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  • AngusM
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    1. S’well water bottle (~$17). Perfect width to drink without spilling, great insulation, easy to clean, never leaks.
    2. Goodfellow hybrid swim shorts ($24.99). These have an internal drawstring, which is not shown in the product shots, but it makes them perfect.
    3. Nike Training Club app (free). Great workouts, lots of options for time, focus/target, and available equipment.
    4. Cremo shave cream ($7). I may weep if they ever stop selling this.
    5. Nike dri-fit golf caps. I look terrible in most hats, but these are low-profile, breathable, and accommodating of my giant head. Unlike most Nike products, they’re not overpriced (my favorite was in the golf section at Target, $23). The unisex ones seem to be a step down in quality, though.

    I’m gonna have to check out those Vibes earbuds. Amazon wood hangers get an honorable mention.

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  • burban
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    1. Uniball Jetstream ballpoint pens (~$2.00/pen)
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Definitely my favorite pen that I keep in my office, house, briefcase, car, etc. Cheap enough to lose or use and throw out, quality enough to enjoy writing with.

    2. Podcasts/Libby app (free)
    Sometimes you get more than you pay for. I listen to a couple podcasts a day on my commute to/from work and gym, or else an audio book. Sometimes there's a long wait for an audio book that's particularly in demand, but not often, and I can usually knock out a book once a month.

    3. The Athletic subscription (various deals, usually about $5/month)
    https://theathletic.com/checkout/?ty...header-desktop
    With newspapers dying, it's hard to find really good sports writing, especially longer-form stuff. They're growing exponentially, and you get access to everything, not just your regional teams. Not sure if this business model is sustainable, given the number of big-time writers they've hired, but interesting to watch.

    4. Pair of Thieves undershirts ($22/2-pack)
    https://www.target.com/p/pair-of-thi...51#lnk=sametab
    Finally, an undershirt that is form fitting, has a bit of stretch, AND is long enough to stay tucked in. Occasionally I'll be delinquent on vdoing laundry and have to wear an old Hanes shirt and the difference is obvious. Also love the Super-fit boxer briefs as mentioned above.

    5. Nalgene 32 oz. water bottle (Amazon's page for this is weird, but generally around $10)
    I had to have one of these for military indoc training last month and I've continued using it in my daily life since. I was definitely under-hydrating before, and now I shoot for a gallon of water per day. Having this on my desk and knocking out one bottle first thing/on the way to work, two during the day, and one around my workout makes it easy.

    6. Car deep cleaning ($25)
    I try to do this twice a year at a place near me. They vacuum and clean the interior along with a great automatic wash.

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  • Jrbrownie00
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    Best stuff under $25

    I'll play, I love to find more things I never knew I needed so much.

    1. CamelBak Eddy 32oz water bottle. Yes, with a built in straw. I always drink so much more out of this bottle than any other I own and I attribute it to the straw. https://www.amazon.com/CamelBak-eddy...s%2C273&sr=8-4

    2. Pair of Thieves SuperFit boxers from Target. Wait for a sale or clearance but they feel great in this particular blend. https://www.target.com/p/pair-of-thi...16#lnk=sametab

    3. Stance Gamut no-show socks. Fit great and are a nice blend of thin but not flimsy. Found these by accident at Marshalls. https://www.amazon.com/Stance-Mens-G...TF8&th=1&psc=1

    4. Armor All car vent air fresheners. I like these because they blend in with the vents. I think they're a decent bit cheaper in store. https://www.amazon.com/Armor-All-185...apparel&sr=8-2

    5. Audible / library subscription. I've been into the audio books as of late. Most libraries have an audio book selection now as well.

    Bonus since I thought of this after. Recommended on a reddit thread about budget cologne and didn’t dissapoint. Nautica Voyage Nautica Voyage Eau de Toilette Spray for Men, 3.4 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P22TIY..._IfQOCbAEK7DXB
    Last edited by Jrbrownie00; April 1, 2019, 08:41 PM.

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  • Spex
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    1. Spier & Mackay long sleeve polos. Start with one in navy.
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/navy-...ng-sleeve.html

    2. Viccel braided belts. Great, inexpensive stretchy casual belts with no specific holes so you can get the perfect fit. I buy all my dress socks from them too.
    https://viccel.us/product/elastic-braided-navy-belts/

    3. Uniqlo Supima cotton t-shirts. Their staple solid coloured ones are a great deal, but IÂ’m liking these ones with the thick stripes.
    https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/men/t-s...ickView=415968

    4. Kodak Tri-X b&w film. If you have any film camera lying around, load it up with this and join the plethora of famous photographers from the past 6 decades, and enjoy the classic look that it encapsulates.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...Tri_X_Pan.html

    5. ChaiÂ’s new album Punk.
    https://burgerrecords.11spot.com/chai-punk.html

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  • hockeysc23
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    Interesting thread. Off the top of my head
    1. Wegmans sushi. Great treat for lunch. Love the salmon sashimi.
    2. Under Armour tech ts. In my opinion the best staple workout shirt. Moisture wicking. Tapered fit. Great colors. Take a beating and last years for under 20.
    3. As other mentioned craft beer. Support your local brewery. I no longer want to waste calories on a Miller lite unless absolutely necessary aka at a baseball game etc. I’d rather have 1 nice beer.
    4. Hanes comfort x temp under shirts. Seem to always be at Marshall’s and a great under shirt. Can take a beating, breathable and cheap enough to toss when ready to replace.
    5. Suit supply outlet ties. The best part of the outlet to me. Awesome ties with texture for I believe around 20 when you buy 3 or more. Love ties and cannot help but pick some up every outlet.
    5.

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  • wsupjs
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    Originally posted by Hebrew Barrister View Post
    Lol at the guys listing burritos. I mean, nothing wrong with burritos, it's just humorous.
    Hahah they're so good and are a cornerstone of my "diet." I generally prefer to skip breakfast, then have a large lunch and light to medium dinner. Burritos are the perfect big lunch that can stay relatively healthy. Also, just realized there was a typo from my previous note. I meant to say I have at least one from each per week, not one total.

    Another one I found interesting was Burt's Bees. I didn't have a good experience with it, and use Mountain Ocean Lip Trip SPF 15 now.

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  • Hebrew Barrister
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    Lol at the guys listing burritos. I mean, nothing wrong with burritos, it's just humorous.

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  • motosacto
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    1. J.Crew Mens Heather Grey V-Neck Undershirt. Fits me, quality is good, and not too expensive.

    2. Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant For Men and Women. Doesn’t stain white undershirts and works.

    3. Light My Fire Titanium Spork. I bought two from Massdrop and my family now competes for them for their lunches every morning.

    4. An actual classic paperback book. Great way to break the device habit if you can...

    5. A four pack of 16 ounce cans of your favorite local craft beer. So many great local products are being brewed by passionate local makers ...

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  • thedrake
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    Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    1. Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm - ~$2.50 per tube
    Keeps lips soft and moisturized, and once you've become accustomed to the nice soothing chill of the signature peppermint oil, all other lip balms will feel disappointing by comparison.
    2. Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen - $15 and up
    A great beginner's fountain pen that writes well and looks sleek and professional.
    3. Psyllium fiber capsules - $15 and up for a 500 count tub
    Not a polite subject of discussion but pleasant poops make for a pleasanter life.
    4. Your favorite scented candle - ~$8 and up
    Not all scented candles are created equal and 99.9% of them out there are garbage, but if you sniff around you will find one or two that you really enjoy. An evocative scent can really transform a space and transport you to a different headspace. I REALLY love hanging out in my living room on a rainy day with just candles and maybe some music going and a good book or cup of coffee to enjoy.
    5. Cheapo foam earplugs - ~$10 for a big tub of them
    I find these remarkably useful in a variety of situations. I wear them at the gym so I can shut out vapid conversations and people slamming weights. I wear them to sleep if my upstairs neighbors are getting a little too rowdy or if I'm just sleeping in a different space with different noises than I'm accustomed to. I wear them at the shooting range. I wear them at music rehearsals. They are great anytime I really need to focus and get into my own head and shut out what's happening around me.
    1. Heck yes to Burt's Bees, but I would amend that to say make sure you get the 15 spf kind if you're outdoors a lot.

    2. I don't have a fountain pen, but I'm eyeing the Pilot Metro.

    5. Make sure you know how to properly insert earplugs to get the maximum benefit https://pksafety.com/blog/ear-plugs-...hey-fit-right/
    I work around drill rigs and trust me it makes a difference if you get them in right. I'm also considering getting a pair of concert earplugs because the earplugs I get from work are terrible for music. There are some options under $25 https://www.npr.org/sections/allsong...gs-at-concerts

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  • thedrake
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    Originally posted by whereismurder View Post
    How do these stack up against Moleskine?
    I haven't used Moleskine, but from what I've read, Rhodia is nicer. Rhodia should have no bleedthrough and less ghosting than Moleskine. And like [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION] said, it's smooth paper. It just feels nice to write on it.

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Originally posted by whereismurder View Post
    How do these stack up against Moleskine?
    IME the texture of the paper on Rhodia's notebooks is a little bit finer/smoother and a little bit better suited for fountain pen writing compared to Moleskin.

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  • whereismurder
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    Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    4. Your favorite scented candle - ~$8 and up
    Not all scented candles are created equal and 99.9% of them out there are garbage, but if you sniff around you will find one or two that you really enjoy. An evocative scent can really transform a space and transport you to a different headspace. I REALLY love hanging out in my living room on a rainy day with just candles and maybe some music going and a good book or cup of coffee to enjoy.
    I was between flowers and candles for mine, glad to see they made it from someone else.

    Originally posted by thedrake View Post
    1. Rhodia/Clairfontaine notepads and notebooks https://www.jetpens.com/Notebooks/ct...b92e5e0ed6a0bc
    How do these stack up against Moleskine?

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    1. Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm - ~$2.50 per tube
    Keeps lips soft and moisturized, and once you've become accustomed to the nice soothing chill of the signature peppermint oil, all other lip balms will feel disappointing by comparison.
    2. Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen - $15 and up
    A great beginner's fountain pen that writes well and looks sleek and professional.
    3. Psyllium fiber capsules - $15 and up for a 500 count tub
    Not a polite subject of discussion but pleasant poops make for a pleasanter life.
    4. Your favorite scented candle - ~$8 and up
    Not all scented candles are created equal and 99.9% of them out there are garbage, but if you sniff around you will find one or two that you really enjoy. An evocative scent can really transform a space and transport you to a different headspace. I REALLY love hanging out in my living room on a rainy day with just candles and maybe some music going and a good book or cup of coffee to enjoy.
    5. Cheapo foam earplugs - ~$10 for a big tub of them
    I find these remarkably useful in a variety of situations. I wear them at the gym so I can shut out vapid conversations and people slamming weights. I wear them to sleep if my upstairs neighbors are getting a little too rowdy or if I'm just sleeping in a different space with different noises than I'm accustomed to. I wear them at the shooting range. I wear them at music rehearsals. They are great anytime I really need to focus and get into my own head and shut out what's happening around me.

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  • rd27
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    1. Fisher Space Bullet Pen. This thing writes on everything! Well worth the $15-18 price tag. Can be found on Amazon.
    2. Amazon Basics Wood Hangets. Some quality hangers for just under $25.
    3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker. Often goes on sale for under $25.
    4. Opinel No.8 Folding Pocket Knife. Simple, quality folding knife that looks great and performs well above it's pricetag.
    5. Desk Plant. Great for the office. It looks interesting and according to some, people with desk plants are just happier. Cleans the air too.

    BONUS: The Casio Worldtimer. A HODINKEE Approved watch option for less than $30. https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/ca...ue-proposition
    Last edited by rd27; March 29, 2019, 02:44 PM. Reason: Bonus

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  • thedrake
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    1. Rhodia/Clairfontaine notepads and notebooks https://www.jetpens.com/Notebooks/ct...b92e5e0ed6a0bc
    2. Pilot Precise V5 rollerball pens https://www.jetpens.com/search?q=pilot+precise&v=2
    3. REI boot socks https://www.rei.com/product/118963/r...ing-crew-socks
    4. Allen Edmonds replacement glazed shoe laces (no joke, I think the replacements are better than the ones I originally got with my shoes) https://www.allenedmonds.com/shoe-care/shoe-care/laces/
    5. RAF NATO straps (so much more comfortable than a standard NATO, the link is just an example, you can find these lots of places) https://www.cheapestnatostraps.com/c...al-nato-straps

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