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.

#1

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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.

kimk333 , Brina Blum Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
11 months ago

I wish I had money to help. I mean realy make a difference. I'll buy a ticket for the lottery tomorrow and hope!

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#2

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It My babies.

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.

TNBCisAB*tch , Marcin Jozwiak Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
11 months ago

Aw, this is terrible. I wish I could help financially.

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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.

#3

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A future where I can live comfortably. Not rich. Just not having to choose between paying all of rent and electricity or food

Ninjabonez86 , Louis Hansel Report

Vasana Phong
Community Member
11 months ago

At this point, just the basics are good enough for me

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#4

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It Therapy

Twix925 , christopher lemercier Report

Scarface's Mom
Community Member
11 months ago

If you wanna talk, I'll talk with you. I'm serious. Maybe we could help each other out with a little listening. Not enough people listen when people talk. I have no one to hear me when I have something to say. I am a listener and would like to have someone hear me when I do talk. It's hard. People wonder why I was always so quiet. This is why.

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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.

#5

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It New teeth.

It's like....thousands and thousands of dollars to get dental implants. Or anything not dentures. It sucks.

Juicebox-shakur , Marek Studzinski Report

Sapna Sarfare
Community Member
11 months ago

India thrives on medical tourism. We get quite a few patients from countries like USA because they cannot afford the treatment in their country.

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#6

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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.

GandalfTheGrumpy , Aude Lozano Report

Premislaus de Colo
Community Member
11 months ago

OMG, yass...

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#7

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It Healthcare

SoonToBeFree420 , National Cancer Institute Report

Bob Rock
Community Member
11 months ago

I live in the UK, free health care, no its not perfect, but for example I broke my arm a few years ago, fixed for free Inc overnight hospital stay, oh and full sick pay for 3 months

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#8

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It I would love to be out of debt. It would only take 35k

Seriously I would love that more than any single item

Damien__ , Towfiqu barbhuiya Report

Kristal
Community Member
11 months ago

My debt would be a lot more cause of student loans but yeah, I agree

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#9

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A divorce.

squashybunz456 , engin akyurt Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
11 months ago

This is heartbreaking

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#10

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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.

Buntingmadness , Vidar Nordli-Mathisen Report

Dina Simoné
Community Member
11 months ago

I had to think about Vimes while reading this, and at the end you mention it yourself!

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#11

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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…

DoeS-Okarin , Hush Naidoo Jade Photography Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
11 months ago

Suffering is not a competition :) your problems are valid. It is good to remember that others are worse to stay humble but your problems are valid too :) too many people tries to inbalidate others feelings with that excuse

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#12

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It Looking on zillow and seeing housing that's considered safe, clean, and in a good area starts at 500k and that's just depressing.

maraca101 , Phil Hearing Report

Sapna Sarfare
Community Member
11 months ago

Every person's issue in every country

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#13

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It I wouldn't mind owning some members of Congress. Get some laws passed that I want.

PianoManGidley , Joakim Honkasalo Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
11 months ago

It would be expensive, but big companies have shown that it's possible.

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#14

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A new lung.

Tu_mama_me_ama_mucho , National Cancer Institute Report

Dina Simoné
Community Member
11 months ago

This is so sad

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#15

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A month-long all expenses paid trip to Scandinavia to chase the Northern Lights

mindmypalace , Johny Goerend Report

SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
11 months ago

That would be absolutely stunning...

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#16

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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!

Flashy_Concern_4676 , Corinne Kutz Report

Heidi Hunt
Community Member
11 months ago

Sounds like actual paradise

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#17

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A breast reduction.

DirectGoose , hans Report

Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
11 months ago

I saw a meme or something the other day that said "Wouldn't it be great if the the women that wanted a reduction could send boob to women that wanted an enlargement. Kinda like Venmo or Paypal for titties. And going along with the theme of this article, I'd buy a cure for cancer so all the newly reduced or enlarged ta ta's would be safe and secure on their chests.

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#18

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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.

Omen224 , Emil Kalibradov Report

Lovin' Life
Community Member
11 months ago

Best wishes for your marriage and you will get all of these things. Just work hard and keep your priorities in line.

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#19

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A college degree in the United States. Still paying back student loans from 1996.

sunnykarma , Caleb Woods Report

beastmachine.
Community Member
11 months ago

That's supremely sad

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#20

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A house

crydiebaby , Luke Stackpoole Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
11 months ago

Who wouldn't? It's just outrageous that young people can't buy a house because they are either too expensive or just aren't there. In the Netherlands people are paying exorbitant prices for terraced houses that do not stand out in anything, except for the fact that they are for sale. In Amsterdam people pay €1 million for a house that would have costed them less than €250 000 10 years ago.

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#21

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It An early retirement.

KryptonianDemon , Oxana Melis Report

Abbey Impson
Community Member
11 months ago

I don't even need early retirement; I just want to know I don't have work until the day I die

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#22

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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"

SH1TKID-DOOSH , Rowan Heuvel Report

Kathy L
Community Member
11 months ago

How nice to have your nan next door!

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#23

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It Braces

burnedchildhood , Atikah Akhtar Report

Pille P
Community Member
11 months ago

I constantly see ads for stuff like invisalign - some 30 € a month. Are braces (in US I guess) really so expensive?

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#24

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A Sprinter van that’s been converted into an RV. I would take that thing camping everywhere.

GraboidFarmer , Drew Bernard Report

Susie Elle
Community Member
11 months ago

Same

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#25

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It Ticket to Space it’s gettin weird down here

Dane_Juros , NASA Report

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
11 months ago

Elon is making it weird up there too, LOL

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#26

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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.

KillerFerrets , Kelly Sikkema Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
11 months ago

I imagine that you arent in Belgium. But if you are (or nederlands) we have a spare chair. Its old but very comfy

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#27

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It 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.

Smuldering , Keyler Oliveira Report

MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
11 months ago

That's sad.

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#28

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It An air conditioner.

[deleted] , Carlos Lindner Report

AnnaBanana
Community Member
11 months ago

I have aircon for the first time in my life - I felt like a brand new person last summer! Where I live in Australia, it regularly gets over 40c in summer.

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#29

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It IVF so I can have a child

I-like-turtl3s , Tanaphong Toochinda Report

Demi Zwaan
Community Member
11 months ago

Adopt.

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#30

30 Things People Would Buy If They Had The Money For It A car. A farm. Some animals to keep me company. And a fancy water colouring set. Oh and my dream wardrobe

occasional_octopus , Oli Woodman Report

MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh,a canvas to paint and paint ,brushes! I 've always wanted one as a child.

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