If You Had an Extra $100, What Would You Spend It On?
Readers share the surprising ways they would use a windfall.
Spread It OutI would purchase $20 gift cards at five of my favorite stores and restaurants and paper-clip them to my desk calendar on months when I might enjoy a much needed treat. I'd look forward to five surprises throughout the year―just for me.
I would take my dad's advice: “Save a third, spend a third, and give a third away."
Kathy Nielsen Viehman
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Reward Friends and FamilyI'd spend it on a romantic dinner with my husband at a restaurant we haven't tried. Or I'd just buy new bathroom towels.
Kelli Healy Salazar
My husband and I believe that the key to a successful relationship is to cut down on stress, so every month we treat each other to a massage. I would spend the $100 on an extra massage for each of us.
I would have a party and spend the money on food, wine, and a good CD or movie. My friends get together so rarely, and it would be nice to earmark the money for something memorable.
I would put it toward airfare to visit my best friend, who's in law school in Cleveland. We've been best friends since third grade but haven't seen each other in two years. It would be great to spend a weekend together.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Invest in Learning and CultureThe last time I had extra cash, I enrolled in a creative-writing class at the local community college. For $92 I developed the beginnings of some great stories and got constructive feedback. It was a great way to spend that money.
I'd buy a family membership to a local art museum. I'd enjoy sharing culture with my family and friends throughout the year.
Kathleen Godwin Brown
North Richland Hills, Texas
I would spend the money on books. Clothes don't last very long, a vacation is a nice (but short) getaway, and a fine bottle of wine is drunk all too soon. But good books last forever.
Spring for FitnessI would use it to go horseback riding. I love horses and rode for two years after graduating from college, but I gave it up to save money when I started a family. I'd really like to ride again; I thrive on the physical and mental challenges.
I go through a pair of running shoes every few months―I wear them down to nothing. The money would be well spent on a new pair.
Sarah Nicole Parker
I would take golf lessons. Not only would it be fun and challenging to learn how to play correctly but I'd also enjoy spending time with family and friends who love the game.
Asheville, North Carolina