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We are normally discouraged from impulse buys because they're "irresponsible."

But sometimes, those impulse buys end up being the best purchases that we've made in our lives.

Who's laughing at our impulse shopping now?


u/sebaez_ asked:

What's a thing you've bought impulsively, without need, that's actually proved useful in your life?

Here were some of those answers.

Yard Sale Woes

Neighbor was moving away and had a yard sale.

bought a metal pipe for 50 cents. about 20" long and a diameter of 1".

Wife looked at me like i was half serial killer, half idiot.

few months later...flat tire at 6.15 in the morning. guess who easily loosed all the lug nuts in record time...this guy and his metal pipe.

SkitzoRabbit

Hydrate Or Die-drate

I bought a water bottle (already have several that I use regularly) as a souvenir at a National Park with my girlfriend because she had one like it. I now use that one every day because I like the cap mechanism!

ravenousmind

Home Improvement

Big pack of assorted screws. Was at home Depot and saw them, said "eh, why not?" And bought them. I think was like $12, and I've used almost all of them

UYScutiPuffJr

Keeping Me Charged

A portable charger.

It holds 11-12 full charges of my iPhone and I just bought it on a whim. It has literally changed my life like few other purchases have ever done.

zvug

Room-baaaaaaaa

A Roomba. It was on sale, crazy cheap- like 50%off. I bought it. We have an open floor plan and linoleum floors. It's so amazing. Our living room furniture is elevated enough that it fits under the couches. We have 4 cats that shed like crazy, but there is never hair or litter. Every day it vacuums the 1st floor and has been such a time saver.

10/10 would buy again- and we did. Got one for the 2nd floor and purchased an older model for each of our immediate family for x-mas.

Eydaos

Nom Nom Nom

I bought a rice cooker even though I don't eat much rice and don't particularly like it.

It came with a vegetable steamer. I used that thing literally every day until I upgraded to an Instant Pot with a steamer basket. Colossal improvement to my nutrition and life in general.

grendus

Ten Feet Of Life

10 foot phone charger!

I needed a new charger and it was on sale, so it was the cheepest option. But HOLY HELL has it served me good!

Need to roll over in bed but still charge? YOU CAN!

Wanna sit anywhere on the couch and still charge? YOU CAN!

Are you in the back seat of a car and and need to charge? YOU CAN!

from_sweden

A Light For The World

Reaaaaaally powerful flashlight. Like 900 lumens or something ridiculous. Used it to find my cat that got out the other night. Spotted the reflection in her eyes in a nearby bush. Also good for lining up my oil filter when I do changes.

ThePen_isMightier

Saving Me Money

An electric tire inflator.

It was on sale for $19.95, so I bought two: one that plugs into a garage wall outlet, and the other stays in the car and plugs into the vehicle's utility outlet.

Gone are the days of going to gas station air pumps (and sometimes having to pay for air).

Back2Bach

Some Cool Use

Historical video games have been the key to passing history. Hoi4 saves me in my geography tests. Only downside is my mental map of the world hasn't been updated since the 1940s. Until last year I thought Yugoslavia was still a country

NegativeElmo

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Raise your hands--who had an emo phase in the 2000s? I know I did, as did a lot of people around me. All of us heard “It's just a phase" from our parents at some point, but when you're a kid, life as we know it seems so permanent.

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Believe it or not, Canadians don't live in igloos or freeze to death all year round. If you go to Germany, it's highly unlikely that every German you meet will be cold and uninviting. Hop over to the United Kingdom and you're not going to run into tons of people with terrible teeth and bad hygeine.

These are called stereotypes, my friends, and it's best you leave them at the door. People were more than willing to strike down some stereotypes about the countries they know and love after Redditor HelloThere577 asked the online community,

"What are some false stereotypes about your country?"
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