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35 Cheap Things That’ll Help Improve Your Life In Little Ways


35 Cheap Things That’ll Help Improve Your Life In Little Ways

Just some useful (and fun) things under $20, including a cute little desk fan, reusable straws, and a Bob Ross coloring book.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A pack of Peach Slices pimple patches that’ll help eliminate zits by sucking up all the gunk inside them. They’ll also prevent you from picking at the spots

Promising review: “I love these patches. They are great at absorbing and are sticky enough to stay on you but don’t hurt when you take them off. I have tried a bunch of kinds, but these are the best.” —kpssob

Get a 30-pack from CVS for $4.49.

2. String lights for an easy way to create a cozy ambience in any space. Voila! Your bedroom is now Pinterest-worthy.,

These string lights measure 66 feet in the length and are made of waterproof wire.

Promising review: “After owning these lights for a little while, I can say that I am genuinely shocked by their excellent quality. They look beautiful and are the perfect color to add some warmth to my apartment — I’ve been getting nonstop compliments whenever someone new comes over! The wire is thin but resistant; I’ve bent it every which way during the multiple times I’ve rearranged my lights and have yet to experience any damage. At one point, I woke up to find that my cat had jumped up and pulled down part of the wire and was happily chewing on it as if it were a toy. I actually specifically chose these lights because they’re waterproof, knowing that when my cat inevitably pulled them down to chew on and play with, she wouldn’t be electrocuted. After it happened, I took a close look at where she had been gnawing and even with her sharp tiny teeth, I didn’t see a single sign of wear and tear. I’m now positive I’ll be getting years and years of use out of these!” —H

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

3. A jewelry cleaning stick to restore the bling to your ring. There’s zero mess and you can use it on the go.

This jewelry cleaning stick works like a brush pen: just twist the pen (a cleansing solution will be delivered to the flow-thru brush), brush the solution onto your jewelry, and voila — it’ll sparkle like new!

Promising review: “This is the best little impulse buy I have ever made! I’m shocked, actually. In less than a minute, I opened the package and I was in the process of cleaning my wedding ring with ease. I typically clean my ring weekly at home, so I did not expect to see immediate results in the form of gray grime residue left on the cleaning bristles! After a quick rinse and dry with an ordinary hand towel, my ring looked the best it ever has after an at-home cleaning. The diamonds shoot sparkles and reflect colors beautifully. Only my jeweler makes it look better! Another bonus: the brushes are soft and flexible enough that they get into tiny nooks and crannies and will be effective with chains and pendants with a lot of grooves and small stones. You cannot go wrong with this purchase.” —MrsReading

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.76.

4. Collapsible stainless steel straws, because 1) you drink faster with a straw than without one and 2) they’re more eco-friendly than disposable plastic ones. They take up a minimal amount of space and even come with a silicone tip to protect your teeth and lips while drinking.


This set includes two 9″ collapsible straws, a cleaning brush, and a travel pouch.

Get them from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line from Amazon for $9.99.

5. Pantene Rescue Shots hair ampoules with a concentrated formula that’ll help dry and damaged hair feel silky smooth again. It’s not too late to cancel that expensive salon treatment!!!,

Promising review: “My hair was processed and damaged, my husband would say that it feels like a straw bale. This little ampule changed my life. After one use, my hair was soft as silk, shiny, and manageable. It was completely unreal how this product transformed my hair and I knew I had to find more. I bought two boxes on Amazon and will continue to use this religiously. For something so inexpensive, it is a game changer. I now have my friends on the Rescue train and they are just as impressed.” —melissa michael

Get two three-packs from Amazon for $7.98.

6. Hydrating sheet masks perfect for a cheap yet effective at-home facial, because self-care doesn’t need to cost a fortune!


The variety of masks include include green tea, cucumber, aloe, and more. Read our full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Essence facial masks!

Promising review: “I’m a guy that cares about my skin. I’m 40 and our rough Chicago winters wreak havoc with my combination skin. I bought this pack on an impulse. Omg! The first night I used the herbal one. I read the ingredients and the mask smelled exactly like what it said it was. I could feel it working and when I took it off, the effect was instant. My skin was literally flawless and not for five minutes! It stayed tight and moisturized all day. I love these masks even though they’re quite messy to apply. Ordered more. At this price and effect, this product is a steal!” —PaulP

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

7. An aesthetically pleasing Billie razor to give you an extremely smooth shaving experience.

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Read our full review of the Billie razor subscription service! The starter kit includes the razor, a magnetic holder, and two five-blade razor cartridges. Then, you can opt to receive four replacement cartridges for $9 when you need them. Bonus: you get free shipping on all razor subscriptions or orders over $15.

Here’s a little excerpt from our review: “Billie is just the most wonderful company, and every time I take a shower, I ponder if I should write them fan mail. First of all, everything they design is ADORABLE, so even if their razors were dull or flimsy, I’d still be a loyal fan. But luckily, their razors are as sharp as they are sharp looking. The handle is super lightweight and easy to grip. The razor heads are surrounded in a layer of soap, so they glide beautifully over skin without irritating it. Billie makes great razors and it’s awesome that they’re so affordable. If only they could go back in time and stop me from paying absurd amounts of money on pharmacy brand razors in my youth.” —Rebecca O’Connell

Get the starter kit from Billie for $9 (available in five razor colors).

8. An overflow drain cover so you can enjoy a full bath without worry about losing precious water every second.


Promising review: “Baths have changed for me forever now! I can actually FILL THE TUB and not hear that dreaded sound of half my water (and my expensive magnesium flakes, essential oils, organic bubble baths, and other fancy therapeutic ingredients) tragically vanishing down the drain. If you’re a larger person trying to fit in a smaller tub, especially, you know… THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Now I can take more baths, enjoy more relaxing warm coziness… all because of this little bit of silicone!” —anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors).

9. An essential oil stick that won’t disappoint you (like everything else in life) — reviewers say it actually helps alleviate migraines!

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Read our full review of the Migrastil Migraine Stick!

Promising review: “Science? Witchcraft? Who cares! I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better to rub it all over my hotpack, zap it in the microwave, and wrap it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live. 5/5″ —Katie B.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

10. A tube of Glossier Boy Brow for getting that my-brows-but-better look in just a few swipes — it’s so much easier to use than a pencil or powder.


Also, this product is alcohol-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.

Promising review: “I have quite thin eyebrows and I really hate having to pencil them in daily. When on the hunt for the perfect no-fuss alternative, I came across Boy Brow. Once I tried it, I was hooked! It instantly makes my brows look fuller in a very natural way. I use this every day, even when I’m not wearing other makeup. It’s so satisfying to put it on and see the difference.” —Mkoogs

Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

11. An expensive-looking faux leather belt with a statement buckle to instantly elevate a simple ensemble. Accessories👏 matter 👏!,

Promising review: “Such a cute belt! I’ve been looking for a belt like this, but I’m very picky and couldn’t find one I loved. This one is perfect. It’s a staple that ties every outfit together so well. A very easy way to step up a simple outfit. It’s great quality for the price, and there’s no need to splurge on a designer belt if you can’t afford it. 10/10 would recommend.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes S–L and nine styles).

12. A honeycomb organizer because you’ll get great joy from seeing each pair of socks and underwear nestled in its very own spot.

This can be trimmed to fit your drawers.

Promising review: “Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but… it’s totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find… Wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well-made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it.” —Brigette

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

13. A poop scooper that’ll help you clean up after your furry friends without having to bend down or actually touching the 💩. Clean yard, clean hands.

Nature’s Miracle

It has an antimicrobial coating that resists bacteria and blocks odors, and a spring action rubber grip handles for easy use.

Promising review: “We love this scooper! We’ve owned it for four or five months now and use it at least weekly to clean our yard. We have to pick up poop on dirt and mulch, and this generally keeps the pieces solid and makes it easy to clean the yard. The handle operates smoothly and makes it easy to open and close repeatedly. The basket holds a LOT of poop, which is great since we have an 80-pound dog who leaves four to six pieces in a pile. The basket is easy to hose off when needed, but generally stays clean enough to not have to do that. We leave the scooper outside at all times, and it hasn’t discolored or had any functional issues after being in rain, snow, or 90+ degree weather (it’s under shade). I highly recommend this scooper.” —Tasha

Get it from Chewy for $17.89+ (available in two sizes).

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Hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which is why it’s such a popular ingredient in moisturizers. This formula is noncomedogenic, oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. Read our review of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturizer!

Promising review: “This stuff is great. I have pretty oily skin so I was looking for a light moisturizer to use at night to combat fine lines and dry spots. It is very light and does not leave my skin greasy. I wake up with a smooth complexion and have even started to notice a difference in texture after one week. Smells nice and inexpensive, especially considering that it contains hyaluronic acid.” —jennieftb

Get it from Target for $16.99.

15. A bottle of Ancient Greek Remedy oil to soothe your skin, hair, cuticles, scalp, or nails (basically anywhere that’s dry and cracking).,

Read our review of this oil (#10 on the list)! It’s made of a blend of olive, lavender, almond, and grapeseed oils with vitamin E.

Promising review: “This oil is amazing. I’ve been using it daily on my hair, face, nails, pretty much everywhere. I love the blend, the aroma, and the way it makes my skin feel. I’ve told everyone about it! My friends have noticed my face is really healthy and plump. I used to have redness and blotchy cheeks, and it has gone away. I could go on and on but I think you get the point! It’s great so make sure to get a bottle or two!” —Vanessa

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

16. Clip-in extensions so natural-looking, people will think you grew out your hair overnight.

Promising review: “Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets and have never been completely satisfied. UNTIL NOW! These are BY FAR my favorite. For such an amazing price! If you’re worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying! And buy these extensions. I have very short hair, and they still look great! Very full and luscious. And you can straighten them. I’m very happy.” —Makenzie Long

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

17. A handheld milk frother that probably attended barista school because it’ll help you whip up a cappuccino that looks and tastes incredibly ~profesh~.,

Because it’s small and battery-powered, you can use it for traveling or camping as well. It comes with a stainless steel stand so you don’t have to worry about setting it down on the counter.

Promising review: “This makes the creamiest froth ever! I am completely blown away by the results of this device. I had no idea that I could make froth at home like this. This changes my whole cappuccino experience!!!” —Wells Family

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

18. An anti-chafing stick to soothe and moisturize sweaty and sticky areas on your body (like inner thighs), because you should be able to rock those fabulous summer frocks free of irritation. Real heroes don’t wear capes — they come in a tube!

This vegan product doesn’t contain any petroleum, lanolin, or mineral oils.

Promising review: “This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously ladies. It lasts forever, and it’s worth the price. I’ve worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I’ve even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!” —CollegeGirlBookSeller

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

19. An eyeliner stamp so you can get perfectly matching wings on the very *first* try.


One end is a winged stamp and the other end is a regular eyeliner pen.

Promising review: “This product is amazing. Seriously. Not only does it make PERFECT wings, but I have pretty small eyes that squinch up when I smile, laugh, etc., which is super annoying because my eyeliner is always smudged. These pens though — not a sign of smudging at all. Buy it.” —Tara Doyle Robinson

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.97.

20. A Bob Ross coloring book that’ll actually help calm you down instead of stressing you out with a ton of details.

Universe Publishing

It comes with reference pages with Bob’s original works as well.

Get it from Amazon for $9.53 or Bookshop for $15.59 (to support local bookstores).

21. A silicone case for your earbuds so you don’t have to untangle them every. single. time.

Promising review: “My headphones fit perfectly AND I have the ones with the mic. Very simple to use, and it fits in my purse and pocket!” —Patutii

Get it from Amazon for $10.04+ (available two sizes and four colors).

22. A rose gold detangling brush to be the fairy godmother you never had — it’ll make all your hair dreams come true.


Promising review: “Being in the military makes me plaster my hair to my head, so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. For as long as I can remember, I have always used a normal brush. I also used to just brush (or rip) my hair out as if my hair took my man from me. Honestly, I don’t even know why I got the brush. It was a very impulsive, ‘oooh that’s shiny’ purchase, but oh my lawd am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it… It’s shiny, it’s nice to your hair, your head, and your floor.” —Ashley

Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in two colors).

23. An ultra-moisturizing overnight lip mask so you can wake up with a soft and supple pout.

Promising review: “The reviews are true: this stuff is amazing! A slick on my lips before bed, and I awake with pillowy soft, plump, kissable lips that lasts until the evening. I was amazed at how well it worked even after the first application. It doesn’t have a strong flavor or scent; I was concerned it would be too gingery but it’s not at all.” —Morgan R

Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

24. An acupressure wrist band that may help to relieve motion sickness, morning sickness, or other forms of nausea.

Promising review: “I get VERY sea sick and these worked like a CHARM during my cruise. Whenever I put them on, my nausea went away in minutes. When I took them off, I felt sick almost instantly. They do leave an imprint on your wrists, but that is nothing compared to the relief they provide. I was skeptical of their effectiveness before buying but TRUST ME, they work wonders.” —ninakraw

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


Promising review: “It’s perfect!!! It comes with so much product, and the puff it comes with is pretty handy. The application is smooth. My makeup came out flawless. I set my makeup with this and worked out right after. THERE WAS NO SEPARATION, NO CREASING. This powder blessed me. GOD BLESS.” —andrea

Get it from Amazon for $7.79 (available in six shades).

26. A pretty aromatherapy pendant to carry your fave essential oil with you at all times. The design just makes ~scents~.


Promising review: “This necklace serves the purpose of being a convenient way to have immediate access to your favorite essential oils. It’s also very pretty and adds a nice decorative touch to an outfit. I love things that have dual purposes. If you are going to wear a piece of fashion jewelry, why not wear one that also provides you with aromatherapy? I got the antique bronze, and it has a vintage quality to it. Not a heavy piece; very lightweight, which I actually prefer. Who wants to be weighed down with a heavy piece around your neck? This would be a great gift for a friend or for yourself!” —LBC

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three finishes).

27. A quiet little desk fan, because there’s no way you’ll be productive when it’s 500 degrees in the office.

Promising review: “This fan is a perfect size for my desk, yet delivers powerful cooling air. Love the color, and it’s very quiet! As you can see from the pictures, it doesn’t take up much room.” —BeckieBea

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in four colors).

28. Stick-on blind spot mirrors that’ll help maximize visibility and make switching lanes a less nerve-wracking experience.

Promising review: “I’ve almost gotten in a couple of accidents because I don’t check my blind spot too well. These mirrors have definitely helped me avoid any potential accidents! They’re also great to check your parking and making sure you’re between the lines!” —Angie

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

29. Silicone sleeves for securing your glasses in place all day while also providing a bit of cushioning for your ears. Talk about going above and beyond!


Promising review: “Finally the solution to my issue. My eyeglasses would always dig into the back of my ear on one side, not to mention they would slip down my nose from time to time. Purchased these and what a difference, my glasses have never fit better, and often times I forget to take them off, they’re so comfortable. Best purchase decision EVER.” —Andrea Lincoln

Get five-pairs from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

30. A copper tongue scraper to remove all the gunk off your tongue and get rid of bad breath once and for all.


Promising review: “Halitosis be toast! My husband has always had an issue with bad breath even though he’s ridiculously meticulous about his oral hygiene. Seriously, I’ve never met someone who flosses as much as he does and he never skips a tooth brushing, no matter how tired he is. Yet he still had the most rancid breath. Enter the tongue scraper! Just like that — BAM! No more bad breath at all!” —Kelly A Torres

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in two finishes).

31. Microfiber cloths you can count on for an easy, one-step makeup removal routine. *Wipes face once, passes out*


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

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.49.

32. A shower drink holder, because enjoying a glass of wine (or a can of beer) while taking a bath is probably the most satisfying thing in the world.


Promising review: “Such a simple idea, how is this just coming into my life now? I didn’t think showers could get any better, but now I have a brew/wine within reach at all times. Really helps take the edge off after a long day. The thing is way sturdier than you’d expect, I’ve tugged on it and it’s not going anywhere. A truly perfect product. This $13 piece of plastic is working as hard as my therapist and I stan.” —Steven

Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

33. A nail strengthening cream formulated with calcium, vitamins, and jojoba oil for preventing splits, chips, and cracks. It’ll also condition your cuticles and help boost nail growth.


Promising review: “I just got it today and used it twice. I can already see and feel an amazing difference in my cuticles and nails. My fingertips feel like silk to the touch. My ragged cuticle (from the hands in water thing) instantly softened and disappeared. My unpolished nails hardened up, almost as if I had just double-polished them with an intensive strengthening polish, but I didn’t. All I did was rub the cream into my nails, cuticle, and fingertips, and within minutes, I actually saw and felt an instant difference. I can’t believe the difference this product made in one day.” —RoseAnn Gibbons

Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

34. A five-year journal with a beautiful cover design (and gilded page edges) to cherish forever. Since you only need to jot down one line a day, it won’t feel like a chore.

Chronicle Books

And five years later, you can look back and reflect on your daily entries!

Get them from Amazon for $15.26 (celestial) and $14.26 (modern), or from Bookshop for $15.59 (celestial) and $15.59 (modern) to support local bookstores.

35. A pack of light-dimming LED covers so you don’t have to deal with a bright, blinking dot in the dark while you’re trying to fall sleep. Your router will never be the cause of your insomnia again!

Promising review: “I have a media PC in my living room under my TV and directly across from the main couch. The LED is extremely bright and obnoxious, especially in low-light situations. I can’t remember how I found these, but I thought it was worth a shot. The pictures I took don’t do it justice. It dimmed the LED the perfect amount and I can definitely still see that the PC is on, but without the annoying blue beacon that can be seen from space. The variety of options included guarantee that you should have the correct size to dim whatever LEDs that you have.” —IPman501

Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $5.69.

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Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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