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    29 Helpful Things That Are Likely To Pay For Themselves In The Long Run

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    1. A Drop Stop to prevent food, coins, your phone —anything! — from getting lost between your car's seat and center console. Heck, you could probably pay for this with the amount of change you'll eventually rescue.

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    The Drop Stop is squishy and can squeeze into almost any vehicle.

    Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this." —Tessa Forbes

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets so you can rescue all the tumblers you've let sit for too long from the moldy hell they've been banished to. Let your bottles have a shot at a long life.

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    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    3. A fabric shaver that will give all of your old upholstery and fabrics new LIFE! You're spared yet another day, couch. You too, sweater.

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    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Check out "This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life" for more info on this handy gadget!

    4. A cord protector to keep your usually well-worn chargers nice and safe. Now you can stop having to put "charger allowance" into your monthly budget.

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    Promising review: "I hate to recall how many new iPhone chargers and MacBook power bricks I've had to buy over the years as the originals gradually frayed at the connector ends until they stopped working altogether. These inexpensive little coils wind right around the connector base and first half inch or so of the cord to keep it from bending and ultimately breaking at the join. Genius." —ElleNWC

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.58 (available in four colors).

    5. An ink remover so you can easily hand clothes down from one sibling to the next no matter how many rainbow-colored markers they've encountered.

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    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." —Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.42.

    6. Reusable cotton rounds that — unlike their disposable counterparts — will last for way longer than just one minute. No more purchasing long sleeves of rounds you'll only use once!

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    The pads are machine washable and come with a washable laundry bag so they don't get lost.

    Promising review: "These are really nice, and are a must if you are eco-conscious! I use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and it requires a cloth to fully remove the balm/makeup from your skin. These pads work wonderfully for the job. They’re much better than using disposable cotton rounds, since they don’t fall apart, and they’re softer than a traditional washcloth. This bamboo fabric is super soft and durable. It feels good on the skin and gently but thoroughly wipes away your makeup and cleansers. I absolutely LOVE that it comes with a garment bag so that you don’t lose them in the washing machine. I choose to wash these in the cold delicate cycle. I totally recommend these! I think they’re a great value!" —Phillip A. Rzewski

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    7. A knife sharpener so you don't have to buy a new knife every time you botch a tomato. The one you have is fine, it just needs a little TLC.

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    Simply run your knife through each sharpening slot 10 times each.

    Promising review: "Best money ever spent! As someone who is a cook in a restaurant, we go through knives quite often. This will save us so much money, especially with serrated knives. Great product! I was skeptical about this, especially with serrated knives, but WOW! Works great and makes the dullest knife like brand new." —Matt R.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    8. A tennis shoe cleaner to get your kicks kickin' again. Drop your shoe shopping plans — you can restore your old ones to their former glory!

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    The cleaner is super concentrated, so a little goes a long way. It also comes with a free cleaning brush!

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them — now I can wear them for even longer. Very pleased with Pink Miracle, I will buy it again when I run out of my bottle." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    9. A drain millipede that may save you a call to the plumber after it deftly extracts all the hair out of your sink or shower using its 4,000 grippy micro-hooks.

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    Promising review: "For years I've been punching holes through debris with my traditional wire snake but not cleaning debris. Thanks to this gadget, removing gunk and debris is no longer a problem. I admittedly was skeptical when reading about this tool on Amazon, but I purchased one anyway. Now I'm a believer and have the photo to prove it. The tube of gunk I extracted with this little wonder was so big I called my wife in to show her what was lurking below the sink she uses. Highly recommended!" —Coffee Roaster

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    Check out "Hundreds Of People Love This Drain Snake, And The After Photos Have Me Gagging" for our full write-up on the drain snake and more absolutely revolting pics of it in action.

    10. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo to keep your platinum hair from getting brassy. You'll save SO much money by reducing toning appointments at the salon and look damn good doing it.

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    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 $11.74.

    Ready to get your platinum back in action? Check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo" for more info.

    11. Some charcoal shoe deodorizers so you don't have to get new loafers every time your favorite pair start to come down with The Stank.

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    To recharge these, just place them in the sun.

    Promising review: "I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! I had to find something to make the stench go away. Mini Moso was the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Ok, maybe that’s pushing things, but I’ve got to tell you that 95% of the broken-in leather grossness was gone. So happy!" —Erin

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.95.

    12. A wood polish and conditioner with beeswax and orange oil to hide dings and scratches and add some healthy natural luster to your dull antiques. Now you can happily keep your favorite pieces forever and ever and ever.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    13. A cleanser and polishing powder so you don't abandon your cookware whenever it gets a little dingy. A little elbow grease will save you a lot of moolah on pots and pans!

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    The cleanser is non-abrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!" —Donette

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    Check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House" for more info!

    14. A tongue scraper that's a small price to pay for fresher breath and less amounts of what I'm choosing to call "mouth goo."

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    Promising review: "It's hard to review this product without grossing people out but I think the truth needs to get out. There is some nasty stuff on your tongue that a toothbrush cannot remove, especially in the back. This thing allows you to remove it easily without gagging yourself by trying to shove a toothbrush down your throat. I was definitely surprised the first time I used it how much material I removed, and yes that stuff smells bad. After that first time I couldn't get anywhere near as much off of my tongue which tells me that the material had been there a while. My breath is noticeably better now. This is a very simple tool and it cleans up well since it's just a piece of stainless steel and rubber handles." —Amazon Customer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.39.

    15. A combination broom and squeegee, because you don't need to get a new vacuum, you just need one of these to wrangle out hair that's SUPER trapped in the carpet.

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    Promising review: "I have long hair. Due to a thyroid issue, I lose more strands than I used to. Every few days the hair starts to accumulate on the bathroom floor. This broom picks up all the hair from the tile just going over it once. It even gets the strands on the edges and corners. Unlike regular brooms, all the hair stays on the broom until I remove it instead of strands falling back to the floor. Thanks to a review I read before ordering this broom, I also use it on the carpet before vacuuming. I quickly pull it towards me, and it grabs all the hair from the carpet. It only takes a minute or two per room and I no longer have to remove the roller brush from the vacuum and cut all the hair wrapped around it every month." —Nicolor

    Get it from Amazon for $13.45.

    16. Reusable Keurig cups to save money buying refills, make your own coffee blends, and reduce your use of disposable K-cups in one fell swoop.

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    Just put ground coffee into the cup and run it through the Keurig like normal! The cups are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Easy to use and brews a delicious cup of your own choice of coffee. We like a half-caffeine cup and do not like the only half-caff option widely available. With these cups we can brew to our taste. Easy to clean up as well." —M Hayden

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.45.

    17. A foot file so you can cheese grate your way to beautiful feet. Yeah, I know how that sounds, but do you want baby-soft heels without the nail salon price or not?

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    Promising review: "OMG, these should be standard issue to every human. I’ve bought them all — the cheap foot files and the expensive ones. None of them remotely compare to this one. I thought I was doomed to have course heels forever, but no more! With just one use, my heels are fabulous! The callouses this thing removed were absolutely disgusting, but I couldn’t be happier. You won’t be disappointed!" —JMart

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A Blueapple freshness extender that'll keep all the produce in your fridge fresh as can be until you're ready to actually use it. Waste, avoided. Planet, helped. Money, saved. You, a hero.

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    The Blueapple works by absorbing ethylene gas, which is what causes produce to ripen. Each Blueapple lasts for three months.

    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (three to four days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks — some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $18.26.

    19. Or if you tend to only have a few problem items, a three-piece produce storage container set so you get your money's worth for all the berries you decided to splurge on.

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    The set includes one 6.3 cup container, and two 17.3 cup containers with lids, which are BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresh as can be!

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, (all in this one big container), are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

    Check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks" for more info!

    20. A bidet for anyone whose toilet paper expense is...weirdly high? It's more efficient and eco-friendly than TP! And a mini butt shower every time you poop? Dream come true.

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    The bidet's nozzle retracts to keep it safe and clean when everything's...ya know...going down. It comes with everything you need for easy installation — even the tools — and is compatible with most standard toilets.

    Promising review: "Speaking as a hirsute gentleman, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower. The unit took me all of about 10 minutes to install on my existing toilet with only a wrench. The easy-to-control flow valve allows you to provide just the right amount of water pressure for a full range of cleaning, from 'gentle trickling stream' to 'full-on Silkwood decontamination,' ensuring the end of your bowel movement leaves you feeling cleaner and more refreshed than using just toilet paper alone. Even flush-able wet wipes pale in comparison." —Mercury

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors).

    Btw, the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 was our $$$ pick for best toilet paper (well, best way to get your butt clean) on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    21. A jewelry cleaning pen so you don't have to go out and buy a new diamond ring whenever yours gets a little dull. You know. A real human problem.

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    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

    22. Reusable silicone bags to use for packing your lunch, marinating food, storing leftovers, and more! Scooch over, expensive disposable plastic bags, there's a new, long-lasting kitchen helper in town.

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    Stasher bags are microwave AND dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Amazing idea! I keep my frozen bananas in them when they start to go bad. The freezer disposable bags used to freezer-burn them. These reusable bags keep these from getting freezer burn and they taste amazing in my smoothies. Easy to close, too! I need 100 more! I love this color, however I think I would lean towards clear since if I have multiple in the freezer, it's easier to see what's in them." —Sasha

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

    23. A John Frida hot air brush so you can skip the blowout bar and give yourself a killer style in the comfort of your own home.

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    I'd heard a TON of great things about the hot air brush but admittedly didn't fully believe it until I got one for myself. I was thrilled to have a dramatically short bob until I remembered just how hard they are to style. I'm nearly useless with a round brush and hairdryer. The hot air brush combines two unwieldy tools into one light, easy-to-manage one that's simple to use and greatly cuts down on my morning styling time. I recommend letting your hair air dry most of the way before finishing with this. Even a pass over dry hair helps get my bedhead into shape. Amazing. I have short hair and the 1" version is perfect.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

    24. A red wine stain remover, because nobody should have to suffer financially buying new shirts due to a little (OK, a lot of) spilled merlot.

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    Promising review: "When you have anything white in your house and you have a love for red wine THIS PRODUCT IS A MUST! We had a dinner party of about 15 people in our house so I bought five bottles just in case. Someone spilled red wine on our brand new white couch. I was so mad, but I used this stuff and it was GONE. It didn't just take most of the red wine out — the red wine was GONE! No trace of it at all! I will buy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    25. An all-purpose car cleaner to keep your entire car squeaky clean without taking it to get detailed. By using only one product, you might actually find the ~drive~ to maintain your vehicle's leather, vinyl, carpet, upholstery, plastic, and rubber.

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    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    26. A wine aerator for taking your cheap merlot up to a new fanciness level by incorporating oxygen and releasing the wine's ~bouquet~. Heck yes, even more excuses to buy the least expensive bottle.

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    To use, simply fit the aerator nozzle into the bottle and pour!

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    27. A suede and nubuck cleaning brush to always have around for ~brushing~ up your worn shoes and jackets. Your fall look can be truly timeless if you have the right tools.

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    Promising review: "This little brush works incredibly well! I was skeptical at first, because the shoes I need to fix were very damaged — as you can see in the photos, they are nude suede and have a lot of watermarks and dirt. I didn't think these shoes were salvageable, but this brush changed my mind. It's not perfect and you can still see where the watermark like is if you really really try, but overall, the shoes look 95% better and only took me about 10 minutes to fix." —Alexa

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    28. A super-powered stainless steel "soap" bar so you can easily wash away the lingering smell of garlic and onions after chopping. And unlike a regular bar of soap, it will never erode away into a tiny ball of mush. This thing is sticking around.

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    Reviewers say this bar also helps with body odor! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Promising review: "This bar is for real. I know there is science behind it but it feels like magic. The onion smell disappears from your hands instantly. Every kitchen needs this. Have had it for years now and no rust or any sign of wear. Looks and works like it’s brand new." —kallisto

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29.

    29. A lint remover and fabric defuzzer to revive all of your favorite fabrics you thought were lost forever to The Big Fuzz this winter and many winters to come.

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    The de-fuzzer has three interchangeable edges suited to all types of fabric. The reverse side is also a lint remover!

    Promising review: "I have tried a LOT of 'fuzz removers' and ended up throwing them away. Either they pulled the fabric or didn't remove the fuzz. The 'Ultimate Fuzz Remover' does exactly what it is supposed to do. I have used it on fine cashmere sweaters as well as a fuzzed up acrylic wrap. Very happy with both results. The three choices of shavers is the best - you can adjust the 'pull' according to the fabric. I also have a dog, so the hair remover also was needed and works better than the "sticky tape" roller I have. I am very happy with this product!" —GR Gordineer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in five colors).

    Enjoy all the money you're gonna save in the long run!

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

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