The internet puts all kinds of unique and eccentric products at our fingertips. Money is tight for everyone these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the cooler things out there, even when on a budget. Here are some of the best cheap buys you can find around the web.
A Carnivorous Plant
Even if you don’t have an ant problem, the Venus flytrap is simply a great cheap buy. Every home needs a little interesting foliage to spruce it up and regulate the flow of oxygen—the fact that they devour flies and spiders is just the icing on the cake. Even better, the plant can be purchased for under $15. They don’t require insects to live, but if you want to feed them, insects are pretty much free. Plus, they make for an awesome table decoration, and an even better way to show your mom you’re all grown up. Look Ma, I got a house plant!
The Measure of a Droid
Another one of the best cheap buys out there comes to you from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The Star Wars R2-D2 measuring cup set is simply awesome. Not only will it help you make the best cookies in the empire but the set looks great (and compact) on your countertop, too. The body of R2 separates to give you various cup measurements, while the arms come apart to offer table and teaspoon measurements. As the site says, this is the droid you’ve been looking for!
If you’re searching for one of the most creative best cheap buys you can find, look no further than the H2O survival water filter travel straw. This pocket size straw filters and purifies your drinking water no matter where you find yourself. This is a great purchase for any hikers or campers who want the security of knowing they’ll have potable drinking water in any location. Or, if you’re just sick of gross water at restaurants and bars, you can whip out this nifty tool and know you’re getting pure, hydrating water (at least up to 18 gallons)!
A Piece of History
Holding an artifact from ancient times is a pretty profound and grounding experience. That’s why one of the best cheap buys you can find is a piece of history. Ancient Roman coins are actually pretty affordable. You can find a few of them for less than $20. Just think, for just one $20 bill, you can have coins that are nearly 2000 years old! These coins could have passed through the hands of gladiators, senators, and even emperors that walked the earth over thousands of years ago.
Games and Camaraderie
There is no better gift or purchase you can make than one that brings people together and makes them laugh. The game Cards Against Humanity has been spreading cheer and good old fashioned gross outs for a few years now. If you haven’t played it, do yourself a favor and pick up this great cheap buy. If you have played it, or already have a deck, the expansion packs add a few more laughs and unbearable moments. It’s a great way to break the ice with your new in-laws. If you’re feeling especially cheap, you can even print it out for free.
Cheap Means Awesome
Just because something is affordable doesn’t mean it’s not great. There are a lot of ways to stretch your dollars while still picking up some cool gear. The items above are just the tip of the proverbial cheap stuff iceberg. What are your favorite affordable finds?