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The Top 30 Value-For-Money Items On Amazon

I’ve never been much for gloating, but I do think my eye for quality stuff on Amazon is, well, the best. I don’t ever feel like I’m wasting money when I buy online, and that’s because I put in the work to research every detail before I add something to the cart. I believe this is related to some shopping trauma I’ve experienced in the past, but that’s a conversation for another time.

For your reading pleasure, I’ve put together a list of the top 30 value-for-money items I’ve found on online. I know Amazon can be intimidating, so I wanted to share my discoveries with the world and take the stress out of your shopping experience.

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In 1866, Richard and George Cadbury brought cold-press cocoa manufacturing to England for the first time in a move that changed the confectionery industry forever. By 1880, Cadbury was already producing the same chocolate they make today, which is available everywhere except in the United States. Sadly for us, Hershey’s has some type of chocolate monopoly in the US that puts them in charge of our domestic Cadbury chocolate. There’s only one way to get the real stuff: Amazon. The Original Drinking Chocolate is not only absurdly delicious on its own, but it also works amazingly well in baked goods.


Thayer’s is another old-school brand that has been doing things right for the better part of two centuries. This combination toner spray, made up of aloe vera and witch hazel, is like a rejuvenating kiss on your skin. I feel good recommending Thayer’s because I know they make the best natural products on the planet, using only the finest ingredients. This toner available in several varieties, but I love this lavender scent!


Umbrellas are one of those things that you buy and immediately lose. Why? Because they’re basically all the same. All, that is, except for the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella. This bad boy has reinforced ribs that go all the way down the canopy, giving you certainty that wind will not invert your rain protection. And guess what? Repel backs all their products with a lifetime warranty, so you will never have to buy another umbrella again (unless you lose it!) Umbrellas for life for $23…think about it!


Call me old-fashioned, but I love the aesthetic of brand-less glass jars in my kitchen. I use mason jars to store all my flour and sugar, and smaller jars for my spices. I could never find the right containers for my oils and vinegar until I stumbled across these gorgeous glass dispensers from Briefton. They look great in my kitchen, and their spill-proof lids never let a single drop go astray.


Gloves…in the shower? I know it sounds very unusual, but hear me out. Instead of using a loofah or other shower scrubbers, try these exfoliating gloves that make it easy to get yourself clean. By the time you step out of the shower, all your skin will be exfoliated and you’ll feel like a whole new person. It’s a mystery why more people don’t use these because my skin has honestly never felt better.


Bissell is one of the top brands in home cleaning, so it’s no wonder this featherweight vacuum has almost 40,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. I bought it because I needed a vacuum, but I didn’t realize how good it was until I saw it in action. It uses a filter instead of bags, so there’s a lot less waste produced versus traditional vacuums. This is the best vacuum for under $30 on the planet, period.


Finding an affordable flat iron that uses ceramic plates can be difficult. But now, thanks to CONAIR, you can pick up the INFINIPRO for under $30. This thing has over 30 settings to make sure it does the job perfectly, delivering constant heat at the exact desired temperature. The high-quality ceramic plates are gentle on your hair, helping you avoid any damage or dryness. Stop ruining your beautiful mane with crappy flat irons — you’ll thank me later.


Speaking of ceramic flat irons, you should also consider picking up this damage-prevention spray from HSI. It uses argan oil to protect your hair from burning when using high-heat styling devices. It also acts as a leave-in conditioner, allowing you to reduce the number of products you put on your precious head. This stuff doesn’t use parabens, sulfates, or phosphates, so you don’t need to worry about any harsh chemicals messing with your hair’s natural beauty.


Where do you keep your soaps and shampoos? Are they easily accessible when you’re in the shower, or do you have to bend down and have to grab blindly while the water is flowing? Maybe it’s time for you to pick up one of these shower caddies from Umbra. It hooks perfectly on your showerhead, giving you easy access to all your bathing goodies. I didn’t realize how much clutter was in my shower until I put everything into this caddy.


I always need tissues in my house, especially during allergy season. In general, tissue boxes are pretty ugly and become an eyesore when there are so many scattered around the house. I bought a couple of these Umbra Casa Tissue Box Covers, and I must say: they have been a sight for sore eyes. I never have to look at an obnoxious cardboard tissue box with a dumb floral pattern again. Thank god.


You might not be a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, but honestly — those dudes have lived some pretty wild lives. And not just during the band’s existence, but long before. This 401-page saga about Flea (the bassist) is impossible to put down, and it’s not just because he is a celebrity. Acid For The Children is hands down the best memoir I’ve ever read, primarily because the dude is 100% nuts.


If you love to bake, you know how critical high-quality food coloring is. This set comes with everything you need to get the color you need without unwanted flavor. Each box contains twelve .75oz bottles of edible pigment, including super black, royal blue, sky blue, chocolate brown, lemon yellow, teal, leaf green, orange, deep pink, super red, violet, and fuchsia. These are perfect for cakes, frosting, and even playdough!


If you’ve never had an air purifier in your home, you really don’t know what you’re missing. This one from LEVOIT makes air purification affordable, and each one can purify a 129 ft2 and keep it that way. It’s perfect for those who suffer allergies from pets, dust, mold, and pollen; or those who are easily affected by smoke and odor. We have one for each room in our house, not to brag or anything.


Microfiber is all the rage these days, and that is because it is the most versatile fabric on the market. This set of bathroom rugs adds comfort and class to your bathroom without breaking the bank. They are super absorbent, very easy to clean, and feature a rubber bottom so you’ll never slip. What more could you ask for?


You need a good set of tools in your home, and Black+Decker is the most trusted brand in the business. This feature-rich drill gives you professional quality at a consumer price, undoubtedly conquering the most difficult tasks you throw at it. It also comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty, so you are fully protected from any technical faults with this drill. Seriously, DO NOT buy a crap drill from a no-name brand — get one like this which is meant to last forever.


Ladies — what’s the worst part about our bathing suits? Well, in my opinion, it’s when you lose control and a body part slips somewhere that it shouldn’t. The solution? This double-sided waterproof tape from Braza. It uses medical-grade adhesive to stick the fabric to your skin without hurting you when it’s time to remove it. I never have to worry about releasing the nipple at the beach while I use this stuff, so I can enjoy the water free from anxiety.


Yoga mats are typically thin and rarely have much protection against hard floors. Some of us ::cough cough:: enjoy a little more padding when we do our routines. If this sounds like you, I recommend picking up one of these premium extra-thick mats from Sponga. This one is more than double the thickness of my old one, and that added padding helps take a lot of pressure off my joints when I’m doing my stretches. My son likes to nap on it because it’s just that comfortable.


Upgrade your 1950’s Tupperware collection to the new millennium with the Brilliance Food Storage containers from Rubbermaid. This set features a modular bento box configuration, so you can store multiple foods in the same container. The airtight lid with a locking mechanism means that your food stays fresh longer, and they’re even microwave and freezer safe!


I’ve had a lot of travel mugs, and I must tell you that this one is hands down the best I’ve ever owned. The Contigo Autoseal Mug keeps your hot liquids hot for up to five hours, and your cold liquids cold for up to twelve! It features a release button on the lid that eliminates the possibility of spills and leaks, keeping you and your drinks protected. This thing insulates so well that the manufacturer recommends you cool off your hot beverages before sealing the lid — for the sake of your mouth!


Looking to install some extra hooks around the house but not willing to drill into the wall to do it? Look no further than these large utility hooks from Command. They’re ranked the #1 utility hook and the #1 industrial hook on Amazon, basically validating all the praise I give these things. Each one can hold up to 5lbs, strong enough for almost anything you throw at it. We have a couple of these in practically every room, and I haven’t seen one fail yet!


I’m sure you’ve used a mechanical pencil before, but have you ever used one that isn’t complete crap? Probably not! The rOtring 600 is the best mechanical pencil I’ve ever used, full stop. It’s assembled using all metal parts, including a brass mechanism for the lead, meaning it won’t break like the plastic pencils your kids use. In fact, rOtring is so confident in their product that they offer 2 years of comprehensive warranty protection. Who knew we would be alive to see pencils with warranties?


If you don’t use cooling racks for your cookies and cakes, then you’re doing it wrong. Pick up this stackable 3-pack from Wilton and have better control over the temperature of your baked goods. The best part about these is that they are foldable, so once you are done you can store them away with the rest of your pots and pans. They also come with a limited 10-year warranty, so you can be confident in your purchase.


Finding an available charging cable in my house used to be a chore until we picked up this magnetic cable organizer on Amazon. Each charging cable gets a magnetic clip that attaches to a magnetic base, which we put on the table in front of the couch so we always have easy access. It works so well that I’m even considering getting another one to put in my car!


As a writer, I’m constantly worried about my important papers getting wet or ruined. One of my friends suggested this thermal laminator to me, and now I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it. It uses 3-5mm laminating sheets, keeping your documents flexible but protected from the elements. I don’t think you’ll find a better laminator for under $25 anywhere.


If you weren’t impressed by the power of the LEVOIT air purifier, maybe you’ll be swayed by this beefed up air sanitizer from GermGuardian. Not only does it filter the air, but this thing actually kills germs and bacteria using UV-C light — something most air purifiers don’t do. Because of it’s design, there is no room size limitation and it will sanitize all the surrounding air in just a few hours.


Like I said before, microfiber is a gift from the gods. It makes the best bedding, like, for example, this highly-rated comforter from LINENSPA. This bad boy is as warm and cozy as down, just without the animal products or allergies. The best part is you can throw the whole thing in the washing machine when it’s dirty, something you cannot do with traditional down. Sleeping is something we do with 33% of our lives, so you may as well be comfortable.


Vitamin C is one of the most vital nutrients for humans. Pirates used to die left and right because of scurvy, which is caused by a vitamin C deficiency. It’s no wonder that vitamin C is a powerful skin healer and can be used to help repair scarring. The Vitamin Serum from Petunia is proof of that. Just check out some reviews on Amazon to see pictures of the results!


Listen up! These Soundcore Bluetooth headphones are the best I’ve ever had. They even sound better than the earbuds I got with my iPhone, which everyone raves about. Each charge will last you 10 hours, giving you tons of time to listen to all your favorite podcasts on the go. They’re also under $50, so this is a great deal that you would be stupid to pass up!


Most people use the same brush to apply all their makeup, but not me. I’m a huge fan of treating makeup like an art form and my face as the canvas. Using these brushes has significantly improved my ability to do my own makeup and yield fantastic results. It comes with brushes for detail, shading, and penciling — putting the power of your beauty into your own hands.


My kid absolutely loves birds. He begged me for a year to get a bird feeder, but I couldn’t find one that would allow him to see the birds easily. Amazon decided to show me some mercy and recommended this clear bird feeder that I could suction right to his bedroom window. Now I can’t get him to leave his room, but hey, at least he’s not watching TV!

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