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25 Things That May Help You Save Up Some Extra Money

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25 Things That May Help You Save Up Some Extra Money

Sometimes you’ve gotta spend a *little* to save a *lot*.

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1. A set of reusable zipper storage bags you can rinse out and use over and over again. They come in snack, sandwich, and gallon sizes and can be used for everything from keeping produce fresh to a handy weekend toiletry bag.

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Promising review: “The leakproof performance is excellent as always. I use them to pack sandwiches and snacks for my kids and store produce in the fridge. I also find that the snack bag size is great for storing travel items. There are so many ways to use these bags, I’m glad that they have 12 in one set. I’m planning to buy a second set because these bags are DEFINITELY worth it.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $16.99.

2. A pack of washing machine cleaning tablets because, uh, have you ever cleaned the inside of your washing machine? Did you know that doing so can actually prolong the life of your washing machine? As well as prevent your clothes from smelling and getting damaged? Take care of your washing machines, people — they’re not cheap to replace!

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Promising review: “I’m happy to say this tablet worked great! Our drum is crystal-clean without a strong odor and there was no residual powder or tablet left. I also tried the Affresh wipe after to clean in and outside the rim, the door, and the detergent tray. Our washer looks brand new. I initially hesitated to buy the wipes but after seeing how well it cleans vs. just using one of my own towels, I’m sold. Having a front load washer in conjunction with hard well water is like a combo of two evils. This did clean the machine much better than I had expected!” —MMak125

Get them from Amazon for $11.98.

3. A stainless-steel wine stopper so you can keep your half-finished bottle tasting fresh and delicious for up to 10 days after you pop the cork. Now you can finally buy that expensive bottle you’ve been eyeing and enjoy a few sips every night for a week so you really get your money’s worth.

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Promising review: “This product was just what I was looking for! I love my wine and needed to find a wine stopper that keeps my wine tasting just as good as the day I opened the bottle and this one does just that. This stainless-steel wine stopper is made of high quality materials and easy to use. It came with good packaging and super quick. I would recommend this product!” —Gnoecker

Get one from Amazon for $7.98.

4. Or a bottle of red wine stain remover if you tend to spill more than you sip. So please, stop panicking — this spray *actually works* and will prevent you from having to pay thousands of dollars to replace your carpet. Everybody makes mistakes!

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Promising review: “I spilled red wine on my new white shirt and after feeling sad and mopey, I decided to try this! It worked like a charm, the stain came out and it was a good price. Instead of trying to get your shirt dry cleaned try this first because it will save you time and money!” —Cora S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.23

5. Zymox Pet Ear Cleaner to keep your pet’s ears looking and feeling healthier than ever. Your pet will never know the satisfying feeling of jabbing a cotton swab into their ear canal, so buying this spray will do them a real solid. It can also help prevent nasty infections and complications down the road that’ll undoubtedly result in a hefty bill from your veterinarian.

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Promising review: “I have a golden who has ear issues, so much that a few years ago he had to have surgery on his ear because of a hematoma. And of course all the trips to the vet for treatment over the years for yeast and infections have added up. Tried diet changes and other products. This ear cleaner is the best of all. And I noticed after a month of using it every three to four days that his ears are staying much cleaner. I usually don’t write recommendations, but this is a good product for chronic ear problems.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

6. Bissell Stomp & Go Cleaning Pads that are equally effective at removing pet hair and stains from your carpet as they are a cathartic activity. All you have to do is lay these little sheets on your carpet and stomp your heart out to release the cleaning chemicals. I literally can’t think of anything more therapeutic than stomping on the floor while ALSO restoring my carpet to its original hue. A true two-for-one deal.

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Promising review: “These things saved me from replacing my entire upstairs carpet! We had already replaced one section before finding these and were worried we’d have to replace another section at a cost of $3k. Stomp and leave it for 24 hours and I was amazed to see my carpet was its original light cream color. I now stock a box of these and have told every one of my pet owning friends about them. I’ll never spend hours scrubbing the floor or carpet shampooing again!” —findingk8

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

7. A set of Rubbermaid food-saver containers to keep all your produce fresh and ripe for a few extra days. These will save you time, money, and unnecessary trips to the grocery store.

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Promising review: “Trying to eat healthy. More fruits, vegetables and greens. The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days but I’m not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem.. I was skeptical. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry and placed the items in the food saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten. Over the years, I would hate to calculate how much money I’ve wasted throwing away wilted or spoiled lettuce and rotted berries. The savings from discarded produce will pay for these containers quickly.” —M. Hughes

Get a set of three from Amazon for $36.90.

8. A handheld garment steamer that works on all kinds of fabrics because steaming is WAY more fun than ironing. Period. It’s also a great way to care for your garments and keep them looking crispy for as long as possible. You’ll even save money from having to get all your clothes pressed at the dry cleaners.

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Promising review: “What a fantastic little gadget! We are saving so much money from dry cleaning bills and it’s so easy to use. I hate ironing. Hate it with a passion. This little miracle worker makes things easier for me. It takes away the wrinkles so quickly. Wow!” —Tes

Get one from Amazon for $37.97.

9. A TubShroom drain protector and hair catcher because plumbers can be costly, and constantly using store-bought drain cleaners takes a toll on your wallet AND the environment. It’s like pouring money down the drain, so to speak.

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You can also get a SinkShroom for your kitchen and bathroom sinks!

Promising review: “I have saved SOOOOOO much money on drain cleaner because of this. My husband has THICK curly hair and other hair trappers were failing to catch half of it. So I was spending $10-20 a month on drain cleaner. Now, we’re keeping the drain clear of hair.” —Cecillia J

Get one from Amazon for $12.99.

10. A pack of cable savers to protect your chargers, aux cords, headphones, and all your other precious cords from fraying and becoming damaged. We thought the electronics themselves were expensive, but the real racket is how costly the charging cords are.

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Promising review: “I’ve just had to replace a charging cable for my iPad – the wires broke within the insulation, within a inch of the connector/plug end. Then I found out about these spiral coil flexible silicone wire protectors. They keep the wire cable from being stressed from bending. I bought a bunch of these and have put them on both ends of every charging cable for every device, iPad, cellphone, etc that I own. I would recommend that you do so too!!!” —Richard Virchow

Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

11. Reusable makeup remover pads that come with a mesh laundry bag so you can simply toss them in the washing machine, and voila! These are economical, eco-friendly, and suitable for all skin types.

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Promising review: “They feel amazing! Saves on money! Clean great since they come with a baggy to put them in so you don’t lose them in the wash! PLEASE consider these rather than the throwaway ones!!” —Kerrin

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

12. A beauty spatula so you can get every last drop out of your cosmetic and personal care items before breaking down and forking over a small fortune to replace them.

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Promising review: “I kept debating about buying this. I’m trying to stick to a tight student budget and wasn’t sure if spending money on a little tool like this would end up saving me money in the long run. I ended up getting about a month’s worth of foundation out of a bottle that I would otherwise have considered to be “empty” — and that’s just one bottle so far! For me, totally worth it.” —Reviewtoo

Get it from Amazon for $4.94.

13. Or a FlipIt! Bottle Emptying Kit for those products that are just a little too big for The Spatty (think shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lotion, condiments).

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Promising review: “I hate wasting lotions, etc. in pump bottles and this is the perfect solution and saves money over and over again. Easy to use and clean up. My last bottle of lotion had another two weeks’ worth I got to use thanks to Flip-It!” —S

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

14. A roll of adhesive weather stripping you can use to prevent unwanted dust, wind, sound, and cold air from entering your home. It’s easy to apply and will likely help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills.

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Promising review: “I recently bought an older house where all the windows are out of square. These strips have filled the gaps. I have no doubt that my next electric bill will be significantly lower after applying these to all my windows.” —Nolan

Get a two-pack of 33-foot long rolls from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in four colors).

15. A CreaClip DIY hair cutting tool because we’ve all had to get a little creative in the hair department over the past few months. This tool takes all the panic out of trimming your hair or giving yourself bangs at home. Whatever you end up doing to your hair (good or bad), this tool can save you some coin by not having to go to the salon. Hair can grow back, money can’t!

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Promising review: “I have waist-length thick hair that costs a fortune to get trimmed. My ends were really getting ragged and I just did not have 60 dollars to pay someone to do what I hoped I could do on my own. I watched the videos, asked my boyfriend to double-check what I was doing as I did it and saved myself a good chunk of money. Easy to understand, easy to use and most importantly, easy on my wallet.” —minta

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

16. Hope’s Perfect Sink Cleaner & Polish that’ll magically restore the bottom of your kitchen sink and remove all those unsightly stains and scratches. When you think about it, sinks never really “go bad,” we just replace them when they look old and dirty. This polish will buy you a few years.

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Promising review: “I am so thrilled with this stuff and how well it worked. I bought my house last year and the white kitchen sink already had some scratches and stains left from the previous owners and over time they only got worse. I tried so hard to get them out but nothing worked and I resigned myself to thinking I was just going to have to live with it until I forked over the money to get an entirely new sink. Enter this product that I ran across and figured I’d give a try, because it couldn’t hurt and it’s so affordable there really wasn’t anything to lose. Much to my delight, it exceeded my expectations and got out all of the dingy stains and even some of the marks that I thought were just scratches and wouldn’t come out! It’s very easy to use and it works right away! I’m so happy I found this product and didn’t have to replace my entire sink just to get rid of the stains!” —Maci

Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

17. A budgeting planner filled with expense trackers, worksheets and fun stickers designed to make getting financially fit a little more enjoyable.

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Promising review: “This little booklet is perfect for organizing all my bills and creating a game plan to saving money! I love the way rose gold looks and it is so functional! Nice size makes it easy to carry around and the stickers give it a personal touch. I love the colored tabs and that you can start this at anytime. Plus it’s from a small family-owned business which I enjoy knowing I’m supporting locally. 5 stars!” —aidan

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

18. A fabric shaver to remove all the pilling on the sweaters you’re about to unbury in a month so that you won’t have to buy new ones. It also works on sofas, too.

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Promising review: “This is the best money I have spent in a long time! I was worried it wouldn’t be very nice, being so low priced, but it saved my couch! I put a picture of both my couch cushions, they both used to look like the one on top but now my couch looks brand new! I love this product, would 100% recommend.” —B. Nielsen

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

19. A candle accessory set because so many people don’t know how to properly care for their candles. Trimming the wick and keeping it in the center of the candle can add so much more burn time and will help you justify all those trendy, expensive candles you’ve been buying lately.

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Promising review: “For years I have just been using scissors to trim my wicks but the trimmed pieces would often fall onto my candle wax making them look awful. The trimmer keeps the trimmed portion contained so this doesn’t happen. I don’t really use the bell shaped snuffer often but the tool that you use to bend the wick over into the hot candle wax to snuff it out without all the smoke? Seriously, I’ve been missing out. Tools you didn’t know you needed but they make burning candles so much more enjoyable. Handy storage box, they look nice and seem to be good quality so far.” —CeKaRi

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

20. A jeans button replacement kit so you can squeeze every inch of life out of your favorite pair of broken-in Levi’s. And if they get a rip or tear, these iron-on denim patches will come to the rescue.

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Promising review: “I have lost two buttons on two pairs of pants in the past week and these fixed the problem in literally two minutes. The fixed buttons are solid and this works as well as sewing on new buttons. I can never find my sewing materials, since I use them so rarely and these are much more convenient than sewing on a button.” —W. Lang

Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

21. A grout cleaning pen to restore your grout tile lines and instantly take your bathroom from drab to fab. After using this pen, that expensive tile you’ve been thinking about will be able to wait a few years.

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Promising review: “Best product! I wish I had thought to take before pictures! My house was built in the early 1960s and the bathroom grout was becoming discolored in spots. I had used every product on the market before buying this pen to see if I could brighten the grout with no luck. I could have just saved so much money if I had went with the pen in the first place! It worked throughout the shower with more product to go! Easy to clean up and lasts a while!” —Kelli

Get one on Amazon for $8.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

22. A toilet bowl ring remover that’ll have your toilet shining bright like a diamond, which means you won’t have to waste money on those expensive cleaning sprays or a new toilet.

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Promising review: “When we bought our previously owned condo, all three of the toilets had a permanent dark ring. I must have tried at least six different cleaning products that claimed to eliminate rings. None worked. I was actually considering buying new toilets as the ring was embarrassing to me. A friend recommended the pumice toilet bowl ring remover and I was prepared to be disappointed again. But it worked perfectly. The ring is gone on all three toilets and it only took a few minutes per toilet. I don’t know when I have ever been so totally satisfied with a product. It just saved me a whole lot of money and I am no longer embarrassed by the appearance of my toilets.” —lynn mcdonald

Get one on Amazon for $10.98.

23. A bottle of Old English Scratch Cover so you can actually use that piece of wood furniture you have hiding in a corner somewhere instead of letting it be an unsightly catchall.

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Promising review: “I remodeled my kitchen with a new floor and wall paint. My cabinets were looking a little shabby but were in great condition except for looking 25 years old. I didn’t want to spend the time and money for new cabinets. Old English Scratch Cover saved the day. The cabinets look new again and it took about an hour for me to do the entire kitchen.” —Danny Boy

Get it on Amazon for $4.82.

24. A back and neck massager that’s basically a personal masseuse whenever you need one (but costs way, way less than some stranger’s hands on your back). This thing even comes with a car adapter so that you never have to go without.

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Promising review: “My first thought when I used this was ‘I want everyone to have this for Christmas!’ It works so well and is so easy to use. Super nice quality materials used, and one of my favorite convenience factors is that it comes with a car adapter! I know people that have problems with back pain while driving, and this is something that would be SO nice to keep in the car for those long road trips! I am so excited about this massager. Awesome value!” —Trista

Get it on Amazon for $49.99.

25. And a pack of Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes so you don’t have to buy new houseplants every spring because you continue to fail as a plant parent. These are foolproof and SO affordable — you really have no excuse to not have beautiful, thriving plants anymore.

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Promising review: “I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny but since I tend to kill them anyways I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I’ve had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I’m very happy with this product and it was a great price.” —Victoria

Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $2.99.

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