Here's what'd be in my list:
- Brita In-Fridge Water Filter
I don't remember how much it cost, but I remember thinking it was "too much." Now I love the thing, and wouldn't go without it. I never realized how "bleh" our water tasted until Brita showed me otherwise.
- My Laptop
It cost me nearly a thousand dollars, but I've used the crap out of it. And now I'm probably totally dependent on the thing. It's allowed me to do a lot more with IYM and Money Musings, and by extension, it's allowed me to bring in more on-the-side income than I could've done otherwise. But at the time, buying my Dell laptop sure caused me some internal grief.
- 1995 Honda Accord
We paid around $12,500 for the car in 1996, and that sure seemed like a lot of money. But for a Pragmatic Car Guy like me, that little 5-speed turned out to be an absolute dream. And seriously: I wish we still had it.
- Olympus C2040ZOOM Digital Camera
We bought our first digital camera (an Olympus) in 1999 or 2000. If memory serves, we paid almost $600 for it, batteries and all. And guess what? We're still using it. And it still takes great pictures. Want proof? Go look at pictures of my wife's handmade jewelry (shameless plug intended).
- LitterMaid Automatic Litterbox
Dude, it's poop. Cat poop. It's yucky, stinky, nasty ... but our 10-years-old Littermaid keeps Taking Care of Business. (Caveat: I've heard the new Littermaid machines aren't nearly so durable.)
What's on your list? Anything worth mentioning? Anything I need to rush out and buy — say, YESTERDAY?