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49 Cool Things Under $30 That You'll Get A Sh*t Ton Of Use Out Of

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by Rebecca Martinson
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Wasting money is easy, but you know what’s way harder? Saving it. And since my bank account has been looking a little worse for wear lately, I’ve made a deal with myself: I can still buy whatever I want, but only if it’s a cool, affordable Amazon product I’ll get a sh*t ton of use out of.

That might sound a little restrictive at first — but luckily for both of us, Amazon has a massive selection of useful items that won’t break the bank. Case in point? The mandoline on this list that helps you slice up everything from cheese to vegetables. Not only does it help you get dinner on the table quickly, but the blades are also made from stainless steel. And don’t get me started on the flash drive designed to work with smartphones. With 128 gigabytes worth of space, you’ll find yourself reaching for it every time you need to clear up some memory — a must-have if you love taking videos.

Whether you’re looking to save money or spend it, you can’t go wrong with products that you’ll get a sh*t ton of use out of. So what are you waiting for? Everything featured here is priced at $30 or less — keep scrolling to see some of my favorites.

1

This Knee Pillow Filled With Soft Memory Foam

Unlike some knee pillows, this one is filled with soft memory foam that contours to the shape of your legs. Sleeping with it between your knees can help keep your spine properly aligned, which can in turn help alleviate sciatica pain — and one reviewer even wrote about how it “works so much better than a pillow.”

Put these sleeves on your heels before bed; their gel linings will gradually release therapeutic oils and vitamins while you sleep, helping to moisturize dry skin. Most reviewers saw results after just one week, and each pair is made from breathable fabric that won’t leave you sweating.

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These Grippers That Let You Pick Up Hot Bowls

Don’t risk burning yourself on a hot bowl — use one of these grippers to pick it up instead. They’re made from heat-resistant silicone, and you can even use them as trivets in a pinch. Plus, one size is made to fit most bowls.

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A Running Belt That Won’t Bounce As You Jog

Not only is this running belt designed so that it won’t bounce as you move, but it’s also made from water-resistant neoprene — just in case you get caught in the rain. The best part? You can even use it as a treat bag for dogs when you’re out for a walk.

Unlike some styling clips, these ones are made without teeth so that they won’t leave creases in your hair. They’re made with high-quality stainless steel — and one reviewer even raved that they are “perfect to hold your hair back while you're doing your beauty routines.”

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A Handbag Holder That Helps Keep Your Bag Clean

With its conveniently adjustable straps, this handbag holder will fit in just about any car — and it’s even large enough to accommodate all sorts of bags. Installation is as easy as looping the adjustable straps onto your headrests, and you can also use it to hold snacks during long drives.

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The Lighter That’s Rechargeable

Tired of always having to buy new lighters? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this electronic one. Its battery is rechargeable, which means you’ll never need to buy a replacement. And since it creates a plasma arc instead of flame, you can even use it in the rain without having to worry about it going out.

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A Non-Stick Skillet Made Without Any PFOA

Some non-stick pans are made with PFOA, which can flake off into your food as the pan ages — but not this one. Instead, it uses a ceramic coating to help keep it from latching onto your food, while a copper base layer provides thorough and even heating. Choose from three sizes: 8-, 9.5- or 11-inches.

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This Reed Diffuser With Hundreds Of Positive Reviews

Not only is this reed diffuser a classy way to help freshen up your home, but it’s also made with potent essential oils that can stay fragrant for up to 120 days. You have the choice of four different scents — from soothing lavender to bright jasmine — and many reviewers wrote about how it “smells great.”

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A Greek Yogurt Maker That’s Surprisingly Versatile

Simply load the top of this Greek yogurt maker with plain yogurt, then leave it in your fridge overnight. In the morning, you’ll find it’s transformed into velvety-smooth Greek yogurt. And if you don’t like yogurt? You can also use it to make fresh nut milk at home.

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The Dry Erase Planner That Sticks To Your Fridge

Having trouble keeping track of your busy schedule? Put this dry erase planner on your fridge, and you’ll always have somewhere convenient to jot down important plans, dates, or even scribble a quick grocery list. Each order includes six fine-tip dry erase markers, as well as an eraser.

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A Veggie Slicer That Does The Work For You

Slide your vegetables back and forth on this mandoline slicer the next time you need to get dinner on the table quickly. Not only does it do all the slicing for you, but each order comes with four blades so you can also grate, spiralize, and ribbon your greens. Plus, the blades are even made from sharp stainless steel.

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These Magnetic Mounts For Your Car That Work With Any Phone

Looking for a hands-free way to use your phone while driving? These mounts are designed to work with any brand of smartphone, and they easily slip onto your air vents so that your phone is always at eye level. Many reviewers also wrote about how they’re “easy to install.”

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A Magnet That Lets You Know If The Dishes Are Dirty

Stick this magnet to the front of your dishwasher, and your roommates won’t have any excuse as to why they mixed their dirty dishes in with the clean ones. And if your dishwasher isn’t magnetic? Not a problem — each order includes a small magnetic patch with an adhesive backing, allowing you to use it with any dishwasher.

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The Ring Light That Clips Onto Your Phone

Whether you’re taking a selfie or answering a video call, this ring light can help you look your best. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to seven hours, and you can even adjust the brightness up to three levels (depending on your surroundings).

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A Steak Knife Set Made From German Stainless Steel

These steak knives effortlessly cut through all types of meat, as the blades are made from very sharp German stainless steel. They’re also rust- and stain-resistant, as well as made from a single piece of metal — so there’s no need to worry about the blade snapping off the handle.

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These Tongue Scrapers Made From Stainless Steel

When mouthwash and toothpaste aren’t doing enough to freshen your breath, it might be time to give these tongue scrapers a try. They’re made from 100% medical-grade stainless steel that smoothly glides across your tongue, and the narrow scraper heads are made to accommodate smaller mouths.

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The Acne Patches That Help Flatten Unwanted Blemishes

Stick one of these acne patches over an unwanted blemish that’s popped up, and the hydrocolloid dressing will help absorb impurities to flatten it out. They also help protect the blemish against further irritation, and one reviewer even raved that they “they really help the blemish open up and heal much faster than it normally would.”

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This Travel Pillow That’s Filled With Soft Memory Foam

Designed to fit necks both large and small, this travel pillow is a must-have for your next long flight. It’s filled with soft memory foam, allowing it to contour to the shape of your head and shoulders for extra comfort. Plus, the removable cover is easy to wash should it ever get dirty.

If your fabric lanyard is old or falling apart, it might be time to upgrade to this silicone version. The cinch slider allows you to secure it around water bottles, wrists, and more. Plus, the S-biner micro-lock features space for up to three keys.

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These Fridge Liners That Help Keep Veggies Fresh

By absorbing the excess moisture in your refrigerator, these liners can help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables. Each one is made from mold-resistant material that’s BPA-free — and you can also trim them to fit smaller spaces.

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The Suction Cups That Are Shockingly Strong

Not only are these suction cups so strong that they can hold up to 7 pounds, but they’ll also stick to all sorts of smooth surfaces — from slick tile to smooth gym lockers. The transparent design blends in with any style, and they come in three sizes: small, medium, or large.

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A Finishing Stick That Helps Tame Unwanted Flyaways

Give those flyaways a few swipes with this finishing stick, and the plant-based formula will help smooth them down for a sleek look. It goes on completely transparent — making it suitable for all hair colors — and it even provides light hydration to parched strands.

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This Oil Sprayer With Thousands Of Positive Reviews

More than 16,000 reviewers awarded this oil sprayer either four or five stars — and its brushed aluminum exterior is only part of the reason. It doesn’t require any chemical propellants to spritz an even mist over your pans and meals, yet it’s completely reusable.

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A Pack Of Food Storage Bags Made From Reusable Silicone

Looking for a reusable alternative to wasteful plastic baggies? Search no further than these food bags that are made of food-grade PEVA. They’re leakproof, waterproof, and can even lock out freezer burn in order to help keep your ingredients fresh. Each order comes with 10 in sizes ranging from snack- to gallon-sized bags.

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The Laundry Bags That Help Preserve Delicate Garments

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ruined my bra clasps in the wash, which is exactly why I started washing my laundry using mesh bags like these. Not only do they keep my delicates from getting tangled, but they also work great for separating dirty clothes from clean ones in my suitcase.

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These Oven Mitts That Help You Keep A Firm Grip

It’s easier than ever to hold onto hot cookware when you’re using these oven mitts, as the silicone strips running up and down these oven mitts help you keep a firm grip. They’re heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit — and each order also includes a bonus pair of pot holders.

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This Spray That Helps Protect Strands Against Heat

The heat from curling irons and straighteners can leave your hair feeling damaged and brittle, which is why it’s always a good idea to spritz your strands with some heat protectant — like this bottle from BOLD UNIQ. It’s suitable for all types of hair, can handle temperatures up to 445 degrees Fahrenheit, and even helps smooth frizz so that your hair is left looking soft and shiny.

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A Mini Bag Sealer That Helps Snacks Stay Fresh

Don’t let your snacks go stale quicker than they have to — use this miniature bag sealer to help them stay fresh. It’s designed to work with a variety of bags, including ones made from plastic, foil, as well as certain types of paper. Many reviewers also raved about how it “works great” and “heats up quickly.”

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The Canister That Helps Keep Coffee Grounds Fresh

It’s up to you whether you fill this canister with coffee beans or grounds — but either way, the airtight seal will help keep everything inside fresh. It’s made from tough stainless steel that’s unlikely to rust over time. Plus, the date tracker on the side lets you know precisely how fresh your coffee is.

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A Glass Foot File That’s Gentle On Skin

Exfoliating your feet can be painful, especially if you’re using a rough foot file — so make the switch to this gentler one made from glass. Hundreds of reviewers wrote about how it “works great” despite being less abrasive than a harsh file. Plus, you can wash and reuse it as many times as you like.

32

This Organizer That Can Hold Over 150 Batteries

Tired of digging through that drawer of loose batteries whenever the remote dies? Save yourself some stress with this organizer. There’s space for more than 150 batteries, from small AAAs to larger Ds — and each order even includes a tester to make sure that none of the older ones have lost power.

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A Shelf That Adds Storage Space Above Your Outlets

Need someplace to keep your phone while it charges? This outlet shelf is not only perfect for small electronics, but it’s so sturdy that it can support up to 10 pounds. Installation is as simple as switching out your outlet cover — and the built-in cable management system helps conceal wires to keep it looking tidy.

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The Reusable Notebook That Can Upload Your Notes To iCloud

Ever wish you could save your hand-written notes electronically? Not only does this smart notebook allow you to backup your notes to iCloud, Slack, Google Drive, and more, but the pages are also reusable. Simply wipe them clean with the included microfiber cloth — they’re so sturdy that one notebook can be reused more than 500 times.

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A Set Of Reusable Silicone Straws That Fit Into Tumblers

Some reusable straws are too short to fit into tumblers, whereas these ones are extra-long — and the angled tips make it easier for you to sip. Each one is made from food-grade silicone that’s completely BPA-free. Plus, the included pipette brush makes it easy to scrub their insides clean.

36

This Drain Catcher That Won’t Block The Flow Of Water

Unlike some drain catchers, this one is designed with elliptical holes that latch onto debris without impeding the flow of water down your pipes. The silicone edges prevent hair from sneaking underneath — and it’s even made from rustproof stainless steel instead of plastic.

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A Refrigerator Drawer That Holds Up To 18 Eggs

Looking for ways to maximize the space in your fridge? Toss that cardboard carton into the trash and transfer all your eggs into this drawer. Installation is as easy as snapping it onto one of the shelves — and you can even adjust its depth so that it fits your fridge perfectly.

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The Balance Disc That Can Help Strengthen Your Core

Not only does this balance disc work great as a floor cushion in a pinch, but it also forces you to engage your core in order to remain upright. It’s an easy way to help passively train your abdominals throughout the workday, and one reviewer even wrote that “you can feel it working that core just after a few minutes.”

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An Eyelash Comb Made With Stainless Steel

Sometimes, clumpy mascara is unavoidable — so make sure you’ve got this eyelash comb at your disposal. The tines are made from rust-resistant stainless steel (not plastic), and the contoured shape is designed to fit around the natural curve of your eye.

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This Bedside Caddy That Helps You Keep Track Of Remotes

Remotes, tablets, magazines, glasses — you name it, this bedside caddy likely has space for it. Installation is as easy as folding the oxford cloth underneath your mattress to keep it in place, while the mesh pockets allow you to see what’s inside without needing to unpack anything. Choose from two colors: black or brown.

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A Draft Stopper That Also Helps Soundproof Doors

Looking for cost-effective ways to reduce your electricity bill? These draft stoppers not only help keep cold air out of your home, but they also provide light soundproofing. They’re designed to fit most doors, while the adhesive backing makes installation a breeze.

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These Paper Towels You Can Wash & Reuse

Whereas most paper towels are made from, well, paper, these ones are made from tough bamboo that you can wash and reuse over and over. But the best part? They’re incredibly eco-friendly, as one roll can replace six months’ worth of paper towels.

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A Felt Organizer That Slips Into Your Purse

You don’t have to let your purse turn into a black hole; use this felt insert to get your bag looking organized and tidy. The study walls add shape to large bags, and it’s available in a variety of sizes to fit nearly any tote. Choose from more than 10 colors: beige, coffee, red, and more.

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The Seat Cushion That Can Help Alleviate Back Pain

By keeping your tailbone and spine properly aligned, this seat cushion can help alleviate back pain simply by sitting on it. It’s made from a combination of cooling gel and memory foam, making it incredibly soft without leaving you feeling hot — and the cover is even removable for easy washing.

45

These Tongs That Can Handle High Temperatures

There’s no need to worry about these tongs melting over the grill, as their silicone heads are heat-resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. They’re also non-stick, BPA-free, and safe to use on non-stick cookware, as their silicone heads won’t etch away at the coating.

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This Tumbler That Can Fit Into Cupholders

With its narrow base and sleek design, this skinny tumbler is small enough to fit into most cupholders, yet large enough that it can hold up to 18 ounces of liquid. The flip-top lid is leakproof — just in case you accidentally knock it over — and the insulated walls can keep cold drinks chilled for up to 12 hours.

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A Shampoo Brush With A Soothing Vibration Feature

Turn any boring bath into a spa-like experience with this shampoo brush. The gentle vibration feature only requires a single AA battery, and the water-resistant shell helps keep it safe from corrosion. Plus, the rubber bristles are suitable for sensitive scalps.

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These Risers That Can Handle Heavy Pieces Of Furniture

Not only do these risers add inches to short pieces of furniture, but they also have a weight limit of over 5,000 pounds, making them perfect for heavy bed frames. The best part? You can even stack them on top of each other for a little extra height.

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A Monitor Panel Where You Can Stick Reminders & Notes

Stick this clear panel on the side of your monitor if you need somewhere to stick your notes and reminders. The ledge at the bottom is the perfect spot to store your phone while you work — and one reviewer even wrote that it was “a great addition to my desk.”

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