What is the highest amount of money you spend that other people may deem as waste but you do not regret? A Reddit user was curious, and when he asked this question, people came up with interesting stories and figures. Here are some of the best ones from this conversation.
$5,000 on a 7-Day Trip to Maui
Image Credit: Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock.Nothing beats a trip to Maui, “…The tickets were expensive, $850 each for bare-bones economy narrow rock hard seats; it was a 12-hour flight…rented snorkeling gear and a car and spent every day from dawn to dusk snorkeling, sitting on the beaches, and hiking in the mountains, we did the Hana road, the Seven Sacred Pools and the Haleakalā volcano national park at sunset, and took tons of photos…ate spam musubi for breakfast, poke and somen noodles for lunch and loco moko for supper…,” said one user
$300 on a Mule
Another had an unhealthy obsession with mules, “An actual living, 4-hooved, long-eared mule. We raise cattle, so a protection mule was a good excuse. But, really, I just fell in love with him. He’s huge and sassy. He’ll steal your hat and run away,” he said
$600 on a Cat Toilet
The smell must have been awful to spend that much as this user spent on a cat toilet, “…but my house never smells, I don’t have to scoop litter, and I only have to empty the drawer once a week. Definitely worth it to me.”
$800 for a Front Seat Helicopter Tour
The view of Kauai from a helicopter is to die for, says one user, “$800 for a front seat helicopter tour of Kauai for me and my wife! Totally worth it!”
Over $1,500 for Formal Clothing
No cost restrictions on formal clothing if they make one feel better, says a user, “When I realized I had 4 weddings of close friends all coming up within the year, I decided to bite the bullet and get some decent “formal” clothes. I spent $800 on a suit jacket, $250 on two pairs of dress pants, a little over 0 for 3 shirts and 3 silk ties that were between $70 and $100 each.”
$120 for a Towel Heater
Some people really hate the cold. One spent money so that they won’t dry with a cold towel, “I will never dry off with a cold towel again.”
$800 on Stax Headphones
Music is important enough to make users spend over $800 on headphones, “Stax headphones. About $800 in 1987, but I still listen to them, and they are unbelievably good.”
Another user notes that the price may have gone up for these headphones, “Never heard of them, but they are expensive. Must be good. I’d like to hear them. They have a pair for over $4000. Wow.”
$3000 for Front Row Seats to Backstreet Boys Concert
Anything to make the wife happy, says one user, “I spent $3000 for my wife to meet the backstreet boys and get front row seats. It is the best thing that has ever happened to her, and the smile on her face after the show and look of pure bliss in someone who suffers often from anxiety was worth every cent.”
$400 on an 18 Course Meal
Some people take dining to a whole new dimension, “Dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan. We had an 18-course meal with wine pairings for like $400 or so,” said a user
$200-300 on Cheese
Cheese is expensive, but this user knocked it out of the park. According to him, “The most expensive and ridiculous gift I bought on a whim was a massive wheel of cheese, somewhere between $200-300. Little did I know at the time that the cheese wheel would set off a yearly event called “Cheesegiving,” where our entire (much larger now with spouses and kids) friend group gets together to celebrate and partake in cheesy goodness.”
$27K on Solo Travel
One user spent money to travel and achieved mental wellness in the process. He says, “I got $27k, and spent it on a solo cross-country road trip that led to me moving on the complete opposite side of the country from everyone I’ve ever known. I was in a dark place in my head, the original plan was to find a nice place to end my story, but the trip itself helped me reconsider, so absolutely no regrets to speak of.”
$300 Hand Sewn Starfleet Jacket
Even the bank wouldn’t believe he was throwing money away for a jacket, “Went to a con with a seamstress and had her inspect the jacket. Her verification that it was quality work was the deciding factor. Spent like 30 minutes on the phone with the bank trying to prove this was me throwing away 300 in one go at a con 3 hours from my address,” said one user
$400 Lost on a Kissing Bet
A user made a ridiculous bet and lost, but it was worth it, “I bet two 50yr old dudes 200 usd each that they wouldn’t kiss each other…In a bar in a deeply red, midwestern town. And yes, they did it…For 60 seconds.”
$350 Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse
For the love of Lego… “I bought the $350 Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse 5 years ago. I was a huge Lego kid in the 1980’s and loved Ghostbusters. When they announced the set, I told my wife that I was buying it, ridiculous expense be damned. It is set up in my home office and will never come down,” said another user
$3000 for My Parents’ 25th Anniversary
Another user took gifting to his parents to a whole new level, “I gave them 25 gifts each day, and the last few days’ gifts were pretty grand. The reaction I received from them makes it so worth it!” he said.
$900 Wedding Cake
Some expenditures hold dear memories, like this $900 cake; according to another user, “My first paycheck I bought a $900 wedding cake. Me and my brother had no way to get it home since it didn’t fit on our skateboards. We just had a cake fight in the parking lot. My brother passed away shortly after that. I still think about that day whenever I’m sad.”
3 Bucks on an Alien Action Figure
Some gifts create the perfect atmosphere to bond with loved ones; as one user pointed out, “I spent 3 bucks on this 2 ft tall Alien action figure, and I hid it behind my husband’s monitor. He still hasn’t found it yet, even though the Alien’s little feet are sticking out from underneath it! His favorite movie is Aliens. My MIL was with me when I bought it, and she asks weekly if he’s found it yet. Best 3 bucks I ever spent!”
$5,000 To Save a Dying Dog
Others will go to extremes to save their pets. One said, “I spent $5,000 I barely had for emergency surgery for my dying dog knowing the outcome was likely to be his death regardless. He still died. I would do it again. He was my best friend, and I know I did everything humanly possible to help him.”
Another added, “Spent around $7,000 trying to save my dog. She needed two surgeries and lots of overnight hospital care, and all the imaging and testing. She didn’t make it, but I could never forgive myself if I didn’t try.”
$11,000ISH for A Rug
“It was a total impulse buy, but it is hand-knotted from 100%, all-natural, hand-dyed wool. It’s massive and took about 18 months start-to-finish for it to be made. I love it,” said one user. Clearly, this is a rug enthusiast
$30,000 on My New Show Horse
Horses could be expensive, but this proved to be worth the amount the user spent on him, “He’s the easiest, most chillest, athletic horse I’ve ever owned, and we are ranked second in the nation right now. Honestly, he was a steal of a deal and worth every penny!”
£400 on a Mermaid Tail
Some expenditures cannot be quantified, but as long as they bring happiness, who’s to judge? “I haven’t been able to swim with it in a year. I had aspirations of becoming a mermaid performer (something I may still do, but it’s unlikely). It’s entirely impractical, and I’m not sure how much use I will get out of it in the future, but the fact that I can be a mermaid almost every time I go swimming in my beautiful tail makes me really happy,” said one user
$850 on a Pair of Boas
Some people love snakes too much. This user considers them as an investment, “…everyone close to me tells me I am wasting my money on snakes… $850 was the most I have ever paid for snakes, but that’s cheap compared to some boa breeders. I think it was worth it, and I don’t regret having my hands on very rare genes and the prospect of creating worlds firsts morph combinations.”
A Pet Pig That Costs $80-$100 per Week
A 1200 lbs pet pig? That’s something else! “I have a pet pig that is about 1200lbs. ( a one-year-old Elephant weighs 900lbs). She costs me about $80-$100 a week with no return, but she is awesome, and I have “no regrets,” said one user
$450 for a Ride in a B-17 Bomber
Ever fancied riding in a fighter jet? This user’s experience may intrigue you, “It was about 30-40 minutes, and we could freely roam the plane during the flight. In fact, we only had to be seated until the wheels were up, and then we could get up. It was amazing. I never realized the plane has a “moon roof” of sorts next to the navigators/radio operators’ seats, and you could stand up and pop your head up into the open air. It was wild.”
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