10 Things Under $20 That Everyone Needs

The infinite wisdom of Reddit knows no bounds—especially when it comes to strip clubs, sex, and pooping—so it should be no surprise that Redditors know what they're talking about when it comes to making wise purchases. In a recent AskReddit thread, in which the question was posed "What's something almost no one has, but is very useful, for about 20 bucks or less?" the answers provide insight on the hobbies and worries of Redditors everywhere along with entertaining ways to make your money last. 


A pen

Weird, right? What’s the point of these darn things when millennials everywhere are tapping away on laptops? Well, there are plenty of situations where a good pen is necessary: writing rent checks, writing thank you letters, playing hangman, and—of course—graffiti of dicks on public bathroom walls.

Jumper Cables

You never know when the untimely death of your car is going to strike—let alone if anyone will be around to help you. Best case scenario: another car is in the same parking lot to jump your dead battery back to life. Worst case scenario? Another car is around, neither of you has jumper cables, and the person inside the car hunts men for sport. It happens!

A pill container




Hard money. Because you know who takes cash? Everybody! A hidden $20 bill in your car could come in handy if you end up in the middle of nowhere sans wallet. Pro-tip: hide an ol’ Jackson in your phone case for emergencies...unless the emergency is that you’ve lost your phone.

A lifestraw

This ingenious invention costs around $20 and turns any kind of water (puddles, stagnant lake water) into drinkable water. It’s great for camping and even better for emergencies, as one can even drink sewage water with it. In case you prefer your sewage water purified, of course.


A knife

One should, of course, exercise caution if they live with young children or guys who regularly say “stab ya later!” on their way out. Having a knife in your car could actually save your life, as you could cut off a restrictive seatbelt (after the crash, duh) or use the metal butt of the knife to break the window.

A lint roller  


A first aid kit


A shoehorn

What’s the worst part of putting your shoes on? If you said “bending over,” then you need a shoehorn ASAP.

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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and usually wastes his $20 bills on cupcakes and socks.