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Cheap Amazon Necessities Everyone Needs

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Sometimes, the best deals are the ones you didn’t know you needed. Those last-minute cart additions you can’t resist (because we’re all suckers for an inexpensive Amazon suggestion), could end up being your favorite purchase.

That’s exactly how I happened across many of the products recommended here. From a stain remover to a garlic-chopping gadget, these seemingly inconsequential items have become unexpected game changers in my life that I use regularly.

Here are 17 Amazon essentials under $25 that just might change your life for the better, too.

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The RESQME Emergency Keychain Car Escape Tool

The ability to get out of your car fast in an emergency can literally save your life. This RESQME tool includes a seatbelt cutter and a window breaker so you can make a quick escape if needed. Consider purchasing it as part of your roadside emergency kit and store it somewhere you can easily access for peace of mind, like your keychain. Buy it here.

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LED Light Blocking Stickers

These handy little stickers dim the lights on all those gadgets that light up at night. I use them to cover lights on surge protectors, a humidifier, an air purifier and a carbon monoxide alarm in my room at night. If you sleep best in a pitch-dark room but like the conveniences of modern technology, these stickers are for you. Buy them here.

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The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste

From bathtubs to car wheels, The Pink Stuff easily removes stains and grime. If you have stains and marks you’ve been trying to remove for a long time, this viral Amazon essential could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Buy it here.

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Scrub Daddy 

Scrub Daddy sponges are my favorite dish sponges; they’re soft and gentle when you use them with warm water and hard and abrasive when you use them with cold water. The fun smile is also ideal for cleaning utensils. Buy them here.

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AmazonBasics Portable Digital Luggage Scale

For $12, this gadget can save you a lot of money when checking your luggage at the airport. It weighs your suitcase so you can make sure you’re under the 50-pound limit. And it’s small and lightweight, so it’s easy to pack and weigh your bags for the return trip too. Buy it here.

garlic chopper

Chef’n Garliczoom Garlic Chopper

Fresh garlic can really make a recipe pop, but it’s not very fun to chop. With this wheel, all you need to do is drop some cloves in and roll it along the counter. Then, you’ll have freshly chopped garlic in a matter of seconds. Buy it here.

dip clip

Saucemoto Dip Clip

If your fast food meals aren’t complete without dip, you need a dip clip. The universal mount slides onto your car’s air vents so you can enjoy your meal without worrying about sauce spilling everywhere. Buy it here.

stain treater

Miss Mouth’s Messy Eater Stain Treater

Whether you have young kids or just tend to spill things, you’ll be amazed by the power of this stain remover. It’s one of my go-to Amazon essentials for cleaning my kids’ clothes after they eat, and it often removes the stain before I even throw the clothes in the wash. I’ve found that it works particularly well on berry stains. Buy it here.

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The Basement Watchdog Water Alarm

Dealing with water damage can be a nightmare, but this alarm can save you the headache. It detects as little as 1/32 inches of water and sounds an alarm when it senses moisture. It’s ideal for use in basements, under sinks or any other areas in your home that are prone to leaks. Buy it here.

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Sleek Socket Ultra-Thin Outlet Concealer

Cords and outlets can be unsightly. This outlet concealer makes it simple to hide cords and keeps your space looking less cluttered. Buy it here.

coffee mug warmer

Coffee Mug Warmer

As a mom to three young kids, I have to reheat my coffee more times than I would like to admit. If you have a similar problem, or if you just want to sit at your desk without your coffee running cold, this coffee mug warmer is an ideal solution. It has three temperature settings and keeps any warm beverage just the right temperature. Buy it here.


Vegetable Chopper

The day I bought this vegetable chopper was the day I drastically cut the prep time of many of my favorite recipes. Slicing through vegetables is a breeze and it can also shred, mash and make unique cut patterns. Buy it here.

makeup cloths

Erase Your Face Makeup Removing Cloths

I have very sensitive skin and these makeup removing cloths are soft and gentle. They easily remove makeup with just water, and they’re washable and reusable. Buy them here.

electric lighter

USB Electric Lighter 

Never run out of lighter fluid again. This electric lighter charges with a USB port. It’s very compact and a handy gadget to keep in your kitchen junk drawer. Buy it here.

dog water bottle

MalsiPree Dog Water Bottle

Keep this dog water bottle in your car or hiking backpack to make sure your furry best friend can always stay hydrated. It has a built-in bowl, and you can even recycle the water your dog doesn’t drink to use next time. Buy it here.

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Zeroll Heat Conductive Ice Cream Scoop

You don’t need strong muscles to scoop hard ice cream with this scoop. It has a heat-conductive handle that uses the body heat from your hand to help the scoop glide through ice cream. Buy it here.

kooty key

Kooty Key

Keep germs away with this keychain that you can use to open doors, tap keypads or buttons, operate bathroom sinks and more. Attach it to your keychain or throw it in your purse so you always have it with you. Buy it here.

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What’s your favorite inexpensive Amazon essential? Tell us about it in the comments below.


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