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Old 06-19-2009, 10:56 PM   #21
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Bought one of these in 1994. Still have it, sitting in the safe deposit box. Picture borrowed from the Bay.

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Old 06-19-2009, 11:39 PM   #22
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This 6 weeks ago:
And all I got was a new rice cooker.

No one's said it yet, I was a baby boomer retiring in a downturn, the entire media and half this forum might think that is a splurge. I sure do, and don't regret at all.
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Old 06-20-2009, 06:02 AM   #23
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Our worst (most educational) splurge was trying to buy a North Shore dream home in 1990 just as the Hawaii real-estate market was beginning a decade-long implosion. The sale went bad when the seller changed their financing terms. Luckily the $5000 deposit was a drop in the bucket compared to what our losses could have been. And when we found our "real" dream home in 2000, we were ready to snap it up.

Our biggest infrastructure splurge has been our stamped-concrete lanai & driveway. Seems unfair to call it a "splurge" when it fixes so many problems.

Our most productive splurge was sodding a median strip in our rental home. We'd been weeding its ground cover for years and sodded it for curb appeal before a possible sale. We never went through with the sale but the El Toro zoysia has totally crowded out the nut grass and saved us several hours of weeding every month. I guess the impending sale gave us "permission" to buy something that otherwise seemed too indulgent.

Our biggest automotive splurge has been a used Prius. I'd lost faith that a car could provide so much engineering entertainment.

Splurges that we now can't live without:
- a laptop computer
- a wireless router (set up & run by our kid, not by me, as a condition of purchase)
- TiVo #1 (spouse birthday present)
- TiVo #2 (spouse birthday present to get our teen off spouse's TiVo)

Flying first class will no longer seem like a splurge after a few more posts here on deep vein thrombosis…
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Viking kitchen appliances. Great products, but I could be served quite well with less costly makes. I do use them everyday...at least the fridge and the microwave. They do look great!
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:30 AM   #25
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My biggest splurge ever was $2,400 for a mountain bike. My bike is worth more than my car. It get's better gas mileage through and many more smiles though
Depends on how you use it. DW and I bought $2200 bikes a couple of years ago and consider it one of our best investments. We ride 100+ miles a week and are in the best shape we have seen in decades.

Now Rich's splurge -- wow. I wanna come along for a ride.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:42 AM   #26
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Boats -- 24' pontoon which I later sold to buy a 21' Carolina Skiff

Lately, a couple of kayaks made of kevlar -- very lightweight, but also somewhat expensive at around $2k.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:09 AM   #27
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Around 1999, with 5 years of seeing my wealth shoot up due to stock options, and barely changing my spending habits at all, I told a couple of friends that when I hit a certain financial goal, I'd get a Honda S2000. It didn't take long, but when I hit that goal, I did more research and decided I liked the 1st gen Miata better, so I got a lightly used one. So even though it was a totally unnecessary fun splurge, I only spent about 40% of what I had planned. I still have it and love driving it.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:22 AM   #28
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Gosh, I have a list of dumb purchases:

1. Honeymoon in St Thomas with 1st wife. Divorced five years later. I won't mention the $1,400 diamond ring in 1977....

2. New 4WD Chevy pickup truck in 1985. In 18 years I drove it 52k miles, but did really enjoy it. Should have bought a used one.
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Five years ago I took my mother ,my aunt ,my daughter and my two sisters on a cruise to Bermuda . We had a blast and a lifetime of memories from that trip . It was money well spent .
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:02 AM   #31
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Guess it would be the $20,000 I gave my 2 daughters for weddings. Spent $10,000 of my own money on 1st daughter's wedding, and told the second daughter she'd get the same (they were both around 30 when they got married). Loaned 3rd daughter $20,000 over a period of a few years to get her Master's, and she ran up $60,000 in school loans and $15,000 in credit cards also. So I guess when she gets married I'll be asking her for at least $10,000 since she has never paid me back anything.
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:19 AM   #32
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1.800 bucks for an electric bycicle. after having paid 1.100 for another one from whic I took a fall.
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Bought one of these in 1994. Still have it, sitting in the safe deposit box.

Lovely watch.
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for our honeymoon-before-the-license. Bass ackwards can be fun sometimes!

It took us over a year to save up for it.
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Probably daughter's wedding, just another big old bucket of money in the splurgorama of raising children for us.

(Wait, did you say a three-carat diamond ring, bbam? NICE!)
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Bought one of these in 1994. Still have it, sitting in the safe deposit box. Picture borrowed from the Bay.

Beautiful watch but, Goodness, it could pay off my mortgage!

DW's biggest splurge: her Rolex watch.
My biggest splurge: my collection of silver "antiques".
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(Wait, did you say a three-carat diamond ring, bbam? NICE!)
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:36 PM   #39
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Private plane ride, from NY to IND. Cost about $12,000 for only a three or four hour flight.

We were going to be stuck in NY for several days because of flight cancellations and such due to weather.

Had just sold that business so figured what the hell, once in a lifetime experience.

Was actually very cool. Would love to be able to afford it all the time.
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Actually, another "splurge" of mine is when I paid $1,600 to buy a "penny" back in 2004. It was the last coin I needed to complete a collection I started when I was about 10 (it was an Indian head cent dated 1877, which is the rarest date in the series). My wife thought I was nuts, but to her credit she never started throwing things and I did cut back on my "discretionary stuff" budget for a few months to "pay for it."

But today it rests comfortably in an collectors album with the rest of the collection in a safe deposit box, and by itself it would fetch close to $3,000 on the market now. So unlike the last splurge I mentioned, I'm getting value here. So far.
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