People Explain How Their Lives Would Change If They Won $20,000

Money matters.

Don't let people fool you when they say it doesn't.

Yes, it isn't everything.

And yes it can corrupt.

But it can also be immensely helpful.

It's especially helpful in large sums.

A windfall of cash in any amount can be life-changing.


Redditor SheemieRayVaughan wanted to know how we could have some fun with a major windfall, so they asked:

"How would your life be changed by winning $20,000?"

Please someone send me $20,000!

I'll even take $10!!

Living

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"Replenish my emergency fund that was depleted from my cancer bills this past year. My out of pocket max + deductible was 5k and now just paid 1k to get a prosthetic (had salivary gland cancer which left a hole in my soft palate). Hopefully part of that will be reimbursed from either dental or medical insurance."

stepheli88

Juicy

"As I'm homeless ATM it would mean a whole f#*king lot! I'd buy some fruit first tho! The biggest pineapple I could find! 😂."

"Umm about £2 so like $3, ah you've very kind thank you! But it's ok I don't even have a knife or anything to get into one and I've no Venmo or PayPal or anything like that. Really do appreciate the very kind offer all the same! ❤️🙏."

Marchogdu

"If you find a way to receive it I will also Venmo you pineapple money. I’ve not been homeless but I’ve been 'no money for fruit and veg or literally anything to bring light to my life' poor. $20k would still be life changing but I have enough pineapple money to share now."

TheLastEggplant

Finally!

"I'd literally be out of debt for the first time in my entire adult life 😅."

SnooTangerines5325

"Same 40 this year and I've just given up on the idea of owning property. Settled for a council house in the sticks in Scotland. Gonna make this house our home, try to clear the debts and just try be comfortable is the aim."

"Actually doing it on the other hand is near impossible when my outgoings of just rent, food and power take my entire wage. At the moment bankruptcy is looking like my only way of actually ever achieving being comfortable let alone buying property."

Nelly32

Same Ole'

"It wouldn't change."

mythoughtsfortheday

"I’m in the same boat that it wouldn’t change much. 1/10 of my student loans would be kinda nice I guess, but when I’m drowning, I prefer they just drain the whole pool instead of 10%."

Schleeeeeem

"Same. It would just get rolled into a current or future investment."

SevenTheTerrible

"I'm with you. Would split it up between Roth and savings. Excitement would last just a moment. I know that sounds spoiled but the question was asked. I answered."

Va0utdoor

Timeless

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"$20k would cover rent, bills & food so I could take time to spend with my dying parents."

-qqqwwweeerrrtttyyy-

Time is precious.

HELP

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"I'd be able to get the medical treatment and dental work I've been avoiding. I'd probably be a lot happier being able to chew more things."

asianinindia

Bad Ideas

"I would lose my disability and be more f**ked than helped, honestly."

"If I spent it incredibly under the table, then yeah. But if I did anything noticeable with it, it's still a risk. I borrowed money from a friend once to buy a cheap a** van (to live in, yay, leeching off the government is so profitable /s) and they drilled me about where I got the money to buy it."

"To get them off my back, I even drew up a contract stating that I was never in possession of the money and was on a payment plan to pay it back. It can be hell to get disability, but they'll rip it away in two seconds."

odd_ender

A little here and there...

"I have $54k left on my mortgage. No other debt. Don't need a car. So almost no change."

SteelTumbler

"Same pretty much. I don't 'need' anything and the one thing you could argue I could use, you can't buy that for $20k. So literally would not change my life at all. Maybe someone else would be a better recipient."

descendency

"I mean, it wouldn’t change my life, but I could park it somewhere for my son later on."

not_a_droid

It Works

"My mom died and had an insurance policy that paid out about this amount. It allowed me to buy my first ever new car. Everything works in it! Especially thrilled to have heat and defrost. Reliable transportation really does make life easier."

Cate_in_Mo

The Everyday

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"It would help immensely, I'm living paycheck to paycheck with $12 in savings. I get by, but the fear of an unforseen expense is crippling at times."

xanarchy69

Debt be Gone!

"Pay off some consumer debt and the rest of my car loan. It would basically just push the timeline for my wife getting a new car up by a year, granted that would mean that the debt we paid off would be replaced by a new car payment. Aside from her no longer driving something questionably reliable (we've had major issues), nothing would change."

duffman13jws

Money isn't everything... but it certainly helps!

What would you do with the money? Let us know in the comments.

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