Not everybody is meant to be a parent.
Sometimes procreation is not in the cards.
And that can be a FANTASTIC feeling.
There is a certain calm and security when looking ahead knowing you only will ever have YOU to be responsible for.
Redditor Visible-Athlete-3707 wanted to hear from all the people out there who plan to stay child-free.
So they asked:
"What are your life goals for people who don't plan on having kids?"
I plan to have everything I want. And save... TIME.
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"Travel. Try all the restaurants. Live a relatively stress-free life."
"Stress free is the key."
"I don't have any major goals, not going to put pressure on myself to achieve this or that. Life is not a competition for me. As long as I'm happy enough, then I'm happy enough."
"Contentment is more important than happiness."
"I see my life as like living in the shire. I'm comfortable, happy, lovely wife and loving mother in law. We don't need much and live comfortably and content. That's my life goal."
"Retire early, travel, and poop in private."
"You won’t poop in private if you have a dog but otherwise these are my goals."
"It’s freaking awesome! I retired at 49. Just got back from Italy. Leaving for Prague and Krakow in November. Punta Mita in January and Cuba in March. Taking a year off. Then Iceland and Haunted Halloween tour of UK in 2024. Pooping in private is pretty great too."
"I wasn't planning on having kids pre-Covid and now after I don't even really care about my career either. It really opened my eyes on how dumb society is setup and how I just created a life based on what my parents, media, tv, religion, etc told me life was about."
"I'm way happier now and I'm gonna do whatever I see fit for the rest of my life and I don't really care what others say. I'm also not meaning i'm gonna just blow all my money, but hey if that's what I decide to do that's fine too."
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"Good career so I can have money for a whole jungle. My parents didn't let me have pets growing up so it backfiring now."
Save that coin...
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"Get a dog, make cool art and projects, go to conventions, eat great food, watch movies, play games, collect pins and charms and whatever else interests me. And then die."
"Me and my wife have fallen in with a like-minded group of friends, either empty-nesters or DINKs like us. We travel the world. 11 of us just got back from a 7-day Alaskan cruise. But we’ve been traveling abroad since 2013."
"How did you meet these people? My husband and I are DINKs in our late 30s and we are having trouble finding others since all our friends are 100% occupied with raising their kids."
"If it's something you're into, consider going to a music festival where everyone camps and do VIP. Generally, your VIP campers are DINKs or if they have kids they haven't made child raising their life."
"For me, I met my group of travel friends at Bonnaroo 5 years ago. It's a rotating cast but there's about 10 of them who we have been on trips with outside of music festivals now. We're planning to do a big Caribbean trip next year where we rent out some nice villa and party it up for a week."
"I know camping music festivals aren't for everyone, but if it's for you, you can definitely find likeminded people there to become travel buddies with."
"Goals are overrated. I try to have fun, take care of my hobbies and not make plans if at all possible."
"I have no discernible goals, my partner and I just wanna do our own things that make us happy."
"We both want to climb and travel, I want to paint, and we just wanna get old and be eclectic together without having our lives revolve around a kid for 18+ years."
"I have a bunch of fun aunts and I will gladly be that for my brother’s kids once they’re older. But I personally hate small children and the idea of having a baby in my house irritates the f**k out of me."
"The main goal is to live a simple life with as little stress as possible. Having a child would be awesome and there are many positives but there are many stresses with a child too with the monetary aspect being a huge thing for me that i would rather avoid. I’m fine living in a studio or 1 bedroom house my entire life with my cats and living a simple life."
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"Honestly, not having my life dictated by having children does give the freedom to choose what ever I want to do with my life. Now if I could get some actual money together I might have a clearer idea on what specifically I want to do lol."
Kids aren't for everybody. And that sounds like fun.
Affairs and infidelity are sadly a more common part of life than we care to admit.
People cheat. it seems to be part of the human condition.
Are we meant to be monogamous?
That's a story for a different article.
I say though, if you're going to cheat... have some basic human decency.
Don't cheat with people you all know.
And how are BFFs not automatically off limits?
Redditor Gifwii wanted to hear all the ways we'd all react when betrayed by the ones we love.
So they asked:
"If you caught your best friend having sex with your wife, what would you do?"
How can people betray one another like that?
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"Be weirded out because they are brother and sister."
"Haha... I'm also dating my best friend’s sister."
"I'm more concerned on how he found her body."
"If he's really your best friend, he helped bury it."
"I don't think he would. I had him neutered as a puppy."
"This reply was made extremely funny (or concerning) by the fact that I took it as someone neutering an actual person when they became friends."
Never Cry Wolf...
"Take his car keys and drive to his place. It's all yours now buddy."
"Hol' up, remember to make it official. You have to p*ss a border around your new acquisition like in Never Cry Wolf, and if any relatives of the former owner are present you need to mark the ones you can't mate with, and you know, mate with the others."
"With that logic, I guess his house and and family are mine now? That's okay with me, his wife is pleasant to be around."
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"That happened to me 30 years ago and I haven’t been able to fall in love since."
"I'd be more unwilling to make best friends than rather than unable to develop a crush."
The rudeness of it all.
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"Ask if she wants help..."
"Since they're the same person."
"Have sex with his wife. It’s only fair."
"My ex fiancée had an affair with a married man. Talked to his wife, she and I made a sex video and sent it to them."
"I'm not a vengeful nor petty person but this kind of turned me on."
"Record it for evidence then talk to a divorce lawyer on how to get a divorce without losing anything."
"Thank them both and move on with my life."
"In most states, the fault isn't a thing that matters beyond the reason. It just may waive the cooling off period... at fault divorces mattering in regards to separation of property ended in the 70's for the vast majority of the country."
"Apparently they discovered that people lie, and it is rarely a clear cut 'this person is the only one guilty.'"
"I'd have to leave, or else I'd commit murder. I would then leave forever, I think I would just leave everything behind and become a nomad at that point and never look back."
"Also my first thought. Never a more compelling moment to finally hit the road and live every day like it's my last."
"Maybe tomorrow I'll wanna settle down..."
Lost to Me
"Well, it is an extreme level of cheating. One thing is to find your wife in bed with a lover but whole other to find her with your best friend. It is multi-level betrayal and that would leave a huge impact on my future life. Not that I would be sorry for losing that person but because it would make me hard to trust anyone after that. Hope that never happens to me or anyone I know."
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"Exclaim, 'Bob! What the hell? I HAVE to sleep with her, but you??!!'"
This is more common than you think. Watch Dateline.
How would you react in this situation? Let us know in the comments.
A lot of people think they know everything.
Not just know everything... they think they're experts on everything.
So they always have the best "advice" to give.
A lot of it is nonsense.
Listen to your gut more when something seems suspect.
Redditor DaniTheLovebug wanted to hear about the "wisdoms" people shared that were the worst possible things to say.
So they asked:
"What life hacks are actually terrible advice or dangerous?"
I do my best with bad advice. But I've taken too much.
Don't be like me.
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"Any street fight 'advice' that isn't 'it's not worth it, run away.'"
"The thing about street fights the street always wins."
"Absolutely anything posted by 5 Minute Crafts."
"I came in here just to mention this, particularly one video-- not sure if it was by 5 Minutes Crafts or another similar channel-- that tells you to microwave an egg for a quick meal. It will explode and send you to the hospital."
"This is what I was gonna say. Those people are the worst."
"When cutting bagels remember to put your finger through the stabilization hole."
"Took me a minute to work this one out. My eyes widened so much the person next to me in Starbucks just asked if I needed help."
"I know this is a joke, but I had to legit tell my then eight year old that she couldn’t put her hand in one of those big grinder/chipper thingys because she would not, in fact, grow a new one when it got chopped up."
A Bad Transformer
"ANYTHING AT ALL involving a microwave transformer. Woodburning, metal melting, arcs and sparks, whatever. Those little sh**s will kill you before you even know you're dying."
"I had to go to a CPR of a 33 year old who fried himself in his backyard garage using some jerry-rigged microwave welder. He had a wife and two young kids. All I could think was 'man what a STUPID way to die.'"
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"Setting up candles and clay pots to heat your room instead of turning on the radiator. That's how a lot of fires start."
I'm always weary around candles.
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"There was a big thing a while back about boiling water melting the ice on your Windshield. Someone else used this 'hack' for me and my Windshield cracked into a total spider web."
"That you can make your own air hockey table out of a couple dryers and some pegboard. Remember, if women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy."
"Love how I instantly thought of Red/Green 25 years after watching that episode."
"Gotta love that show. My dad played it once when I was a kid and for some reason red green making a cop cars siren a toy girl doll crying was hilarious. And that was my gateway to this show."
A Close Shave
"Using a nail file to shave the edges of your teeth to make them straighter."
"I got hit in the face with a hammer, and broke some teeth. Used this trick (well, 120grit sandpaper) to smooth off the jagged edges to tide me over until I could see a dentist. Dentist said I did a perfect job, and didn't charge me for the visit."
"It's so weird seeing people do it as a trend. I've always had people comment on the bottom of my teeth being uniform and straight, but its from years of grinding my teeth."
down your drain...
"Line your sink with foil and pour the grease and fat in that. Then when it dries an hour later, you can just roll it up and throw it away. Use an empty tin can. Line any ceramic bowl or mug with foil and use that instead. Don't make your sink unusable for at least an hour. Don't risk the foil tearing and the fat going down your drain. Use some common sense here."
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"Keeping balances on your credit cards and opening more credit lines makes your score better. I've heard this thousands of times and it's the exact opposite of what you should do."
Lesson here? Always research "advice" before you take it.
A lot of life preparation happens in the bathroom.
It's a room that readies you for anything.
That can be an awkward place to run to before sexytime.
But sometimes it is necessary.
Let's get ready...
Redditor Maggie_cat wanted to hear about what people are actually doing in the bathroom pregame life's spicier moments.
So they asked:
"People who go into the bathroom to 'freshen up' before sex—what are you guys actually doing in there?"
We all take that little extra time to spiffy up before sexy time.
I meditate that it goes well. That's me.
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"Emptying the tank, cleaning up and quadruple checking my smell."
"The classic wash service where you get up under the chassie and clean under the mats."
The Stank of It...
"I remember one time with my spouse, I was about to finish, and I just couldn't hold it anymore. I let out a thunderous, earth-shattering roar of fart and stank up the room. Sex was done after that."
"If I’ve been around him all night I’ve probably been holding it in. So far I have a perfect record, I’m not about to let one slip."
"My husband always has to let one rip after he finishes lmaoooo."
"Washing my testicles like I'm about to put them on Ebay."
"I’m just giving them a pep talk. 'More than 20 seconds, ok? We can do this!'"
"As everyone should be doing prior to sex! B*lls or no b*lls, clean your stuff before coming into contact with another human being."
"Honestly? I'm anxiously checking to make sure I didn't spontaneously begin a Carrie Level Period. It's never quite happened this way, and yet the seconds before I know for sure, I'm picturing Red Seas type crap happening, every time."
"In German we have a saying: 'Ein echter Pirat sticht auch ins Rote Meer.' Which roughly translates to 'A real pirate also sails the red sea.'"
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"Calling my mum to give her the good news."
"'I called my parents right after I was done! '- The Lonely Island"
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
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"Washing my hands and checking my nails."
"I read this as 'washing my hands and checking my email' and was like, how courteous but also efficient."
"Usually I am just putting combat boots on for better traction."
"You gotta just flip the crocs into sport mode. Saves so much time and isn't as bad on the hardwood floors."
"Might want to remember this, last time I kept my socks on and was on laminated flooring, it looked like I was skiing the way my feet kept slipping…"
"Taking a leak."
"I prefer not to do it with a full bladder, personally."
"Yup, I can't finish if my bladder is full. Also refreshing if needed (splash of water etc). I prefer shower before sex, everytime, even with my current partner."
"Rummaging through your medicine cabinet."
"Ah, I see my friends are here..."
"No thanks, I’m trying to quit."
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"They're logging into r/AskReddit, 'People who've had sex—WTF do I do now???'"
"From the posts I’ve seen on here, this is not unlikely. 🤣"
Don't stay in the bathroom too long. Get down to business.
Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below.
I didn't know how much use I'd get out of my Instant Pot or my air fryer until I got them. They totally changed my cooking game and helped me save so much time prepping and cleaning up.
If you were to ask me if they were among the best purchases I've ever made me, I'd have to say yes. And yeah, I will continue to sing the praises of both of these household items to everyone I meet.
These are just two examples of things that turned out to be well worth the purchase, however.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor comfortablynumb0629 asked the online community:
What’s something you thought wasn’t worth the money until you actually tried it?
"Paying for movers."
I like how they can somehow break the laws of physics "How on earth is anyone going to carry that sofa up that narrow stairca... oh wait they've somehow done it already"
"A good shower head. Seriously, once you find the right one, it's worth every penny."
I'll amend it: A good detachable shower head.
Seriously. It's a godsend when you have to clean the bathtub and/or the shower. Just spray, let sit if needed, and rinse with the head. Voila.
"Not being uncomfortable..."
"Good underwear. Not being uncomfortable in the crotch was a 5% improvement to the overall quality of my life. Worth paying twice as much."
There aren't a lot of cheap purchases you can make that will improve your overall quality of life by 5 percent but there you have it!
"Owning my own tools and learning how to build and work on things myself."
I have a little tool box under my sink and believe me, it's always come in handy when I've least expected it.
"A good quality..."
"A good quality mattress."
This is a big one. A good night's sleep is priceless.
"Good shoes. Even a $100 pair makes such a big difference compared to Target shoes."
This is so true. I have spent good money on my shoes and I am grateful.
"I thought air fryers..."
"I thought air fryers were overrated then a friend of mine gave me one (she got it for cheap at Costco) and now I use it all the time."
Welcome to the club! I love my air fryer! It has saved me so much time and money over the years.
"I used to spend..."
"Running the dishwasher every night. I used to spend an hour washing dishes everyday my whole life because we weren’t rich growing up and the dishwasher uses electricity. I used it for the first time a month ago and never going back. Time is more valuable."
It’s cheaper to use a dishwasher with an eco setting than to wash by hand.
One day I'll have one. One day.
"It's an art form..."
"A drywaller. It’s an art form, and they do it fast. Don’t attempt on your own, even if you think you are a handyman."
Home drywallers say you can do it well or you can do it fast. You probably can't do both. The experts can do both and very much worth it.
"I HATE having my feet touched..."
"Pedicures! I HATE having my feet touched but once I finally broke down and got a pedicure 2 years ago I knew it was over. It so hard to explain but it’s like blissfully painful."
I had my first last year and will never go back. It was worth it and I felt so luxurious.
If this thread has given you some ideas on where to spend your money next, consider it money well spent.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!