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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So many people do actually have this, but usually it’s the wrong one. Trust us, it makes a difference!
Extra battery for your phone
Or at least a back up power source. You can easily get one for around $15.
First aid kit
Whether its in your car or your backpack, even a pack of bandaids can go a long way.
We’re specifically mentioning this because it’s a good idea to keep one next to the thermostat in your home. Thermostats can get out of whack and you’ll end up paying more than you should for heating/cooling.
Even if your car is brand new, it’s still not a bad idea to have these laying around. They’re cheap and don’t take up much space.