I've been known to be cheap - see https://nextlevelfi.com for stories. But there are some purchases that I find value in, so my favorite gift/holiday purchases for this past year that I'm enjoying:
1. Workout bands - my older workout bands finally broke after almost 10 years of use, so I just purchased these 350lb versions which look like a winner https://amzn.to/3SYfaIk
2. Pickleball paddles - yes, I am still hooked to Pickleball. Lots of parks near me have courts available, and this set of paddles which includes the balls was a perfect purchase under $50 https://amzn.to/47Ph6Hc
3. Travel rewards card - not exactly a purchase, but opening a rewards card earlier this year to earn rewards miles, I just scored me a free international flight that we're planning for a trip later this year. If you need help selecting a card, feel free to reach out.
2. Apple Watch - I was hesitant to wear a watch again, but was really impressed by the features once I started using it. You can check out the Apple Watch at https://amzn.to/3bCY4fiYou, & can see my full review at https://ninja.ninjaforlife.com/2022/07/health-tech-watch-vr.html
3. Echo Buds Bluetooth earbuds - these are a great upgrade from my previous Bluetooth earbuds. The sound is great, & I can talk to friends/family while moving around the house https://amzn.to/3F4Lzpg
4. Mint mobile cell service - earlier this year I switched to Mint Mobile, & I'm so glad I did.
Mint Mobile plans start at $15/mo, with 4GB data & unlimited talk and text. I'm on the $20/mo 10GB plan, which is hard to beat. Use my unique link and you’ll get $15 added to your Mint account, and I’ll get free Mint too. Win-win http://fbuy.me/thr8g
6. New beers to try - a few years back I set a huge goal for myself - to try 2500 unique beers. I'm happy to say I should reach the halfway point by end of this year. Luckily the beer stores & breweries to choose from continue to grow. I've also been using my PubPass beer passport for free beers at different breweries around South Florida. It only made sense that I would buy the 2023 passport, which also had a deal that came with a subscription to their app for even more beer deals. If you are a fellow beer geek that tracks new beers on the app Untappd, look for me @digitalbeyond https://untappd.com/user/Digitalbeyond. Cheers!
7. New drinks to try - we also had extra alcohol that a friend gifted, so it was fun finding new mixed drinks to come up with using tools like our Ninja blender https://amzn.to/3XGiOGv
Bonus – I help my family contribute to their Roth IRA accounts. See https://nextlevelfi.com for more
I also continue to enjoy some past holiday/gift purchases like my Kindle, Echo devices, running shoes, & 40" 4K TV that I use as a monitor for my PC. See my previous post for more on those at https://welcome.gamerwarrior.com/2021/04/top-gift-purchases-this-year.html
What are some of your favorite gift purchases? Let us know on Twitter @AGamerWarrior https://twitter.com/AGamerWarrior