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    26 Smart Purchases That'll Totally Pay Off In The Long Run​

    But you can pat yourself on the back, like, right now. The products in this post were updated in August 2018.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A compact jewelry cleaner to uncover the sparkle and shine that's been hiding deep within your beloved jewels (and watches, glasses, etc.).,

    Promising review: "My center stone is a white sapphire that gets dirty extremely quickly. I've tried taking it to different cleaners and even to mall jewelers, but they could never get it as clean as the jeweler we bought it from (who is over an hour and a half away). Because of this, my ring would get so dirty to the point that I wouldn't even want to show it off. This little machine with some Blitz Gem and Jewelry Cleaner made a HUGE difference β€” I ran it a handful of times because of how dirty it was and can't believe how shiny it is now." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    2. Charcoal shoe deodorizers that extend the life (and personal wearing tolerance) of new and old shoes alike.

    Also great at controlling moisture after a run when your shoes have basically turned into sweaty swamps.

    Promising review: "My 13-year-old grandson loves really expensive shoes but doesn't love changing his socks! I had serious doubts about the effectiveness of these inserts (no spray has ever worked), but when you spend big bucks for shoes, you do what you need to. I instructed him to brace for the consequences as I didn't see new shoes in his future, but these things really do work!! Never in a million years would I have thought that anything could really absorb that funk!!" β€”Peggy R.

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four styles).

    3. A blade sharpener so you don't toss your razors at the first sign of dulling.

    Promising review: "I've waited six months since I bought this to write a review, after I finally began using a new blade (as suggested). The cartridge works nearly as well as when it was brand new, and it definitely saves money on expensive replacement cartridges." β€”RC

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89 (available in three colors).

    4. A cold brew maker to relieve your wallet re: your serious iced coffee addiction.

    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." β€”Heather Sullivan

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 1 or 2 quarts).

    5. Nonstick silicone baking mats that nullify the need for rolls of parchment paper.

    Plus, 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 β€” no issues with breaking or sticking. LOVE them." β€”Katrina

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.95.

    6. A motion sensor light switch to help you save on your electricity bill when you forget to turn off the light (like, all the time).

    Promising review: "Not only are we saving energy because the lights aren't left on during all hours of the day and night, but we really like being able to walk into rooms with arms full of groceries, laundry, or anything else and have the room light up for us automatically. The installation was very simple and took less than ten minutes each, including removing the old switch." β€”Rob N.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in 28 colors, and packs of one or two).

    7. A cast-iron skillet that will outlast your entire collection of pots and pans β€” and probably you too.

    Promising review: "On durability, my 83-year-old grandma left her antique 10" Lodge skillet to my dad, who passed away at 77 and left it for my 41-year-old brother. One of his kids will likely get it afterwards. If cared for, meaning not left to rust, Lodge pans do not wear out and just get smoother and better at cooking with time. Do yourself a favor and get this pan. I plan on leaving all mine to my 10-year-old pancake maker." β€”Slipflash

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in 11 sizes).

    8. An expense-tracking notebook (and accompanying horror) to keep yourself in check after you realize just how much you're spending every week.

    Promising review: "It can be hard to get a handle on budgeting and really keep track of spending, but this organizer helped me immensely. I look at it nearly every day and it has allowed me to save large sums and cut back where I was needlessly spending." β€”Elizabeth M.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    9. A smoothie maker that blends everything in a travel bottle so you can fill it up, turn it on, and be on your way.

    Promising review: "Easy to use and clean up, crushes ALL the ice, and it's a cute bottle. So nice to not have to use a full-size blender. I use it to make a perfectly blended smoothie or iced coffee. I will be saving a lot of money not going to Jamba Juice and coffee shops." β€”C. Miller

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

    10. Reusable bamboo towels because little costs like these add up β€” especially if you're guilty of ripping off sheets at a time for each meal, cleanup, etc.

    Promising review: "You want strong, tough, and absorbent? Here you go. These towels drink up water without falling apart and dripping all over. The area by my dog's bowl usually takes two or three paper towels to wipe up the mess, but it only takes one of these. And it is not sopping by the end. These towels clean extremely well and are eco-friendly. How can you go wrong? An excellent value!" β€”Kitt McComb

    Get one roll (replaces 60 conventional rolls) from Amazon for $7.99 or two rolls for $13.99.

    11. Silicone food huggers so you stop wasting half-eaten veggies and fruits and have makeshift caps for any sort of bottle or container.

    Promising review: "They work great! Veggies last much longer and no plastic wrap in the landfills." β€”L. Saldana

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three color sets).

    12. A food vacuum sealer that's basically a lifesaver for any Costco shoppers who can't pass up a damn good deal (but don't have the stomach space to eat everything at once).

    Also great for resealing snack bags (can't have those chips go stale!!).

    Promising review: "It's straightforward, easy to use, and does what it claims to do and does it well β€” it seals, pulls a vacuum, collects any juices, and makes eating meats and vegetables that have been frozen for two months a treat, because there is no freezer burn taste or off-color food." β€”Ricky Schweitzer

    Get it from Amazon for $78.

    13. A sponge holder to keep pesky bacteria at bay, so you're not wasting dollars on sponges (there are better things to buy, ok).

    Promising review: "No more stinky sponges! This allows the air to circulate well enough to prevent that. The suction works well too and hasn't fallen off once. It helps save money instead of buying more sponges all the time due to mildew and such." β€”Tee Q.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89 (available in seven colors).

    14. A SodaStream so you can quench your soda quota without buying large packs on a weekly basis.

    Promising review: "I've had one for years. It has saved me a lot of money and is environmentally friendly. I have since given them as presents." β€”Gary Kirby

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    For plain ol' water, invest in a Brita pitcher if you haven't already (because duh, why buy bottled water all the time?).

    15. The DivaCup, a long-lasting and more environmentally friendly alternative to all the pads and tampons you burn through.

    @thedivacup / Via

    Just remember to wash the DivaCup before you insert and after you remove it with the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented, and water-based (oil-free) soap. And empty and wash at least twice a day (a minimum of every 12 hours).

    Promising review: "I've been using this cup exclusively for five years and I will never, ever go back to conventional feminine hygiene products. With the cup, there's no 'period smell.' There's no swampy feeling or leaks. My cramps have lessened. And after 60 periods it still works perfectly, so it has saved me sooo much money." β€”Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $24.05. (available in three sizes, and a post-childbirth version).

    16. A water-efficient showerhead that gives you real, unadulterated pressure in exchange for...a less expensive bill? Amazing.

    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." β€”Thomas C. Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $19.55.

    17. Depending on your physical needs, an acupressure mat to cut back or eliminate massage or chiropractor appointments.

    Promising review: "I bought this to help with neck and back pain along with sinus issues, and while I have done acupuncture in the past with great success, I just wanted something that I could use whenever I needed it and not have to pay for or schedule an appointment. It has really helped my neck and back pain, and I cannot believe how much more open my sinuses are! My mom thought I was crazy until she had a migraine the other day and used it β€” now she steals mine whenever she can." β€”Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

    18. Wool "socks" for your chair and table legs so they don't totally scratch up your floors over time.

    Promising review: "No more marks on the floor from my black painted chairs! The chairs slide easier when pulled out and are almost silent. Very happy." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $7.90.

    19. Tough moldable glue to keep cords from fraying and fix small household problems without having to replace them entirely.

    Promising review: "Sugru is so versatile and easy to use. I wish I had bought it sooner. I had to reorder two more packs after two days of fixing. It has saved me money from having to re-buy broken items (saving hundreds of dollars), and it helped restore and reinforce things that couldn't be replaced! That itself is worth the price." β€”Benjamin Bannister

    Get a eight-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in seven color sets).

    20. A foldable drying rack that's way gentler on your clothes (no accidental shrinking fiascos!) and saves you from shelling out on extra drying cycles.

    Promising review: "It is easy to put together, sturdy once up, doesn't take up much space, and holds quite a bit. You can really load the laundry on if you're creative. I put stuff on hangers and hang on the sides β€” I use every inch of it. I love it. I put it in our room under the ceiling fan and stuff dries fast." β€”Alyson

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98 (available in two colors).

    21. An easy-to-use steam cleaner with a powerful built-in scrubber for a deep clean that puts Swiffer mops to shame.

    And all you need is water! No need to buy replacement wipes or anything like that.

    Promising review: "My kitchen and bathroom floors are absolutely clean with hardly any effort. In fact I've never seen my tiles shine so brightly, probably because there is no cleanser residue, since I just used water/steam. Some of the features that sold me were the attached scrubber and the variable levels of steam. And, as promised, it really heats up in just a few seconds. The cord is nice and long. The water cup is sufficient to clean a large area, depending upon steam level." β€”P. Aguilar

    Get it from Amazon for $75.65 (available in four colors and a variety of bundles).

    22. Reusable wool dryer balls to save on dryer sheets without compromising the fluffiness your clothes deserve.

    Promising review: "They reduce drying time by a third and cut down on static cling. Clothes come out less wrinkled. They can be used for over 1000 loads. The price I paid for these is nothing compared to the $ I'm saving on electricity and fabric softener!" β€”AFear

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. An Amazon Kindle to help save library space and score lower e-book prices.

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    Promising review: "It's lightweight (lighter than my iPad), easy to read off, and has a long battery life. In addition, the books on the Kindle Store are often cheaper than paper books, saving me money! I buy my textbooks to read on Kindle and this helps me (a poor college kid) afford all the books I need." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (regular) or $119.99 (Paperwhite).

    24. The Instant Pot, a lazy cooker's dream (and a necessary alternative to ordering delivery ~five times a week).

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    Promising review: "It has revolutionized my home cooking. So far I've used it to cook a whole chicken (twice), pork roast, four kinds of dry beans, and brown/white rice. Everything has turned out wonderfully. The Instant Pot is extremely easy to use and the insert is very easy to clean. Suddenly I've lost my urge to eat out β€” why leave the house to eat when I can make a delicious, FAST, and inexpensive meal at home? My Cajun red beans and rice with andouille sausage used to take four hours to make β€” now it takes under an hour and turns out just as perfectly. This is the best kitchen-related purchase I've made in years." β€”L. Osborne

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here!

    Get the 6qt from Amazon for $99.95 (available in three sizes).

    25. A straightforward book filled with timeless advice about how to manage your money, no matter what your age.

    Promising review: "Very clear and concise tips about managing your money and taking control of your finances. It's a basic book with common themes but its value is in its simple format. And the rules in the book will not change β€” they are forever, so the sooner you get them started the happier you will be!" β€”WPBIII

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes & Noble for $12.06, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

    26. Reusable lunch bags that save on plastic waste and hold up way better in your work tote or backpack.

    Promising review: "Perfect sizes for my various lunch items and easy to throw into my bag without worry. They're also dishwasher safe! Talk about easy cleanup. Highly recommend these for anyone looking to reduce their plastic bag use." β€”Winnie Carter

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 11 colors).

    So down the road, you'll be all like:

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

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