Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is your favorite purchase of the past year and why?
Dear Consumer ~
Easy. My vacuum bot. His name is Wyndle. I even vinyled him. (Bonus points if you know where I got his name.) He’s basically my 4th child. (He even wakes me up in the middle of the night sometimes, which lessens his favorite child status every time.) I love him because I wake up every morning to vacuum lines. I no longer have guilt every time I step on a Cheerio that I'm sure has been there for days. I feel justified when my kitchen floor is a mess at 8 am, because I now know that my kids are just messy and it's not because I haven't swept in a week. Yellow and I clean up our house every single night. This is a big deal. I love him. (Wyndle. Also Yellow.)
~ Dragon Lady
One of my favorites is definitely a mini-fridge for our upstairs so that we can store milk for Lil' M. and don't have to go downstairs to get it for him in the middle of the night. To be fair, he doesn't mind drinking cold milk, so that's wonderful for us.
This is pretty out of character for me but I'd probably have to say my movie pass. I never go see movies, but I heard about the movie pass in January and I decided that I'd try it out, and go see more movies. It's been a lot of fun for me, as a person who never sees movies, to experience movies at the theater. Also, before they changed the rules on seeing the same movie more than once I got to see A Quiet Place several times.
Keep it real,
It's blue and it's all mine.
I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.
My wife and I moved to California two years ago, we bought a Prius last year and love telling people about how great it is, and this summer my hair is officially long enough to put into a man bun (not that I would ever actually do that, because... no).
I have officially collected the full White Liberal Starter PackTM.
Seriously, though, the Prius is great. We hardly ever spend anything on gas anymore, and while I usually walk to work and take the bus to school, I feel a lot less guilty now on days when I do have to drive.
We bought a second car! We've had one car for ten years, which was crazy. D.A.R.E. rides his bike to work most days, which helped, but we've been majorly inconvenienced by extra church meetings for the last few years (shakes fist at twice-monthly ward council). Anyway, it's a Ford C-Max Hybrid, and I love it. It has fancy buttons on the steering wheel, and a spot for my sunglasses, and a big enough trunk area that I can make trips to the hardware store without having to get all my wood cut down to size.
We were also forced to buy a new oven recently, which I wish we hadn't had to do, but ours kind of...exploded a bit. It made a muffled WHUMPF sound and the element stopped working. When I went to replace it with a new part I found that some of the wires were burned. Replacing an element is one thing, but I was not about to try rewiring a whole oven, so we bought a new one. It's nothing fancy, but it does have a flat top, which is nice.
Our oven dying also gave me the opportunity to clean the spot where the old oven was AND HOLY COW DID IT NEED IT.
My #1 is my Duchess gaming table (see Board Question #91317), but I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to this super sweet quick-drying nail polish solution and this super cheap nail art tool set. I've been a big nail painter since my middle school days, but never a skilled one. UNTIL NOW.
I think it was the registration for a Turkey Trot 5k last Thanksgiving. Even though I didn't end up training for it like I hoped it would motivate me to do, the experience of running a race again was exhilarating and motivated me to find a running buddy. I'm really not much of a runner any more (well, I wasn't even that good when I was in cross-country in high school), but I'd like to keep signing up for 5- or 10k's regularly because it's really fun for me to have that kind of competitive outlet that's not a huge commitment.
Runners-up (ha) include Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife's online marriage course and a SnoozeShade cover for our Pack n Play that helps Boy-ahrairah sleep better while traveling.
A Toyota Sienna. It's incredibly useful, and a dramatically better road trip machine than my wife's incumbent car (a Corolla that was totaled in Hurricane Harvey), especially with two kids, travel crib, etc.
My runner is the first TV I've ever purchased, a Vizio M65-E0 65" 4K TV. It's awesome in its own right, and it also let ye olde wedding present TV move upstairs to a comfortable yet useful retirement in front of the elliptical trainer.
My wife's first reaction (before I mentioned the minivan, which she then agreed with) was an Instant Pot pressure cooker, and given all the delicious food that has come out of it that's a strong contender for me too.
~Professor Kirke, living the suburban consumerist dream, apparently
I have bought so many things in the past year, mainly because I moved into my own apartment and started a real adult job. In chronological order, the five that I feel have had (or I anticipate will have) the biggest impact on my life are:
- a Nintendo Switch
- a car
- a queen-size bed
- a suit that actually fits me and isn't eight years old
- a food processor
Literally every single time I've purchased ice cream over the entire last year. Also, I went on a study abroad and it was amazing. (Which is largely due to the fact that I bought ice cream at least every other day.)
I ended up spending more time in bookstores this past year than I've had the chance to prior. This resulted in wonderful purchases: books. I'm particularly happy with Elantris, Way of Kings, and Oathbringer.
After I wrote my original answer above, I actually ended up purchasing a new laptop that can handle me constantly programming on it. So far I'm happy with my choice, and I'm hoping this laptop lasts me for several years.
All the plane tickets I bought to visit minnow. I can say with certainty that I have spent over $1000 on my boyfriend, but every cent was worth it.
-guppy of doom
For the first time I live in an apartment where I have my own room and my own personal space. It's freeing and wonderful and I feel very satisfied when I pay my rent every month.
I'm a big believer in buying experiences, not things, so my husband and I still live in the same 1-bedroom apartment we moved into 7.5 years ago, drive a hand-me-down car, and generally don't make many fancy purchases of consumer goods.
That said, we're willing to spend money on fun experiences and memories, which for us often means travel. We took a 2-week trip to Malta, Tunisia, and Sicily, and I think those plane tickets were probably my favorite fun purchase for the year.
In less fun but more purposeful purchases...does a baby count? Surely $65,000 in medical bills (thank goodness for insurance) counts as a purchase. If I had to choose a favorite specific purchase of that whole experience, I'd say the bill for $450 we got for "resuscitation." $450 is a steal for having a baby who can breathe.
Cookie brownies. I'm a simple man with simple joys in life. Tickets to see Loving Vincent were probably a close tie though just because of the three long years I spent watching that Kickstarter become a glorious reality. Also my boyfriend's birthday present and my mom's Mother's Day present because it made me happy to make them happy.
Up until last week, it was a new showerhead to replace the disgrace of a showerhead that was in my apartment when I moved into it last summer. Infinitely worth it, especially considering it cost like $20 and is such a huge quality of life improvement that I use every day. All of you readers with crappy, low-pressure shower lives out there, you have no idea what a good shower head can do for your life. When I first moved into my apartment, the water stream was so weak that it was like trying to take a shower by walking through a gentle rain. It was awful.
However, I now have to say that my best purchase of the year has been tickets to see Paul Simon on his farewell tour. I splurged for a nicer ticket than I normally would buy, and it was totally worth every penny.
Honorable mention goes to the blender I recently purchased which has inspired me to have fruit and veggie smoothies for breakfast and lessening the likelihood that I'm going to die of some sort of vitamin deficiency because of my woeful stressed-out single grad student diet.
Dear Consummate Vs,
MoviePass. I've had it for seven months now and have used it to see 47 movies. So far it's saved me about $400 and it's encouraged me to go to my favorite place (the movie theater) even more than I would otherwise. Did I need to see Hurricane Heist? Probably not. But thanks to MoviePass I can now participate in those classic late night convos where people ask questions like "What is your favorite hurricane-based heist movie?"
Either a stroller or a portable phone charger.
I got a 2018 Hyundai Tucson a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it! My poor little Jetta had served its time and I needed an upgrade that was taller with all wheel drive.
Cast-iron skillet: $5
Mom jeans: $20
Becoming my mother: priceless.
Plane tickets! I'm going to NYC in July mainly to see the Spongebob Squarepants musical, but I tell people it's to meet my boyfriend's family and visit my sister, all who live there. But no, it's really to see Spongebob.
I bought a tiny toasteroven that also has slots to do standard toasteroven things, and it's great. It doesn't take up much more space than a regular toaster, but I can roast garlic or bake a potato or make other small things without heating up the whole oven, and I love it. I think krebscout recommended it to me, so hooray!
Tune back in next year to hear if the weighted blanket that's on its way to me now is worthwhile or not.
I BOUGHT A CAR! It was the most money I've spent in my life ever! BUT I BOUGHT A CAR!
The Soulful Ginger
The trees for my yard (pacific sunset maples and a purple pony plum) because it means someday we'll have shade, plus they're pretty. Also the finished basement family room because I was able to banish all the toys downstairs where I don't have to think about them too much.