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3 household essentials I'm buying today, all priced $14 or less

The ultimate popcorn popper, a feature-packed electric toothbrush and a reinvented cooking spoon.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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Popco silicone popcorn popper
$11 (save $9)
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Atmoko electric toothbrush with 8 heads
$13 with coupon and promo code (save $10)
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Dreamfarm Supoon nonstick silicone cooking spoon (Update: Sold out)

People often say to me, "Rick, you're so incredibly good at telling me what to spend my hard-earned money on, but what do you spend your hard-earned money on?" Fair question. I think what you're really asking is, do I walk the walk or just talk the talk?

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I'm walking, here! By which I mean I'm buying all three of the products listed below. Read on to find out why.

There are zillions of ways to make popcorn; only a few of them are any good. Popco's collapsible silicone thingie is one of the best. Pour in your kernels, add a little oil, salt or season to taste and then pop it in the microwave. Presto: awesome corn.

At $11.04, the light-blue version represents the lowest price on record for this incredibly pop-ular product. Several other colors, including red, are marked at $11.89, also a great deal. This would be make a terrific gift for a dad or grad (which is the reason for my purchase; I already own one that I use myself).

Amazon seller: TurbotDirect

Price: $13 with $4-off on-page coupon and promo code 848BFFDG

Fairywill is probably best-known when it comes to electric toothbrushes like this one, but there are countless identical clones. I actually own one of the former, but after years of use it's getting pretty worn -- and for a few bucks more than the price of a few replacement heads, I could just get this brand-new one. Which is what I'm doing.

Thankfully, the kajillion overwhelmingly positive user reviews bear out my hypothesis: Atmoko's toothbrush is just as good as Fairywill's. Which is great. So I'm buying it.

Update: It appears the full-size version of the Supoon is sold out; the link now leads to the mini version (which should prove similarly useful, just in a smaller size).

This one's new to me; I just spotted it on TikTok. The Supoon (terrible name) is a silicone-covered cooking spoon with a scraper edge and measuring markers on the inside, meaning it's also a teaspoon and tablespoon. Handy, right?

But the real innovation here is the handle design: It allows the spoon to rest on the counter without actually touching it, theoretically resulting in less mess to clean up. Definitely worth $10 to find out if that theory holds up. If nothing else, I love any kitchen thing that's also another thing.

Have you found any other must-have kitchen or household tools -- preferably in this price range? Tell me about them in the comments!

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