Few things bring me as much joy as some of my kitchen appliances. Yes, I love to cook, and over the last few years, I've learned to up my game. Between my amazing blender, my food processor, my kitchen scale, and a few other odds and ends, I feel more confident in the kitchen than ever. Best part? I purchased just about all of these items for less than $100 (and received others as gifts, which doesn't hurt!).

After Redditor KingPin1010 asked the online community, "What life changing item can buy for less than $100?" people weighed in and we hope you're taking some notes.


"I recently bought..."

House plants. They will make you happy looking after them. I recently bought a venus fly trap, she caught her first fly today. So proud.

ManonastickUK

"Can't tell you..."

Motion sensor night lights. Can't tell you how many stubbed toes or falls they have prevented. Also a cheap intruder alarm.

epanek

"In my opinion..."

In my opinion definitely a weighted blanket if you have a hard time sleeping at night or have anxiety. They have some at target for $25 currently.

stupidveganbaby

"Push it against your car window..."

A glass breaker on a keychain. Push it against the glass of your car window and it shatters immediately, helping you get out of a car underwater, broken door etc. Super cheap and life saving.

cheeseandhambagel

"It is amazing..."

May sound simple, but a good pillow. It is amazing the change in body aches, and sleep you see when you have a good pillow that fits you.

shartnado3

"At my old house..."

If you have a large lawn or a property that requires a lot of yard work get some 3M Worktunes. About $50 and they're combination hearing protection and Bluetooth headphones so you can actually hear your music without destroying your eardrums.

They're a good gift too for anyone you know with a lawn or wood shop or something.

At my old house it was a 4-5 hour ordeal to mow and trim the property. I'd likely have went fully insane without those.

Kulladar

"You will not believe..."

A good shop vac. You will not believe how many uses around the house you'll find for it. Cobweb removal, water removal, gravel removal, vent cleaning, soot trap cleaning, (after a good scrub since it's likely dirty from other tasks) car vacuuming, dust sucking, the list goes on. Seriously if you plan to buy or already own a home go get a shop vac.

AZymph

"You can get one..."

Light hearted, but... a pressure cooker! You can get one for around $100, and it can easily cook a genuinely staggering variety of food, and cook it well.

bushpotatoe

"Don't think I could ever go..."

A decent light wake up alarm clock. Completely changed my mornings. Don't think I could ever go back to using my phone or a simple alarm clock.

ringolennon67

"You'll end up eating healthier..."

A good chef's knife and a cast iron skillet. When you have tools that are satisfying to use, cooking becomes less "chore" and more "hobby". You'll end up eating healthier, cheaper than takeout/restaurant, and ditching the dull Walmart knife and scratched up nonstick aluminum skillet are the best place to start.

eric1115

"I picked one up..."

A rainfall showerhead. I picked one up for around $50 and showers are so so much more enjoyable. I actually can't use a regular sized showerhead anymore because I'm too used to the coverage. It feels incredible and totally changes how relaxing a shower can be.

Letsslipthedogsof

"If it's too big..."

The right sized purse, not name brand will cost less.

If it's too big you'll feel tempted to load it up with 'extra essentials' that you just might happen to need but never use like a hairbrush, half your makeup kit, food, dog leash, whatever. Not to mention if it's too heavy you'll give yourself back issues later.

If it's too small you can't fit more than your wallet and phone inside (even some phones are too big for certain ones!). You'll be forced to leave things behind you do need, especially now with the Coronavirus if you are not able to fit hand sanitizer and or a backup mask in your bag.

AyaJeanneBack

"Writing everyday..."

A journal.

Writing everyday about your feelings, ideas, experiences and projects takes you to the next level.

vikttorman

"Don't forget to replace..."

A combination smoke and carbon dioxide detector.

Don't forget to replace all of your smoke detectors every ten years or so! Smoke detector function depends on a (very slightly) radioactive element, and after ten years there probably won't enough left to function reliably.

fivetomidnight

"Spent about one year living without one..."

A vacuum cleaner! Spent about one year living without one after leaving the nest and just got a small, handheld one. I have never had such a clean room before, never saw a point in clearing the floor since I didn't need to and had dust buildup in some corners.

It might not be a necessity but it sure was life changing for me.

Tickan

"No more need to worry..."

A desk pillow. No more need to worry about awkwardly positioning your laptop, scrap paper, or paper notebook/journal on your lap - now you can use 'em all on the go as a passenger in a car/bus on road trips, etc.

LockedOutofElfland

"You can get in seriously good shape..."

A pull-up bar. You can get in seriously good shape with this alone!

thepumpkinspider

"The audio quality..."

Some decent ear-phones (with a mic too, to do calls hands-free).

The audio quality is normally much batter than the sh*tty free ones that come with your phone. Plus doing 10min+ calls is so much more comfortable, not having to hold your phone the whole time.

Most have good noise blocking too.

JamesGBear

"I bought..."

I bought a $1 back scratcher from an asian market in town.

Best $1 I ever spent.

matthewsmazes

"I started using them..."

A nasal irrigation kit - either the electronic pump or simply the squeeze bottles. I started using them both leading up to surgery on my sinuses, and I haven't stopped using them since. It takes some getting used to, but the relief and clean feeling is amazing.

kundersmack

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Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!