Originally Posted by dah328
Interesting topic for a thread. Here are some things that were moderate expenditures from which I got a lot of use in my 20s:
- Custom shirts in conservative business styles (light blue, white, subdued stripes and checks)
- Quality dress shoes
- Good headphones, especially for business travel and work in noisy offices
- An old BMW 3-series. It cost little to buy, little to maintain, and was a fun and distinctive car to drive up until I sold it, and not without subsequent regrets.
- A Valentine1 radar detector for the above. YMMV, of course.
- Luggage and laptop bags, especially if you travel a lot. It's way better to get some good stuff early on then drag that cheap rollerboard with the busted handle on every flight you take in your 20s.
- A decent queen-size mattress.
- A 401k/IRA opened at the earliest possible time and contributed to every year.
- SkinnyGoomba's suggestions of quality clothing care implements are good. A Kent clothing brush is one of the best purchases I made. You don't want to get quality clothes and shoes and then get less wear from them than you could because you skimped on a $4 tin of shoe polish.
- kaiserkarl's suggestion of a Bialetti if you drink coffee is excellent.
Some things from which I would have received good use had I known to purchase them:
- Quality suits in staple colors such as navy and gray. All my stuff then was crap.
- Sheets and linens in neutral colors. An eventual SO will impact your choices of such interior design elements, but if you have them in neutral colors, they should still work.
Some things that I did buy that were wastes:
- Custom shirts in non-conservative business styles. Those ended up in the back of my closet.
- Books that I will read only once. I try to buy only books that I will read multiple times. Libraries are for one-read books.
Some things that may or may not be good ideas:
- Furniture. Both your evolving tastes and an eventual SO will influence your future decor choices, so you may not want to invest in expensive pieces early on.
- A nice wallet. I had one but I decided I prefer a money clip so now it sits in a desk drawer.
- Nice wine glasses. Between drunk friends and moving every 18 months, they will get broken.
- Lots of bespoke. Even if you can afford it, your tastes and your body shape are likely to change. Pace yourself so you don't end up with a closet full of expensive stuff that you loved at 23 and hated at 28.
Furniture. Get cheap shit from ikea until you're really settled. i didn't and I regret it.
I still love all the stuff I bought, but +1 on the body shape, unless you're willing to work to maintain what you were. I discovered SF early though so I didn't make the horrendous mistakes a lot of young people make, with the exception of some Armani shit very early on.