In 1999, I bought my mom a Black & Decker bread machine. Apart from needing a new baking pan about 3 years later it continues to work perfectly well. When she passed away, I took possession of the machine, and I continue to enjoy a few different kinds of bread all the time. The flavor and aroma of home-baked bread is something that spoils you right away. You'll never go back to that plastic, store-bought bread...there's no contest.
I have heard that from other people who have bread makers, timorous. My mother also had one and my younger brother took it. I'm wondering if he EVER used it. I love the smell of fresh baked bread and love to eat it warm from the oven with melted butter oozing over it.
I think the best purchase has to be my Chevy Cavalier. I was going to say my computer, but, without the car to go to the store to pick it up, I wouldn't have been able to buy it. I love my car, and I love going places. I live in the country now, so I basically can't do anything without it.
The reason I say my car, is because a lot of people tried to talk me out of buying it. That was when I lived in the city, when I could take a bus or a cab just about anywhere. But, there is pretty much nothing where I live now. the nearest grocery store is 23 miles away. Without a car I would be pretty much screwed. Been there before, never want to be there again.
Oh yeah! and a chevy cavalier will do the trick, no doubt! My daughter had one that lasted forever. Then, she gave it to her mother in law and it still ran for years. I've got a little black Pontiac Sunfire that is about the same size and it has lots of miles and is still going strong, (despite the paint peeling). A great asset to have for sure.
I have a pair of bright yellow loppers that I use for pruning my roses and trees, and it has not needed sharpening in 12 years. I also use those loppers for doing volunteer work at the local historic rose garden. Actually, my ex-husband bought them for me, and in a couple of more years, those loppers will last longer than my first marriage. LOL! My ex didn't do much of anything, so I got to keep the loppers long before the divorce was finalized.
I have Fibromyalgia and do a lot of self care to minimize symptoms. The best thing I've ever bought, hands down is a Knobble. It's a small, handheld plastic piece that you can use to do your own muscle massage. I can put it in my palm and hit all of the major pain points and referred pain. If I do it about every day, I can keep the muscle work to a minimum to maintain some level of comfort. If I have a particularly bad day, the Knobble fits so well in my palm and requires so little pressure to work knotted muscles that I can use it for quite a while without fatigue. It works much better than any prescription for pain that I've ever had. Because of using it - well, and diet change, and pacing, and blah, blah Fibromyalgia routines, blah - I've been free of opiate pain medication for over a year. This little knobble only costs about $7. What a find! What's really funny is that it looks like a plastic doorknob that was never finished.