31 Things That’ll Help You Save Extra Money In 2021

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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.


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 $15.99.


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!


Ok but HOW did that come out of a washing machine!?

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 $11.99.


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.


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 $8.99.


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!


You can use it on clothes and furniture, too!

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 $13.98


Zymox Pet Ear Cleaner to keep your pet’s ears looking and feeling healthier than ever. It can also help prevent nasty infections and complications down the road that’ll undoubtedly result in a hefty bill from your veterinarian.


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.

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.


A handheld garment steamer that works on all kinds of fabrics, because steaming is WAY more fun than ironing. AND, you’ll save money from having to get all your clothes pressed at the dry cleaners. 🤑


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.


A TubShroom because constantly using store-bought drain cleaners takes a toll on your wallet AND the environment. It’s effectively like ~pouring money down the drain~, so to speak.


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.


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 most importantly, unnecessary trips to the grocery store.


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 $42.06.


A pack of cable savers that’ll protect your chargers, aux cords, and headphones from fraying and becoming damaged.


We thought the electronics themselves were expensive, but the real racket is how costly the charging cords are!

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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


Reusable makeup remover pads that come with a mesh laundry bag so you can simply toss them in the wash and never have to buy disposable ones ever again.


These are economical, eco-friendly, and suitable for all skin types.

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.


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 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 $8.97+ (available in four colors).


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 should buy you a few years.


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.


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


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 $19.97 (available in three colors).


A fabric shaver to remove all the pilling on your fav sweaters so you don’t have to buy new ones (even though you really, really want to). 😬


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.


A candle accessory set because trimming the wick can add SO much more burn time to all those expensive candles you’ve been buying lately. 🕯️


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 $18.99 (available in two colors).


A toilet bowl ring remover that’ll have your toilet shining bright like a diamond, which means you won’t have to constantly buy cleaning sprays (or a new toilet).


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 $10.77.


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.


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).


A pack of Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes that make being a plant parent easier than ever. If you’re the person who buys new plants every year because your old ones keep dying, these will be a godsend. 🌱


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 $2.98.


A pack of Shout dye-trapping sheets so you can wash your colored *and* white laundry in the same load. Fewer loads = lower utility bills. And, let’s be real, who actually wants to sit around and sort their clothes?? Not me. Big no. These are a win.


Promising review: “These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I Just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and white) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry too (he isn’t the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. If you do laundry, you need these!” —Shannon Schneider

Get a pack of 144 from Amazon for $22.98 or Subscribe & Save for $21.83.


And, a pack of wool dryer balls that’ll reduce your overall drying time while also making your clothes super soft and wrinkle-free.


Promising review: “I should have bought these a hundred years ago! My clothes dry faster and are nice and super soft, and it beats the wrinkles out of everything so if you grab your clothes the second the dryer stops everything look like you ironed it. You will save on power with these so they easily pay for themselves.” —William A.

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in three sizes).


Or, these cactus dryer buddies that’ll ALSO help your clothes dry faster (and keep ya company while you get your laundry done). 🌵💸


Promising review: “I don’t know what kind of sorcery this is, but these things work. It used to take three cycles to dry my comforter and bed sheets…I finally bought these puppies and as usual, I dried the comforter and bed sheets once, and forgot to check on them. That night, my husband asked where our sheets were since they weren’t on the bed at bed time. Then he groaned, and asked if I remembered to really dry them. So I checked the dryer and lo and behold, they were dry! I have actually remembered to check the dryer once after drying the bed sheets and they were dry as soon as the first cycle was over. So, it’s a miracle. These things work. TL,DR: I’m bad at laundry; these make me good.” —Gabby

Get them from Amazon for $9.50.


A charcoal toothpaste to brighten your smile without changing up your regular brushing routine. Whitening sessions can get expensive, and strips can be pesky to apply everyday — this makes whitening mindless AND cheap. 🦷


It contains organic activated coconut charcoal, baking soda, tea tree oil, coconut oil, xylitol, and spearmint oil to both remove stains and freshen your breath!

Promising review: “Great product…noticeable difference in my teeth as well as my son’s (kid safe/friendly). Love the “all natural” aspect of it and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to whiten their teeth naturally.” —Beth DePrenda

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+.


A roll of eco-friendly, reusable bamboo towels, because paper products are low-key expensive? Using the ceramic plates in your cupboards and your REAL silverware can also save you a lot of money in the long run.


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 $8.99.


An Ecotools makeup brush shampoo to extend the life of your brushes by cleansing out months (OK, years??) of buildup. It’ll condition bristles back to their original glory in literally a matter of minutes.


Reviewers also mention it pairs perfectly with a silicone brush cleaning mat ($5.96 on Amazon).

Promising review: “You know how you spend time and effort to find makeup that lasts? No matter how much you makeup you may wear, using long lasting makeup comes at a cost. You can’t just rub some regular soap on your face to get that “all day mascara/eyeliner/foundation” off can you? It’s the same with your brushes. This is coming from someone who really doesn’t care to clean brushes. I only started using them about seven years ago. It was three or so years after that I started trying to clean them. Rarely. And I thought vigorous scrubbing with hand soap was all you needed. It wasn’t so I thought dish soap was all you needed. It still wasn’t. I thought natural discoloration was inevitable for the lazy. Long story short, it turns out I was wrong and life is easy. Elbow grease for years was fine… until I got this stuff on a whim. The same brushes that were slowly permanently discoloring and fraying up had looked near new after my initial clean.” —Not Mary

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


A pack of cleaning wipes because, even though you try your best to avoid mud puddles and excess salt in the winter, your boots somehow ALWAYS end up looking like you just walked through a swamp. 🥴


You can also use these on things like purses, winter jackets, and car seats!

Promising review: “This worked perfectly on black suede booties. I splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. I couldn’t find anything that removed the stain. I tried these wipes as a last-ditch effort. I can’t believe it, they look brand-new!! Stains came right out with very little effort.” —AAD

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.19.


A bottle of Acure brightening facial scrub to brighten your complexion in one easy step. You don’t need a regimen with a ton of expensive products to get you that ~glow~ you’re chasing. This’ll exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts while highlighting your clear complexion underneath.


It’s also vegan and cruelty free!

Promising review: “This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again (it was one of the side effects). I didn’t have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that i decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal and it felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out.” —janelle

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 or Subscribe & Save for $9.49.


An avocado slicing tool you can use to split, pit, and slice just as well as your favorite brunch place — which means you can get that ~avo aesthetic~ without having to pay $16 for a piece of toast. 🥑


Promising review: “High quality. The feature that sets this apart from cheaper tools is the pit remover. I actually cut my palm and needed stitches removing a pit with a knife. Then someone told me about tools like this. The slicer part also works fine for me and saves a lot of time over manual slicing. Cleanup is simple. Run water over it in the sink. Then, put it in the dinnerware basket in the dishwasher. Great gift idea!” —W.S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A cold brew maker (a BuzzFeed Shopping favorite), because your coffee habit shouldn’t break the bank! Plus, staying home and channeling your inner barista is *way* more fun than picking up the same boring mobile order day after day, imo.

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Promising review: “I don’t know how I ever functioned without this. It’s my first cold coffee brewer. I’m usually a daily drive-thru cold coffee drinker. I haven’t purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven’t had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven’t made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn’t drink. So simple! Don’t hesitate to try it!” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $21.05 (available in three sizes).


And, a set of glass meal-prep containers that’ll encourage you to actually, well, meal prep! Cooking your meals at home can save you soooooo much money, rather than ordering takeout every night. And these containers will allow you to make pretty, Instagramable meals for the week. ✨


Promising review: “These meal prep containers are awesome! I can take my food straight from the oven and put it in container without worrying about melting. There is a vent on the lid and the containers don’t leak if they are sealed. These are also oven-safe and you can section of your food since there is a divider in it (with two sections). Perfect for meal prep and meal portions.” —Sara

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $28.99.

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