As promised, we’re back with an another edition of what the Mashable staff spent their money on this month.
While our tax refunds haven’t hit our bank accounts quite yet, we decided to make the (perhaps irresponsible) decision to keep on buying stuff as if they did. This month, we poured funds into our gaming setups, yoga schedules, sleep routines, and more.
Below, what we bought in February 2020.
“If I’m ever in Century 21, I’m most likely looking to fuel my Longchamp addiction. It’s the only way to grab a Le Pliage bag for less than its original price other than actually going to France. So, that’s exactly what I was doing the other day when I spotted a gorgeous light pink color that I didn’t have yet. I love these simple bags for everyday use but they’re definitely also my go-to travel bag since their material can handle any weather. Even if you don’t manage to find a discounted one, I think they’re worth the investment.” —Veronika Kero, Shopping Fellow
“I play an almost unhealthy amount of video games; sometimes to the point where my hand cramps up. So, I thought it was time to get a really high-quality controller that wouldn’t end up hurting after a few hours, and the Xbox Elite Series 2 was always my top choice. I don’t actually have an Xbox, but it has a great Bluetooth connectivity feature that allows me to use it on my PC with no noticeable lag. It’s pricey, but so worth the investment if you play often.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
“I leave my dog uncrated at home while I’m at work so she can roam around and relax, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to do that at first. My dog isn’t normally one to eat a pillow or anything, but you never know. So, I finally got a Furbo, and it’s been super helpful in quelling those fears. I can check in on her through my phone whenever I want, and I can even toss her a treat every once in a while, which is extremely fun and cute.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
A new statement candle
“I’m a total candle freak. I literally can’t stop myself. I have a cabinet full of them and I buy more before I even run out; total Jan from The Office vibes. I’ve heard a lot about Boy Smells lately, so I decided to check out their ‘LES’ scent, and I’m loving it so far. I’ll definitely be getting more from them at some point.” —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter
“I bought a point and shoot film camera around Christmas time, but it has a macro lens, so it’s not great for taking much more than portraits or close-up shots. So, I wanted one with a wider lens. I found a Canon Snappy EL for $13.99 on eBay and so far I’m loving it. I haven’t gotten anything developed yet, but it’s super easy to use and seems to be taking shots well.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
“I started taking a Buti yoga class, which involves a lot of jumping, bouncing, and moving. The yoga mat I already owned was sliding all over the place in class, so I needed one with more traction. This one has tons of positive reviews mentioning good traction, and so far I have not eaten shit in class, so that’s nice!” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
“I’ve been needing a bottle brush and straw brush for a while now, and I finally took the time to find some. This set was super cheap and the brushes are nice and effective. The bottle brush surprised me with how massive it is, but it fits in my S’well and feels like it’s cleaning the entire interior.” —Miller Kern, Shopping Reporter
An electric wine opener and sealer
“Despite being a frequent wine drinker, I found myself battling with my manual corkscrew too often — which was mostly just feeling like I had the arm strength of a newborn when I couldn’t push the corkscrew’s levers down. This automatic wine opener screws into the cork and knows when it’s time to reverse and pull the cork up, all by holding one button. There’s also a handy foil cutter built in. I haven’t used the vacuum sealer yet (because when do I leave a bottle unfinished?), but I can see how it would be nice for people who stock multiple bottles for occasional tasting.” —Leah Stodart, Shopping Reporter
“This month I treated myself for Valentine’s Day and bought this duvet cover to go with my recently acquired Buffy Cloud comforter. It was important to me that I get a eucalyptus-based duvet cover to maintain the softness and breathability of the Cloud comforter. The best part about this one is not only that it comes in a color other than white, but it’s also cheaper than the Buffy Duvet Cover. Seriously, if you love to sleep, then you need eucalyptus bedding in your life (and it’s great for the environment).” —Kristen Welling, Senior Manager, Digital Analytics
“#ThingsOldsBuy.” —Kyle Tippett, IT Operations Manager
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