1. A really, really good mattress.
Sure, spending $2,000 on a top-of-the-line Tempur-Pedic mattress is certainly grimace-worthy, but a good night’s rest is close to priceless. You spend a good third of your life on this thing.
A Hästens will run you anywhere from $4K–$12K, but they’re SWEDISH and built for life.
If you can’t afford any of these things, just splurge on the fancy pillow.
4. A water flosser.
Not only does one only cost around $40, it’s faster and more enjoyable to use than flossing. It’s also way more effective.
5. A solid state hard drive (SSD) for your computer.
You get less storage for your buck, but the performance is NOTICEABLY faster, much more so than paying for a processor or RAM upgrade. Since there are no moving parts, the information is accessed twice as fast as a regular hard drive. It’s the most cost-effective computer upgrade you can make, and you will shave hours off the time you waste on your computer.
6. Amazon Prime.
If you order a lot of practical (and heavy) items online, Amazon Prime pays for itself with a single order.
7. Really nice bedsheets with a high thread count.
Warning: Once you go high-thread-count Egyptian cotton, there’s no turning back.
8. A nice set of tires.
They’re basically shoes for your car. A good set of wheels will make driving feel so much nicer, and they’ll last longer too.
And if you live in a snowy winter climate, invest in the winter tires. You’ll feel the traction for more peace of mind.
10. A Vitamix.
Most cheap blenders have motors that will burn out, but not the Vitamix. The crème de la crème of blenders, this is an absolute must if you’re making a life change to live healthier. It blends green smoothies beautifully, as well as vegetables to make soup. It’ll grind peanuts for fresh peanut butter in no time. You can also make juice with a $10 mesh bag.
11. The expensive brand of paint.
Your paint job will last longer and look more professional, which is important, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time living within these walls.
And while you’re at it, use the REAL sheepskin rollers, not the cheap linty ones.
14. A Dyson vacuum cleaner.
This powerful vacuum never loses its suction power and makes cleaning a breeze. It’s actually disturbing how well it works. Best of all, these vacuums last a long time and users seem fairly happy with their customer service.
17. Das mechanical keyboard (if you spend a lot of time on the computer).
It’s more ergonomic, your sloppy typing will improve tenfold, and it gives you an incredibly satisfying “clickety-clack” as you type (a feeling that a lot of Mac users miss).
18. The Big Green Egg.
It’s an outdoor grill that serves a dozen uses and people claim that it makes the best food you’ve ever tasted. A Redditor says, “Would sell my first child before this beauty.” If that isn’t enough of a testimonial for you, read this New York Times article about “The Cult of the Big Green Egg.” Make someone buy you one for your birthday.
20. A high-quality pair of polarized sunglasses.
They make nice, simple ones now that don’t look like they came straight off of Max Headroom’s head. They cut down on glare and haze, which is a must for afternoon driving. You’ll see things that you were never able to see before because they enhance clarity.
25. The Sodastream.
If you drink a lot of flavored seltzer or sodas, the Sodastream will pay for itself within months.
26. The Nest learning thermostat.
At $250, this neat little gadget learns your behaviors and patterns to adjust your cooling and heating relatively, conserving enough energy to pay for itself in less than a year.
28. An Ergo Baby Carrier
Your baby will spend a LOT of his first six months in this thing playing, eating, and sleeping. You get to keep your hands free, and your back won’t ache the way it might with cheaper carriers. It costs around $150, but parents swear they don’t know how they survived without one.
Cool. Now that you have no money left, time to add anything I may have missed in the comments.
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