The only thing better than avoiding shopping with kids in tow is scoring an amazing deal. Thanks to Amazon, you can have both. We discovered the best things to buy on Amazon right now (five bucks or less!) that will not only make your life easier but will save you money, too. Now that’s a win. Keep reading to see them all.
Stainless Steel Straws
With plastic straw bans steadily growing across the globe, you won't want to leave home without your own reusable straws. This five-piece set is just $4.99, so you can afford to keep a set at home and get one for your bag on the go.
For less than $3 you can save your $4 avocado from browning with this genius device.
Vacation Scented Essential Oil
Need a vacation? This essential oil will take you away for just $2.95. Okay, so it won't really send you on vacation, but the "Instant Vacation" scent is described as smelling like a sandy beach on a tropical island with a blend of juicy pineapple, creamy coconut and sweet peach.
Remember how many hours you spent laughing over the silly sentences you created in Mad Libs? Share the fun with your own kids for under $5. It's the perfect activity for a rainy day, and your kids will be so busy laughing they won't realize they are actually developing their grammar skills. There are a variety of Mad Libs books available for $4.99 and less.
Reusable Water Bottle
You can never have too many water bottles handy when you have kids. This lightweight bottle is easy to tote around with all your other items, and it's just $4.99.
Car Cell Phone Holder
Navigate your way to all your after-school activities easily with this clip-on phone holder that keeps your cell phone in sight as you drive for just $4.99.
Baseball Hat Washer
Keep your kids' baseball hats looking sparkling clean for every game without a lot of effort thanks to this genius holder. For $4.59 it maintains the hat's shape when you toss it in the washer.
Stylish Hair Clip
Bird House Key Ring
Never misplace your keys again with this adorable bird keychain that comes with its own house. Whenever you walk in the door, set the bird inside the house, and you'll know exactly where to find it when it's time to leave again. The keychain, which also features a safety whistle, and house are just $4.99.
This is a must-have if your tots love oranges. This super simple $1 device makes it easy to pierce and peel an orange.
Wool Dryer Balls
Skip the dryer sheets in favor of these $4.79 dryer balls that'll save you money and the planet. They can be used over and over with absolutely no waste.
Tissue Box Cover
This cute, $5 tissue box cover will keep everyone in smiles all flu season long.
Animal Bento Boxes
You can either pack fruit or dip in these adorable animal bento boxes or use them as a place to store treasures. $5 for the panda, pig and chick.
Finally, the perfect excuse to organize your kitchen. The best part? These chalkboard labels are reusable and can be used on everything from mason jars to wine glasses! $4.99 for 36 labels.
Cradle Cap Brush
Deal with baby's cradle cap and first wisps of hair with this soft 2-in-1 brush from Safety 1st, just $4.99.
For those days when you're on-the-go, having micro dental flossers stashed away in your bag makes it easy to keep pesky dental debris at bay. Just 99 cents for a 12-pack.
Take a pack of WikkiStix with you the next time you eat out with kids. You'll be thanking us later. $4.97 for a 24-pack.
Never suffer from ill-chopped onions again! This stainless steel onion slicer is a whopping $2 and worth every penny.
Excuse us while we go buy a ton of these.$2 umbrella holders! While you're at it, you can use them for brooms or any other Marie Kondo-approved organizing.
Adorable and reusable cup sleeves for $5? Not only does your morning cup of Joe look way cuter, but you're reducing your carbon footprint, too.
Keep the dark (and the excuses not to go to bed) at bay with cuteness. These adorable elephants feature seven different light colors for $3.35 each.
Counter Trash Bag
This $4.99 counter hanger makes for easy clean up when you're cooking.
You can never have too many Magic Erasers when you have kids at home, especially for $1.29 for a 10 pack.
These $2 cube-shaped storage bags are the perfect way to tidy up the back of the closet or store kids clothes under your bed neatly.
Eradicate diaper pail smells with this $4 odor absorber that's safer to use than a scented candle.
This $4 brush makes cleaning baby bottles and sippy cups a snap.
When spills happen (and they never fail with kids) your sponge will be right at hand with this caddy for $3.29.
Cupcake Decorating Tool
It’s always a good time for a fancy cupcake with this $4.99 piping tool.
You’ll actually be able to find your wallet before your two-year-old sprints away from the checkout line with this $4 organizer.
Anything that clears up the clutter of bags for under a buck, like this $1 organizer, is worth a shot.
—Shahrzad Warkentin & Karly Wood
All photos: Amazon
Editor’s Note: All items available and with a price of $5 or less at the time of publication.