Handy Little $5 Amazon Add-on Items You Can’t Own Too Many of

updated May 3, 2019
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While browsing on Amazon, you’ve likely seen some products with a little blue flag that says “Add-on Item.” What does that mean? In a nutshell it means you can’t have it unless you buy $25 worth of stuff.

Add-on items are usually lightweight and cheap—so much so that it costs Amazon more to ship it than it’s worth. Think Band-Aids, hair elastics and lip balm. Sure, there are other cheap, lightweight items for sale on Amazon that don’t get slapped with the add-on tag, but these are the ones deemed “cost-prohibitive” to ship on their own.

The thing is, Add-on items aren’t just cheap, they’re often practical too. These are the staples and stalwarts you need around the house, and since they’re offered at discount prices, they’re definitely worth “adding-on” to your cart.

You can’t buy an Add-on item unless you buy $25 worth of stuff that’s going to the same address and being shipped by Amazon, not other sellers. It could be all Add-ons, it could be stuff from other sellers and shipped by Amazon. Either way, your cart has to total at least $25 or the Add-ons will get automatically saved for later, and that $25 worth of stuff must be shipped by Amazon. If there’s an Add-on item you use a lot, check to see if it’s part of the Subscribe and Save program. If so, sign up and you won’t need to hit the $25 minimum to get it auto-delivered.

With that in mind, we scoured Amazon’s collection of Add-ons to find the most useful items for any household. It might be a good idea to add a few of these to your wish list, so next time your order hits the magic number, you can drop one in your cart. Here are some favorites.

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Your stainless steel fridge’s best friend.

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The ultimate chip clip.

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Never forget.

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For keeping crud out of your drain or no-no’s out of your garbage disposal.

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For ballet buns, man buns, and whatever else needs some wrangling.

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Essential for movers and shakers and online shoppers.

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Because burnt food happens.

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Can fix almost anything.

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Fixes the things duct tape can’t.

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Essential for Pinterest IRL.

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Impossible to have too many.

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For making soap scum and wall smudges disappear.

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Hang just about anything with a hole or a hook.

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For labeling those containers in style.

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