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Old 07-09-2007, 11:23 AM   #41
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Running shoes. I'm like Imelda Marcos with sneakers. The cushioning wears out before they fall apart, and you need different shoes for technical trails than you do for running roads, so I'm constantly buying a new pair, but I try to stay ahead by watching for sales.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:42 AM   #42
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Running shoes for me. I beat my death when I run and most have to be replaced every 6 months or so. I try to catch the previous years style but that is the one thing I drop some $$ on. Can't wait to start biking but I am sure I will find that I wear through some of that stuff just as fast.

Vacations too but to me that isn't a material thing per se.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:50 AM   #43
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:52 AM   #44
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I like to carry a lot of cash - bigger bills are better - when I know I need to have folding money "on-hand" for traveling (tips, etc.) or off the books stuff I get my money clip out and load it up...
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:01 PM   #45
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:30 PM   #46
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:44 PM   #47
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:51 PM   #48
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Yeah, $50/week for a cleaning lady who adores my cat; so she doubles as cat entertainment. I love walking barefoot on clean floors and find that I like being an "employer" and seeing how immigrants with limited English get a foothold in this county. My first one (who speaks adequate limited English) got herself elevated to nanny and sends her friends to me; they move on just before the social security, etc. requirements would kick in.

I also try to stay off of eBay but do occasionally buy small collectibles which I keep in places where I might get very bored, like over the kitchen and bathroon sinks.

And of course, eating out, I'm a bad cook in the great restaurant environment; and truly fear retiring to a place with bad restaurant food; I don't want to bash places from my travels but in one town all food was deep fried, even club sandwiches. So I believe in eating well now for tomorrow I retire to my own kitchen; I can easly slash my food expenses then.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:29 PM   #49
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:47 PM   #50
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Thanks for all the great answers .It's amazing how many of us love books .
I had tons of them sitting around and donated tons but now I sell them on Amazon after I'm finished reading .
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:12 PM   #51
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:10 PM   #52
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I sell 'em on Amazon, too, when I'm finished reading them, or trade them at used bookstore for credit if they don't have good price on Amazon, but that doesn't help at all with the habit of finding more and more that I just HAVE to read when there are piles all over waiting to be read.......

Chinaco, We ARE going to Western Europe this fall for several months, and while we usually travel with one small carryon each, (severely limiting me in books), this time, we are renting a VW Westfalia van to travel in, so my sweetie has agreed to one small carryon each, plus ONE suitcase of extra stuff that can be checked.

NOW I'm trying to figure out how we can do without all extras except for books, so I can have most of that suitcase for my stuff.....books......

And I'm not even COUNTING stuff like the RVing in Europe book, or the Lonely Planet Europe book......I make my sweetie put THEM in with HIS stuff, so I have more room for the good stuff.

Let's hear it for the unsung heroes....our sweeties.....mine is an unbelieveably patient guy.

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Old 07-09-2007, 04:05 PM   #55
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"Foreign Cleaning Ladies" was not an answer I expected in this thread on material weaknesses.
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:05 PM   #56
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Cars, books, and I would add guns, buts rarely spend any (more) money on them.

Cars though... I have a truck that I keep pretty up to date, a one year old Corvette, and a very old hot rod... (no motorcycles now, but have had lots of them too) I am slowing down a bit though, and actually have considered getting down to just one vehicle until I FI/RE and then settle into a new locale and make sure my plan is stable.

The books thing surprises me a bit when I go through a spree on Amazon, but that one is not too bad an indulgence... keeping the mind sharp 'n all... just hat it when I realize I could easily go to library, and/or used book store to get them much cheaper for the older titles.
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:52 PM   #57
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"Foreign Cleaning Ladies" was not an answer I expected in this thread on material weaknesses.

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Old 07-09-2007, 05:43 PM   #58
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Shoes! I'm surprised. I didn't peg you for a shoes person. It has been an indicator of a high maintance woman in my experience.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:46 PM   #59
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Nah, my wifes one nutty thing is also shoes and she's very low maintenance.

I always tell her she oughta buy a couple of dozen black bras to go with them so I can call her Imelda.
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