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We all have that one thing we purchased that brings us joy every time we think about it. It may be a physical item, an experience, something you splurged on, or bought out of necessity. Recently someone asked online, “What is the best thing you’ve purchased all year?” Here are some of the most popular answers.

1. Second Monitor

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A user shared, “A second monitor for my laptop. As a college student doing remote classes, it’s truly been a game changer, and I got a great deal on it.”

2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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Someone said, “A pair of good noise-canceling headphones. They don’t leave my house, but being able to turn off the noise of my family, the neighbor’s party, and the cars going by has eliminated so much stress.”

3. Standing Desk

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“I got it off Amazon; it’s an L-shaped electric desk. I got the L shape just so my cat has room to lay on my desk without interfering with my work, haha,” someone said.

4. Oversized Sweaters

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Someone shared, “I always hit up all the Walmart and Target clearance racks in the spring for comfy sweaters that didn’t sell during the winter. Just got three different ones for $5 each.”

5. Kitchen Aid Mixer

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“Kitchen Aid. My old one was not working properly, and kneading by hand is a slow and hard process. I make my bread daily, so probably the best buy from last year,” one user answered.

6. Laser Hair Removal

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“Laser hair removal. I had no idea not shaving my legs or underarms could be so freeing. I don’t even have to think about it anymore,” someone shared.

7. Roomba

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“After having three spinal surgeries a few years ago, hoovering has been the worst. This bad boy has helped me more than you’ll ever know,” a user said.

8. Steam Deck

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Someone mentioned, “What a fantastic device it is; as a gamer for 30+ years, the Steam Deck is possibly my favorite purchase ever.”

9. High-Quality Mattress

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“If you spend 1/3 of your life using something (that has a direct link to mental and physical wellbeing), get the best you can afford. Trust me, your brain and body will thank you!” a user shared.

10. Door Bell Camera

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Someone shared, “I bought a doorbell camera. I was internally debating whether I had wasted money on it when I realized it caught a clip of my best friend, who passed away last summer, doubled over in laughter and having his pants fall around his ankles while he was trying to catch his breath. Worth every penny.”

11. A Cruise

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“Technically, I made the purchase last year, but the trip was earlier this year. It was expensive; I had to save up for it for a long time. But I enjoyed every minute of the experience,” someone said.

12. Le Creuset Dutch Oven

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“I’ve always had cheapish cookware, and it was life-changing as much as I cook (and enjoy cooking). It was a gift from my husband; I would have struggled to splurge on it for myself!” one user shared.

13. Air Fryer

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A user shared, “It makes everything better! Even my skeptical husband loves my air-fried burgers, fish, etc. And if you don’t even use it to cook, it’s worth it for reheating pizza!”

14. Crocs

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“Hated on them forever. Boy, was I wrong! I wear them everywhere now! So incredibly comfy. Got me the tye-dye Crocs,” someone responded.

15. Cirque du Soleil

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A user said, “My boyfriend’s birthday, so I bought tickets for him and his kids. I have seen it thousands of times, but watching their faces of surprise, wonder, and amazement made my heart so happy.”

16. A Business

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“I bought a retiring business and took it over with my partner. Best thing I’ve ever bought, and it’s been almost a year,” a user shared.

17. A Poop Scoop

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“I spent $87 on a pooper picker. I have three dogs, and I’ve broken countless plastic ones. This one is one-handed, made of all metal, and you pick up the poop by stabbing it. I look forward to this chore now, and it works like a charm,” one person confessed.

15 Common Addictions Many People Struggle To Break

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When one thinks about addiction, their minds go straight to the heavy stuff like drugs and alcohol. Although those are some of the most common addictions, anything that keeps you from being the best you can be and changes you if you don’t get to act can be considered an addiction. People took to an online forum to share the addictions they struggle with the most. Here are some of the most popular answers. 15 Common Addictions Many People Struggle To Break

13 Ordinary Things You Never Knew Were so Dangerous

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As you go through life, you will encounter many things that are known to be dangerous. However, you’ll also be exposed to many things you believe to be safe, yet in reality, can be just as dangerous. Here are 13 everyday things you may not realize can be harmful. 13 Ordinary Things You Never Knew Were so Dangerous

10 Things People Have Done To Create a Better Version of Themself

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Sometimes it can be hard to know what next step you can take to best further your personal growth. One person asked on a popular online forum if others would share what things they either changed or started to do that helped them become better versions of themselves. Here are some of the best answers. 10 Things People Have Done To Create a Better Version of Themself

Life Events People Don’t Understand Until They Experience it Themself

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For most people, life throws some very difficult circumstances their way. It can be difficult for people in your life to relate to the things you’ve been through, as some experiences people can never truly understand unless they’ve experienced it for themself. Here are 11 life events you just can’t explain to another person unless they’ve been through a similar situation. Life Events People Don’t Understand Until They Experience it Themself

13 Everyday Things People Find To Be Extremely Gross

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We all have things that can give us the “ick” or make us feel gross if we hear, see, feel, or taste it. Some of these things we can all 100% agree are disgusting, while others may be debatable. Here are 13 completely normal things that many people find disgusting. 13 Everyday Things People Find To Be Extremely Gross

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