You know the holiday drill. You get a bunch of gifts that are the all-stars, and then a few supporting players that are “nice to haves”: white elephants and stocking stuffers and cards from grandma that comprise a Christmas haul that’ll largely be lost to some sad junk drawer in the TV console.
This year, two of my nice-to-haves included a $50 Walmart gift card from mom and a $50 Walgreens gift card from, randomly, a family friend. Because I’m a Strategist editor, I took the challenge of spending each card very seriously, careful to make the most of each half-Benjamin. In case you find yourself in a similar (non-)predicament, these are the things I contemplated before ultimately deciding what to buy.
The Under-$50 Things I Contemplated at Walmart
The Apple TV I’m using is second-generation (a.k.a. obsolete), and I’ve heard nice things about this Roku.
I usually buy these at $5 a pop, but ten for $30 is a phenomenal deal.
What I Ended Up Buying at Walmart
I decided to buy one slightly indulgent thing and one thing I would’ve spent money on anyway. Plus, if I pull my Mrs. Meyers trick on the Grown Alchemist hand wash, it becomes more of an indulgent long-term investment. It all rings up to $50.39 (plus free shipping).
The Under-$50 Things I Contemplated at Walgreens
A few months ago, I was suffering from a nasty sore throat and went on a mission to find these cultish Fisherman’s Friend lozenges IRL (to no avail, so I settled with Ricolas). Now, I can get them online.
For my myopia.
My absolute favorite lip balm because it has those same ceramides (like the CeraVe) unlike basically any lip balm you can buy that isn’t Dr. Jart. It’s pink and tastes like cupcakes, which I’ve gotten used to at this point, but sometimes when I put it on, people around me will ask why the room smells like a Bath & Body Works.
What I Ended Up Buying at Walgreens
Here’s where I apologize for the demented drugstore shopping list, but everything at Walgreens is so cheap, I could get practically all of it with 24 cents to spare (next time, Fisherman’s Friend).
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