Too many nights staying up late can get you into a lot of trouble financially. You’re dozing off, watching a late-night episode of “Mama’s House,” and the new gadget comes on TV that you HAVE TO HAVE!! 4 “easy” payments later, and the gizmo is already broken and busted, taking you in a scam once again.
Surprisingly, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and some products aren’t ready to break in 5 minutes flat. Here are a few that aren’t scams but serious successes:
- Sketchy Dollar Store Cleaning Supplies: The yellow cleaning spray named “Awesome” from the dollar store evidently lives up to its name. The guy who recommended it said that it really should be priced higher and he’s never used it without gloves. The dollar store toilet bowl cleaner named The Works is so strong it can etch concrete.
- GetScreening.com: The site lets you know when movie screenings are happening so you can score free tickets.
- Detergent pods: These seem like a clever ploy by Big Detergent to force you to spend more on rebranded soap. Well, as it turns out they actually really work out well. Almost everyone uses a little too much detergent in their wash, but these little pods actually do the trick.
- The Thundershirt: It’s a neoprene jacket you put on animals to reduce anxiety. It accomplishes this by gently squeezing them all over.
- The Furminator: This pet comb really works: Furminator brush, a metal comb with tapered grooves that removes undercoat and reduces shedding. It’s not a surprise it works, but how well it works.
- The Magic Bullet: Several people swear by this blender. The issue is that it’s sold through infomercials which instantly sets off everyone’s “Scam” alarm.
- AnnualCreditReport.com: You know those ads on television for sites offering free credit reports? Don’t use those websites. Congress made the credit report companies provide people with one free credit report per year, so they did that with AnnualCreditReport.com, but then made several easily confusable clones that charged money. It’s 100% Congressionally-mandated legitimacy. Check it out: AnnualCreditReport.com.
- Melamine foam cleaning products: We’re talking about Mr. Clean Magic Eraser kind of products. It perfectly breaks down any kind of material from very fine cracks and textures. People use these on white sneakers to wild success.
- RainX: RainX is the stuff you spread apply to your windshield that repels rain, meaning that you don’t actually have to use your windshield wipers.
- Oxi Clean: Sold by the late but legendary pitchman Billy Mays, the sodium percarbonate cleaning product is actually really, really good at cleaning anything. Granted, you can get the same chemical off-brand at a pool supply store for a fifth of the price, but the stuff just annihilates stains.