OT- Post Christmas shopping ideas

Submitted by Rather be on BA on December 27th, 2015 at 1:51 PM

I find myself with some money to spend after Christmas this year, and completely unable to figure out what I want to spend it on.  I am so conditioned to saving my money growing up the son of a financial advisor, that I have a hard time spending my money, even around the holidays.

I figured I would open it up to the mgoboard for ideas, Michigan related, or not.  

Let's set the budget at $400.

Ready, set.. go!




December 27th, 2015 at 3:36 PM ^

I think people who but clubs without hitting a bunch of balls with them are nuts.

This is a good route if you have already found the clubs you hit best and but the same ones (as far as loft/shafts/shaft flex etc.).

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Rather be on BA

December 27th, 2015 at 2:00 PM ^

Yeah depends on what you need/want to update the most. Are you starting from scratch? What do you already have? If your driver is serviceable I'd get a pre owned set of irons from Miles of Golf or the like. You could get a solid set of lightly used irons for $400. Would still have room for a new putter or lightly used driver as well.

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December 27th, 2015 at 2:24 PM ^

a lot of people it doesn't matter. For people who play 4-5 times a year, there is no reason to get "fitted" for clubs. Unless you fall outside the range of typical heights, you want "standard" sized golf clubs. Weekend warriors, order some regular sized clubs on line. You don't need to get fitted.


December 27th, 2015 at 2:40 PM ^

Go to Miles of Golf and get fit for a new driver. That'll eat your entire budget, but will be worth it. Buy a used set of irons off eBay until you get addicted and then go get fit for the rest of your clubs next year. :D

Getting fit for you clubs is the best thing you can do for your game (better than lessons imo).

More realistically with your budget, buy a used set off eBay. Used top brands >> new discount brands when it comes to golf equipment.


December 27th, 2015 at 3:24 PM ^

Honestly? Go to a golf shop and hit a bunch of balls with 2 clubs from a few different sets of irons (I do 9 iron and 5 iron).

Find a set of clubs that feel good (weight, swing, shaft flex) and that you hit the best.

I got a brand new set of Tour Edge Bazookas irons for $299 (previous year model) even though I had ~$800 to spend because I hit them better than the Taylor Made/Titleist/Nike/Cobra/Callaway. The extra money allowed me to get a brand new $400 Nike driver and $400 woods for $300 total (again, brand new but 2 year old model).

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Brewers Yost

December 27th, 2015 at 2:06 PM ^

I'm going to add to my bourbon collection with some of my Christmas loot.

Regardless, you should buy something that you normally wouldn't justify spending money on. I think that criteria makes for a better self gift.

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December 27th, 2015 at 6:48 PM ^

A bottle of bourbon should take you a while to finish. When i was drinking I would purchase a new bottle every couple of weeks. After a few monts or longer you can have a nice collection. In my opinion if you are drinking more than 2-3 glasses of bourbon on a drinking night you are doing it wrong. 


December 27th, 2015 at 2:09 PM ^

Put $200 in your kid's account, donate $100 to a family in need/non-profit, but a Little Brown Jug replica for $90, then go buy a nice sandwich for &10 or so and call it a fulfilling day!

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December 27th, 2015 at 2:37 PM ^

Spend $60 for YNAB (You Need a Budget) software, make a monthly budget, stick to it, and you'll end up with thousands of dollars you thought you didn't have by the end of next year. I've used YNAB for the past few months and wished I had started way way earlier. Amazing tool.

Or for $400 you can maybe buy a standing room only partial view ticket for a 2016 preseason game at Jerry Jones's palace. Yay. 


December 27th, 2015 at 2:40 PM ^

New pillows. They get musty and nasty after two years, and they cost $20 each. Treat yourself.

Swagtastic mouse and keyboard. I made the mistake of buying a wireless mouse and keyboard last go around. Either they ate 2-3 AAs a day or they were poorly manufactured, often-malfunctioning garbage. Make sure they have a wire to your PC!!!!! $60 mouse and $90 keyboard.

Templeton Peck…

December 27th, 2015 at 2:43 PM ^

Just got these bad boys yesterday in an after Christmas sale and I can't get enough. They aren't cheap (between $200-$300), but the quality is phenomenal, and the best part is that they're made right here in the USA! Chippewa 6" Service Boot | Tan Renegade