Sometimes, you don't have to spend a lot of money on something for it to significantly improve or impact your life. A Reddit thread I recently came across proved just that when u/systemkwiat asked: "What purchase under $100 improved your life?" A lot of these answers now have me adding things to my online cart.
3."A book on gardening on a budget. I had nothing to do in my life at the time and needed a hobby. It was soothing and I felt like I accomplished something when I reused old furniture to make garden beds. I was depressed but gardening gave me a reason to get out of bed in the AM. Can’t leave my spinach thirsty right? I ate healthier, I met friends, and now it’s a passion for me."
4."A second monitor. Programming and schoolwork became so much easier."
6."Bought a jump pack for $50-$70. it jumped my car four times on one charge and still reported a 3/4 charge level. Super easy to use — just hook it in, push the power button, and then start the car — and it can charge phones and such too."
11."A laptop stand. After working from home for a few months, my neck did not appreciate going back and fourth from the monitor down to the laptop. Now that they are on the semi-same level and it is much better."
13."A makeup organizer. If you live with someone who puts on makeup or puts it on yourself, you know how much space makeup can take up. If you get a couple that have drawers you can stack them too. I got one to hold my nail polish, each drawer is a different color temperature (warm, cool) and I bought another one for all my face makeup. One drawer for eyeshadow, one for eyeliner, and so on. No more knocking stuff over trying to get the thing behind it.'
14."Swedish dish cloths. Who knew that there could be innovation in the dish cloth domain? These are fantastic. Wherever you would use a paper towel, sponge, or dish cloth — use this instead. They absorb like crazy, wring out to almost bone dry, and last a long time. It is estimated that each one will save you 17 *rolls* of paper towels."
19."A Fitbit. It reminds when I need to move and how much I've done. It definitely made me realize that there were some changes I needed to make in my day-to-day life."
20."Fairy lights. We put them on a timer so they're on when I get up in the morning (I get up at around 5 a.m.). It's nice to have soft lighting in my living room without having to turn on a bright lamp."
21."My husband bought me a pair of boxing gloves and some pads and now when I get home from work after a shitty day, he helps me punch it out. I used to just sit on the sofa, eat crisps and be too exhausted and emotionally drained to talk, but this has been an absolute game changer. Afterward, I feel invigorated."
22."Got a pair of Doc Marten’s flip-flops so no replacing flip-flops every year. On most flip-flops, the thong part breaks after a while. These haven’t yet and I’ve had them for over 15 years. I don’t think they make them anymore either."
24."A daylight simulator lamp. I have it in my home office. It really helped offset the seasonal depression and also my sleep patterns. I use it for about 1-2 hours a day during the winter. And a navage nasal irrigator. I used it after I got Covid and had leftover congestion and it worked so well. I'm going to use it daily to help with my allergies and nasal drip issues."