What Would You Buy If You Had An Extra $50? $500? $5,000?

published May 8, 2015
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Let’s do some daydreaming today: if you had a windfall of $50, $500, or $5,000 that you had to spend on your home, what would you buy? And if you’re one of the lucky ones with a nice fat tax refund burning a hole in your pocket, what might you actually spend it on? Dream big!

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Here’s what I’d go for…

A set of sheets. One set is totally sufficient for a pair of humans, but I would love to have an extra set, in a different color— perhaps even a print!

Professional painters to paint the plastic, pink-striped wood paneling on our stairwell. It is impossible to reach/paint without professional equipment and I hate it so much. ($300-ish)
A set of large storage jars for all of my flours, grains, sugars— like, large enough to hold a standard bag of flour with a little extra room for the dregs of the last sack. ($100)
A hamper that can accommodate the laundry produced by a workout enthusiast, a boisterous outdoorsy kid, and a strapping young man who works a physical, outdoor, often-dirty job, plus replacement laundry baskets for my dinky, broken ones. ($100)

A houseful of furniture! We would love to replace our old mattress, bed, couch, loveseat, dresser, nightstands, and dining room table in that order, and to add a bistro table, outdoor lounge chair, kitchen cart, and desk/chair if possible.

What would you do if you suddenly had an extra $50, $500, or $5,000 to spend on your home? Let’s keep it to household goods, as tempting as it would be to answer “a trip to the dentist”, “my grandparents’ medical bills”, or “BOOTS!”.