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Our Favorite Life-Improving Purchases Under $50 (Ep. 239)

I apologize to all the marketers in the world, but I’ll say it anyway: not everything worth buying costs a lot of money.

There are plenty of potentially life-changing things that do, yes. I’ve upgraded a fair few of my things over the years and can’t even pretend my old keyboard sounds better than my current piano. But with most of the expensive things I own, there were much more affordable versions I owned before that changed my life just as much when I bought them.

So we’ve decided to go through our possessions and list out some of our favorite reasonably-priced items that changed our lives for the better.

I suppose your wishlist might be getting a jump-start this year.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:04:50 – Pull-up bars
  • 0:08:22 – Noise-cancelling headphones
  • 0:12:47 – Chef’s knife and knife-honing tools
  • 0:17:35 – Notebooks for your ideas and goals
  • 0:20:25 – Wall of velcro
  • 0:22:17 – Teapots, kettles and AeroPress
  • 0:27:53 – Fiction book starter kit
  • 0:32:37 – Sponsor: CuriosityStream (Learning new topics)
  • 0:35:17 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:37:31 – Fiction book starter kit (continued)
  • 0:39:17 – Plug strips
  • 0:40:30 – Nonfiction book starter kit
  • 0:46:13 – Pocket knives
  • 0:48:37 – Blenders
  • 0:50:57 – Toolkits
  • 0:53:21 – Meditation cushions and benches
  • 0:56:21 – Taking care of plants
  • 0:58:31 – Domain names
  • 0:59:57 – Cloud storage services
  • 1:06:07 – Reusable water bottles
  • 1:07:46 – Conclusion

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Our Favorite Life-Improving Purchases Under $50