The Best Things (for $10 or Less) We Bought on Amazon This Year

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Guys, what if, instead of a Spotify Wrapped 2018 Breakdown where you find out all of the music you listened to in 2018, there was an Amazon Wrapped 2018 where you find out where all your money went in 2018?

That doesn’t seem to be on the docket for Amazon, so we decided to do our own little Amazon Year in Review analysis and track down our favorite $10-and-under buys on the behemoth site over the past 12 months.

Here are Kitchn editor’s favorite budget buys of the year.

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1. Joseph Joseph DrawerStore, $7

Lifestyle Director, Lisa Freedman, says that this cheap utensil organizer is a life-changing solution, especially for people with narrow kitchen drawers. “The system is basically perfection. It somehow holds all of my butter knives, small and big forks, and small and big spoons. Eight of each! Plus a few little bonus items,” she says.

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2. OXO Good Grips Soap Dispensing Palm Brush, $6

Associate Food Editor and author of Buddha Bowls: 100 Nourishing One-Bowl Meals, Kelli Foster, initially bought this for cleaning her spiralizer blades. “It always felt so tricky cleaning them with a sponge, and the blades have a knack for tearing up sponges,” says Kelli. “This is perfect. I now also use it for cleaning pots and pans, and getting tough stuck-on food off of plates, bowls, and silverware.”

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3. Franmara Wine Saver Vacuum Pump, $8

Our resident wine expert and Assistant Food Editor, Sheela Prakash, found this wine pump that actually works as promised during a trip to Italy. But you don’t even have to fly all the way to Italy to get one! You can buy this wine saver on Prime.

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4. OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer, $8

This sink strainer takes the dirty work out of doing the dishes. Contributor Ayn-Monique Klahre found that, because it’s made from flexible silicone, you can just invert it to pop out any yucky tidbits that inevitably get stuck in it before they clog up the drain.

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5. OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper, $10

This humble bench scraper can do so much more than cut dough. It’s ideal for food prep; pastry scraping; chopping and slicing things like lasagna, brownies, and casseroles; and measuring up to six inches and down to the quarter inch.

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6. Wickedly Prime Coconut Toffee Roasted Cashews, $6 for eight-ounces

After one handful of these coconutty-toffee-candied cashews, my head started spinning with possibilities for all the ways to enjoy them. My most ingenious idea? Crushed on top of an ice cream sundae.

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7. Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser & Polish, $6

Kitchn editors often sing the praises of this powdered cleanser that’s strong enough for even the grimiest of jobs. After all the chatter, we even convinced our News & Culture Editor, Ariel Knutson, who finally caved, bought it, and used it to clean her oven door. Here’s what she said: “It worked! It’s dreamy! It didn’t take too long to get the job done!”

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8. InterDesign Mesh Laundry Bag, $8

Yes, this is a mesh laundry bag designed to protect unmentionables in the washing machine. And yes, you should use it in your dishwasher. Here’s why: You can load up the bag with small things that don’t quite fit in the top rack to sanitize them while keeping them from getting lost or mangled.

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9. Supernatural Rainbow Starfetti Sprinkles, $8

Associate Food Editor Meghan Splawn is admittedly sprinkle-obsessed. “They just make everything more fun,” she says. “These in particular have a crunch that other sprinkles lack.”

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10. Method Dish Soap, $3

There’s a general consensus amongst Kitchn editors that Method is hands-down our favorite dish soap. Their products are made using a non-toxic, plant-based formula, and yet still get crusty, greasy dishes clean.

What are some of the best things you bought on Amazon this year for just $10 or less?

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