$50 & Under Items That Are Totally Worth It

Sure, we know, $50 may not be a lot, but these days it can go a long way if you’re spending it wisely! In the past we’ve down a few of our go-to essential items that make our lives easier, from apps to entertainment, but what about those must-have tools and services that we can’t live without?

Well, we’re going to give you 10 items that we think are not only worth $50 but will have a huge impact on your life well beyond something fairly inexpensive.

 

1.Leatherman Keychain – $35

We love this handy little number from Leatherman, it’s truly a lifesaver. And while it may not seem like much, you will be blown away by how often you use the super useful combination of tools. One of Dorian’s go-to EDC items.

 

2. Minimal Hard Shell Phone Case – $12

You spent some good money on a great new phone so give it the protection it deserves with a case that’s not only protected but also slim and stylish. Looking for a few more options? Check out our phone case rundown.

 

3. Paperkarma $12-$20 Per Year

An insanely useful service that helps you get rid of obnoxious, unwanted junk mail. Simply download the app, take a few pictures of junk mail as it comes in and you’re good to go. Not only is it easy to use it saves you time, money and help cut down on unwanted paper waste for the environment. Win-win-win.

 

4. Herschel Charlie Wallet – $30

We’re big fans of Herschel’s goods and we reviewed another one of their options in our Best Wallets of 2019 article. This card case is perfect for those who like a slim, pared-down vibe. It’s a great bang for your buck and the leather is very nice. They’ve got a ton of great color options too.

 

5. Zojirushi Thermos – $26

This sleekly designed water bottle/thermos might as well be magic because it keeps your drinks cold or hot for what seems like forever. It comes in 3 different sizes and a bunch of great colors.

 

6. External Phone/Laptop Battery – $46

If you’ve ever known the sweet agony of having your phone or computer die at the wrong moment when traveling or working away from home you know how valuable one of these babies can be. Light and portable, one of two of these is money very well spent.

Picks:

Anker 1

Anker 2

Anker 3

 

7. Vintage Casio Digital Watch – $34

From a style perspective, we love the vintage vibe of these classic digital watches. They’re super affordable and add a great throwback-inspired vibe to your style. You can slap on a perlon strap to add a different look too.

Casio 1

Casio 2

Strap Options

 

8. Slow cooker – $30 – $50

While there is a serious debate in our house as to which slow cooker is best, there’s no debate about how awesome and practical both of our favorite slow cookers are. Drop in some ingredients and some flavorful items, hit the dial or button and you’re good to go. An absolute must for any busy guy who still wants to eat well and healthy.

Ashley’s Favorite: Crock Pot

Dorian’s Favorite: Instapot

 

9. Betterment – No Fees

A great new option for financial services, we love Betterment’s free checking and savings accounts. They both have zero fees and the savings account has one of the highest interest rates anywhere at 2.39%. So, essentially you get paid every month to keep your money in your savings account. Investment and retirement have an annual fee of 0.25% per year on your retirement balance, but since you’re getting paid in your savings account, it will likely cost you nothing.

Sign Up For Betterment Here

 

10. Incase Backpack – $49.95

Yup, we’re huge fans of Incase.  We’ve featured their backpacks and briefcases previously because we absolutely adore their clean, minimal design, functional features, and great price. This version in particular, at $50 is an absolute steal and one of the very best affordable backpacks out there. It comes in a range of colors but our favorites are the light grey and dark grey.

Everyday Carry With Perkens Bien Aime

In this round of EDC, Ashley sat down with Perkens Bien Aime to discuss his go-to carry items for each and every day. Here’s a peek at what Perkens relies on as a busy influencer and tailoring specialist.

Thanks to Perkens for joining us for this video and thanks to IWC, one of our favorite watch brands of all time, for helping make this video happen!

Featured Items

Tote Bag

Laptop Case

Computer

Water Bottle

Sunglasses

Sketchbook / Notebooks

Pens

Book

Emergency Kit

Card case

iPhone

Apps

Instagram

Uber

Yelp


Offer Up

E-Trade

Reuters

Everyday Carry With J Fig

On this edition of EDC, Ashley sat down with JFig, aka @rule_of_thumbs, to discuss his go-to EDC items. Here’s a peek at what he carries in his bag to ensure a successful day.

Thanks to Jose for joining us for this video and thanks to IWC, one of our favorite watch brands of all time, for helping make this video happen!

Featured Items

Backpack

Computer

Journal

Dopp Kit

Pomade

Eye Balm

Lip Balm

Sunglasses 1

Sunglasses 2

Sunglasses 3

Headphones

Camera

Iphone

Phone case

Apps:

VSCO

Snapseed

Venmo

Spotify

Wordscapes

Follow J Fig

Instagram

Everyday Carry with George LaBoda

For this edition of our Everyday Carry series, Ashley sat down with George LaBoda to discuss his go-to EDC items and everything he relies on as a successful influencer and co-creator of Gents Lounge.

Thanks to George for joining us for this video and thanks to IWC, one of our favorite watch brands of all time, for helping make this video happen!

Featured Items

Water Bottle

Camera

Camera Lens

Dopp Kit

iPhone Stabilizer

Laptop Case

Laptop

Sunglasses

iPhone

Apps

Instagram

Lightroom

Huji

Youtube Studio App

Spotify

Follow George

Instagram

Site

Everyday Carry With Ty Severe

For this edition of our Everyday Carry series, Ashley sat down with her friend, Ty Severe, to discuss his go-to EDC items and what helps get him through the day as a successful menswear and lifestyle influencer.

 

Thanks to Ty for joining us for this video and thanks to IWC, one of my favorite watch brands of all time, for helping make this video happen!

Featured Items

Duffel Bag

Sunglasses

Notebook

Camera

Laptop

Wallet

Phone

Phone Case

Pop Out

Apps

Instagram

Photo Editing

Apple Mail

CNN App

Follow Ty

Ty’s Site

Ty’s Instagram

Best Travel Accessories

Obviously, we all know traveling can be super hectic; between the crazy lines, delayed flights, and packed planes, there’s a reason there’s a bar right by almost every gate.  Outside of finding the right travel bag, being prepared with the right accessories can make your trip smooth and easy.  Both Dorian and I travel a lot for work so we’ve learned a thing or two about what to bring on trips, and we decided to put together a foolproof list that’s suitable for nearly any journey.  Plus, almost all of these items can be found on Amazon so it will make your pre-trip shopping as easy as a few clicks.

 

Here’s our go-to list of travel accessories:

Portable steamer

You never know what the iron situation will be where you’re going and a portable steamer is small, light, easy to pack, and super effective.

Small lint roller

A must-have for keeping dark clothing and suits/blazers looking their best, we love this version because it has an easy-to-use covered design.

Jack Spade dopp kit

In addition to having the right bag, a proper dopp kit is going to keep all your toiletries organized and in good order.  We also like this budget-friendly version from Herschel.

Wireless Bose or Sony Bluetooth headphones

Wireless headphones with noise canceling are ideal for plane trips and will keep your tunes or podcasts sounding crisp and clear.  They also keep you feeling much more refreshed and alert by drowning out the excessive plane noise. We also like this budget-friendly version from Cowin.

Eye mask for sleeping

A necessity if you plan on surviving that redeye, they block out all the light so you can get deeper, more restful sleep. We find that the versions that don’t sit right on your eyes (like the ones linked above) are much, much more comfortable and effective.

Cabeau memory foam neck pillow

Speaking of surviving a red eye, a good neck pillow is a must. Memory foam is the best because it packs up super small and is very comfortable. Plus, this one from Cabeau is Tim Ferris approved!

Portable battery from Belkin or Anker

Never miss another ‘Gram opportunity because of a dead phone again. These small, portable batteries will keep you charged up and ready to go.

The Bagel power strip

If you travel internationally you know the hassles of different wall plug adapters. The Bagel is very small and works worldwide to keeps all your devices charged up.

ExOfficio boxer briefs

These outstanding briefs are super durable and quick-drying so you’ll be cool and comfortable all trip. We’re big fans of ExOfficio and have featured them before.

Tech Dopp Kit from This Is Ground

Just like you keep your toiletries organized, having a handy case will keep your cords, chargers, and devices squared away and easy-to-find. We also love the Bandito from This is Ground and the Grid-it from Cocoon.

The Cord Taco from This is Ground

If you’re traveling light, sometimes a small cord organizer is all you need.

So now that you’re properly prepared for a smooth trip all that’s left is to grab some snacks and a drink at the bar, have a safe flight!

EDC #4 – The Grounded Man

In this episode of the Everyday Carry series, I invited entrepreneur Mike Macadan, the founder of ThisIsGround, to join me to discuss his EDC and how he goes about his workday creating all the amazing products for his company. Hope you enjoy!

 

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Featured Items

Venture Backpack
Framework Briefcase
Mod Tablet 4
Executive Magnetic Spine Insert
iPad Pro 10″
Sennheiser headphones
Grado headphones
Master & Dynamic headphones
Native Union Belt Cable
Mechanical Pencil
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
15″ Macbook Pro w/ Touchbar
Apple Watch Series 2

Apps/Podcasts

EDC #3 – A Prime Example

In this episode of the Everyday Carry series, I invited Andrew Snavely, the founder of Primer Magazine.com, to join me in studio to discuss his EDC and how he goes about his workday creating all those awesome articles for his site. Hope you enjoy!

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Featured Items

Knomo bag (his is discontinued, but this is a close one)
Sennheiser headphones
Olympus em10 mark II camera
Notebook
Pen
Pocket Knife
Sunglasses
keychain
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone Case
Apple Magic Mouse 2
Magic Wallet
210 East Oak watch

Apps