As a former heroin addict, I’m stunned by the dollar amount I always managed to scrape up to supply my daily habit. By the end, I was maintaining on a hundred dollars a day! That’s scary. And it got me thinking about what cool things to buy with 100 dollars instead of heroin existed out there for me.
So I put together this list of things I have bought instead of heroin, (or that are on My Amazon Wish List) for under a hundred dollars to share with you. How much money did, (do) you spend on your habit every day? Check out these badass alternatives to buying dope, or feeding any addiction with 100 dollars instead.
Cool Things to Buy With 100 Dollars for the Kitchen
I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets. And since beating heroin in 2013, I’ve been cooking up many bigger and better things! Here are some of my kitchen go-to gadgets!
My instant pot has become my saving grace and best friend in the kitchen since my premature stroke. It’s so simple to use and a huge time saver. In fact, for a girl that hasn’t spent much time in her life cooking, this bad boy makes me feel like a gourmet chef. It produces the tenderest, juiciest chicken I’ve ever had.
Okay gals, this slow cooker is very cool. What I love about this in comparison to my basic crockpot is that it has a locking lid. Additionally, it features an integrated temperature probe to track your food and ensure it’s not over, or undercooked. Using a slow cooker is perfect going into the winter months menu of soups and casseroles. They make meal prep easy and budget-friendly.
My brother in law is quite the cook and he swears by his Ninja Air Fryer. Can you believe it fries your food with up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods? It’s crazy! Even more insane is the incredible crispness of air-fried french fries. I want to say they are good enough to eat without ranch dressing. But Hidden Valley always wins.
I’m from Washington state, where there is an espresso stand on every corner. And two Starbucks to every block. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without espresso. However, at $8-$10 per drink, (after tip) mama ain’t having it. Making coffee drinks with this BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is made easy for beginners and baristas know it all alike. I’ve researched the value and this maker has access to over 5000 wonderful product reviews.
Cleaning Best Friends
This steam mop works amazingly on sealed floors. And they kill 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and dust mites! Additionally, E. Coli, salmonella, and surface mold are wiped out. After realizing all of these diseases exist on floors, I’m grateful I’m no longer spending so much time on them! God bless recovery.
Having a good vacuum makes all the difference in keeping your home clean and allergen-free. My family all suffer from allergies and have experienced dramatic improvements in our respiratory health since purchasing a new vacuum and air purifier. Having a clean and clutter-free environment is crucial for my recovery.
We honestly bought a Shark Vacuum from Walmart and it’s a funny story. My husband and I spent half an hour debating between two models. We both wanted this beautiful metallic blue one but it was forty dollars more than our budget.
We opt to buy it and justify that it has anti-hair wrap technology. And in a house with three girls, that feature is worth the money. Additionally, it has a HEPA anti-allergen filter.
We both agree it’s not the color that is making this financial decision for us. We get home and open the box and are met with a shiny, bright-blue vacuum. It’s not at all the color displayed in-store or even the picture on our box. My husband and I were upset. I’m not sure if we were more upset about the addition of this eyesore to our hallway, or the fact that we paid that extra forty dollars for the metallic blue and we know it.
But it’s honestly the best vacuum I’ve ever had and it comes in peony red too. So if you’ve got more than a bill to spend, this is the vacuum for you. Especially, if you have stairs! It charges and detaches for easy maneuvering and it’s lightweight.
The first things heroin addicts do when they begin to spiral is to sell and trade their possessions for dope. And what you don’t sell is stolen from you. I remember the dread of selling things that I loved for something a high so short-lived and evil. But you trade everything that you love for that destruction. It’s the tragic reality of heroin use.
So one of the best parts of my heroin recovery has been rebuilding my entertainment collection. Check out these entertainment recommendations for cool things to buy with 100 dollars instead of heroin.
The Roku Ultra | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Media Player is the only way to stream your shows. My family disconnected our cable a few years ago and haven’t missed a beat. Plus, it saves us thousands of dollars every year. Connect to your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, (try it free for 30 days) and other streaming services and hit play.
Can you say Instagram? I am in love with this camera. It comes in an assortment of colors and features an adorable vegan leather carrying case. These are absolutely adorable. But honestly, for just a few bucks more you can get an autographed Taylor Swift version with Taylor Swift Film! Yaaaas queen!
My JBL Charge 3 delivers hours worth of entertainment while cooking and doing my daily chores. I listen to music and podcasts for hours without needing to charge. The sound quality is impeccable for the price. Also, you can connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns being the DJ. Which makes it fun for hosting. Furthermore, it’s waterproof. Making it ideal even in your kitchen and bathroom spaces.
I cannot fathom watching any of the Marvel Comic Universe without my soundbar! It ain’t happening. This 2.2 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar with Built-in Dual Subwoofer TV Soundbar is perfect for turning your living room into a home theatre experience. My family is blessed with a Polk soundbar and subwoofer. We love our stereo sound and had a friend give us a great deal on it. If you can find reputable secondhand deals, take them. Ain’t no shame in the secondhand game.
Honestly, if you haven’t embraced the Avenger in you, it’s time to assemble! Build your Marvel collection with Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three collections and get lost in the wonderful worlds of the MCU. Falling in love with Marvel has been a therapeutic release for me.
They cause me to feel a wide range of emotion and after a few watches, the heroes become friends. Also, it creates ample family time and opportunities for superhero adventures. Everyone needs a hero to root for through the chaos of this world.
And if you haven’t seen Avenger’s Endgame or Spiderman Far From Home yet, what are you waiting for? Don’t worry, I won’t include spoilers! But I can honestly say, often, my family has one of the Marvel movies playing on repeat in the background of my home. This week we’re enjoying Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
It has the most infectious soundtrack I’ve experienced. Which you can enjoy with unlimited streaming on Amazon Music– Grab Your 30 Day Free Trial Here.
Cool Things to Buy for 100 Dollars for Your Car
A GPS Navigation System is almost necessary for safe and undistracted driving today. I realize that you can use apps on your cell phone that provide directions. However, that puts your cell phone in your hands while you’re behind the wheel, and that can have deadly consequences.
I lost part of my vision with my premature stroke and I cannot imagine driving around without a navigation system. Of course, even before now I’d get lost in my own head. So I guess you could say my GPS is my double rainbow.
Give your sedans, trucks, and SUVs a complete makeover with new car seat covers. These CAR PASS Leather and Mesh Universal Fit Car Seat Covers are so sleek and clean. It’s amazing how new seat covers and floor mats can transform your car into what feels like a new vehicle.
The Blue Driver Bluetooth is a Professional OBD2 Diagnostic Scan Tool trusted by mechanics and developed by Professional Engineers in North America. It reads and clears vehicle systems including your check engine light. This is perfect for people (like me) who don’t know anything about cars! It connects with Android and IOS.
Are You Entertained?
Adults need toys too! This Dragonfly Mini-Drone for Beginners features a high-definition wide-angle camera and it records live video in crisp 720p HD. Also, it’s small enough to fly in indoor spaces and is perfect for beginner fliers.
The Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer is on my wish list and a wonderful alternative to buying dope. Connect your phone or tablet to it via wi-fi and start printing your memories. Um yeah, does anyone else have 5000+ pictures and can’t decide which ones to print?
This Mini Portable Movie Projector plays videos, TV series, photos sharing, football matches, etc. Easily connects to your smartphone, PS3, PS4, X-Box ONE or Wii to enjoy BIG games! Football season is here baby. Go Seahawks!
Cool Things to Buy With 100 Dollars for Your Kids
Do you have a child who loves space? My daughter is going into middle school (insert Chris Pratt Gif for tone inflection). Yeah, it’s really happening. And she loves anything galaxy. This 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope features high-quality optics and is a remarkable value. Let your little stars shine bright with this fantastic opportunity.
The Amazon Fire Tablets are incredible deals. They come in a variety of colors and feature up to 10 hours of battery life. Amazon FreeTime is built from the ground up to help give parents peace of mind when it comes to tablet use.
Featuring easy-to-use parental controls that allow parents to create a profile, set time limits and give kids access to age-appropriate videos, books, games, apps, and videos.
Want to raise little geniuses? The Osmo Genius Kit, (compatible with Amazon Fire Tablets) is designed to do just that. STEM-focused with five hands-on learning games. Bring your kids game pieces and actions to life. Games are designed for beginner to expert levels and are packaged for different age levels. This one is for ages 6-10+.
Additionally, they do have Osmo Genius Starter Kits that are compatible with iPads. Osmo is packed with fun-filled and award-winning learning games.
Weird, right? Who knew how many cool things to buy for 100 dollars existed? I’m celebrating six-years being heroin free on 09-27-2019. Woohoo! Recovery is possible. Thank you for reading and would you bless me with a social share? You wouldn’t believe how happy those make me after all my hard work. Thank you.