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    29 Cheap Products That Definitely Pay For Themselves And More

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    1. Blackout curtains to help you get the restful, uninterrupted sleep of your dreams โ€” except it's real life *ba dum chhh* โ€” Daylight Savings be damned. And so no matter what time of the day, you can feel like taking a well-deserved nap!


    Promising review: "I bought the black ones for maximum blackout and they work great!! I have 96 inch wide windows and bought two 80 inch wide curtains for coverage. We live in Phoenix and noticed an appreciable decrease in our room temperature as well! Material is soft, shiny, and looks great! Highly recommend these, but make sure you get at least double the inches you need in width, and the darker the curtain the better the blackout." โ€”Emily N. Summer

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on the Deconovo blackout curtains to find out why these curtains are #SleepGoals.

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three sizes and 21 colors).

    2. A Tile finder so you don't lose your marbles every time you misplace your keys, wallets, and pets who fancy themselves escape artists., Amazon

    Promising review: "My life is so much easier with Tile. I can find my phone, keys, and remote with ease now. I love that it will sound even if my phone is on silent. I even put one on a necklace for my son to wear at Disney, as well as one in the stroller and it helped us locate it on more than one occasion." โ€”Megan Crain

    Get a Tile Sport from Amazon for $19.69+ (available in one-, two-, and four-packs) or a Tile Slim for $26.98.

    Check out our BuzzFeed News Tech Reporter's full review of the Tile Sport to get the low-down!

    3. Or a wall-mount organizer to keep all of your can't-leave-the-house-without-them essentials like your keys, sunglasses, dog leashes, receipts, and important mail to send out.


    Promising review: "This worked perfectly! I live in a shared rental with my sister and have an adjoining interior stairwell with our property manager. I bought three, since we were having issues keeping paperwork and mail organized for each of us. I didn't want to put any more holes in the walls than I had to, so I used two picture frame velcro Command Strips (up to 16lb capacity style) on each where the screws would be, and viola! I have one set up at the top of the stairs on our side of the door, and one on each of our bedroom doors. This is a wonderful product and cheaper compared to the items I was finding in my local stores. The plastic is molded all from one piece, which I know will help with durability. Easy to set up, easy to take down, whether you use command strips or the included mollies and screws. Happy sorting & storing!" โ€”Beanie

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (available in six colors).

    4. A portable Migrastil roll-on migraine relief stick you'll never want to be without because it uses the power of essential oils (which aren't overpowering or nauseating!) to cool and numb down your headache's intensity.

    Katy Herman

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on why this migraine stick has basically saved her life (and many others)!

    Promising review: "I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11 day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hot pack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5." โ€”Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    5. A lipstick-sized portable charger with more than enough juice to revive your dying phone โ€” because nothing sucks more than not being able to pull up directions, record a special moment, etc.


    As someone who actually has at least five lipsticks in their purse/tote at any given moment, I can attest that adding a similar-sized charger to the mix would be *much more* efficient, lol. This lil' charger can add over one charge to the iPhone 8 or at least 80% to the Galaxy S8 and other popular smartphones.

    Promising review: "I absolutely trust this charger. With a surplus of portable chargers on the market, it's difficult to identify and separate the good from the junk. I've tried over eight different ones and can't say enough about this extremely reliable, user friendly, and ergonomically distinct product that can fit in your pocket. Of course, it's not going to pack the punch of a big bulky charger but that's not the point of this little guy and even given the small size, it can't be beat. I would argue it's an absolute necessity in this era where phone utilization/battery drainage is a daily occurrence. Also, I'd recommend purchasing some 6-12 inch cables, so you don't have to carry around a three feet long charger cable with your 4 inch charger." โ€”Braxton Aldrich

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

    If you can spare an extra $11 or so, this also-compact Anker portable charger provides a whopping 3.5 charges to an iPhone 8 and 2.5 charges to an Galaxy S8 โ€” and if you're like me and still have an iPhone 6, then it goes up a charge. I own this baby, and it's LIFE-CHANGING (my phone lasts like two hours with consistent use, like when I'm traveling *screams*).

    And check out our picks for best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. A non-intimidating, ergonomic knife sharpener so you spend way less time in the kitchen frustrated about not being able to slice through your produce โ€” and more time doing literally anything better, like actually eating.

    Amazon, Elizabeth Lilly

    And! If you've invested in expensive cutlery, you gotta extend the life of those babies as best as you can! Read a BuzzFeeder's full review (#4) on why this lil' gadget is totally worth it!

    Promising review: "Who likes a dull knife? Not this guy. Who likes expensive, time consuming sharpening stones? No thank you! This little sharpener is surprising good for the price! I ordered it along with a knife because it saw that it was cheap and the reviews were good. I wasn't expecting much because I've owned several cheap sharpeners. This one surprised me immediately. On the coarse side, you can see the metal shavings peeling off with every stroke. I tested it on an old kitchen knife that had lots of little chips in it and the sharpener took out all the chips in just a few strokes. After taking it through the fine side I was able to shave hair off my arm. I'm sure there are better sharpeners out there, but I doubt you'll find one for this price that's comparable." โ€”Stephen Lee Klein

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    If you're also in the market for new knives to use with this sharpener, check out our picks for best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. A showerhead that ~sculpts~ your water stream in a unique wave pattern for better coverage, warmth, strength, and pressure โ€” so you can enjoy a drenching, relaxing shower while using 20% less water, and in turn, paying a lower water bill. Win-win-win!


    Promising review: "We love a good, strong shower but we also feel strongly about not wasting water, energy, or money, so this shower head fits the bill. It has two flow settings and we leave it on the lesser of the two, but never feel that we are skimping. The designers really solved the problem of making a water-conserving fixture feel like an old-fashioned full-flow product. It was a cinch to install. After about a year of daily use, it continues to work like new. We observed a nice drop in our water bill when we replaced our old showerheads with these." โ€”Thomas C. Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $18.75.

    8. A jewelry-polishing pen to make all of your diamonds and precious jewels shine like the first day you got 'em โ€” because who wants to show off dull bling? Not you, and it'll be thanks to this tool.


    This twist-to-dispense pen contains micro-fine cleansers and polishing agents combined with a polymer to give your diamonds and precious stones the VIP treatment they deserve.

    Promising review: "I can't even believe how well this worked! I got engaged a month ago and I started noticing that my ring looked dull and I wanted to find something that would get under the rungs and clean it well. As soon as I rinsed this off, it sparkled like the day I got it! I can't wait to clean my mum's โ€” she hasn't cleaned hers in 21 years and I know it will work amazing on hers too!" โ€”Amazon Customer

    Get one from Amazon for $5.49 or two for $10.80.

    9. Reusable wool dryer balls so you can save $$$ on disposable dryer sheets and pricey softeners without compromising the continuous fluffiness and ~newness~ of your clothes, as well as the softness your bod deserves to feel every day!


    No chemicals also means it's safer for sensitive skin types, i.e. babies! They also supposedly last for up to 2000 washes!! Damn.

    Promising review: "They reduce drying time by a third and cut down on static cling. Clothes come out less wrinkled. The price I paid for these is nothing compared to the $ I'm saving on electricity and fabric softener!" โ€”AFear

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. An addictive and easy-to-use cold brew maker for your own fancy at-home concoctions that will make the need for expensive coffee runs obsolete. Jingle jingle, do you hear that? That's extra money in your pocket!

    Amazon, Maitland Quitmeyer

    Promising review: "I have been drinking Dunkin' Donuts coffee every day for over 10 years. At $2.75 a coffee, that adds up. Trying to save some money and make my iced coffee at home, and this thing is worth it! I brew it overnight and have coffee for two days." โ€”Heather Sullivan

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on the Takeya Cold Brew Maker to find out why this simple contraption is a must-have for iced coffee lovers!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 1 and 2 quart sizes).

    And check out our picks for best cold brew coffee makers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    11. A powerful coffee grinder to transform your favorite whole bean coffee into delicious, aromatic liquid fuel โ€” its 200-watt motor can grind up to three ounces of coffee beans in literal seconds, and grind up to 12 cups of coffee at once!

    Tom Vellner

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on why he swears by this grinder for ~supreme~ at-home coffee!

    Promising review: "We use this grinder daily for coffee beans. I have used it for grinding coriander seeds too, and it did that just as well. It is a nice size and looks good on the counter. It is also easy to use and to clean. I actually can get most of the coffee grounds out just by brushing around with the edge of a plastic measuring spoon, since the grounds want to stick by static electricity after you run the grinder. But I have also used the bread grinding trick before and after the coriander seeds, and it worked great. This is about my favorite small appliance (in a close race with the toaster). โ€”Elizabeth McKenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.94.

    12. A cushy and lightweight travel pillow to make long-haul trips (or any, regardless of number of hours) way more bearable and less straining on your neck and shoulders โ€” and it converts from your typical u-shape support shape to a soft rectangular pillow with some simple zipper and stuffing action!


    Promising review: "I bought this pillow for my study abroad trip to Germany, which from the midwest took around 24 hours total. This travel pillow made the journey far more comfortable. I used this pillow on planes, trains, and buses โ€” it is comfortable and doesn't get too hot, like some of the other travel pillows I've checked out. One side has a smoother cloth texture, while the other side is a little soft and fuzzy. This was really handy since depending on the temperature and humidity of where I was, I could switch around to suit my preferences." โ€”Emily

    This is our pick for best low-priced travel pillow on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A durable sponge that makes hand-washing dishes a pinch and actually bearable, so you save a considerable chunk of money otherwise spent on running the dishwasher โ€” and not to mention it scrubs so well, lasts for months on end, and never stinks even a little bit.

    Natalie Brown

    Promising review: "I've used my Jetz-Scrubz for about three months now โ€” and it literally shows no signs of wear or tear. I would have gone through at least two regular cellulose sponges in that time. And I bet it lasts at *least* four months total, if not six...or more. Its secrets: it's synthetic, so it doesn't have any natural fiber that encourage bacteria to thrive. The soft/spongy side makes dishes a sparkling clean, but doesn't have any holes big enough to pick up food particles. And the scrubby side's durable, so it stands up to tough, stuck-on foods. It's also a practical, useful stocking stuffer that'll make life easier and save them money in the long run!" โ€”Natalie Brown (check out her full review of the Jetz-Scrubz sponges for more deets!)

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $14.99. Or get a pack of three of the same sponge in a smaller, round shape (some people with smaller hands find it more comfortable to hold) for $12.98.

    14. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers to put in your shoes the moment you take 'em off because they suck the stench, bacteria, and moisture out, so you don't toss out your precious shoes because they've decided to wage a war with your nose โ€” and they're reusable for up to two years!


    Promising review: "This is the second set we've purchased, after trying them on my husband's work shoes for a few months and seeing great results. They dry out sweaty shoes, reduce odors, and keep regularly worn footwear feeling fresh. Every few months I do remember to set them out in the sunshine for an hour, which is super simple as far as product maintenance goes. We keep them right with our shoe rack, ready to rest in any shoe that comes along. โ€”Katie S.

    Get them on Amazon for $9.95+ (available in one-two-, and three-pair sets).

    15. A blister prevention spray to keep your stompers from crying out in pain every time you slip on a pair of (super cute) heels., Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this before my vacation where I knew I'd be walking for hours every day in new shoes. I carried it in my purse and applied whenever I felt a little bit of rubbing from my shoes. This product was a godsend. After hours of pounding the pavement, day after day, I was exhausted, my feet were sore, but I never got a single blister. Worth the price." โ€”Puffendorf

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in one-, two-, and three-packs).

    16. A spill-proof bowl set to save yourself the trouble of mopping up spills and cleaning up the messes your pets inevitably make when they're hangry (can totally relate, tbh) or thirsty and voraciously dive into their food/water.

    Emmy Favilla

    Plus, the elevation is supposed to help your furry friends' digestive systems and make eating an even better experience.

    Promising review: "My cat Benny is face-licking, chirp-meowing little furball who loves human attention. But his company comes with the caveat that he also LOVES playing with his water bowl and splashing water everywhere. His hobbies also include pushing around his food and water bowls for sport. So I decided to try the Neater Feeder, and it's been working out great. Its design renders it spill-proof: It has a bottom tray that catches any spillover from the water bowl, which, along with Benny's food bowl, remains nestled in the top portion, complete with a drain at the front of the product. I haven't seen a drop of water on my floors since I purchased this thing, and emptying out the lower reservoir is as easy as can be. You just snap the top portion off and spill all the excess water into the sink. If you have a messy pet or just want to ensure your floors are always safe from water damage, this feeder is a fantastic investment." โ€”Emmy Favilla

    Get one from Amazon for $21.86+ (for cats; available in two colors) or $17.79+ (for dogs; available in three sizes and three colors).

    17. A four-inch suction cover to block your tub's overflow drain and get a few more precious inches of warm water goodness *without* having it drain away due to leaking.


    Promising review: "Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear the dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths, and other fancy, therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you're a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths and enjoy more relaxing, warm coziness โ€” all because of this little bit of silicone! Just be careful if you have a refinished tub, as I do โ€” remove those suctions SUPER gently and don't let them stick on too hard." โ€”anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in three colors).

    And check out our picks for best bath towels on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. Shatterproof stemless wine glasses I ~dare you~ to try and break โ€” all ye clumsy wine lovers or frequent movers, these are the glasses for you. Cheers!


    These are made of Tritan plastic, which is more durable than regular plastic.

    Promising review: "The box says these are dishwasher-safe and you can expect to hand these glasses to your grandchildren as an heirloom because they will retain their quality. I believe it. I've tried to abuse these glasses (dropping them, dishwasher, using them as kids' cups, etc.) and haven't found a scratch or blemish. On the shelf and in the hand, they look like glass. I'm having great fun dropping these for the uninitiated." โ€”Marc

    Get them from Amazon $13.95+ (available in sets of two, four, or eight 20 oz. glasses).

    19. An argan oil infused hair mask that'll condition the crap out of your hair and restore it to its pre-damaged, pre-processed state โ€” less wasting money on salon treatments, more results.,

    Promising review: "I have been using Arvazallia for the last three years and I have found nothing else that works as good as this. My hair was damaged very badly from years of dying and bleaching โ€” so thin and brittle to the point that running a brush through my hair would cause it to break. My fiancรฉ and I spent hundreds of dollars at salons and on countless products to try and repair my hair, but they all failed. After using Arvazallia for the first time I noticed that it had already started helping. After about five treatments my hair was silky smooth, thick, hydrated, and had volume I had not seen since I was a teenager. This is the only moisturizing product that I have bought in the past three years." โ€”Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    20. A fruit infusion pitcher to add a bit of flavor to that thing you should be drinking way more of on a daily basis, but usually falls behind coffee, juice, or soda in your drink hierarchy โ€” yes, it's water, if it wasn't obvious enough.


    Promising review: "Love it! Very easy to use, and the infused water is so yummy and healthy. My teenage boys get a kick out of the recipes I try and are drinking more water. It looks so pretty with the fruit in it and is a great addition to your beverage choices when entertaining. I am using it constantly. I have found that it works best and you get the best tasting water if you put your fruit in at night and refrigerate. By the next day, your water is fully fruit infused and tasty." โ€”Michele

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    And if you're looking for a water bottle to keep your heathy drinking habits up, check out our picks for best insulated water bottles on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    21. A conditioner and polish made from beeswax and orange oil that transforms faded, scratched, and water-damaged wood furniture back into the pieces you originally fell in love with.


    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." โ€”Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (available in one-, four, and six-bottle sets; works on both natural and finished woods, including wood floors).

    22. A weekly pill organizer with removable four-section trays for each day, so there's no chances of mixing anything up, especially if you need to take certain meds at certain times of the day.


    Promising review: "These daily dispensers are so much easier to handle than a week's worth in one long strip. If you drop these, they don't pop open. If I dropped my full week dispenser I used to use, I would have a full week of pills scattered to try to find and sort through." โ€”Judy

    Get one from Amazon for $7.49 or two for $11.99.

    23. A nifty foot rocker to help stretch your calves when you're simply sitting at your desk โ€” so whether you're a frequent runner or a mostly-sedentary person, you have no excuse not to stretch those muscles, help ease pain, and prevent future injuries.


    It has a slip-resistant tread *and* base, a raised heel plate to lock your heel in place/prevent slipping, and a mid-foot gap for ankle strengthening โ€” can you say ergonomic, or what?

    Promising review: "This is such a random item but I've recently been running more and I'm horrible at stretching. I keep this at my desk and throughout the day I randomly use it to stretch. Without this, I probably wouldn't stretch at all." โ€”Ray Pajar

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    Check out our post "14 Things To Help With Plantar Fasciitis That People Actually Swear By" for more" for more product recs!

    24. And if you need something a little stronger, a bag of Dr. Teal's Pre & Post Workout Epsom Salt Soaking Solution for soothing your entire body and any muscle aches or joint pain you feel after a strenuous workout โ€” say it with me: "Ahhhh."

    @drteals / Via

    Promising review: "This is the best soaking stuff I have used so far. You only need two cups. The very first time I used it my body felt tingly and relaxed โ€” you won't feel the tingle the more you use it and as as your body gets used to it. I usually fall asleep after getting out of the bath. I have bought this to give other family members. Price is great as well. You also can use as a paste or soak a washcloth in a mix of water and soaking solution and wrap on the sore area, if you don't want to soak in the bath. HIGHLY RECOMMEND." โ€”JCJACE

    Get a three-pound bag from Walmart for $4.97.

    If you're looking for a simple foaming bath product, try Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath with Milk and Honey, which you can buy in a two-pack on Amazon for $16.10.

    25. A Wet brush to say "buh bye" to the painful tugging and the "OMG, there goes an entire chunk of my hair" that occurs when you use a normal brush on your tangled, stubborn AF hair.,

    Promising review: "Most people probably think a brush is just a brush. However, if you're like me and have long, often knotty hair, you know not all brushes are created equal. Most brushes induce tears at some point, even with a detangler spray, so it is safe to say I don't look forward to this process after my showers. I ended up with this Wet Brush, and it wins hands down. I don't feel a thing when brushing my hair, when it's wet or dry. I can't even explain how this brush works, but all I know is that it's a miracle. I'm planning to buy two or three more just so I never am without it." โ€”Sara

    Read our deep dive and review of the Wet Brush to learn why people swear by it for them and their kids!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.60+ (available in 11 colors/patterns).

    26. Reusable nonstick silicone baking mats that take away the need for rolls and rolls of parchment paper, and they're also way less messy than cooking oils and sprays.


    Promising review: "These make baking so much more enjoyable. I am one of those people where stress-baking means it actually stresses me out and I end up half-screaming at pastry dough. But using these babies means I don't have to worry about sticking, moving, or any of that nonsense. I wait for cookies or pastries to cool and then they come right off โ€” no issues with breaking or sticking. LOVE them." โ€”Katrina

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.38.

    And check out our picks for best hand mixers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    27. An exfoliating foot mask to make your hooves peel, peel, and peel some more until all of the built-up dead skin and calluses have totally shed and you're left with baby-soft feet โ€” hallejuah!,

    Promising review: "I canโ€™t believe how well it worked!! My feet didnโ€™t peel off all at once, but the results were still amazing. A bit of advice: donโ€™t use lotion on your feet for two weeks after using product. Lotion will prevent your feel from peeling. Wear socks all the time, so you donโ€™t flake everywhere!! Soak your feet everyday' standing in the shower for 10 mins a day is fine โ€” the result is super soft baby feet!" โ€”Amazon Customer

    Get a box with two pairs from Amazon for $11.49.

    28. Flexible silicone cable-saving cords that prevent fraying and straight-up breakage โ€” cause I think we can all agree that replacing those lightning cables ain't cheap.


    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks โ€” the latter at $80 or $90 a pop โ€” I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether, attempted electrical tape repairs notwithstanding. 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. Simple as can be and works like a charm. Plus, fun colors make it easy to tell your gear from everyone else's at a glance. What's not to like? Genius." โ€”ElleNWC

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four color combos).

    29. And last but not least, a pack of Cosrx pimple patches with an actual cult following because they've convinced thousands of people that they're basically tiny, magical acne-deflating wonders that suck all of the pus out of ripe pimples, so they heal way faster than they would on their own.

    Urban Outfitters

    Read our full write-up to learn more on these skincare wonders (the regular version, that is)!

    Promising review: "These are amazing!!! They are so great for any spots coming up and are honestly invisible when placed correctly on the skin. Just use caution when applying, as they are very sticky and can fold onto themselves if not monitored. You can totally wear these to work or school if you blend correctly and arenโ€™t standing five inches away from someoneโ€™s face. Just monitor the patch throughout the day, since it brings things to a head within hours sometimes. Even if it is noticeable, it takes away the ability or desire to mindlessly pick at or touch your face, which is half the battle. These are magic. Stock up!" โ€”Miss April 27

    Get a pack of 24 patches from Amazon for $3.88. The regular versions are available at Walmart for $4.99 or Urban Outfitters for $6.

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    Yeah, GO YOU.

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