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Keeping Cool(er)

Since college, I’ve had an old Igloo ‘playmate’ cooler that I lovingly referred to as my ‘cowboy cooler’. This is because it is my cooler that I use to throw drinks, etc., in when I’m going somewhere. It has been to a lot of places and accumulated several stickers over the years that has given it a unique personality. Unfortunately, 20 years seems to have been enough. The liner is starting to separate from the shell, it no longer seals, and it doesn’t stay latched well. It’s also subject to spilling if it gets tipped over a bit, and does not keep ice for long.

Given that, I decided it’s time to retire the old cooler and get a NEW ‘cowboy cooler’ for the next 20 years of my life. If this one lasts ’til I’m 85, then I think I’m covered. This needed to be a relatively small cooler I could port about, throw in the back of the truck, a canoe, etc. I wanted something that was spill proof that would hold ice for a couple of days. My first choice was a YETI Roadie cooler?! Who wouldn’t want one of those? I sure would! But honestly, for $250, I can’t touch that. I mean, if I saved long enough I could, but even then I’m not sure I’d WANT to spend that much on a cooler. YETI is awesome, but I kinda feel like you’re paying a lot for the name.

Enter the RTIC 20 cooler (below)! Let’s be honest, these are 100% a YETI knockoff.  Enough difference to not be a precise knockoff, but mostly the same. However, RTIC has built enough of a following that their products HAVE gotten decent reviews. And reviews on YouTube have shown them to be of a similar quality.  Sure, the RTIC coolers might lack a little in finish (and warranty) from the YETI, but for less than half the price (MSRP $125), it’s well worth the difference. For this price, I was able to cash in some of my Humana ‘go365’ bucks and order one up (in tan color)! They are on sale right now, so I managed to get mine for $106 (@15% off) with free shipping! A good deal made great!

Now I just have to find some new stickers… Happy Friday everyone!

~Mike


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RTIC Cooler (RTIC 20 Tan)


Features: It is very practical for everyday use and can be taken to work, camping, hunting, or fishing., This cooler keeps your food & drinks colder longer and holds up to 24 cans plus ice., The cooler is equipped with a heavy-duty stainless steel handle that locks upright for easy one-handed carrying., You can truly take this cooler anywhere!, Common Uses: Job site, Weekend or short trips, Campsite, kayak, canoe, ATV or golf cart, At the big game

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I love my Ninja!

I drink a LOT of coffee. Maybe too much, but not more than a pot per day. Up ’til recently, I had a regular ‘ol coffee maker. It did the job, but it was rather… meh. I wanted the ability to make a single cup, and was leaning toward a Keurig, but they don’t make a big enough cup of coffee for me (even the 2.0). I also don’t like the wasteful k-cups, which the inventor regrets ever making.

Enter the Ninja coffee maker. I had seen this bad boy on the shelves, but never thought I would own one. But my wonderful wife decided to give me one for my birthday! She gave me the original ‘CF080Z’ version, which I really liked. But there were a few features that needed refined. So when I saw the ‘2.0’ version (model ‘CF091’), I traded up (Sams Club rocks)! Honestly, you can’t go wrong either way. This thing makes great coffee, and has a lot of various options! The only thing I don’t like is that the permanent filter makes ‘muddy’ coffee, so I still use the paper filters. But it’s still great. I can make a small cup, large cup, travel mug, BIG travel mug, half pot, full pot, iced… it’s truly a ‘do everything’ machine!

For someone like me who works from home, you simply can’t go wrong here. It’s a bit of a pricey investment up front, but it’s cheaper than going to a coffee shop every day! And if you only need a single travel mug, it will make that for you without the excess/waste. And if you’re an iced coffee drinker (I thrive on it in the summer), you can make a whole pitcher!

~Mike


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Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF091)


List Price: $199.99 USD
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