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What is the best "value" you ever paid for?

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    What is the best "value" you ever paid for?

    Just curious to hear people's experiences.

    For me, my foam roller was a great value. It cost around $20 bucks but helps relieve my back and neck of stress and pain. On bad days, rolling on this thing becomes the best $20 bucks I ever spent!

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    What is the best $X you ever spent?

    There is no limit ... if you spent $80K on a Corvette and felt is was the best value ever, then that's OK!

    Let's hear it!
     
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    I'd probably say The Millionaire Fastlane...

    I mean - it cost like $15 and it turned on the Unscripted switch in my head.
     
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    Besides buying TMF and Unscripted? (seriously)

    This ^^^

    And the necessary Olympic weights and bench to go with it.

    About $2,000 all said and done, and by far some of the best money I've ever spent.

    Saves gym membership fee's, save HUGE amounts of time since it's in my garage, and keeps me healthy.

    And I don't have to deal with the "New Year's Resolution" gym goers every January (that alone is worth way more than what I spent haha)
     
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    Udemy course in Data Science. Applied learning and no need to go to FAFSA or apply to schools


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    If I were to choose only one thing, I'd say the Fastlane Insiders membership (don't remember how much it cost a few years ago, probably about $70) - made me start my own progress thread which helped me immensely in reaching my financial goals.

    If I can add more, then from non-business stuff:
    • vasectomy for $500. Aside from the Insiders, can't beat the ROI on that - in peace of mind and immense financial costs I'd never have.
    • my rock climbing gear for a few hundred bucks for everything - love this sport.
    • a foam roller for a few bucks - it's incredible how effective it is in helping relieve pain, yet it costs so little.
    That's all that comes to my mind at the moment so I guess these are the most important "best value" purchases.
     
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    I own one as well.

    If you want to lift, this is literally 100% of everything you'll need for a long, long time. It pays for itself (compared to even a cheap gym) in less than a year.
     
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    I have a few.

    1. Paradigm Studio 60 speakers:

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    If you have room for just one pair (2 speakers), you can simply not go wrong here. Paradigm is one of the kings of audio and these speakers are phenomenal. I'd choose a pair of these over literally any half-assed, shoehorned-in surround sound setup (and don't even get me started with Bose...).

    I bought this pair when I lived in an apartment when I first moved out over 10 years back and they are still booming in my movie theater downstairs. I STILL to this day don't own a subwoofer because these two speakers by themselves can rattle the entire house.

    2. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones:

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    More audio, I know, what can I say? I love this stuff.

    These are probably one of the most popular pro-quality headphones on the market and they have been for years. If I had one purchase I wish I used more often than I do it would be these. They are passively sound isolating (meaning they don't actively interfere with the audio to provide noise cancelling, instead they are just built that way) and even the quietest classical music will drown out just about any noisy environment. Super comfy, sound amazing. Have held up beautifully for years.

    3. Weber Summit 620 Natural Gas Grill

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    First thing I purchased when I moved into my house about 10 years back. The thing is still holding up with zero rust on the stainless parts of it (the lower body isn't stainless so there's some rust there but it's still minor and frankly impressive given it's age).

    If you do any outdoor hosting, a huge grill helps. Natural gas means never changing out a tank again.

    6 burners, tons of heat, cooks amazingly, and the extremely heavy and well made grill grates still look like new.
     

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    I'd say for me it's probably business meet up / networking events, but not for the reason you're probably thinking.

    First event:

    My first Fastlane summit (2013 or 2014 I think?). I met a ton of new people, some of which have become my closest friends, and we are all business owners. Very cheap compared to the value I got (MJ, raise the ticket prices!!)

    DCBKK in 2015: After I took off living around the world, I heard some rumblings about DCBKK. It's a decent sized event in Bangkok with 250+ people, and I met some really cool entrepreneurs doing cool things. I also now have a network of people around the world, so when I fly into a new country / continent I'll likely know someone there. I've been to this event 3 times and spent, probably, $5k-6k total (including the $750 ticket price).

    Honestly, this year's Fastlane Summit I'm just going to hang out with friends and meet new people. I'm sure the speakers will be excellent, but for me it's a great way to see some of my favorite people in one place.

    I'm also going to Traffic and Conversion Summit in San Diego after the Fastlane Summit, I expect to meet new entrepreneurs. This event is the biggest one I've been to yet (1000 people). I respect the hell out of Ryan Deiss and crew, but I'm not a koolaid drinker.

    So if you take anything from this one post, SPEND THE MONEY to attend business events.

    Relationships with GREAT people are a key part to happiness and fulfillment, over money for sure.
     
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    #1: Old fashioned Merkur safety razor made in Solingen, Germany. Bought it 10 years ago and still looks like the day I took it out of the box and gives a good shave with simple razor blades that are wayyyy cheaper than expensive cartridges from the store. The original "dollar shave club" lol

    #2: WeatherTech floor mats for my car. I don't know about you guys, but winter is here and soon the filth and muck that comes with it will be upon us. Last Christmas, I went to the WeatherTech factory store and dropped a few bills on a set of deep mats. I happen to live about 10 minutes away from the factory so I got to see their operation in the flesh--Wow! The place was swarming with customers like a fire-ant hill to get their mitts on some high quality floor mats, lol! While you wait for them to pick your order, you can have a free LavAzza cappucino or mocha made by a team of nice ladies and sink into a soft leather couch. Now in the second winter of use, they clean up with a hose and a little soap and look like brand new and keep the filth out of your car.

    #3: TMF and Unscripted. Not to sound like a broken record, but for the price I got what feels like a college education in wealth building. It has been a hell of a year filled with trial and error but I am feeling so excited for what 2018 holds in store on my journey.
     
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    That's what I use too. Best shave ever, and dirt cheap. I laugh a bit when I see Gillette blades are like $12 a piece...

    Shave all year for the price of a Gillette 3-pack refill (or less).

    That's value!
     
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    $12 phone earbuds with built in "subwoofer/bass" from an obscure brand on Amazon. Probably private labeling from one of you cheeky bastards.

    - Literally closed more sales due to the increased comprehension
    - More audiobooks/podcasts consumed while exercising
    - Working while talking to clients with both hands free
     
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    whatever it cost for both fastlane and unscripted physical copy books and audio books LOL oh and Insider subscription (ten fold)

    also the only other thing I can think of is my Dodge Ram 3500 diesel dually because the times i got laid off, was able to make money by using it.
     
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    I will probably come back with more, but the first thing that came to mind was this:

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    Best $16.99 I ever spent! I use this a few times a week to mince garlic, dice onions, anything you want to chop in a hurry. And it takes about 15 seconds to clean. Kudos to whoever invented it for speeding up the cooking process substantially!
     
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    $100 for Global Entry, which include TSA precheck.

    Good for 5 years, has saved me hours waiting in security lines over the years.
     
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    Ankle support wrap. I twist my right ankle like once every 3 months and can barely walk, but this thing gives it a lot of support so I can be mobile without the pain. Cost like $5.00.

    I'm wearing it right now after a jump rope catastrophe yesterday.

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    This image is by a foot model and is not the real SinisterLex
     
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    This frickin' phone case. Sturdiest, strongest case ever. 11.99. Nothing comes even close. Beats OtterBox by a mile.

    To me, it's such a valuable product because I'm a "dropper." Yes, I drop my iPhone daily, sometimes twice (sometimes twice in a row when picking it up after the first drop!). Thanks to this case, being a "dropper" doesn't cost me 100s of dollars.
     

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    I think in total I paid like $39.99 for this:

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    It's a steam link. It connects any PC in my house to my TV where I can browse the internet, watch anything, play any games and in general just see and use my desktop as if i were in that room. Hands down the best piece of hardware I've ever purchased.

    The best software I've ever purchased is "SendOwl", which is one of the most useful products I've ever found for my business. It helps me manage software license keys, publish new products, engage customers with transnational emails and a shit ton more for $24.99 a month.

    The most life transforming purchase would be the one way ticket to New Mexico to break free from the script. ~ $220
     
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    First thing that comes to mind is Shipstation. For $25/mo it saves at least 1-2 hours a day in shipping.
     
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    Men Ultra Stretch, Fast Dry Pants.

    Formal enough for business occasions but comfortable enough to do sports. Overnight dry so I wash it everyday. Greatly reduces the pressure on my lower back.

    Cannot believe it's on special and only costs 14.90 in the US now. I paid 50 AUD in Sydney!

    MEN ULTRA STRETCH DRY EX PANTS

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    This is gonna turn into a favorite thread of mine, love seeing what everyone considers spectacular value.

    Definitely, for me it is Endicia which is a SS alternative.
     
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    The gift that keeps on giving! The education for my boys is nearly priceless and also have many things that I have learned that can be used in other businesses.
     
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    Eat every day chia seeds and flax in my breakfast.

    Rich in minerals, fibers and vegetables fat omega 3.

    A few dollars and so much wellbeing.