30 Affordable Things That Basically Pay For Themselves After The First Use
What could you do with all the money you save in the long run from these purchases?
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1. A mini portable washing machine if your rental didn't bless you with an in-unit washer. Okay, so maybe this will pay for itself after the first six months of use, but just think of how much money you'll save on laundromat costs.
2. A jewelry cleaning stick that'll make your diamonds shine bright like, well, a diamond without forcing you to drop serious cash to have a professional clean it.
3. Bottle cleaning tablets because without them, you're left with basically two other options: you can keep drinking out of a gross, muck-filled water bottle or you can toss your Hydroflask and spend another $45 for a new one. Cleaning tablets it is!
4. Cleaning gel that'll reaaally get in between those laptop keys to pick up any dirt, dust, hair or crumbs that lurk beneath the surface and render your devices unfunctional in the long run.
5. A pack of twisty cable savers so you can prevent your charging cables from peeling and breaking, and prevent yourself from shelling out the cash to replace them.
6. These reusable makeup cleaning cloths that last several months at a time and will make you say goodbye to pre-moistened makeup wipes FOREVA!!! All you need to do is wet them with water and wipe your makeup (and stress of re-buying wipes) away.
7. The one and only Fanola purple shampoo to remove brassiness from your hair because no one's tryna spend $60+ at the salon for toner every six weeks.
8. Charcoal shoe deodorizers because instead of calling your favorite pair of sneakers quits because of a little (okay, a lot) of funk, you can just pop one of these guys in and say hello to a cleaner smelling shoe.
9. A bottle of wood polish and conditioner that'll restore your cabinets, floors, tables, and more to their once-glorious sheen.
10. This compact $20 cold brew maker you'll never want to part with because it's a helluva lot better than spending $6 a day to get your iced coffee fix.
11. A Bluapple produce saver that absorbs the ethylene gas produced by fruits and veggies, thus allowing you to enjoy your produce for weeks after they normally would've gone bad.
12. These collapsible silicone straws you can use literally anywhere at any time. You can: a) quit buying plastic straws over and over again, and b) help save the sea turtles because you're no longer using plastic straws!!!! 🐢
13. A waterproof phone pouch so you can have your phone by your side no matter where your aquatic adventures take you — and not stress about the replacement phone you'll need if you drop your device in water.
14. This 'lil makeup spatty to make getting the very last bit of makeup as easy as spending $50 for another bottle of foundation at Sephora.
15. A blister balm stick so you won't have to go running to the nearest CVS for bandages because your new sneakers pinched your feet in all the wrong places.
16. Silicone baking liners that really hold up to your wildest muffin or cupcake creations and peel off easily so you can use 'em over and over and over again.
17. Makeup brush shampoo because your favorite brushes and sponges really don't deserve to be tossed in the trash and replaced just because of some stubborn makeup that won't come out when you wash 'em with handsoap.
18. A satin pillowcase that won't be too harsh on your strands — you can wake up with smoother, frizz-free hair at a fraction of the cost of a deep conditioning treatment at a salon.
19. An suction shower hook for your razor so you can stop buying a new razor every couple of weeks when you misplace it or it rusts prematurely.
20. This water flosser to thoroughly clean all those hard-to-reach nooks so you can do your best to avoid tooth decay (and avoid high dentist bills for treating cavities down the road).
21. Blue light-blocking glasses that reviewers say prevent headaches and reduce eye strain from looking at screens for a fraction of the cost of eyedrops and headache medication you'd end up using for years.
22. A leather cord keeper to keep your important wires and cables tangle-free. It'll prevent you from having to shell out cash to replace your earbuds when you tug at a knot a little too hard and wind up snapping the wire.
23. The ~incomprable~ Aztec Secret Indian healing clay mask because (speaking from personal experience) it improved my skin for $12 in a way that $120+ face masks couldn't!!! You know what else makes my skin glow? Saving money.
24. A transformative shoe cleaning solution because, honestly, you DON'T need another pair of sneakers just because you got a little dirt on your first pair.
25. And, this tube of Shoe Goo to seal off any holes or cracks in the lining of your shoes so you can keep wearing them for as long as possible before you 110% can't avoid replacing them.
26. A cast-iron Le Creuset Dutch oven you'll certainly be using for a long, long time instead of having to replace a cheap one every year.
27. This silicone toe cap to protect your little piggies from blisters and corns, and even to shield ingrown or lost toenails while they heal. Better to pay up a little cash now than to spend big bucks when it becomes a bigger problem.
28. This fiber lash mascara that gives you all of the length and volume without the cost of eyelash extensions. Plus, with the time you save from not having to maintain your extensions every two weeks, you can finally work on your plan to take over the world. >:)
29. These sticky stakes that work wonders for trapping annoying insects that have overstayed their welcome in your darling houseplants. Definitely cheaper (and less painful!) than tossing the plant you paid for, and much less annoying that simply living with the infestation.
30. And a pair of aerating wineglasses because they'll actually make your cheap wine taste like a glass of the slightly pricier stuff.
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