25 Cheap And Useful Things That Nobody Ever Has

Cheap and useful, those are two words that everyone loves. The problem is that we often think of useful things as being expensive. Okay, maybe not consciously, but certainly subconsciously. Although many of our problems can be solved with homemade hacks, cheap gadgets, and some creative improvising if we need something done our first impulse is to go and buy the product (usually expensive) that fills that particular need.

Of course these days we have the internet so it’s much easier to just search around on forums for some sort of hack, but that doesn’t change the fact that we still tend to be poor planners and improvisers. And that’s what this list is about. It’s about planning ahead. That immigration form on the airplane? You’ll be the one with the pen while everyone else is asking the flight attendants.

Car battery died? You’ve got the jumper cables. Need to open something up? You’ve got the pocket knife. Now don’t get us wrong. We’re not suggesting that you go out and start hoarding stuff. Not at all.

We’re just going to suggest some things that are typically dirt cheap and will give you some bang for your buck with their usefulness. And you’ll also probably get a lot of cool points from your friends for always being so well prepared. These are 25 cheap and useful things that nobody ever has.

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Pens on international flights

Pens on international flightsSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

No one ever seems to have a pen to fill out those pesky customs forms. In fact, in some places, people have been known to sell $5 pens in airports just to take advantage of this unfortunate fact.


Safety hammer/seatbelt cutter in the car

Safety hammer/seatbelt cutter in the carSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Your seatbelt saves you during the crash, but if you’re still conscious afterward you’ll probably want to be able to get out of the car…especially if it landed in the water.



ShoehornsSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

They only cost about 99 cents at IKEA and make putting on your shoes incredibly simple.


Baby Wipes

Baby WipesSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Any parent of a young child quickly discovers how useful these actually are. Although they were created for wiping down babies, they are some of the most multipurpose cleaners you could hope for.


Pocket knife

Pocket knifeSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

How often do you need a can opener, screwdriver, or scissors and can’t find any? Just keep a mini Swiss Army Knife on your keychain and you’re set.

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