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Have you found yourself daydreaming about a carefully selected assortment of life-enhancing gems, even if their price tags seem a tad daunting?
We’ve compiled a selection of 12 budget-friendly gems that deserve a prime spot on your wish list. While it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, these items have the potential to significantly boost your productivity, wellness, and overall quality of life without emptying your wallet.
According to users on an online forum, here are the top 12 items under $50 that are worth every penny.
1. A Light Alarm
“A wake up light alarm clock. The light turns on gradually and wakes you up gradually rather than waking up to obnoxious beeping. Makes the start of my day more positive.” Shares one user. This type of alarm clock is perfect for the chronic snoozer that always ends up having to rush out of bed and the door in a stressed flurry (which is many of us).
2. An Ergonomic Desk Setup
“A laptop stand and external keyboard. So much less back pain.” Shares one user. Ditching the slouching can also reduce the risk of headaches, and an ergonomic keyword can help prevent carpal tunnel- win-win! Other users chime in that an external mouse is also a game-changer.
3. Electric Toothbrush
“Once I started using an electric toothbrush, I could never ever return to using a manual one.” Shares one writer. Many others agreed that their teeth feel so much cleaner, and there are plenty of budget-friendly options for this item you’d be using daily.
4. 10-Foot Long Phone Charger
More than one user was happy with their purchase of a long phone charging cord. “Being able to charge a phone and use it at the same time are the reason I’ve always found those surface chargers to be idiotic.” Shares one user.
5. Cheap Appliances for a Hot Meal at Work
This one may not apply to everyone, but it’s a great hack. A man shares, “A cheap microwave and coffee maker for my work van. I have an inverter for my tools that I use to run them. Hot coffee and hot lunches make a huge difference, especially on bad days.” If you’re in an office without many options, you might also consider a plugin crock pot (mini edition) to keep your food warm too.
6. Extra Batteries
“Portable battery. I love never having to worry about my phone dying.” Shares one user. With our phones as a landline for GPS, communication, and even getting work done, many people share they have multiple batteries and no regrets.
7. Smart Plugs
“I like to sleep with a fan on. I like the white noise, and I like feeling the breeze on me. But inevitably, morning comes, and it’s chilly, and the fan makes me feel like I’m freezing. So I sit under the covers shivering, because getting out of the covers to turn the fan off, would mean I’d be even more cold between the time I pulled back the covers, and walked over to the fan.So I’d just sit there and shiver.
Last week, on a whim, I bought some of those smart plugs. Now I can turn the fan off from my bed using my smartphone. I LOVE IT.” Share one user. Many could relate. Plus, there are many other great uses for them (lights, white noise, coffee pots, etc.).
Bidet’s are becoming more popular in the U.S. and are available in popular big stores. One user writes, “We finally got one [a bidet] and I’ll never have a toilet without one from now on. Cuts down on TP and cleans you up nicely. Plus ours was a super easy setup. The only thing that I don’t like is turning the knob knowing at some point I’m gonna get cold water up the wazoo.”
9. Cozy Sleeping Essentials
One man shares his favorite items to improve his sleep. “Weighted blanket and/or A Good Pillow. Your sleep quality will improve. Being well rested has to be one of the few good things to happen to me [back] in 2020.”
10. A Teapot for Better Dining Habits
Tea can be a great alternative to excessive coffee or other drinks people like to have during the day (especially juice and soda). One user reports a teapot was a game changer for his health. ” It helped wean me off of sodas and other sugary drinks, and while I do make my tea sweet I control the amount of sugar I put in. It’s saved me lots of money in buying packages drinks, and it’s helped my teeth and my weight.”
11. Panini Press
Meals can get boring fast. To combat it, someone suggests: “16 dollar panini press. Makes boring lunch sandwich into super tasty awesome lunch sandwich.”
12. Fancy Bug Bite Relief
Someone shares, ““Beurer BR60 Insect Sting and Bite Relief.” It’s a little gadget that you push up against a mosquito/bug bite, press a button, and it gets really hot for a couple seconds. It’s more effective at reducing the intensity, size, and itchiness of mosquito bites than literally anything else I’ve tried. It works because the heat will denature the proteins that cause irritation and because the heat helps with the swelling/inflammation too.”
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