Best thing you have ever bought?

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Picasso » Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:25 pm

TomatoTomahto wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:20 pm
I bought The Diabetes Code and followed its strategy. I am now a Type 2 diabetic in remission. My doctor agrees that it saved my life. Best ROI ever.

Runners up, but not even close:
Tesla Model X
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Our rural home near Boston with birds, frogs, space for our dogs to run
Nice work!

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by MathIsMyWayr » Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:32 pm

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 pm
1130Super wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:49 am
Lasik surgery at 21 years old nothing comes close
Very close to verbatim to what I was scrolling down to post:

Toric lens implants when I had my cataract surgeries. I can't think of a close second.

After 50+ years of wearing glasses constantly to using readers occasionally. What a change! I wish I could have done it decades earlier.
A cataract surgery is kind of necessity when time comes, but a lasik surgery is optional. I see many eye doctors wearing glasses with thick lenses. Why?

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Magruder » Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:19 pm

College education for my four grandchildren!

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Boats day » Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:29 pm

1960 Fender Stratocaster guitar. Still have it and enjoy playing it.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Doom&Gloom » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:17 pm

MathIsMyWayr wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 pm
1130Super wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:49 am
Lasik surgery at 21 years old nothing comes close
Very close to verbatim to what I was scrolling down to post:

Toric lens implants when I had my cataract surgeries. I can't think of a close second.

After 50+ years of wearing glasses constantly to using readers occasionally. What a change! I wish I could have done it decades earlier.
A cataract surgery is kind of necessity when time comes, but a lasik surgery is optional. I see many eye doctors wearing glasses with thick lenses. Why?
Yes, but Medicare only covers "standard" replacement lenses. There are a few options available at extra cost which may achieve different results after surgery. In my case the standard replacement lenses would have resulted in my continuing to wear glasses indefinitely. The toric lenses were quite the nice purchase for me.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by MathIsMyWayr » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:32 pm

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:17 pm
MathIsMyWayr wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 pm
1130Super wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:49 am
Lasik surgery at 21 years old nothing comes close
Very close to verbatim to what I was scrolling down to post:

Toric lens implants when I had my cataract surgeries. I can't think of a close second.

After 50+ years of wearing glasses constantly to using readers occasionally. What a change! I wish I could have done it decades earlier.
A cataract surgery is kind of necessity when time comes, but a lasik surgery is optional. I see many eye doctors wearing glasses with thick lenses. Why?
Yes, but Medicare only covers "standard" replacement lenses. There are a few options available at extra cost which may achieve different results after surgery. In my case the standard replacement lenses would have resulted in my continuing to wear glasses indefinitely. The toric lenses were quite the nice purchase for me.
I am +100% with you. Money well spent, $2,500 each(?). Before my cataract surgery, I was so myopic that my surgeon suggested basic single vision IOLs. Fortunately, I do not have astigmatism. I never had a distorted view of the world, just out of focus. :wink:

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by BionicBillWalsh » Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:47 pm

MathIsMyWayr wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 pm
1130Super wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:49 am
Lasik surgery at 21 years old nothing comes close
Very close to verbatim to what I was scrolling down to post:

Toric lens implants when I had my cataract surgeries. I can't think of a close second.

After 50+ years of wearing glasses constantly to using readers occasionally. What a change! I wish I could have done it decades earlier.
A cataract surgery is kind of necessity when time comes, but a lasik surgery is optional. I see many eye doctors wearing glasses with thick lenses. Why?
Some aren’t candidates based on their eye anatomy. Some are afraid of the potential adverse effects.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by WoodSpinner » Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:01 pm

A Rancilio Silva Espresso Machine.

Been in daily use for 20 years and is still going strong. I seriously upped my coffee game and have really enjoyed learning about coffee and espresso brewing.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by sport » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:00 pm

My Grandson. I paid all the costs for his adoption. :D

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by TxAg » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:30 pm

sport wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:00 pm
My Grandson. I paid all the costs for his adoption. :D
Winner!!

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by jabberwockOG » Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:03 am

1. Tivo (20 years of no commercials - priceless)
2. Leesa king size mattress
3. macbook pro
4. Timex Ironman
5. SOG Flash1 for EDC
6. iphone 6s
7. Ryobi Cordless 6-Tool Combo Kit

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Caduceus » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:38 am

I would say the thing that changed my life was the Kindle Paperwhite. I bring it everywhere now, so I don't mind waiting when there's otherwise nothing to do, or sitting on the train, etc. I would say that I do a lot of reading during these "in-between" moments. Plus, no eye strain at all with that non-glare screen.

And, it's lasted me six years now. And I use it every day. Crazy.

My fiance got me a new Kindle Paperwhite last Black Friday, but I didn't like the new menu set up (I prefer the older simpler interface), so I sold it for a $10 profit. I am now curious how long it is going to last me. I hope it lasts another two years at least.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Rotsevni » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:49 am

A few things i'm happy to have bought!;

1. My second hand Expobar dual boiler espressomachine
2. Ipad (lasts already for like 6 years and still working like the first day)
3. Gene Cafe coffee roaster, provides me with fresh roasted beans every week :D
4. A hand pooked bamboo tattoo, although this is more a kind of a service that I bought

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by momof3 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:57 pm

A new backyard. When we moved into our house the backyard was uneven, overgrown and full of rocks (boulders, really). We had it leveled, removed a few trees, stacked the rocks into a big retaining wall and put down new sod. Now the kids have a place to safely run and play and we love to have picnics and parties back there.

Speaking of kids, the best thing we ever bought them was a box of blocks. Not the big legos, just basic building blocks. That single toy has provided hours of entertainment and I am routinely amazed by how creative the kids are with what they build.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by MathIsMyWayr » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:07 pm

BionicBillWalsh wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:47 pm
MathIsMyWayr wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 pm
1130Super wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:49 am
Lasik surgery at 21 years old nothing comes close
Very close to verbatim to what I was scrolling down to post:

Toric lens implants when I had my cataract surgeries. I can't think of a close second.

After 50+ years of wearing glasses constantly to using readers occasionally. What a change! I wish I could have done it decades earlier.
A cataract surgery is kind of necessity when time comes, but a lasik surgery is optional. I see many eye doctors wearing glasses with thick lenses. Why?
Some aren’t candidates based on their eye anatomy. Some are afraid of the potential adverse effects.
My guess is that the majority of eye doctors do not consider lasik surgeries worth the risk.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by sschoe2 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:18 pm

Carbon Road Bike. 19k miles tons of quality time with it

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by travelnut11 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:49 pm

12 years ago I celebrated my 30th birthday with a 6 month trip through South America. Cost about $12k and worth every penny.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by dm200 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:16 am

travelnut11 wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:49 pm
12 years ago I celebrated my 30th birthday with a 6 month trip through South America. Cost about $12k and worth every penny.
Now I am reminded that in 1969 - looking for a "different" vacation, I took a three week trip to various parts of the then Soviet Union. I knew nobody - but this was a 70 person group that left NY City. We were in Moscow, Leningrad (now St Petersburg) - and took a ten day boat trip from Rostov-on-the-Don up the volga River - visiting Stalingrad, Ulyanovsk and other stops.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Triple digit golfer » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am

My Match.com membership in 2013. I met my wife and mother of my child there and it cost me about $100.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by SSM1 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am

Vacations! I love the Alps, would like to go back.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by SSM1 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am

I think my houses have been good, but too much work at this point. I'm in an apartment now, trying to figure out what's next!?
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by 260chrisb » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:33 am

You lost me at no house or car!! :o :D I consider my house as one the best things I ever bought after renting for 30 years and my vintage Porsche 911.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by dm200 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am

Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
My Match.com membership in 2013. I met my wife and mother of my child there and it cost me about $100.
This was not around back when I was single. Met my now-wife the old fashioned way.

Our son, now married for a year, met his wife on match.com - as well as several other women before her.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Chadnudj » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:45 am

This will sound dumb, but:

The Wire Tek 1001 EasySet Mole Eliminator Trap (2-pack).

Why?
1. I had tried a bunch of things that just didn't work -- poisoned worms, castor oil sprays, etc. -- and the moles were still ruining my yard.
2. I had inherited some traps from the previous owner, that were damn near impossible to set.
3. I found these on Amazon, and the reviews were all stupendous.
4. I bought them, set one out...and caught a mole within the first 6 hours.
5. Since then, I've killed probably 15-20 moles using the traps, and (now, FINALLY) no longer seem to have a mole problem in my yard.
6. They are literally so easy to use -- just step on them to set them, then (when they get tripped) dispose of the dead mole.

It's the pleasure of buying a product to address a problem you had that seemed to be impossible to solve, based on good reviews online, and then have that product work easily to perfection, at an affordable cost.

If you ever have a mole problem in your yard, just get this product and don't waste time with anything else.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by stoptothink » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:56 am

dm200 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am
Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
My Match.com membership in 2013. I met my wife and mother of my child there and it cost me about $100.
This was not around back when I was single. Met my now-wife the old fashioned way.

Our son, now married for a year, met his wife on match.com - as well as several other women before her.
I also met my wife on a dating site in 2012. My mom met my stepfather on a site about 5yrs earlier, 1 brother and 1 sister met their spouses, and countless friends have met their spouses as well. At least in my circle, I think it is less common for significant others to have actually met in person at first.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by HoosierJim » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:15 pm

1. Rescue dog.
2. Windows Media Center(free with windows) and computer & Digital Home Run - no more cable bill
3. Redwing boots
4. Mail order spouse - language barrier is a plus.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Triple digit golfer » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:16 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:56 am
dm200 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am
Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
My Match.com membership in 2013. I met my wife and mother of my child there and it cost me about $100.
This was not around back when I was single. Met my now-wife the old fashioned way.

Our son, now married for a year, met his wife on match.com - as well as several other women before her.
I also met my wife on a dating site in 2012. My mom met my stepfather on a site about 5yrs earlier, 1 brother and 1 sister met their spouses, and countless friends have met their spouses as well. At least in my circle, I think it is less common for significant others to have actually met in person at first.
That's interesting. My wife and I are the only ones in our families to have met online. I actually only know personally of just one person, a coworker, who met his girlfriend online. I know there are other people at work and friends of friends who met online, but not in my immediate circle of people I know. They all met the old fashioned way.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by stoptothink » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:25 pm

Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:16 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:56 am
dm200 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am
Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
My Match.com membership in 2013. I met my wife and mother of my child there and it cost me about $100.
This was not around back when I was single. Met my now-wife the old fashioned way.

Our son, now married for a year, met his wife on match.com - as well as several other women before her.
I also met my wife on a dating site in 2012. My mom met my stepfather on a site about 5yrs earlier, 1 brother and 1 sister met their spouses, and countless friends have met their spouses as well. At least in my circle, I think it is less common for significant others to have actually met in person at first.
That's interesting. My wife and I are the only ones in our families to have met online. I actually only know personally of just one person, a coworker, who met his girlfriend online. I know there are other people at work and friends of friends who met online, but not in my immediate circle of people I know. They all met the old fashioned way.
Interestingly, I was on the site for all of about 3 days. She reached out to me, we went on a date that weekend and we married less than a year later. I had just moved across the country, to a complete college town (2 universities within 5 miles of my home and <100k residents), and I was a 31yr old professional not interested in dating 18yr olds. I thought it would be the most efficient way to meet women at a similar stage in life as I was...it worked, fast.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by topper1296 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:01 pm

Outside of "bigger picture" items like my education and my home, I'm going with season tickets for men's basketball and football (and a reserved tailgating spot) at my alma mater. My seats and tailgating spot are beside my best friends from college and we also travel to some away games together.

Lastly, I'm setting up an endowed scholarship at my alma mater because I could not have afforded to live the lifestyle I have without my education. This is just my way to "pay it forward" to hopefully help someone else have the same opportunity in life.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Triple digit golfer » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:36 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:25 pm
Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:16 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:56 am
dm200 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am
Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:26 am
My Match.com membership in 2013. I met my wife and mother of my child there and it cost me about $100.
This was not around back when I was single. Met my now-wife the old fashioned way.

Our son, now married for a year, met his wife on match.com - as well as several other women before her.
I also met my wife on a dating site in 2012. My mom met my stepfather on a site about 5yrs earlier, 1 brother and 1 sister met their spouses, and countless friends have met their spouses as well. At least in my circle, I think it is less common for significant others to have actually met in person at first.
That's interesting. My wife and I are the only ones in our families to have met online. I actually only know personally of just one person, a coworker, who met his girlfriend online. I know there are other people at work and friends of friends who met online, but not in my immediate circle of people I know. They all met the old fashioned way.
Interestingly, I was on the site for all of about 3 days. She reached out to me, we went on a date that weekend and we married less than a year later. I had just moved across the country, to a complete college town (2 universities within 5 miles of my home and <100k residents), and I was a 31yr old professional not interested in dating 18yr olds. I thought it would be the most efficient way to meet women at a similar stage in life as I was...it worked, fast.
Awesome. My experience is similar. I was probably on the site for a couple weeks. We were both 28 at the time. She reached out to me, we went on a date a week later and she moved in with me a year later. A year after that, or about 2 years after meeting, we were married.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by dm200 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:45 pm

Awesome. My experience is similar. I was probably on the site for a couple weeks. We were both 28 at the time. She reached out to me, we went on a date a week later and she moved in with me a year later. A year after that, or about 2 years after meeting, we were married.
Things seem to have moved quickly!

I suppose, today, using such sites can clearly and exactly identify what you are and exactly identify what you are looking for. There are a lot of combinations and permutations today.

Can save a lot of wasted time, effort and money - as was common in the past [for me at least]

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Chrono Triggered » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:53 pm

Corrective eye surgery about a year and a half ago.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by surfstar » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:03 pm

Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:36 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:25 pm
Triple digit golfer wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:16 pm
stoptothink wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:56 am
dm200 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:37 am


This was not around back when I was single. Met my now-wife the old fashioned way.

Our son, now married for a year, met his wife on match.com - as well as several other women before her.
I also met my wife on a dating site in 2012. My mom met my stepfather on a site about 5yrs earlier, 1 brother and 1 sister met their spouses, and countless friends have met their spouses as well. At least in my circle, I think it is less common for significant others to have actually met in person at first.
That's interesting. My wife and I are the only ones in our families to have met online. I actually only know personally of just one person, a coworker, who met his girlfriend online. I know there are other people at work and friends of friends who met online, but not in my immediate circle of people I know. They all met the old fashioned way.
Interestingly, I was on the site for all of about 3 days. She reached out to me, we went on a date that weekend and we married less than a year later. I had just moved across the country, to a complete college town (2 universities within 5 miles of my home and <100k residents), and I was a 31yr old professional not interested in dating 18yr olds. I thought it would be the most efficient way to meet women at a similar stage in life as I was...it worked, fast.
Awesome. My experience is similar. I was probably on the site for a couple weeks. We were both 28 at the time. She reached out to me, we went on a date a week later and she moved in with me a year later. A year after that, or about 2 years after meeting, we were married.
We met online, but in true boglehead fashion, it was via a FREE dating website :)

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by GAAP » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:17 pm

Wedding Ring -- still together 25 years later.
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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by G12 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:20 pm

3 Doberman Pinschers and 2 Bully mixes, all rescues, all 5 have been outstanding, 2 have traveled with me over 70K miles
10 years of super high quality craft beer
Primo Oval XL bought new in 2007, still going strong
3-season deck added to the house 10+ years ago was definitely worth the cost
Some private investments that have made a significant financial difference in our lives, married 27+ years

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by poker27 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:38 pm

I’m unsure of my answer yet, however many of these responses is making me want to get lasik. For me personally, it’s not about the $, but the chance of something bad happening, and the pain (I’m a baby when it comes to eyes)

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Chrono Triggered » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:08 pm

poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:38 pm
I’m unsure of my answer yet, however many of these responses is making me want to get lasik. For me personally, it’s not about the $, but the chance of something bad happening, and the pain (I’m a baby when it comes to eyes)
For what it's worth, I purposely chose PRK over LASIK because I wanted to reduce my chances of complications as much as possible. Granted, the person I went to is a bonafide expert in the field, but the lack of a flap and the fact it's not as invasive as LASIK helped me go for it.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by poker27 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:14 pm

Chrono Triggered wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:08 pm
poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:38 pm
I’m unsure of my answer yet, however many of these responses is making me want to get lasik. For me personally, it’s not about the $, but the chance of something bad happening, and the pain (I’m a baby when it comes to eyes)
For what it's worth, I purposely chose PRK over LASIK because I wanted to reduce my chances of complications as much as possible. Granted, the person I went to is a bonafide expert in the field, but the lack of a flap and the fact it's not as invasive as LASIK helped me go for it.
Funny, I started reading about lasik due to this thread, and that came up. I’d certainly spend more $ to not be cut into. Was there any pain?

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by randomguy » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:26 pm

poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:14 pm
Chrono Triggered wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:08 pm
poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:38 pm
I’m unsure of my answer yet, however many of these responses is making me want to get lasik. For me personally, it’s not about the $, but the chance of something bad happening, and the pain (I’m a baby when it comes to eyes)
For what it's worth, I purposely chose PRK over LASIK because I wanted to reduce my chances of complications as much as possible. Granted, the person I went to is a bonafide expert in the field, but the lack of a flap and the fact it's not as invasive as LASIK helped me go for it.
Funny, I started reading about lasik due to this thread, and that came up. I’d certainly spend more $ to not be cut into. Was there any pain?
Everyone I talked to has said no pain during the surgery but the recovery period afterwards is mildly uncomfortable right afterwards.

In the end, pretty much everyones best thing to buy is medical care. Not going blind, deaf or dying because you bought some antibiotics is going to be pretty high on everyones list. Not having your teeth rot away from not going to the dentist will be pretty high also.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Chrono Triggered » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:27 pm

poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:14 pm
Chrono Triggered wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:08 pm
poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:38 pm
I’m unsure of my answer yet, however many of these responses is making me want to get lasik. For me personally, it’s not about the $, but the chance of something bad happening, and the pain (I’m a baby when it comes to eyes)
For what it's worth, I purposely chose PRK over LASIK because I wanted to reduce my chances of complications as much as possible. Granted, the person I went to is a bonafide expert in the field, but the lack of a flap and the fact it's not as invasive as LASIK helped me go for it.
Funny, I started reading about lasik due to this thread, and that came up. I’d certainly spend more $ to not be cut into. Was there any pain?
Zero pain during the entire procedure. I believe it's quicker than LASIK, too. Just a swab of the eye after numbing drops, then you stare into a light. The recovery time for your vision takes longer than LASIK since the epithelium has to grow back, but as long as you keep up with the eye drop regimen, there shouldn't be any pain. I had the occasional irritation, but nothing painful.

I remember reading LASIK had a higher number reported issues with dry eyes than PRK since it cuts deeper, but I would say it's fairly similar overall. The lack of flap was the biggest draw for me.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by randomguy » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:40 pm

MathIsMyWayr wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:07 pm
BionicBillWalsh wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:47 pm
MathIsMyWayr wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:00 pm
1130Super wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:49 am
Lasik surgery at 21 years old nothing comes close
Very close to verbatim to what I was scrolling down to post:

Toric lens implants when I had my cataract surgeries. I can't think of a close second.

After 50+ years of wearing glasses constantly to using readers occasionally. What a change! I wish I could have done it decades earlier.
A cataract surgery is kind of necessity when time comes, but a lasik surgery is optional. I see many eye doctors wearing glasses with thick lenses. Why?
Some aren’t candidates based on their eye anatomy. Some are afraid of the potential adverse effects.
My guess is that the majority of eye doctors do not consider lasik surgeries worth the risk.
If you walk into a room and see 5 doctors wearing glasses and 15 not, how many of the doctors have had lasik/prk? Obviously you have no way of knowing. I have seen some stats that suggest opthamologists have about the same lasik rate as the general population. I am guessing they do the same math as everyone else who hasn't done the procedure. And for them, it has to be an even tougher choice. They get to see the 1% of people that get complications which colors their view of the procedure.

And to some extent, your lifestyle choices determine how big of deal it is. Glasses (and to some extent contacts) suck for things like swimming and rock climbing. Sit in front of a computer? Not so much.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by bumblebh » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:56 pm

skeptical wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:38 pm
My dogs. And still paying for them.
This. Pets can be costly, but they bring joy every day. No matter how crappy the day might be, the dog is always super excited to see me!

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by poker27 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:24 pm

Have been tossing this around given I feel like I have a lot of ‘stuff’, but nothing jumps out. Top contenders...

Motorcycle - wasn’t Expensive, but have done countless day trips with friends and a long week trip over the past 5 years
First pair of ‘nice shoes’. Really makes the ensemble IMO, and I now must own 15+ pairs of handmade shoes
House- but it in 2012 and got a decent deal. Not married to it, but it’s done me well, and has forced me to save.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by phxjcc » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:48 pm

Good cookware and knives.

Le Creuset Dutch Ovens

Henckels knives, when there was only one grade.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Nicolas » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:54 pm

I would say gasoline. Without it I’d just be kicking around on a piece of ground in my hometown.

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by BionicBillWalsh » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:12 am

Chrono Triggered wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:27 pm
poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:14 pm
Chrono Triggered wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:08 pm
poker27 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:38 pm
I’m unsure of my answer yet, however many of these responses is making me want to get lasik. For me personally, it’s not about the $, but the chance of something bad happening, and the pain (I’m a baby when it comes to eyes)
For what it's worth, I purposely chose PRK over LASIK because I wanted to reduce my chances of complications as much as possible. Granted, the person I went to is a bonafide expert in the field, but the lack of a flap and the fact it's not as invasive as LASIK helped me go for it.
Funny, I started reading about lasik due to this thread, and that came up. I’d certainly spend more $ to not be cut into. Was there any pain?
Zero pain during the entire procedure. I believe it's quicker than LASIK, too. Just a swab of the eye after numbing drops, then you stare into a light. The recovery time for your vision takes longer than LASIK since the epithelium has to grow back, but as long as you keep up with the eye drop regimen, there shouldn't be any pain. I had the occasional irritation, but nothing painful.

I remember reading LASIK had a higher number reported issues with dry eyes than PRK since it cuts deeper, but I would say it's fairly similar overall. The lack of flap was the biggest draw for me.
Just as a comparison. I had LASIK 11 yrs ago. I did find the procedure a little more uncomfortable than expected. Mostly just eye pressure that was unusual. I wouldn’t say it hurt. They gave me some medication before it started, probably a low dose benzodiazepine and I honestly can’t remember how long it took. It didn’t seem long.

The next morning when I took off the special glasses they gave me and I had 20/10 vision. That persists to this day.

I do notice a little more glare at night with driving and lost some of my ultra near visual acuity but for me it was definitely worth it. I am a surgeon and would say that it enhanced my ability to do my job as I was no longer dependent on glasses. I did have some reservations before doing it though...knowing the small chance of complications. As listed above, it is the best thing I’ve ever purchased.
Saltwater has an amazing ability to wash away many of life’s troubles

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by Eowyn » Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:26 pm

Rescue dogs (adoption fees) - They have provided exercise, socialization, companionship, and love. I hope they feel the same about me.

Runners up:
quality cooking knives
thermal underwear
books

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by sunny_socal » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:39 pm

Macbook Pro
Rolex Seadweller

Intangible: care & feeding for my family :D

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by theplayer11 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:40 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:54 pm
I would say gasoline. Without it I’d just be kicking around on a piece of ground in my hometown.
Waiting for someone or something
To show the way

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Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

Post by WJW » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:33 pm

$350 adoption fee for my dog. He is a living teddy bear and provides so much joy to my family.

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