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WeirdInsect6571

Buy junk food


AndringRasew

Soda, chips, and a day at the pool.


Electro-Onix

Man 15 yo me would have loaded up on chips, slim Jim’s, gummy bears, maybe a few Jack in the Box tacos, and like a gallon of Dr. Pepper.


Sevenalligator7

Jack in the box tacos were a life saver lol I used to kill like 9 of em after a smoke sesh


Intercellar

For real hahah I'd get lots of candy


satooshi-nakamooshi

Candy and apple juice, for a very wild night


jonesbbq-footmassag

I’m 23 and would still use it for junk food


TheRemainingFruitcup

Man id buy some little ceasars or something lol im 23 too probably whatever food i can afford, Especially when i was 15


user_3241

Poptarts, oatmeal creampies, ice cream, oreos, and ferrero rochier chocolate


SkyBlueRoan

Just add it to my hoard


IHateTheLetter-C-

Every birthday and xmas when asked what I wanted, I'd say money, even as a 10 year old. When asked why, I'd say for my savings. "Oh, what are you saving for?" "Umm..I don't know"


SkyBlueRoan

Exactly. You never know until you know . .


No_Ad_1148

I saved up to around 900$ and then i just gave it to my mom one day on her birthday


bibasik7

“Hello, I like money!”


boulomai_mathein

I did the same because for the longest time I never felt like it was really in my control to spend. I still have a hard time treating myself to things today


SkyBlueRoan

Absolutely me too. But if one of my friends wants something I don't even think twice before getting it for them. Buying things for others is how I treat myself I guess :/ otherwise I feel selfish and guilty.


MrHack3rMan

I struggle with this now lol


Hndblls

Me too. I was saving up to get the hell out of Dodge. And I did.


SkyBlueRoan

Good on you; freedom tastes that much better when you bought it yourself.


Kailua3000

CDs


Snackivore

100%. Finally Moby’s Play can be mine.


EveryFkinNameIsTaken

Here we are now, goin' to the East side, I pick up my friends and we start to ride.


Protogentantivirus

Some may come love and some may stay


andreabbbq

Daft Punk - Discovery, for me


thatguygreg

Straight to Tower Records


Monkey_Knife_Fight

God I miss that store. I could spend hours there.


Kailua3000

Lol right? Borders for me.


[deleted]

Tower Records was always so pricey.


PresidentSuperDog

$20 was 5 cds at the pawn shop. My collection was huge.


tetert69

CeeDeez nuts


Kailua3000

Got em!


BubbleBopper

Same! It was just a year before sum41 All Killer No Filler


Kailua3000

Well that brings back memories lol. For me it was Aquemini, Outkast


Crafty_Passenger1979

That was my answer as well, although it would specifically be a CD I bought and subsequently discovered had only one good song on it: the one I heard on the radio that made me buy the CD in the first place.


Kailua3000

Ugh, that was the WORST


what-why-ok

On a fucking band shirt from hot topic


BubbleBopper

I still would!


Grim_Cats

I was so upset back then that hot topic didn’t shipped to Germany lol


Sevenalligator7

Nirvana?


what-why-ok

Nah at 15 it would be some shit like all time low, saosin, or brand new.


mancala33

I'd still buy a brand new shirt


C-Dub178

Better than buying one used.


commoncourtesy

I liked the used when I was 15 too.


grwtsn

Not these days I wouldn’t…


SloppyCowboy

I'll take the Saosin shirt


butterflyfrenchfry

We would’ve been friends. Saosin was my jam back in the day


texanrocketflame

>all time low, saosin, or brand new. those were the days


SicTransitGloria03

Tbh I still listen to TBS and Brand New (see username) but I feel great shame about ATL and We the Kings 🙃


Mathblasta

I had so many Nirvana shirts. For my 30th birthday my friends all independently decided to show up dressed up as me. One of them found my favorite one and wore that. He gave it to me after. Nostalgia hits different.


meh35m

Pacific Sunwear or Zumeez for me!


what-why-ok

Fuck yeah pac sun before it got weird.


meh35m

Right!? They were super cool, then.....


WillTwerkForFood1

Old enough to remember when the sign said Pacific Sunwear... That store was the shit back in the day


DustedThrusters

holy *shit* this is the answer. the tshirts were always 20 bucks. "Hng yes, finally another medium Nine Inch Nails tshirt to add to my collection"


ARoughGo

Magic cards.


Dlorn

Absolutely. That’s a draft right there.


Enjoying_A_Meal

15 year old me would've picked all the rares and built a 5 colored deck with zero synergy.


[deleted]

3rd set of Ravnica block you could have gotten away with it


Infamous_Lunchbox

I was spending all my cash on MtG at 15. That was 1995. Wish I'd kept my cards. 😑


jnovel808

Me too, and Taco Bell. In hindsight, should have spent it all at Taco Bell.


yohomatey

Depending when you got in, you could have had crazy returns. I sold all my cards 15 years ago (and started a new collection 14 years ago) and some of the shit I sold is worth money today. 3rd ed dualies, plenty of reserve list cards... I was an idiot.


Thoraxe123

Good ol cardboard crack


AzoriusJ

That’s four fnm entries or perhaps a good standard staple or two.


ItzNuckinFutz

Cigarettes, a nickel bag and some chicken and fries from the neighborhood joint.


shoegazer44

Are you a senior citizen?


Khaleesi_Gibran

I'm only 30 and 15 years ago I could get a dime bag, a $4 pack of cigs (camel wides or american spirits), and a $6 chicken platter for $20. Though back then I'd probably have gotten a 40 of steel reserve and $4-5 worth of taco truck food instead of the chicken. A 40 was like $1.50, and for $4.50 I could get a giant burrito and a tamale or a couple tacos.


ginjabeard13

Holy shit steel reserve. You knew it was getting close to pay day when we were drinking $0.98 steel reserves. That black can tasted like shit, but it got the job done.


HisNameWasBoner411

Lokos were my ticket. I did the liquor math on all the singles and that 3$ 24 oz can of 14% alcohol was the winner. Absolutely gut wrenching stuff, literally. I shouldnt be alive.


CosmicCirrocumulus

My corner store at college sold the higher % lokos for the same price as the regular ones so every Friday my buddy and I would pick up 2 high % lokos for ourselves and chug the first one then drink the second one at a normal rate. Incredibly effective way to 50/50 throwing up on the spot


ItzNuckinFutz

Not yet but close. Lol! I'm only 55


Mvmvfoxx

Are you me


ItzNuckinFutz

An even better question is, am I me?


NetherCole

I'm 15 atm, so I'd probably just use it to go get wings with the boys.


silencebreaker86

A worthy endeavor


fn574ever

Weed


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fn574ever

Hahah Yup you already know!


SoleEatr

The ol Reginald


Upstanding-Human

Give me a gram, a prime time, and a Arizona tea my 15 year old ass is happy as shit. Shit give me that now I’m happy as hell.


Jazzlike_Log_709

15 year old me would have also saved the Arizona can to smoke out of later lmao


Upstanding-Human

Hahaha oh my god now I’m remembering all the dumb makeshift bongs we did. Such good times


capt-rix

Bro, I need an avocado, a corkscrew and my snorkle. Hurry man, it's almost 4:20!


Pirate_Cook616

Trust me bro ive made bongs out of less!


[deleted]

Carving a bowl into an apple was next level for a little while.


tk10000000

Lol the budgeting was real back then!


dingusunchained

Mexican brick. Kids these days don’t even know that shit existed.


RockOx290

Mids lol. If we ain’t smoke mids together don’t say we go way back


Sevenalligator7

What's the difference now?


weenzmagheenz

For me the difference now is some prime green from the dispensary instead of the shitty skunk weed from Joey’s older sister’s boyfriend that hangs out with teenagers and supplies us with beer and bud.


fn574ever

Nothing really just in bulk now hahah


the_dudess_abides

And a pack of smokes.


stewdisden

I definitely don’t miss the days of scraping change together for a dime bag. Or scraping resin out of my pieces to smoke during the real dark times.


LordHighArtificer

I was gonna be the first to say this, but then I got high.


PMWFairyQueen_303

Same as today.


Shad666

Weed


Jeabers

Came here to say this.


tacopony_789

Back when I was 15 you could get half an ounce


Wolfenberg

There it is


ieatspoonsfordinner

i was looking for this comment


AtelierNictus

Probably go to gamestop and buy a couple pre-owned games. You could do that back then!


Searis0986

I still do this


palindrome247

I’d always buy a used game I wanted to try, or thought I could beat in less than a week. I’d play it for the week, then on the 7th day of the return period, go back and exchange it for the game i wanted to keep. (They would only let you exchange used games once)


contrariancrowman

you still can


onometre

I have a hard time finding a not terrible pre-owned game at GameStop for less than $20, let alone $10 or less


Kinkybenny

Spend 10 and save 10.


CreedBrattonsBizness

Honestly tho I wouldn't have spent a penny. I was no fun at 15 lol


ahilliard0114

I was also no fun at 15 and saved pretty much all of my money lol. I'm thankful for it now though


Rin-Tohsaka-is-hot

Every dollar saved at 15 is $20 at 45. That's assuming you just stuck it in the S&P 500. EDIT: just realized that I didn't account for dividends, so it's likely higher. This was assuming 10% annual returns compounding daily. The S&P 500 had averaged 10.72% from 1991 to 2021 (the easiest to find data for its performance over the past 30 years, even if it's a year off). Accounting for dividends would be way too difficult, much harder than a simple compound interest calculator, since the dividend is constantly changing. Would have to actually backtest it somewhere. So for now I'll just estimate that $1 would turn into $20-25 over the last 30 years. EDIT: removed extra zero from the dollar amounts due to bad math


awakami

That’s what current me would tell 15 y/o me. Still wouldn’t have listened 🙈


Particular-Object-22

Arcade


Suspicious_Gap3372

I liked to play house of the dead tho


Generic_name2-0

House of the dead was really nice


zaphodava

Breaking all the records on the local Track and Field machine. Trying to beat Tonfun on Yie Ar Kung Fu. Finding secret cows in 1942. So many quarters.


just_taste_it

And weed.


WakaWaka_

Handing that to the guy with the apron for a huge handful of quarters would be satisfying beyond belief.


BoxedLeftovers

Candy and candy.


Sevenalligator7

What candy?


BoxedLeftovers

Something like Reeses pieces, M n' M's. I was and am a sucker for tiny snack candies.


Sigmarsson137

A book


BroodyBatman

*Which* book?


Sigmarsson137

Probably a fantasy epic. I think I read a Song of Ice and Fire around that time


Actualy-A-Toothbrush

Rosario+Vampire. Actually happened.


TiredSkylar

well i'm 15, maybe a cheap video game or if i can't get that, then i'll get some chocolate chip cookies, or maybe i might buy my mom something


AmexNomad

Awww. You’re such a nice person.


Sacred_soul

Get some bomb ass food


Sevenalligator7

What food are we talking?


Sacred_soul

Poutine, pizza


MaraShadyG

Pretty much nothing as I’d be afraid to spend it and then my mom would ask me to borrow it to her and never pay me back


Chrononi

Story of my life


GurglingWaffle

My girlfriend.


Mooreeloo

Wait, you can buy a girlfriend with 20 bucks?


prettybutterfli

For a hour, perhaps


Generic_name2-0

Wholesome


Sid15666

Bag of pot


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comicalcameindune

This was me. People will always applaud you for being so financially responsible so young, and it worked well for me to build good habits to live beneath my means. BUT… I also regret missing out on things because I was so afraid to spend what I had to enjoy the moment. Make sure to build habits of rewarding yourself and enjoying life where you are at too! Though maybe you’re not as intense about it as I was.


thisisnotdan

I was just lamenting today that I had the chance to go skydiving with some friends in college, but I stayed home because it was a couple hundred dollars, which was a lot for me back then. In hindsight, it was a cool opportunity that I missed out on. I could have easily made it work.


comicalcameindune

I also have this exact regret. Edit: wanna go skydiving?


ZeeBeast

This is something that's really hard to grasp in the moment. Especially when you consider how $300 in college is a vastly different amount of money than after graduation and you work full time. I remember being extra frugal on trips that it would've been nice to buy a few more keepsakes on, but I still appreciate being money conscious.


Sevenalligator7

r/responsible


fleshsnort18

Dude set a goal of having 10-15k in ur savings when u turn 18 your at the time of your life when it’s easiest to save it’ll help you immensely in the long run


couragousMonkey

That's geat and all, but I'm puzzled by how a 17 year-old is supposed to amass 10k in savings. I mean, I guess a lot teenagers have jobs in the US, but that's still a lot of work, especially for the minimum wage jobs that they're most likely to get. And if it's coming from family, they're probably gonna get a little help as an adult too.


basedlandchad14

You mean smart.


skelo

Nah, I saved my money and ended up with like $1000 in high school. Got a summer job and immediately made more than that in a couple weeks. Better to have enjoyed the money as a kid.


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Grocery money for the family. Could get enough food to feed my family dinner every night for about a week on $20 back in those days.


pseudoarmadillo

Cigarettes and booze


ChandlerBingChilling

Take it to the bureau de change in exchange for about £15


ostronita

drugs probably


evilmonkey9361

Yugioh cards but I only looked at them, never played 😅


XboxVictim

I used to play with my youngest brother cause he was super into it. I’d let him create his deck first outta whatever he wanted and then just proceed to absolutely stomp him no matter what deck I picked secondhand 😂


HELLOhappyshop

Haha we did that with Pokemon cards. Just looked at them.


BloxedYT

I wasn't 15 too long ago, so I'd do what I do now. Just keep it. Save it up for something like a video game.


DiligerentJewl

An LP record.


hamburglar_7

Slam that shit into my savings account


Sevenalligator7

What was your 15 year olds saving account.


TheScarfScarfington

I think it was 2053-4329-74 but it’s been a while.


Vivian_Lu98

I used to do the same. My want has always been to have a horse… I still don’t have my horse. I am 23 now🥲 still saving *sigh*


hamburglar_7

Ey you'll get there eventually


Outrageous_Present11

Would have asked my dad to drive my ass to Wherehouse Music to buy a CD


Left-Werewolf4669

Yes or Sam Goodys.


teeyodi

Tower Records.


dudeitsmeee

Oh shit you brought me back with that store


Modernorthodoxy

Tower records for me.


gemurrayx

In the eighties? Comic books, probably.


sj79

Comics and baseball cards for me.


sheddingcat

I’d take it to hot topic and leave disappointed when I couldn’t afford anything


soulmeetsmeatsack

Taco Bell. Same as 27 year old me.


Sevenalligator7

Both me's would kill for a crunch wrap!


couchmaster518

A dirty magazine from the corner store (but not the one near my house)


theassassintherapist

Legos, back when you can actually buy a decent set for $20.


Neuro_Nightmare

My older brother was super into Legos when we were kids (the 90’s), and I basically filled my time with watching whatever he was doing because I thought he was the coolest. He got my son into Legos a couple years ago by buying them as presents. He’s 6 now, and that’s what he asked for for Christmas this year. I have always seen comments about the price of Legos but hadn’t looked much into it until I was Christmas shopping, and HOLY SHIT. I thought my budget was pretty reasonable to be able to fill in some holes in his collection, and I was very, very, wrong.


TheDandyWarhol

Definitely a CD.


curvebombr

A dime bag, few dutchmasters and a glacier freeze Gatorade.


rusty___shacklef0rd

$10 on cigs, $10 on some weed


Kool_Kid16

Legos


Empkat

I'd have been able to afford this month's movie selection from Columbia House


Slutwife9

Dirt bike gas. I was a hoodlum


Section709

1984 me would have headed to the record store and purchased two LP’s for 8.98 each.


teeyodi

Which two? I probably bought something like Led Zeppelin II or The Police Synchronicity when I was 15 that year.


tag12swag

Jones Soda, ketchup chips, and maybe a hotdog from the 7-11, the rest sits in the wallet for the next day where I do the same thing over again


Vertical_shelf

Put it in an interest bank with all the other money I’ve collected (I’m 15 and very uninteresting).


pretendvacation570

Blockbuster rental and a soda pop


Kater950

World of Warcraft


Straight_Medium2988

Probably an 1/8 of weed sadly enough lol.


ItsMEEEEandrew

I AM FIFTEEN :) I would save it


Evanthedude1

Youre way more responsible at 15 then I was, keep it up bro!


UsedtabeaRocket

I wouldn’t of spent it, I’d of saved it until I ‘needed it’


Banana-blues

Probably on my friends so they would keep me around


Sevenalligator7

r/trauma


Banana-blues

Sounds about right, I’d still today tho cuz 15 y/o me was 2 years ago


TaintChief

Doesn’t sound like they’re worth being friends with


Banana-blues

They don’t make me it’s mostly due to anxiety and intrusive thoughts about how much they hate me


KBDog22

Dumb shit like energy drinks I’m sure


julvin9mM

Chicken wings


forponderings

Trashy romance novels lol. And then probably spend the change for ice cream and fries at the McDonald’s under the bookstore


altimuh

Everything bagel with butter, espresso soda, and a comic book.


Need_Some_Updog

Maybe some booster packs of Pokémon cards


cratertooth27

Fill my gas tank probably


tkingsbu

I’d be rushing over to moondance records (best record shop in my hometown) and buying some pink Floyd albums… 15 was when I started getting into them, and first saw them in concert (momentary lapse of reason tour)