41 cheap things that you'll get a TON of use out of
I get it. Splurging on something expensive is fun and exciting — especially if it's something you've had your eyes on for a while. But guess what? Finding a good deal and buying cheap things that you'll use a lot can be just as exhilarating. Plus, it'll help you save money in the long run, and that's always cool. According to a recent study, a majority of millennials have already begun saving cash for their futures by the age of 24, as opposed to older generations who've waited a bit longer. By adding some of these cheap-but-awesome Amazon items to your cart, you'll be treating yourself while staying on budget.
The following Amazon products are affordable, and I bet you'll use them regularly while doing things like removing the hair from your brush or keeping your favorite drinks cold. And honestly, you'll get so much use out of them that they won't even have time to collect dust. Some are improved versions of the gadgets you might already have around the house — like this upgraded grilled cheese toaster — while others are designed to help you save time when you're busy, such as these microwaveable egg cookers. No matter what your picks are, you really can't go wrong.
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1. The kit with everything you need to start embroidering
If you've ever been curious about learning how to sew embroideries, this kit is a great place to start. Each order comes with thread, needles, a bamboo hoop, and one patch of fabric with a design stamped on it, while the screw at the top of the hoop ensures that the fabric is pulled taught. Grab it in more than 20 different patterns.
2. A donut-making kit that comes with four sugar flavors
Parties, date nights, or even just boring afternoons are only some of the reasons to give this donut kit a try. It comes with 1 pound of donut mix, so that there's enough for the whole family. Plus, there are four sugar flavors to choose from: coco loco, lemon pop, speckled strawberry, cinnamon.
3. This moisturizer formulated with 100% natural hemp seed oil
Even though this moisturizer is made with 100% natural hemp seed oil, it's still completely THC-free. The pineapple extract in the formula helps soften your skin, while the hemp seed oil hydrates any dry spots without clogging your pores. And with more than 4,500 positive reviews, it's clear this moisturizer is a hit: "My skin gets very dry and my hands crack bad in winter time," one reviewer raved. "After using this problem, my hands and body stayed crack free for days."
4. A cleaning tool that gets the fuzz & more out of your hairbrush
Ripping a comb through your clogged hairbrush is nowhere near as effective as using this cleaning tool. The pick at the tip is great for stubborn, knotted hairs, while the bristles on the top and bottom make it easy to remove dust and fluff. It's made from high-quality plastic that won't easily snap, and the ergonomic design keeps it comfortable in your grip.
5. The spray mop with a microfiber cleaning pad
6. A soap dispenser that doubles as a sponge caddy
Are you in the habit of adding too much soap to your dishwater? This soap dispenser not only helps cut back on waste, but it also doubles as a convenient sponge caddy. One sponge comes included with each order, and the bottom container is able to hold up to 13 ounces of liquid.
7. This strap extender for your mask that takes pressure off your ears
8. These mesh produce bags that are eco-friendly
Don't use the wasteful plastic bags they offer at the store — just pack your fruits and vegetables into these eco-friendly reusable mesh bags. Each bag has its tare weight listed on the tag, and the drawstring prevents the contents from spilling out. They're completely BPA-free, and they easily rinse clean with warm water.
9. The insulator that keeps your canned drinks chilled
With a double-wall design made with stainless steel, this can cooler is able to keep your drinks up to 20 times colder than a regular foam holder. You don't need to use a coaster when your can is in this insulator since it won't sweat, and it's designed to fit all 12-ounce cans (not including Heineken).
10. A gel seat cushion with a honeycomb pattern to keep you cool
Sitting for hours at a time can leave your back aching, so grab this gel seat cushion to help you sit comfortably at your desk. It can also help alleviate lumbar strain as well as sciatica pain, and the honeycomb interior can help distribute heat so you don't get too hot.
11. These mop slippers that you can easily clean your floors with
Just pop these mop slippers on top of your regular shoes, then watch as they pick up dirt, dust, and other residue while you walk around your home. They're also great for freshly mopped floors that you don't want to step on with dirty feet or shoes, and one pack comes with four different colored pairs.
12. A handheld massager that you can use all over your body
Made from soft PVC, this handheld massager is so versatile you can use it pretty much anywhere — from your legs all the way up to your shoulders and neck. It's large enough to fit most hands, and the nine independently-rotating balls help soothe away pain from sore muscles.
13. The towel that helps keep you cool in hot weather
Perfect for sports, yoga, or even just relaxing at the beach, this towel helps keep you cool when temperatures rise high. You can wear it as a mask, wrap, or even just around your shoulders, and it provides UPF-50 protection against the sun. Grab it in more than 15 bright colors, including green, red, pink, blue, and more.
14. An attachable fan that helps cool your laptop down
An overheated laptop can result in permanent damage — so grab this laptop fan that helps quickly dissipate heat. It works by cooling off the inside and outside of your computer, and there are 13 different fan speeds to choose from. This device is designed to fit most laptops with air vents (excluding thinner MacBooks and some other models), and each order comes with 3M glue in case you want to install it permanently.
15. This portable fan that doubles as a space heater
Looking for a versatile fan that can do it all? This one is not only compact and portable, but it also doubles as a space heater in case you get chilly. The fun runs at an ultra-quiet level so you can use it while sleeping, and the auto-shutoff kicks in if it overheats.
16. A pair of smart plugs that are compatible with Alexa
On days where you don't feel like getting up off the couch, just use these smart plugs to turn off your electronics. They're compatible with Alexa as well as Google Home, and you can use them to control your devices using voice commands, or even set schedules so that your lights are on when you come home.
17. The magnetic screen door that closes after you walk through it
Leaving a screen door open is a quick way to wind up with bugs in the house, but this magnetic one automatically closes behind you. No tools are required for installation, and it's great for times where your hands are full — just walk on through, and the magnets will gently pull apart so you can pass.
18. A sleeve that holds your phone while you run
Keeping your phone in this sleeve not only frees up your hands while you're running, but it also keeps it safe from damage. It's large enough for most smartphones, and there's even a hole where you can thread your headphone wires. Grab it in multiple fun colors, including pink, blue, lime, and more.
- Available sizes: Small — X-Large
19. The puck light that you can install pretty much anywhere
Made with super-bright, long-lasting LED bulbs, this puck light adds quick illumination underneath cabinets, in closet, or even in stairways. It's able to run for up to 100 hours using just three AA batteries (not included), and you can mount it using the included screws or adhesive tape.
20. An LED desk lamp with a built-in USB port
Looking for a sleek lamp that won't break the bank? This one features a convenient USB port in the back where you can easily charge your phone. The LED bulbs are energy-efficient to help save you money, and the brightness is also adjustable. "I've used it for reading, studying, writing, and even webcam projects for sharper images," one reviewer raves. "It's small, but it's very bright."
21. These eco-friendly paper towels that are actually reusable
Disposable paper towels can be incredibly wasteful, whereas this roll comes with 20 sheets that you can reuse up to 100 times each. They're sturdy enough that they're machine-washable for added convenience, and each one is made from 100% organic and biodegradable bamboo — no synthetic materials here.
22. A toaster specifically designed for making grilled cheese
Don't dirty up your stove the next time you want a grilled cheese — just use this toaster. The dial lets you adjust how toasted your sandwich comes out, and the cool-touch handles help keep you safe from accidental burns. The best part? You can also use it to defrost bread.
23. These bamboo toothbrushes with charcoal-infused bristles
Charcoal can help whiten your teeth, which is why the bristles on these toothbrushes are infused with it. The handles are made from smooth, natural bamboo that's eco-friendly, and the packaging is also biodegradable. "The bristles are incredibly soft, as my dentist recommended, and SO fine!" one reviewer raves. "It takes less effort to clean between teeth, because the bristles get in deeper, but don't hang up; or shed."
24. A watering can with an extra-long spout to reach your plants
Regular watering cans with wide spouts can leave drips all over your floors, whereas this one is made with a narrow spout that delivers water directly into pots without mess. It's the perfect size for mounted planters as it's not so large it'll be too heavy to raise up, and the opening at the top is wide so it's easy to fill.
25. The tray that defrosts your meat quickly without electricity
Putting your frozen food into hot water can cause bacteria to grow as it thaws — so grab this defrosting tray. It thaws your meats quickly while keeping them at a suitable temperature, and there are no batteries or electricity required. Just put your meat on top, then wait as it softens.
26. A sprayer that's made for dispensing olive oil
27. This tray that molds 32 meatballs in less than 30 seconds
Load your meatball mixture into this flexible tray, and then press the lid down; your meat will instantly be cut into 32 evenly-sized meatballs. It's large enough that it can hold up to 2 pounds of meat, and it's great for meal planning or even cooking for a potluck.
28. A proofing basket that makes sourdough look professional
Bakeries and grocery stores get those gorgeous patterns on their sourdough loaves by using a proofing basket like this one. It's made from 100% natural rattan cane that won't produce splinters, and each order comes with a liner cloth, dough scraper, and bread cutter.
29. This dish that lets you cook eggs in the microwave
30. A stainless steel caddy that easily mounts inside your shower
The idea of drilling through tile can be intimidating, which is why this caddy comes with a powerful adhesive that lets you hang it up without fuss. It's made from scratch-resistant stainless steel that won't corrode over time, plus it's deep enough that it can accommodate a variety of bottles.
31. The kit that takes the work out of making sushi
Rolling your own sushi is a fun way to switch up your weekly dinners, and this kit takes the work out of making sure that your rolls are even. Many reviewers raved about how it's easy to use, with one even writing that "I followed the directions for the rice, watched a few videos from their web site, and I was making sushi like a pro with my first batch."
32. A cooking block made with solid pink Himalayan salt
33. The caddy that keeps your kitchen sink organized
34. These massaging shoe insoles that are infused with charcoal
With raised acupressure nodes that target the trigger points in your feet, these insoles are made to help improve your blood circulation. They're made with charcoal so that they don't absorb any unwanted odors, and each one is soft enough that you can trim them to fit your shoes.
35. This measuring cup that's adjustable up to 2 cups
Save some storage space in your kitchen by switching over to this adjustable measuring cup. You can use it for measurements as large as 2 cups, and the silicone disc on the inside works like a squeegee so that nothing gets left behind. The BPA-free container can even be cleaned in the dishwasher.
36. A Wi-Fi extender to strengthen the signal throughout your home
If you've noticed your home has a few spots with weak Wi-Fi, try plugging in this extender. It's able to boost your internet coverage by up to 1,200 square feet, and it's compatible with various routers, gateways, and access points. The smart light indicator helps you choose the best spot to install it, and it's powerful enough that it can support up to 20 devices.
37. A double-sided cleaning brush designed for laptops & smartphones
Got smudges on your screens? Just use this wiper to clean them away. The microfiber pad is great for fingerprints, while the soft bristles get rid of crumbs and other bits of dust from your keyboard. It's the perfect size to keep on your desk or in a drawer, and the bristles are retractable to help prevent fraying.
38. A wearable clip that can help alleviate pain from headaches
Just pop this clip between your index finger and thumb, and it can help alleviate pain from migraines and headaches by targeting your LI4 acupressure joint — no chemicals required. One size is made to fit most, and if it feels too tight simply stretch it out a bit, then put it back on.
39. The non-electric food processor that you can use while camping
Since there's no electricity required, this food processor is great for camping, RVs, or even just cramped kitchens. Use it to make salsa, guacamole, baby food, and more. There are even booster arms on the top and bottom to prevent food from becoming stuck to the walls.
40. A bandana that helps keep your pup cool in hot weather
Heat exhaustion can be harmful to dogs, so make sure your pooch is safe in the sun with this cooling bandana. Simply get it wet, wring out the excess water, then drape it on your dog. Their body heat will be absorbed as the water evaporates, helping to keep them cool in hot weather.
41. The backyard spray that helps keep insects at bay for up to 4 weeks
Connect this bottle of bug repellent to your garden hose, then give your yard a quick spray to help keep pests at bay for up to four weeks — even if it rains. Many Amazon reviewers wrote about how it "really works," with one going so far as to write that "I haven't seen any mosquitoes at all. Like none."