floors, tables, finished and not finished) to transform it so it looks like new.

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If you have wood patio furniture that always fades with the sun and rain, it'll be like getting brand new furniture every single year — with the help of a little bit of elbow grease. A little goes a long way!

Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... it was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces!" —Tiffany Sadowski

Get a 16oz bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

25. A power scrubber because it's just common sense to clean your dingy grout instead of thinking you need to replace it when regular cleaning products just didn't get the job done.

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It also makes cleaning basically any grimy thing incredibly easy — I have one and love it. It's basically like a super-powered electric toothbrush, but with a bigger scrubber head that has incredibly tough bristles. Here's my full review, if you're curious!

Promising review: "Amazing. I was flabbergasted. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't cleaned the grout in the bathroom in 11 years. No effort. No time. Spray, turn the grout power scrubber on, and with no effort on my part, bingo, like new. Next, the kitchen floors!" —Jodi Sh Doff

Get it on Amazon for $19.72.

26. A fast-drying topcoat if you like to do your own nails, but always manage to smear at least one of them because you're impatient about letting them dry completely.

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No more using extra polish remover + another coat of polish to fix those smudges.

Promising review: "I have not used the base coat yet but OMG!! The fast drying top coat really works. It's the first one I have tried so I wasn't really expecting a miracle product. I thought I'd still have to wait about 10 minutes at least but I touched my nails after only a couple minutes and the polish was completely dry. This seriously exceeded my expectations!!" —Aundra-Lyn

Get a duo base coat and fast-drying top coat on Amazon for $9.37.

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