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What A Million Bucks Will Buy You

May 22, 2019

We recently had one of those weird, made-up holidays: “Be a Millionaire Day.” That got us thinking — if we were to suddenly inherit $1 million, exactly how much of some stuff we could we buy with that?

Movie tickets

The average movie ticket price in the U.S. in 2019: $9. That means you could treat yourself and 111,110 of your closest friends to a screening of Detective Pikachu.

A pro basketball player’s salary

The NBA’s highest-paid player is currently Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who brought in $37.4 million in the last season. Chip in your $1 million, and that would cover Curry’s salary for two whole games (and a few minutes in a third).

Streaming video

Netflix recently increased its fee for monthly subscribers to $12.99 a month. With $1 million, you could prepay for Netflix for 76,982 months, which is 6,415 years, or almost enough time to watch everything on Netflix.


A regular-sized can of chunk-light tuna fish costs about 80 cents. With a million bucks, you could buy 1,250,000 cans of that fishy stuff.

As Seen on TV junk

Whatever miracle kitchen gadget they’re selling on late night TV, it always seems to cost $19.95. With a million dollars on the table, that could get you 50,125 items you can’t live without. (Not including shipping and handling.)

A used car

A used 1998 Toyota Corolla in good condition with more than 100,000 miles on it will run you about $870 (according to Kelley Blue Book). You could buy 1,149 Toyota Corollas from 1998 if you had a cool million laying around.

Candy bars

A 10.5 ounce bag of “fun size” (miniature) Snickers costs $3.79, on average. If you used that $1 million, you could afford 263,852 bags of little chocolate bars. As there are 17 bars to a package, that’s a total of 4,485,484 pieces of candy.

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