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Old 06-07-2012, 12:15 AM   #61
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+1 At the end of your days, your heirs will receive $66 less than they would have otherwise. No big deal.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:54 AM   #62
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Yes, I am sure it is no big deal and my educated guess is that T-Al will not die penniless if he coughs up the $66 for parking.
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Yes, I am sure it is no big deal and my educated guess is that T-Al will not die penniless if he coughs up the $66 for parking.
I often think "Can this expenditure possibly make any difference, financially, during the rest of my life?" and the answer is usually "no." But that's a tricky thing. Today, I could buy a quieter dishwasher, an oven for which the self-clean feature still works, a quieter fridge, a wetsuit that is easier to take off, a shortboard, a new iPod touch, a tire inflator, a new bike rack, an iPad, some new hiking boots, a lobster dinner, a lighter bike, a bigger chainsaw, and a few other things. The answer is "no" for each of those, and "probably no" for all of them together. If I buy more stuff tomorrow...

It's a good question to ask, but I prefer "Would I rather spend the $66 on parking or on __________ extravagance?"

Would you enjoy the experience of winning $66? That's how I see it, since riding my bike 12 miles is fun.

When we went to Hawaii, I dropped Lena at the airport, parked the car at a friend's, and walked the 3 miles to the airport at 4 AM. It was fun.
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When we went to Hawaii, I dropped Lena at the airport, parked the car at a friend's, and walked the 3 miles to the airport at 4 AM. It was fun.
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I often think "Can this expenditure possibly make any difference, financially, during the rest of my life?" and the answer is usually "no." But that's a tricky thing. Today, I could buy a quieter dishwasher, an oven for which the self-clean feature still works, a quieter fridge, a wetsuit that is easier to take off, a shortboard, a new iPod touch, a tire inflator, a new bike rack, an iPad, some new hiking boots, a lobster dinner, a lighter bike, a bigger chainsaw, and a few other things. The answer is "no" for each of those, and "probably no" for all of them together. If I buy more stuff tomorrow...
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As a life long LBYMer, that is the thing I sometimes struggle with as well. Within a reasonably likely range of investment results, my heirs will do very well to too well, which could mean that I should be spending more today and enjoying myself more, having more conveniences, etc. I do tend to be more willing to splurge on vacation.

Similar to you when I tally the things I would buy if I just let go a bit (similar to your list) it really isn't a lot in the whole scheme of things. While I know a new bike could be a lot, the rest of the list could probably be had for less than $5k.
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I often think "Can this expenditure possibly make any difference, financially, during the rest of my life?" and the answer is usually "no." But that's a tricky thing. Today, I could buy a quieter dishwasher, an oven for which the self-clean feature still works, a quieter fridge, a wetsuit that is easier to take off, a shortboard, a new iPod touch, a tire inflator, a new bike rack, an iPad, some new hiking boots, a lobster dinner, a lighter bike, a bigger chainsaw, and a few other things. The answer is "no" for each of those, and "probably no" for all of them together. If I buy more stuff tomorrow...

It's a good question to ask, but I prefer "Would I rather spend the $66 on parking or on __________ extravagance?"

Would you enjoy the experience of winning $66? That's how I see it, since riding my bike 12 miles is fun.

When we went to Hawaii, I dropped Lena at the airport, parked the car at a friend's, and walked the 3 miles to the airport at 4 AM. It was fun.
Al, I like your idea of fun although at 4am, I'd be thinking about the safety issue vs the expense of parking at the airport.

When someone suggests that I buy a new thing to replace a thing I already have, I always say "But I already own this one." I do buy new things when the old one is more trouble than it's worth or if new features make it a worthwhile purchase.

I used my original FoodSaver vacuum packing machine for too long after it got difficult to use. It would vacuum just fine but didn't kick into the sealing unless you held down the cover just right with both hands, full force. It made a horrible noise and I kept having to redo the package over and over until it sealed correctly. I finally got disgusted and tossed it in the trash on the way out the door to get a new one. The new one works easily and perfectly every time. I should have bought it months earlier, as soon as the old one started mis-behaving.
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Clearly there is an art of spending in retirement. How to balance old saving habits with new freedoms and gentle depletion of the nest egg?
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The parking solution did not work. Why? Because the Walmart didn't exist!

Despite being shown by googlemaps:

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There was no Walmart in Milwaukee, Oregon. I drove there and was told that there was a Walmart planned, but none yet.

I talked with the police, who told me that I could park in a residential area, but would technically have to move the car every 24 hours. Not worth it, so I abandoned the idea and drove back and parked at the hotel. A little time wasted, but no big deal.

We did later ride on the exact route I would have taken:

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As a life long LBYMer, that is the thing I sometimes struggle with as well. ...
I tend to spend a bit more time/effort on recurring expenses. Just spent a lot of time going through home/cell phone options (only one kid left in the house, our 'family plan' for cell phone didn't make sense anymore - but I had to find a different VOIP provider, as that was p/o the family plan). For other consumables, I note what price I paid and where, and when it's time to restock, I can look around for a better price before I run out.

I try not to get too hung up on one-time expenses - life is too short.

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The parking solution did not work. Why? Because the Walmart didn't exist!

Despite being shown by googlemaps:...
That is weird!
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[QUOTE=TromboneAl;1206887]The parking solution did not work. Why? Because the Walmart didn't exist!

Despite being shown by googlemaps:

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Perhaps it's in a parallel universe.
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Very odd--I've had Google maps show places that no longer exist at an address, but never one that might one day be located there. Definitely the parallel universe is working against T-Al, omni!
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The parking solution did not work. Why? Because the Walmart didn't exist!

Despite being shown by googlemaps:
Newsflash! Google maps doesn't know everything. And when they don't know it, they make it up. Last time it happened to me they misplaced the fish hatchery by a few miles.

Lose a whole Walmart? Hard to top an error of that magnitude.
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Perhaps it's in a parallel universe.
Some of us think the entire area is in a parallel universe.
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The parking solution did not work. Why? Because the Walmart didn't exist!

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There was no Walmart in Milwaukee, Oregon. I drove there and was told that there was a Walmart planned, but none yet.
Amazing! I thought things like that only happened to me.

Glad it all worked out anyway.
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Google map that displays a Walmart to be built in the future? NICE!

Has anyone found a google map street view that includes a stock display like this, but in the future?

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