The 5 Best Things I Ever Bought

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Neal Landfield bandana joke

This bandana was not one of them.

There will be no overlap here. For the sake of juxtaposition, here is a post explaining the five best things I ever bought. Often times, I reached these conclusions after a significant amount of trial and error. Purchasing five items that don’t do the job and finally discovering one that works perfectly can be akin to locating the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. So, this post has the potential to be the most beneficial yet. If you are in the market for any of these items, I highly recommend them (except item number one is not for sale).

1. My Wife’s Engagement Ring

beautiful engagement ring

I put a ring on it.

By far the best thing I have ever purchased was the engagement ring for my wife. I purchased it when I was still a college student and money was hard to come by. There are several mistakes I made when buying it. For example, I paid too much money and fell for some of the tricks the diamond stores use when upselling diamonds (e.g., holding a more yellow diamond next to a less yellow diamond side by side). I even let the guy at Zales talk me into a Zales credit card to cover some of the cost of the diamond, despite having cash in hand to pay for the full amount. Don’t do that.

On July 22nd, we will have been married ten years. My wife has been known to post a humorous comment on her Facebook page each year that we have been married. This year, her text will probably be “Ten years into my life sentence!” Gotta love her!

I have a post coming detailing how I proposed. I am not sure if it will belong in the Ammo Dump section or not.

2. Fenix PD35 Tactical Flashlight

fenix pd35 tactical flashlight

The best flashlight on the market

Ok, so I know I said there wouldn’t be any overlap. The Fenix light I talked about in my prior post is almost completely useless from a practical standpoint. This one is on the other end of the spectrum. This “fighting size” flashlight is capable of nearly 1000 lumens of output for an extended period of time. Pair that with the fact that it comes with a rechargeable battery and a charger (if you buy this package on Amazon), it is a home run for anyone who routinely carries a flashlight or ever needs to see in the dark. It is an ideal flashlight for many reasons. Run time, toughness, brightness, spill/throw, and cost savings (you knew I’d throw that in somewhere) all coalesce to create the best value for a flashlight you can find. After taking off the pocket clip, I now carry it every single day at work.

I have a rule for purchasing flashlights. I will examine all options on the market, weigh their costs, and read all available reviews. Then I will buy Fenix every single time. I have been that satisfied with the brand. I will soon purchase another one of these lights to replace the light on a rifle I own. Fortunately, Fenix makes a well-reviewed pressure switch that will enable me to add that functionality to my rifle.


Plus, it is way cool having a bright flashlight. I also have a headlamp I wear at night while running, but it makes me look silly so I won’t share it here.

Who am I kidding? Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Neal Landfield headlamp running

Try not to swoon, ladies.

3. The Kindle Paperwhite

kindle paperwhite

The best e-reader on the market

Amazon basically invented the e-reader and they perfected it with the Kindle Paperwhite. I enjoy reading and saving money. The Kindle Paperwhite helps me to do both! Not only does the Kindle work for weeks on end on a single battery charge, but Kindle versions of books are typically five dollars or more cheaper. It also automatically saves your place across multiple books. If you’re like me, your nightstand can go from a cluttered stack of books to a single Kindle in no time. The “Paperwhite” version lets you light up the Kindle and read at night. My sleeping schedule is often opposite of my wife’s schedule, so this enables me to read while in bed without disturbing her.

4. Niceshop Portable USB Fan

Niceshop Portable Fan

This makes office work more pleasant

It is so much more enjoyable to sit at my computer at the office when I have a fan blowing on my face. This is a powerful little one that rests nicely against my monitor so it can blow right at my face. Plus this fan nearly pays for itself if you consider the parts and additional uses for it. The fan comes with an 18650 rechargeable battery (about $5), a micro USB charging cable (about $4), and it acts as an 18650 charger (about $10). It is only $15.99, so if you were in the market for all of those things, you could even save money by choosing to buy this fan. It will run without an 18650 inserted as long as you leave it plugged in via the charging cable. A great buy indeed.

5. Backbeat Fit Wireless Headphones

backbeat fit wireless headphones

Way better than wired headphones

I am a runner, and part of running to me is listening to music and podcasts that I enjoy. I am an auditory learner, so I can learn quite a bit by simply listening to lectures or podcasts while I am running. I also use the Overdrive App on my iPhone to listen to free audio books from my local library. This is not the first pair of wireless headphones I purchased. Red Fox Wireless sells a pair of headphones that failed numerous times over the first year of owning it, and it is more expensive than the Backbeat Fit.

The Backbeat Fit headphones are flexible and remove any concern with having a wired headphone bother you while you are running. They are able to pause the music and answer phone calls without the need to get your phone out of your pocket or other carrier. I have purchased a bunch of running equipment designed to make spending hours running more enjoyable, but I would buy the Backbeat Fit Wireless Headphones again. They are far cheaper, more comfortable, and more reliable than their competitors that I have used or read about.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Also, you can subscribe to receive the blogs via email.

4 thoughts on “The 5 Best Things I Ever Bought

  1. The cynic

    So your marriage would not have occurred without the engagement ring? Hope your relationship has strengthened since that materialistic beginning.

  2. Inquisitive

    Neal, I think my favorite thing about your blog, and ultimately you, is your willingness to embarrass yourself. As evidenced by the photo of you wearing the headlamp. Most people would be ashamed to show that picture but not you? Do you lack the ability to feel shame or indignity?

    1. Neal Landfield Post author

      Hey, Inquisitive. Thanks for the comment. I think that by not taking myself too seriously, I can help remind everyone that it is important to take time to laugh. If that means that I am the subject of some humor, I’m ok with that. Laughing at myself is free fun, and you should know how much I enjoy saving money!


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