Take it from someone who used to have a sub-zero savings account balance: It pays to be frugal. I mean, when has saving money ever been a bad thing? It's not necessarily easy for everybody, though. So instead of hiding your credit cards, you can start by making little changes — like only buying useful products that cost less than $25 on Amazon.
What do I mean by "useful?" I'm talking about the gadgets you'll find yourself using on a regular basis, or the ones that fix small everyday inconveniences. Take the rice rinser I've made sure to include as an example. While regular strainers aren't usually fine enough to keep rice from flowing through, the rinser features extra-slim holes so that you can wash your grains without wasting any down the sink. And if that's not enough, there's also a Bluetooth transmitter for your car, eco-friendly dishcloths, as well as shatter-resistant cereal bowls.
But no matter which one of life's little problems you're trying to solve, you can always find tons of awesome things on Amazon. Most even come with free two-day Prime shipping, which is convenient. Keep scrolling for some of my favorites.
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1. The bowl that's specifically made for rinsing rice
Regular strainers aren't always fine enough to keep rice from falling through, whereas this one is designed with extra-thin slats that keep your grains from escaping. There are holes on the bottom as well as slats on the side. Plus, it's made from food-grade plastic.
2. A spray that helps keep your glasses from fogging up
3. This gadget that adds Bluetooth to your car
Don't have Bluetooth in your car? Then consider this transmitter a must-have. It plugs into your cigarette lighter so that it's compatible with practically any vehicle — and the extra-large LCD display even shows incoming calls, battery voltage, and more.
4. A moisturizing foot cream for dry, cracked heels
Slather your feet with this nourishing cream, then pop them into the heel socks to help lock in that moisture. The socks are made from a blend of nylon and spandex that's designed to last for more than 20 uses. Plus, the lotion itself is non-greasy as well as hypoallergenic.
5. The smartphone mount you can wear around your neck
Tired of holding your phone up to watch a video? Not only can you wear this smartphone mount around your neck when lying down, but it can also stand by itself on any flat surface. And since it's made from a tough aluminum alloy, there's no need to worry about its durability.
6. A pack of resistance bands to help you get toned at home
7. These blue light-blocking glasses that can help reduce eye strain
The blue light emitted by electronic screens can put unnecessary strain on your eyes, so why not try out these glasses? They block out blue light waves to help reduce ocular stress. Plus, there are dozens of colors to choose from: pink, blue, black, and more.
8. A warm beanie that lets you jam out to music
Prefer to keep your ears warm while you listen to music? Just connect this beanie cap to your phone's Bluetooth, and it'll provide up to 10 hours of playback. One reviewer even wrote that it's "great to use when shoveling, using the snowblower, running or just outside in the cold."
9. The wine opener that's sleek & stylish
10. A smartphone mount that fits in your cup holder
11. These sheets that dim your clock's face
When your bedside clock is too bright for comfort, simply put one of these adhesive sheets over it. They'll dim the light without completely obscuring it, allowing you to still see what time it is. And since they're easily removable, they also work great in hotel rooms.
12. A pair of string lights that are solar-powered
13. These eco-friendly dishcloths that are biodegradable
Made from an eco-friendly blend of cellulose and cotton, these dishcloths are perfect for everything from dusting to scraping away burnt-on food. Not only do they absorb more water than regular fabric cloths, but they're also biodegradable once thrown away.
14. A batter dispenser that helps you cut down on mess
Transferring batter from the bowl to the pan always always ends up with a few stray drips on your floor or counter — so grab this dispenser. Squeezing the handle opens the spout on the bottom to help you cut down on mess, while the measurements on the side let you keep track of how much you've used.
15. This little container that helps you peel boiled eggs
16. A screen magnifier you can take with you while traveling
The next time you've got a long flight or car ride coming up, why not use this screen magnifier to watch movies on your phone? It folds flat once you're done so that it's easy to pack, and you can use it with nearly any type of smartphone.
17. These sleeves that help protect your cards from virtual theft
Slip your passport into one of these sleeves for a little extra peace of mind the next time you're traveling. They're designed to block incoming RFID signals so that digital pickpockets can't access your sensitive information. Plus, you can also use them with credit cards as well as state IDs.
18. A monitor stand that adds storage to your desktop
19. These cereal bowls that are shatter-resistant
There's no need to worry about accidentally dropping one of these cereal bowls, as each one is shatter-resistant. They're completely BPA-free as well as microwave-safe — and one reviewer even raved that "these bowls have been dropped, washed, microwaved, used for hot an cold things, and they still look amazing!"
20. A mounted dispenser for your plastic bags
With this mounted bag holder, you've got options: Use it to stash away all your plastic grocery bags, or even use it to store wrapping paper tubes (they'll slide right through the holes on either side). The best part? Installation only takes about two minutes.
21. The fabric shaver that breathes new life into your garments
It doesn't matter whether your sweaters or furniture are looking a little shabby, because this fabric shaver can still help. Unlike other models, this version allows you to adjust the height depending on what type of fabric you're working with. And since the blades are made from sharp stainless steel, they quickly slice through pilling, fuzz, and more.
22. A sleeve that helps you tidy up messy cables
Got a ton of messy wires all over your desktop? Conceal them all in these flexible neoprene sleeves. They're large enough for up to 10 cables, while the sturdy zipper on the side keeps them from popping out better than Velcro. Many reviewers also wrote about how they're "well made."
23. This rechargeable headlamp that lasts for up to 30 hours
Whether you're camping or out jogging in the dark, this headlamp can help illuminate your way. The LED bulb is extra-bright so that you're easily visible at night, while the rechargeable battery lasts for up to 30 hours. Plus, each order comes with a travel case.
24. A drain protector with over 13,000 positive reviews
Calling a plumber is never cheap, so why not save yourself some money with this drain protector? This one collects hair and debris, but does so in a way that doesn't impede the flow of water down your pipes. And since it's made from stainless steel, it's also rust-resistant.
25. These reusable lids made from heat-resistant silicone
There's no need to waste money on plastic wrap when you have these lids, as each order comes with five in varying sizes to fit nearly any bowl in your house. They're made from tough silicone that's heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and you have the choice of four colors: blue, green, white, or red.
26. A tray that helps defrost meat without any electricity
Forget to take meat out of the freezer for dinner tonight? That's not a problem when you have this rapid defrosting tray. Made from sturdy aluminum, it doesn't require any batteries or electricity — simply place your frozen item on top, and then sit back and watch as it thaws your food up to five times faster than hot water.
27. The strainer that clips onto your pots & pans
Regular strainers take up a ton of space when they're in storage, whereas this clip-on version is a total space-saver. The adjustable clips on either side are designed to fit onto pots and pans of nearly any size. Plus, each order also comes with a garlic peeler, as well as a silicone basting brush.
28. A set of dividers that help keep your shelves looking tidy
Don't let your neatly-stacked garments and blankets bleed into each other — just keep them separated with these handy shelf dividers. They're made from tough steel that's rust-resistant, while the clip on the bottom is designed to fit onto most types of wire shelving.
29. These LED lights with built-in motion sensors
30. A pet hair remover that's completely reusable
There's no need to stock up on sticky paper when you've got this pet hair remover, as it relies on bristles — not wasteful sheets — to collect and trap hair. It's suitable for use on everything from furniture to leggings, and will also remove other pieces of lint and fluff (not just hair).
31. The charging station that comes with shortened cables
Since the cables that come included are shortened, they look significantly tidier than the long versions when plugged into this charging station. Each order comes with seven: two micro-USB, four lightning, and one type-C. Plus, there's even a smart LCD display that tells you the charging status of each port.
32. A gadget that helps you find your lost items
Keep misplacing your phone, keys, wallet, or whatever else? Simply attach one of these transmitters to your commonly lost items, then press the corresponding button on the remote the next time it goes missing. The transmitter will let out a loud sing from up to 100 feet away, allowing you to easily find your stuff.
33. This essential oil diffuser that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker
Add your favorite essential oils to this diffuser, then sit back and relax as their soothing aromas drift through the air. And since it also features a built-in Bluetooth speaker, you can even play some gentle tunes to help put your mind at ease. Most reviewers found the water reservoir large enough for about six hours of continuous mist.
34. A mattress pad that fits extra-deep beds
35. The safety razor with a chic bamboo handle
Tired of wasting money on disposable razors? This double-sided safety razor is not only eco-friendly, but the handle is also made from chic bamboo that sets it apart from the competition. And since it's designed with a high-quality single blade, there's very little chance of it ever clogging.
36. A gel that helps you get rid of stubborn calluses
It only takes about five minutes for this gel to soften up any stubborn calluses, making it significantly easier to buff them away with a file or pumice stone. The best part? Many reviewers raved about how quickly it works — with one writing that "even the next day, my heel is still smooth."
37. This space-saving dish rack that rolls out over your sink
Don't have enough counter space for a bulky dish rack? This roll-out version not only utilizes the empty area over your sink to help you save space, but it's also completely BPA-free. And since it's made from heat-resistant stainless steel, you can also use it as a trivet in a pinch.
38. A flower pot that waters itself
If you aren't exactly the best at helping plants thrive, then this self-watering flower pot is a must-have. It's able to hold enough water to keep itself sustained for about two weeks, and the gauge in the corner lets you know when it needs a refill. Plus, each order also comes with fiber soil for planting.
39. The bedside caddy for all your books & gadgets
Books, tablets, remotes, glasses — you name it, this bedside organizer likely has a place for it. Installation is as simple as sliding the fabric arm underneath your mattress, and it's so sturdy that it can hold up to 20 pounds. Choose from two colors: light or dark grey.
40. A floating shelf that doesn't require any drilling
Drilling into your walls can be intimidating, which is why this shelf comes with super-sticky adhesive that allows you to mount it — no tools required. The adhesive is strong enough to support up to 11 pounds, while the shelf features raised sides to help prevent items from sliding off.
41. This essential oil diffuser that plugs right into your car
You don't have to be home to enjoy your favorite essential oils, as this diffuser plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. It features two USB ports so that you can also charge your devices while it's running — and if you don't add any oils, you can still use it as a miniature cool-mist humidifier.
42. A pack of burner covers to help your stove stay clean
43. A pair of hanging organizers for all your shampoos & soaps
With more than 10 pockets for your lotions, shampoos, soaps, and more, these shower organizers make it easy to tidy up cluttered tubs. The reinforced seams allow them to hold up to 25 pounds each, while the metal hooks at the top are completely rustproof. One reviewer even wrote about how the smaller one is the perfect size to take with you while traveling.