10 Cheap Items That Are Actually Lifesavers

Everyone's got that one pen that they bought at 6 p.m. from Dollar Tree because they had to do homework and didn't have a pen. But it's now a year later and you still have that pen and it's the best pen you've ever used.

I'm sure there are plenty of people who have similar stories of buying something that is cheap and mass-produced, and realizing that it's actually pretty handy.

BIC Products

Another person admitted that they had never made the connection between BIC lighters, pens, and razor blades.


Zip Ties

They're durable, long-lasting, and easy to hide. Someone else admitted that they use zip ties on their car when they need a quick bumper fix.


Soda/Beer Cans

As someone pointed out, soda and beer cans use a “relatively small amount of cheap metal to withstand the pressure of carbonated beverages with a reliable opening mechanism.”



The general consensus seemed to be that the commercial toilets at people's jobs were lower quality, while the ones people had in their homes never left so much as a crumb.


Cardboard Boxes

“It's lightweight, strong, splash-resistant, somewhat padded, doesn't break down in heat/cold, scratch resistant, recyclable, biodegradable, and able to be assembled cheaply into any size.”