Best thing you have ever bought?

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Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by tawebacon » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:02 pm

What was the best thing you have purchased, ever, except for a house or a car [edit: or education]? Why do you consider [that to be] your best purchase?
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by RubyTuesday » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:04 pm

Two things.. a Wedding bands followed by tequila shots
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Post by daheld » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:06 pm

Compound interest.

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Post by Dottie57 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:08 pm

Going to a technical school after college to gain skills I sorely needed. Set meupfor my career.

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Post by livesoft » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:10 pm

Medicine to keep me from dying.
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Post by Stinky » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:12 pm

My iPhone.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by mhalley » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:12 pm

My first TiVo. Back before streaming and all the cable companies had vod and dvr capabilities, I often had to miss my favorite shows due to shift work. Never missing those shows and having them available to watch when I came home at 3 am was great.

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Post by bloom2708 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:14 pm

Brompton M6L folding bike.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Frank Grimes » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:14 pm

I may have recency bias but the Indian food I bought for lunch was terrific

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Post by JakeyLee » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:14 pm

I paid cash for a relatively cheap state university education 30 years ago. I took a wide range of courses that really helped round the future me. I learned how to write, study and research. I never directly used my liberal arts degree, but it is truly the reason I have been successful in my career.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by tawebacon » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:19 pm

Frank Grimes wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:14 pm
I may have recency bias but the Indian food I bought for lunch was terrific
That made me hungry :(

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Post by DarinFred » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:21 pm

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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Post by Daryl » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:23 pm

Cessna 150 (fractional ownership)

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Post by 123 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:23 pm

Education
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Post by theplayer11 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:25 pm

Fireplace wood burning insert with blower. Love the heat only a fire can give, and with blower on, warms the majority of our downstairs in a hurry.

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Post by cnblure » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:25 pm

I didn't think I was a recliner person, but I bought a used Lazyboy from Habitat for Humanity for $45. It has been life changing.

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Post by sk2101 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:26 pm

Expensive bicycles. Keeps me entertained, in good company and in excellent health.

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Post by keystone » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:27 pm

When I moved into my house several years ago, I bought a pull-up bar and dip station for under $100 and still use it regularly. I often feel like that was my best bang for the buck purchase ever.

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Post by shans2000 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:35 pm

A ToTo heated toilet seat/washlet, truly life changing :D

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by stoptothink » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:37 pm

$500 for the engagement ring for my wife...the $7k ring for the first wife is arguably the worst thing I ever bought (besides her undergrad and DDS education).

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Post by skeptical » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:38 pm

My dogs. And still paying for them.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by GerryL » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:41 pm

mhalley wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:12 pm
My first TiVo. Back before streaming and all the cable companies had vod and dvr capabilities, I often had to miss my favorite shows due to shift work. Never missing those shows and having them available to watch when I came home at 3 am was great.
I have to admit that I AM hooked on my Tivo, which I bought in 2015 with a "lifetime" programming subscription. I rarely watch live tv anymore. But I'm not sure that in my decades of living I could pick out a single thing that is the BEST thing I ever spent money on. There may be bests at different stages of life.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by jambadoc » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:42 pm

Agree with the wedding/engagement ring comment, but for a fresh... look... Lasik Eye surgery. Hands down.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Sheepdog » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:48 pm

A beautiful,classy 2 week cruise on the Mediterranean from Istanbul to Athens with stops in between. There are more.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by vveat » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:51 pm

MBA from an Ivy to open doors in the US
3 IVF procedures

But if you are looking for practical things - a heated mattress pad. I use it October through May :beer

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Broken Man 1999 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:52 pm

Besides DW's engagement/wedding rings, paying for children's education so they left college with no debt.

Next would be pre-paying grand-kids tuition so they will be able to leave their studies unburdened with debt as well.

Best things I have ever purchased, hands down.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by BogleMelon » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:54 pm

A US visa. It later opened the door for me to legally become immigrant, then a citizen.
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Post by DaftInvestor » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:54 pm

Many great vacations come in mind but I think if I pick one purchase I will have to go with our Swimming Pool. It was truly life-changing with many years of enjoyment - lots of summer memories with the kids - and now that they are grown I still enjoy going out with a gin and tonic on the weekend or after a long day working.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by clockman323 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:55 pm

A 3D printer for my hobbies. It cost under $1000 and I spend more time using it than my $20K worth of woodworking equipment. The 3D printer is inside next to my computer where it can be used any time of the day or season. My woodworking tools are in the garage where it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter with additional restrictions on the time of day because of the noise.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by dm200 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:10 pm

tawebacon wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:02 pm
What was the best thing you have purchased, ever, except for a house or a car [edit: or education]? Why do you consider [that to be] your best purchase?
In the 1980's, when our son was young - born in 1978 - we had the opportunity to take several family vacations a long distance from our home at a very reasonable cost. At the time, I occasionally qualified for an event held at nice places, such as California and Texas. Because my airfare was paid for and there were bargain airfares we could get for my wife and son, we took a week of vacation either before or after my employer event.

Our son just loved to travel - both on planes and in the rental cars -

Now - 30 or so years later, to my pleasant surprise - our son still has positive memories of these vacations.

In general, as well, my wife also enjoyed these trips. WIN - WIN!

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by MP173 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:20 pm

My best purchase in 2019 has been an AT102ED 4" refractor telescope. The improvement over my ETX90RA (3.5" Mak) scope is significant. The scope is used for astronomical purposes, mainly double stars along with open and globular clusters, nebula, etc.

Unfortunately the recent winter weather has kept me inside.

Other significant purchases over the years:
7 ft tall fence enclosing our garden to keep the critters out. We have named the garden "Fort Potato".
College education for both of my sons...foundation for their futures without college debt.
As with others...engagment ring for wives.
YMCA membership years ago.
Jeep Grand Cherokee back in 2001....moved up from a mini van to a great ride.
Electric guitars and amps at various times - hours of entertainment.
Dinner (twice) at Charlie Gittos on the Hill in St. Louis....best purchased meals ever.
ETX90RA telescope in 1998 - years of astronomical entertainment - recently given to one of my sons.

Many more but these come easily to mind.

Ed

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Picasso » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:22 pm

Barbour Beaufort jacket. Hands down.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Conch55 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:27 pm

Wife's wedding ring 40 years ago and the free memories since.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by tigreblanco » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:29 pm

Plumbed commercial Keurig coffee machine.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by retire57 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:32 pm

My campervan.

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Post by 7eight9 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:32 pm

Tempur-Pedic mattress --- https://www.tempurpedic.com/ 17 years of blissful sleep thus far and looking forward to many more.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by squirm » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:37 pm

Trips to Hawaii with wife and kids, I doubt I need to explain why, unless you haven't been there. We go all the time.

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Post by JOEVANDAL » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:42 pm

a 21 foot open bow Sea Ray (used) about 9 years ago. It stays moored in Lake CDA during the summer. So many great memories with family and friends. Especially when my sons were in their teens and they would invite friends to join us. The best purchase of a depreciating asset (although it has held its value quite well) ever.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by jdb » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:49 pm

Tesla Model S in 2012, one of first 1000 ever produced. Still running great.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by unclescrooge » Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:58 pm

1. I paid $1,100 for a 3 year membership to LA Fitness in 2004 or 2005. It came with a $99/year renewal to any club.

14 years later, I'm still paying my $99/year and using the club at least once a week.

2. I paid $350 for a Vitamix blender in 2011. It's awesome!

3. I paid $4.99 for a collapsible table-top purse-hook. When I was first dating my wife and we were going out to a lot of bars/restaurants, I noticed there wasn't always a good place to hang her purse. I gave this to her and she was incredibly impressed.

4. I get a ton of free large cardboard boxes and my kids play with them for hours. They might not cost anything, but the fun they provide my kids is priceless.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by H-Town » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:21 pm

tawebacon wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:02 pm
What was the best thing you have purchased, ever, except for a house or a car [edit: or education]? Why do you consider [that to be] your best purchase?
Time.

Sometime it can be very expensive to buy time.

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Post by Mr.BB » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:24 pm

squirm wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:37 pm
Trips to Hawaii with wife and kids, I doubt I need to explain why, unless you haven't been there. We go all the time.
+1
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Post by prairieman » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:31 pm

H-Town wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:21 pm
tawebacon wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:02 pm
What was the best thing you have purchased, ever, except for a house or a car [edit: or education]? Why do you consider [that to be] your best purchase?
Time.

Sometime it can be very expensive to buy time.
I bought time last winter and loved it so much I’m buying it again. When it snows now somebody else comes over and clears my driveway and sidewalks.
But my IPhone is the best thing I ever bought. I use it for everything.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Freefun » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:52 pm

Massage chair.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Tdubs » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:54 pm

L.L. Bean Nor'easter coat. It makes commuting in January tolerable.

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Post by Trader Joe » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:07 pm

Toyota Sienna XL.

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Post by JeepDaze » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:10 pm

DarinFred wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:21 pm
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by TxAg » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:14 pm

Besides the big things like wedding bands, medicine, school, and house I'd say the following in no particular order.


Preference points for hunting in WY
Two nice trees planted in the front yard
A cross country RV trip with friends
A warm sleeping bag
Some Christmas gifts for kids in need
Swim lessons for the kids
Professional pics for Christmas cards every year

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by bgf » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:16 pm

jdb wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:49 pm
Tesla Model S in 2012, one of first 1000 ever produced. Still running great.
do you have much upgrade envy? i feel like this would be much stronger with a Tesla than any other luxury/sports car.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by ER2023 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:17 pm

We invest in a 2-week vacation home every summer and invite the extended family, pets and all. Yes, it's chaotic and everyone gets on everyone else's nerves at some point. But we have fun playing all kinds of games, doing some outdoor adventures, busting on each other, and making good meals together. The memories are priceless.

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