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People Explain Which Cheap Purchase Ended Up Being The Absolute Best Decision

Sometimes the cheapest things end up being the best investments. Seriously, the dollar store has pretty much everything you could ever need, and there are bargains everywhere from Ebay to thrift shops. It all just depends on where you look.

Reddit user MrAnimeFanime asked:

What was a sketchy cheap buy, that ended up being one of your best purchases?

A solid investment.

"Seed packets from the dollar store."

"While in college my boyfriend and I were broke.'

"Really broke.'

"But I still wanted to do something to celebrate spring."

"We were getting a few cheap things at the dollar store when I noticed they were selling these seeds packets from a big old bin that you had to dig thru. 4 for $1."

"No tax."

"I immediately begged to buy one despite our strict budget."

'Boyfriend was incredulous I'd want to buy sketchy seeds but dutifully handed me a quarter."

"I ended up picking out tomatoes."

"Well we got home and I carefully placed about 3 seeds in washed out cans."

"I watered them and watched them sprout."

"I loved tending to my little garden."

"I ended up with 3 beautiful HUGE tomato plants."

"It was a bumper crop."

"More than we could eat."

"I sold the extra produce to my classmates."

"Made like $25."

"Good seeds!"- viceroywaffles

Thanks, Sanrio!

"I was traveling in Japan and needed nail clippers."

"All I could find is this cheap pink Hello Kitty grooming kit."

"These clippers are the best I ever owned."

"They have stayed sharp and functional for 20 years."

"I'm very protective of them."

"Everyone in the house knows, you don't touch Dad's pink Hello Kitty nail clippers."-miraculous_spackle


We love a good flannel.

"Dad bought me a flannel jacket for $2, from the equivalent of a dollar store, in 1994."

"Wore it for everything you can think of."

"Wore it yesterday."

"Still going strong after 25 years."- Essembie

Nice of them to give him advice.

"Guy said there were a bunch of bricks in his back yard he wanted to get rid of."

"$5 for all of them if you'd come pick them up because they were 'larger than regular bricks and were very heavy'."

"I grabbed a friend and headed out because I needed some cheap brick for the edging of my garden."

"Guys house was across the river and in some really run down looking neighborhood, really glad I grabbed my friend at this point."

"We pull up and the guy is waiting outside, and he looks like he's 80 but I know he must have been a 35 year old guy who just smoked 10 packs a day."

"So the guy takes us to his back yard and shows up the pile of bricks, which turn out to be 50+ antique Louisville Fire Bricks."

"So I look at the guy and tell him, 'I'll take half of them...and as payment I'll give you $20 and some advice'."

"And of course the guy is looking at me like I'm an idiot, but he accepts my money and helps me and my friend load up about 30 bricks."

"After I close my truck and get in the car to drive off I tell him to google the antique fire bricks and adjust his craigslist listing."

"I went back to look at the listing a few days later, and he had changed the price from $5 for the whole pile, to $5 PER BRICK, which was the going rate at the time."

"Nowadays they go for $20/brick."

BEST BUY EVER!- Whylizlovesyou

Meow Factory!

"Bought my kitty for 20 bucks on Craigslist from a druggie."

"I had never had a cat before and this little meow factory has been my best friend ever since.-Rubixcube3034


$5 bras are the best bras.

"I was traveling from a different city straight into work, where my uniform was a white shirt, with a conspicuously black bra."

"Wasn't stopping home, so I did stop on the first corner store I found and bought a five-dollar white bra that looked roughly my size as they had nowhere to try them on."

"Just to wear one night."

"10/10, comfiest bra I ever owned, wore it every day of my life for about a year."

"It gave in at some point - it was still a 5 dollar bra."

"But damn, I dream of the day when all my bras fit that well."- NewVerses

That's a super lucky Lyft ride.

"I was giving these college aged young women a Lyft ride."

"One asks how 'that Craigslist thing went' so my ears perked up."

"The other says something like 'he complained it went back too far, just don't put it back so far, duh'."

"Eventually, I deduce they are talking about a recliner - which I've been looking for one for some time now."

"I interject and ask about it."

"Lady has a Laz-E-Boy electric recliner she just wants 20 bucks for."

"I'm like, 'listen I know it's sketchy but if you've got Craigslist rando's in your house Lyft at least gave me a background check."-

"We pull up, I end the ride, and follow these ladies into their house."

"I knew I wanted it as soon as I laid eyes on it."

"So, this college chick is helping me stuff a recliner into my back seat and all I can think is this is how Buffalo Bill kidnapped that girl in Silence of the Lambs."

"Twenty dollars for a recliner so lazy it reclines for me."- OctoberThirteenth

RIP sunglasses.

"At the end of a long road trip with some mates, I bought a $20 pair of sunglasses in a gas station just outside Chicago."

"They fit me better than any pair of sunglasses ever did, or ever will, and they made me look awesome."

"For years I constantly received compliments about them and was asked where I got them."

"I lost them after 5 long years and have hated myself for it every since."

"They were so no-name they didn't even have a brand name on them at all, so I have no idea who made them."

"I have no way of finding that gas station, either."

"I've literally spent hundreds of dollars trying to find sunglasses that come close to that same perfect fit/style, but I can't."- visijared


Definitely cursed.

"The Bra of Mystery."

"First strike: I bought it from a grocery store."

"Second strike: It was marked down to $2, and plastered with stickers reading, 'Final sale!', 'No returns!', 'We're not liable if this kills you!', 'I'm sure there are people who love you!' and the like."

"Third strike: Upon ringing it through, the cashier did a double-take at the screen, looked at me with great concern, and asked if I was sure I wanted to buy it."

"After failing to self-combust and send me straight to hell, it wound up being one of the nicest bras I ever had."

"Wore it for two years before the inevitable underwire tit-shanking."

"I still wonder what they thought was wrong with it."- mus_maximus

A nice surprise.

"I randomly found a wedding videographer online and booked him for a very affordable rate for my wedding assuming it wouldn't be very good quality."

"Two weeks after the wedding, he emails me a high quality, well-edited video."

"He had a drone I hadn't noticed because he was outside of the venue getting b-roll with it before I even started getting ready for the big day."

"I was floored and now I recommend him to everyone who ever plans to get married ever."

"He has definitely upped his prices since then, he did the videography for my wedding last summer, and rightfully so, because he does great work."- Ticonderoga10-11

What a steal.

"Traded a kid in middle school a sandwich size ziploc bag of lego pieces for a ps1 and thought I got best deal ever."

"But when I got home it didn't work at all."

"My dad opened it and found a couple broken pieces stuck inside and fixed it up and it worked perfectly after that."

"Made me learn how easily a deal could be too good, but at least that kid felt stupid after I told him how easy it got fixed."-malificide15



"I buy things off Wish that are a serious gamble."

"For those who are unfamiliar, wish is an app where you can buy things for seriously cheap, and sometimes they're just that — cheap."

"I once bought a long line trench coat for $4."

"Either it was going to be sh*tty, or it was going to be a great $4 well spent."

"2 years later I still wear it during the fall and I still get compliments on it! "

"I love Wish sometimes!"- nasty-otter

Matchbox car

"I bought a 1970s matchbox car for my father's birthday from ebay."

"It was a very old car and description said it was used."

"The pictures of car were quite blurry."

"It was 15 dollars and 4.33 for shipping."

"I bought it."

"The box came and I opened it to find the car in mint condition."

"The box it was in hadn't even been opened or scratched even."

"Apparently the guy inherited a complete matchbox car collection with cars in their original boxes and was selling them off for cheap prices like 15 dollars."

"I checked online people were selling this car for $250."

"The lowest I found was $95."- km1180

Good deal.

"I had been searching for a sofa bed for less than $100 for months to put in my music/multi-purpose room when I finally found an old, kind of worn-in looking one for $50."

"I was psyched, it fit the aesthetic of the room perfectly, so I brought my buddy with who offered the kind lady $30 for the thing."

"She said, 'how about you give me $50 and take anything else you want in this garage!'"

"We ended up making out of there with the comfiest rocking-style chair, throw pillows, and a coffee table."

"We only stopped there because the bed of the truck was full."

"She also let us take pictures of the Toyota Camry she is selling, so I've been in contact with her about picking that up on the cheapy cheap, too."

"I've met some awesome people by trying to buy sh*t cheap on Craigslist."- MercilessMiser

Quality blanket.

"When my Dad was stationed in Mexico in 85-86, he bought a Mexican blanket for a couple of bucks."

"To this day we still use it as a beach blanket and the colors haven't faded at all."

"He's had that blanket longer than he's known my Mom."

"Considering the quality of that blanket I'm surprised it wasn't worth more."- KentuckyWallChicken

Friends in high places

"My bf and his roommate knew this guy that would get us a lot of food in exchange for a gift card that wasn’t even a third of the price."

"We would always get pizza, panda express, wings, or whatever we wanted at the time."

"$50+ worth of food for a $15 amazon gift card."

"Son’t know how the dude did it, but we definitely used his services a LOT."

"Good times."- maloraen

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Just have a little faith

"I’m a Canadian hockey fan that likes an American team, so both cities in my province only carry the jerseys of primarily their respective home team, and small stock from other Canadian teams."

"I wanted a jersey from the goalie on my team and checked the NHL store and it was $250 for a customizable jersey so I didn’t buy it."

"About 3 months later I see an Instagram ad for a company selling knockoff jerseys, so being the dumba** I am, decided to check it out."

"I made a version of the jersey that I was looking for 3 months prior, and went to checkout."

"I saw they used actual real PayPal so I figured why the hell not, went and made a quick PayPal account, and put some money in and bought the jersey."

"A month goes by and nothing had shown up so I chalked it up as a $50 loss and went about my business."

"The next week, I come home from work to a package from China, I open it up and lo and behold it’s the jersey I bought."

"I think that they must have been jerseys made for professional leagues by adidas and didn’t meet some standard so they were sold for cheap to the company I bought the jersey from, because on the jerseys there are tie downs on it, which aren’t put on jerseys purchased from stores or"

"But the jersey is correct on everything, even down to the shoulder logos, and the font for the numbers, and because they’re (pretty sure) jerseys made for actual game use, they don’t have the ugly, not-removable patch on the bottom of the jersey that shows the size on it."

"Only downside was the website did not have goalie size jerseys, and I am a goalie."- therealpylon

Don't always believe the reviews

"I bought an extremely cheap GS7 off Amazon, bad reviews."

"Best phone I ever had, all the reviews were false."- BlueCannonBall

Who needs new technology?

"My phone."

"Only 6.500 rubles (~100 dollars) I bought it about 1.5 year ago."

"But I still use it!"- MrLaviceMan

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A streaming alternative

"The website every single movie and tv show for the price of Netflix."

"I thought I lost my money at first but it is really good."- Colin1023

A serendipitous purchase!

"I went to WHSmith this one time to hide/escape from being social, and I bought a whole mini desktop shelf as my excuse as to why I was in there, it’s amazing."

"It goes with my room, it fits perfectly, it’s just the right size and everything."- merrivale-tearooms

Go away, I'm busy!

"LA Noire on the 360."

"Quickly became my favorite game, although sadly I never finished it on the 360 cause disc 3 was busted."

"I did buy it on Switch and finish it on there, though."- Ericbazinga

Video Games Game GIF by For Better or for WorseGiphy

The currency of the future

"$20 bitcoin."- DrNukeDukem

A noble steed

"I got an ex harness horse / pacer for free."

"He’s only seven years old and in full health."

"People gate the breed and say they’re ugly and have bad movement or whatever but I just wanted a companion for my other horse, and if it turned out to be ridable that would be a bonus."

"Eight months later and he is legitimately the best horse I’ve ever owned, he’s so funny and full of personality and is the most reliable and safe boy I could imagine."

"My husband, who can’t ride much, can get on him and fool around and come out with me and my horse and I know Max will always look after my husband."

"He’s a credit to his breed and the loveliest horse I’ve had in 25 years of working and living with horses."- shine-notburn

Man's best friend

"My family got our beautiful, pure bred chocolate lab as a puppy from a random couple they met at Lowes."

"We just bought the house, and we're talking about what kind of dog they wanted to adopt."

"Couple overheard and said 'well our AKC registered labs had a litter a while back, we only have the runt of the litter left' and my parents agreed to buy him."

"Met in a parking lot at like 8 at night during a small snowstorm and paid them cash."

"Our amazing dog is turning 10 in November, and is the greatest pup we could have asked for."

"When my brother was a toddler, the dog was so patient and would let the kid climb on him and pull his ears/face."- elodieme1

Chocolate Lab Puppy GIFGiphy

Sometimes the cheapest items can be the most useful... or at least the most fun.

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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.