I recently bought a headlamp from Amazon and all I can say is that I wish I would have bought one of these things a long time ago.

It was 8 bucks and I bought it on a whim for no good reason at all, but I use it CONSTANTLY.

For cleaning, looking around in the attic, trying to figure out why my stereo stopped playing, etc.

I love it! And all for EIGHT BUCKS!

What affordable products can change your life?

Here’s how AskReddit users responded.

1. Get more work done!

“A second monitor!

It makes so much of a difference.

It doesn’t need to be fancy, but being able to look at 2 things at once makes doing work so much easier.”

2. Like a cave.

“Blackout curtains.

I fall asleep so much faster now that my room is pitch black at night.”

3. Good idea.

“Timer-caps for pill bottles. Basically, the cap is a timer that resets every time you open the bottle. You can get some on Amazon for like $10.

I take my ADHD medicine every morning right when I wake up. Some mornings I’ll even take it and go back to sleep for ~30 mins until it kicks in and wakes me up. Some mornings, I’d forget that I took it and went back to sleep, and accidentally take a second when I wake up. 100mg of vyvanse makes for a f*cking crackhead fever dream of a day.

At that level it actually makes you less productive, so you get nothing done and deal with insane side effects all day. Conversely, some days I’d accidentally go without it because I thought I’d took it already and get nothing done. The timer cap pill bottle literally totally fixed that problem.

It also made me aware that one of my friends stole my ADHD medication. They still won’t fess up to it. I wish they would. It was f*cked up but I’d forgive them. We’re not very close anymore.”

4. The good stuff.

“Good, high quality underwear.

Not like, the 5 pack for $15 at Walmart.

Quality underwear from somewhere may not be majorly life changing, but the day to day improvement is amazing.”

5. Very handy.

“A toaster oven.

I used to think of them as something college kids have in their dorm rooms. But at age 60 I bought one.

That was early this year, and I haven’t turned on my full-size oven since then.

I now toast things that I never would have toasted before, because the full oven was overkill. No more undertoasted sandwiches.

It also makes a nice pizza oven. Take a tortilla and put pizza toppings on it.”

6. Treat yourself.

“A thick, cozy bath towel.

Why waste all of that shower goodness just to rub yourself with sandpaper after you get out?”

7. Helpful in the kitchen.

“A rice cooker. I would love to have an amazing kitchen with expensive equipment but right now I can’t.

You can make a ton of stuff you didn’t think you could with a rice cooker, either that or a pressure cooker.”

8. Hang everything up.

“Command strips (hangers).

I hang all my favorite kitchen utensils, pots, pans, oven mitts… On the inside of cabinet doors so I don’t have to hunt for stuff while cooking.

Also in the bathroom brushes, blow dryer, flat iron…

If it can be hung, it is.”

9. That’ll work!

“A detachable shower head.

Get the water everywhere on yourself from all angles.”

10. Slow cook yourself.

“An electric heating blanket UNDER your regular blanket.

It is bliss.

I have joint/muscle pain and it’s been much better since I started slow-cooking myself overnight.”

11. I did not know that!

“A fabric shaver.

Refreshes sweaters/coats etc. in no time and saves replacing the garments that are in otherwise good condition.”

12. Clean it up!

“A mini hand held vacuum was one of the best purchases my wife made this year.

It’s so useful for cleaning the couches, small messes or the car.”

13. I love mine!

“A headband flashlight. Buy one and thank me later.

My brother’s wife made fun of him for getting me one for Christmas. Turned out to be one of the most practical, useful gifts I’ve ever received.

I use it at all the time.”

14. I need to get one.

“A shoehorn.

So simple and cheap, and instantly turns 5 seconds of the most annoying wriggling and forcing into a 1 second maneuver.

I’m amazed they seem to have gone out of style.”

15. I love good socks!

“A while back I replaced all my socks.

Bought a few packs of the exact same Hanes every day socks, and a pack of black dress socks just in case.

I don’t have to sort and match socks after laundry anymore, I just toss them in the sock drawer. Just grab two socks and you know they’ll match.”

16. People sure do like them.

“A humidifier.

No more dry skin in the winter. No more sore throats in the morning.

Mine even has a little pod that you can put a drop of essential oil on if you want it to smell good.”

17. Lots of liquids.

“A reusable water bottle, it’s amazing how much of a difference there is in the amount of happiness you have when you just stay hydrated.”

18. I want one!

“A weighted blanket.

I got one for my girlfriend, but found that I also sleep way better using it too. It’s like having a gentle, full body hug while you feel asleep.”

19. Keep ’em coming.

“A house plant.

After a few weeks you’ll get addicted to loving it and in a blink of an eye your room will be a tropical jungle.”

20. For all the cooks out there.

“A digital kitchen scale. You can get a decent one under $20. Following recipes by weight instead of volume is much easier and dirties fewer implements.

Stainless steel nested mixing bowls with a grip bottom and handles.

A second set of measuring spoons and measuring cups, if you have space.

Good salt. Kosher salt for cooking and flaky sea salt for garnishing.”

21. Probably a good idea.


For real, some people should really consider buying them.”

22. Get those teeth clean.

“Electric toothbrush, much better than conventional ones.

Mine cost $18.

Brushing teeth is now much more effortless.

I used to feel tired brushing my teeth properly.”

23. Under the sea.

“Swimming goggles with a prescription degree.

It really is life changing after swimming blindly for so many years.”

24. No more guessing.

“A meat thermometer, take all the guess work out of your internal temperatures.

No more assuming and possibly eating undercooked meat or eating dried out chicken.”

25. Just in case.

“One of those battery packs to jumpstart your car.

I bought one a few years back and keep it in the car.

Have used it to not only jump my own car but several other folks in need of help.

Also bought one for my son for peace if mind.

He also has used his numerous times.

It can also charge phones and other small devices.”

26. They last forever.

“A cast iron skillet.

It’s a super versatile piece of cookware that if taken care of properly will last a lifetime.”

27. Sounds pretty good.

“Tub Shroom.

It’s a rubber plug type thing with holes in it that you put in the tub drain (kind of shaped like a mushroom, hence the name). It catches probably 95% of hair and gunk while still allowing the water to flow down.

After your shower, just remove from the drain and pull off the hair (this part can maybe be a little gross, but hey, it’s your hair) and toss in the garbage.

They’re maybe $15-$20, and will save you heaps of time, money, and frustration by keeping your drain clear.”

28. Useful as hell.

“Box cutter.

As a kid I had no idea I’d spend so much of my adult life breaking down boxes for recycling.”

29. Good investment.

“An instant pot.

Completely changed my attitude towards cooking.

Also, the meals i make are very tasty and last for days. so great investment, saves money.

I eat healthier, but still enjoy restaurant-quality meals.”

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