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    35 Seriously Helpful *And* Affordable Products For People In Their 20s

    And by affordable, we're talking $20 or less.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A handy bag cinch since there are two types of people in this world: those who actually twist the little plastic thingy around the bag, and those who twist the plastic bag and tuck it under the bread. One of these methods takes too much time, and the other is ineffective at keeping the bread fresh. No matter which person you are, this solves both of those problems. You're welcome. 🍞

    the big cinch being used to close a bag of bread

    Promising review: "These have to be among the most useful gadgets in my kitchen and we use them constantly for open loaves of bread, crackers, rice, and many other types of packaging where you need a secure hold. I no longer save twist ties, those funny square plastic thingies that come with so much packaging. I have ordered additional ones since the kitchen is not the only place I have found them useful." —Connie of GA

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99.

    2. And, a set of adorable clips because that folding and twisting method doesn't work so well with bags of chips, cereal, and Cheez-Its. This handy lil' gadget will keep all your fav snacks from going stale.


    Promising review: "I’m always losing or breaking chip clips. There are a lot of different chip clips being made, but none are this cute. These are simple and affordable, but durable. I tend to just add this onto any order, usually around Christmas time. Also, the cuteness is helpful because it gives me a small point of happiness anytime I see them. They’re small enough to fit inside an overstuffed drawer, yet big and distinct enough to see in that busy drawer. I will definitely purchase them again." —Kevin C

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $3.99.

    3. A mini knife sharpener that'll keep your blades from prematurely dulling and hopefully buy you some time before you have to shell out a small fortune for a new set. 🔪

    Reviewer photo showing knife sharpener next to a kitchen knife

    Promising review: "I like this sharpener. It’s small and easily fits in a drawer without taking up a lot of space. It has two sets of sharpeners, one for coarse and serrated blades and a ceramic sharpener for fine edges. The rubber bottom keeps it firmly in place on the countertop." —Scott Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    4. An avocado slicing tool guaranteed to make your homemade avo toast look just as beautiful as the order from your favorite brunch spot. 🥑


    Promising review: "High quality. The feature that sets this apart from cheaper tools is the pit remover. I actually cut my palm and needed stitches removing a pit with a knife. Then someone told me about tools like this. The slicer part also works fine for me and saves a lot of time over manual slicing. Cleanup is simple. Run water over it in the sink, then put it in the dinnerware basket in the dishwasher. Great gift idea!" —W.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A scalp massager with soft, thick bristles designed to stimulate blood flow to your scalp, while also cleansing and exfoliating any unwanted dead skin or dried shampoo that might be hanging out up there. It'll also just feel soooo relaxing.

    Promising review: "I have suffered from dry scalp and dandruff for years. I recently shaved my head and realized just how bad my scalp really was. Red irritated spots everywhere that became very easy to see with my short hair. After using this product along with a coconut oil moisturizer for three days, my scalp is already healing. The product is easy to hold, easy to clean, and feels great on an itchy scalp. I also don’t have dandruff flakes at all anymore. Trust me, you won’t regret purchasing this product!" —Britt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    6. A set of massage balls for some instant cheap relief, because seeing an actual masseuse is just not in the budget this month.

    A model laying on the ground with the two balls under their back

    Promising review: "So many choices, which one to choose? For this, the price was right and I was looking for sciatica trigger point release. This was my first experience with lacrosse massage balls and it has been a positive one. It really hits the trigger points easily with very little effort. I knew within five seconds of using them that it was going to be successful. I let my wife try them after her workday and after five seconds, she could feel the lacrosse massage balls hitting trigger points very effectively. This is a very worthy purchase!" —Pokie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.95 (available in three colors).

    7. A hair tie bracelet that'll ensure you *always* have two hair ties readily available AND won't have to deal with them annoyingly digging into your wrist anymore.

    Reviewer photo showing the hair tie bracelet on a wrist with two hair ties placed around the bracelet

    Promising review: "I ordered this bracelet for my mother-in-law and then...I couldn’t resist getting one for myself! It makes the hair ties look more professional/fun. Also, it has a smooth finish and is extremely light-weight. I would like to share one TIP for those who’ve got SMALL WRISTS: Use two thin hair ties! When you are using one of them for your hair, the other one will keep the bracelet on your wrist securely. This product has a deep enough groove to hold two at a time." —Jackson Family

    Get it from Amazon for $13.66+ (available in multiple colors/variety packs).

    8. A L'Occitane Magic Key so you can squeeze every last drop of your expensive skin cream out of its tube.

    Promising review: "Exactly what I was looking for! Arrived in a nice box that would make this a nice little gift. I bought this because I got tired of sloppy tubes and wasted product. Currently using it on my tube of Embryolisse, but it would be great on any medium-to-large-sized metal tube. Note that this type of key is not recommended for toothpaste or other plastic tubes, as they do not retain the shape and grip necessary." —Suzan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    9. A genius Instant Pot Magnetic Cheat Sheet Set that makes cooking for yourself truly a foolproof endeavor. At the very least, this'll relieve your parents the next time they visit by giving them the illusion you're not just ordering takeout every night.

     Instant Pot Magnetic Cheat Sheet Set

    Promising review: "This certainly is a handy, organized way to check Instant Pot cooking references for various foods. The highlighted portions are a little bit too shaded to easily see the print beneath but overall is well thought out. The item came quickly, well-packaged. Didn't even know this type thing existed." —mew

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    10. A set of cable clip organizers to end the the days of nearly falling out of bed trying to reach your phone charger because it disappeared behind your nightstand again.

    reviewer photo showing cable clips adhered to their nightstand with various chargers in them

    Promising review: "It was always a pain to reach down the side of my bed to reach my chargers, not to mention the wad of cables I’d have to sift through just to charge my phone. I finally searched for a solution and came across these. They’re great! They’re really easy to stick on and they stay in place. I haven’t had an issue of them falling off. Whenever I need to charge a device they’re right next to me, easy to reach and untangled. I definitely recommend!" —Nelis Perez

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.97.

    11. A sock and underwear organizer that'll have your drawers merchandised just as beautifully as your favorite boutique (and will also ensure you don't hang onto any loose socks that don't have a match!).

    Reviewer's before-and-after of a messy drawer, and the same drawer neatly organized in these bins

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!" —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in seven colors).

    12. And a pack of cable savers to protect your chargers, aux cords, headphones, and all your other precious cords from fraying and becoming damaged. Forget the electronics themselves, the real racket is having to replace the charging cords every few months!

    reviewer photo showing two charging cords, one with a blue cable saver and another with a black one

    Promising review: "I’ve just had to replace a charging cable for my iPad. The wires broke within the insulation, within an inch of the connector/plug end. Then I found out about these spiral coil flexible silicone wire protectors. They keep the wire cable from being stressed from bending. I bought a bunch of these and have put them on both ends of every charging cable for every device, iPad, cellphone, etc that I own. I would recommend that you do so too!!!" —Richard Virchow

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    13. A shower curtain liner with built-in mesh pockets for anyone whose shower has too many shampoos trying to live in one habitat (people with roommates, I'm looking at you.) 👀

    reviewer photo showing shower curtain with several different products in the attached pockets

    Promising review: "We are apartment living, so no one in the household could take a shower without crash/boom as you're knocking something down sitting on a shelf or the bathtub rim. This is a game-changer. There are so many pockets with so much room in each I actually have space left over. My husband's back scrubber, my shampoo and hair care, my daughter's bubble baths, bath floofies, all fit with room to spare. And the pockets are all a nice height so I'm not crouching to find anything. The curtain is clear so I didn't have to change the 'pretty' one for decorative purposes. I am super pleased." —goodnite.graci

    Get it on Amazon for $18.67.

    14. A set of Rubbermaid food-saver containers to keep all your produce fresh and ripe for a few extra days. They might actually motivate you to make something yummy with the veggies you buy, rather than ignoring their existence in the back of your fridge and ordering out instead.

    photo showing wilted spinach in its original container on left, and spinach still fresh in produce-saver container on the the right
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days but I'm not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem.. I was skeptical. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry and placed the items in the food saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten. Over the years, I would hate to calculate how much money I've wasted throwing away wilted or spoiled lettuce and rotted berries. The savings from discarded produce will pay for these containers quickly." —M. Hughes

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.35 (available in eight sizes).

    To learn more, check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks."

    15. A pack of Shout dye-trapping sheets so you can wash your colored *and* white laundry in the same load. Let's be real, who actually wants to sit around and sort their clothes?? Not me. Big no. These are a win.

    reviewer photo showing the dye-trapping sheets next to a colorful quilt

    Promising review: "These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I Just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and white) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry too (he isn't the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. If you do laundry, you need these!" —Shannon Schneider

    Get a pack of 72 from Amazon for $9.94 or Subscribe & Save for $9.44.

    16. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo to reduce brassiness and lighten your hair in less than three minutes! In other words, this helps you maintain your platinum blonde hair for as long as possible, delaying your next ~pricey~ trip to the salon.

    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    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 $13.49+ (available in six sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo."

    17. Egg poaching cups, because if you've ever tried poaching an egg the ~traditional~ way, you already know it's quite an exacting process. These'll give you those delicious, runny eggs you crave sans whirlpool and vinegar.

    Promising review: "These things are fantastic. I am a total klutz in the kitchen — a complete noncook. And yet, two poached eggs came out perfectly the first time I used these little beauties. I sprayed some Pam in each cup, cracked and dropped the egg in, put them in my microwave, covered them with a paper towel, and 60 seconds later, I had two completely delicious, wonderfully done poached eggs. Voila! If I can do it, anyone can. Boy, am I impressed." —Leland C. Sheppard

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.97.

    18. A stainless-steel wine stopper so you can keep your half-finished bottle tasting fresh and delicious for up to 10 days after you pop the cork. 🍷

    reviewer photo showing a wine bottle with the wine stopper attached

    Promising review: "This product was just what I was looking for! I love my wine and needed to find a wine stopper that keeps my wine tasting just as good as the day I opened the bottle and this one does just that. This stainless-steel wine stopper is made of high quality materials and easy to use. It came with good packaging and super quick. I would recommend this product!" —Gnoecker

    Get one from Amazon for $7.98.

    19. An Ecotools makeup brush shampoo to extend the life of your brushes by cleansing out months (OK, years??) of buildup. It'll condition bristles back to their original glory in literally a matter of minutes.

    reviewer photos showing their makeup sponge caked with makeup on the right and completely clean on the right after using the brush shampoo

    They're also all-natural and cruelty-free! Reviewers also mention it pairs perfectly with a silicone brush cleaning mat ($4.99 on Amazon).

    Promising review: "You know how you spend time and effort to find makeup that lasts? No matter how much you makeup you may wear, using long lasting makeup comes at a cost. You can't just rub some regular soap on your face to get that "all day mascara/eyeliner/foundation" off can you? It's the same with your brushes. This is coming from someone who really doesn't care to clean brushes. I only started using them about seven years ago. It was three or so years after that I started trying to clean them. Rarely. And I thought vigorous scrubbing with hand soap was all you needed. It wasn't so I thought dish soap was all you needed. It still wasn't. I thought natural discoloration was inevitable for the lazy. Long story short, it turns out I was wrong and life is easy. Elbow grease for years was fine... until I got this stuff on a whim. The same brushes that were slowly permanently discoloring and fraying up had looked near new after my initial clean." —Not Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94.

    20. A self-watering pot and reservoir that minimizes the work involved in being a loving, caring plant parent. All you need to do is fill the reservoir and place the black planter inside — your plant baby will do the rest, taking in only as much water as it needs, when it needs it. 🌱👶

    The planters also help ward off pesky insects.

    Promising review: "I ordered six of these pots originally for my African violet babies and they worked out very well! They're plain which is what I want, clean-looking, and easy to use. Other reviews said they are cheap. They are not. I would rather pay $16-ish for six pots than spend over $80 for pots at my local high-priced garden center (in colors I don't even like). These are also perfect for giving as gifts. I have so many babies now that all of my friends are getting one for the holidays! They also give you a free pair of gardening gloves with your order which is cool!" —Karen Bailey

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.55+ (available in two sizes).

    21. A mug warmer so you can stop using the microwave to reheat your cooled beverages, which probably just results in you burning yourself on the mug while your coffee or tea has barely risen a degree. ☕‎️‍🔥

    A mug sitting on top of the Mr. Coffee mug warmer, which looks like a thick coaster.  There's also a spoon and a tea bag sitting on an actual coaster right beside it. This warmer is sitting on a desk.

    Promising review: "It's going on a little over a year since I got this coffee warmer and I felt I needed to let everyone know that this is the best coffee warmer I've gotten. I work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is on the entire time, five to six days a week. It keeps my tea at just the right temperature — not scalding or room temperature like other warmers I've purchased. The 60-inch cord is long enough to go across my large desk. The hot plate is 3.25 inches in diameter, making it the right size for even my large-bottomed coffee mug. The entire warmer is 5.2" by 8.6", so it's not cumbersome having it sit on my desk. This was a great purchase. I'm glad I got it." —Christin Fern

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A pair of smartphone gloves so you no longer have to take one glove off and tuck it under your armpit just to send a text, only to end up dropping it and not realizing the tragedy until you get home.

    reviewer photo of smartphone gloves in pink laying next to a pair of sunglasses

    Promising review: "Bought these gloves because I am a college student in Michigan. The winters are brutal and I usually talk on the phone while I walk to and from class. On really cold days (which are most days in the winter here) my hands ache while holding my phone as I walk to and from classes on campus. I couldn't wear regular mittens because it defeated the purpose when I had to use my touch screen phone. I went on amazon and found these gloves. They're so cute and warm and work on my phone, I am thoroughly happy with my purchase." —Clair

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes M-XL and 10 colors).

    23. A cleaning gel that's just as fun to play with as it is effective at removing dust and crumbs from your keyboards, vents, and remotes. It's basically the practical, grown-up version of slime.

    reviewer holding the cleaning gel in their hand

    Promising review: "This is a very effective product. You just press down and roll across your keyboard. I’m not sure there’s a way to clean the product itself but after at least four uses it’s still doing the job just not as brightly colored obviously. Glad I purchased it. Also the amount is a generous size." —Chris Cassity

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    24. A water mark removing cloth because you're always spilling drinks down the side of your nightstand (that just so happens to be a family heirloom) and you need to get it back in shape before your mother comes over next weekend and discovers your reckless ways.

    Promising review: "Worked wonders! I spilled nail polish remover on my nightstand. This worked like magic! Just rub lightly with the cloth." —JMac

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    25. Nonstick oven liners to catch drips and spills while you're cooking. Have you ever put a frozen pizza in your oven, only for a plume of smoke to emerge and your fire alarms beeping obnoxiously? Yeah, that's probably all the caked up food at the bottom of your oven. These make cleanup SO much easier.

    oven liner in bottom of oven catching drippings from a baking pie

    Promising review: "I have a nonself-cleaning oven for the first time in decades. After having an apple pie spillover and spending more than an hour cleaning it up, I purchased these oven liners. What a time-saver. The are easy to cut so they fit perfectly. Because I have a visible heating element, the liner goes right on the oven floor, under the heating element." —Kimberly Barnes-O'Connor

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    26. And stove burner covers that'll make cleaning up just as easy as it is down below. I have a reputation for stirring the stir fry a little too vigorously, so these have already been added to my cart.

    reviewer photo showing burning covers

    Promising review: "Safe and easy. It will go under the fire that will not block your cooking fire. Even some edge touches the fire, it will be burned to white color but not fired up. I also put it inside the dishwasher to wash it. Those are very thin cover but no deformation after running through the regular circle inside my dishwasher. All those are already good enough for me." —buyer

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. An incredible dip clip guaranteed to make you ask, "Why didn't I think of that?",

    Promising review: "I love these!!! The part that grips on to your vent, is actually a very tough cushion that keep the weight of the Saucemote with ketchup container, from sliding down. I usually now keep one in my Jeep and a second in my purse for use when I’m in someone else’s car!" —Gillian

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.05.

    28. Avarelle Acne Cover Patches that'll zap away zits overnight and help prevent picking, which can lead to scars or even more acne. You literally apply the patch and when you wake up the next morning, *poof* — the sebum is sucked right out.

    Promising review: "WOW I am shocked. I’ve been traveling a lot and have been having more hormonal breakouts. I get painful red pimples. I’ve used this on a stubborn side mouth/chin pimples And the redness and pain has gone down significantly! With only a couple uses. I am blown away. This product is amazing. Would recommend. Even to try, with this price and what I have seen it is worth it!!" —Mimixoxolove

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    29. A pack of reusable microfiber makeup removing cloths since you should be wiping your makeup off at night, but sometimes skip out on, because it feels like too much work. These reusable wipes are specifically designed to instantly remove all your makeup (yes, even that waterproof mascara of yours) and are appropriate for all skin types. Excuses = gone.

    Promising review: "I use this everyday! I used to be terrible at taking my makeup off before bed...meaning I didn't! But I also knew it was something I should be doing but I hated washing my face in the sink. I'd get water dripping down my arms and all over the bathroom. Makeup removing wipes left funny residues on my face. BUT THIS IS THE SOLUTION! I just wet it totally in hot water from the sink, ring it out and wipe wipe wipe! Once it's totally off I use cold water to rinse out the eye makeup as best I can and hang to dry. I have machine washed and dried about once a week since getting it with no issues! A great purchase!" —Ashley

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.97 (available in 6- and 12-counts and seven colors).

    30. A respiratory essential oil blend that can help you find relief from allergies and nasal congestion. It's formulated with eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemon to ~naturally~ relieve your symptoms.

    bottle of Respire essential oil blend

    If normal allergy medication makes you drowsy, this is worth a shot! It has a spicy and warm scent to help ease inflammation and irritation that causes swelling and blocks airways.

    Promising review: "I am so pleased with this oil! I was so tired of taking medicine to help with my breathing problems. I was always so congested, both in my sinuses and in my throat and chest. I put this oil in my diffuser and within minutes, the congestion started breaking up. After a few hours I could breathe easily. This stuff is a miracle in a bottle! I have already repurchased this and will continue to do so." —catsinjax

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    31. Toaster bags for anyone who LOVES grilled cheeses but has absolutely no skill (or ambition) when it comes to properly making one.


    Promising review: "I bought this for my elderly mom who loves grilled cheese sandwiches. I was skeptical if these bags would work but they did! Only think I would suggest is after you toast the sandwich, let it sit for a few minutes so the cheese melts better. I prepared it and gave it to her straight away. Bread was toasted on the outside. Cleanup was easy, all in all impressive!" —Christopher Carnrick

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    32. A bottle of earwax drops to loosen, soften, and ultimately remove all that earwax caked inside your ear canals. (Prepare to be just as disgusted as you are satisfied...),

    This cleanses your ears with a microfoam action that's a safe and nonirritating way to soften and remove earwax.

    Promising review: "My right ear was totally plugged so I went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said that this is the one that doctors usually tell patients to get. I put the drops in, waited, then flushed my ear out with very warm water and OH MY GOSH. The gunk that came flowing out onto the towel blew my mind! It's amazing that I was ever able to hear at all with all that crap in my ear. This stuff works." —CD

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    33. An oven rack slider so you'll never accidentally burn your thumb while retrieving the midnight cookies you've whipped up. 🍪

    model using the rack slider to pull out a rack with a sheet tray on it

    Promising review: "This seemed somewhat of what I would call one of my silly purchases. That was, until I used it for Thanksgiving turkey. I tried to take out the rack to check the bird and could not because it was too heavy, hot, and awkward. Then I remembered I had this in the drawer. The rack slid out like a breeze. It's one of those things you don't think you will really use, but you're thankful during the times you really need to use it." —Robert C

    Get it from Amazon for $5.65+ (available in packs of one or two).

    34. A pack of sheet suspender straps to keep your sheets pulled nice and tight, because we all know the fear of waking up in the morning only to find our sheets wrapped around us.

    Promising review: "Tell me I’m weird but I’ve always HATED wrinkles on my sheet when I sleep. It’s just not the sensation you want to be experiencing when you’re supposed to relax. I ended up having to straighten my sheets every night and it was really a pain. I’ve seen those on Instagram and didn’t even know it existed. Bought it. Received it quickly. Put it on (I recommend FLIPPING THE MATTRESS because otherwise it’s very hard to put them on, just save yourself time) and then it just looked great and it stays on whatever you do. I just can’t praise this product enough. Plus as a traveler I’m happy they don’t weigh a lot and I’ll be bringing them with me everywhere!" —Yasmine

    Get them from Amazon for $9.96.

    35. Lastly, a roll-on aromatherapy stick made with therapeutic peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to provide relief for your migraines and tension headaches. All you have to do is 👏 roll 👏 it 👏 on.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Is this science? Witchcraft? Who cares! 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 if I covered my hotpack in this, zapped it in the microwave, and wrapped it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live." —Katie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    If you're on the fence, my my colleague Katy's in-depth review is pretty convincing.

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