Save or splurge: Leisure stuff

To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.

Spiner Sport | $499
Stationary bike
Spiner Sport | $499
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The difference between home- and gym-quality exercise bikes isn't that great, says celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak: "Buy whatever you can afford and will use."

Even a simple spin bike with a heavy flywheel - like this Spinner Sport - will do.

Pay more for electronic readouts and heart monitors if you want, but "those bells and whistles aren't essential," says Cedric Bryant, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.

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