Being broke may mean you have to budget your online shopping sprees a bit but it doesn’t mean you can’t get some pretty cool stuff. Amazon stocks a bunch of useful and just downright fun products that won’t break the bank but will make your life better—here are 20 of them.
Fu Store Mermaid Tail Blanket – $19.99
Who doesn’t want to feel like a mermaid? Lounging on the couch with this blanket, a bag of Doritos, and some Netflix basically sounds like heaven on earth. Just make sure you take your legs out before you attempt to get up…
iKross USB Mini Fan – $9.99
It may still be pretty chilly outside but soon enough it’ll be summer and you’ll be boiling all day at your desk (unless you work in an office that sets the AC at, like, 30 below). That’s why this little USB fan is so great. Just plug it in and feel the breeze!
JETech iPhone Kickstand – $4.99
If you ever want to prop your iPhone up to watch TV while you’re working, you need a kickstand for it. This solves that problem. Any questions?
Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick Corded Bagless Vacuum – $18.99
You need to keep the floor of your apartment clean and sometimes a broom and dustpan won’t cut it. A simple vacuum will serve you well (especially if you have hardwood/laminate floors) and Dirt Devil is a pretty solid brand in this department, so this is a total steal.
Apollo Tools 39-piece Tool Set – $16.75
You’re a strong, badass woman who can look after herself, and that includes fixing things when they break, assembling that cute new Ikea furniture, etc. You need a tool kit for that and you shouldn’t have to borrow your dad’s or your neighbor’s every time. Get your own for less than $20 and you’re always prepared.
AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan – $15.70
A cast iron pan is a must for any home chef, and this skillet pan will make your burgers and steaks look like you’d fired up the charcoal grill for hours. Total bargain and it’ll last you the rest of your life if you care for it well.
Amazon Basics Double Braided Nylon Lightning USB Charger – $15.99
You always need an extra one of these hanging around, and the added bonus of AmazonBasics’ offering is that it’s Nylon-Braided (meaning WAY less likely to short out when you accidentally trip over it in the middle of the night and yank it out of the wall) and it’s 10 feet long, so if your phone is plugged in against the wall and you want to use it while lying in bed, you’re in luck.
Anker Dual USB Wall Charger – $14.99
Pretty much everything is USB-powered these days, but sometimes the charger that comes with the item in question (AHEM, iPhone) that plugs into the wall goes at a snail’s pace. This is super fast-paced charging and you can plug in multiple things at once. We have one in every room and I wouldn’t be without them.
Household Essentials Shirt Folding Board – $5.32
If you’ve ever wanted your clothes closet to look like the display at the local J.Crew, you’re in luck. This board will make your shirts look PERFECT (and also keep them from creasing, I guess… I just care about the pretty thing more).
Panasonic Facial Hair Trimmer – $9.99
We’d like to think we’re all prim and properly groomed, but that takes WORK. When you have weird little hairs in places they’re not supposed to be (chin hairs are the devil!), this little facial hair trimmer will sort you right out.
Silikids Universal Cup Lids With Straw – $8.05
If you’re clumsy like me, you probably spill stuff a lot. Stop spilling stuff by using these silicone lids. Believe me, I’ve had them for three months and they’ve literally changed my life (and saved my carpet).
Greater Goods Digital Food Scale – $10.85
If you’re tracking what you eat or you just cook/bake a lot, you need a kitchen scale. This is one of the best and it’s cheap. Problem solved.
GearLight High Powered LED Flashlight – $12.99
I have to be honest, I use this to be able to see where the dog pooped in the back yard when it’s dark out, but you might find better uses for it, ha! This thing packs a SERIOUS punch and the battery lasts for ages. Doesn’t everyone need a flashlight?
KOSIN Personal Alarm Keychain – $8.29
Being a woman can be scary sometimes but we deserve to be safe when we’re out alone. While a personal alarm won’t prevent anything from happening to you 100%, it will make you a whole lot safer. Plus, it comes with an extra so you can give it to your BFF.
bade home&kitchen jar and bottle opener – $2.88
If you struggle to open bottles and jars and kitchen towels aren’t cutting it anymore, you need this silicone grip. It literally fits any size top and makes getting them off really easy.
Bump It Off Silicone Cleaning Rubber Brush – $9.99
This thing is AWESOME. It can literally clean ANYTHING. I mean, you obviously have to put in some effort and some cleaning solution probably helps too, but this little scrubber is a miracle worker and has done everything from getting mud off my shoes to stuck-on food off a pan.
EFLRhino Earbud Organizer – $4.99
If you’re sick of getting your headphones out of your bag in a tangled knot, you need an organizer like this. Just wrap the cord around the base, snap it shut, and you’re on your way. It’s truly a revelation.
AUOON Clip-On Strainer For Pots & Pans – $9.99
I mean, I own a strainer and everything, but I never use it since I got this. It’s so much easier to just clip it on and tip out the water rather than transferring everything to the strainer and then back into the pan.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker – $24.99
OK, so technically this is more than $20 but not much. Besides, can you blame me when it makes breakfast sandwiches SO WELL? Egg McMuffins for life!!