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Old 01-31-2013, 06:39 PM   #81
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I have failed to meet my goal in January. $2,500 spent only. Will do better next month.
Does that include your quarterly estimated income taxes? I had to pay mine in January. I only spent $1700 otherwise in January, but I have some dreams and plans to spend a few thousand more in a few weeks. It is very difficult to arrange deliveries in New Orleans as we get closer to Mardi Gras because of the parades.

Maybe you can get Amazon Prime ($75), which gives you free two day shipping and some other advantages. Then browse on Amazon, and dream about what life and conveniences you might want as you grow older each year. And most of all, remember that to remain psychologically healthy, probably you should be kind not only to others, but also to yourself.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:01 PM   #82
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Trying the "multi quote" for the first time... I agree to adopt a child would be wonderful. I need to convince my girlfriend though.
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That said, jesting aside, to have a real adopted child in your life is something to be cherished, but that reward has nothing to do with annual spend!
No, but I already support a couple of free clinics in the US.
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At the time when you posted this, rodi, I was actually at work. I would have preferred to have an omelette though...
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I'm hoping he's not posting right now because he's eating a caviar laden omelette.
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Take up gambling.

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Move to some high cost of living place, like London.
No, but it includes about $300-$500 donations.
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Does that include your quarterly estimated income taxes?
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On a more serious note, you could treat yourself more to things like champagne (the real stuff) and gourmet foods.

Other sybaritic pleasures to be had, things like massages, a nicer car, Swiss watches.

Note that I wouldn't spend on these kinds of things myself but they certainly would eat up chunks of money.
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No, but it includes about $300-$500 donations.
There's your problem right there. Not enough to build up creds for that sainthood application...
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Obgyn, do you actually eat?
Perhaps you don't own a car. If not, buy one. You deserve a nice Lexus.
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Oh my God. I am eating while typing these answers. Can you also read my mind, Meadbh ?
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Perhaps you don't own a car. If not, buy one. You deserve a nice Lexus.
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If the girlfriend is still in the picture, remember Valentine's Day is coming up. And girls just love jewelry.
If you give jewelry for Valentine's day & it is not THE RING make sure the jewelry is in a big box even if it's earrings . Trust me on this !
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Oby, the jewelry advice is excellent. Both Meadbh and Moemg. And remember, 18k. And to add a bit, why not give the gift over dinner at Alinea. (https://content.alinearestaurant.com/html/index.html) You can ask the waiter to choose the wine. Believe me, your objectives will soon be satisfied.
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If you need further inspiration, ob, watch this 50 year old! clip.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) -- (Movie Clip) Diamonds Are A Girls's Best Friend
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I think with all our "help" he will be reporting back in a few months that he is overspending!
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I just bought online a nice silver pendant and will take her for a trip to Europe.
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I just bought online a nice silver pendant and will take her for a trip to Europe.
Wonderful!! I hope you both have a wonderful time in Europe. I am sure she will love the pendant. What a nice present.
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I just bought online a nice silver pendant and will take her for a trip to Europe.
Attaboy! See, that wasn't so difficult, was it? I hope you will both have a wonderful time.
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I just bought online a nice silver pendant and will take her for a trip to Europe.
Very nice ! You both have earned it. I hope you have fantastic trip.
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I just bought online a nice silver pendant and will take her for a trip to Europe.
Very nice, she is a lucky lady to have you in her life!
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Oby - I'd like to second (or third) the advice on the jewelry, but go against Meadbh's advice on the Lexus - get a Ford F150 instead
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Well she LOVED the pendant I bought for her. All silver and precious gems.

Also I am buying my air ticket to go back to Central America in April to run a medical clinic there. I will also buy meds and send kids' clothes and shoes. Therefore, I will be over $4,000 for the month, including real estate taxes. Making progress towards my goal :-)
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Glad to hear that you are making progress toward your goal. It sounds like you will be making a lot of people happy!
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Let's see. He is a doctor who makes a much higher than average income. He has no children to spend money on. He has no spouse to be accountable to. He is a master of LBYM.

I would say he is well positioned to make his goal.
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