10 Budget-Friendly Items Under $100 That Will Radically Transform Your Life

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What life-changing item can you buy for less than $100? After someone asked Redditors for their favorite game-changers, these are the top-voted purchases under a bill.

1. A King-Sized Blanket

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The number-one voted answer is “A king-sized blanket for a queen-sized bed.” Several people in the thread agreed, sharing their king-size comfort stories before one volunteered, “I have a king-size bed, and even king-size comforters are small. So my partner and I have two king-size comforters — one on each side, so no one has to share.”

2. A Dash Camera

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“The best purchase I made was a dash camera,” confessed another. “Although I have never been in an accident before, the peace of mind that it gives me to know that I have backup evidence or anything of that sort for future issues is calming. Best 50 bucks spent in the last 30 days.” 

A second agreed, “I've had one for a few years. It finally paid off when a guy backed into me at high speed while we waited at a red light. Without it, I'm sure I'd been found at fault for rear-ending him.”

3. A Bathroom Dimmer

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“Buy a dimmer switch for the bathroom,” another replied. “Works in the middle of the night and early mornings, as you can gradually increase the brightness to match your current tolerance for the world.”

4. A Good Pillow

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“I never received good-quality sleep until I bought a nice pillow. After that, my body aches reduced, and my sleep quality improved,” one said. “I thought I liked memory foam and other fancy pillows, but the real-life changer for me was a buckwheat pillow.

I have sleep apnea, but this pillow allows me to get my head into the perfect position and comfortably keep it there. Remember to do your research and make sure it is the best option for you with all the pros and cons.”

5. A First Aid Kit

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“When I moved out, I never expected buying a first aid kit to be an important investment,” shared one. “My parents insisted that I buy a whole list of items. To this day, I have used every item in this kit. 

I have come across some reckless people whose lives I saved. Not to mention, everyone in my apartment was always well taken care of if they had an injury. So now, my housewarming present to people I care about is always a first aid kit with all the same items inside.”

6. Blackout Curtains

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“Blackout curtains changed my life,” another admitted. “My sleep quality drastically improved. I work night shifts, so I usually begin my sleep cycle at five in the morning. 

Typically, the sun blares in my curtains, and I'm up for hours, sometimes until my next shift. So when I went a week without sleep, I knew something had to change. So I went to the thrift store and bought any dark curtains or tablecloths I could find to darken my windows, and after only $20, my problems were solved.”

7. Motion Sensor Night Lights

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“Motion sensor night lights,” one informed. “I can't tell you how many stubbed toes or falls they have prevented—a cheap intruder alarm.” A second added, “Get a motion-activated toilet bowl light. They're amazing. Don't kill your eyes when you use the restroom in the middle of the night.”

8. Shop Vac

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A carpenter recommended “A good shop vac. You will not believe how many uses around the house you'll find for it. 

Cobweb removal, water removal, gravel removal, vent cleaning, soot trap cleaning (after a good scrub since it's likely dirty from other tasks), car vacuuming, dust-sucking, and so on. Go get a shop vac if you plan to buy or already own a home.”

9. USB Cord Extender

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“You might consider a USB extender which comes in handy for other things,” another suggested. “Then you can plug it into whatever you choose. Don't wanna sit at your desk for gaming? USB extender. Now you can sit on the couch and use the coffee table instead of your desk and the tv instead of your monitor.”

10. National Park Annual Pass

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Finally, someone shared, “A National Park annual pass is the best thing you can gift yourself. The parks are beautiful. If you're a veteran with any percentage of a disability rating, they're free for life.” 

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit recommendations list of life-changing products for less than $100. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Impulse Traveler.

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