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    31 Things Under $10 That'll Never Stop Being Useful

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    1. A cleaning gel that'll make tidying up places like your keyboard, car vents, and even laptop screens super quick *and* satisfying. It picks up dust and grime without sticking to your fingers — but the best part is that it's 😱 squishy 😱.

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. It got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it, except a clean keyboard. It's kind of fun to play with. My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works and I highly recommend!" —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. A set of condiment keepers so you can bring your favorite toppers to work without worrying about leakage — or having to bring the entire darn bottle of hot sauce with you.

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    Promising review: "Finally a reusable, compact, leak-proof container. They're shallow for dipping and sauces, but have enough space for a decent amount of condiment. Their screw lids have zero leaks. These work much better than any Tupperware-type container and they're lighter than a mason jar." —gg

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. An aligner case you can use as a back-up, because living in fear of losing the one your orthodontist gave you is probably getting annoying. Now you'll just need to keep track of at least ONE of these — heck, keep it at your desk to nix taking chances.

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    When you're done with your aligner treatment, you can use it as a retainer case! You can also get an extra aligner removal–tool so you don't chance losing the only one you have and...not eating the whole day. Nope.

    Promising review: "This retainer case is strong and surprisingly heat-resistant. I accidentally left it in my car while I went to class and two hours later, I came back to my car and the case itself wasn’t even hot. My retainers were not in the case but it helps to know that if I did leave them accidentally in the case in my car, they won’t actually melt into putty." —rabailey90

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69 (available in seven colors).

    4. A twist-front T-shirt available in both long and short sleeves for staying comfy all 👏 year 👏 round — all while looking effortlessly stylish. AND they're cheap enough to stock up on, so you can live the rest of your days in soft cotton bliss.

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    Promising review: "I love this shirt. It’s a T-shirt but because of the knot, it’s cute with everything. I can wear it to the gym because it covers my bum, or a night out with friends. The sleeves are not too short, which I love. I got the dark grey and will be ordering in another color!" —Ang

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL, 11 colors, two styles, and in short and long sleeve).

    5. A duo of reusable stainless steel straws with a cute carrying case that'll make it easier to reduce your use of plastic wherever you go — no more internal debates every time you enter a coffee shop.

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    You'll get two straws, a carrying case, and cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "SO easy to use! It’s so nice to travel with and not having the hassle of carrying a whole bag of reusable straws, which is what I used to do. I love the color options, too!" —Marissa Martinez

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.54.

    6. A cell phone grip so you can text, scroll through Instagram, FaceTime, WHATEVER with just one hand — aka you can finally stop dropping your phone every time you try to multitask.

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    Promising review: "I can't tell you how many times I have dropped my phone before I got the LoveHandle!!! It was super easy to apply to my phone case. And that adhesive holds SO well. I'm not worried that it'll come loose or pop off my phone. I love that it has an elastic strap. It allows me to use just one finger in the loop or up to four. I've been using this for a couple months now and I can't imagine not having it. It hasn't stopped me from misplacing my phone but, I haven't dropped my phone once since I got it." —TAMMY L NORRBOM

    Get it from Amazon for $9.96 (available in 11 colors).

    7. A champagne stopper, because you shouldn't have to wait for a special occasion to pop some bubbly. Now you can have prosecco whenever the heck you want, and save the rest for later. The future is here.

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    Promising review: "I occasionally like a glass of champagne so I keep a bottle in the fridge. This is a recent habit and I forgot about the extreme pressure inside the bottle. One night I open a bottle and pour a glass. No problem. I use the original cork and return the bottle to the fridge. Big mistake. Later that evening I open the fridge door and there is champagne dripping off every shelf. I went in search for an appropriate stopper. This device is perfect. Simply push down and clamp the metal wings around the neck. It will maintain the pressure and will not pop off. It has a pump-on top, which I don't need until it's almost empty. It's an awesome device and maintenance-free." —AC

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full ~bubbly~ review in "Just 10 Things To Try In August" (#1).

    8. A cushioned knee pad for a ~pain-free~ introduction to home workouts. It'll protect your joints while you do floor exercises so you can focus on the video, instead of aches and pains. Maybe now planking won't scare us so much!

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    ....maybe. Plus, it rolls up so it's easy to travel with!

    Promising review: "This is just the right thickness to keep my knees from bruising in yoga and pilates classes, but still soft enough to roll up and fit in my gym bag. It arrived pretty quickly and in perfect condition. I highly recommend!" —CJ

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

    9. A Gillette metal razor that'll take the cost of constantly replacing disposable razors off your shopping list (it's better for the environment, too!). Its handle is molded to fit your hand for better control, while its pivoting head curves to reach hard-to-shave areas. Looking at you, bikini line.

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    It comes with two blade refills, but once those are finished you can attach really any Gillette blade.

    Promising review: "I’ve struggled to find a good razor that lasts more than just a few showers (especially when shaving your legs at least two times a week). Razor blade refills are expensive! However, this one lasts a surprisingly long time without nicking/cutting your skin and the handle is so comfortable and stylish. New favorite for sure!" —reachforthestars

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    10. A portable charger so you can always be prepared for the worst — and by that I mean, spend two hours without Insta. Its palm-sized design is super lightweight so you can carry it with you everywhere and never have to switch to low battery mode again.

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    It auto-detects your device to set its charging speed to your device — its fastest charging speed is up to 2.1A. It's compatible with all smartphones.

    Promising review: "When I received this portable charger, I was very shocked with its size, but that was the best part about it. It’s actually pocket sized. I’m a high school student so for me, it’s really easy to just put it in my pencil pouch and head to classes. Also, the battery span is just AMAZING! I wasn’t expecting it to last as long as it does. This portable is by far the long-lasting, affordable portable I’ve used by far. I’m more than satisfied with this, and I highly recommend this product!" —Taylor P.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    See what won best portable chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    11. An over-the-door shoe organizer, because this'll make it easy to put anything from shoes to cleaning supplies in a proper place and out of your way. Proud owners of small apartments — consider this cheap, extra shelf space.

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    Promising review: "Having no place to store my shoes was driving me nuts, and I was always tripping over shoes. I wasn’t sure if the pockets in the organizer would be large enough for my Crocs, but they fit perfectly when I put the shoes in heel first. I was able to get two pairs of sneakers in the last two sets of pockets, as well. The pockets seem to be well-made and I’m confident that this shoe organizer will last." —bcomstock15

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

    12. An EcoTools beauty sponge brush for applying your makeup with the blending abilities of a sponge (hello, s m o o t h foundation) PLUS the ease-of-use of a brush, thanks to its long handle. The best part? Your fingers will stay clean of makeup.

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    It's especially great for applying makeup on hard-to-reach areas, like your under-eyes!

    Promising review: "This is the best between a foundation brush and a makeup blender! It works beautifully to apply foundation and isn’t as messy as a beauty sponge, because of the handle. It works very well." —Andie

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89.

    13. And! A carrying case that'll make it easier to travel with your traditional makeup blender. Now midday touch-ups won't come with the risk of picking up your purse's bacteria.

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    Promising review: "This is perfect for traveling to keep makeup blenders clean and easy to pack. It even has a small vent to help with drying when you're in a hurry." —Coleman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    14. A pair of seamless bikini underwear so you can put days of thong-induced wedgies behind you, while still flaunting your favorite outfits sans panty lines.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "These panties are amazing! They're so comfortable and they have good stretch. I absolutely love them. I would order more of them and wear them every day — they are that comfortable. I highly recommend them." —Erica G.

    Get them from Forever 21 for $6.90 (available in sizes 0X/1X–2X/3X and three colors).

    Check out a similar (well-loved) *five-pack* of seamless underwear in "Throw All Your Thongs Away, Because People Swear These Undies Don't Give Panty Lines".

    15. A silicone sink strainer, because not having a garbage disposal shouldn't mean digging for soggy eggs with your bare hands (a visual, I know). This'll catch all your food, prevent your sink from clogging, and blend perfectly with stainless steel sinks.

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    Plus, it's super easy to wipe clean and is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "After trying multiple sink strainers, I'm thrilled to report that the OXO strainer is the clear winner. I was sick and tired of the strainer that would move itself into the sink stopper position, and make grungy water backup while I was rinsing stuff, making me have to put my hands in there to try to let the water flow down the drain. Frustrating. This strainer is simply a strainer. It grabs big pieces of whatever you're putting in the sink, and it's easy to pick the strainer up and bang it against the garbage can to discharge the trapped stuff into the trash. I've had zero problems with food getting stuck to the strainer — even melted cheese falls right off. Magic!" —housewench

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    16. A pet hair–removal brush for putting an end to your furry friend's reign. It's safe for all surfaces (including leather!) so your couch, car, carpets, really your entire house can finally look clean again.

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    Your friends with allergies will thank you.

    Promising review: "BEST PET HAIRBRUSH EVER!! I have a service dog named Piper and she is a white, short-haired Labrador mix. I take her everywhere with me, so pet hair is a part of my life. I use my truck so she sits in the backseat and it's covered in pet hair. When I vacuum it only gets about 80% out and takes 30 to 40 mins. This brush without a vacuum took me about 10 minutes to clean the entire truck! It is amazing!! It picks up all pet hair in two to three passes without fail, and it doesn't harm the upholstery. I use it for clothing, furniture, anything that needs pet hair gone. I have used it about 10 times and it had minimal wear." —Chico1234

    Get it from Amazon for $5.38.

    17. A set of magnetic sloth bookmarks that'll remind you to ~hang in there~ during your study sessions by marking your place whenever you need a break. They even have arrows on the back to be VERY specific as to which sentence you were last reading. Who knew sloths were so studious?

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    They also work as magnets!

    Promising review: "I love these little magnetic page markers more than I thought I would. They are lightweight, and a perfect little way to mark a specific place on a specific page. They work best clipped just around one page, but with my books I can get it to hold about four or five pages and still have a magnetic hold. What I especially like is the back side of the holder is an arrow, so while you have a cute little sloth on one side, you can have the arrow point EXACTLY where you left off. Top, side, bottom of page, whatever. When you aren't using it, you can just stick it on the cover or somewhere else in the book, too, without losing it." —Mallory B.

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $3.95.

    18. An extendable back scratcher so you can finally get to itches that are justtt out of reach and not have to ask the help of complete strangers. Let us all say it together: "ahhhh".

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8 or a similar one from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. A clip-on book light, because your partner is starting to lose a lot of sleep by dating a night owl. Now they can actually go to bed, and you can read to your heart's content.

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    It can stay on for up to 25 hours!

    Promising review: "Great little light! Not too bright, not too dim. I like to color in bed before going to sleep it's soothing. This light helps me see even the tiniest lines to color without keeping my husband awake. I would definitely recommend this light to my friends and family!" —Brianna McNair

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. A key-hiding rock for a way to avoid getting locked out of your house for about the umpteenth time. If you REALLY don't want to call your roommate for help again, you need this. For everyone's sake.

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    Plus its believable rock design can set your mind at ease about people spotting your keys.

    Promising review: "About a month ago, I was headed for my dad's singing performance and locked the front door from the inside as I was walking out. Something distracted me and I closed the door before I could check to make sure I had my car/house keys with me. I didn't. And it was a cold wintery night. The only person who could help me get back inside in the next four to five hours was my dad, who was already at his show warming up! I felt like a doofus and wished I had hidden a door key somewhere outside. The next day I ordered this rock key holder and it's exactly what I need. The top side of the rock looks very realistic. It hides well in my garden where I placed it. I don't think to the naked eye anyone would know what it is though." —S. Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    21. A set of Goody hair ties to hold updos in place without sliding *or* pinching, thanks to their gentle (but strong!) silicone-lined hold. And yes — reviewers say these can keep up during workouts. FINALLY.

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    Promising review: "These are the best hair ties I've ever used. I have really long thick hair, and the regular Goody hair ties I used to get at the store would always lose their elasticity, and my ponytail would not stay in place. With these hair ties, I do not have that problem. My ponytail stays put, even when I'm working out. They retain their elasticity, and the hair does not get tangled in them. Definitely recommend." —L.M.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $3.79.

    22. A handheld tape dispenser that'll make even the worst gift-wrapper in the world (🙋‍♀️) feel more in control. Just point, apply, and use the (safe!) concealed blade to cut. You're now free from *sticky* situations.

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    Reviewers also use this for decorating classrooms, taping up packages, and closing envelopes!

    Promising review: "I can't believe how great this tape dispenser is! With a quick squeeze and release of the lever, a perfect-sized piece of tape is dispensed for easy grab and application. No more getting your fingers all over the end of a piece of tape to grab it. This dispenser is too easy with the auto cut! I wish I had ordered this long ago!" —Gadg' guy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    23. A travel detangling brush available in three different designs for fine, normal, and thick hair. Each feature ~428~ bristles and are easy to pack, so you won't have to alter your routine and risk painful knotting whenever you're on vacation — these'll keep your mane happy.

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    Promising review: "I have curly hair and I like the full-size brush from this company and when I found out there is a travel size, I had to try it. While other travel brushes damage and take a lot of effort to detangle my hair, this brush easily detangles and allows me to quickly brush my hair with minimal ripping. So far this is the best travel brush I have ever tried." —Slava Plotkin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three styles).

    24. A dishwasher magnet, because this'll help you and your roommates keep track of whether the dishes are clean or dirty. Sadly, it won't share who was the last to actually unload it.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this magnet for my dishwasher to help my family in knowing when the dishwasher was clean vs. dirty. It has also helped me to remember to start the dishwasher instead of waking up to it being dirty, since I like to load it during the day and run it at night when water is cheaper and it provides a soothing white noise for me to sleep to. What I love about this magnet is that it has a great magnetic grip to my dishwasher, it doesn’t fall off when I put the lid down. I rotate it without ever removing the magnet from the dishwasher. I am very happy with it." —Nicole Durham

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    25. A car charger for keeping your phone's battery safely full while using your map in new territory. Plus, thanks to its four-port design, your copilot can charge their phone at the same time. One less thing to fight about.

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    Its 50 watts system can charge up to four tablets, smartphones, or other devices at full speed simultaneously.

    Promising review: "Within my first use, I had two friends including me charge our phones and in the 20 minute drive, we all had seen a huge jump in our battery life. Going into the night two, we thought we would have to rely on the only person who had decent enough battery to save us from any phone issues, like not being able to make it back home. Sure enough, this product delivered with being able to fast charge multiple phones at once. I am thoroughly pleased." —Josue Quinonez

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A jar scraper that'll help you get every. last. DROP of peanut butter or any other tough food out of the jar without getting your hands messy. It has two sides: one that's curved to neatly scoop, while the other is flat for even, easy spreading.

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    Promising review: "I use this in my blender and it fits perfectly. I don't get my hands dirty, because it is long enough to reach. It also smoothly slides the remaining ingredients out, even the edges. Great product." —Teri Elliott

    Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in four colors).

    27. A cozy, plaid scarf reviewers say is long enough to style a bunch of different ways so you can wear it with every single outfit you own without getting bored. You can even wear it as a shawl in your cold office, meaning this'll be useful all four seasons.

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    Promising review: "I bought this scarf, because I am an everyday scarf wearer in the cooler weather. I think this scarf compliments every outfit I wear it with. It is not small, it is thick, the colors look exactly like the picture. I like that I can use it as a shawl and not just a scarf. I've received many compliments wearing this scarf. I'm actually wearing it today, because it was snowing! It is long enough where I can tie it in different ways and it doesn't look or feel cheap. The scarf does not scratch at my neck. If you are looking for a quality scarf, I would recommend. I will be purchasing another!" —Jennifer Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 10 colors and patterns).

    28. An extra-large pencil case with compartments and pockets galore for all your office/school supplies, because it's time to get ORGANIZED. If that doesn't excite you — use it as an impressive cosmetic case!

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    Plus! Its front window design lets you see what you need without rummaging. It has an extra large main compartment, roomy middle pocket, and a mesh organizer for pens/makeup brushes.

    Promising review: "I ordered one of these first just to try it out, and I loved it so much that I ordered a second case the very day I received the first one. This case has so much space!! I’m always on the hunt for a big pencil case so that I can carry all my favorite pens, tape, ruler, white out, highlighters, etc in one place . This can carry about 30–40 pens/highlighters plus the tape and white-out, a large eraser, pencil lead refills, ruler, and it still has more space!! I am definitely going to be buying a few more." —Sha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    29. An adorable cable charm to prevent your cords from fraying or breaking — aka having to buy a new, overpriced charger. Plus, they won't judge how many selfies you take before posting one. They understand.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Cutest invention ever! And it always helps me keep track of my charger." —cutebuns

    Get a pack of five assorted designs from Urban Outfitters for $9 or a similar pack of five from Amazon for $5.98.

    30. An address and password log book that'll agree the computer forgot your password, but that won't help now. And we can't prove we're not a robot. What was our mother's maiden name again?! That's is so stressful; let this do all the remembering.

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    This has a whopping 144 pages, including tabbed alphabetical pages!

    Promising review: "I've been jotting my stuff down in a spiral notebook for some time. However, I have accumulated too many of them and need to get them alphabetized and in easy-to-locate order. This little notebook is perfect. I wish there weren't so many passwords needed in life, but there sure are and this keeps everything in order and easy to find. I am very happy to have this handy little book and will make good use of it. Why did I not get this before now?" —SmallTownGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    31. A pair of anti-blister socks with heel and toe padding, because you can only run so far (if at all) when your sneakers are digging into your heels. Happy feet = jogging for more than five minutes.

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    They're also designed to be super durable so they last and last (unlike my will to work out)!

    Promising review: "They keep my feet dry and fit perfectly. They're good for running! They're probably the best socks I have ever had." —Amarie

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95 (claims to fit one size; available in three colors).

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