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    1. A cold brew maker so you can enjoy bean juice in arguably the greatest form without spending $5 at a coffee shop that will absolutely PACK your cup with ice.

    cold brew pitcher with handle and spout next to glass of iced coffee with milk

    To use, pour your preferred coffee into the filter cone, fill the pitcher with water, let it steep in the fridge for 12–24 hours, and enjoy! It makes nine cups of coffee (or tea!) and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I use this every week. Maybe even twice a week. It's honestly such a time- and money-saver. I was buying large bottles of cold brew from the grocery store but this is so easy. I just fill up the center filter with whatever flavor coffee I like, fill the container with water, and I put it in the fridge to let it sit overnight. One full jug will last me anywhere from three to four days. It's amazing." —D likes to read

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $16.99.

    2. A Drop Stop to prevent food, coins, your phone —anything! — from getting lost between your car's seat and center console. Heck, you could probably pay for this with the amount of change you'll eventually rescue.

    reviewer's drop stop squished between their passenger seat and cup holder

    The Drop Stop is squishy and can squeeze into almost any vehicle.

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this." —Tessa Forbes

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets so you can rescue all the tumblers you've let sit for too long, succumbing to their moldy fate.

    on the left inside of reviewer's stained tumbler labeled "before," in the middle the tumbler is soapy labeled "during," on the right the tumbler is clean labeled "after"

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    4. A cord protector to keep your usually well-worn chargers nice and safe. Now you can stop having to put "charger allowance" into your monthly budget.

    on the left the product's packaging, on the bottom right a reviewer's fraying phone cable labeled "before," on the top right the cable with the coiled protector on it labeled "after"

    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.38 (available in two colors).

    5. Reusable cotton rounds that — unlike their disposable counterparts — will last for way longer than just one minute. No more purchasing long sleeves of rounds you'll only use once!

    reviewer's 12 blue, green and white rounds with their laundry bag

    The pads are machine washable and come with a washable laundry bag so they don't get lost.

    Promising review: "These are really nice, and are a must if you are eco-conscious! I use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and it requires a cloth to fully remove the balm/makeup from your skin. These pads work wonderfully for the job. They’re much better than using disposable cotton rounds, since they don’t fall apart, and they’re softer than a traditional washcloth. This bamboo fabric is super soft and durable. It feels good on the skin and gently but thoroughly wipes away your makeup and cleansers. I absolutely LOVE that it comes with a garment bag so that you don’t lose them in the washing machine. I choose to wash these in the cold delicate cycle. I totally recommend these! I think they’re a great value!" —Phillip A. Rzewski

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    6. A knife sharpener so you don't have to buy a new knife every time you botch a tomato. The one you have is fine, it just needs a little TLC.

    the sharpener with two slots

    Simply run your knife through each sharpening slot 10 times each.

    Promising review: "Best money ever spent! As someone who is a cook in a restaurant, we go through knives quite often. This will save us so much money, especially with serrated knives. Great product! I was skeptical about this, especially with serrated knives, but WOW! Works great and makes the dullest knife like brand new." —Matt R.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    7. A tennis shoe cleaner to get your kicks kickin' again. Drop your shoe shopping plans — you can restore your old ones to their former glory!

    The cleaner is super concentrated, so a little goes a long way. It also comes with a free cleaning brush!

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them — now I can wear them for even longer. Very pleased with Pink Miracle, I will buy it again when I run out of my bottle." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    8. Some charcoal shoe deodorizers so you don't have to get new loafers every time your favorite pair start to come down with The Stink.

    charcoal deodorizers tucked into many pairs of shoes

    To recharge these, just place them in the sun.

    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! I had to find something to make the stench go away. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized 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 a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo to keep your platinum hair from getting brassy. You'll save SO much money by stretching time between professional toning sessions and look darn good doing it.

    Promising review: "I'm not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough!" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $13.37.

    Ready to get your platinum back in action? Check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo" for more info.

    10. A tongue scraper that's a small price to pay for fresher breath and less amounts of what I'm choosing to call "mouth goo."

    Promising review: "It's hard to review this product without grossing people out but I think the truth needs to get out. There is some nasty stuff on your tongue that a toothbrush cannot remove, especially in the back. This thing allows you to remove it easily without gagging yourself by trying to shove a toothbrush down your throat. I was definitely surprised the first time I used it how much material I removed, and yes that stuff smells bad. After that first time I couldn't get anywhere near as much off of my tongue which tells me that the material had been there a while. My breath is noticeably better now. This is a very simple tool and it cleans up well since it's just a piece of stainless steel and rubber handles." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.42.

    11. A combination broom and squeegee, because you don't need to get a new vacuum, you just need one of these to wrangle out hair that's SUPER trapped in the carpet.

    reviewer's carpet broom next to a large pile of hair and fluff pulled out of the carpet

    Promising review: "I have long hair. Due to a thyroid issue, I lose more strands than I used to. Every few days the hair starts to accumulate on the bathroom floor. This broom picks up all the hair from the tile just going over it once. It even gets the strands on the edges and corners. Unlike regular brooms, all the hair stays on the broom until I remove it instead of strands falling back to the floor. Thanks to a review I read before ordering this broom, I also use it on the carpet before vacuuming. I quickly pull it towards me, and it grabs all the hair from the carpet. It only takes a minute or two per room and I no longer have to remove the roller brush from the vacuum and cut all the hair wrapped around it every month." —Nicolor

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. Reusable Keurig cups to save money buying refills, make your own coffee blends, and reduce your use of disposable K-cups in one fell swoop.

    Just put ground coffee into the cup and run it through the Keurig like normal! The cups are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Easy to use and brews a delicious cup of your own choice of coffee. We like a half-caffeine cup and do not like the only half-caff option widely available. With these cups we can brew to our taste. Easy to clean up as well." —M Hayden

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

    13. A foot file so you can cheese grate your way to beautiful feet. Yeah, I know how that sounds, but do you want baby-soft heels without the salon price or not?

    Promising review: "OMG, these should be standard issue to every human. I’ve bought them all — the cheap foot files and the expensive ones. None of them remotely compare to this one. I thought I was doomed to have course heels forever, but no more! With just one use, my heels are fabulous! The callouses this thing removed were absolutely disgusting, but I couldn’t be happier. You won’t be disappointed!" —JMart

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    14. A Blueapple freshness extender that'll keep all the produce in your fridge fresh as can be until you're ready to actually use it. Waste, avoided. Planet, helped. Money, saved. You, a hero.


    The Blueapple works by absorbing ethylene gas, which is what causes produce to ripen. Each Blueapple lasts for three months.

    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (three to four days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks — some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    15. Or if you tend to only have a few problem items, a three-piece produce storage container set so you get your money's worth for all the berries you decided to splurge on.

    on the left buzzfeed editor holding a rotting strawberry labeled :from original container" on the right her holding a fresh-looking strawberry labeled "from original container"
    Natalie Brown / Via BuzzFeed

    The set includes one 6.3 cup container, and two 17.3 cup containers with lids, which are BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresh as can be!

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, (all in this one big container), are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $32.99.

    Check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks" for more info!

    16. A bidet attachment for anyone whose toilet paper expense is...weirdly high? It's more efficient and eco-friendly than TP! And a mini butt shower every time you poop? Dream come true.

    bidet attachment on toilet with control knobs on the side

    The bidet's nozzle retracts to keep it safe and clean when everything's...ya know...going down. It comes with everything you need for easy installation — even the tools — and is compatible with most standard toilets.

    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower. The unit took me all of about 10 minutes to install on my existing toilet with only a wrench. The easy-to-control flow valve allows you to provide just the right amount of water pressure for a full range of cleaning, from 'gentle trickling stream' to 'full-on Silkwood decontamination,' ensuring the end of your bowel movement leaves you feeling cleaner and more refreshed than using just toilet paper alone. Even flush-able wet wipes pale in comparison." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (available in two colors).

    Btw, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 was our $$$ pick for best toilet paper (well, best way to get your butt clean) on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. A jewelry cleaning pen so you don't have to go out and buy a new diamond ring whenever yours gets a little dull. You know. A real human problem.

    on the left, reviewer's clouded amber colored ring, on the right the same ring looking much clearer

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

    18. Reusable silicone bags to use for packing your lunch, marinating food, storing leftovers, and more! Scooch over, expensive disposable plastic bags, there's a new, long-lasting kitchen helper in town.

    a sandwich and snacks in different sized stasher bags

    Stasher bags are microwave AND dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Amazing idea! I keep my frozen bananas in them when they start to go bad. The freezer disposable bags used to freezer-burn them. These reusable bags keep these from getting freezer burn and they taste amazing in my smoothies. Easy to close, too! I need 100 more! I love this color, however I think I would lean towards clear since if I have multiple in the freezer, it's easier to see what's in them." —Sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and 12 colors).

    19. A John Frida hot air brush so you can continue to skip the blowout bar forever and give yourself a killer style in the comfort of your own home.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    I'd heard a TON of great things about the hot air brush but admittedly didn't fully believe it until I got one for myself. I was thrilled to have a dramatically short bob until I remembered just how hard they are to style. I'm nearly useless with a round brush and hairdryer. The hot air brush combines two unwieldy tools into one light, easy-to-manage one that's simple to use and greatly cuts down on my morning styling time. I recommend letting your hair air dry most of the way before finishing with this. Even a pass over dry hair helps get my bedhead into shape. Amazing. I have short hair and the 1" version is perfect.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. An all-purpose car cleaner to keep your entire car squeaky clean without taking it to get detailed. By using only one product, you might actually find the ~drive~ to maintain your vehicle's leather, vinyl, carpet, upholstery, plastic, and rubber.

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    21. A Canva subscription so anyone with a business can help market themselves and give their social media presence a little more finesse with trendy and eye-catching templates.

    varius templates with different people

    The free plan has over 8,000 free templates for over 100 design types, including Instagram posts and stories, resumes, posters, Facebook posts, and so much more!

    Get a basic plan from Canva for $0/month or shop the rest of their plans starting at $9.95 for Pro.

    22. A wine aerator for taking your cheap merlot up to a new fanciness level by incorporating oxygen and releasing the wine's ~bouquet~. Heck yes, even more excuses to buy the least expensive bottle.

    hand pouring wine into a glass through aerator spout on wine bottle

    To use, simply fit the aerator nozzle into the bottle and pour!

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    23. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush to always have around for ~brushing~ up your worn shoes and jackets. Your fall look can be truly timeless if you have the right tools.

    Promising review: "This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged — as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn't think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It's not perfect and you can still see where the watermark like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." —Alexa

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    24. A super-powered stainless steel "soap" bar so you can easily wash away the lingering smell of garlic and onions after chopping. And unlike a regular bar of soap, it will never erode away into a tiny ball of mush. This thing is sticking around.

    hand holding silver soap bar over sink

    Reviewers say this bar also helps with body odor! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Promising review: "This bar is for real. I know there is science behind it but it feels like magic. The onion smell disappears from your hands instantly. Every kitchen needs this. Have had it for years now and no rust or any sign of wear. Looks and works like it’s brand new." —kallisto

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    25. A lint remover and fabric defuzzer to revive all of your favorite fabrics you thought were lost forever to The Big Fuzz this winter and many winters to come.

    The de-fuzzer has three interchangeable edges suited to all types of fabric. The reverse side is also a lint remover!

    Promising review: "I have tried a LOT of 'fuzz removers' and ended up throwing them away. Either they pulled the fabric or didn't remove the fuzz. The 'Ultimate Fuzz Remover' does exactly what it is supposed to do. I have used it on fine cashmere sweaters as well as a fuzzed up acrylic wrap. Very happy with both results. The three choices of shavers is the best - you can adjust the 'pull' according to the fabric. I also have a dog, so the hair remover also was needed and works better than the "sticky tape" roller I have. I am very happy with this product!" —GR Gordineer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six colors).

    26. A Lily Cup so you can stop buying other period products for good after one smart and eco-friendly purchase. This cup can roll as thin as a tampon, making insertion easy as can be. This cup's unique shape is perfect for people with a higher cervix and heavier flow and the no-spill rim lets you chill all day and remove the cup stress-free.

    hands holding one light pink and one hot pink lily cup with an angled opening and textured stem

    The Lily Cup is made of medical grade silicone, can stay in for up to 12 hours, and has an angled shape and smooth exterior for comfortable insertion and wear.

    Get it from Intimina for $29.95 (available in two sizes).

    27. An Aerogarden for turning your previously plant-killing thumb into a green one. Now you can stop shelling out for fresh basil every grocery trip. This device will keep herbs alive and well in your own home with VERY little effort required from you.

    reviewer's white electric planter with various tall herbs growing in it under LED lights

    The Aerograden features LED grow lights as well as a system to remind you when to add water and plant food, ensuring your plants have everything they need to thrive! It also comes with pods for Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint, as well as a 3-oz bottle plant nutrients, which is enough for a full season of growth.

    Promising review: "I live in TX, and the intense sun/heat kills just about everything if you happen to work or wish to take a vacation.... I love that this is self-contained, saves on watering, produces good yields, and is in my kitchen." —N. Sauta

    Get it from Amazon for $110+ (available in two colors).

    Enjoy all the money you're gonna save in the long run!


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