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26 Priceyish Things You Should Definitely Buy In Your Twenties

You'll thank yourself later.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best purchases they made in their twenties. Here are the savvy results.

1. A deliciously cozy mattress.

I bought a $400 4-inch memory foam mattress pad for my not-so-great mattress. That mattress pad CHANGED. MY. LIFE. My bed is now my favorite place on earth. It’s magical.—kateb47a2cf44a You can get a memory foam mattress pad to fix any crappy mattress here. Bonus: When you move, you don't have to take the mattress with you, only the pad. Or spring for a full-memory foam mattress from Casper.
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I bought a $400 4-inch memory foam mattress pad for my not-so-great mattress. That mattress pad CHANGED. MY. LIFE. My bed is now my favorite place on earth. It’s magical.

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You can get a memory foam mattress pad to fix any crappy mattress here. Bonus: When you move, you don't have to take the mattress with you, only the pad. Or spring for a full-memory foam mattress from Casper.

2. An adorable new friend.

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My rescue dog, who ended up rescuing me. Wouldn’t trade him for anything.

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A cat. Yolo.

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3. A swanky toaster and egg maker.

Sixty dollars was unimaginable for me at the time, but I've probably saved thousands being able to make my own Egg McMuffins in three minutes.—Cora Helton, FacebookYou can buy one here ($50).
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Sixty dollars was unimaginable for me at the time, but I've probably saved thousands being able to make my own Egg McMuffins in three minutes.

Cora Helton, Facebook

You can buy one here ($50).

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4. A high-quality espresso and/or coffee machine.

When a small $15 part in my coffeemaker went bad, I bought a non-electric hand-press espresso maker for $200. I haven't purchased any café or Starbucks coffee since.—Hannah Elliott, FacebookYou can buy a non-electric hand-press espresso machine here ($177). Another great and affordable coffee and espresso machine can be found here ($30).
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When a small $15 part in my coffeemaker went bad, I bought a non-electric hand-press espresso maker for $200. I haven't purchased any café or Starbucks coffee since.

Hannah Elliott, Facebook

You can buy a non-electric hand-press espresso machine here ($177). Another great and affordable coffee and espresso machine can be found here ($30).

5. Tickets to wherever you want to go.

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Travel. I may not remember which version of the iPhone I had in 2015 but I will always remember getting bit by a lion (OK, it was a lion cub) on my adventures around the world.

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If you're worried about plane tickets, see how you can score absurdly cheap tickets here.

6. Long-lasting boots.

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My shiny golden Doc Marten boots. I might be poor, but my feet don't look it.

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You can buy some dazzling Doc Martens here ($80–$120).

7. Books (aka magical portals to every imaginary world).

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Oodles of books. Ridiculous amounts of books. I might have skipped a dinner or two, but dammit, I had to have those books!

Amber Miller, Facebook

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8. A food processor that can make anything your heart desires.

A Kitchen-Aid mini food processor, $40–$50. I use it all the time! Great for single-serving soups, mashed potatoes, pasta sauces, you name it! —Charlotte J. Warren, Facebook

You can find one here ($60).

9. A smaller, but versatile chef's knife.

A $100+ chef’s knife in the correct size. Shun makes a chef's knife that’s well-balanced, extremely sharp, and still small. Having the right-sized knife is a huge relief.—shanalcYou can find one here ($100).
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A $100+ chef’s knife in the correct size. Shun makes a chef's knife that’s well-balanced, extremely sharp, and still small. Having the right-sized knife is a huge relief.

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You can find one here ($100).

10. An electric toothbrush.

An electric toothbrush! My teeth look “just came from the dentist” fresh every day and are super healthy. Well worth the investment.—sunevanwAvailable here ($38).
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An electric toothbrush! My teeth look “just came from the dentist” fresh every day and are super healthy. Well worth the investment.

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Available here ($38).

11. Headphones.

I’ve taken to buying slightly more expensive things that I know will last. Decent headphones genuinely improve the walk to class.—lucygracer Some high-quality, affordable ones can be found here ($120).
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I’ve taken to buying slightly more expensive things that I know will last. Decent headphones genuinely improve the walk to class.

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Some high-quality, affordable ones can be found here ($120).

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12. Concert tickets.

Music festival tickets! As cliché as it sounds, going to Bonnaroo for the first time in 2009 changed my life in the most amazing way. No matter what your style, there is literally a festival for you. You're guaranteed to have an amazing time with thousands of your best friends.—Sara Elizabeth Denton, Facebook
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Music festival tickets! As cliché as it sounds, going to Bonnaroo for the first time in 2009 changed my life in the most amazing way. No matter what your style, there is literally a festival for you. You're guaranteed to have an amazing time with thousands of your best friends.

Sara Elizabeth Denton, Facebook

13. A 5-pound bag of marshmallows.

A 5-pound bag of just the Marshmallows in Lucky Charms from Amazon. It may have been a knock-off brand, but it was $25 well spent.—ellens4e7da871bBuy it here ($25).
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A 5-pound bag of just the Marshmallows in Lucky Charms from Amazon. It may have been a knock-off brand, but it was $25 well spent.

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Buy it here ($25).

14. Tattoos.

MY TATTOOS! I have four total (spent about $1,500), and they truly represent who I am and I am just as much in love with them as the day I got them.—Michelle Kunkel, Facebook
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MY TATTOOS! I have four total (spent about $1,500), and they truly represent who I am and I am just as much in love with them as the day I got them.

Michelle Kunkel, Facebook

15. A high-end laptop.

A high-end laptop. After years with a crappy, cheap desktop computer, it was the best and most long-lasting invest I could make in college.

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If you can't afford the price of a MacBook ($900), look into getting a Chromebook ($160), which has great battery life and is perfect for carrying around.

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16. A Lovesac.

I dropped about $600 on a Lovesac. It is by far the most comfortable piece of furniture I have in my apartment. Money well spent at 23 years old.—bakerkaitAvailable here ($500).
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I dropped about $600 on a Lovesac. It is by far the most comfortable piece of furniture I have in my apartment. Money well spent at 23 years old.

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Available here ($500).

17. A ~pricier~ car.

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A pricier (used) car with lower miles. I dealt with my fair share of terrible cars and the difference in stress level is huge! Not to mention the money and time you actually do end up saving.

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18. A really warm winter coat.

I'm 23 and poor AF but my coat is the winner. If you live any place where it drops below 40 degrees and snows, a solid, lightweight, warm, waterPROOF (not resistant) coat is worth all of the dollar bills. Spend the money on the coat.–NudiemagsYou can find a sweet coat here ($110).
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I'm 23 and poor AF but my coat is the winner. If you live any place where it drops below 40 degrees and snows, a solid, lightweight, warm, waterPROOF (not resistant) coat is worth all of the dollar bills. Spend the money on the coat.

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You can find a sweet coat here ($110).

19. An electric hair-trimmer kit.

Over 15 years ago I bought a really good quality electric hair trimmer kit for around $200, then I learned to give myself a haircut, and I haven't had to spend a single cent at a barber shop since. I must have saved myself over $600 since then.

Kirk Lamirande, Facebook

You can find a really good one here ($22).

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20. Toilet paper.

Good toilet paper.—Allison Priess Finney, Facebook
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Good toilet paper.

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21. Shopping sprees.

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After graduating college and getting a full-time job, I decided to treat myself to a shopping spree at H&M. Three hundred dollars and an extended wardrobe later, I have no regrets.

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22. An actual bed frame.

A bed frame. Assembling it made me feel pretty adult too.–Megan Sample, Facebook
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A bed frame. Assembling it made me feel pretty adult too.

Megan Sample, Facebook

23. A three-in-one AC, dehumidifier, and fan.

I live in a loft in Canada and I gotta say: my three-in-one fan/dehumidifier/AC was a little over $180 and has paid for itself. Major money saver in the long run.–d416388182Available here ($400).
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I live in a loft in Canada and I gotta say: my three-in-one fan/dehumidifier/AC was a little over $180 and has paid for itself. Major money saver in the long run.

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Available here ($400).

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24. Another shot at love.

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Just asked my mom: "A divorce. Best investment ever." -_-

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25. Therapy.

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Therapy! Seriously. Find a good therapist.

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26. All the self-love in the world.

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THE BEST PURCHASE OF MY WHOLE LIFE WAS MY RECHARGEABLE DOUBLE-ENDED SEVEN-SETTING VIBRATOR. AND THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE.

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Responses have been edited for length and clarity.