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15 Impulse Buys That are Actually So Useful

You know the feeling—you run to the store, vowing to stick to your list. Then, somehow you end up in the checkout line with quite a bit more than you planned on. Most of the time those extra items are things you don't need and regret buying. But every so often, an impulsive buy turns out to be surprisingly useful. Here are our favorite impulse buys that you won't regret.

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Bagvia amazon.com

Mighty Handle Grocery Bag Carrier

This Mighty Handle 2-Pack might look like a useless gadget you might see near the cash register. But, these handles are super handy to have around. Load up your grocery bags on these two handles and you might just be able to bring in all the groceries in one trip. Psst! Did you know you can use grocery bags to wash windows?

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Cordless LED Lamp


Do you need an egg-shaped futuristic-style LED lamp? Probably not. But you’re gonna want this one, and you’ll be surprised by how much you use it. This Cordless LED lamp has a built-in battery and a magnetic base so you can attach it to any metal surface. Plus, it just looks cool! We love the minimalist style, available in four colors. Speaking of lights, here is everything you need to know about smart lights for your home.

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Snap ‘n Strain Strainer


Do you need yet another kitchen gadget? You do when it’s a genius design like this one. Get rid of your regular bulky and boring strainer, and grab the Snap n’ Strain Strainer instead. This handy gadget clips onto any pot or pan so you can strain out the water with one easy pour. And, the compact size makes it easy to store. Check out these 9 kitchen gadgets that do EVERYTHING!

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USB via amazon.com

High-Speed USB Wall Charger


Have you ever started to leave the house, only to notice your phone is almost dead? Enter the Anker PowerPort 2 Elite. This high-speed charger will get your phone to 100% in no time. Go ahead and add it to your cart, you know you want to! You don’t have to spend a lot for quality. Here are 12 products under $100 that will last you a lifetime.

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Claws via amazon.com

Sturdy Claws Garden Genie Gloves


These odd gloves look like something you’d impulsively order late at night from an infomercial. But, in fact, the Sturdy Claws Garden Genie Gloves are extremely useful and highly recommended. The unique claws make gardening and weeding a breeze. In addition, the latex fabric is durable, waterproof, and puncture resistant.

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Avocadovia amazon.com

3-in-1 Avocado Slicer


Yes you can cut an avocado with a regular knife, but wouldn’t it be better to split it open, remove the pit and slice it up with one simple tool? This 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer is not exactly a necessity, and might be something you impulsively add to your cart, but once you own it, you’ll never go back to a plain old knife again. Here’s how to grow an avocado plant at home.

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Brushvia amazon.com

2-in-1 Mini Dustpan and Counter Brush Cleaning Set


This is one of those miniature items that makes you say, “Oh how cute!” But this little guy is more than an adorable impulse buy. The 2-in-1 Mini Dustpan and Counter Brush Cleaning Set is actually a game changer when it comes to tidying up the kitchen or bathroom. Use the mini brush for countertop crumbs and the squeegee edge for wet spills. Still in the mood for shopping? Here are 7 amazing products that will make you a better homeowner.

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Scrubbervia amazon.com

Drillbrush All Purpose Power Scrubber


Sure, a brush set that attaches to your cordless drill might seem like a silly impulse purchase. But this drillbrush kit will make scrubbing your bath, shower and other challenging cleaning jobs so much easier! The nylon bristles won’t scratch and the three different sizes will meet all your needs—and it’s only $15! Check out these as-seen-on-TV products that actually work.

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Soapvia amazon.com

Ceramic Soap Dispenser & Bamboo Dish Brush


Not only does this Bamboo Dish Brush look great out on your kitchen counter, it comes with a hidden feature. The dish is actually a spring-loaded soap dispenser! You fill the bottom with dish soap, and the brush sits on top. When you’re ready to do the dishes, push down on the brush and it loads up with suds. Check out these 10 things you should never wash in the dishwasher.

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Chopper via amazon.com

Vegetable and Onion Chopper


There are a lot of chopping gadgets on the market, and not all of them are winners. But the Mueller Pro Vegetable Chopper is one impulsive buy you won’t regret. With over 6,000 4-star or above customer reviews, it’s a safe bet. We love the one-push slicing action and the built-in storage container. Are you a kitchen gadget addict? Here are 12 kitchen tools from Amazon that are too fun to pass up.

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Flashlight via amazon.com

Blacklight Flashlight


Have you ever been tempted by the row of handy flashlights displayed at the cash register? Maybe you think you don’t need a mini flashlight, but this TaoTronics Black Light Flashlight is an impulsive buy you won’t regret. Use it to find pet urine stains, harmful pests like scorpions, or garden bugs that are eating up your vegetables.

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Holdersvia amazon.com

Sandwich Bag Holders


If you impulsively purchase these YUFF Sandwich Bag Holders, you’ll wonder what you ever did without them! From preparing kids lunches, to storing leftovers, no more struggling to hold the bag open with one hand while you scoop in the ingredients with the other. Here are 15 more ingenious meal prep items you’ve got to have!

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Fan via amazon.com

Portable iPhone Fan


Okay, go ahead and put this gadget in the “want it, don’t need it” category. But, come on, aren’t you itching to add this to your cart? The Portable iPhone Fan comes in handy when you’re stuck in the heat at a sporting event, waiting in line at a theme park, or maybe just hanging out at the beach. It plugs right into your charging port and provides instant cool relief. Sweating it out this summer? You might need one of these 11 modern ceiling fans.

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Silicone Cleaning Scrubber


There’s nothing this Silicone Cleaning Scrubber can’t clean! Use it with laundry detergent to remove stains from clothes, in the kitchen to scrub dishes or fruits and vegetables, and on furniture to remove pet hair. You can even use it in the shower to exfoliate! After you make this impulsive purchase you might go back for another one. Now that you have a handy scrubber, here are 10 cleaning tips for your whole house!

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Openervia amazon.com

Jar and Bottle Opener


Kitchen gadgets are often an impulsive shopper’s biggest weakness. But, this Easy Grip Jar Lid and Bottle Opener makes opening jars SO much easier and it’s less than $5! Its flexible design makes it adjustable to different lid sizes, and we love that it’s antibacterial and washable. Here are 10 smart kitchen products you won’t want to pass up.

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