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Life is expensive. Student loans, rent, phone bills, groceries — it’s no wonder we spend our hard-earned paychecks so quickly. And then there are those little splurges on Ubers, dining out, and new clothes and shoes for work.
In an effort to talk about purchases that are decidedly more budget-friendly, I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share the best things they’ve bought for less than $20, and I got some interesting responses.
Some are seemingly random (a lemon squeezer), some are convenient (an extra-long charging cable for your phone), and some you probably didn’t realize you needed (a mini humidifier for your desk).
Check out our favorite affordable picks below.
A car mount for your phone
I don’t own a car in New York, but this air-vent phone mount is worth the $8. I keep it in my suitcase so that I have it when I travel and I’m driving around a rental car. It works everywhere and holds my phone securely in place while driving. — Reuben Ingber
An egg cooker
No one likes to be the girl in the office who goes to crack her hard-boiled egg during this month’s health kick and end up with a yolky mess. Not cool.
After more failed attempts than I would like to admit at the perfect hard-boiled egg, I discovered this little beauty — perfect every time and you never end up with egg on your face … or your desk. — Caitlin Gallaher
A miniature desk humidifier
This little doodad has changed my life by making winter in a hot, dry New York office bearable without taking up much space. — Margaret Bowani
An instrument tuner
Tuning guitars, bases, ukuleles, mandolins etc. etc. etc. is a pain, but these things clip to the headstock, are chromatic and thus very easy to read and use, are quite accurate, run on long-lasting batteries, and let you play around with tuning on the fly once you know the right pitches. Much less than $20, too! — Matthew DeBord
An iPhone fan
In the New York City summer months, this thing has been a lifesaver. — Matt Jackson
A portable charger
This! My phone’s never been dead since. — Thomas Colson