We all want things we don’t have the money for…

Maybe you dream about a nice car or a big house or some fancy clothes or shoes that are only reserved for the elite.

Hey, we all have those thoughts…

What do you want to buy but you can’t afford?

Here’s how AskReddit users responded.

1. Anything else?

“A car. A farm. Some animals to keep me company.

And a fancy water colouring set.

Oh and my dream wardrobe.”

2. Still love it.

“A boat.

I grew up sailing and love it, but it’s a total waste of a lot of money.”

3. Just DIY.

“A haircut. Even one from like Great Clips.

My hair is so heavy and it’s so hot where I live.

But money is too tight.”

4. Gotta stay dry.

“A really good, actually water-resistant raincoat and/or a pair of rain trousers.

For context, I live in the Netherlands where it rains for maybe 3/4 of the year (this is how it feels,anyway) and as I’m on a bike for much of that, a good raincoat or other rain gear is necessary.

But the good ones are pretty expensive so I just end up buying the cheap ones, which wear and tear pretty quick, so I guess in the long run I’m spending more money but I can’t avoid it. It’s like the Vime’s Boots theory but with rain gear.”

5. Sad.

“My babies.

Chemo made me infertile at 34 before I had the chance to have a baby.

I have 12 embryos in a testube. Can’t afford to use them.”

6. Oooooo!

“A week in the Maldives.

In one of those dreamy bungalows over the turquoise waters.”

7. I’m with you!

“An island to live out the remainder of days on.

Strolling up and down the beach, sleeping under coconut trees in a hammock, fishing, swimming and generally living a quiet and peaceful life to the end!”

8. Out of control right now.

“A house.

Looking on Zillow and seeing housing that’s considered safe, clean, and in a good area starts at 500k and that’s just depressing.”

9. Just want to be comfortable.

“A future where I can live comfortably.

Not rich.

Just not having to choose between paying all of rent and electricity or food.”

10. Sounds great.

“A mountain cottage deep in the wilderness. With endless views, forests on its doorstep and a stream nearby.

No neighbours for miles, plenty of wildlife and a massive fireplace that is on permanently when the snows arrive.”

11. Hit the road.

“A Sprinter van that’s been converted into an RV.

I would take it camping everywhere.”

12. Get in the tub.

“A hot tub. I’ve got a number of health issues and sitting in the hot water is extremely helpful.

I know there are super cheap ones that are inflatable and for like one person, but my dad had one of those and got an electric shock touching the water after having it only a few months, so now I’m afraid of the real cheap ones.”

13. That’s rough.

“New teeth.

It’s like thousands and thousands of dollars to get dental implants.

It sucks.”

14. New shoes.

“Shoes for work.

After teleworking for 2 years I am having trouble wearing my 4 inch heels again.

And a lot of them are disintegrating from age anyway.

I need 3 inch heels.”

15. Interesting.

“A little vanity, but I h**e shaving with a passion, yet I do not want a beard either. I want a full facial electrolysis so I’ll never have to shave again. I have very itchy razor burn right now

To add to the vanity I also am thinning on the top of my head, and I also want the expensive hair transplants that look real (not the cheap ones that you know are fake).

Between the hair transplant and the facial electrolysis I’ve got to be well over $50k+ but I want the real stuff that works, but I also don’t have that kind of money either.”

16. All worked up.

“An apartment. Furniture. New shoes mine have holes or dont fit properly.


I’m angry, can you tell?”

17. Important.

“A good office chair.

The one I have at my home desk now k**ls my back, but the good ones are all too much for a student like me.”

18. Need some wheels.

“A new bicycle.

I lost my nice one a few weeks ago in an accident where I could have d**d and can’t afford a replacement even though its going to cost more in the long run.”

19. A project.

“I would love to buy a project car for myself but I can’t afford it.

There are just too many things that need repair or replacement before the car is in showroom condition, and I don’t have enough funds left over after buying a reliable daily driver to invest in such an upgrade.

The thrill of the hunt and doing all the work customizing my own ride is what really appeals to me, though; that’s one thing even a new Audi wouldn’t be able to provide me with!”

20. Wouldn’t that be nice?

“A built-in pool for my kids to enjoy.

I’m tired of having to drive them to various friends and family pools to use.”

21. Privacy.

“A private place to live.

I have lived in my parents basement not even a year after marriage, and I don’t see how we are ever going to get out in this stupid pandemic of inflation and shortages.”

22. A new friend.

“Not really for myself but I’d like to get a cat as a friend for my dog because she doesn’t like other dogs and she really likes the cats we see when we’re out.

But I can’t afford a cat and all the stuff they need as well as all the stuff my dog needs and the allergy medication I’d have to take every day, so unfortunately she’ll have to wait for a while.”

23. Tools.


Saving for a new table saw but my husband says we have to pay for groceries and the mortgage, or something stupid like that.”

24. Ugh.

“A bed. I’m sleeping on a 19 year old recliner.

I’m full of hardware and it’s not happy, constantly poked and prodded with broken springs.”

25. Time to make some music.

“Just a cheap desktop to make music on. I’ve been using a laptop that’s almost 15 years old I think. It’s got an insane amount of issues.

One day I’ll be able to get it. As I’m pretty serious about music and make some intricate works with what I have. I used to have a pretty nice desktop around a decade ago.

But for a lot of random ideas, I’m stuck with a laptop that was probably made in the late Bush years.”

26. A big one.

“New glasses.

My prescription is so thick, and unless I want coke bottle glasses, I have to have them shaved down. Which costs extra. So do I cheap out on the frame, or the shaving?

Why can’t I have nice affordable glasses?”

27. I would love this.

“A dog sanctuary.

A place where they could run and play and swim and chase balls and tear things up and dig holes and get muddy and all of those other doggy things that dogs love to do.

They would never get yelled at and would feel safe. They would all know they are loved.”

How about you?

What do you want to buy that you can’t afford?

Talk to us in the comments and spill your guts!