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    38 Cheap Things That People Actually Swear By

    Everything is under $25 and awesome.

    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. Colorful fine-tipped pens that have got the write stuff to make any office supply nerd's dreams come true.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    They work for everything from color-coding to note-taking to journaling to coloring.

    Promising review: "These really don’t bleed/show too badly through college-ruled or lined paper (or regular printer paper) and I LOVE them for schoolwork. They've made my life so much easier and prettier! They glide much more easily than regular pens. I also love that they seem to never dry out despite the fact that I’ve been using them for at least two weeks now and have left the most-used black marker open for several long periods already. I've come back to still find plenty of ink and no change in the writing ability. I think these are great quality pens and definitely worth the purchase." —NATTYLIGHT

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. A roll-on headache and migraine relief stick, which I haven't stopped talking about it since I first tried it and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed, Yi Yang/BuzzFeed

    I started using this magical product (which is made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils) a couple years ago and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I'm actually close to running out. While it won't kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it getting worse. It's so great to help me get through my busy workdays and activities, and I really wish I'd had it during high school and college to help me get through the day then! Read my full review here.

    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." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. Pus-absorbing, pimple-eliminating patches over 3,000 reviewers rely on to zap their zits faster than they ever thought possible.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I use these all the time personally, and they're my favorite brand of pimple patch that I've tried (and as a BuzzFeed Shopping editor, I've tried several). Check out my full Nexcare pimple patch review.

    Promising review: "Okay, what is this sorcery?? I can't believe I never knew these existed. I seriously felt like a teenager again last weekend. Literally days after talking about how great my skin has been, this giant, painful, bulging zit was starting to form right in the middle of my chin. A week before my cousin's wedding, naturally. It was like it wouldn't stop growing, and spot treatment solution was doing absolutely nothing. It hurt so bad, and I couldn't help trying to pop it, but it refused. Then I heard about these. I placed one on my chin the second they arrived in the mail. After a few hours, I saw the white forming and I was curious and peeled it off. Then I put a fresh one on before bed, and come the next morning...HOLY COW, the entire dot of the patch was now a giant white blob. This zit was no joke. It's amazing how much fluid/pus had to get sucked out. Like I said, this is some magic. The zit completely went away within a day." —Heather R. Weather

    Get a box of 36 from Amazon for $4.40 (or $4.18 with the Subscribe and Save option).

    4. A game-changing wine gadget that's a stopper, pourer, aerator, filter, and re-corker all in one and a must-have addition for anyone who drinks wine. It's under $10, so wine not?

    Wine being poured from a bottle plugged with the gadget being used as a filter
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Throw out the others, this is the one. I have a drawer full of wine pour spouts of varying designs. Some don't fit all bottles, some leak while pouring, and some are so tall that storing upright in a refrigerator is difficult and none seal completely. This spout/stopper seals completely and lets you lay the bottle on its side. The aerator allows air to move back into the bottle while pouring to avoid the 'glug glug' effect of other pour spouts. The strainer may filter large cork pieces, but is not fine enough for sediment. The portion of the corker that fits inside the bottle has fit every bottle I've tried it in, from standard size bottles to the larger 1.5 liter bottles. It appears to be made from a flexible material that doesn't add any unwanted taste to the wine. " —Jack Dallas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    5. A ~sweet~ little clay bear who's more than just a cute face. Add water to him, and he'll soften brown sugar you'd thought had hardened past use.

    amazon.com

    This little dude absorbs moisture, so you can also keep him dry and pop him in a bag of chips to help them stay fresh!

    Promising review: "Unbelievable! The brown sugar I had was in the original opened bag. It was so hard that I had to break it into pieces with a hammer in order to fit it into a new air-tight container I bought. According to the instructions, I soaked the Brown Sugar Bear in water and then put it on top of the rock-hard brown sugar chunks and closed the lid. It took a few days, but the brown sugar is now completely soft. I am truly amazed at how well this worked." —KK Vegas

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    6. Microfiber makeup-removing cloths that'll get your whole face clean with — get this — just good ol' water.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    They've got over 2,500 positive reviews and are machine washable so you can use them again and again!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they do a pretty impressive job of taking off all my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.49.

    7. A massaging, exfoliating, and blood flow-increasing scalp brush over 5,000 (!!!) reviewers swear by to give you that feeling of someone deep shampooing your hair at a salon that you miss so much, not to mention help with dandruff and buildup, and even help encourage hair growth!

    A reviewer using the teal silicone brush on their wet, shampooed hair
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve suffered with dry, flaking scalp for about a year now. I've used tea tree oil shampoo, dandruff shampoo, coconut oil, you name it. I finally read somewhere that exfoliating the scalp might help, but I was hesitant because years ago, I had a shampoo brush and it was very rigid and the bristles were fine and close together and it made my hair a tangled mess. Anyway, I saw this shampoo brush and it looked a lot more flexible, so I thought I’d give it a try and HOLY MOLY my flakes are gone! It’s made out of a silicone-type material and the little 'bristles' are flexible but still get the job done. I can literally brush my hair with shampoo in and it doesn’t get tangled. It’s amazing. Not only do I have zero flakes now, but I feel like using this does a way better job at working the shampoo in and getting your hair and scalp really clean. I have super thick hair and no matter how much shampoo I use or how long I scrub my hair, I felt like the back, underneath part of my hair would sometimes stay dirty. This brush gets all that." —Meg R

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

    8. Coty Airspun loose face powder, a magical setting powder that over 9,000 (!!!) reviewers use to really, truly slay all day.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I've been using Laura Mercier's Translucent loose setting powder (which is $39) for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m., I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is about 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97 (or $5.67 with the Subscribe and Save option; available in seven shades).

    9. Quite possibly miraculous water bottle cleaning tablets to give your sad, stained, go-everywhere mug a Mia Thermopolis-level makeover.

    Above, the brown stained inside of a mug. Below, the inside looking silver like new
    amazon.com

    All you have to do is put one tablet and some warm water into your bottle and let it fizz all the ickiness away. The tablet will dissolve completely, so once you rinse it out, your bottle's all set to be used again! That means no more scrubbing and no residual soapy taste.

    Promising review: "Can I give Bottle Bright 10 stars? This is a MIRACLE product. I saw it on Shark Tank last week and was really surprised that Lori was the only one that made them an offer (the other Sharks must not use Contigo travel mugs). I immediately ordered it to try and save my Contigo mug that I thought was too far gone. One 10 minute go-round with this product in warm water cleaned the dark brown layer of crud off the bottom of the mug, revealing perfect, shiny, good-as-new stainless steel underneath! I'd tried everything to get that off, but the shape of the bottle made it nearly impossible to scrub. With this product, it rinsed right off like it was nothing. I decided to try one more tablet with hot water and leave it overnight to get the stains off the sides of the bottle. This morning when I rinsed it out, I was absolutely blown away by how perfect it looks. I almost didn't want to put more coffee in it! Also, as the product was sitting and doing its thing in the water, there was no odor whatsoever, and there is absolutely no residual taste. I don't know how they did it, but this incredible product is a MUST-HAVE if you have a mug that you find impossible to clean!" —Erica C.

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    10. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, a vegan, cruelty-free, and pH-balanced formula made with not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE hydrating skin conditioners so your face won't be left feeling like you've been sitting out in the Sahara.

    Glossier

    It's also formulated to be safe for eyes!

    Promising review: "Magic in a bottle. I've tried nearly every brand on the shelves and the ones that are immensely advertised on social media, and out of all of them, only one has me wrapped around its finger: Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. I have highly sensitive skin, so it's always been difficult to find cleansers that wouldn't break me out or leave me hanging dry (quite literally), but this Milky Jelly Cleanser was the answer to all my problems. It leaves you soft and smooth, while cleaning all the grime away, and it's so gentle. I love the texture of it and you really don't have to use too much for a wash; my 6 fl. oz. bottle has lasted me eight months! Do yourself a favor and try this cleanser, your face will thank you. :)" —Knyah T.

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    11. A genius dish squeegee sure to make anyone who has ever done dishes, touched icky leftover food, or struggled to clean up a countertop spill say, "Where have you been all my life?!?!"

    A hand using the rounded tool to scrape sauce off a plate
    Amazon

    It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe! Plus, one side is curved so it works on bowls as well as plates.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. We live in a studio apartment with a small kitchenette. Our sink likes to spray everywhere, and we don't have a garbage disposal. This product is not only is fantastic at scraping food off of our plates (so it doesn't go down the drain), but it helps to squeegee the countertop when water has sprayed everywhere!!" —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon $5.99.

    12. The perfect, go-everywhere crossbody bag you've been searching for your entire purse-carrying life. Adjustable strap? Check. Room for all your crap? Check. Inside and outside pockets? Check. Cute design that's not too bulky? You guessed it, check. No wonder it's got over 4,000 positive reviews!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this bag.

    Promising review: "This is an unbelievable bargain. I've looked everywhere for the perfect crossbody bag, and this is it. The inside liner is soft and my giant iPhone 7 Plus fits perfectly in the front zipper!!! I'm about to order it in another color. The strap is longer than on most bags, which is what I was looking for." —S. Ducote

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in 52 colors).

    13. Amazingly real-looking clip-in hair extensions, which have gone to ~great lengths~ to earn over 5,000 positive reviews.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Or, if you're looking for an affordable set of extensions for curly/textured hair, reviewers also love these!

    Promising review: "I CAN'T BELIEVE all the money I spent on natural hair extensions until I got these. OMG, I'm so amazed by how natural they look. They are super voluminous and soft. I bought two since my hair is really short and I like to use a huge amount of hair, but even with one you can rock lots of hairstyles. In the picture on the right I'm only wearing one and you can tell how good they are." —JE

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five lengths and 56 colors).

    14. A game-changing pair of no-tie shoelaces you can use to turn any pair of shoes into comfy, perfect-fitting slip-ons and banish gross, hazardous dangling shoelaces forever. Just ask the over 6,000 positive reviewers.

    Amazon

    Some reviewers even recommend using them in place of drawstrings on pants!

    Promising review: "In 10 years, this is only my second review. These have blown me away to the point that I had to share an unexpected benefit. After getting a new pair of boots, I was having issues with the ease of getting my feet in/out without drastically adjusting the entire boot's lace tension each time. The Lock Laces looked like they could save me some time. Well, the results are better than I imagined. I can easily squeeze my feet in/out when needed, and I never have to adjust the tension. The Lock Laces are stretchy enough to both hold my feet snugly, AND have enough stretch to let my feet out when I try to get them off. Another added benefit is that they make walking and simply wearing my boots more comfortable. The original laces had no stretch at all, and gave the entire boot a rigid feel when tightened. The Lock Laces make the entire boot feel more comfortable, with good support all around, without the rigidity and pressure points." —John C.

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 13 colors).

    15. A stainless steel tongue scraper, aka the oral hygiene gadget you never knew you needed. Over 3,000 reviewers swear by it for helping with bad breath, eliminating bad tastes in their mouths, and keeping their tongue looking clean. And yeah, it sounds silly, but I'm not being ~tongue-in-cheek~.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up of this weird and amazing little tool.

    Promising review: "This is made of high-quality material and comes with a cute carrying/travel bag. I first got and used this tongue cleaner last week and!!!!! I have never seen such things coming off my tongue! All the white stuff (looks like lotion) that I have been trying to brush off since forever came off with a few good scrapes. After using this, my tongue was nice and pink and the back of my tongue felt CLEAN and mucus-free and my breath was FRESH. I cannot believe that this product is not as popular and widely used as toothbrushes and dental floss. This has changed my whole life! I was shocked to be honest. I'm happy I purchased it and I also bought some for my family members! It's EASY to use and works like a charm." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    16. Pur Home multi-surface scrub cleaning powder, an eco-friendly, nontoxic, and paraben- and cruelty-free option that'll clean pretty much anything just as well as its far less natural competitors.

    A hand holding a tub of the scrub in the lavender scent
    @purhomeclean / Via instagram.com

    In addition to being friendly to animals and the planet, this awesome brand is Black woman-owned!

    Promising review: "Works perfectly. Everything just sparkles after I use this scour powder. This plus a little water and my bathroom and kitchen are spotless and shiny. I also love that I don't have to work really hard to get things clean — the product is great at breaking down dirt, grease, and oil." —Shanae Jones

    Get it from Pur Home for $9.99 (available in six scents). You can also get the brand's liquid multi-surface cleaner here.

    17. Clever double shower hooks that'll allow you to hang and/or remove your curtain and liner separately. No wonder over 7,900 reviewers are hooked on them.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly has and loves these. Check out her full shower hook review (#3).

    Promising review: "Where have these hooks been all my life?! They make removing the shower curtain liner for washing SO much easier. The quality is great, and they actually glide across the bar." —CASEINPOINT

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $10.33+ (available in three colors).

    18. The BH Cosmetics Opalescent Palette, a versatile mix of 24 matte and shimmer eyeshadows plus a large, handy mirror and pretty packaging. Oh, and did I mention it's less than $1 a shade???

    BH Cosmetics

    As if that wasn't enough, it's also vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "The nude colors really pop and are easy to apply. It's fun to create combinations of several colors. On the website it seems like the color pots will be small, but they are perfect size and the colors are shiny and beautiful!" —Meaghan C.

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $18 (originally $24).

    19. Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength leave-in conditioner, a cruelty- and paraben-free product formulated with castor oil and ginger to help reduce breakage of your gorgeous strands — it claims to make hair up to 15x stronger with a single use!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    For reference, the reviewer in the photo above mentions they have 3B/3C natural hair!

    Promising review: "I don't usually write reviews, but this product has been amazing for me. I hadn't even finished my first bottle when I purchased another for backup. I still haven't gone through it and I feel like I want to buy more so I always have it! I recently made the decision to transition from relaxed hair to natural again, and this product (of course in combination with healthy lifestyle choices and a good wash routine) has greatly impacted the way my hair has grown (I've been using this product consistently for about a month now). Appearance-wise, it's less frizzy, has a lot of shine, and is growing out quickly. Less breakage and a deeper, richer color. The smell was not my favorite at first tbh, but I have come to love it, as the product itself works very well on my hair type (3C/4A.)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    20. Or an argan oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera hair serum perfect for breathing new life into damaged and dry hair.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    It's got over 3,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for people with frizzy hair and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the wringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. It can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair, so working on my ends first then moving up to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. The Cat Dancer, a super-simple wire toy that's the under-$3 way to get your cat to perform the most hilarious antics of their nine lives.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Over 5,000 kitties (or, presumably, their humans who have opposable thumbs for writing reviews) love it!

    Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go wild. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I've never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $2.84.

    22. A natural shoe deodorizing spray made with lemongrass, mint, and tea tree essential oils that over 3,000 5-star reviewers say can save even those shoes so stinky, you'd considered banishing them to a deep circle of Hell.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Even with the great reviews, I was convinced there was no way this would touch the stink in my son's shoes. These shoes...while headed to town as a family we were struck with the stench, so we turned the car around, drove 10 minutes back to the house, chucked them into the yard, and went to buy new shoes (which also stunk after one wear). He lost the new shoes three days in, just in time for my order to arrive. I was forced to try this with the nasty yard shoes. O. M. G. One soak in this stuff and the smell was GONE! I sniffed hard to find that underlying stink that I was sure was there. Gone. He's been wearing the newly revived demon shoes for a week at summer camp, spraying every day before he puts them on, and the smell is still GONE. Completely! It has a strong herbal/eucalyptus-type smell, but that fades and it smells clean anyways." —Broncodriver

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    23. CND SolarOil, a low-key miraculous oil here to banish brittle nails and dry cuticles for good. ~Nailed~ it!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had a problem with my cuticles getting so dry that they would split sometimes, and no matter how many times I put lotion on my hands they would never get moist enough to lay flat like they’re supposed to. My nails were dry and brittle, so I’d end up with one breaking and then have to cut them all back in order to have them the same length. This oil has ended all of that. Now I have to cut them back because they seem to be growing faster. I haven’t had a nail split since the day I started using this oil. It soaks into your cuticles and nails so well. I was really good at using it every day in the beginning, but in the last week I got busy and and only used it twice so I ended up with a split cuticle. That’ll help you remember, right?!?! I got back on track these last two days and the cuticle is healed already. That’s just how moisturizing this stuff is. I highly recommend it!" —mlasorensen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    24. A slow feeder dog bowl specifically designed for doggos who chow down wayyy too fast and end up upsetting their tummies. The raised edges inside not only look cool, but they make it impossible for Max to gulp up all his kibble in one bite.

    A reviewer serving their dog food in the purple bowl with a raised flower design
    amazon.com

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this bowl.

    Promising review: "I definitely recommend this product for people who own a fast-eating dog. I just adopted a rescue coonhound. When she was found (abandoned by her previous owner) she was so thin and starved she couldn't stand up. Whenever I fed her, she gobbled her food down in less than a minute and I was immediately concerned for her health, as larger dogs can have issues with bloat and torsion of their innards. I was also worried about her gaining too much weight due to her eating habits. She wasn't chewing at all! I mentioned this to her foster mom and she told me about these slow feeder bowls. Heidi now takes roughly five or six minutes to eat her food and doesn't stop until she gets every piece of kibble. She's now stopping to chew more and she sure seems to enjoy it, too, as she's wagging her tail the entire time! I don't know who came up with this feeding bowl but it sure works." —NancyLou

    Get it from Amazon for $9.13+ (available in four sizes and five designs).

    25. An surprisingly roomy yet thin wallet with a RFID-blocking lining that's your heavy, bulky old wallet's worst nightmare — it's finally getting replaced.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered this wallet to replace one that I’ve had for close to eight years that just wasn’t able to hold the number of cards that I had anymore. I’m absolutely thrilled with it. It holds every single card that I have (20, some of which are stacked behind one another), my phone, and cash, all without feeling super bulky. It’s probably not large enough to hold something larger than a regular iPhone (I have a 6s), but for me it’s absolutely perfect. I’ll definitely be using this wallet for everything." —Amanda Parmelee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 31 colors).

    26. Mike's Hot Honey, a chili-infused honey that may make you realize you've been eating food wrong all your life — because pretty much anything is better with this stuff on it.

    Amazon

    YES, INCLUDING ICE CREAM, APPARENTLY. Check out BuzzFeed's full hot honey review.

    Promising review: "This mixed-up honey is absolutely fabulous. I gave in and ordered three bottles more after my initial order, because it's really good on everything. And I mean EVERYTHING: soft pretzels, toast, biscuits, waffles, cereal, yogurt, ice cream, and definitely pizza. It gives everything in your kitchen a small kick of sweet heat flavor without burning your mouth up. I've told many of my friends about this magical elixir and they all agree. This is the BEST specialty honey any of us have ever had." —Jeff R. Clow

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48 (or $13.25 for non-Prime members).

    27. The Honey Pot overnight pads, which aren't regular pads, they're cool pads — literally. In addition to being plant-based and made with pesticide-free cotton, they're formulated with mint, lavender, and aloe for a cooling, soothing effect that'll keep you feeling fresh and provide a nice scent that doesn't smell like the unidentifiable chemicals of other pads.

    The Honey Pot Company

    The Honey Pot Company is a Black woman-owned business!

    Promising review: "I will never go back to another brand. My periods are intense, long, and sometimes unbearable. Anything that makes it even slightly better is a miracle. These pads are super absorbent and unlike a lot of overnight pads, they aren’t stiff and don’t feel like wearing a diaper. The cooling from the mint and aloe actually feels pretty great. I'm also really prone to infection after a period and I haven’t had one since I switched." —Janelle

    Get 12 overnight pads from Target for $7.99, and find more pad sizes here.

    28. Adjustable bed sheet fasteners to stop your fitted sheet from coming loose and twisting all over the damn place, once and for all.

    The three-armed strap, which looks like suspenders, clipped to the underside corner of a fitted sheet around a mattress
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband turns a lot in his sleep and has always woken up with the fitted sheet halfway off his side of the bed. We bought these and we have NEVER once had to adjust the sheet in the morning! These are amazing! They're the kind of thing you'll never know how you lived without before." —LinseyB

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    29. Amazingly affordable (I'm talking under $3) Scotch Brite stainless steel scrubbers that'll basically pay for themselves with one very impressive use on your well-loved cookware.

    amazon.com

    The reviewer above got those amazing results by using one of these in combination with Bar Keepers Friend!

    Promising review: "I like to use a lot of cast iron and stainless steel pans. But you know what's the worst? Burnt-on oil. I bought these on Amazon because they were both cheap and well-reviewed. I expected these to be tough on my hands. They weren't. I expected them to fall apart pretty quickly. They didn't. I expected to have to use a lot of scrubbing force. I don't. What did they do? They removed the burnt-on oil on my stainless steel pans and cast iron pans with a refreshing ease. You apply a little pressure and move it around, and the grease disappears. These are cheap enough not to even give another thought to. Just put them in your cart and get them." —DM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $2.48.

    30. Wreck This Journal, a super creative book that allows you to do just that. Each page has instructions and space to do a different delightfully destructive thing — from spill your coffee on it to throw the journal in the air. It's the 2020 catharsis you need and deserve.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Okay maybe the actual catharsis we need and deserve involves a Voodoo doll of the Senate majority leader, the ability to make out with someone again for the first time in seven months, or a very very large takeout order, but this is good too.

    Promising review: "This book has exceeded all my expectations so far. I suffer from very bad anxiety and depression and have been using this book as an outlet and somewhat of a therapy tool. The pages all have different assignments or tasks on them that push you out of your comfort zone and create a wonderful feeling of freedom when they're done. Page one said 'crack the spine' which I had a very hard time with, but with each speed bump of ripping out pages, folding, cutting, crinkling, messing, glueing, and sticking, I felt more and more free. I love this book that much more every time. Some prompts, like 'color outside the lines,' are very easy, while others push you to be weird like 'collect dead bugs.' It definitely forces you to think outside the box! I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a creative outlet or just wants to have a good bit of fun!" —Aly McMuffin

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    31. A cruelty-free, vitamin E and jojoba oil-enriched tinted lip oil guaranteed to become your new everyday go-to, since it's so moisturizing and natural-looking. Yes, lip oil, I'm a ~pucker~ for you.

    Versed

    It's paraben- and sulfate-free, the packaging is recyclable, and it can even be used as a cheek tint, too!

    Promising review: "So much yes in one tube. Truly makes you look put together with no effort. Easy. Swipe on you are ready to take on the day. Adds a touch of color and a bit of shine, but not overly done. Simple and perfect. It's got just the right texture, and it def stays on and wears beautifully through even my morning coffee!" —Megshado19

    Get it from Versed for $9.99 (available in three shades).

    32. A keychain-friendly car escape tool that could actually save your life in an emergency. This tiny miracle has both a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker to get you to safety ASAP.

    The small blue tool on a car keyring
    Amazon

    These also make excellent practical stocking stuffers for everyone in your fam. Check out this review from an actual firefighter with tips on how to use this tool!

    Promising review: "Just had to use one of these that I keep on my keychain. I was first on the scene of a nasty wrong-way crash. The driver and a passenger were stuck inside the vehicle. The doors could not be easily opened (on the driver side) so I pulled out my keys and used this tool to pop out the window. It instantly caused the tempered glass to shatter and I knocked the excess away with my flashlight before using a knife to cut away at the airbags. The woman survived and it was incredibly comforting for her to see me face to face and know that she had a way out and that she wasn't stuck. We waited for a little and paramedics arrived and were able to give everyone the care they needed. This was a real-life scenario and this product worked. Would absolutely recommend." —Madison

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in seven colors).

    33. A cuddly plaid blanket scarf you can rock a bunch of different ways, from around your neck to over your shoulders to belted as a shawl. However you wear it, it's sure to have people checking out your great style.

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    Promising review: "I've been shopping on Amazon for as long as I can remember and this scarf is the best purchase I have ever made. THE BEST. I love plaid. My attire is basically a constant state of autumn aesthetic no matter what the season actually is. This scarf is so soft. It feels like I'm petting a bunch of tiny kittens. It's thin, but not too thin. It doesn't feel cheap. I like this because it's not super bulky around my neck. This thing is gigantic. I was freezing in my office yesterday and unwrapped my scarf and made myself a fun little blanket to enjoy during my 9-5. I felt so cozy and warm. It was wonderful. I freaking love this scarf." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.69 (available in 16 patterns).

    34. A $5 rust stain-removing spray that'll give you serious bang (and OMG-worthy results) for your buck. Trust me.

    Below, a tub covered in orange rust stains. Above, the tub with the stains almost entirely gone with the spray bottle of the product
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    Reviewers recommend using it in a well-ventilated place! Check BuzzFeed's full write-up on this spray.

    Promising review: "One year my AC began leaking and the overflow pipe was over my bathtub, and I was left with an extremely stained tub. For YEARS I tried everything and nothing worked at all. It took two days and six applications, but I was able to almost completely get rid of the stains with this. And with only one bottle!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    35. NYX Epic Ink eyeliner, a waterproof formula that'll make you wonder why you spent years dropping major $$$ on liquid liner when you can get a ~meow~velous cat eye or super ~fly~ wings that'll last all day with this.

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    Plus it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I don't usually write reviews, but I had to rave about this eyeliner because it's amazing. This is my new favorite. I think the quality is even better than Kat Von D overall, plus it's at least $10 cheaper. It basically fits all of the requirements I would want in my perfect eyeliner. It's affordable, extremely black, opaque, easy to use, and waterproof, it stays on for a long time, and the tip is quite thin so you can get wings as sharp as a sword. I also usually have to use makeup remover and concealer to clean up my lines, but I barely need to do any maintenance with this. My cat-eyes have been turning out so clean and beautiful. It bleeds less than most eyeliners I've ever used." —Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $6.75.

    36. A long-sleeved T-shirt dress that seems basic, but is there anything basic about over 7,400 positive reviews? Didn't think so.

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    Promising review: "This dress fits GREAT and is so versatile!! I was able to create at least 10 different outfits with this dress. The quality is so perfect! I also ordered it in three other colors: brown, green, and rose pink!" —Sequeena Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S-3XL and in 29 colors and prints).

    37. A Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaning kit to get one of the trickiest surfaces in your kitchen looking cleaner than ever before. It has everything you need to ensure that those stains on your smooth-top range will be ~cooked~.

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    It comes with a bottle of cleaner, a scraper, and a cleaning pad.

    Promising review: "If you have a glass stovetop, do yourself a favor and purchase this. It took me about 10 minutes to clean the stovetop and it looks so much better now. I thought we would never find anything to get it looking like new and get the scratches off!" —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

    38. A pack of Invisibobble hair ties that seriously stay put all day — no adjusting your pony as you work. Plus, they're gentler on your hair than regular elastics, so tossing your 'do in a messy bun for a bit doesn't mean you're doomed to have a crease in your hair till your next shower.

    The clear spiral hair ties and their packaging
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    These are also great to sleep in so you don't wake up with total bedhead. I personally use these as my everyday hair ties and I honestly will never use anything else again. The few times I've lost one (one Invisibobble lasts me months and months and months) and had to use something else, I was shook by how uncomfy and insecure regular elastics felt. How did I put up with them for so many years?

    Promising review: "I love how easily these come out at the end of the day and that my hair doesn’t have that bump from wearing it up for hours. This hair tie is not going to give you that super tight pony feeling, but they do stay put. They also stretch out a bit with use just like a regular elastic, but unlike those, these can shrink back down." —Schujans

    Get a pack of three from Target for $7.99.

    You getting ready to buy every single one of these and then tell your friends to do the same:

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