The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

EarSkinz Earbud Covers

EarSkinz Pink Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted here! I’ve been super-busy, though, and this blog is unfortunately very easy to neglect — especially since I haven’t been shopping that much.

One thing I have purchased recently is a pair of EarSkinz covers for my iPod earbuds.

Although I love the sound from the standard earbuds that come with Apple products, they don’t fit me very well. As a result, they’re constantly popping out when I exercise, which is a total PITA. After poking around on Google looking for a hack, I discovered these EarSkinz earbud covers.

EarSkinz are supposed to help keep Apple’s earbuds in place, as well as improve the sound quality. They were only $10.95 plus a couple bucks for shipping, so I decided to go for it.

After a week of use, I can say that my EarSkinz were a pretty good purchase! They are an absolute bitch to put on at first, but once that task is complete, they perform well. They don’t exactly make the earbuds fit better or feel more comfortable, but they stay in place 100% during my regular running workouts. However, they aren’t that great for my interval (sprint/speed) workouts. When I run full blast, the EarSkinz still tend to fall out.

But like I said, for $11 and change, they’re not a bad buy at all. I recommend them!

Tax refund is here

I just received my tax refund for $232. That’s not bad, I guess, but I always get the feeling that I’m missing out on deductions that I could/should be taking. I currently do my taxes on my own using free software, so if anything’s wrong, it’s entirely on me.

Maybe next year I should have some pros go over my books and file my return for me. That way, I can review what they do and make the same moves in subsequent years. I’ve heard good things about russalleninc.com, so I might just send them an inquiry. It can’t hurt — and might even result in a lower tax liability, which of course would be a win!