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Cost and worth are two very different things.

In the words of Freckle from The Gay And Wondrous Life Of Caleb Gallo, "sometimes, things that are expensive are worse." Something doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg to be useful.

Sometimes it can even cost less than a dollar.


u/0---------------0 asked:

What's the single most important item in your home that has a value of $1 or less?

Here were some of those answers.


Lil Matchstick

A matchstick. I had a door that was sagging in my house due to the screw over time wearing a larger hole in the wall, and after some research I found a tip that shoving a matchstick with the tip broken off inside (and a dab of glue) could make the hole smaller. That matchstick was worth its weight in gold, so about a dollar, after it helped me fix a huge annoyance.

TheMCM80

Sentimental Value

The book that my Grandma used to read to me. It's worthless, wasn't even listed on Goodreads until I added it, but she died in 2005 the day after my 8th birthday and remembering her voice reading it is one of the clearest memories I have. Would definitely save it in a fire.

absquat

Think Ellie From Up

A Best brother in the world pin from my brother who passed away. He gave it to me when he was six.

Thanks everyone it means a lot it was a few years ago and I've made peace I hope he's happy. For all you still suffering I hope you get through it. It gets better.

Captkiller77

My Widdle Rock

My son found a rock on the way home from school in kindergarten. We were walking home through this park we always cut through and he grabbed the rock and fell in love with it. It just looked like mud to me but who cares he loved it. When we got home I helped him wash it off in the sink and it was black and kinda blueish. He said it was awesome and then gave it to me. Its one of my most precious things in the world to me.

Ayan94123

Amazing Humans

There's a picture of my wife and I with our adopted daughter. The picture was taken when she was around 13 or so but we didn't adopt her until she was 16. When we took, it was just us and a kid we kind of knew from church. It's so cool to look back on and see how far we've come.

steeple_fun

Two Little stones

A rock shaped like a heart. My fiance and I took a trip to Poland and Greece. I bought her a heart shaped rock from a salt mine in Poland (didn't cost $1). But at a red sand beach in Greece 4 days later, she found a rock that was shaped perfectly like a heart (this one was free) Both rocks now sit next to each other in our house we just bought.

Also one rock is dark and the other red. I so happen to have red hair and she has dark hair. She found the red heart rock for free and I bought the salt rock.

laxc17

This Is Mistakes At Their Best

One time, about five years into our relationship, my girlfriend (now wife) and I were in separate rooms in our one bedroom apartment in early December.

From the other room, she hollered to me "what do you want for Christmas?"

I had been working full time, taking part-time university classes to finish my degree, and had been volunteering as part of a youth mentor program... so I said "All I really want is a break."

Three weeks later, I'm unwrapping a very heavy shoebox. After getting through the mountain of duct tape and several layers of wrapping paper, I had my very own... brick.

"I really didn't understand what you wanted it for," she said, "but you sounded so sure of it. So here you go!"

Cue about ten minutes of laughs, and now that brick sits proudly on my desk. Every time I am overwhelmed or feeling like I've taken on too much, I look at it, pick it up, have a little laugh, and put it back so I can carry on. Best gift ever.

nonamebatman

Memories In Ink

Handwritten letters from my grandmother who passed away a few years ago.

While it is sad to see her handwriting get progressively worse for each letter at the end it is nice to have something that was that close to her. I have them stored in a small box and it always goes into our evacuation bag during fire season.

NightCrawler85

A Dollar For Addiction

I have a 1$ bill saved and put away in a drawer. The significance behind it is it was my last dollar before I decided to stop gambling and doing hard drugs. I had to stop cold turkey. I was so done being a half human, or an empty shell. At first it was just a dollar that sat in my center console in my car.

I would look at it and be reminded what I was doing. I've been sober for well over a year now. I feel like that 1$ is special. I know in narcotics anonymous they get something saying how long they've been sober or whatever. That 1$ is my token. My token for fighting a silent battle that I cannot share with people otherwise I could lose my job.

annamolly93

A Use-All Knife

I have an old kitchen knife that's probably worth like 25 cents. But through some mysterious power of the universe it cuts better than any knife I've ever used. Meats. Veggies. Bread. Cheese. It doesn't matter. This thing glides through it all with ease and has never been sharpened. Easily my most important kitchen item.

zetablunt

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Best $31.99 we have ever spent. Ever.

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