- 1 Great back support
- 2 Protect your face from the sun
- 3 Keep your kids safe in the water
- 4 Budget-friendly wireless charging
- 5 Keep your shoes in tip-top shape
- 6 Light the way with a reliable lantern
- 7 Small but mighty phone charger
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Following a strict budget can often make you feel like you can’t afford nice things, but price and quality often aren’t synonymous. There are a ton of well-priced Wirecutter picks, and our Deals squad gets an extra thrill when they get to help you save even more money on many of Wirecutter’s must-have picks. Here are the best, most affordable deals we’ve found under $25 so you can pick up the things you need without breaking the bank.
Great back support
LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion (Black)
Deal price: $20; street price: $27
When you bought the cheapest desk chair from IKEA, you probably never thought you’d be using it everyday in place of the fancy ergonomic chair you sit in at the office. But now that you’ve been working from home for months, your janky chair is quite literally a pain in the back. If you’re not ready to invest in a new chair, treat yourself to a high-quality lumbar-support pillow instead. The LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion is one of the most supportive and comfortable pillows we tested, with its four-inch-thick memory foam offering firm, contoured support for your lower back. Thanks to its adjustable straps, it can fit on chairs of all sizes—though it may work best with smaller chairs since its straps are shorter than those of the competition. If you’re looking for lower back pain relief, the LoveHome cushion in black is now discounted to $20. This is the first deal we’ve ever posted for this affordable cushion that could very well make the hours you spend at your desk more enjoyable.
Read our review of the best lumbar-support pillows.
Protect your face from the sun
Along with slathering on a healthy amount of sunscreen, you should also consider wearing a protective hat during your outdoors adventures. Though perhaps not the most fashionable option available, the Columbia Bora Bora II Booney is a great hat made with a lightweight UPF 50 fabric that makes it comfortable to wear. The Bora Bora II’s 3-inch brim doesn’t offer as much sun protection on lower parts of your face and neck as our top pick, but it’s extremely breathable thanks to the thick layer of mesh wrapping around the crown of the hat. Whether you’re on an arduous mid-day hike or just gardening out back on a sunny afternoon, this hat offers the coverage you didn’t know you needed. If you’re on the fence (and we get it, it is a little dorky looking), let this help you decide: Though we’ve seen the price for the Bora Bora dip in the past, this is the steepest discount we’ve ever found for this hat.
Read our review of the best sun hats for hikers.
Keep your kids safe in the water
August may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to squeeze out a few more days at the pool, lake, or beach. Whether your young one isn’t the strongest swimmer or you’d just rather they had a little extra security, the Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe Pool Floaties can help. On sale for $15, these foam-filled floaties are similar to water wings, but better: Rather than filled with air, the Stearns support your child’s arms and chest with foam that won’t deflate after hours of splashing around. Though the Stearns is not a replacement for parental supervision, it’s a great way to add a layer of protection and can even inspire confidence in young swimmers still learning.
Read our review of the best beach toys for kids and adults.
Budget-friendly wireless charging
Anker PowerWave Stand Qi Charger (2-Pack, Refurbished)
Deal price: $20 with code EMCDPFK54; street price: $28
Wireless charging stands are great to keep on your desk, nightstand, or anywhere else your phone will be stationary for a few hours. Unlike wireless charging pads, the Anker PowerWave Stand positions your phone in an upright position, making it easy to check alerts with only a glance. Though the PowerWave isn’t the fastest wireless charger out there and wouldn’t be your go-to charger in a time-crunch, it works well in situations that aren’t time-sensitive (such as when you’re working and shouldn’t be looking at Instagram anyway). This refurbished two-pack of stand chargers are on sale for $20 with a 90-day warranty when you use the code EMCDPFK54 at checkout—a great deal for anyone who doesn’t want to move their charger from room to room.
Read our reviews of the best Qi wireless chargers.
Keep your shoes in tip-top shape
Considering you’ve got nowhere to go, you’ve stuck your nice leather shoes in the back of your closet (where they can’t remind you of everything that’s been canceled the last few months). If you want to keep them looking sharp during their hiatus, you need a shoe tree. The Nordstrom Cedar Shoe Trees, now discounted to $13 in all sizes, are an affordable choice that will keep your shoes looking fresh and help them last longer. Made completely of aromatic cedar, these shoe trees draw out inner moisture and reshape the leather, which will lengthen the life of your shoes. Though they ship for free from Nordstrom, they’re also available for curbside pick-up if your leather shoes are crying for immediate attention.
Read how to care for leather shoes.
Light the way with a reliable lantern
Whether you’re trying to squeeze one last camping trip in before the weather turns cold or you’re stocking your home with emergency preparedness supplies ahead of hurricane season, you’ll need a reliable lantern. The UST 30-Day Duro 700 Lantern is small and light, perfect if you plan to take it on the go with you. Rugged and grippy, this lantern has three brightness settings, a cool-colored cast, and a handle on top as well as a hanging loop on bottom. This lantern, which comes with a lifetime warranty, is on sale for $25 in orange, a color you’re less likely to misplace at your campsite. Though not as bright as some of our other picks, this little lantern will keep shining no matter what—seriously, our testers left it on in its highest setting for 31 days straight before it finally died.
Read our review of the best outdoor and backyard lighting.
Small but mighty phone charger
Aukey Focus Duo 36W Dual-Port PD USB-C Charger (PA-D2)
Deal price: $15 with clipped on-page coupon; street price: $27
When you’re strapped for outlet space around your home desk, you need a teeny tiny charger that won’t block other plugs. The Aukey Focus Duo 36W Dual-Port PD is just the charger for the job. The Focus Duo charges impressively fast for its small footprint, and is able to charge two phones at full speed at the same time. If only one port is being used, it charges even faster, producing enough energy to power a tablet or small laptop. Our guide writers also note that it’s one of the few wall chargers of this size that includes two USB-C ports, perfect for anyone with newer devices. Now down to $15 when you clip the on-page coupon, this is a great opportunity to snag a great USB-C charger for less.
Read our review of the best USB phone chargers.