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Going to the water park for the kids mid-winter break has become a tradition.  This year we went to Kalahari instead of Great Wolf Lodge.  Both are in Sandusky.  But that's a post for another time.  This year, unfortunately, I lost my Fitbit.  My band broke, and I stuck it in my pocket.  A couple of hours later, I went to check it, and the Fitbit was gone.  The band was still there, but the Fitbit must have slipped out.  So what replacement Fitbit did I choose?

The O.G. Fitbit Flex

I got my Fitbit in 2014.  I picked the Flex.  At the time, it went for $100 and was pretty cool.  Of course, now it's pretty basic compared to what they have.  I call it the O.G. which stands for Original Gangster, and is a slang term for something once cool that's now a throwback.

While it sucked to lose my Fitbit, it gave me an opportunity to consider what I wanted to do.

Option 1: Upgrade to a fancier Fitbit

My wife has the Charge 2.  Actually had the original Charge and has since upgraded.  This is a pretty cool device.  This not only tracks your steps, but also has a bunch of other features.  It will track how many flights of steps you make every day.  It can remind you to get up and walk if you've been inactive for too long.  One of the nicest features is a heart rate monitor.

Still, the cost is $150.  That's no small cost, especially when I hadn't been planning on upgrading.

Option 2: Get a replacement Fitbit Flex

My kids recently wanted to get trackers of their own.  A while back my wife found an original Flex at TJ Maxx for $25.  When she went to look, they still had them available.

This option was appealing because it was something I already had and knew.  Plus, I had a few spare wristbands that I'd already paid for.  And, heck, it was only $25, a far cry from $150.

Option 3: Do Nothing

I also could have not bothered getting a replacement at all.  I know many people have bought them and they've since made their way to a drawer.

The only real benefit here would be that it wouldn't cost me anything.

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What Option Did I Choose?

In the end I picked Option 2.  I paid $25 for a replacement O.G. Flex.  Here are some of the thoughts that went into my decision.

  • Price.  I couldn't beat the price.
  • Bands. I already had a set of bands.  That would probably last at least another 6 months based on how quickly I've gone through them in the past.
  • Deal Timing. I searched around to see if there were any deals on the Charge 2.  There were deals that came up which were as much as half off!  That would make it $75.  Sounds like a sweet deal, right?  Well, it really was.  The only catch is they were all last year on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  So, if I get the itch to upgrade, I can probably wait nine months and save some big bucks.
  • Motivation. For me, having a Fitbit is truly life changing.  I know many laugh at that, but I think it's a real thing.  I have a step goal of 10,000 steps and have hit it every day since July 1, 2016.  So, I want to extend that, and need to track that.  The device also keeps me active just tracking it.  There's an element of competitiveness when I compare my steps to those of my friends or family.  But, it's not competitive in an annoying way.  It's motivation for me.  I walk more. I run more.  It really does make a difference for me.

In the end, I'm happy with my choice. I think I would have felt very guilty had I spent more money, knowing I can probably get better deals in November.

Readers, do you use a step tracking device?  What do you have?