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If you had a windfall of $1,000 and you had to spend, not save it, what would you buy?

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rebbel's avatar

A star tracker, for astrophotography.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’d take both my mother’s for a shopping trip for an early Christmas and lunch.

canidmajor's avatar

This time of year I’d donate it to the local food banks.

jca2's avatar

I might buy stuff to re-do my living room, since that’s my current plan. There’s nothing else that I really need right now – not buying a new car for a few years, hopefully, don’t need clothes or jewelry or more “stuff.”

If not for buying stuff for fixing up the living room, then I’d spend it on a little trip, or some tickets to something with my daughter – concert or play, which would use up about 400 to 800 of it. I hear Metallica is coming to Las Vegas and that might be a fun way to use up 1k.

gorillapaws's avatar

I’d probably spend it on Christmas gifts for my wife and family.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Pay off debt.

Caravanfan's avatar

@rebbel You don’t need to spend $1000 for that. There are plenty of less expensive options. If you’re serious, I HIGHLY recommend talking to the people at Cloud Break Optics. They’re really good there and I’ve bought several astrophotography-related equipment from them. There are other companies, but I like Cloud Break the best. The owner, Matt, is terrific.

zenvelo's avatar

If I had to spend it, not save it, dinner at French Laundry.

product's avatar

Pay for ⅓ of my car insurance bill.

kritiper's avatar

Right now my Nisan needs rear axle bearings, seals, and brakes. Cost could be around $700.

smudges's avatar

I’d buy $750 worth of Christmas dinners to be given to those who don’t have the money to have a nice meal at home, and spend the rest on clothes for myself.

Jeruba's avatar

Right now? I’d probably pay for $1000 worth of help with my house-clearing project.

It’s nice to know so many people ^^^ would donate it or spend it on someone else. That wasn’t my first thought, but I can see giving several hundred to a local women’s shelter or food bank.

Demosthenes's avatar

I’d probably buy a brand new turntable. I’ve been wanting one, but all the mid-tier models I’m looking at are around $1000 and I just can’t justify the expense. This would be the chance to get one.

@zenvelo That’s on my bucket list.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I am in a fortunate position. I can buy anything I want – and that is exactly why I don’t.
I can, because I don’t. There is no need.

But, if I had to spend it, I would fund a student research project for the Rochester Academy of Science. Those projects and the skills developed can be life changing. I am always amazed to see what they accomplish with a little support.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’d give it to garden project for people to grow their own food in my city; seeds, tools, soil and watch them enjoy next summer.

filmfann's avatar

Throw a big bbq for all the nurses at my local hospital.
Those people aren’t shown enough appreciation for their work.

JLeslie's avatar

I would buy some shelving units. One for my closet and a couple for my office room. Nothing fancy. I’m not sure how much they cost?

chyna's avatar

I would buy a new kitchen table. I’ve had mine since 1995. Not that it’s old and decrepit, but it doesn’t go with my kitchen.
I have no idea how much they cost, but if there is any money left from that, I will give the rest to a local animal shelter because they just confiscated 90 cats from someone’s home and they are in much need of all things kitty.

seawulf575's avatar

I recently had this happen. I paid off debts.

raum's avatar

Probably pay off some bills.
Not the most exciting answer. :P

Brian1946's avatar

I’d get some arboreal maintenance done to the urban forest living in my yards.

nikipedia's avatar

My daughter is a budding programmer and asked for a desktop computer for Christmas, so I’d probably get her a really nice one of those.

JLeslie's avatar

I really need a new laptop, I forgot about that. A new vacuum cleaner too.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Honestly Bitcoin right now. I know that’s a clever way to get around the no saving rule though. If I had to spend it I’d probably get a new water heater. Mine is 30 years old (yes you read that right) and could go at any time.

Forever_Free's avatar

A grocery store trip and donate the food.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

A honking beef rib from Montana’s steakhouse, and 3 hours with a psychologist , to help deal with my grief. Also groceries with whatever is left.

tent's avatar

A camera.

Deepsix's avatar

More food preps.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Since my HVAC needs replacing. . . . plus many more.

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