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16 Useful Things Under $30 For Anyone Who Wants To Be 30, Flirty, And Thriving

by jvcc

1. A snazzy faux book display made out of reclaimed materials. This sneaky storage space is hollowed out, so it’ll hide unsightly cords or messy notes and make your shelves look spick-and-span.

Covogoods is a Utah-based, woman-founded small business that specializes in storage solutions crafted from up-cycled books.

Promising review: “This is perfect for hiding our router and accessories in our bookcase. Love it!” —supergirl

Get it from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade for $29.

2. A pack of reusable baking cups for home chefs who want baked goods prepared in a way that’s good for the environment *and* to prevent gross paper flakes from sticking to the bottom of mouth-watering muffins.

These food-grade silicone cups are safe to use in the freezer, microwave, and oven. They can handle temperatures of up to 500 degrees and come in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. 

Promising review: “These little thingies are perfect! I made some muffins with them and they came out incredibly easily with no residue on the cups at all. I didn’t have to use grease or anything. The colors are bright and fun, and they you plenty of each color. These are slightly smaller than a regular cupcake pan/liner, which is actually perfect for my purposes. As others have mentioned, the cups are a bit on the flimsy side, so make sure they’re on a baking sheet before you fill them because they can be difficult to transport once full.” —kapplejack

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $6.17.

3. A plant-based gel cream made from a formula that’s nongreasy and completely transparent. Get this and your flyaways are gonna, well you know, fly away.

Or specifically, be tamed onto your head with a tiny, gel covered mascara wand. 

Promising review: “I was surprised to find that this product is very easy to use and extremely effective. It didn’t leave my hair looking greasy or sticky and it works great for baby hairs around the face.” —GoBlue

Get it from Amazon for $6.78.

4. An Aquapaw Slow Treater so you can keep your fluffer in the bath long enough to finally get her fluffy! Just throw some peanut butter or other pasty treat in the grooves so she can enjoy a snack while you scrub her up!

This is safe to put in the dishwasher and freezer AND it’s made from FDA-grade silicone.

Promising review: “I just finished cutting toenails on my three dogs with their total cooperation, thanks to this product. I just put squirt cheese in between the nubs of the slow treater, laid it on the grooming table, and the dogs were happily licking away while I worked on their feet. No pulling away, no second person to hold the dog, just me, some cheese, and the slow treater. I’m a fan!” —D. Dipietro

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

5. A plant food spike that’ll feed your plants up to two months and give them a hearty, healthy place to grow. Thanks to this thing, there’s nothing but watering on your to-do list.

Be sure to change the spikes every 30 days during the spring and summer months!

Promising review: “I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violet plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don’t flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy-looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again.” —Elizabeth

Get 24 from Amazon for $2.79.

6. A drill brush kit, because having a tool that cleans just about everything is gonna make spring cleaning a breeze.

This kit includes three nylon power brushes that’ll fit on any cordless drill.

Promising review: “These brushes worked flawlessly. I have a 24-year-old home that has not been remodeled yet. The master bath shower tile and fiberglass shower pan were in pretty bad shape. We tried many types of cleaners to remove residual soap and hard water stains with little success. As a last ditch effort, I purchased these brushes. They worked amazingly well. Using Krud Kutter and these brushes removed every bit of the dirt and polished those tiles so that they shined brilliantly like they did when they were new. I am completely satisfied with my purchase of these brushes. They are well-made and held up beautifully to the forces I applied while using them.” —Tom S4TX

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six styles).

7. A pack of wool dryer balls that’ll dry your clothes faster, make your laundry softer, and replace wasteful dryer sheets and fabric softener. You’ll seriously have a ~ball~ with these cute things in your laundry.

Promising review: “I could not resist ordering these — they are too cute! You get six wool dryer balls and each has a different animal face (my favorite being the one that looks like a koala). They are well made and come in a cloth bag to keep in; however, I plan to just leave mine in the dryer full time so I don’t have to think about it.

On the back of the card it tells you how they source their wool and that the dryer balls are made by Nepal Artisans; I thought that was a nice touch rather than just getting something from a random factory in China. Since they are nicely packaged, they would also be a great addition to a housewarming gift basket.

They are so cute you might look forward to doing laundry! I am glad I found these so I won’t have to spend money on dryer sheets anymore!” —JKGetts

Get them from Amazon for $27.97.

8. A face mask “brush” can help you apply masks without losing any spa-worthy products to brush bristles. Get ready to be shocked just how much product you save with this little thing!

Promising review: “I’m an esthetician and have never used a brush like this but decided to try it out. I was a bit skeptical about how it would feel since it is one piece (silicone) instead of bristles. My mask went on perfect and smooth and I didn’t have to waste any of the mask either. PLUS! You won’t have to worry about a bunch of mask getting stuck in your bristles, definitely purchasing more for my new job!” —Tamar Yacoubian

Get a pair from Amazon for $4.39.

9. A giant clothespin towel holder — a cute and clever way to make sure your family members actually hang up their towels after using them. Your bathroom floor won’t know what to do without soggy towels all around!

BarwoodShop is a small Etsy shop based in Adirondack, New York, that specializes in custom wood decor. Owner Matt was born and raised in Upstate NY, and his love of nature and exploring gives his fun woodwork some real personality!

Promising review: “Perfect! I just love these. We only have a small area to hang towels and this was just the solution we needed. Well made!” —Gretchen Santos

Get it from BarwoodShop on Etsy for $28.97 (available in eight colors).

10. A flat water bottle with a clean design that’s gonna be easy to fit into any bag or backpack and thus, gonna remind you to hydrate your 30-year-old bod. Soda doesn’t cut it anymore.

Promising review: “This doesn’t leak at all! It fits in my backpack. Because my backpack has no pockets on the side, this was really useful.” —Rand Alhachami

Get it from Amazon for $19.59.

11. A pasta measuring tool for cooks who are incapable of using their ~noodle~ when it comes to solving the dreaded “how much dry pasta is too much cooked pasta” life quiz.

Promising review: “This is a lifesaver. I used to make more pasta than was necessary. Now I can make the perfect amount of pasta without looking like I’m trying to feed a whole army.” —ashting

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. An Instant Pot and Air Fryer cheat sheet you can stick right on your machine or fridge, giving you a helpful source that’s far more reliable than asking Alexa for recipe directions every step of the way.

This includes 95 common food ingredients with their liquid ratios and cooking times. There’s info for pasta and grains, seafood and fish, pork, beans and legumes, vegetables, chicken, beef, and other meats.

Promising reviews: (Instant Pot sheets) “I am so happy that I decided to give this product a try! What an amazing idea. I placed the smaller magnet right on the Instant Pot and use it daily for a quick reference. Instead of searching the cookbook or the internet, I can just glance over and know in an instant how to program my Instant Pot for that particular product.” —Olesya

(Air Fryer sheets) “I’m so glad that I came across these very handy cheat sheets. I love having this information handy and easy to use. The magnetic sheets are strong and stay in place well, even with the fridge door opening and closing a lot. It’s handy having them right in view for quick reference. It helps us to use the air fryer more, as it’s easy to glance over and time things correctly. I like that it is a dark color so it doesn’t get messy as easily and it has all the things we are most likely to use the air fryer for. The envelope the magnetic sheets come in is cute and would make a nice gift, perhaps in a basket or bag of related items. I’m happy to have these!” —Small~Town~Girl

Get the Instant Pot version for $8.99 and the Air Fryer one for $11.45, both from Amazon.

13. A keychain bracelet that’ll help those of us who suffer through playing an eternal game of hide-and-seek with our house/car keys.

Wichita, Kansas is the home of Tart Design Co., where owner Claire Tourtillott creates one-of-a-kind home goods and accessories. Tourtillott refers to her design style as a happy medium “where sweet and sour designs meet.”

Promising review: “This is my favorite thing. I used to lose my keys and this has been by my side since it got delivered. It’s so convenient and cute! I also bought my mom one and she loves it. Thank you for the color options! It’s so hard to choose.” —Marina Fuller

Get it from Tart Design Co. on Etsy for $16.50+ (available in 16 band colors and seven charm styles).

14. A set of six pantry organizers so you can keep snacks on hand, keep your fridge looking crisp, and also prevent any spills or drips from making a mess. Cool.

This set includes five drawers and one egg holder.

Promising review: “These are so helpful if your fridge is cluttered. I bought these for my mom who is an extremely cluttered person. I love her to death, but she is not an organized person. Her fridge used to look wild. There would be food piled on top of food, and small jars and containers EVERYWHERE. I bought her these to help her organize everything. Now she can see what she has and everything has a place. Thank you for making something like this to help those that are so cluttered.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

15. A purse organizer that’ll let you fill your bag with every item you could possibly need while out…without compromising on staying impressively organized. Oh, you need a bandage? You have them color-coded in the pocket next to your ChapStick.

Promising review: “I love this organizer so much! It’s lightweight too, so it doesn’t add extra weight to your bag. I feel so organized and will no longer be stressed looking for things in my purse!” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in 13 colors and seven sizes).

16. A rather charming voodoo notepad for times when working through your feelings requires a little more (harmless) malice.

Promising review: “Hahaha bought this for my coworker who is struggling with incorrigible students. Yep…I know it’s ‘wrong’ or politically incorrect, but some students are so awful we just need a humorous release. I highly recommend this for those days you need to vent but don’t have anyone to vent to. Use it BEFORE you send out that scathing email or send that snarky text message. You will sleep better for it and your reputation will remain intact.” —English Teacher

Get it from Amazon for $9.59.