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101 of the most useful items that can make life easier

101 of the most useful items that can make life easier
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As so many of us have been spending more time at home lately, it’s likely we’re trying to find ways to make that time more enjoyable. We asked around and have come up with an extensive list of useful items that can make life easier for you around the house or on the go. Who wouldn’t want that?!

This list of time and money-savers can help you spend less time cooking, cleaning, or fixing and more time relaxing. They can also make life at home more fun!

The prices of these items are approximate and subject to change. A great option to save the most money is to comparison shop; simply do a Google Shopping search when you are ready to buy and you’ll come up with the best price.

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Useful cleaning items

Swedish dishcloths

You’ll save money on paper towels with reusable and convenient Swedish dishcloths! The pictured cloths run $14.49 for a 10-pack.

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Robot vacuums

The selection of robot vacuums are currently extensive; you can choose vacuums or mops, and very often a combination of both! The pictured vacuum is currently $249. Prices generally range from $200 to $700, depending on brand and functionality, but we often see big discounts on robot vacuums at Newegg and Woot. Consumer Reports is a great place to research the different brands and models to see how they each stack up. Let a robot do the work you’d rather not do!

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E-Cloths

Priced from $8 to $40, you can use e-cloths to take care of cleaning chores, using only water! Everything from dusters to window cleaners is available.

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Steam mop

Sanitize your hard floors without chemicals! This one is currently $80 at Amazon.

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Air purifier & sanitizer

Zap bacteria and odors in a small room with UV-C light! This highly-rated Germ Guardian is currently $39.99 at Amazon.

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Phone sanitizer

Clean your phone, keys, headphones, watches; stick them in and get rid of the germs. Prices generally range from $30 to $60. Remember to check FakeSpot to avoid items with fake reviews!

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Mop shoes

Make cleaning a little more fun! Kids would love these! Currently priced at $6.99 on Amazon.

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Window blind duster

There are a variety of blind dusters available to make cleaning those dust magnets easier! Prices range from about $8 to $11 at Amazon.

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Brush drill attachment set

Brushes can attach to your drill and power clean! Sets run from $9 to $27 at Amazon.

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Kitchen help

Touchless kitchen faucets

I own a touchless faucet!  It is a great help while you are cooking; you just wave your hand in front of the sensor to turn the water flow off and on. Prices can range from $100 to $600, but we often see daily deals pop up on these at The Home Depot.

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Kitchen wrap organizer rack

We have a kitchen wrap drawer that generally gets stuck open or closed! Pop this in a cabinet for great organization. The current price is $13 at Amazon.

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Expandable under sink organizer and storage

This storage is adjustable to fit your preferred height and will work around plumbing. Get twice the under sink storage! Currently $25 at Amazon.

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Mug stackers

Clear up major space in your cabinets with mug stackers! Currently $25 for a 6-pack at Amazon.

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Instant Pot

Multitudes rave about the Instant Pot and the quick work it makes of dinner! Prices range from around $60 to $180, and we often see daily deals on these.

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Air fryer

 

Air fryers are fast, efficient, and healthy! Another favorite among cooks. Prices start around $60, but one of our team members got a 3.5-qt air fryer for $35 around Prime Day.

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Milk frother

Milk frothers are tiny and powerful! Easily and quickly mix drinks or froth milk for the perfect home latte. A favorite kitchen accessory and makes a great gift! This one is currently $14 at Amazon.

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Food Saver

Vacuum seal your food to extend its life and save space! Prices range from $50 to $80, but we have seen daily deals lower for these as well.

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Silicone jar opener

This has a non-slip grip that allows you to open jars, and will double as a potholder! Currently $9 at Amazon.

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French butter dish

This will keep your butter healthy and spreadable whenever you need it! No more hard butter pats tearing your bread to pieces. Prices average around $17.

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Garlic peeler

Make quick work of your garlic peeling duties, without getting that pungent odor your hands! Starts around $6.

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Pancake & cupcake batter dispenser

No mess, perfect shapes every time! Easy to clean as well. Prices range from $9 to $19!

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Avocado slicer

Score, pit, and slice your avocado safely! This averages $10 across the web right now.

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Flexible snap-on colander

Snap on to any pot and easily drain! Currently $10 at Amazon.

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Wine saver

This gadget will extend the life of an open bottle of wine by a week! Makes a great gift. Currently $16 at Amazon.

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Food chopper

There are a wide range of food choppers available, from about $10 to $35. Dice and slice with ease!

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S’mores Maker

Enjoy s’mores inside, year-round! Runs of an electric, flameless heater. Currently $20 at Amazon.

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Cooking scale

Get precise measurements for cooking or meal prep. Scales are a very handy kitchen gadget! Current prices range from $14 to $50 at Amazon.

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Grease container

This is a safe place to store and reuse cooking grease! Currently $30 at Amazon.

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Reusable produce bags

These produce bags come in 3 different sizes, are see-through, washable, and reusable. Take them shopping so you don’t have to use plastic bags at the store! Currently priced at $9 at Amazon.

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Expandable food container lid organizer

No more missing lids! This can fit in your cabinet or in a drawer. Currently priced at $35 at Amazon.

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Automatic espresso machine

If you buy a quality espresso machine, you’ll be able to have coffee-shop lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos every day! If you’re prone to a coffee shop run every day, it’s an investment that will pay off in the long run. Priced from $99 to $999 at Amazon!

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Touchless garbage cans

Touchless garbage cans will help keep the germs at bay! There are a variety available, from motion-activated to foot lever activated. Prices range from $40 to $200 at Amazon, but we’ve seen them for as low as $30 on sale.

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Pan scrapers

These are some of the most useful and cheap cleaners available. Great for cast iron, too! Currently $7 for 4 at Amazon.

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Indoor insect trap

Trap those pesky fruit flies! Catches gnats and mosquitos as well. Great reviews! Currently priced at $40 at Amazon.

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Useful items for yourself and your home

Packing cubes

Organize and save space in your luggage!  Prices range from $11 to $35 at Amazon.

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Pill organizer

No second-guessing, no losing track! Pill organizers will keep you up to date and are portable for trips! Currently $3 at Amazon.

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Deep pocket sheets

Are your fitted sheets always popping off your mattress? Get deep pockets and end that madness! Prices range from $19 to $32 at Walmart.

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True Utility stainless steel pen keychain

Are you always on the search for the elusive pen? No more with the expandable pen you attach to your keychain! It’s currently priced at $12 at Amazon.

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RamPro hide-a-spare-key rock

Never get locked out again! Currently priced at $7 at Amazon.

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Aldi quarter holder

Never be without a quarter at your favorite grocery store! Priced between $7 and $11 at Amazon.

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Rechargeable light bulbs

Rechargeable light bulbs are great for emergencies! They can last for 3-5 hours if you are without power. Prices range from about $14 to $60 at Amazon.

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Portable phone tripod

Tripods will make recording and taking pictures so much easier! This particular tripod is currently $15 at Amazon.

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Goal water bottle with time markers

Let your water bottle keep you accountable! Time markers tell you where your water level should be; a very easy reminder. This bottle is currently $19 at Amazon.

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Flat treadmill

Treadmills can be so bulky. Not this one — it fits under your bed or against a wall while not in use! Currently $308 at Amazon.

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Reusable silicone collapsible straws

These straws are great for on-the-go, and come with their own cleaning kit! Currently $7 for two at Amazon.

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Lifestraw personal water filter

This personal filter is great for hiking, camping, or emergencies! Filters up to 1000 gallons of contaminated water for drinking. It’s currently priced at $16 on Amazon, but we’ve seen it as a Prime Day and Black Friday deal for around $10.

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Lighted magnifiers

These magnifiers will fit in your wallet! Great for low light conditions and small print. This two-pack is currently $11. 

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LED flashlight gloves

Great for car repairs, camping, fishing; any low light situation!  Currently $13 at Amazon.

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Magnetic wristband

Keep your tools handy on work projects! This wristband is currently $17 at Amazon.

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Battery organizer

No more batteries rolling around in random drawers. Keep them all visible, in one place! The current price on Amazon is $14.

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Insulated tumblers

You don’t have to pay top dollar for a tumbler! This one will work for hot or cold drinks and comes with a stainless steel straw. Currently $13 at Amazon.

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Shoe dryers and sanitizers

There are a variety of shoe dryers and sanitizers to help keep the stink at bay! Prices range from $17 to $150 at Amazon.

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Overhead storage for garage or basement

Overhead storage can assist in major organization! Clear up useable space and get your good out of the way. Prices range from $90 to $180 at Amazon, but sometimes we’ll see a super deal at Costco or Woot.

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Coffee tables with storage

Coffee tables that do double duty can be a great perk!  Prices range from $100 to $400 at Amazon.

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Tool organizer

Get those tools off the floor and on the wall! Great for garages or basements. This organizer is currently $30 at Amazon.

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Suction cup hooks

Hang wreaths, bird feeders, and bathroom accessories. Will attach to windows and tile; just about any non-porous surface. You can currently purchase this 6 pack for $9 at Amazon.

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Mesh laundry bags

Keep your delicates together; or how about your socks? Never lose one again…is that possible? Mesh laundry bags sell from about $7 to $16 at Amazon.

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Handy tools

Paint mixer drill attachment

If your gallon of paint has been sitting for too long, pop this attachment onto your electric drill and it’ll be mixed in short order! Currently $7 at Amazon.

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Wallet multi-tool

This will not only come in handy for a variety of reasons; it’s the size of a credit card! Currently $5 at That Daily Deal.

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Keychain screwdriver set

Always have a flat head and Phillips head screwdriver on hand! Currently less than $4 at Amazon.

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Mini box cutter

It’s small enough to fit in a purse, and you will always have something to open boxes and cut snack packages. Currently $10 at Amazon.

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Multitool

This multitool has excellent reviews and is great to keep on hand! It is currently $30 at Amazon, but you can find others with fewer tool options for less.

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Useful items for your vehicle

Tire inflator

Air up your tires at home instead of the gas station! Very handy if you wake up to a low tire. Prices range from $30 to $70 at Amazon.

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Car phone mount

Always stay hands-free in the car. Mounts can be attached at the vent or the dashboard if you need GPS directions! Priced from $8 to $25 on Amazon. eBay is another great place to score a deal, as long as the seller is experienced with tons of positive reviews.

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Clay bar for auto detailing

Clay bars do a much better job at detailing than other products! Prices range from $9 to $23.

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Waterproof car trash can

Have a safe place to stash your trash! Currently $13 at Amazon.

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Car hooks

Make things easier to organize and keep your goods off the floor of your car! Currently $11 at Amazon.

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Inflatable travel pillow 

Packable and inflatable; this would work for any travel, even a road trip! Currently $9 at Amazon.

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Emergency keychain car escape tool

This is a seatbelt cutter and window breaker that fits on your keychain.  This particular item currently comes in a 3 pack for $25.

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Power inverter for the car

Power inverters are so handy if you need to plug electronics in, especially for road trips! They range from $23 to $75 at Amazon.

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Car backseat organizer

Great for kids. Organize all the toys and snacks! This particular item is currently $19 for 2 at Amazon.

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Portable battery jump starter

If your car battery dies and there is no one around to give you a jump, you will be very glad you have one of these! Prices range from $61 to $300 at Amazon.

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Useful outdoor items

Pole saw

If you need to trim a branch or two, you will be glad you have one of these on hand! These are priced between $62 and $220 at Amazon, but sometimes we’ll see them lower during a daily sale at The Home Depot.

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Rain barrel

Use rainwater for outdoor watering later on! This particular barrel comes with an optional grow top for flowers or herbs. Currently $106 at Wayfair!

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Firestarter

This is weatherproof with awesome reviews. Great for camping! Currently $13.

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Drip and Micro Sprinkler Kit

This kit will water your plants automatically! It is currently $47 at The Home Depot.

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Propane fire pit

Propane fire pits are fantastic! With the push of a button, you can have instant heat. No blowing embers or smoke in your eyes. The ultimate cool-evening gathering spot. Prices range from $100 to $1000 at Amazon.

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Atomic Bear paracord bracelet

These bracelets have a fire starter, compass, emergency whistle, emergency knife, and 12 feet of military-grade paracord. You can currently get two for $11 at Amazon!

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Hand warmers

Hand warmers are so useful! Stick them in your pockets, gloves, or shoes when it’s cold outside and I know from experience that they will help! Currently $5 to $30 at Amazon.

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Robot lawnmower

Never mow the lawn again; have a robot do the work for you! These are priced from $800 to $1,500 at Amazon, but sometimes you’ll see a big price drop during a daily sale.

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Quikflip 2-in-1 reversible backpack hoodie

If your walk starts out cool and turns warm, just flip your hoodie into a backpack! Currently $55 at Amazon.

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Packable raincoat

If the weather is iffy, carry along your raincoat in a small package! Stick it in the glove box or your backpack, and it’s there if you need it, but won’t take up space if the weather is in your favor. Prices average about $26 Amazon.

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Useful Tech

Chromebooks

Chromebooks are a great option for students; generally built to be durable and low cost. We’ve seen them for as low as $80 at a store like Micro Center, but they are difficult to find under $200 right now due to high demand.

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Wireless chargers

Power up without plugging in! Easy and convenient for phones and earbuds. Prices range from $12 to $50 at Amazon.

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Twin extension cord power strip

This fits flat against your outlet, and is perfect for behind a bed or couch! Plug in your lamps on either side and you are good to go. Currently $13 at Amazon.

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Smart plug

Turn your home into a smart one with smart plugs!  You can control appliances from your phone or with voice commands when hooked up to a smart speaker. There are a variety online; this one is currently $17 at Amazon, but we’ve seen them start at $1 during a special promotion.

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Echo Dot

If you haven’t joined the smart speaker bandwagon yet; they are so useful!  Great for playing music and asking Alexa questions or giving voice commands to help control switches, light bulbs, security systems; the possibilities are vast!

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Solar power bank

This power bank can use the power of the sun to charge your phone.  It would be a helpful gadget when you aren’t near a power source! It is currently around $30 at Amazon.

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Smart scale

Smart scales hook up to your phone and can give you a world of information about your measurements! Weight, water, muscle mass, bone mass, etc. This particular scale has great reviews and is currently $40 at Amazon.

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Video doorbells

Video doorbells will alert you to who exactly is at your doorstep, no matter where you are. Two-way talk is generally an option as well. Prices range from around $80 to $250 at Amazon.

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Blue light blocking lenses

Protect your eyes against tech with blue light blocking technology! Zenni will currently add Blokz protection to any prescription or non-prescription lenses for $16.95.

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Motion Activated toilet nightlight

No more leaving a light on in the bathroom; save energy costs with a motion-activated toilet nightlight!  Priced from $6 to $30 at Amazon.

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Tile key finder

Stop the endless search for everyday items! Attach a tile and always know where to look. Tile starts around $25 at Amazon.

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Useful for pets

Did you feed the dog?

Never forget your pup!  Just slide the knob over as soon as you fill up the dish.  Currently $10 at Amazon.

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Thundershirt for dogs

This promises to calm your pup in high anxiety situations! Currently priced from $34 to $45 at Amazon.

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Over-The-Door coat rack

This is great for human storage, but nice for pets — it’s perfect place to hang leashes. Currently $12 at Walmart.

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FURemover broom

This broom will take care of all of the pet hair! Has a telescoping arm, easy to clean and gets great reviews.  Currently under $16 at Amazon.

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AmazonBasics stainless steel dog bowl

These dog bowls are dishwasher safe and won’t rust!  You can currently purchase one for $9 or two for $18 at Amazon.

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