13 Things That Will Make Your Life Easier for Less Than $100 (You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them)

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Believe it or not, sometimes a small amount of money can significantly change your life. For just under $100, you can buy things that can substantially impact how you live and experience the world around you. A user asked on a forum, “What life-changing thing can you buy for less than $100?”

Here are some responses he got!

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR

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“Plug it in your bedroom. That way, if there’s a 1/1,000,000 chance your appliance, heater, or whatever malfunctions, you’ll at least wake up before you die from suffocation in your sleep. I mean, wake up before you die so you can LEAVE. The goal is to avoid suffocating.”

DECENT FIRST AID KIT

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“A decent first aid kit. I take one with me wherever I go in the car. You can make your own with good supplies for around that much. Never know when you’ll need it.”

NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

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“Nicotine replacement therapy to quit smoking/vaping. Going on nine months being nicotine free. Feels great, honestly! Incredible how much my anxiety has gone down since quitting. Funny how I originally started smoking to help my anxiety and stress.”

GYM MEMBERSHIP

“If you have gone bankrupt and those are your last 100$, a gym membership. It gives you a couple of months of access to a locker and a shower to find a job.”

HEATED MATTRESS PAD

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“Honestly saves you so much money in the winter and makes you more comfortable. Life is changing because who can afford to heat their house all day through winter.”

PROJECTOR

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“If you are a parent, a projector. I’ve seen TVs broken from throwing toys, toddlers thinking TVs are touch screens, climbing on furniture, etc. I bought a cheap $50 projector that sits up high and a white bedsheet, and it’s damn indestructible.”

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

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“At some point in the past few years, doctors decided everyone has a blood pressure cuff at home. Mine never asked me to get one; she gets annoyed when I don’t have two weeks of daily readings ready.”

125 PIECES MECHANICS TOOL SET

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“It won’t be everything you need forever, but I learned how to use tools with a small $100 ($50 back then) set and still use the same set 25 years later. My dad bought them for me. Someday I will hand them down to my son.”

KEYPAD FOR KEYLESS ENTRY

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“A deadbolt with a keypad for keyless entry. You can have different passcodes for family members and set single-use codes for repairmen or pet sitters. There is still a key for manual unlocking if the batteries die. No more teenagers locking themselves out of the house and fumbling with the key when your hands are full.”

AIR FRYER FOR DELICIOUS FOOD

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“I’ve always loved to cook, did it professionally for 12 years, was raised by an Italian mother, and only got my air fryer last Christmas. My life is 100x easier now, and my dinners are way quicker and meats more tender. I’m kicking myself for not discovering it.”

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

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“Cleans your teeth way better than a regular brush. Prevents plaque and tarter build-up near the gum line. I used to be against it, but my wife convinced me and bought me one. My 6-month dental visits are going great now. The dental hygienists compliment me about my dental hygiene.”

WIRELESS HEADPHONES

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“Wireless headphones. It makes work so much more bearable and hikes more peaceful. Stressful moments can be blocked out. I could not go to work every day if I didn’t have them. Listening to a book or JRE at work has made my life so much more enjoyable.”

PACKING CUBES

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“Travel is so much easier, whether for a night or two weeks, when you’re not dealing with loose clothing in your bag. Things stay folded until you need them, and you can organize them by full outfits or have all your socks in one cube if you prefer. Fill them back with dirty clothes as you go.”

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Anika is a CPA and founder of What Anika Says. She shares simple and actionable frugal living, money management and money-saving tips to live a debt-free financially independent life. She has been featured on popular websites like Bankrate, Forbes, Mint ,and Authority Magazine. Byline: MSN