yeah, covering basic needs and anything beyond that.
that whole "can't buy happiness" meme only applies for the big fuck you money with people who have hit their happiness plateau.
money can buy those pills that help with the pain and distract from the despair
I've used it to buy chocolate, which makes me very happy!
Music, internet, etc.
Maybe not happiness directly, but it does affect stability which in turn has an influence on overall happiness or contentment.
Money alone cannot give you happiness, but you can buy a lot of stuff that can give you a short burst of happiness.
When I bought my own place, I got my driver license, I paid for my own car. I got to travel and I got my puppy Yeska ...ah! Also whenever I buy food...
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(when it comes to food and shelter, I mean)