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Old 01-02-2019, 05:39 PM   #1081
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Update on my 10/24 post (#874)

Dropped $3500 when it was it was all over, $800 of it with the favorite HS GF Really enjoyed the Dom with her

To say that part of the trip "went well" is an understatement, already planning another B-T-D opportunity with her.....




Blowin' the Dough over the NYE weekend trip to TX went as expected-$2100 of fun and family visits with the DGF.

I expect 2019 will be a banner year for B-T-D - DGF became my fiance NYE
Congrats! And make sure to start a "Blow that Dough - 2019" thread when the spending faucet opens - unless someone else has beaten you to it.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:10 PM   #1082
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Update on my 10/24 post (#874)



Dropped $3500 when it was it was all over, $800 of it with the favorite HS GF Really enjoyed the Dom with her



To say that part of the trip "went well" is an understatement, already planning another B-T-D opportunity with her.....









Blowin' the Dough over the NYE weekend trip to TX went as expected-$2100 of fun and family visits with the DGF.



I expect 2019 will be a banner year for B-T-D - DGF became my fiance NYE


Congratulations! Great news!!
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20K to each grandchild's college fund x 3.
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Congratulations! Good to hear that your children like her also. Best wishes and keep us informed on when the wedding is.
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I appreciate all the good wishes and kind thoughts

The last 5 years have been interesting, and challenging at times. My kids have been a bright spot and it's feeling good to add even more light to my life.

To keep it on topic....Already started on the financial forecast for this adventure-to call it a "budget" implies fiscal restraint that isn't going to happen

Will be updating as the dough gets blown, and it looks to start within the next 2 weeks
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Very nice!
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20k might be what food costs at some colleges.
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20k might be what food costs at some colleges.
20K is a pretty generous gift to a college fund, and I am sure it will buy more than food at most colleges.
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I appreciate all the good wishes and kind thoughts

The last 5 years have been interesting, and challenging at times. My kids have been a bright spot and it's feeling good to add even more light to my life.

To keep it on topic....Already started on the financial forecast for this adventure-to call it a "budget" implies fiscal restraint that isn't going to happen

Will be updating as the dough gets blown, and it looks to start within the next 2 weeks
We’ll need updates so we can vicariously enjoy the party! Soooo happy for you both!
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That is very generous of you. An education is the gift that keeps on giving.
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There is no better return on investment than this.
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What a wonderful gift- My FIL did this for our kids (and their cousins I'm sure) after MIL died. We will certainly remind our children that their grandparents donated generously to their education.
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I haven't actually bought this (DW just laughed at the suggestion) but I think it would be a terrific addition to any diehard geek's or toolman's collection. Be the first on your block to have a robot snowblower, at only $9,850!

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https://ozrobotics.com/shop/rc-4wd-r...h-snow-blower/
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Be the first on your block to have a robot snowblower, at only $9,850!
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I haven't actually bought this (DW just laughed at the suggestion) but I think it would be a terrific addition to any diehard geek's or toolman's collection. Be the first on your block to have a robot snowblower, at only $9,850!

https://ozrobotics.com/shop/rc-4wd-r...h-snow-blower/
So what happens if FiFi gets in the way?
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So what happens if FiFi gets in the way?
Oh, I'm pretty sure Fifi would win that fight....
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As previously mentioned, DW and I have recently moved into a new home. I tell myself that we got a pretty good deal on it since the seller was having "money flow" issues and needed to get out sooner than later. Well, we already spent a decent amount of change on new paint/light fixtures and we *knew* there was some deferred maintenance...but it's a bit worse that we originally thought. The inspection we had didn't reveal much of nothing, but me going in and figuring out the mechanics of the house has shown that there was A LOT of "deferred" maintenance. So far, we are about $8K in fixing things that have been neglected though the years. Thankfully, we have "budgeted" far in excess of that for these issues, but I would rather blow that dough on something more exciting than a septic system!
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20K is a pretty generous gift to a college fund, and I am sure it will buy more than food at most colleges.


Depends on public vs. private. Private is almost $240,000 now for 4 years of tuition, fees room and board. Good State school about $100,000 for the same.
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Sad to say this guy will probably be knocking on the door asking if he can shovel the drive before the preteens will.

16 winters here and only once did a kid want a shoveling job. Hired him even though I have a good snowblower.
From 8 to 14 years old we made spending money every good snow fall. </GeezerRant>
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closing this thread, now continued in the 2019 version:

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