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When I was in college, I had a scholarship that let me buy any books I wanted. I would walk into the bookstore, see literally any book I wanted, and buy it. There was a credit with the store so I wouldn’t even take out my credit card. So I had books about psychology, decision-making, cons, deception, seduction, risk, and all kinds of other weird stuff piled up in my dorm room.

It’s funny — those books in total probably only cost a few thousand dollars, but I truly felt rich knowing I could buy any book I wanted without having to think about it. And until this day, one of the greatest feelings I have is not having to worry when I buy something small: “Should I take a taxi? Can I afford an appetizer? Medium or large drink?” I can just get what I want…guilt-free.

It’s less about the freedom than the constant worrying of “Can I afford this?”

Today, I want to share that feeling with you.

This month, I want to give one of you a taste of that freedom as part of my “Rich Life Giveaway.” In the past, I’ve given away free roundtrip airfares, luxury hotel stays around the world, even paid someone’s rent for a month.

Today, I’m giving one lucky person a $1,001 shopping spree at Amazon.com. All I ask is that, if you win, you write me a note telling me what you used the money for.

It takes 5 seconds to enter right below. And to be totally transparent, I hope you share this with your friends so we can grow the audience of IWT and teach more people about living rich lives.

Click here:
http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/rich-life

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Vincent Nguyen
3 years 3 months ago

Awesome, Ramit. Thanks for the generous contests!

Dominic
Dominic
3 years 3 months ago

Just entered the contest so that I can buy as many books as I want along with a tablet to read the books 😉

Diane
Diane
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Italy with my children and grandchildren.

Camilla
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a scooter for my Siberian Husky so he can learn how to sled. The closest he has to snow here on Australia’s Gold Coast is sand dunes, but that’s not going to stop us. And…some vintage champagne for myself. yoink!

Prasanna
Prasanna
3 years 3 months ago

Computer Parts ( HTPC casing + Motherboard) which is not availabe in this country yet-$400; Rare + Top Notch books in Computer Networking Certification -$300-400;Rest of the money- Learning & Dev + Management books for my wife.

Audrey
Audrey
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy my dad a Mac mini and then use the rest to help pay for a short vacation for my family to one of the gorgeous beaches here in the Philippines 🙂

Vanson Tan
3 years 3 months ago

Since I’m not from US, I will just use the money to buy ebooks for kindle. $1001 will probably get me $1,000,000 in near future. I thank you for making me a millionaire first.

And of course, I’ll purchase 5 copies of your ebook “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”, and give them away as well.

Susan
Susan
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for this generous giveaway. I would probably buy a few kindle books and mp3s. I might even upgrade my kindle from a basic model to a kindle fire.

Gisele
Gisele
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit, thanks for the awesome giveaway! Since I’m not in US, I would buy mostly ebooks and a kindle. I also would give some books to some friends that lives in US and Canada.

Aya
Aya
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit, thanks for the opportunity! I’d like to say I’d buy an ipad or something like that. But the honest answer is I would probably buy $1001 worth of diapers for my babies. Yes, I am so serious.

Gautam
Gautam
3 years 3 months ago
Thanka for the doing this Ramit! I am starting medical school this coming semester and I have that awkward Indian shyness that I have had since middle school. I tend to avoid small talk and have a hard time seeming engaged in conversation. You could think of me as classically book smart, but not so much street smart. I would use the $1001 to pay for a class or books on how to get over my shyness. There is an improv class in my area in Fort Worth that is kind of pricey and so I have been avoiding taking… Read more »
Nitish
Nitish
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Gautam,

This might be none of my business, but I think there might be someone who can help you in the situation that you’ve mentioned.
http://www.sandeepmaheshwari.com/

Diane
Diane
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy my husband the Olympus OM-D E-M5 1 camera that he’s had his eye on for over a year. Since we’ve gotten serious about paying down our debt, we haven’t been buying anything extravagant. He works hard & makes good money, but since the house/mortgage is underwater, we’re working on paying everything else off asap so we can start going paying down the house.

Rod Thorell
Rod Thorell
3 years 3 months ago

I would get an espresso maker for the house. Miss having a morning latte.

Jennifer Mc
Jennifer Mc
3 years 3 months ago

I already have a “wish list” of books on Amazon so I would love to win! (That scholarship was awesome btw)

Nir Chezrony
Nir Chezrony
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy some of the O’Reilly books for iOS programming that I’ve been putting off, to up my game as a freelance developer. 2 larger monitors to increase my screen real estate. A sound bar, as a small reward for spending the rest of the money on freelance stuff.

Dennis
Dennis
3 years 3 months ago

I would spend the money on (E)books about iOS/Android development, so I can start developing apps for children..
Thanks alot in advance for this great opportunity.

Ariana
3 years 3 months ago

Wow – that’s an amazing idea! I have a wishlist from Amazon with thousands of books on it and I have often dreamed of all of the wonderful books I would buy if there was no need to think about the money 🙂 You will get a detailed list if I win, I promise!

Amy
Amy
3 years 3 months ago

$1001 as a downpayment to replace my 13 year old car.

Lura
Lura
3 years 3 months ago

I would enjoy the freedom to fulfill my massive wish list of books.

Aniss
Aniss
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy your book again and then some other books that I have in my wish list.

Claudia telles
Claudia telles
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy my school books for the fall and spring semester, a kindle, and books for pleasure reading (Ex. psychology books, entrepreneurship, success stories, etc…)

JB
JB
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy things for my little daughter, some basic household items and then maybe one splurge item.

Kristin Smith
3 years 3 months ago

If I could go anywhere, I would fly to Marrakesh with my husband and three sons. I have heard that the food is fabulous, the people are friendly, the architecture is amazing and it is a very family-friendly place to visit.

Laura Fortenberry
Laura Fortenberry
3 years 3 months ago

Thank you. This would go a long way towards Christmas and Birthdays.

Gina asayas
Gina asayas
3 years 3 months ago

My daughter currently attends college. Textbooks are pretty steep and she usually buys them thru amazon.com for the used ones. We use this site often not only for books but even car parts:) it’ll definitely be great if we can get extra $$. Thank you

Raine
Raine
3 years 3 months ago

I will buy all the 30 organizing committee members of my volunteer group a book each. All my members confided in me how they want to grow before. So I will choose the book based on what I think will benefit them most.

Bonnie
3 years 3 months ago

As a self-taught-second-career photographer I’ve depended on books for self-education. I’ve had to cut back on books lately, so it would be great to go nuts and buy all the books on my “wishlist”!!!

Ali
Ali
3 years 3 months ago

Bonnie I trust you’ve discovered http://www.creativelive.com – the BEST and free workshops on all aspects on the photography business all online…this is the way I’m learning my new craft

Josué
Josué
3 years 3 months ago

With a third of it, I would buy bike accessories (I am training for 100 mile bike ride this fall). The second third I would let my wife choose to spend however and whatever she wants. The last third would be baby supplies and toys for our newborn.

Bill
Bill
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit, I would spend the money on books for my sons upcoming Freshman year at college. As you are well aware Freshman year of college is one of the most trying times in a young person’s life and alleviating some of that stress would be so beneficial to him. Thank you for the opportunity. Make excellence, it’s a habit. – Bill

Cortney Harris
Cortney Harris
3 years 3 months ago

My husband is currently serving in the US military and we are currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan ( a tiny island about 400 miles south of mainland japan)…Amazon is one of the few places that doesn’t take forever to ship out here, and our shopping options are very few here. I would buy self-improvement and relationship books to help enrich our marriage, and to help improve the business side of my photography business.

Jay
Jay
3 years 3 months ago

Grand canyon with wife and kids.

Isaiah Jackson
3 years 3 months ago

I would use it to buy some books from Dan Kennedy. I would also use like $200-$300 of it to buy a replacement iPhone 4S since my girlfriend is having problems with hers. Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I will get my mom something for Mother’s Day. I’m sure I will have money left over about $500 – $600 so I will be saving that or just add on to it until it reaches $1,002 🙂

Melanie Egerton
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit,

Thanks so much for the generous competition!

I will be buying lots of new books should I be fortunate enough to win, some women can never have enough hand bags or shoes, as for me, I can never have enough books!

I’ve shared the link on FB, if any of my friends win it will be hand bags and shoes all the way!

Mel

Mel Egerton
3 years 3 months ago

Hi again Ramit,

Was just wondering when the winner would be announced.

Mel

Chris Horner
3 years 3 months ago

Easy. My wife and I would go to NYC.

Mehwish Rubab
Mehwish Rubab
3 years 3 months ago

I will save it as I would like to buy my self a watch or I will travel to Moscow 🙂

Bryan
Bryan
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a much needed computer. Would also like to get a tablet.

Anthony Rosas
Anthony Rosas
3 years 3 months ago
Hands down, I’d be on a plane headed non-stop back to Sinhapore. I had the great privilege of going to this magical city state about 10 years ago when I was barely able to purchase a beer! I would bring my best friend who I went with nearly 10 years ago. We’d order a Sling at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, smoke a Cuban at the New Asia Bar–82 floors up at the Swisshotel, lounge on the beaches of Sentosa Island and pick up a few crisp dress shirts at Takashimaya on world famous Orchard Road. Certainly a… Read more »
Kristin
Kristin
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Thailand so that I can experience their wonderful culture and beaches. I’d bring the Kindle I bought on amazon.com filled with lots of books so that I can read on the beach.

JP
JP
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy camera equipment to film some of the new helpful messages that we are doing on mastering anger and other themes at our new mission-church in Baton Rouge, The Bridge Church. (www.bridgechurchbr.com)

Kim Cassidy
Kim Cassidy
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Egypt and participate in the Randa Kamal Raqs Of Course belly dance intensive. The true name for belly dance is Raqs Sharqi meaning oriental dance.

Diana
Diana
3 years 3 months ago

This is great! I would use this to hire an assistant to help me get my business going. And, yes, maybe a couple of books and a massage would be nice! Thanks, Ramit

Brandon
Brandon
3 years 3 months ago

I’d purchase the large smart tv and blue ray player i’ve been eyeing.

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks so much for the chance to win. I broke my 7 year old laptop and really want another one to replace it.

Kim Rily
Kim Rily
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit, thanks for being so generous. Your previous page still says you’re giving away a trip at the bottom just above the link. If this contest is for $1,001 on Amazon, I would get my kids NEW school clothes, not hand me downs. I’d get some new clothes and new shoes for me. I’d buy gift cards so we could go out to dinner and movies. And I’d get a new Photoshop Program or Final Cut Pro so I could practice and get a new job!

c.c.
c.c.
3 years 3 months ago

a new business wardrobe!! i’ve been working from home for years, finally starting to get out and network and boy are all my clothes shabby and worn out, it is embarrassing. i put together an ideal business wardrobe, it would cost about $600 for a set of classic pieces (neutral oxford shirts, business pants, a coat that fits, office appropriate shoes, blazers that dont make me look like a teenager). the rest would get tucked away for wardrobe updates as needed, or go towards my app development business.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 3 months ago

I looooove books. This is the contest for me! I’d buy books and books and books. Psychology, sociology, music, lots of fiction, non-fiction and biographies! I thirst for knowledge.

Sweta
Sweta
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a few books, some household items like toilet paper, etc. and an Amazon Prime membership so I could stream video online and cancel Dish Network saving me ~$80/mo.

Sowm
3 years 3 months ago

Done! Now show me the money$$

Reka
Reka
3 years 3 months ago

Mmmm. Let’s start dreaming.

First of all I would buy a Kindle Fire HD 7, then I would buy all the books listed on my wish-list, then I would buy a Canon digital camera to be able to make “yummy” pictures for my food-blog, then I would test my business idea (Is offering a consultancy mainly about how to construct a personal career story a viable business idea?) and I will offer a Kindle, a gift for e most augmentative answer.

Thanks in advance, Ramit! 🙂

Emily
Emily
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ramit, you are a continuous inspiration. Are your courses available for purchase on Amazon?!

Roop
Roop
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit 🙂 I’d probably buy a lens for my camera because I absolutely love photography and an iPad for my dad for Father’s day because he definitely deserves it, especially after this stressful year.

Cholle
3 years 3 months ago
Ramit, if I had the extra $1001 I would pay for Earn 1K! That is the #1 thing on my wishlist, but sadly, not on Amazon. I’m not entering the contest but if I was going to drop $1001 on Amazon, some of my guilt free purchases would be: a vintage cocktail mixer set for a really sweet mixologist friend who always brings me amazing wine and cigars when I host dinner parties, a classy and high quality make up set for my bestie who wants to learn to be “more feminie”, a really cool mecha godzilla and bull trex… Read more »
Elizabeth Knight
Elizabeth Knight
3 years 3 months ago

Books, glorious books!!! I’d add some nice additions of my favorites, get a couple for my husband, and maybe a cookbook:)

Jesus
Jesus
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to easter island with my gf!

Bridget
Bridget
3 years 3 months ago
Thanks for yet another sweepstakes – you are inspiring! For a total splurge I would buy my boyfriend the entire last couple seasons of Law & Order, a travel vest, some books and/or ebooks, and some food that I can’t seem to find in local stores – like korma sauce so that I can make chicken korma for dinner without having to figure out how to do it from scratch. 🙂 Oh, and maybe a pillow-top mattress cover for our uncomfortable bed and an anti-snoring pillow (we’ll see if it works) so that my boyfriend can sleep at night. (Or… Read more »
Patricia
Patricia
3 years 3 months ago

This is so awesome! I’d definitely buy books (physical and electronic!) and a kindle. I’d probably buy a couple of board games as well. Ohmygosh, the possibilities seem endless right now. xD

Chris Lindsay
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a sous-vide machine & spend the rest on a first anniversary gift for my wifey.

Roop
Roop
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit 🙂 I’d probably buy a lens for my camera because I absolutely love photography and an iPad for my dad for Father’s day because he definitely deserves it, especially after this stressful year.

I would take my dad and sister and fly to different cities in India so we could explore places that we’ve never been to, together as a family.

megan
megan
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy something awesome for my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. I had planned on throwing them a sick anniversary party but ended up moving across the country from them 6 months ago and can’t afford to fly back for the anniversary. It’s in… oh yikes. 10 days. I better get on planning something out ASAP 🙂

Alexander
Alexander
3 years 3 months ago

I would spend the money on books to learn long term skills, i would spend the money on a course of yours if it were on Amazon. What’s left would go to fund my hobbies!

Glen Eigo
Glen Eigo
3 years 3 months ago

Since I don’t think you can buy plane tickets on Amazon.com, I would buy a new iPad and some accessories to allow me to start using it for building a personal side business.

Joseph
Joseph
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the contest. I will use the cash for a better computer for school! Hope I win!

Marlo
Marlo
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to Italy with my wife, my mom and mother in law.

Warda Ali
Warda Ali
3 years 3 months ago

Put it towards my bar exam costs this summer 🙂

Noemi
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for your generous offer, Ramit. I’m not from the U.S. but here is how I’ll spend the $1,001.

I would spend the money on the following:

1) A Mac mini (to bring my freelancing career to a higher level)
2) Homeschooling materials like Singapore Math Manipulatives for my kids
3) A 80GB Apple iPod (where I can download Marketing info from Jim Rohn, and others, so I can continue learning while doing some Mommy duties)

joon
joon
3 years 3 months ago

As a programmer I’d buy a AWC Amazon web server cluster to host my web service. I know my application will be making the passive income during my sleep and give me the financial freedom I dreamed of.

Kim
Kim
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the $200 study guide for the first actuary exam… I’m a math teacher right now and am looking to change careers!

Phung
Phung
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a new stainless steel refrigerator; my wife has been pining for a new fridge for a year now and we’ve been saving. This $1,000 would put us over the top.

Rosie
Rosie
3 years 3 months ago

I would just buy a ton of books on every subject!

Joseph Gonzalez
Joseph Gonzalez
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a tablet, new umpiring gear for little league, and a birthday present for my sister.

Olga
Olga
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy some books off my wish list. I would also visit wish-lists of my friends and buy something for them. I have not been able to buy good presents in a while:).

Jamie
Jamie
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks! I would buy a mountain bike and head up to Aspen and Breckenridge this summer.

Jenna
Jenna
3 years 3 months ago

My sister is pregnant with twins, so I would start by buying baby clothes!
I’m also a teacher, and most of my money goes to my classroom, so I would probably buy some furniture for the class (we need bookcases!) and then splurge on an outfit for me! 🙂

Mary
Mary
3 years 3 months ago

I would purchase all the things my son needs to attend college this fall.

Ryan Kulp
3 years 3 months ago

Might sound cliche, but I’m a big book nerd too. My Amazon wish list is usually filled with pieces on entrepreneurship and, most recently, autobiographies. I would use the gift to further expand my library and perhaps buy some of those hard-to-find, sugar-free coffee syrups. 🙂

Cheers,
Ryan

Abby
Abby
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use it to start the gardening and events business that my mom, grandma and I have always dreamed of owning together. I’m ready to start doing what I love and getting paid to do it.

Thanks Ramit.

Will w
Will w
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the money to help fly my father and I to germany. He has stage 4 lung cancer and has always wanted to visit the village in germany where his grandfather was born, Leipzig.

Andrew
Andrew
3 years 3 months ago

Thank you for this opportunity. If I win I would purchase books and vinyl I sort out on my Amazon Wish-list, and maybe a DSLR or tools for my car and house.

Sue T.
Sue T.
3 years 3 months ago

I’d love to be able to shell out for two or three REALLY NICE business/dress outfits and a pair of running shoes.

I lost 30 pounds within the last 18 months, which is awesome, but I look ridiculous in 90% of my old clothing now and most of it wasn’t that great to begin with.

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 3 months ago

Since the first thing I think of Amazon.com for is books, I’d get Harville Hendrix’s “Keeping the Love You Have”, then browse Amazon.com for other categories. I’d probably get some ballet flats (shoes) and makeup, since I am one of those who *does* worry about where the next $1 is coming from. Then I’d either get my husband some DJ equipment or let him browse and pick whatever he would like.

Deborah Dera
Deborah Dera
3 years 3 months ago

If I win, my goal will be to spread that $1,001 as far as humanly possible. Wait and SEE what I can do with it!

Jason Galvao
Jason Galvao
3 years 3 months ago

I’d love to be able to upgrade my computer as well as get some much needed audio equipment so me and my girlfriend can have a higher quality production musically, and for our podcast/journalistic pursuits. A specific purchase would be a podcast recorder such as
http://www.amazon.com/Samson-C03U-Recording-Podcasting-Pak/dp/B000H4HS72

or this:
http://www.amazon.com/Zoom-H4n-4-Channel-Headphones-Batteries/dp/B0026HZ66I/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1366651008&sr=1-2&keywords=Zoom+H4n

Vince
Vince
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a 55″ TV! We have some Best Buy gift cards and have been trying to decide whether to get a larger TV or get my wife a new laptop. If I won this I could get the TV from amazon and then we could use the gift cards to get my wife her new laptop. Win-win!

Yee
Yee
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy some kitchen gadgets and cookbooks I’ve been eying for a long time. Also, I would buy many books, including the expensive LSAT prep books I can’t afford now.

Ko-Shin
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit,
Thank you for your generous contest. With $1,001 I will buy #1 things to improve my health – a water filter, #2-something to improve my free videos: softbox studio lighting #3 – some books to learn and grow about things I dont know yet and #4-a present for someone really special!

Jared
Jared
3 years 3 months ago

I’d take my wife out for a nice weekend getaway.

Hona
Hona
3 years 3 months ago

Great contest! I would definitely use the shopping spree to buy books. But, since Amazon sells more things besides books, I might use part of the money to buy a juicer!

Minden
Minden
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit,
I would buy some dansko clogs, a pair of boots, some books from my wishlist. Then I would let my son and hubby buy something for themselves. ; )

Leshawn Janer
Leshawn Janer
3 years 3 months ago

I have an extra long list of things bookmarked to buy on Amazon, but I will spend it on my parents.

James H.
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy everything I would need to enjoy a long, educational sabbatical in Japan. That is to say, add it to the dedicated savings account I set up after reading IWTYTBR.

Teri [a foodie stays fit]
3 years 3 months ago

I’d spend it on new bedding, coffee table, and decorations to make my house feel more like a home. And a nice brand of mascara 🙂

Richard
Richard
3 years 3 months ago

A new digital camera to capture memories and a couple of books too

brooke
brooke
3 years 3 months ago

i would fly to the galapagos with my friends for a week to commune with nature.

if i won the amazon card, i would buy food, because this month i have to decide whether to pay my rent, or to eat. rent wins.

S
S
3 years 3 months ago

I’m still pretty junior in my career, so I would buy an iPad or other tablet to take with me when I travel for work, plus some books to load onto it. I’d also buy a heart rate monitor watch and maybe some other fitness equipment to help me reach my fitness goals. Thanks for yet another awesome giveaway!

Marcelo
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy only books, of course your book would be included…

Dan Heron
Dan Heron
3 years 3 months ago

We just got our second corgi with the hopes for them to breed and spread the short-legged cheer around Milwaukee. I’d want to get them a few more toys, better baby gates, a few books on the proper care that they’ll need during this process, and some sort of nicer cages for the back yard. This would definitely help!

Keenan
Keenan
3 years 3 months ago

I am studying mechanical engineering and I am very interested in this field. To respect authors that put in years of research effort, I am against book piracy. However, books from my country are quite costly compared to other countries and I am not from a very well-to-do family background. I will use this prize to get the books I’d always wanted to.

Jim
Jim
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use it to buy [more] supplies to keep my life organized (shelving, tubs), and pick up some books and other materials that address my hobbies (learning new languages, embedded systems design/development)

Sara
Sara
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books! Child development books, books for my baby girl, fiction for fun reading, and books to for my husband and I develop in our careers. It would be wonderful if any time I can’t find a book at the library if I could just order it online.

Stacey
Stacey
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use it towards a family trip to Europe — I’m the only one that has been (out of my parents, husband, and brother), and I want to share the experience!

Mars
Mars
3 years 3 months ago

Great giveaway! I’d probably buy some much needed computer equipment and a few nerdy books/dvds/records.

Emily
Emily
3 years 3 months ago

The new kindle! And some books to read on it.

Bryan
Bryan
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve got an amazon wish list – mostly of books, but also including some electronics gear – that slowly crawls to the top of the budget-priority list. I’d use this to drink down that list freely 🙂

Jamie
Jamie
3 years 3 months ago

I’d probably do something boring like pay 4 months of car payments. Or, I’d throw it in my savings account and dip in to it whenever I need to buy gas.

Jamie
Jamie
3 years 3 months ago

Or maybe I’ll buy a book from Amazon.com that teaches me how to read things like “shopping spree at Amazon.com” instead of assuming it’s cash!

troy oakley
troy oakley
3 years 3 months ago

I’d go to Texas and bring my best friend

brian
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve got several wishlists of personal finance, physical training, and other books to buy!

Kandice
Kandice
3 years 3 months ago

I would take a mini vacation and a few classes.

David-Emmanuel Cohen
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit, and thanks again for motivating us!!
I’d use the money to fly to a city I haven’t photographed and buy a new piece of equipement. I’d bring one of my mentor (image and art theory) to make the trip more stimulating (as a photographer).

Mike
Mike
3 years 3 months ago

I’d spend it on something that will generate a memory. Properly fitting baseball equipment for my local little league.

Melissa
Melissa
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit! Thanks for the giveaway. I would spend your Amazon shopping spree on the balance of my schoolbooks, a push-lawnmower (don’t have one but need one), as well as holiday gifts for family. If I have money left over, I’d hang onto it for a while, since I expect to be between jobs soon, and money “stuck” in an Amazon account could justifiably be considered a reserve “entertainment” budget.

Greg
Greg
3 years 3 months ago

I’d share it with my wife. We’d get some books for sure. And I’d like to get a newer camera (our’s is pretty old). Thanks for the kind and generous offer!

Jess
Jess
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use a good portion of this to purchase a much needed new computer. Then I would probably use the remainder on a new pair of jeans and purchase some items for organizations who are doing good in the world. 🙂

Chikako
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a camera lens to take better food pictures for my food blog to inspire people and use the rest to buy cookbooks and self-help books.

Christine Wedge
Christine Wedge
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy some photography equipment… a really great lens, a flash.

chris a
chris a
3 years 3 months ago

I’d probably get some basic Kitchen stuff and quit using the goodwill crap cookware that has been unevenly cooking my meat and eggs since college. Maybe a few kindle books that my library doesn’t have. A new seat for my bike so I can save my goonther, and a set of panniers. With the rest, I’d save for later or buy grocery gift cards.

Candice
3 years 3 months ago

Lots of fiction along with books on personal finance, health, nutrition, and parenting.

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy some updates to my apartment, a Roku, and everything saved for later in my Amazon cart (now about 15 items long) that I always say I’ll buy when I have more money!

Jane
Jane
3 years 3 months ago

I would put it some of it towards my partner’s 30th birthday gift! Probably a trip to Budapest. The rest I’d put away in savings.

Dorie
Dorie
3 years 3 months ago

Books. Lots and lots of books. And probably a new toddler toy for my son and something for my husband. But really, the bulk of it would go to lots of books for me.

Humph L
Humph L
3 years 3 months ago

Hi R,
I’d buy an ipad mini and some e-books on business/entrepreneur stuff. I’d also buy some running shoes.

Meghan
Meghan
3 years 3 months ago

It’s funny that you sent this email today, because I abandoned my shopping cart at OneKingsLane an hour ago. I thought my husband would kill me for spending $60 on four pillowcases, even though they are organic, super high quality fabric and we deserve to rest our heads on something that awesome every night! So with this $1001 shopping spree, I’d buy my husband and I and my son all sets of the most luxorious, highest quality bedding I could find.

Gregg
Gregg
3 years 3 months ago

If I were to win, I would have to stop and think realitically about what would be the best way to speand the $1,001. I would love to experience that.

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years 3 months ago

Fly? NYC with my wife.
Amazon? Books for me off my list and gifts for my family.

Patrick Maguire
Patrick Maguire
3 years 3 months ago

I’d knock out some books on my wish list, maybe the latest season of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. I guess I’ll leave a little too for diapers and formula – have a little one coming in October. Automation at its finest, subscribe and save baby.

Beth
Beth
3 years 3 months ago

I would love to replace all the limping along appliances in my home and update my son’s electronics.

Enrique
Enrique
3 years 3 months ago

Yes,I have spend thousands of dollars on books. I love history from the point of the oppressed (Social History). So,I would probably buy books on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade from 1600-1860 in the Americas. Of course,there always been slavery in this planet and there still is since the first pre-human showed up 1.4 millions ago.
Another area that would I buy books would on Evolution and how humans treat each other as we kill the planet in the name of free enterprise and personal responsibility.

Pat
Pat
3 years 3 months ago

Love Amazon! So many products; so little time! I would probably look at spending it on electronics.

Ashley K
3 years 3 months ago

I would use my winnings to buy a new camera lens, hiking gear, and travel accessories for an upcoming trip to Peru. And of course, some books for my Kindle to get me through those long days in transit!

Kristi Helvig
3 years 3 months ago

As a writer, I’m slightly book obsessed…okay, more than slightly. I’m thrilled that my 8-yo son loves to read as much as I did at his age, so I’d spend some of the money to buy him a Kindle Fire HD with extra money so he can load it with books. I’d buy my 5-yo girlie some books and games for her LeapPad, and then I’d have to spend some of it on books for myself. I tend to give a lot of books away in contests, so this would help me replenish my supply. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

Sarah S
Sarah S
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy lots of books, and a new ottoman! 🙂

Judy
Judy
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to Alabama to visit my son in college.

Anne
Anne
3 years 3 months ago

What a terrific idea, Ramit! And it must certainly be a great feeling to give so generously. If I win, I’ll purchase books and music for friends and family as surprise gifts and buy a book or two for myself. Thanks for the fun of participating!

Andile
Andile
3 years 3 months ago

I want to buy a Jersey dairy cow at $750. and kikuyu seed plus fertilisers at $180. Deworming chemicals and triatix for spraying ticks at $71. I will start my dairy project milking both in the mornings and afternoon selling the milk at to T &F Supermarket at $1. per litre.

Proceeds shall be split in running costs and savings at a rate of 72%-18% respectively with the of expanding production.

Candice
Candice
3 years 3 months ago

At one time I averaged about $100 a month on books (both print and kindle) from Amazon. I’ve cut back thanks to a New Year’s resolution, but winning this would keep me in books for about a year and free up money for a Christmas trip to Hawaii. Thanks for holding this contest!

Maritere
Maritere
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ramit! I’ll use 30% for gifts (Mother’s and Father’s Days are coming), 15% for clothes and educational toys for my 2 year old son, 10% on Kindle ebooks and 45% to use on AWS server (not sure if it can be used on their servers but will try, otherwise it will be used for business needs).

Edgar
Edgar
3 years 3 months ago

I would just go to LA and can easily spend that money on clothes for the spring season.

Kristi
Kristi
3 years 3 months ago

I live in Vail, Colorado and am starting a health and wealth business. Im a personal development and business growth junkie – so I’d spend it on good material.
Some books – I would buy another copy so I can send one to a friend.

Vivian
3 years 3 months ago

I would spend that money on a bunch of art materials for my freelance art gigs, basic household supplies, and presents for my friends who helped me run my dying cafe this past year. About 5 of them worked at the cafe, but the shop still couldnt make rent so they didn’t take any pay. I’ve been wanting to give them thank you gifts but haven’t been able to afford any so far. I would use a significant portion of the money to say thank you to my super gracious friends.

peter
3 years 3 months ago
If I’m being honest, it would be a split between life and business. I’d buy all of the South Park seasons because that teachers me more about life than anything. Looking through the eyes of an 8 year old cartoon character is very liberating. Especially for writing sales letters. The BEST thing I ever bought was a A4 hard backed notebook and a Nasa space pen. I actually need a refill for my nasa space pen, so I really hope I win as I need to keep writing! It’s helped me to clear my mind and focus – I highly… Read more »
Janet
Janet
3 years 3 months ago

A tablet! Some books!

justine
justine
3 years 3 months ago

I will use the money to furnish our new apartment. Just moved in three months ago. Already bought the essentials, but we will still get a few more things here and there. I bought some of the stuff from Amazon, so an extra $1001 will definitely help!

Amy Moore
3 years 3 months ago

I would let my daughter pick any and every book she’d like to read. I remember being an avid reader like her as a child, and wishing for more books to appear so I could read them too.

Will
Will
3 years 3 months ago

My school books for next semester?
Check.
A half dozen books that will help me avoid missteps in starting and running my business?
Yup.
A book or two on how to craft and present short, engaging stories?
You know it.
A tablet that will serve as the helm from which I turn my startup into an empire?
Done.
Several packs of Now n’ Laters–that is, if Amazon sells that stuff–and other sugar-rush-inducing “supplements”?
Why not?

Curtis C
Curtis C
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the cash to buy groceries off the grocery part of the site!

Taahir Khan
Taahir Khan
3 years 3 months ago

I just bought a used car (old car broke down) so I would get some new mats and brake pads. Then I’d get the GMAT books for my studies (time to get serious about grad school). I’d also buy myself a decent book shelf and a office chair.

Daniel
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Finland in order to learn about their education system. My dream and goal is to bring change to the way education is done. I would take my friends who have the same vision and goal that I do for education.

Katy Watkins
Katy Watkins
3 years 3 months ago

Awesome idea! I’d buy bunch of books on my to-read list (some to learn more about interaction design but some just for fun), and maybe send friends & family a surprise gift. Surprises are fun, might as well spread the wealth a little more.

Emma Chace
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the DSLR I’ve been wanting to get myself for literally years. Then I would spend the rest on books.

Zahra
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit,
Awesome contest! I’d take my Mom and Brother to the Bahamas. They are a very positive influence in my life and great mentors to so many in our community. Both need a little TLC back.
Much Love 🙂

Justin
Justin
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a ticket to see Australia. It’s on my bucket list 🙂

Stefani
Stefani
3 years 3 months ago
Ramit, on the landing page it says “All I ask is that you tell me where you’d fly and who you’d bring in the comments here:” but over here you ask what I’m going to do with the Amazon voucher… hmmmm… never mind, I think I can satisfy both seemingly unrelated questions. Being a crafty Asian, I’m going to buy highly coveted items (preferably on deep discounts) on Amazon and sell them on eBay then use the money to buy two tickets for my boyfriend and I to fly to Ecuador or Chile. It’s a bit cutting it close but… Read more »
Melissa
Melissa
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy lots of books! (Mostly cookbooks and psychology books). I’d also buy myself a great new bag for work and a new lamp.

Brent
Brent
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy gifts for my girlfriend, outfit my bike, and pick up some games and books.

Myles
Myles
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the money to invest in my education: books, audio CDs, training programs, etc.

Yung
Yung
3 years 3 months ago

A bassoon for my son!

Steven
3 years 3 months ago
After rehabbing an investment home by hand for the last 7 months, sinking all of my savings into this amazing historic property, and living on about $100 a month for my very basic expenses, I would certainly love to take the $1001 shopping spree. I need new shoes like nobodies business. I need a haircut. I need a new belt. I need to take my amazing girlfriend on a date. I need to take a day off. I need to buy some nice groceries and cook a fancy meal. I need to take my dog to the vet. I need… Read more »
Gianna
Gianna
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Aruba with my cousin and sister. If I win the amazon there is so many different things I would buy!

Edward M.
Edward M.
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the money for a new midi controller for music production (and take my girl out for a good steak)

Sogi
Sogi
3 years 3 months ago

I want to buy books

Steph
Steph
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit! I’d buy
– textbooks for my grad program (MBA/Master’s in Accounting)
– books on the music industry (I want to somehow combine my love for music with my business/accounting skills)
– books on how to play the ukulele and keyboard
– new strings for my ukulele
– all seasons of the Cosby Show, the Fresh Prince, and House on DVD

Lonnie
3 years 3 months ago

I’m launching my side business. Any amount of money can help!

ashley
ashley
3 years 3 months ago

I would use some of it to initially celebrate on a night out with some of my friends, then use the rest to pay off some debt!

Cheryl W
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ramit…FYI check the call to action text in your email about leaving a msg here…it’s about where you’d fly, which was your last contest, right? Anyway, for the spending spree, I’d purchase a DSLR to upgrade my photography capabilities for my business. Thanks for the chance at this!

Christopher Hrobsky
Christopher Hrobsky
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit, I would purchase a laptop to enjoy my freedom by being able to work and play from anywhere!

Linn
Linn
3 years 3 months ago

Shoes. Easily. United Nude shoes. Mmmm. A few books too, of course, but mainly shoes

Pramit
3 years 3 months ago

I noticed that everyone here wants to buy something for themselves or his/her immediate family.

I’d like to use the $1001 as a natural networking tool by buying VIP’s relevant books (e.g. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, The Lean Startup, Inner Game of Tennis, etc…). For each book, I’d include a notecard indicating the chapters that are most relevant to them and their work.

If each book is ~$15-$20, that’s about 50 to 70 books, and ~30 to 40 VIP’s I can add value to, and potentially impress.

Rachel
3 years 3 months ago
Thanks for the generous offer! Also, I must admit I’m very jealous of that scholarship of yours. I am quite the bookworm myself and would have lived in the campus bookstore had I received any scholarships. If I were to win … the flight would take me (and my wonderful boyfriend, Brian) to his family’s native country of South Korea. He has been unable to see his extended family members in over five years. I have also never been out of the US, aside from a brief youth missionary trip to a Mexican orphanage, so that would be exciting for… Read more »
Esther Lee
Esther Lee
3 years 3 months ago

Awesome contest! I’d definitely use the spending spree on all of the books I would need for school and testing materials that I would need for hopefully, my msn program. Saving some to use towards my family needs as well. 🙂

Alberto Oliveira
3 years 3 months ago

I’d make my mom CRY over the absurd amount of books I have at my place rather than plants or furniture. Also a pull-up bar and condoms.

Lots of condoms.

P.S.: Would it be possible to have this for .co.uk rather than .com? They’re jerks about shipping to Portugal.

Krystyna
Krystyna
3 years 3 months ago

Where would I fly? Didn’t know we were flying, but I would go to Montana and Northern Georgia to look into relocating.
What would I buy on Amazon? I would replace all the books I lost in Hurricane Sandy for my various businesses — on artisan preserves, running a small food business, wild food identification, wild meads and wines, business plan and guidance books and books on quilting techniques and textile design.

christine
christine
3 years 3 months ago

If I won the amazon spree, I would buy medical and pharmcology books and study a rare illness that I have.
If I learned any anything new, I would have the glory of not feeling like crap everyday, and dive back into my work.

Laura Brown
Laura Brown
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the gift card for all kinds of things – from a tablet to some eBooks and probably the old Adam West Batman series for my 6 yo son! He loves it, and you can’t get it on DVD.

Fatdaddy
3 years 3 months ago

Fly to Eurodisney in Paris with my child and my wife.
The first postcard will be for you… 😀

lisa m
lisa m
3 years 3 months ago

clothes for the kids.
books for college
thanks for the chance

Michelle M
Michelle M
3 years 3 months ago

I would pay down some student loans and take a trip with a mom.

Denis Sgouros
Denis Sgouros
3 years 3 months ago

I would want to travel tot he Galapagos islands, because honestly that’s as close as getting to the Pokemon world as you can, and I’d take my friend Chris with me.

Edwin
Edwin
3 years 3 months ago

A new MacBook for my girlfriend as a college graduation present.

Mike
Mike
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks again for another great contest. At the confirmation on the bottom link it still has a description of where to fly from the previous contest instead of saying what we would buy 😉

Claudinei
3 years 3 months ago

Buy a Tablet and books for personal development and growth and financial! I’m learning more about MLM!

Hemanti
Hemanti
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ramit..!!!I will buy a gift for my hubby for our anniversary and invest rest of the amount in a training for myself.Thank you.

Shiri
Shiri
3 years 3 months ago

I would go to David Allen’s GTD seminar in NYC.

Rachael
Rachael
3 years 3 months ago

I’d spend the money on professional clothing… Nothing more difficult than trying to dress professionally while paying back student loans!

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 3 months ago
Hi Ramit, I apologize if this is a duplicate, I am not sure what happened to the first entry as it disappeared while I was editing. I would love to buy some furniture! Specifically, a new couch and love seat. I have two little ones that have abused my couches terribly:) My kids love to use the couch cushions to make awesome forts and routinely our couches are transformed into ships engaged in intergalactic Star Wars battles. This inevitably leads to one of the legs falling off and the couch crashes to the floor, which of course determines the winner.… Read more »
Mohammed
Mohammed
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a kindle, Books and new balance minimus for cross training

Mariana Valente de Sá
Mariana Valente de Sá
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy kindles for my two best friends and use the rest to buy LOADS of books and also a little makeup, because it’s expensive and badly made where I live.
Great contest, Ramit!

Scott
3 years 3 months ago

Great promotion idea!

I’d spend half of it on my wife, and half on my daughter – a Christmas in July.

Jonathan Cabrera
Jonathan Cabrera
3 years 3 months ago
If I were to win this contest, not only would I use this spree to self indulge; I would also use it as an investment for my future. You see, I’m a recent grad from KSU with a bachelors in management and a minor in marketing; but I have discovered that my real passion in life is film once I participated in the ATL 48 hr film fest; where we had 48 hrs to plan, shoot, and edit an original short film. Currently, I’m seeking an avenue to get my foot in the door to lead me within the film… Read more »
jeremy Gooodman
3 years 3 months ago

I’d take my wife and new born daughter to Italy where my wife’s family is from so we can share in her experience of discovering her true heritage. thanks for the awesome contest Ramit.

Peter
Peter
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for another contest opportunity! I would immediately buy photography gear to help me earn more on the side!

Lori
3 years 3 months ago

I’d split the booty into two, spending about $500 on books (printed books, Kindle books. I love ’em all!) Like your story of the scholarship for books, being able to buy books makes me feel rich. With the other half, I’d do something I rarely do: buy a ridiculously unnecessary (unnecessary because a $20 case would do the job) designer case for my MacBook. And I would smile with glee everytime I used it.

Matt T.
Matt T.
3 years 3 months ago
Hi Ramit, I would buy the following items on my shopping spree. $199 Kindle HD Fire $250 Kindle Gift Card to Load onto the Kindle $79 Amazon Prime Membership $145 Asics Nimbus Running Shoes – Size 14 $65 Frying Pan $198 – 2 LeapFrog Leap Pad Explorers $65 NY State Tax The Kindle Fire combined with the Prime membership and the gift card would allow me to experience the feeling of “being rich” you had. Running season is here and it always pains me to dish out $150 for running shoes so I’d definitely snag a new pair. My frying… Read more »
Sarah v
3 years 3 months ago

I would use an amazon shopping spree to buy books and materials to get my side business launched! New equipment for my test kitchen, and books and magazines to do it best!
I could fly to France to visit the best champagne houses to research what best to pair with my culinary treats! Thanks Ramit!

Andy M
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks! If I win, I will write you a full report of everything I spent it on and how it affected my life. Hint: I would finally launch my podcast with the correct equipment! *fingers crossed*

Sonja
3 years 3 months ago

Hi, Ramit! There are currently 673 books on my Amazon wish lists, most of the non-fiction books on writing, publishing and solopreneurship, some collections of great fiction. non-fiction, science writing etc.- so pleeeeeese let me win those 1001 Dollars! 🙂

Sameer
Sameer
3 years 3 months ago

I would definitely use the money to take a much overdue vacation

James Lepine
James Lepine
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit! Very cool giveaway.

My wife and I are about to buy are first condo, so we’d spend the money buying stuff to get the new place all set up…

Thanks!

Emmeline
3 years 3 months ago

All the reference books for Music Artist Management, online marketing, and small business!!

Silva
Silva
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to Pittsburgh to visit my son who left his home /Croatia/ 6 years ago to finish his study in USA.
Thank you for this competition!

Deborah Kurtz
Deborah Kurtz
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit, I would use the money to register my company name and to get some seo on my website and to get my hair done so I can look as successful as I can and maybe by an Ipad too but doubt there will be enough left over for that but hope so. Thanks Ramit, you are a life saver and I appreciate all you do for us total strangers. Deb

Janina
Janina
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy an iPad so that I can take all the books and Journals with me that I need for my PhD.

And I’d get a new pair of head phones! I just love music and can’t be without it. = )

holly c
holly c
3 years 3 months ago

I would ideally fly to Ireland with my husband. It is the trip we are hoping to be able to go on for our 5 year anniversary. We hope we can do it as it has always been our dream to go there.

Sola
3 years 3 months ago

Oh, the things I would buy! I have so much on my list to get from Amazon. I would get mostly books, but there are a few mp3s and DVDs that I would like to get as well. Amazon is awesome, so there are also a few random cables and device accessories that I would get as well.

Katie
Katie
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use it to buy all of the books on my book list (including cookbooks, which I almost never let myself buy!) as well as some cooking stuff that I’ve always wanted (e.g., a blender, nice chef knives). I recently graduated from grad school where my version of a rolling pin was a heavily floured water bottle, so having actually baking tools would be amazing.

Depending on when the contest ends, I would also buy something awesome for my mom for mother’s day!

Shannon
Shannon
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the money to buy all the tools and gadgets I need to finish setting up my website & business and I’d turn that $1001 into 100X’s that amount! Thanks Ramit!

Sherry
Sherry
3 years 3 months ago

My husband has been wanting to start a little business for over 20 years. I think I will hand it over to him as seed money and tell him to go for it….

Eric
Eric
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to SE Asia and take my parents to visit their family that they haven’t seen in over a decade!

Yervant
Yervant
3 years 3 months ago

$1,001 to spend at Amazon? Golly, books, books, and more books! And vanilla beans. Amazon has great vanilla beans!

Holly Vonnes
Holly Vonnes
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to Orlando to surprise my husband & kids with a weekend at Disney.

Jackie
Jackie
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Italy and I’d take my mom and dad so that they could visit family they haven’t seen since they were children!

Molly
Molly
3 years 3 months ago

A new lens for my camera (the nifty fifty), some more sports bras so I don’t have to wash the 3 I have all the time, and all of the Amazon tv on demand that my husband and I can handle (we do not pay for cable).

Betsey
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit, thanks always for getting your readers to think! Shopping Spree. I would probaby buy a couple of gift cards for my parents because they are voracious readers like I am and then I would buy some of the cool books on my wish list.

Michelle
3 years 3 months ago

I would go home, halfway across the world, and surprise my little brother on his birthday. He’ll be turning 12 (I haven’t seen him since he was 10), and has been begging me to come home to spend time with him.

C F
C F
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the $1,001 to help keep my wedding cost under $28,000 😉

Mary
Mary
3 years 3 months ago
I already have more books than I have been able to catch up with at the moment, but there’s something about a gift certificate that indulges guilt-free splurging. May pick up a few more books, but in this instance, being rich to me would mean spending it on fulfilling items on wish lists of some of my friends. One of my friends did this for something on my list a while back for no real reason and I thought that was a pretty neat idea to pay it forward and enrich others lives with the love of books and knowledge,… Read more »
Trevor
Trevor
3 years 3 months ago

A nice high-end tablet. After income/sales taxes probably won’t be alot left over – maybe the couple of books on my to-read list not available through my local libraries or a board game.

Danielle
3 years 3 months ago

I will buy books, books and books. Oh and a vitamin blender, a new bathing suit and a great pair shoes for summer.
Thank you!

Annika S
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit,

I would use the $1001 to grow my business, improve my health & increase my knowledge to do the 2 above. A tablet to boost my productivity at growing my energy coaching, as well as the health & personal development & business books on my wishlist. If there’s anything left over, I would buy supplements & cooking utensils that are on the “one day I will buy” list. eg. Vitamin D drops, Green Pastures fish oil, coconut flour & oil, a juicer… that $1001 will be put to excellent use, don’t worry! 🙂

Beth
Beth
3 years 3 months ago

What to do with $1,001?
* A kick-ass mechanical keyboard (I’m a developer and I wear my keyboards down to nubbins on a regular basis)
* A batch of books on UI/UX, design, and semiotics
* A primo knife and cutting board

Steven Jansma
Steven Jansma
3 years 3 months ago

We now have 3 children and we made sure they all have good beds while ours is several years old and was used when we got it. We’d love to have a new mattress on our bed and awaken each morning feeling rested !!!

Lynn
Lynn
3 years 3 months ago

I have a long list. But the first would be a MK purse for my daughter (she has been asking for this purse for almost one year) and then pay off the balance on a trip that I have been planning for the last 6 mos.

Nickie
3 years 3 months ago

I will spend 30% on an html class, to improve my technical skills. Another 30% on funds for new tires for my car. The last 30% will be on a pilates class (I really want to take this new class at my gym), and the last 10% would go to a charity! What a fun giveaway!!

Fran
Fran
3 years 3 months ago

I don’t know what I’d buy, but I’d sure have fun looking and it would have to be frivolous.

Thaddeus Moody
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ramit! Haven’t won one of these yet, but if I get lucky this time I will pick up the water heater and appliances I need to finish fixing up the airstream motorhome that I plan to move my family into in the next couple of years. We have been slowly putting the pieces together for a mobile life with our kids, and we are not that far away now. Thanks for all you do.

Thad

Amy
Amy
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books on personal relationships and development. The rest would go to fund a new copy of Photoshop. (I’m still using the old 7.0 version believe it or not).

bridgeth
bridgeth
3 years 3 months ago

Where do I begin? Gosh I havn’t splurged on myself since graduating college 7 years ago. After racking up a ton of school loans it’s been more important to spend only on the necessary. I would for once spend money guilt free and redo my wardrobe in its entirety I desparately need a fresh look.

John
John
3 years 3 months ago

I’d tear through a wishlist of books recommended by folks I admire, like you and Tim Ferriss. I think I’d also go a little nuts with some cooking gear.

Dennis
Dennis
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to SF to visit family I haven’t seen since I was like 4 yrs old. I actually plan on buying some carbon monoxide alarms and birthday presents for friends and family.

Philip
Philip
3 years 3 months ago

I would take my family to San Francisco, my favourite city in the U.S. As for the money, I would spend half of it on Kickstarter projects I love and the other half on online courses in software development.

TCP
3 years 3 months ago

I would Invest on some good self help books and the rest in mutual funds

Rachel
Rachel
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve been a self-supporting student for years, which has meant lots of denying myself small pleasures. As such, if I won, I would use the cash to monthly buy something that otherwise would seem foolish. First purchase: hot rollers.

Kim
Kim
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the opportunity! Top on my list would be a drip irrigation system for our vegetable and herb garden. I currently spend 30+ minutes at a time watering with the garden hose. Automating our watering would allow me to have those 30 minutes to weed the garden, take care of the plants, play with my kids in the yard or just sit outside and read a good book.

Ashley
3 years 3 months ago

Stuff for our 1st baby. Due soon!

Jenna Fleur
Jenna Fleur
3 years 3 months ago

Cool contest prize (luv me some Amazon)! If i win this shopping spree, I agree to tell you what I purchase, as asked. Thanks for the opportunity : )

Ellie
Ellie
3 years 3 months ago

If I won the Amazon GC, I would purchase a replacement cellphone b/c mine is sadly out of date. Then I’d purchase my dad a tablet with a decent sized screen. He’s having surgery on his foot and could use the device while he’s laid up. Then with the money left, I could set up a reoccurring monthly Subscription of dog food for the local shelter.

keesha
keesha
3 years 3 months ago

expecting a baby, I’d buy necessities for our newest addition!

Karl
Karl
3 years 3 months ago

I’d probably upgrade my wife’s computer and/or get her a tablet. Fingers crossed!

Matt
Matt
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy lots of stuff I do not really need like video games and toys for my dog. Probably also buy some toilet paper and paper towels bc you can never have too many of those.

Matt
3 years 3 months ago

I would spend the money on buying personal development type books such as Robert Greene’s: Mastery, The 33 Strategies of War, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction.
Also purchase books in the realm of health, motivation, law, Bruce Lee, All your material of course, etc.
I WANT THIS! Every day is a new day, every moment is a new moment!

Shell
Shell
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a new laptop so I can write on the run!

Delie Bsihil
Delie Bsihil
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books that would allow me sharpen my skills so that I can enter the job market full force. I have been unemployed for a year and as an older american it has become apparent I am lacking interview and resume skills. I would buy books to help me in this endeavor.

Stacy McKenna
Stacy McKenna
3 years 3 months ago

I’d start with updating my wardrobe and my household linens, as well as picking up some of the books I’ve been wanting that aren’t available at my library. There’d likely be some music on the list, too…

Andrew
Andrew
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a vinyl record player and a few of my favorite records. Then I’d buy a couple books I’ve had my eyes on. Probably an Amazon Prime Membership too.

Julia
3 years 3 months ago

We recently moved. I couldn’t have friends over at the old place at all because there was no room. Now I have room for people to visit in my house and I want them to be able to enjoy the pretty surroundings outside without having to stand because there’s not enough seats. Living richly to me means I can have family over without being embarrassed or feel guilty that I’m 41 and can’t afford decent seating for my aging family. Either that, or I will buy guest beds, so my brother and his kids can come visit.

Nik
Nik
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the little physical things I need to smooth the transition from job to entrepreneur for my E1k “job” – new printer, white card, tools. Heck, if I could, I’d buy a beat-up work truck!

Rae
3 years 3 months ago

If I won, I’d buy a juicer and use it everyday to improve my health. Then I’d have to decide between a number of other things–a new garbage disposer, new faucet for the bathtub to replace the leaky one, and maybe a new pair of shoes–having choices would be so much fun. And I’d set aside part of it to send flowers to my mom.

Jaime
Jaime
3 years 3 months ago

I am a full time RV’er and I would spend it on the solar energy/electrical upgrades that I want to make to my “home”, so that I can be completely “off the grid” whenever I want to be. Renewable energy + 30% (U.S.) tax credit = Awesome investment.

Vivian
Vivian
3 years 3 months ago

I would try to find a way to get many of my essentials off of amazon – food, shampoo, etc so that I can save money in my last year of school and have less loans to pay off at the end.

Michelle (horse artist)
3 years 3 months ago

Thank you, Ramit! I would buy: a refurbished iPad for my dad in a nursing home with dementia several states away so we could see and talk to each other regularly via FaceTime (a nurse would help); a juicer to eat more healthfully; a lens for my camera. And if there was money left over, I’d buy books.

Maria de Vera
Maria de Vera
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a new kindle, digital nomad techie stuff for my new life on the road, some physical books, a lot of kindle books, a Vitamix blender and some less common food items difficult to buy where I currently live. Thank you, Ramit! Gracias.

Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS

I’d like to travel over to Thailand and I’d bring a friend with experience traveling to asia.

Marta
Marta
3 years 3 months ago

If I had 1001 dollars to spend on a shopping spree, I’d… well, go a little nuts with happiness, first. 😉 Then I would spend a big part of the money on things for my brand new flat that I’m ridiculously happy about (it’s a first flat that I actually own). The rest would go towards expanding my book collection and I’d probably throw in some box sets of my favorite tv shows. 😀

Molly
Molly
3 years 3 months ago

I’m getting my masters so I’d probably have to buy a couple textbooks and then spend the rest on novels and biographies.

Rob
Rob
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit,

Thanks for the opportunity. First thing I would do is by 10 copies of your book and pass them to close friends. Then I’d allocate another $200 to building up my library with some books I’ve had my eye on. I’d hold the rest until I needed it.

Linda
Linda
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy travel books on places I’ve planning on visit this year, yoga and workout gear, some new coffee table/fashion books. This would put me at around $600 leaving me with $401 to explore kitchen and electronic categories on Amazon!

Jacky Ng
Jacky Ng
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a Chromebook and a tablet, after which I would then install Kindle and buy a digital copy of your book!

Willow
Willow
3 years 3 months ago

Some out of print rhetoric books for me and books and movies for the youth center I volunteer at.

Cathy
Cathy
3 years 3 months ago
I’d buy books. The real deal that you crack open and hold. The public library is great but nothing beats that new book smell. As a single mom of three, it would be great to buy something that didn’t have to do with vampires, Littlest Pet Shop, or Pokemon. I’d first buy books on professional development, then stuff on personal development, and then trashy books and graphic novels. I’d look to buy something I didn’t even know existed. To be honest, if I won the contest, I would not spend this money on gifts for others (that’s where my everyday… Read more »
Barbara Ducharme
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy some books for my husband, who’s studying to be a writer. Thank you so much for all your support!

Marian
Marian
3 years 3 months ago

I would spend it on camping equipment, because I go camping several times a year and I think it’s time to stop borrowing my friend’s stuff

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 years 3 months ago

Bangalore, India with my husband.

Charis
Charis
3 years 3 months ago

Someone already said it, but I would buy diapers. I wouldn’t use it all on diapers but, yeah, diapers.

Heyward
Heyward
3 years 3 months ago

Shopping list:
1)The best non-fiction book ever written: “Winterdance,” by Gary Paulsen
2) Winter gloves.
3) A plane ticket to Anchorage, to watch the start of the Iditarod.

Bhavishya Kanjhan
Bhavishya Kanjhan
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy myself a Sigma Lens for my camera for about $600. I’m setting up a technology website with a friend and video content will be a big part of it. I’m hoping to make this my secondary source of income (first 1k) and grow it from there. The rest of the money will be spent on books that I’ve had on my wishlist.

Nahyan
3 years 3 months ago

My buying interests are split in 3:

Education – buy books on startup/tech, marketing, writing, etc.
Work – upgrade RAM or video card and an ergonomic mouse
Fun – DSLR camera, which kinda ties into work (startup company)

Looking forward to it 🙂
-Nahyan

Rosalie
Rosalie
3 years 3 months ago

If I win, the first thing I’ll do is buy diapers and wipes for a year for my toddler. I’d love to have a year during which I didn’t have to worry about finding the money for those. Next, I’d make sure she’s got a winter wardrobe that will all fit her. After that I’d buy some electronics my hubby has been wanting, and then I’d use the rest on my addiction: arts and craft supplies.

Nancy
3 years 3 months ago

If I were to win a 1,001 Amazon shopping spree, I’d put it towards the Angel juicer http://amzn.to/17SKKZH. Wouldn’t cover the entire cost, but I figured if I’m going to be making green, fruit, and even sexier juices I’d want to do it with the Ducati of all juicers, and I’ll be using this juicer for a long time anyway! Check it out!

Eric Patch
Eric Patch
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly my parents to Hawaii. They’ve never really had a vacation and I loved Hawaii!

Heyward
Heyward
3 years 3 months ago

1) All Terrain Herbal Armor DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent
2) Board shorts.
3) Seven days at “Witch’s Rock Surf Camp,” Costa Rica.

shannon
shannon
3 years 3 months ago

If we’re talking total splurge, I’d buy a couple new records (yes, vinyl!) and probably a cute pair of heels. The rest would be squirreled away and used for gifts for friends/family/occasions throughout the year. Those are a few things I’ve decided don’t really merit my cash right now due to other, more pressing goals, but that I would definitely enjoy if it weren’t my cash being spent!

Marcus
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a some marketing and psychology books for myself, Disney books for my daughter, Oprah-ish books for the wife, and finally the best Android Tablet I can get with the rest of the money.

Felipe
Felipe
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a king-size mattress and bed to replace our two joined-together twin-size beds, for my wife and I.

Henrik
Henrik
3 years 3 months ago

Dear Ramit, i would spend all money on books and contrary to most people not for others but only for my self. Specific books to include with estimated share of the dollar amount are classic literature (20%), psychology (20%), self development (25%) and business (35%).

If you are lucky i might also buy ‘Money + Business Essentials for Creative Entrepreneurs’ 😉

Ben
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Costa Rica and take my wife to the beach. She works incredibly hard to provide the foundation for our family which allows me the freedom to pour my income into building something I love from scratch. It would be a great way to show her my appreciation.

Richard
Richard
3 years 3 months ago

Books and supplies to help my wife become better at sales and a new computer to manager her at home business she just started.

alakanani itireleng
3 years 3 months ago

ME AND FAMILY WE HAVE NEVER BEEN ON A HOLIDAY,WE HAD A SON WHO WAS BORN WITH A HEART DEFECT AND WE DEDICATED OUR LIVES TO SEE HIM HEALTHY.THIS MONEY CAN SEE US TO JOHANNESBURG AND BACK AND ALSO BUY A GRAVESTONE/TOMBSTONE FOR HIM.WE ENDED UP LOOSING HIM (PAKO JUNIOR 25-06-2007 TO 12-04-12)THIS WILL MAKE US FEEL WE HAVE DONE THE BEST FOR US AND HIM.

THANK YOU

David
3 years 3 months ago

I just quit my job and started up my own business building web solutions for clients. I’d use this prize to buy books to help fill in gaps in my knowledge, and open my eyes to new things.

devin
devin
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy some more tools to add to my custom furniture business. Right now I am spending extra time doing tasks because I don’t have the right tools for the job.

Latif Nanji
3 years 3 months ago
Where to begin! Having recently jumped on the start train again, I’d grab four steps to epiphany to understand my users better! then, Heath’s new book, Decisive. I love these guys. then, Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg – I’m fascinated by her insights on female equality in the workplace. then, Tim Ferriss recommends ‘Seneca’. I’ve been dying to read that. then, 4 hour chef. Its time to cook! then, a pair of headphones to focus me in. then, Warren Buffets – tap dancing. Woud love to get inside his mind. then, Confession of a public speaker. then, Benjamin Franklin –… Read more »
Richard Doi
Richard Doi
3 years 3 months ago

Simple. I’d buy books for my intellectual enrichment, a few necessities, and an instrument or two, to practice with.

Mittale
Mittale
3 years 3 months ago
Hi Ramit, This is such a great contest, especially because I am such a huge lover of Amazon.Com. You have got me excited in many ways. I am going to start out by exactly outlining what I would use the money on: 1. Since I am moving into a new city, I would probably use some of the money to buy some great furniture. The amount you are providing will certainly be quite beneficial to me. I really want to buy memory foam off Amazon. I have already chosen the type and color as well! 2. Practically, my husband and… Read more »
Sue Swift/Suz deMello
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit, you’re lovely. I shared your contest on my FB wall and with my Twitter followers. If I win, I’ll submerge my desire for another corset to add to my collection and take my almost-boyfriend to a place of his choice. He really needs a getaway!

Arthur
Arthur
3 years 3 months ago

I would get some business books, get a few things for the apartment (just got married).

Alexandre Teixeira
Alexandre Teixeira
3 years 3 months ago

$1,001 is a lot of money to spend on Amazon!
If I win I will buy a Kindle Fire HD to read I Will Teach You to be Rich and to go to Internet and peek Ramit website wherever I am.
After that, I will buy some books about entrepreneuship, because i’m now starting my own business.
I have to confess that i will also spend some money on clothes (I’m vain!).

Kevin M
Kevin M
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the $1,001 to pay off my remaining student loans. I would’ve paid off every penny of my loans in 11 months… A month earlier than my goal.

Good luck to all who entered!

Erin
Erin
3 years 3 months ago

First I would put half in our savings account. Then I would take my husband out for a nice sushi dinner. Then we’d probably buy a few small things for the house that have been on our wish list. (New weed wacker, cushions for the furniture on the porch, a power washer.)

Nick
Nick
3 years 3 months ago

Buy Ramit’s book!

yasha
yasha
3 years 3 months ago

im going to buy things i need for school.

Hannah
Hannah
3 years 3 months ago

If I win I will buy things for college, especially books! I will also treat myself to a little retail therapy!

Hann
Hann
3 years 3 months ago

I would get computer parts to build a computer to use for starting my webcomic that i hope to create secondary income from. 🙂

Alternatively, save it for gift giving.

Nina R
Nina R
3 years 3 months ago

I’m about to begin physical therapy graduate school, which will cost me over $150,000. I’d love to use the $1,001 to pay for my textbooks.

Malik
Malik
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a new sewing machine for my mother and get a Wacom tablet for my wife.

Janel
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a heavier kettle bell, and continue last summer’s work out progress. For the first time I’ve seen results and I’m so happy. Also, I love to sew and have been putting off getting some new patterns, because it’s really not a NEED.
If flying IS an option, I would love to go to Washington state, and Oregon this summer with my husband. Might leave our daughter with her grandparents! 🙂

Alekhya
Alekhya
3 years 3 months ago

I might spend a portion of it on something nice for our place and save the rest! May be split it 50-50!

Craig
Craig
3 years 3 months ago

I finally started my effort to get out of my career rut by pursuing my Bachelor’s in Computer Science (I only have an Associate’s now). The $1000 might have gone toward my college’s annual enrollment fee, since I can finish in a year.

Since we’re splurging though, the first thing I’m doing with that cash is buying a suit. I’ve never owned a tailored suit, and if I want to upgrade my job, I need to upgrade the rest of me, too.

Amber
Amber
3 years 3 months ago

I would first buy all the books I’ve ever wanted. I’m very limited where I am. And then I suppose I’d donate the rest of my money to my parents, since I’m sure they could get a good use out of it.

Ella
Ella
3 years 3 months ago

Your story is inspiring, Ramit. I find that when I have money to splurge, I give that extra tip to a waiter/waitress or take an assistant to lunch. What seems like a relatively small amount of money to me can make a huge difference in someone else’s life–and the ripple effects can be amazing. People who are well-treated often come to believe in themselves more fully, and they often turn around a do things for others, making for unexpected positive changes in the world.

Katharina Kunze
Katharina Kunze
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use it to furnish my flat. I recently moved from London to Berlin, where I can finally afford my own flat; now its just about getting the tables, chairs and plates 🙂

SW
SW
3 years 3 months ago

I would use it to start up the non-profit that I have been yearning to start. I use the resources that I got from amazon (laptops, books, ipods) to be given as giveways for scholars that did the best in the educational program.

Josh
Josh
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books to research buyer psychology and thought processes of people when they are making decisions. Also an iPad mini to store them all on. All of these would help me in my current side job. Thanks for the contest.

Yazz
Yazz
3 years 3 months ago

I need to buy a bloggie, or sth similar, a practical small video camera. I don’t even have a camera at the moment and I need to record th 45 min long sessions for my play therapy supervision.
But this is not splurging, is it? Still it’d be great to have a video cam.With the rest of the money, I’d buy the books on my wish list.(on coaching, storytelling, mindfulness..) Then I’d also get all the instruction dvds on jazz dance and ballet warm up. and of course books for my children. :-))

Lindsey
3 years 3 months ago

BOOKS! Feed the imagination. Creative tools have endless value.

Jo Ellen
Jo Ellen
3 years 3 months ago

I would use this money to travel to Chicago at the end of July to train with Al Gore and become a part of his Climate Reality Project. This would cover my expenses to do that.

Gwen
Gwen
3 years 3 months ago

I just entered into this contest. I would fly to Florida to see my grandparents, ( I need to learn our family recipes.) I also would like to go to Loreto Mexico to try and work with a foundation for kids in rural areas (and practice my spanish)

Thanks for the opportunity to enter..
Gwen

Eric
Eric
3 years 3 months ago

I’d love the freedom to be able to buy books at a whim. I’ve always loved books and libraries, but I’ve probably not spent more than a two hundred or so on books in the last decade.

Mike Given
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit just wanted to say I really appreciate all the cool opportunities you offer the readers of your newsletter. I’m noticing some really innovative tactics you’re employing to get more engagement from your readers. I’m taking notes.

So to answer the question, WHEN I win the amazon money (fingers crossed) I’m going to throw a big ass party at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland complete with Slip-N-Slide, kiddie pools, bubbles, and whatever other tomfoolery we can scrounge up on the world’s largest retail website. You, and everybody we can reach via twitter/fb are invited!

Robin Bash
Robin Bash
3 years 3 months ago

Paris and my husband!

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years 3 months ago
I’m in the process of developing the skills I’ll need to start a company either during or right after I graduate from college. So I’d definitely be taking the opportunity to pick up books in various areas such as: – Psychology (For understanding clients, building teams, communication skills) Picked up “words can change your brain” by Mark Robert Waldman <– Mind blowing – Business/Marketing ( Learning how to research and implement effectively) – Neuroscience ( Personal Interest, and relevant to the market I'd like to try out) Hopefully I win, but if not I'll be gradually purchasing these books over… Read more »
Suz
Suz
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the money to buy some much needed photography equipment, as well as some books I’ve really been wanting. Amazon is a great place to find just about anything, so I would have no problem spending that money on things I might not normally buy or generally can’t fit into my budget.

Rick
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit, wicked contest! I want to learn how to set one of these up

When I win the $1,001 Amazon GC I will use it to furnish my new apartment that I don’t have yet. But having this money will bring me one step closer to moving out!

Thanks for all that you do!

kari
kari
3 years 3 months ago
Well I just took a gander at my wish list on Amazon, and it’s chock full of awesome business, persuasion/psychology and design-related reference books that I would like to purchase. Along with that are some items to improve my professional appearance since I’m frequently in meetings and networking around town. That is literally all that’s in my cart at the moment, save for a mop. Yes. A Libman spray mop, which I researched and found to be the best one on the market. See how many areas of my life you would be investing in by offering me the shopping… Read more »
Pia Adolphsen
Pia Adolphsen
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy an enormous Starbucks gift card, a new purse, new clothes, new shoes, and all the books currently on my wishlist.

RK
RK
3 years 3 months ago

Great contest! Would love to buy a class set of books for my Business/Accounting high school class.

RK

Ryan
Ryan
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit,

Would probably take my girlfriend on a small vacation, as we don’t spend as much time together as we used to since entering the rat race…which I am working on getting myself out of right now! Might also use it to buy books or other things that further along my education into going Fastlane. Thanks for the materials you have provided me so far!

Marilyn
Marilyn
3 years 3 months ago

I’m gonna buy food and season passes to watch every bravotv show I want.

Selah
3 years 3 months ago

When I divorced, my girls’ mother vindictively kept the library of books I collected over the years from all over the world that was to be for my daughters – I’d rebuilt a portion of that library if I had the money and keep growing their love for reading and learning!

Alexia
3 years 3 months ago

Rio de Janeiro (then onto Buzios & Paraty).

My partner, who hasn’t been lucky enough to experience Brazil yet.

Mat
Mat
3 years 3 months ago

Are there engagement rings on amazon? hehehehe

Kyle Fiorot
Kyle Fiorot
3 years 3 months ago

I would invest the money in buying supplies and furniture for my new business

Blanca
Blanca
3 years 3 months ago
Hey Ramit, I love your website, I’ve been a fan for years and bought your book when it first came out. My husband went through a period of unemployment for 8 months and your website really helped change his perspective on the job market and his employment views. He’s employed now, but your website really helped him overcome some of his psychological barriers affecting him while unemployed. Our ultimate goal is to open our own business but we’ll need a good quality camera. So we’d use the Amazon 1k gift certificate to go towards buying the new Canon EOS Rebel… Read more »
Nicole
Nicole
3 years 3 months ago

There are so many books i have on my wishlist saved on amazon. If I won the money, I would buy all of them. I have a lot of business books, self development, and religious books I need. I am an aivd reader and always have a book I am reading. I would also help out a few friends who also do not have money to buy books but love to read.

Christine
Christine
3 years 3 months ago

I would definitely stock up on the various personal finance books that I have been borrowing from the library (because, you know, it seems counterproductive to buy them quite yet; I’m at that place in my personal finance saga – budgeting). Thanks for the chance to win!

Johnny
Johnny
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books and clothes.

ERIKA PADILLA-MORALES
ERIKA PADILLA-MORALES
3 years 3 months ago

I am a college student, working toward a career.

I’d easily buy my textbooks and a computer to help me with my studies!

Exciting? Maybe not, but totally necessary!

Thank you for the opportunity to offset my educational costs and encouraging us to think greater of ourselves!

Be well!

Adrian N Carvajal
Adrian N Carvajal
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit,
First I would buy your book so I can understand a bit more about investing and budget management and some other books to learn about personal finance and entrepreneurship one specific the $100 start up.
If I could I would buy a summer camp my son wants; that is why I want to learn how to start my own business so I can read more and teach more to my kids!
Best regards,

Jenn Brink
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy bunches of little things. Those things that you see and think, that’s pretty cool. Maybe later.

Tyler Alexander Cook
3 years 3 months ago

If I were to win the contest, and it was good only for use with the Merchant Amazon.com, then I would purchase all of the writings by Nichiren Daishonin that are available, no matter the language. Then I would proceed to pray to the gohonzon to have the wisdom and insight to give them to the people who will actualize the hope filled philosophy therein. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo

Julian
3 years 3 months ago

Storage and organization furniture for my makeshift art studio in my living room. Space & money is tight in NYC area! Right now I am using thrift shop finds that sort of work but could use an upgrade.

Also my cats would like some wall shelves to climb on so that they can enjoy some more private space away from our dog Winston.

Thanks Ramit, you are the best. My husband & I both love your content.

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 years 3 months ago

A vacation for my boyfriend and myself! 🙂

Thank you for the extremely generous offer and chance to win!

Rebecca
3 years 3 months ago
If I won an airfare, I would go to Antarctica and visit the penguin I plan to adopt. Every year for my birthday, since I was a little girl, I asked for a penguin. I had it all planned out. My mom adopted a penguin for me from the Milwaukee Zoo when I turned 12. It was the best gift ever, but I wasn’t allowed to touch it, play with it, or feed it; for my eyes only. Total bummer. Long story short, I’m adopting a penguin and can’t wait to visit him. Plus, how many people can say they’ve… Read more »
Mat
Mat
3 years 3 months ago
When I read some of the comments, I ask myself “WTF PEOPLE?!” Ramit just ask you to write what would you splurge on that extra 1000 $. I mean there is so many people thinking “Oh… Rimit is asking me what would I buy… I will tell him how poor I’m am and that I have never been to Paris and I’d don’t have enough money to buy books… and maybe he will feel sorry for me and he will choose me (very sad face) ) WTF PEOPLE? This is game… this is FUN… use your bloody imagination… go on… Read more »
Dana
Dana
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the Neat Desktop Scanner to help our household become paper free… A new DSLR for my husband’s side business… And a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for fun. 🙂

Sally
Sally
3 years 3 months ago

Thank you so much for the opportunity! I really appreciate it. I would buy all the books I’ve wanted for years/months/days off my wishlist!

Kevin Bradner
Kevin Bradner
3 years 3 months ago

I’s use the money to buy a list of textbooks that I’ve been trying to afford, which I would use to teach myself mathematics so I could get a chance to work at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

Nikki
Nikki
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly to Japan and take my three best friends. A trip isn’t any fun if you have no one to share the experience with.

Olga
Olga
3 years 3 months ago

I have several wish lists on Amazon, I’ll go through them and prioritize, probably I still would have stuff left on them after spending all the money 🙂

Michelle
3 years 3 months ago

I’ld go to the uk and shop my ass off 😀 i’ld take my boyfried probably…

Alexa
3 years 3 months ago

Hi,

I would fly to Hawaii. I know that seems generic, but the love of my life has always wanted to go there, and I would love to see him go somewhere he has always wanted to. I want him to have complete happiness and if I can share that moment of being in Hawaii with him, I would have completed one of my goals in proof of love being so powerful and selfless.

Will
Will
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a gift card, trade in for cash at CardPool
Then I’d take my wife to Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur for the night (average room is $900/night all included fees). She’d love it

Mary
3 years 3 months ago

I had a book scholarship when I was in college too. It was one of the best things a struggling college student could ask for.

If I won the Amazon shopping spree, I would use the money to buy my husband a new laptop computer. He works so hard and rarely has the time or energy or money to treat himself. I would use any remaining money on my kids. They are the most important people in my life and all my sacrifices are for them. Thank you for the opportunity.

Peg Whitten
Peg Whitten
3 years 3 months ago

My amazon.com wish-list gets longer everytime I log on. But before I bought what I want, I would let my daughter (single mother of 4, works full-time and goes to school at night) get the books she needs, including I Will Teach You to be Rich.

EB III
EB III
3 years 3 months ago

I’d fly from North Carolina to Los Angeles with my sister to meet up with our brother.

Esteban
Esteban
3 years 3 months ago

I’m working on being a 100% working and gigging musician. I’ve been using your ideas to make this happen. If I win I would buy the $1000 Gitane Django guitar I’ve had my eye on and buy it guilt free to play music to everyone around me.

Lori Thurman
Lori Thurman
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks, Mr. Sethi! As a grad student, I’m always strapped for cash, but I would invest this money for my 10 month old son. Maybe it will help him later on, when he’s a hungry grad student! 🙂

Nikolaï A.
Nikolaï A.
3 years 3 months ago
If I win, I’ll spend every cents on books. The following list of books is what I intend to read for the next 6 months, it amounts to a little over 1000$, shipping fee not included (I’ll be glad to pay it!!): – Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire – Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail – Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling –… Read more »
Don
Don
3 years 3 months ago

I would take my family to out of town for a weekend!

Rosie Addison
3 years 3 months ago

I would set up my Dream Office. Cheers for the opportunity Ramit x

Matthew King-Yarde
3 years 3 months ago

First off, I would buy some music equipment because I’m looking to finally pursue a passion of mine. I would also get some computer equipment to backup my current computer. I would also get a tablet, some eBooks and some shoes.

Then when I’m down to $100, I would use that as a giveaway to help get traffic to my relaunched blogging site.

April
April
3 years 3 months ago

I’m a bookworm, a poor bookworm. So I’d have a ball buying books to fill my almost barren kindle library. Then I’d go into my little world where I allow myself to be completely consumed by the book I’m reading. LOVE that!

PS Just recently read Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”, great read, inspiring and very honest. Everyone should read it 🙂

Josh Hickman
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit,

I recently got into woodworking and trying to turn it into a side business, I have built one farmhouse table and working on another outdoor patio table with built in beer coolers. I set up an Etsy shop and advertising on local places like Craigslist. However, I don’t have a miter saw (I have been borrowing a friend’s when he isn’t using it). So, I would buy this awesome DeWalt double bevel sliding miter saw on Amazon and other things like finishing materials like stains and sealers so fund production. Thanks!!!

Josh Hickman

Arielle Avery
Arielle Avery
3 years 3 months ago

books a gift for my niece, gift for my sisters, dad mom brother and put a little to save towards christmas 🙂 also i would buy my textbooks for school next semester

Mala
Mala
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Ramit,

Thanks for the opportunity!!!! I have a gigantic amazon wishlist of books on every topic, and I love reading so I would tick of some of those, and buy some books for my partner too!

Mala 🙂

Victoria
Victoria
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a new computer. My current one badly needs replacing, but until I’ve paid off my student loans, I’m not allowing any big purchases.

kunj
kunj
3 years 3 months ago

it would help me to pay my fees in next semester.

Erica Legrone
Erica Legrone
3 years 3 months ago

If I win I would invest the money in my graphic & web design business. I want to expand into other areas of marketing and printing and perceive I will need office space outside of home to really expand. I am bringing my teenage sons into the business as well!

Jared
Jared
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy mostly textbooks for classes I’m taking in university, but I’d also buy guitar strings and other fun things.

Jose Fernandez
Jose Fernandez
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for this motivating contest!
If I won, The first thing I’d get is this:
http://www.amazon.com/iSpring-Commercial-Tankless-Reverse-Filter-Compare/dp/B0040IOU5E/ref=sr_1_17?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1366669139&sr=1-17&keywords=reverse+osmosis+water+filtration+system
What’s more important than clean water?
Anyway, thanks again for the opportunity!

David
David
3 years 3 months ago

I’d finally buy myself a DSLR. I’ve been making do with a Vixia long enough!

Dana T., CFP (R)
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit: I would buy my first smart phone; add to my economics library and also purchase a camera for my mom for Mother’s Day. I would also consider which iPad I could fit into this list.
Fun to read the comments, as well as enter.

Andrea
3 years 3 months ago

I’d get a kindle & start my e-book collection!

Laura
Laura
3 years 3 months ago

I would use part of the money to purchase camping gear. I want to give my son as many experiences as possible. The rest of the money would be used to outfit my new home with furniture.

jezaira
3 years 3 months ago

I would purchase books on marketing and business in order to further my business skills.

LJ
LJ
3 years 3 months ago

Good contest, I’ll let you know after I win…as specified!

efrem
efrem
3 years 3 months ago

I’d spend that money to:
– get my 20mm prime lens fixed
– replace my 7years old laptop with a better one.

Lopa
Lopa
3 years 3 months ago

recently, I quit my job to stay home with my baby. Till now I have never paid much attention to what I wear. But, now I have been browsing online and have fallen in love with scarves as a accessory. My baby girl has inspired me to dress up, so we can make somw great memorable pictures. If I win, I will spend on baby dresses for her, matching scarves for me and on proffesional pictures every month till the 1001$ last!!

Brendan Feltrup-Exum
Brendan Feltrup-Exum
3 years 3 months ago

I would go on another European road trip with my best friend Jonathan.

Mark C
Mark C
3 years 3 months ago

Children’s furniture for my sons room in our new house and an iPad

Bunny
3 years 3 months ago

I recently got an internship in an accounting office. My work clothes are looking a bit shabby. I would buy some new clothes to work in.

Ali
Ali
3 years 3 months ago

THANKS Ramit for the chance to:
1. give 10% of the $1001 to my Aboriginal student here in Australia to choose their own shopping spree at Amazon
2. buy a variety of your books and other manuals which will support my husband as he mentors Aboriginal people coming out of their drug and alcohol dependent lives. His relationship with his clients is amazing but he still needs resources to inspire and give them the tools to live RICH LIVES

Nina
Nina
3 years 3 months ago

I’ll buy vouchers from restaurants so I can treat my family. Then I’ll buy a few pairs of shoes for social gatherings. I might use the money to buy a folding bike, a pair of new running shoes, and ebooks. Or I might buy the I Will Teach You to Be Rich ebook, use the money to invest in a business, or join the e-course sometime in the future.

Ali
Ali
3 years 3 months ago

With a $1001 shopping spree at Amazon I would love to:PAY IT FORWARD to my two sons who are stepping out into the world in their own businesses. I’ve had the privilege of many years of inspiration and life changing teaching and it’s time to ensure the next generation doesn’t miss out.

Brad A. Yoo
Brad A. Yoo
3 years 3 months ago
Awesome deal Ramit! I am on a mission with my friend at work to earn some more cash on the side. Times are tuff and we are looking at starting a small business to help pay off those student loans, and in the long term, be a self automated site to finally live a comfortable life. I’m not looking to be rich but I want be able to pamper my girls from time to time. So, if I win I’ll be using it to buy some books on small business tactics and starting a business on a budget… and buy… Read more »
Helen
Helen
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy all the art books I want, to further my own education to in the field and also to collect works done by others, as well as get books on psychology, philosophy, and those couple seasons of fringe that I’ve been eying for a while but haven’t been able to justify buying yet.

S Dorsey
S Dorsey
3 years 3 months ago

I’d pick up a few web programming books for my business, some home theatre equipment for the entertainment factor, and other misc toys for the geek factor.

Chris Stern
3 years 3 months ago
I started taking photos with my Nikon D90 with many prime lenses and it started colllecting dust in the corner of my bedrooom as I was tired of carrying all my gear to different photowalks. Back in August of 2012, I sold all my gear and bought my wife a macbook pro. Currently, I use my iPhone to create stories where I share them on instagram and other social media sites. I love the shoot, edit and share capabilities which has brought my love for photography back to me. Recently, I have fallen in love with the Fuji X100S which… Read more »
Alberto
Alberto
3 years 3 months ago

I’ll buy a kindle with 1,000 books on it.

Emily
Emily
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a spoiler for my new car and get myself a bunch of organic food staples to start my change of healthier living. I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia among a few other things and am slowly making changes to my life. The costs are higher but worth it. I would also buy books…new cookbooks, and several copies of I Will Teach You to Be Rich to give to my family members. It has changed the way I look at everything. I would like an MP3 player as well.

Victoria
Victoria
3 years 3 months ago

I’m planning to treat my foodie parents and brother to a really expensive and nice restaurant, like The French Laundry, specifically for my parent’s anniversary. They have been amazingly supportive and are too frugal to splurge on something like this.

Ren
Ren
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books that would feed my brain – both fiction and non-fiction. I think learning needs to engage the heart and head to set the soul on fire.

Brit W
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy new work clothes since I’m finishing my MA program and will start my first full-time job. 🙂

Hannah
Hannah
3 years 3 months ago

I’d treat myself and my boyfriend to a holiday and use any remainder to pay for driving lessons.

William
3 years 3 months ago

Books!! Lots and lots of books!!

Jenelle
Jenelle
3 years 3 months ago

i’m a book junkie both for my own personal edification as well as for the purpose expanding my business knowledge as i start my own enterprise. that withstanding i would be spending it all on books- half about success, enterprising etc and the other half the particulars of my field. what can i say? i love reading, no better way to spend money to me than on expanding knowledge and power.

Stephanie
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the opportunity and play in my day…how would I spend a bonus $1001…

choices choices choices

Save – $101 grow my bonus gift!
IPAD – a long time want which in not a need – yet! All kinds of good stuff possible with that one purchase.
Flipflops – various style and colors, Converse – classic black high top and some fun color low tops, and credit at ITunes – because all those things make me feel abundant, happy and ready to roll out more good stuff in the world!

Salomé
Salomé
3 years 3 months ago

I love it!
If I had $1,001 to spend on Amazon I would definitely buy a new lense for my Canon EOS, or maybe even a new one, mine is old (450D). So I can get quality photographs even when I see the scene from a few meters away.

Yoann
Yoann
3 years 3 months ago

Good idea to do some kind of market study Ramith. With that money, I will buy some hours of coaching with my favorite pick up coachs!

Yoann

Darren
Darren
3 years 3 months ago

A $1001 Amazon shopping spree?

Where would I start – and end? 🙂

Many more ebooks (and especially expensive small-press and university press titles), books unavailable in Australia, CDs, Lego…

aditi
aditi
3 years 3 months ago

I will actually use that money to start a investment account or a lifecycle fund for my younger sister. She is still in school 😉 Better to start somewhere than none at all.

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a nice TV from Amazon, as I don’t currently own a TV but recent changes in my life has convinced me I could use one.

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 3 months ago

I’d throw it in my Roth IRA to make up for lost time.

Fernando Angelucci
Fernando Angelucci
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the best books on persuasion, sales, entrepreneurship, tax-law, and entity formation!

matthew
3 years 3 months ago

I would fly to Guadalajara with my dog.

Stephen
Stephen
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy all the textbooks I need for college.

Ben
Ben
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy lots of books. I already have a wish list full of books I’ve been wanting to read.

Gabriel
Gabriel
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a bunch of cheap Kindles loaded with industry specific books to give to some clients

Nic
Nic
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy some ebooks for my sister in China (I’m in Australia), with vouchers. Some more for my mum too as we are all voracious readers.
If I could get text books for my masters degree I would – I am working towards my dream job, and I have you thank Ramit. I’d also buy you a thank you gift. : )

Catherine
3 years 3 months ago

1001 dollars at Amazon…
Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Beige 369$
Amazon Prime Membership 79$ (wishing for more wishes)
Books: rare geology books, science books etc.

Jeff
Jeff
3 years 3 months ago

I would first buy a new laptop battery so I can actually use it away from my desk 🙂

Jose A De Leon
Jose A De Leon
3 years 3 months ago

Lots and lots of Photoshop and Illustrator books. Plus Photography books as many as the money would permit.

Thanks

Jose

Jann
Jann
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy books to help with my writing.

Sharon A.
Sharon A.
3 years 3 months ago

I wish I could buy Earn 1K. But if I couldn’t, my Mac and my iPad are both getting long in the tooth.

lauren
lauren
3 years 3 months ago

If I win the $1001, I will use the money to pay for a trip to Portland, OR, where I will buy books from Powell’s and eat out at some of the great places I heard about from friends.

Scott
Scott
3 years 3 months ago

Books. Lots of books. And an iPad Mini for the family. Then Kindle books.

Seth Freedman
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy as many books as I could from Josh Kaufman’s The Personal MBA reading list then share them with local underserved minorities and women interested in starting their own businesses here in Brooklyn.

esther green
3 years 3 months ago

all the books on my list….self help, religious- classics!!!!!!!!!!

Elise
Elise
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy supplements, books, music, and anything else on my wish list!

Nicole Murray-McKinney
Nicole Murray-McKinney
3 years 3 months ago
I would have to splurge on some chocolate that I can’t buy in the U.S. (when I do find them they are REALLY expensive) and I’ve recently discovered them on Amazon – Mr. Big, Coffee Crisp, Smarties, etc. When I was a child growing up in Canada, my dad would always hide a Mr. Big in his jacket pocket for me to find. My father has since passed away so just seeing the package makes me happy. The other thing will be a gift for my husband. He’s been working his butt off to keep things together while I start… Read more »
Aaron Velky
3 years 3 months ago

I started selling art and graphic design this year, so I’d invest in an artist’s tablet (the mean $600 ones), a few programs and supplies needed to improve my business opportunity. Any excess would go to new dress shoes.

Jomy
Jomy
3 years 3 months ago

Use $999 to get into the Earn 1K course once and for all – without thinking 10 times how I’d repay the debt on my credit card otherwise!

Tom Ristimaki
Tom Ristimaki
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy several copies of the most inspirational / transformational books I’m aware of (4-hour Workweek, IWTYTBR, the Alchemist, etc.) so that I can give them away to audience members at a public presentation I’m offering on May 1st. Then I’d buy a few titles that have been repeatedly recommended but I haven’t read yet – like Cialdini’s ‘Influence’ and a few books by Robert Green.

Seth M
Seth M
3 years 3 months ago

I would also buy books.

The Art of the Start
Another Copy of IWTYTBR (I gave my copy to my parents for reasons you already know)
Behavioral & Consumer Psych Books
The newest Game of Thrones Book
The 4 hour work week and body
Business Model Generation Book
Blue Ocean Strategy
The Lean Start-Up
Probably a new pair of shoes or two (I’ve had mine for 3 years now)
A graduation present for my little brother

Stuff like that. Stuff that I could use.

Cheers Ramit.

Justin Reyes
Justin Reyes
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a really powerful macbook.

Ma-Ann
Ma-Ann
3 years 3 months ago

Since I am here in Asia, I will buy Kindle books (business, bios, writing).

Beth Grasso
Beth Grasso
3 years 3 months ago

I’m working to convert my hobby into a business, so I’d buy my entire wishlist of business books and design books!

Kathy
Kathy
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a new computer chair. And a new computer desk, if I’m going to be working on my computer I should at least be comfortable!

Mera
3 years 3 months ago
What in the world would I spend it on? I think I’d get furniture to create an in-home yoga studio and supplies I could make kits with that I could resell to customers. That might sound kinda boring but for me it sounds like the ultimate fun, because it would give me the ability to work at home, not just on the computer and to splurge more often because my clients would love me for providing things to them and cutting out the need for them to get materials on their own. I’d probably also get some really nice clothes… Read more »
Rebecca
Rebecca
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the opportunity! I would use the money to buy computer parts – I’m looking to construct a top-of-the-line tower. I’m working on a program that will constantly statistically analyze the options market for me while I’m at work, and my poor little macbook isn’t going to cut it.

JT
JT
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy lots of books, writing materials, and art supplies.

Matt
Matt
3 years 3 months ago

Books and a gift cards for some airline tickets.

Amy
Amy
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use that Amazon voucher to buy books and useful gifts for the people around me who needs a little bit of happiness, kindness and inspiration. So many people has helped me along my journey (and I’m still getting there, which is why I haven’t done it) and I’d like to pay it forward with a surprise.
Thanks so much for the opportunity Ramit!

Rob
Rob
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a Macbook i have been starring at for 2 months. My old laptop is painfully slow, but still works (most of the time)

Ellen
Ellen
3 years 3 months ago

At 54, I’m finally going after my dream. I start nursing school next month and $1001 would buy me my first semester of books, a stethoscope, and a pair of shoes for clinicals. How awesome would that be!

Adrian Perez
Adrian Perez
3 years 3 months ago

This is indeed a awesome contest! For me I would put the $1,001 to good use by buying books, audio books or movies whenever I need to educate myself.

Chris
Chris
3 years 3 months ago

I have a long list of books on my wish list at Amazon, similar to the kinds of things that you were exploring as a student. With the leftover money. If I am so lucky, I will pick up an IPad so I can read some more digital books as well.

Cathy
Cathy
3 years 3 months ago

This is very generous of you. If I won, I would purchase a Mac Book.

melissa bramble
melissa bramble
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the money to buy the textbooks I need for my classes, a bike so I can learn to ride and travel quicker than walking, and save the rest for a rainy day (when I have to put my things in storage if I don’t stay on campus for the summer)

Paul
Paul
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy some of the great books that have been sitting on my wishlist for way too long. I’d also buy my partner some great books. Plus I’d also upgrade my phone, because it’s now quite old and doesn’t work with most of the new apps. Thanks Ramit for this great possibility! PS: I love your work!

Adin
Adin
3 years 3 months ago

I would take the money on my honeymoon to Maui in June and spoil me and my fiance with dinners, fun outings, drinks on the beach and buy her some jewelry.

Timothy Moser
3 years 3 months ago

I would probably buy an iPad. I’d spend whatever I had left over on iTunes music.

Timothy Moser
3 years 3 months ago

Strike that. Since it’s Amazon (even better), I’d buy every classic book on productivity I could find, some collector’s volumes in classic literature, a few extra Rubik’s cubes, and then a bunch of gifts for people I know. I have trouble finding things I’d like, so I tend to overspend on other people.

Kaitlyn Meleta
Kaitlyn Meleta
3 years 3 months ago

A lot of people are saying books, and that’s what I’d be tempted to spend it all on too! As Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus said, “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” That is so true to my life! 🙂

I would also spend it on new art supplies, and a pistachio green KitchenAid mixer.

Marcus
3 years 3 months ago
If you see this as an investment in one of your readers, keep reading. I’d use the $1,001 Amazon shopping spree to add to my existing home video studio to boost my productivity and make it a fun place to produce content. The content is videos to educate my audience with travel tips and indirectly promote my frequent flyer miles website. Lighting is key to good image quality, and I’ve been getting by on cheap lights from Home Depot. It would be terrific to have a real lighting kit that throws off enough light that I can set my camera… Read more »
Sitaram
Sitaram
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy:

1. An Amazon Prime membership
2. A good SLR camera
3. Some medical textbooks that I have an eye on.
4. Some Stock (even 2 shares, if I get them)
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (novel)
6. The Restaurant at the end of the Universe (the novel – not the actual restaurant)

Sitaram
Sitaram
3 years 3 months ago

Almost forgot to thank Ramit for the great offer – thank you! Even if I don’t win, I was still able to prioritize my purchases. Now I know what I want to buy with my own money, and in what order to buy it.

Thanks!

Barbara
Barbara
3 years 3 months ago

I would give 50 percent to a charity and 50 percent I would sell Amazon gift card so I could buy items on Ebay watch list. This way I get what I want AND recycle and help a good cause.

Pete
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy a $1001 Amazon gift card, then use it for stuff I NEED over time. $1001 of my money not spent is $1001 towards retirement. Lame? Sorry.

Sheila Bazleh
3 years 3 months ago

What a lovely gift idea! I would use this gift certificate to purchase all the computer-related equipments and gadgets that we need for our home office!

Heather
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy birthday and Christmas presents for the year for my immediate family and friends. And if anything was left over maybe a small something for myself (probably an ebook).

This is mostly because I’ve noticed that when money gets a little tight presents are one of the things that suffers, and to not have to think about it would relieve a bunch of stress.

Jason Arnold
Jason Arnold
3 years 3 months ago

I’d purchase a number of books that I’ve had my eye on to help me fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge, enabling me to put the next phase of my ideas into action. Hell, I’ll purchase these books anyway but it would great if I didn’t have to worry about the cost!

Kimberli Nelson
Kimberli Nelson
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy camera equipment… A new lens, some cf cards, some business cards, and so on. How fun!!!

Sk
Sk
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy books. Lots of books.

Will Crosby
Will Crosby
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the gift to further my photographic endeavors (books, equipment, film!)- and buy my mom some used e-books.

Darby
Darby
3 years 3 months ago
I would spend almost the whole amount on books. I would like to get a few good books on investing for retirement (I’ve already read IWTYTBR), real estate investing (in case I ever decide to buy a house), and some books about the psychology of money. In 3 weeks I am making the jump to being a full-time consultant so I would love a good book on time management and organizational strategies for self-employed professionals. I already have Earn1K though so that’s a good start! I would also like to read more about psychology, especially the psychology of money. I… Read more »
ferdy
3 years 3 months ago

I would use that money to keep improving my photography, i’m trying to keep improving my photography business which for that i quit my day job and jump both feet to the water. so any amount of help is really helpful for me i will and always will try to share how i see things to the world

Victoria B
Victoria B
3 years 3 months ago

With a $1001, I would rent a gym for a couple of weeks this summer and hold volleyball camp for middle school and high school girls in my rural area. Volunteer staff would teach the fundamentals and techniques so they are better prepared for fall tryouts. I would also hold open gym so they can play against others. And get the experience of playing on a team. Volunteer staff would consist of area high school JV and varsity players, as well as coaches and players from the local university.

Patty
Patty
3 years 3 months ago

I would love to have a new camera – a decent one. I was passed over for a chance to do somemwritingnaboutnrecipes because I had to take pics of the dishes I prepared – and the old Olympus does to cut the mustard, whether it is Dijon or rustic whole -grain. It was a learning experience, next time will be better.

Gail
Gail
3 years 3 months ago

I would probably get home repair stuff and books. Our little home needs some fixing up and beautifying. Thank you, Ramit.

Ramk
Ramk
3 years 3 months ago

I will buy an amazon gift card for $1001:). Instead of splurging all at once, it will be a great feeling to shop on amazon in the future and never have to worry about the payment. This will kind of mimic your scholarship experience ;).

Victoria B
Victoria B
3 years 3 months ago

The $1001 will be spent on ebooks or books so I can complete my IT degree and fight cyber crime and protect networks. Then Ill have more time and money to host my volleyball camps! Lol

David D
David D
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy a well pump and sprinkler system component so that I can have a nice green lawn all summer and use whatever is left to buy some Kindle E-books.

Nicole Maas
3 years 3 months ago
First, I would buy a dive computer, so that I can log my performance underwater better. Also, having a shiny new toy is a good excuse to plan another dive trip. Second, I would buy a Nexus 7 tablet. It still has the best reviews from friends and colleagues, and it fits in my purse. Third, I would buy books–the 8 Ender books from Orson Scott Card for a little fun reading and then Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, Capitalism, Philosophy, and The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand. I’m not sure if I will like or dislike her viewpoint but I’ve… Read more »
s. sciotti
s. sciotti
3 years 3 months ago

I recently quit my job because of having an infant. My husband has been working so hard to provide for us. He usually attends The National Dogeball League event in August, but this year he won’t be able to. I would use the money to buy his ticket to go, and the new nikes he would want.

Brent
3 years 3 months ago

I would go ahead and upgrade now to Adobe CS6, instead of waiting until this summer, reinvesting in my freelance design work that I do on the side. There are a lot of new features that will save me considerable time on each project – time that I can put toward reading through the enormous pile of books I already have in queue. 🙂

Susan
Susan
3 years 3 months ago

I like you am a big reader. I would probably spend the spree on books. Then take a look around at all their other options. I don’t like clutter so it would be something useful.

Valerie Nalls
Valerie Nalls
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy 20 percent indulgence items – namely a kindle. The rest I would use to stock my pantry. Totally boring but would love to have my cupboards stocked and not have to carry it down my sidewalk. It’s long!

Eileen T
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy some cookbooks that I’ve been eyeing. But other than that, I don’t have any big purchase item I need at the moment. I think I’ll save the money and get something later when I need it.

T-Bone
T-Bone
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Ramit- what a fun contest! 🙂 I would buy a cord to connect my laptop to the TV so I can Facetime my husband, who is deployed in Afghanistan, with the whole family. And I’d probably buy him a stand for his ipad and a few books to read & share with his troop to take their minds off of work too.

Shuja Farooq
Shuja Farooq
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy all my text books for grad school 🙂

kj
kj
3 years 3 months ago

I would definitely buy myself a good make over. I am ready for a new look and new style for a new me. I would even throw in a good back massage. Whatever is leftover would be put to a new quality wardrobe.

JuliaT
JuliaT
3 years 3 months ago
Fun contest, Ramit! I have a friend who arranged to have a line item in his employer’s budget that also allowed him to buy what seemed to me like an unlimited number of books per year. I was so envious – until I talked him into loaning some of his favorites. I would use an Amazon shopping spree in part for gifts to my family members (since I’m going to get them stuff on Amazon anyway), and the rest for books that I can’t get at the library. Given the types of books you like to read, I’ll have to… Read more »
Shekhar
Shekhar
3 years 3 months ago

I will buy some basic books for poor people those living in province in Cambodia and one teacher for 3 months to use this money.

Liz
Liz
3 years 3 months ago

I’d definitely buy a tablet so that I could read more on the go!

Upendra
Upendra
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the $1,001 to buy one of your courses on how to earn 1K on the side

or How to negotiate your salary.

Rudy
3 years 3 months ago

Ramit, thanks for this opportunity. I would buys some books for my wife and kids and spend the rest on photography equipment to help my budding photography business.

Arjun
Arjun
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use the money for my holiday in New Zealand !!

Bobbie Richardson
Bobbie Richardson
3 years 3 months ago
This is very generous of you, thank you for the chance. I would take my children on a weekend out of town just my two boys and I. I would ask them each what they wanted most and get it for them and then tell them to pick more if I still had enough money. I am going through a very ugly divorce and haven’t had support in over 8 months so being able to buy them something without stressing over it would feel amazing especially when I could see their smiles when they actually get it. It would put… Read more »
Lauren
Lauren
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve never had that much money to “play” with! But I’d probably buy some of the books on my to-read list, a vitamix, and then wait to spend the rest on gifs around the holidays.

Ryan M
3 years 3 months ago

I’d probably get a kindle and some books and a bunch of things on my wishlist. Maybe a new lens for my camera.

Thanks Ramit!

Patti McHugh
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy books and craft supplies in my Wishlist. There’s a bunch of stuff I’ve been saving for later.

Ren
3 years 3 months ago

Not sure I’d know where to start with $1,001 on Amazon; Maybe upgrade the RAM on my laptop, definitely buy some art supplies, very likely buy a bunch of MP3s to listen to while I work on projects, maybe some books as well (though I haven’t had much time to read lately, too many projects!) I could really use a new set of cookware, but then again I could buy a lot of supplies for a favorite local charity.

kruti
kruti
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the books on my wishlists that I have been wanting to buy for so long. Probably a nice Tablet too.

Shane
Shane
3 years 3 months ago

This is a great contest, Ramit. I have a baby on the way, and we need a lot of baby supplies. If I were to win the contest I’d buy a boatload of baby stuff.

Dennis L
Dennis L
3 years 3 months ago

I’ll buy myself a Kindle Paperwhite and several e-books for it. The e-books will mostly be biographies of successful people, psychology books, several art books (I’ll be reading these on my Nexus so that I can view the pictures in color), and several fantasy books that I have always wanted. I will also buy some movies from Amazon’s library and some albums not available in the US.

After buying all of that, I will buy a Nintendo 3DS and two games for it: Fire Emblem and Monster Hunter. That is, if I have enough left over.

Thanks Ramit!

Jason
Jason
3 years 3 months ago

vegas then skyjump then skydive

Dev
Dev
3 years 3 months ago

I would spend one third of the money to make a good savings for myself. Next one third I would like to buy some books to help me improve myself in my Business. I started my Training Institute just a few months back and taught myself all the techniques. I need to keep myself up-to-date and also need some advanced equipments for upgrading my business. Rest part I would use on a trip to Rajasthan and other parts of Northern and North-West India that still remains to be visited.

NT
NT
3 years 3 months ago

It’s not a splurge if I know in advance how I’ll spend every penny— but I’m thinking lots of books and maybe some high-end kitchen gear for my new home.

Amanda Sweat
Amanda Sweat
3 years 3 months ago

This is the summer before my senior year in college, and I’m visiting a friend overseas in France. I would use this money to actually do things past buying the ticket to get there!

Chris
Chris
3 years 3 months ago
I would buy books and more books from authors like Dr. John Maxwell, Zig Zigglar (RIP), Tony Robinson, Andrew Carnegie, Nepoleon Hill, Dolf De Roos, Robert Kiyosaki…well the list can be endless. Reading isn’t so much about learning something new, its about growth and development and becoming something more than what you already are. The first step in achieving any thing in life is about changing within yourself. Before you can impact others and taking the first step to leadership this paradigm shift is essential. I look forward to new and exciting opportunities and welcome the challenges and the failures… Read more »
Tom Watson
Tom Watson
3 years 3 months ago

I would purchase supplies and capital equipment for my mariculture business as follows: 30% for supplies of clam shell/jewelry products including jewelry & handicraft books, jewelry hardware and tools and gift boxes for final product(purpose:augment cash flow); 30% for supplies of deliverables of live aquarium livestock-bags, boxes, pumps and aerators (purpose: augment deliverables/fulfillment) and 60% for capital equipment and supplies for hatchery lab equipment(purpose: augment production).

Matt
3 years 3 months ago

My Amazon wishlist is full of books, so I’m sure that’d be cleaned out. Plus something practical like another external hard drive, my current one is filling up with music (I’m a DJ).

AJ
AJ
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the money to buy better music equipment to help produce of a higher fidelity.

Kristin
Kristin
3 years 3 months ago

I would use the prize to buy holiday and birthday gifts for my friends and family. Gifts are always a wild card in my budget, so having that taken care of would relieve a lot of my money stress.

Christina
Christina
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve recently fallen in love with AmazonLocal and would use the money to take advantage of the deals and discounts listed daily.

Ben
Ben
3 years 3 months ago

I’d slowly buy career and self development books as I have time to read them.

Jesús
Jesús
3 years 3 months ago

I will buy this tablet: Asus Transformer Pad – Tablet de 10.1, and will use it for personal issues (read books, create content, …) and professional issues (track my daily activities, run my own projects). I want to have quick access everywhere.

Vince
Vince
3 years 3 months ago

I’d buy an electronic drum set and kitchen utensils. Thanks for the giveaway, Ramit!

Sheyla
Sheyla
3 years 3 months ago
There are three types of things I’d definitely get. First of all, those non-fiction books in my Amazon’s wish-list; mostly consists of books on social behaviors -some are from your Amazon’s recommendation, I’ve been really really wanting a physical book of Influence and Social Animal, so I can read and make hand-written notes while reading them. Some books about marketing and advertising too, like Propaganda and Steve Krug’s Web-design book. Then, a bunch of books related to design, advertising and media; it’d be awesome to have those handy information related to my work without comparing a lot of sources from… Read more »
Julie-ann
Julie-ann
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy some of the books on my Amazon wish list, a new outfit, and some things I need to develop my first app.

Aman Sidhu
Aman Sidhu
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Ramit,

Thanks for the amazing contest ! What would I buy if I won ? Well being a college student, I would buy a few books. Mostly the books will be regarding my major but I love reading about personal finance, investing , leadership skills,
communication skills, etc. In addition to books, I would buy myself essential things like razor blades and such ( We Indians grow a lot hair ).

– Aman

Jose
Jose
3 years 3 months ago

I’m a screencaster so I’d buy a new mixer and the Heil PR-40 to improve my recording quality. Maybe second monitor with the rest.

Louis
Louis
3 years 3 months ago

I’d spend the $1,001 based on whatever whim occurred to me if and when I won. Sorry to be vague but what I’d value most is the opportunity to have a grand that I could spend however I wanted.

Louis
Louis
3 years 2 months ago

Just wanted to add I’d empty out my Amazon shopping cart which is full of books right now.

Christina Ferrari
Christina Ferrari
3 years 3 months ago
Hey, thank you so much for this opportunity I can really use the money. If I won, I would buy books for school– since I’m in graduate school and the price of books is incredible this would take a big chunk. Also, I will be job searching next year when I graduate so I would likely invest in some professional accessories, maybe an ereader or tablet, and do my Christmas shopping on Amazon with that awesome gift so I can save my money for rent and such. Honestly, I am being so practical but it’s because I need to be.… Read more »
Toni
3 years 3 months ago

An ipad for my toddler grandson and his brother, my step-grandson, who both have autism, and one for my granddaughter, who loves to read and draw, she’s 5. Plus a few books for them.

Mike Ebert
3 years 3 months ago

Toys. My family and I have been on a shoe-string budget for a few years, trying to pay back some debts. I would buy some My Little Pony stuff for my girls and my son and I would enjoy some Legos together.

Frank
Frank
3 years 3 months ago

I already buy a bunch of random stuff off Amazon… necessities… non-necessities. I would plan to buy what I’d usually buy, except I’d spend out of the $1,001 credit. That’d be the plan. I don’t know what affect it would have knowing whenever I buy on Amazon, I’m just spending from my giant gift card. I’m sure I’ll start spending more liberally…

Rose
Rose
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy the best juicer available that makes green juice. Or maybe buy some new pots and pans so I can enjoy cooking healthy for myself and my family.

Renuka
Renuka
3 years 3 months ago

I would rather plan books as gifts for my friends

John
John
3 years 3 months ago

If I won I would probably buy a collection of Seth Godin books and probably spend the rest on an iPad and clothes.

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years 3 months ago

I would buy more things for my 6 month old.

Robert
Robert
3 years 3 months ago

I’d use this to help fund improvements to the front reception and office areas.
Things are looking a little tired right now and this would greatly assist with the modernisation of the place which will in turn improve customer confidence right at the door.

william
william
3 years 3 months ago

I would get a Kindle, with as many e-books on wealth and personal development as I could fit in it.

Autumn
Autumn
3 years 3 months ago
I am a student and so I have a lot of books that I need to buy. I usually buy the old edition of the text the semester before I take the class for like $4.00, use it to study ahead and then I buy the new edition in a digital format. I know not all of my text would be available digitally through Amazon, but I would love having the money so that could buy older editions from more than one author, and compare text. I also like to buy books for my 9 year old son from Amazon.… Read more »
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