Some months I'm rollin' in dough, others I'm scraping by and eating ramen three nights a week. What can I say? I suck with money. But no matter how dire my wallet may look to anyone watching (by the way — please stop watching. My life is embarrassing enough already), I'm always willing to spend money on some useful Amazon products that can help make my life better.
Why? Well for one, I don't have a whole lot going for me. For two, I can't afford vacations, fancy cars, or even a house — just let me have my Amazon stuff, alright? So if you're also looking for ways to make your life easier, keep scrolling to check out my top picks.
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My favorite? The double-sandwich panini press — y'know, since I can't afford to dine out.
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This Echo Flex Makes Your Home 10X Smarter
via: AmazonThis Echo Flex Plug-In Mini Smart Speaker is small yet ingenious. It plugs directly into your outlet and takes up minimal space, so your counters are less cluttered. The built-in Alexa is basically like having an invisible butler who follows you around. Who wouldn't want that?
This Teapot That Lets You Brew On The Go
via: AmazonWhen you're too bougie for a bottle of plain ol' green tea, whip out this travel-friendly teapot. Once your tea has brewed, place it over your cup, then twist the bottom — the tea will flow in without any drips or leaks. But the best part? It's dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
This Portable Door Lock That Gives You Peace Of Mind
via: AmazonTraveling alone can be exciting, enriching, and, sure, a bit scary. Put your mind at ease with this portable door lock. The tiny size is oh-so-portable, and the universal design can fit most hinged doors. Just slide it into place and enjoy a restful night's sleep.
This 5-in-1 Kitchen Tool That's A Marvelous Multitasker
via: AmazonWhy overcrowd your kitchen drawers when you can get one product that can do it all? This 5-in-1 tool is a slotted spoon, a solid spoon, a spatula, a turner, and a cutter all in one. It's also heat-resistant up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don't have to worry about any melting incidents.
A Set Of Mixing Bowls With Non-Slip Bottoms
via: AmazonHaving non-slip bottoms on these mixing bowls might not sound like much, but it allows you to stir with your bowl on a tilt without it sliding away from you. They also nest inside of each other for easy storage, and they're just heavy enough to keep them stable on their own.
This Fire TV Stick Makes Streaming A Cinch
via: AmazonWe've all been spending more time at home lately, so easy access to your favorite streaming services is a must. This Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Device With Alexa Voice Remote plugs into your TV so you can use all of your apps at the touch of a button. Let the binge-watching begin!
This Electric Shredder For A True Restaurant Experience
via: AmazonSome nights I'm too lazy to make dinner. Other nights I'm so lazy I can't even go out to eat if I want — but if my boyfriend breaks out this salad shooter? I'm always ready to eat. Not only is it fun to watch your cheese, fruits, and whatever else shoot out the tube, but it also makes you feel like you're at a fancy restaurant instead of your kitchen.
This Car Cache That Pimps Your Ride
via: AmazonSay goodbye to your days of placing your handbag on the center console of your car only to have it spill all over the floor moments later. This nifty gadget keeps your purse or bag exactly where you need it so your on-the-go essentials are always within reach. Plus, it avoids spills so your car stays cleaner.
A Panini Press That Can Fit Two Sandwiches
via: AmazonFace it — any sandwich tastes better once you've squished it in a panini press like this one. The heating plates "float," meaning that they adjust to fit oddly-shaped sandwiches. And there's no need to flip your sandwiches since the dual heating plates get it toasted from head to toe.
These Containers That Keep Your Greens Fresh
via: AmazonIt doesn't matter if I just bought groceries — I'm still probably going to order takeout if I'm feeling lazy. That's why I keep all my greens in these produce-saver containers. They're able to keep your veggies fresh for weeks longer, and the vent filter never needs to be replaced.
A Tough Scrubber For Your Cast Iron Cookware
via: AmazonI'm in love with my cast iron pan, but I'm not in love with how much of a pain it is to clean it — that's why I own this cast iron brush. Not only do the angled bristles make it easy to clean deep into the corners, but the scraper tip is perfect for all those burnt-on bits that my sponge can't handle.
A Citrus Squeezer That Gets Every Last Drop
via: AmazonSure, you can squeeze a lime out using your hands — but if I'm being honest? This citrus juicer is way better. It gets out all the juice so that nothing goes to waste, and there's no need to worry about the handle snapping since it's made from durable aluminum.
This Pour-Over Coffee Maker For Delicious Cold Brew
via: AmazonAre you still using a regular drip-style coffee machine? Because it's 2020. And while 2020 was a dumpster fire, that doesn't mean your coffee has to be too — so grab this pour-over version. It's made with heat-resistant borosilicate glass, while the permanent stainless steel filter never needs replacing.
This Deep Fryer That's Light On The Oil
via: AmazonIt takes a lot of oil to fill up a regular pot for frying, whereas this Fry Daddy only requires four cups to make four large servings. There's no need to mess with any controls since it's pre-set to the ideal temperature, while the non-stick interior keeps your delicious foods from gluing themselves to the basket.
This Cool Mist Humidifier That Runs For Up To 20 Hours
via: AmazonWhen you're as lazy as I am, a humidifier that runs for up to 20 hours means I rarely have to change the water — which is why I keep this one on my nightstand. And since it runs at an ultra-quiet level, it doesn't disturb me while I'm sleeping. But my favorite part about it? The soft blue light also works great as a night light.
A Space-Saving Cooling Rack For All Your Baked Goods
via: AmazonSometimes the simplest inventions are the best inventions — like this tiered cooling rack. No longer do you need to clutter up your entire counter the next time you decide to bake some cookies, as the three stacked levels help you save space. And since each one is covered in non-stick, it's easy to pull your baked goods off once they've cooled.
This Cast Iron Skillet That's Ready To Go Right Out Of The Box
via: AmazonSince this cast iron skillet arrives pre-seasoned, you only need to give it a quick rinse before it's ready to go. And unlike other skillets, this one is reversible — one side is flat and perfect for meals like pancakes or eggs, while the grill side delivers scorch-marked burgers right out of a magazine.
A Foam Roller That Comes In A Ton Of Colors
via: AmazonI'm not gonna sit here and try to sell you an expensive massager — get this foam roller instead. When your back hurts as much as mine does after a long day of hunching over my desk, nothing feels better than letting all the little grooves dig into your back. And besides, it comes in a bunch of fun colors: pink, lime, orange, and more.
An Adjustable Rolling Pin Made From Solid Beechwood
via: AmazonEver see a product that was so "duh," you were mad at yourself for not thinking of it first? That's how I feel looking at this adjustable rolling pin. Instead of trying to estimate how much pressure is needed to roll your dough out to a certain thickness, simply remove the corresponding colored rings (each one is a different height.) And since it's made from solid beechwood, there's no need to worry about it splintering or cracking.
This Compact Phone Stand That Can Even Handle Tablets
via: AmazonJust how compact is this phone stand? Not only does it easily slip into my carry-on whenever I'm flying, but sometimes I'll even keep it with me in my bag — just in case I get a video call. It's also sturdy enough that you can use it for tablets, and the anti-scratch pads on the bottom help it remain stable wherever you put it.
This Inflatable Lantern That You Can Use In Any Situation
via: AmazonDid the power go out? Just whip out this inflatable, solar-powered lantern. Camping out in the dark wilderness? This lantern can show you the way. Or maybe you've been swept away by a tsunami (it happens, ok?) — in that case; you'll be so happy to find this shatterproof lantern in your emergency kit. And since the battery lasts for up to 24 hours, you won't have to worry about it going out anytime soon. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
An Automatic Soap Dispenser That's Sleek And Classy
via: AmazonI've always had one of those cheap soap pump bottles with the dolphin on the front — until I got this sleek touchless version earlier this year. The stylish chrome exterior looks gorgeous with any decor style since it's so neutral, and the battery compartment is waterproof — no corrosion here.
The Massage Roller To Help Soothe Aching Muscles
via: AmazonYou've got options when it comes to this massage roller — keep it in the fridge so that it's ready to soothe aching muscles after a heated workout, or submerge it in hot water for some warm muscle therapy. It can retain cold temperatures for up to six hours or warm temps for up to 20 minutes. Plus, the ball is even made from rust-resistant stainless steel.
A Rechargeable Hand Warmer That Doubles As An External Battery
via: AmazonI'm one of those people who can't handle the cold — as in; I'll cover the entire inside of my jackets and pants with hand warmers if I have to. That's why I keep this rechargeable one in my bag at all times. Not only does it double as an external battery for when my phone gets low, but the heat is also adjustable up to three levels depending on how frigid it is outside.
These Winter Gloves That Work With Touchscreens
via: AmazonMade from a cozy blend of wool and acrylic, you won't have to take these gloves off if you want to use the touchscreen on your phone. The thumb, middle, and index fingers work with tablets, phones, or even the screens at the grocery store — and since the palms are covered with soft rubber grips, it's easy to keep a handle on whatever you're holding.
A Warm Beanie Cap With Built-In Headphones
via: AmazonWanna keep your ears warm and listen to music? Just pop this cozy beanie cap on your head. There are two Bluetooth speakers inside the double-knit fabric, and the battery lasts for up to 20 hours! Wear it while you're out jogging, or pop it on your head if you're feeling cold in bed.
These Wireless Earbuds That Are Sweatproof
via: AmazonFeel free to get as gross and sweaty as you want during your next workout, as these affordable earbuds are completely sweatproof. And if you have a habit of not charging your devices? Not a problem — the battery lasts for more than 35 hours when used in conjunction with the included charging case.
A Charging Stand For Practically Everything On Your Nightstand
via: AmazonYour iPhone, smartwatch, AirPods — they'll all go crashing to the ground if you happen to knock into your bedroom side table. But if you keep them on this charging stand, you won't have to worry about any accidental damage — and since it comes in four gorgeous finishes, it's easier than ever to match it to your decor. Choose from rose gold, space gray, black, or silver.
A Smart Scale That Helps You Keep Track Of Progress
via: AmazonMy boyfriend loves to stomp down on our bathroom scales — so much that we've gone through three in about two years. But this scale? This one's lasted us amazingly well without any issues, and it even syncs with your phone so that you can track your progress. Plus, it'll support up to 400 pounds — perfect for any stompers in the house.
The Electric Razor You Can Use Wet Or Dry
via: AmazonSince the outside of this shaver is waterproof, you can easily use it in the shower to save time when you're in a hurry — or even use it on dry legs for quick touch-ups before you go out. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to an hour, and besides — it's less than $30. Think of how much you spend on disposable razors, then rejoice in how cost-effective this one is.
A Soothing Lamp Made With Real Salt From The Himalayas
via: AmazonNeed a little mood lighting to help you relax after a long day? Keep this soothing lamp on your nightstand, coffee table, or even office desk for some quick ambient lighting. And yes — it really is carved with real salt from the Himalayan mountains. Plus, each order also comes with two extra replacement bulbs.
This Smartphone Mount That Sticks To Your Dashboard
via: AmazonLet me guess — you're probably following your phone's GPS by holding it up with your hand when you're driving, right? Then give your arm a break with this smartphone car mount. It'll work with nearly any type of smartphone — no matter whether it's an iPhone or an Android — and the tough suction cup on the bottom keeps it securely fastened to your dashboard.
An Affordable Bluetooth Speaker That's Totally Waterproof
via: AmazonShould you go chuck this Bluetooth speaker into the ocean? Probably not! But if you happen to get it wet during a day at the beach or pool, there's no reason to worry about it breaking. Small and portable, the rechargeable battery lasts for up to five hours. Plus, it comes in a ton of fun colors: red, blue, yellow, and more.
This Wireless Charger That Works Through Your Phone Case
via: AmazonI'm always losing charging cables and power bricks, but if I had this wireless charger? I'd leave it in the same spot on my desk so that it doesn't go missing. Designed to work through your case, put your phone on top of it, then check to make sure the indicator light is on — and since it'll work with any Qi-enabled smartphone, there's no need to worry about brands or hardware.
A Lightning Cable Covered With Tough Nylon Braids
via: AmazonWe've all been there before — you've had your lightning cable for just a few months, yet it's already begun to fray at the connector. Solution? This ultra-durable version that's covered in protective nylon braids. It's also six feet long — so if you want to be lazy on the couch yet still use your phone while it's charging, go right on ahead.
This Smart Lamp That You Can Control With Your Voice
via: AmazonLooking for a fun gift for your kid? This smart lamp functions like a night light, except it's more fun than a simple plug-in. Change its color and brightness using your voice when paired with Alexa, or create lighting cues to signal when dinner is ready. Just make sure you've also purchased an Alexa so that you can use it to its fullest capabilities.
A Handy Item Finder That Loops Onto Your Keyring
via: AmazonAlways losing your keys? Me too — that's why I put this little Bluetooth tile on my lanyard. Whenever it goes missing, I simply open the downloadable app on my phone and press the button — the tile instantly lets out a loud ring to easily find it.