Saving cash is never a bad thing. When words and phrases like “inflation” and “cost-of-living crisis” are all over the news, finding value for money has become even more important. WIRED’s Gear team has tested a broad range of products across many categories—many of which, handily, cost under $30. This guide brings together those top value-for-money picks into one list.

The choices here are useful for any time of year, but if you’re looking to spend thriftily this holiday, check out our 25 Amazing Gifts Under $25 for ideas. And dive into our other buying guides for more recommendations.

Updated December 2023: We’ve refreshed this guide with our current favorite budget finds.

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