I remember when I was striking out on my own for the first time and I hit the first of many “Oops, something happened and now I’m broke” moments, my mom said to me, “It’s just money. There’s never enough of it, it’s always going to the wrong things, and life goes on anyway.”
What have people dropped the big bucks on? Let’s find out.
1. A cool trip.
Just shy of $20,000 to go to Antarctica traveling solo (small cruise ship). More than I’ve spent on every other vacation I’ve taken combined.
Was one of the best trips of my life. It also gave me enough space and clarity to realize how toxic my ex was to me so that I could find the strength to leave not long after I got back.
I’ll always want to go back to Antarctica. The inner peace I found there changed my life.
2. What year is it?
I spent $300 on a mule. An actual living, 4 hooved, long-eared mule. We raise cattle, so a protection mule was a good excuse. But, really, I just fell in love with him.
He’s huge and sassy. He’ll steal your hat and run away. He’s got a Ninja mode where he can sneak up on you, just to breathe down your neck or startle you. He does keep the coyotes away. However, he has proved himself priceless because he eats thistle. When we got the lease on the land for our cattle the pastures had been neglected and were in bad shape.
Thistle is a spiky plant that spreads across the pasture, choking out grasses. Cow’s won’t eat it. It’s really hard to get rid of. To our surprise, the mule cleared out nearly all the thistle in a matter of months. He would eat the flowers out of the center. He saved us an enormous amount of money and labor.
We were able to avoid using chemical weed killers, which we really didn’t want to do. Probably the best investment in our whole cattle raising experience.
3. On the run!
I spent too much money on a big treadmill for a very small apartment.
But I’ve ran 15-25 km on it every week for the past several years and it’s been incredibly helpful both physically and mentally.
4. Let the games begin.
board games, they are expensive, but they bring much joy
5. Ice, ice, baby.
GE Opal nugget ice maker.
Dang thing cost more than my car payment but, man oh man, I love nugget ice and I use it the heck out of it every day.
6. Music to my ears.
Spending hundreds of euros on broken musical instruments because they were pretty. I have since bought spare parts and started repairing them.
I found my destiny.
7. Dress for success.
I’ve been a fat guy all my life. Like, really fat. Dressing comfortably was always my preference because being stylish just isn’t an option at my size.
This was always a source of anxiety at any social event that required dressing up. When I realized I had 4 weddings of close friends all coming up within the year, I decided to bite the bullet and get some decent “formal” clothes.
I spent $800 on a suit jacket, $250 on two pairs of dress pants, a little over $300 for 3 shirts and 3 silk ties that were between $70 and $100 each. I stood for all my measurements and had everything tailored to my exact specifications. Did a fitting and had a second round of alterations on the pants so they actually looked decent, even though I wore them under my gut. People were floored when I showed up to the first wedding.
I received so many compliments and actual double takes. Being introduced to new people felt completely different. I felt impressive. Some of those weddings were the best times of my life and it was due, in no small part, to how those clothes looked and made me feel. Some of those friends have big pictures from their weddings hanging on their walls, and I don’t cringe in embarrassment when I see myself in them.
Those clothes cost more than I had/have ever spent on clothing in any ten year period, and they were worth every penny.
8. Can you feel the heat?
$120 for a towel heater.
I will never dry off with a cold towel again.
I spent $3000 for my wife to meet the backstreet boys and get front row seats.
It is the best thing that has ever happened to her and the smile on her face after the show and look of pure bliss in someone who suffers often from anxiety was worth every cent.
10. Water you waiting for?
The extra I pay in rent for a water view
Completely worth it
11. Travel season.
600€ for an hour of laps (three of 20 minutes each) around the Nurburgring in Germany.
It was open in the off-season and there wasn’t a single other car near me the whole time.
10/10 one of the most thrilling experiences of my life.
12. Bet your sweet bippy.
Due to poor insulation and distance from the water heater, my shower is never properly warm in winter. I just bought a single end-point tankless water heater for just my shower.
Best hundred and fifty bucks I ever spent.
Could I really afford it? No. Did I need it? No. Do I love it? You bet your sweet bippy I do!
13. Friends in need, friend indeed.
When I was younger I came into a sum of about $15k. I wasn’t very careful with the money and other than putting $5k down on car, I blew the money here and there.
But what I put the largest amounts toward were friends in need. I paid one friend’s power bill just before it got shut off. I helped another friend keep her water on.
I never could keep my hands on money for long but I don’t regret having “wasted” it helping friends.
14. Darkness reversed!
I got $27k, and spent it on a solo cross country road trip that led to me moving on the complete opposite side of the country from everyone I’ve ever known.
I was in a dark place in my head, the original plan was to find a nice place to end my story, but the trip itself helped me reconsider, so absolutely no regrets to speak of.
15. Get out there, when you can.
Travel. I’ve never regretted spending money on travel. Those are some of my favorite memories.
I can’t wait to be able to travel again.
I think my answer for this in the past year or so would probably be my Nintendo Switch, and a bunch of games and accessories. I’d rather not think about how much I spent on it in total, but dang it all, it’s helped me sleep, kept me sane, and I don’t regret it one bit.
What about you?
Give us your answer in the comments.