30 Things That’ll Help Save You Money In The Long Run

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1.

A soft coiled hair tie that won’t leave a dent in your hair like OG elastics — which could save you a couple of washes/time. AND they’re easier to track down, so they’re less likely to disappear into the abyss like your other hair ties.


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I’m legendary for misplacing oodles and oodles of hair ties and have come to swear by these in the past year for both being dent-less and easier to find!

Promising review: “I’m obsessed with these! I have thick curly hair so rubber bands and the ribbon elastics always dent my hair. Even when I straighten my hair, those type of hair ties also dent my hair. With these coils, my hair is secure whether it’s straight or curly. When I remove it, my hair is easily fixed back into place. These do stretch out after you use it for a while, but it is easily fixed. If you blow dry them, the heat will cause it to shrink back to its original size and it is as good as new!” —Stephanie S.

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

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A glam magnetic brooch with a loop to hold your glasses when you’re not wearing them — meaning no holes in your nice shirts or MIA glasses that need replacing.


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Get it from Amazon for $9.89 (available in a variety of styles).

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An adjustable window screen that’ll allow those fall breezes inside and give your A/C a break. AND it’ll keep your pets inside and the bugs outside!


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Promising review: “Adjustable, portable, and lightweight, this window screen is well made. You can paint the wood to match your window. Now I can have nice cool air circulating in the house during the fall and winter months in South Carolina.” —Maria

Get it from Amazon for $9.21+ (available in 10 adjustable sizes).

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And if leaving your windows open/unlocked makes you nervous (I get it!), a motion sensor you can place on your partially opened window will act like your guard dog while ya’ snooze. And if you upgrade this plan, you can save on homeowner’s insurance!


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This Kangaroo motion sensor is super sleek and detects when a window is move away from its setting (like your perfect amount of “open”). This sensor comes with a free plan that allows for unlimited user invitations and sends you push notifications alerts via the app. But if you upgrade to Kangaroo Complete, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% off your homeowners or renters insurance rate with select providers (check out the Amazon product listing for more info).

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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A pair of designer eyeglasses (Chloe, if you wanna get specific) you can have perfectly fit to your face shape/size from the comfort of your own home. No more guessing at how a pair of glasses will look on your heart-shaped face when trying to avoid talking to actual human people and making a huge financial mistake!!!


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Yup, this is me modeling those glasses with ~technology~. But it doesn’t just give you a still picture, you record a video so you can see how the glasses look at allll angles. (OK, almost all angles.) All you have to do is allow the Eyeconic site access to your computer’s camera and pose for a video/photo. So you can easily send the group chat a text like “How do these look?” without going to a store to try on anything! (But if you’re in Chicago, there are two store locations where you can walk in and do this on an iPad, still without actually talking to a human.) When it comes time to buy them, you can use your insurance, FSA, and HSA. *Plus* they sell tons of sunglasses that have the option of adding prescription lenses.

Get them from Eyeconic for $381+ (available in non-prescription, single vision, and progressive).

6.

A door draft stopper the least handy person in the world could handle installing to prevent cold gusts from coming in. Don’t make your heating system work harder than it has to! Bc $$$!


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Promising review: “So easy to set up! All you do is peel tape and adhere to a CLEAN and DRY door. Also looks great, I don’t even notice it. I had a huge gap under my door. I could smell and hear everything from the hallway. Smells, drafts, and sound all are less of an issue now.” —Brit B.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

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A refreshing clothing spray to spritz on vintage finds or anything a lil’ less than fresh-from-the-dryer if ya’ get my drift. You’ll save on utilities AND keep your clothes in working order for much longer. Aka, things that are good for the environment AND wallet.


Target

Skipping washes (and even steaming your clothes instead when ya’ can!) can help even the cheapest of clothing items hold together longer. If you care about sustainability, practices like these can be the key to hanging onto the cheapest of fast fashion pieces for much longer!

Get it from Target for $6.99 (available in Rose Petal & Murumuru, Vetiver & Tea Tree, and Lavender & Argan Oil).

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And Mending Matters, a gorgeous guide on how to take better care of and patch your denim and other clothing for the long haul and those times when you need a lil’ more help than deodorizing spray. AND you don’t need a sewing machine!


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I’ve flipped through this book IRL and it’d make a gorgeous but INCREDIBLY useful coffee table book! If the thought of sewing repairs sound intimidating, fear not! The techniques are all based on basic techniques of exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving.

Promising review: “First of all this is the most beautiful book I’ve seen in ages. Every page is as filled with detail as are the instructions themselves. This is a guidebook but even more an inspiration for building and maintaining a sustainable wardrobe one mend at a time. Great purchase and highly recommended even for non-sewers or wannabe sewers like myself.” —Heather Blanchard

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+.

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While we’re on the subject of taking better care of your apparel, some Heel Stoppers to help your stilettos from taking a grassy dive. Fewer repairs and environmental staining means you can wear those beauts for so much longer!


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I slipped some of these onto ^ Blue by Betsey Johnson stilettos to wear with a bridesmaid dress at an outdoor wedding. And I didn’t help the country club venue aerate their lawn during my walks to and from my designated point OR trip. Small victories! Note that these DO NOT make your shoes comfier (as I discovered) but they will be steadier to walk on as a nice lil’ side effect!

Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes).

10.

A bottle of leather conditioner for reviving your leather goods as large as a leather couch!


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Reviewers note that using this may darken the leather, so keep that in mind!

Promising review: “Excellent product! So happy I tried it! I wore kitchen gloves and smoothed a thin layer of the product all over the couch, instead using of the cloth. Went way faster and I didn’t waste product soaked up by the cloth.” —Kristie

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

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Nail and cuticle oil here to revive your hands from wear and tear thanks to gel, acrylics, and basically anything else you can have done at a nail salon. Treat those nails right so you don’t run into problems later!


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Promising review:This product is amazing. I’ve always had acrylic or dipped nails because my real nails have always been brittle and always break and peel. I decided to give my nails a break and wanted to try and grow them out. I can’t even believe the outcome! They are stronger than ever and growing! I really wish I had taken a before pic to show the difference!” —JOE D.

Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in two sizes).

12.

A six-pack of moth traps you can park in all your closets because, tbh, moths are a problem year-round but you don’t think about them ’til you crack open that coat closet post–Labor Day. Seriously, lay off my outerwear!


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Promising review: “Had moths infesting my leather shop, so I put out about 4 of these traps and within the first week I had 3 of them so full that I ordered more. It has been about 6 weeks since the second order and I haven’t seen a moth since.

I noticed that those clustered together worked better than the one off on its own; perhaps the pheromone compounds when clustered. Either way, the moths are dead and my leather inventory is safe.” —1836

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

13.

A wood scratch cover that’ll hide all those dings and scrapes so you can keep your bedroom set instead of switching out your worse-for-wear dresser. At the very least, you’ll have to avoid sanding and refinishing all kinds of things around the house!


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Promising review: “I can’t believe how well Old English works! I recently purchased a home where a dog previously lived and had horribly scratched the woodwork. I thought I may have to sand and refinish the woodwork around two doors. Old English saved me a lot of work! ” —Behold Behold!

Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

14.

A stainless-steel refillable rollerball pen to earn you accolades from pen snobs while turning you into someone who no longer has to buy 10-packs of cheap pens for the rest of eternity.


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This won out as our mid-price pick for the best pen on BuzzFeed Reviews. Some of its pros include a lil’ heft (if you’re into that in your writing utensils) and it’s any easy gateway into the world of “nice” pens.

Get it from Amazon for $20. And don’t forget to grab some rollerball refills.

15.

A collagen-coating hair treatment for doing work similar to that of much pricier, holy grail hair products (cough cough, Olaplex). Gotta love a product with impressive results that costs less than my typical Taco Bell order.


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Silicone earring backs (100 pairs to be exact) to help you resurface those earrings that have been backless for what feels like an eternity. Wearing the stuff you have = buying fewer pairs of earrings that end up being dupes to your abandoned backless ones of yore!


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Get them from Amazon for $3.69.

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Stainless steel hoops that won’t tarnish on you like the cheap pairs you’ve been buying on the reg season after season.


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My colleague Elena Garcia has owned these for more than a year, wears them at least three times a week, and says they’re still good as new!

Promising review: “I love these earrings. I purchased three other pairs of earrings with these and these are my everyday favorite pair to wear. It’s been about three months and they have not tarnished one bit. Stainless steel is what I have been looking for. The clasp is still holding tight too. Totally recommend if you are looking for some hoops!” —Andrea

Get them from Amazon for $9 (available in three metals).

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Tevas sandals you can (hear me out) wear well into fall with some thicc socks. Oh, and reviewers/fans say they last for season upon season, unlike cheaper sandals.


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Promising review:My second pair in 21 years, why you ask?!?!? Because that’s how long my first pair lasted. They would’ve kept going too, however, my dog ate the strap. I gladly immediately purchased another pair to be my hiking, kayaking and water shoes as they have held up so well over the years.” —Shoeless Joe Jackson

Get them from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in sizes 5-11 and eight colors).

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A caffeinated eye cream under $10 to help create some RESULTS! Just like that nitro cold brew you suck down like your life depends on it! (It does.)


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Promising review: “Best. Eye cream. Ever. I have tried every eye cream under the sun—from la met, to drunk elephant, to fresh—you name it, Ive tried it. This is the first eye cream that I’ve fallen in love with, instantly. Overnight, my eyes looked brighter. It depuffs really fast too. This will forever be a staple for me. Really surprised and impressed by something this cheap. Love it!!” —nycr23

Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

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How Not to Kill Your Houseplants, a guide on tending to your plant bbs that’ve somehow survived all summer indoors and are now facing a change in the indoor weather. Help them survive! (And save money by not buying replacements.)


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Promising review: “I AM GOING TO SAVE SO MANY PLANTS!!! I was truly a horrible plant parent for the last 30 years, but this book has changed that! I am definitely on the road to recovery, I feel like everyday my plants live I am less and less like the plant murderer I was. Book is stupid simple to understand, colorful, and SUPER DUPER informative. Heck you can even find your plant without knowing its name!” —Jeremy

Get it from Amazon for $11.83.

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And Sticky Stakes to corral lil’ pests trying to bring about the demise of your precious houseplants. Not today, not ever!


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My colleague Heather Braga swears by these and has them in all her potted plants!

Promising review: “Holy cow these suckers work! I’m so grossed out by the result, but at the same time I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately I added a new house plant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I’m buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!” —Megan

Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $5.14.

22.

A wine saver with vacuum stoppers because maybe you’d like to open a bottle by yourself and enjoy only one glass, then come back to said bottle of wine a week later!


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Promising review: “This product keeps your red wine good for about a week and is also nice to use on white wine to ensure freshness. I’m so happy I bought it! I like to have a glass of wine or two in the evenings, but I rarely finish a bottle of red within the time it takes the wine to go bad (which I find is 3–4 days). With this, my red wine lasts about a week and a half!” —LindsayRoseEliz.

Get them from Amazon for $11.30.

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Cable clip organizers to help you keep track of all those chargers you have plugged in at your nightstand. No more shelling out for a pricey charger when in reality you have two perfectly good ones at home. I finally personally attacked! By myself!


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Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.95.

24.

An internet password logbook because think of all the wasted time you’ve spent on resetting a new password only to find out you knew your old one all along. It me.


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As April Ludgate wisely said, “Time is money; money is power; power is pizza; pizza is knowledge.”

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

25.

A gorgeous double-walled thermal bottle you can use for hot or cold beverages and you’ll actually want to drag with you everywhere because it’s so gorgeous. No more buying emergency disposable water bottles before spin class.


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It has an 18 oz. capacity, keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot up to 8 hours, is condensation-free, has a wide mouth for easy filling and cleaning and

leak-proof, screw top lid. Great for water, espresso, coffee, tea and all your hydration needs.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line at Macy’s for $20.29 (also available in solid colors and in a 12 oz. size).

26.

A duffel bag to pack collapsed in your suitcase to your destination and fill with lots o’ fun souvenirs on your way back from vacation. No more checking larger luggage than you need to *just in case*!


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Promising review: “We recently took this with us on vacation. We took it collapsed down in its pretty small package, and after our first stop we filled it with laundry and made room for our purchases along the way. The bag made it through two trans-Pacific flights no problem. We stuffed it pretty full of clothes and didn’t have any problems with seams coming undone or anything. I think at ~$20 this is a great little bag.” —hangman

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 18 colors/patterns).

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A simple dishwasher magnet for keeping track of whether the dishes are clean or not. No more repeat cycles!


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Promising review: “This simple product had been essential to our marriage during the first few weeks with a newborn when you don’t know what day it is. Also helpful in a house where people have different life/work/sleep/chore schedules. Seriously, love this thing. Even purchased one for the home and one for the office.” —nichole

Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

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Opaque black tights you can stock up on now for when the weather officially turns and all of a sudden you can’t go to the office with bare legs!


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Promising review: “These stockings are excellent! I am very impressed with the overall quality and the slight bit of sheer. I don’t expect these to wreck as quickly as the ones I normally wear. They are also super affordable and cost what I would normally pay for one pair in my local area. I would highly recommend these to any one!” —BriJr

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in sizes S–XL).

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And a super intense foot cream just in time for the cold szn. Your feet will look and feel better, yes. But perhaps your tights and socks will stand more of a chance against your newly supple heels.


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Promising review: “So let me tell you, I couldn’t put on a pair of tights/pantyhose because I destroy them immediately. My feet would tear those things up in an instant with ladders so long, you could climb to the top! I saw this cream, read some reviews and gave it a try. After about 3 days there was a significant difference. After two weeks my feet look like the skin has been repaired. There are no cracks, I see crack marks where they had been but my heel is so smooth now. I love the fact that I am, after years and years, the proud owner of a decent pair of smooth heels. No more flakes in the bed, no more socks sticking to my feet, no more ladders in my pantyhose and no more complaints from my husband that I scratched his legs. OMG I cant even tell you how much I love cream and how it will always be on my nightstand. Love it, love it, love it. I use this twice a day after coming out of the shower. Works wonders!” —Flirtallya

Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

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A pair of boyshorts period panties so you can say buh-bye to toting around (and replacing) several super tampons a day on your heaviest flow days.


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After all, tampons are a one-use deal! In case you’re wondering how to clean them (a v good thing to wonder!), my colleague Lara Parker rinses them in the sink to remove extra blood, then throws them in the wash like normal! Get more deets in our full review of Thinx Period Panties.

Get them from Thinx for $39 (available in sizes XXS–3XL).

You cruising with your smart buys months in the future:


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