30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It
They say money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you new teeth. Or therapy. Or a few members of Congress. And if these things don't make you smile, I don't know what does.
A few weeks ago, Redditor u/TheDeathSummoner posted a question: "What would you like to buy for yourself, but can't afford it?" Other users immediately started replying, listing all the things they wish they could invest in.
The honest answers paint a vivid picture of what's important to people and honestly, it's sad to see that so many folks lack basic necessities. They do, however, remind us to stay humble and respect each other as everyone is fighting their own battle.
I’m homeless and have been living in a shuttle bus for a year so my prospective might be not be as exciting as others. I’d like to buy shelter. A home or a condo would be great but even an acre of land where I could build a small home. Just some place to call home.
Chemo made me infertile at 34 before I had the chance to have a baby.
I have 12 embryos in a testube. Can't afford to use them.
The cost of living is notoriously high in the US but it varies by state. Last year, GoBankingRates determined the necessary living wage in each one using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the 50/30/20 budgeting rule. This popular general budgeting principle allocates 50% of annual income to necessities like housing, 30% to discretionary expenses like travel, and the remaining 20% to savings.
The median necessary living wage across the entire US was $67,690. The state with the lowest annual living wage turned out to be Mississippi, with $58,321. The state with the highest living wage was Hawaii, with $136,437. Other expensive states (surprise surprise) included New York and California, which have notoriously high costs of living and expensive housing markets.
A future where I can live comfortably. Not rich. Just not having to choose between paying all of rent and electricity or food
u/TheDeathSummoner said they came up with the idea for this post out of curiosity. "I took a second job earlier this year to be able to buy extra things besides necessities for my family, so I just wanted to see what other people want but can't afford," the Redditor told Bored Panda.
All the replies made u/TheDeathSummoner really grateful for what they do already have. "They made me realize that I currently own the majority of things that are on people's minds, like a house, health insurance, a car, a PC, etc. I'm blessed."
The Redditor said they don't know if money can make you content. "It does, however, relieve a great amount of stress that casts a shadow over your life," they added.
It's like....thousands and thousands of dollars to get dental implants. Or anything not dentures. It sucks.
A mountain cottage deep in the wilderness. With endless views, forests on its doorstep and a stream nearby. No neighbours for miles, plenty of wildlife and a massive fireplace that is on permanently when the snows arrive.
I would love to be out of debt. It would only take 35k
Seriously I would love that more than any single item
A really good, actually water-resistant raincoat and/or a pair of rain trousers.
For context, I live in the Netherlands where it rains for maybe 3/4 of the year (this is how it feels,anyway) and as I’m on a bike for much of that, a good raincoat or other rain gear is necessary. But the good ones are pretty expensive so I just end up buying the cheap ones, which wear and tear pretty quick, so I guess in the long run I’m spending more money but I can’t avoid it. It’s like the Vime’s Boots theory but with rain gear.
Operation for my eyes…
I can’t drive and I’m 28…, no one knows but I hate it so much…
The hardest part is to look for a job if you have really bad eyes…
And glasses don’t work well.
I have 60% with my glasses
Life sucks sometimes but we have people that have bigger problems so…
Looking on zillow and seeing housing that's considered safe, clean, and in a good area starts at 500k and that's just depressing.
I wouldn't mind owning some members of Congress. Get some laws passed that I want.
A month-long all expenses paid trip to Scandinavia to chase the Northern Lights
An island to live out the remainder of days on. Strolling up and down the beach, sleeping under coconut trees in a hammock, fishing, swimming and generally living a quiet and peaceful life to the end!
A place to live. A vehicle. Real privacy. The capacity to make enough money to take a week off ever. Insurance. I know it seems like I am young based off the lack of things. I live on my own, and have for a number of years. I will be married soon. Trying to make a living wage is very difficult.
A college degree in the United States. Still paying back student loans from 1996.
Always wanted to buy my nans house and my house and make them into 1 (we live next door) but if i won the lottery id buy the street"
A Sprinter van that’s been converted into an RV. I would take that thing camping everywhere.
A good office chair. The one I have at my home desk now kills my back, but the good ones are all too much for a student like me.
A hot tub. I’ve got a number of health issues and sitting in the hot water is extremely helpful. I know there are super cheap ones that are inflatable and for like one person, but my dad had one of those and got an electric shock touching the water after having it only a few months, so now I’m afraid of the real cheap ones.