We all have something that we have purchased that we absolutely love more than anything. So much that we would say that “it is the best purchase I’ve ever made!” I have a few things that I consider to be the best purchases I have ever made. I feel this way because these items added value to my life and I think that each one of these is worth every penny I spent.
Five of the best purchases I’ve ever made
1. My 4-cup coffee pot
I bought my first 4-cup coffee pot from K-Mart over 10 years ago. I remember that it wasn’t particularly expensive and that I just needed a coffee pot. I was and I am still the only person in my house that drinks coffee. I’m pretty sure I paid less than $20 for that coffee pot and used it daily for over 10 years. This coffee pot saved me a ton of money. Plus, it saved me time, gas, and general energy by making it at home instead of going to the coffee shop every single day. For a while I would get up, get dressed, and go to the coffee shop approximately 15 minutes from my house. I would have to drive, of course, because public transportation and walking are not a thing here where I currently live. I liked this coffee shop a lot but it was costing me at least $42 a week and that is not counting the transportation cost. At around $42 a week I was spending approximately $2184 a year. After 10 years that really adds up! Recently though, my trusty coffee pot quit working on me. I was sad. It stopped heating the water so I had to get creative. Before I could get another coffee pot (because my work schedule is crazy), I had to boil my water and then pour it into the pot over the coffee grounds to manually make my coffee. Thankfully, I only had to do that a few days before I was able to get a replacement 4-cup coffee maker. But what used to cost me time and money now saves time and money for me. That is value.
The land of streaming is a fantastic and wonderful land. I absolutely love my Roku. It all started with my mother. She bought the Roku several years ago and was unable to figure out how to use it. So, instead of her sending it back she just decided to give it to me to see if I could figure it out. Well, I figured it out pretty quickly and have loved it ever since. I love not being tied down to cable. I love that we used to pay over $100 a month and now we pay less than $30. I love the freedom of being able to watch on demand. I love the freedom of not being attached to a tv show that I must watch or else I will just fall over and die! I love the variety of content that is available through the Roku device. I’m sure that other streaming devices and smart TVs are all good but I really like the Roku.
3. Electric Throw Blanket
Seriously though, this is the best blanket in the whole world. Everyone should have one of these if you ever get cold. It is so soft and the heat is so relaxing. I look forward to cold weather just so I can snuggle up under my blanket. It can put me to sleep so easily. Plus, it is so helpful in keeping the heater from running so much. I can easily keep the thermostat down to 67 and sometimes 66 degrees in winter as long as I am under my blanket. For reference, I am not someone that can handle cold temperatures very well. I am the person that is always cold and adding a scarf and hat when it is only 60 degrees outside. I will swear that it is freezing and that these temperatures are totally uninhabitable. So, this blanket is one of my favorite things because it keeps me warm and toasty while not over using the heater in the house.
In the beginning, I was hesitant. I love books. I love the smell, the feel, just turning the pages of the books. I love sitting in a bookstore just being surrounded by books. Books are awesome. But I decided to give the kindle a chance. I haven’t looked back. Don’t get me wrong, I still love being surrounded by books. I have seen the positives of owning a kindle and I absolutely love it. I started with the kindle Paperwhite and it just took off from there. I am now a kindle unlimited subscriber and it has also been worth every penny. I love reading so it is money well spent.
Although there are some books that were totally a waste of my time. In fact, that is kind of how my videos came to life. I have friends that also love reading so when we talk about books, we talk about the time that we will never get back from that tragedy of words that we experienced. I decided that since I read a lot of financial books that turn out to be a total waste that I would start reviewing them and save some people from the trauma that I experienced. The kindle gives me books at my fingertips within minutes of a download. I don’t have to go anywhere to have access to billions of books. It is a wonderful thing.
I wasn’t going to buy this car. I really needed something reliable to get me from point A to point B. I wasn’t going to buy a new car. I couldn’t afford anything too nice. I needed a car that would last me a long time. I only agreed to test drive the car if the salesman would stop bugging me about it. Be careful what you test drive because you just might end up buying it. It turned out to be the best car purchase I have ever made. At the time, Toyota was giving dealership incentives (aka money) to sell the Prius. I was friends with an employee at the dealership so that relationship helped me. My trade in was upside down and it was breaking down all the time. A total money pit. I knew I needed to get a handle on the situation which is why I was at the dealership in the first place. Well, they were able to work it out so that I was no longer upside down on my trade but I also didn’t get anything off of the Prius. I know that day when I left the dealership that I was getting a good deal but I had no idea just how good the deal actually was. I drove that car for over 10 years and I was very reluctant to give it up. I used to giggle at the gas pump because I could fill my tank for under $20 while the large truck next to me was spending closer to $60. Yes, it is a funny shaped car that reminded me of a spaceship and I was teased for it. I laughed all the way to the bank. My insurance went down and so did my gas bill. I actually paid less for my brand-new Prius than I did on my crappy Hyundai. The Prius actually had more space inside than I realized as well as being super easy with maintenance. I only had to change my brake pads once and the oil changes were only after 6000 miles. It was an amazing car for what I ended up spending on it.
This is just a few of the best purchases I have ever made. Throughout my life I have made purchases on items of clothing that were long lasting and great as well as other items. Nowadays I try to make sure that if I am going to buy something, I will get the most out of it that I can. I want value over anything else. You too can get out of the madness and start making purchases that will add value to your life.