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28 Things For Anyone Who Wants Fast Results But Hates Spending Money

These’ll save you money, clean your home, improve your wine, and are really just missing a cape.

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1. A five-in-one aerator that’ll not only improve the taste of even cheap vino right out of the bottle, but reseal it when you’re done. This lil’ bb can neatly pour, aerate, filter, stopper, and prevent leaks all by itself. Heck, it surely deserves a toast more than any $50 bottle of wine.

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Promising review: “I wouldn’t consider myself a wine connoisseur by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, is easy to clean, makes the wine taste better, and hello it’s five bucks! It would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I’m planning to grab a few more to keep on-hand.” —jason lebeda

Get it from Amazon for $9.36.

2. A Glossier milky jelly cleanser so you can both gently refresh your face in the morning, and completely melt away makeup at the end of the day (skincare that works *twice* a day = saving money). It’s soothing, nourishing, and perfect for sensitive skin — AKA dewy skin is just around the corner.

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Promising review: “I have fairly ‘normal’ skin. It definitely gets dry in the winter. The wash doesn’t sud, but you still feel so clean afterwards, even in the hot summer months. There’s not the tight pulling feeling of dryness — you will be glowing. My skin is dry in the winter, and this leaves me feeling clean, not dry. Love. Love. Love.” —Deann K.

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

Read more about why someone on the BuzzFeed Shopping team loves this in”Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love.”

3. A tin of Cerépil blue wax beads, because not only is this the brand that most higher-end salons use, but it’s easy as all heck to use at home for literally half the cost. People swear it’s practically painless, leaves zero bumps or redness, and gives them the same results as a professional session. Feel free to tip yourself.

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Most reviewers use the Gigi Wax Warmer ($25.45 on Amazon) to heat up the beads! You’ll also need applicator sticks ($7.99 on Amazon for a pack of 100).

“My frequent trips to European Wax Center was costing a lot of money, so I decided to get serious about self-waxing. I purchased a soft wax that you use with the strips, and then this. I really had a hard time getting my armpits done with the strips. They peeled off my skin, and required multiple passes. It hurt so much, and I was sure I’d never be able to do it. Last weekend, I decided to try the hard wax, and it was so easy that I just started waxing other parts of my body like my legs, upper lips, bikini area, and stomach strip. I did multiple passes, and it handled it all perfectly. I’ll reserve this wax for my face, and underarms since I got no discomfort, and so far no ingrown hair using this wax. I will definitely be repurchasing.” —JinxPhoenix

Get it from Amazon for $22.55.

To learn more, check out “Thousands Of People Swear By Cirépil Wax For Painless Waxing And Saving Money“.

4. A shoe-cleaning kit for keeping your favorite sneaks spotless and clean — even if you’re one to *run* all your shoes to the ground. This’ll remove fully remove dirt and stains, meaning you don’t have to splurge on replacements this year.

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You’ll get a bottle of their shoe-cleaning formula and a scrubbing brush.

Promising review: “Works great! I was hesitant to use this on my wife’s white Nikes so I started with a pair of mine that are solid black and they looked brand-new. The liquid is the pink in the pictures, so I was worried it would stain her white shoes. Luckily this is not the case, not only did it not stain them but they look great. I also did a pair of her camo Nikes that turned out great as well. I would say that the black and camo ones I did turned out better, they look as good as new. Overall, love this product, works great and only takes a very small amount per pair so this will last for a long time.” —Josh & Esther

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

5. A mini fabric steamer that’ll help you look crisp and clean, even if you refuse to even THINK about paying a dry cleaner’s bill. Now you don’t have to choose between living in wrinkly clothes or paying $70 to clean a top.

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Promising review: “I am beyond thrilled with this little gizmo. It has worked wonders on everything in my closet from delicate chiffon and poly-blends, to heavier cotton and wool-blends. I have even steamed stubborn wrinkles from blazers and purses and linen. I considered purchasing a larger steamer, but they tend to be clumsy, heavy and difficult to maneuver. This steamer is perfect. And for frequent refills, I simply keep a pitcher of water nearby. For the price, you can’t beat it.” —Savvy Shopper

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague recommends this, check out “I’m Not Joking, This Mini Clothing Steamer Will Help You Be A Better Adult.”

6. A set of wood-colored markers so you can make it *seem* like you have brand-new furniture, when these are really just covering up scratches and general wear-and-tear.

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It comes with six repair markers, six paper wrapped wax sticks, and one wax stick sharpener. They come in six colors to match your wood: maple, oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, and black.

Promising review: “I can’t believe how well these work! Much better than I was expecting. I just had my home painted and the painters damaged a fiberboard medicine cabinet when they removed the masking tape. It ripped off the fake wood veneer. These markers completely filled in the ugly spots and the colors blended so well. It looks fantastic now!” —Shane

Get the set from Amazon for $9.99.

7. A set of ~car wash wipes~, because these’ll make it super convenient to quickly spruce up your ride whenever it could use a little TLC, but you don’t want to shell out cash for a pro cleaning. So…at least once a month.

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They’re extra-large and pre-moistened to remove dirt, dust, road grime, and more.

Promising review: “This was a lifesaver! I was driving behind a cement truck when it decided to pepper my car with tiny splatters of cement to the hood and roof of my car. I was able to pull over and take out my Wash Wipes and get to work. I cleaned up all the cement from my black car before it dried to the paint and it only took one wipe (both sides) to clean the hood free of all cement.” —Wicket571

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $4.49.

8. A set of Schtick dermaplaning razors for removing peach fuzz painlessly (and without paying for a wax). It’s gentle, precise, and won’t leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and you’ll never have to pay the price.

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Promising review: “I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up.” —I & S. Stark

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

9. A set of waistline and bra extenders that’ll make sure you can wear your clothes without them constantly pinching and pulling. These’ll provide a little more ~breathing room~ *and* prevent having to buy a whole new wardrobe.

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The waistline extenders give an extra 1″ to 2″ in the waistline, while the bra extenders provide an extra 2″.

Promising review (for the bra extender): “This extender is perfect for my need. I have some new bras that need breaking in. I wear a 30 to a 32 DDD and have a hard time finding the perfect fit so this does the trick. I was able to measure accurately since the description have the dimensions needed to choose the correct extender.” —V K

Get them from Amazon: a pack of five waistline extenders for $6.95+ (available in four colors) and a pack of three bra extenders for $6.69 (available in six different inch spacings).

10. A pack of screen repair tape so the next time you tear a hole in your screened window, your solution won’t be to spend the next five years saying “now what?” Just slap this on and move on with your life.

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It includes a 2-by-105-inch roll you can easily cut with scissors! Plus it has three layers to make this baby strong as hell.

Promising review: “This works so well on screen holes! The backing is very sticky and it stays in place well. I used it on a very small hole, and then also for a larger hole where I had to use two strips. They are both very secure. I’m glad we don’t have to replace an entire screen just because of one hole!” —KS girl

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

11. A Vivienne Sabó mascara, because this has converted many a brand snob into a believer in lower-priced mascaras. It’s a one-stop journey to thick, fanned lashes in just a bat of your eye — aka all the results you expect from high-end labels, just without the scary spending.

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Promising review: “I have religiously used Diorshow Black mascara for the past decade. I decided that I no longer wanted to spend $30 on mascara, so I decided to venture out a find a more affordable brand. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this product. The brush is small, which makes it easy to work both the top and bottom lashes. The product itself it thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes, but not too thick that it looks clumpy. I have had no issues with the product running either, and I tend to rub my eyes frequently.” —Denay

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

12. A set of Keurig cleaning cups for regularly deep-cleaning your machine as easily as you make a single cup of joe. All you have to do is pop it in and wait — and now you won’t have to replace your pricey Keurig any time soon.

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Promising review: “We’ve had our Keurig for a few years, and with the exception of using only filtered water and dispensing hot water every so often, we’ve never cleaned the needle or K-cup area. I used three cleaning cups back to back and WOW our machine was dirty!! I’m so happy I purchased these! I’ll be keeping up on cleaning these more often.” —Heather Garcia

Get a pack from Amazon for $9.95.

13. A CeraVe moisturizing cream that’ll help you flake on super dry and red skin without costing you much at all. It’s so thick yet effective that it’s earned the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance, which you’ll definitely understand when your complexion finally feels hydrated for 24 hours. It’s officially time to wish pricey routines farewell.

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Promising review: “I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil but nothing worked! I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scaley skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried Cerave and it worked! It was much better after two days! Its now a month later and its still gone!” —Kathleen

Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

14. A jewelry-cleaning stick so you can maintain impressively ✨sparkling✨ jewelry at all times — and make it easy to *keep* it that way. High jeweler bills? We don’t know her.

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Promising review: “I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the dazzle stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a diamond dazzle stick of my own. It’s the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

15. A charcoal and coconut oil toothpaste, because this’ll streamline the usual whitening process for those of us who want fast results, but want to get it done even faster. AND you won’t have to splurge on professional whitening services.

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Its flavor is Pacific mint. Ooh la la. Its main ingredients are charcoal, coconut oil, and baking soda to whiten *and* peppermint and tea tree oil to deodorize your breath.

Promising review: “I am the person who can’t use any tooth whitening products because my teeth are so sensitive. Having read about activated carbon and oil pulling I was interested in this potential solution, as my teeth have fought against my current coffee addiction and previous soda addiction and were turning that wonderful yellow everyone strives for. Well after a week of using this, I have started to notice a huge difference!” —Dietrichs

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

16. A wine stain–removing spray for taking care of not-so-ruined clothing or furniture whenever a night goes a little *sour*. This’ll spritz the mess away so you can pretend like it never happened — no need to replace your precious throw blanket.

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Promising review: “I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago and I am so very happy that it’s still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it’s become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have.” —Melanie Nolen

Get it from Amazon for $9.64.

To learn more, check out our review in “We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here’s What Actually Worked“.

17. A bottle of Sally Hansen instant-dry coat that won’t make you futilely blow on your at-home mani for 45 minutes, just for a nail to chip as soon as you move your hand. This only takes ~30 seconds~ to completely dry your nails — and its formula prevents chipping!

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Promising review: “I have no patience for manicures, so when I do splurge, I want my nails to last. That usually means frequent touch-ups with a new topcoat added each time. This really does dry quickly and helps to extend the length of my manicure.” —Mandi Jop

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

18. A roll of marble peel-and-stick paper so you can finally get that gorgeous accent table you always wanted — oh wait, it’s your old nightstand! Cue sigh of relief that you didn’t have to pay a small fortune to redecorate.

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Promising review: “I used this marble contact paper as part of a makeover on two Ikea dressers. I was hopeful yet skeptical, so I was thrilled at the quality and the results! It looks amazingly real! Everyone who sees it has thought that it’s real — I only know this because I proudly announce, ‘DUDEEEEEEE THIS IS CONTACT PAPER!’ to anyone that sees them, whether they care to know or not. All in all, for the price, it’s a seriously awesome product for small projects.” —Blair T.

Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

19. A roll of eco-friendly, reusable bamboo towels, because this’ll help you finally stop overspending on regular paper towels and clean up messes a whole lot faster thanks to the absorbent material. Eco-conscious AND saving money? Nobody pinch me.

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They’re made from sustainable, organic bamboo — one roll replaces 60 paper towel rolls. Plus they’re machine-washable and SUPER strong! They can be used ~120+ times~ before discarding.

Promising review: “I frickin’ love this. These are great for those times you need a paper towel but don’t want to create all the waste to throw it out. They’re definitely a lot thicker than a normal paper towel, but function just as well for being easy to crumple up or soak up liquid. I’ve found these especially helpful for tasks that used to waste a lot of paper towels because towels didn’t work for it: like cleaning the litter box, cleaning the bathroom, placing in the microwave to catch spills, cleaning up pet messes, and so on. I’ve already run some of them through the wash probably five to seven times and they remain just as useful as before.” —Caz

Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $12.99.

20. A jar of O’Keeffe’s hand cream for drastically repairing extremely chapped, cracked hands for a whopping $7. Its super concentrated cream formula contains three main ingredients: water (to hydrate parched skin cells), glycerin (to draw in moisture and accelerate the hydration process), and paraffin (to create a barrier and maintain moisture).

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Promising review: “I have a skin condition (related to eczema or psoriasis) on my hands that causes blisters, dryness, and cracking, especially during the winter. I used to scald my hands with hot water to get relief from the itching. I also used to keep bandages with me wherever I want to cover the bleeding cracks. The only things that has brought my condition under control are refraining from all caffeine and alcohol, limiting spicy food intake, and using O’Keeffe’s after showering or washing my hands. It took about 30 years for me to realize these things and I’m glad I finally am able to manage my skin condition. O’Keefe’s has a protective barrier and works its way deep into the tissue to get at those thick calloused areas on my knuckles. I keep O’Keefe’s with me wherever I go and it’s provided me with relief far better than anything else I’ve tried over or under the counter.” —SoulRaker

Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

To learn more, check out “Over 6,000 People With Super-Dry Skin Are Obsessed With This Hand Lotion.”

21. An adhesive LED strip that’ll reduce your TV’s glare so the screen creates sharper images and increases color contrast — aka you should really try this to improve your viewing experience before splurging on a new flatscreen.

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It also helps your vision adjust between a bright screen and dark room to reduce eye strain!

Promising review: “You will be surprised how well this works. I thought it was a gimmick — but then read several articles about the benefits of bias lighting and though I would give it a try. Setting it up takes about five minutes — very simple. The surprise comes when you turn on the TV with the bias lighting and the picture POPS! The contrast and the black level jumps and the picture looks significantly improved! ” —Rgd18

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six sizes).

22. A John Frieda color-enhancing glaze so you can deepen your tresses to salon-worthy, brunette locks *without* an expensive trip to the salon. You can do it at home, spend less than even your usual tip, AND it adds a touch of shine to your hair. Will anyone know this all happened in your bathroom? Not a chance.

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Promising review: “I wanted my hair to be natural, but wanted to blend my color more naturally with my silver without chemicals or fake-looking colors. After applying dry and leaving on until product dried several times, before each shampoo (2x/week for me), I’ve achieved full, natural-looking color and healthy, natural hair. WOW. This lasts over two weeks. It doesn’t fade quickly. I am in the sun all day hiking and working on my vehicles and yard. The in-between levels look rose gold, which is beautiful and totally IN STYLE! I now have the option to color or not. I’m going to have to stock up on this product.” —Jennifer Jones

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

23. A plaque-removing tool, because this’ll help you deep-clean your fur child’s teeth if things are getting…smelly. And yellow. And you don’t have $700 lying around for frequent professional teeth-cleaning appointments.

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Just be careful when using this (and, of course, still try to bring your pup to the vet for a professional checkup)! Reviewers recommend only using this with dogs who cooperate when you brush their teeth, and to use this slowly on each tooth.

Promising review: “My Aussie Koda was getting some serious tartar buildup and the vet was suggesting a cleaning. I wanted to avoid that since it involves being put under. There are risks involved with anesthesia and a tooth cleaning didn’t seem worth it. So I decided to give this product a shot (just me and Koda, no additional help) and it does the job fantastically!!! Leaves the teeth near pristine. I will say, your dog has to really really trust you in order to use the scaler to remove tartar.” —hace

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

24. A set of resistance bands in three different levels of tension for cheaply strengthening your arms, legs, back, and tush when you integrate them into your home workout routine. You can use them to increase difficulty in yoga, pilates, and barre, or just to maximize shorter sessions if you only have a few minutes! Who needs to spend $$$ on a trainer?

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Promising review: “I can NEVER go back to my other resistance bands after using these. My BUTT and thighs KILL me after I use this product (but that’s a good thing, I promise). I use resistance bands daily in my workouts, and I love the fact that these bands don’t bunch up, twist, and hurt my legs/thighs. Plus, they really are slip-resistant and stay on.” —Kori Linae Carothers

Get a set of three from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four color combinations).

25. A pack of tea oil-absorbing tissues that’ll confront midday shiny T-zones head on by absorbing excess oil, controlling shine, AND soothing irritated complexions with bamboo charcoal. Meaning your days of splurging on fancy foundations full of empty promises are behind us.

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They’re even all-natural! They’re made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day.

Promising review: “I’ve had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they’re life-savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. They’re a great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I’ll never go back to other brands. Give these a try — they’re completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. I have no negative things to say at all.” —Kelsey

Get a pack of 200 from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in two formulas).

26. A mini knife sharpener so you can bring those inexpensive knives you’ve had since freshman year of college back to pristine condition. No need to go out and buy a fancier set.

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Promising review: “I bought more than a dozen Victorinox steak and kitchen knives over 15 years ago and they have been great knives. But they’ve been getting dull over the years and I believed I couldn’t sharpen them because they have the wavy blades, but I was mistaken. This stone does a fantastic job and after a quick 20 pulls across the steel (rough) and then ceramic stones my knives were 200% sharper. Now I try to pull them over the ceramic sharpener a few times each time I wash them. They’re essentially brand-new knives again. ” —J&A

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

To learn more about it, check out “This Lil’ Knife Sharpener Will Transform Your Trash Knives For Under $6“.

27. A pack of SweatBlock clinical antiperspirant wipes, because this’ll make sure those of us who are just constantly ~damp~ can finally tell our armpits who’s boss. So long, huge copays just to learn there’s “nothing to be done.” We won’t miss you.

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Apply it every seven days! This is STRONG so if you have sensitive skin, I’d suggest you do a spot test first.

Promising review: “For anyone who might be skeptic, please allow me to put you at ease. If you have hyperhidrosis, meaning it can be nine degrees outside and you’re still sweating under your arms, this product has the potential to change your life. I would sweat THROUGH a sport coat before noon. Enter the Sweat Block product. I’ve had it for three weeks and it is life-changing. I DO NOT sweat under my arms anymore. I’m still on the original box that I bought three weeks ago. I had to write a review after I was cleaning the garage today in 85-degree heat. I was sweating through my shirt on my back — BUT NOT MY UNDERARMS. It is amazing!” —Frosty McGee

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $19.99 (each box lasts two months).

28. A pack of toe separators for easily realigning overlapping toes and providing relief from bunions while you go about your day. Be glad you read this *before* undergoing any costly bunion-removal procedures.

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Obviously, you should always go to a doctor about health concerns! But if you’re not down for surgery, these are worth a shot!

Promising review: “These are absolutely a Godsend! It is a great alternative to bunion surgery! My first toe was creeping over my big toe and at times causing spasms. These have made all the difference in the world! I am a very satisfied customer! Worth every penny! They are very comfortable to wear even with your shoes or sandals on.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

Looking at your bank account after solving all your problems, and seeing you have so much money leftover:

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

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