contact lens cases for beauty products

Photo: Patrice J. Williams

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Can't leave the house without your assorted creams? Patrice J. Williams, the self-proclaimed professional packer who writes the budget-friendly blog Looking Fly on a Dime, uses an unexpected drugstore find: "For the brands I really love and can't leave behind, I buy a couple of cheap contact lens cases and put a dollop of whatever I need in each case."

One caveat for contact lens wearers: Make sure your cases for beauty products are easily distinguishable from the ones holding your lenses. Use different colors or styles, or label the travel ones with permanent marker or nail polish, so you'll always know what's inside.