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Old 06-24-2019, 10:44 AM   #361
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Booked last week a late August trip to Austria. Spend a couple of days in Vienna, then a few days in St. Wolfgang and then drive down to Val Gardena in the Dolomites, then Lake Garda and then drive to Innsbruck to spend a night before flying back.

Was severely tempted to buy business class tickets which are on sale but I would have had to shift my departure and return dates by about 10 days earlier.

Difference in fares is about $1300, though many of the hotels in the Dolomites have their highest rates through the end of August and bulk of my time there will be in September.

But primary consideration wasn't the cost, it was the timing. I already have another trip in mid July to beginning of August so I didn't want to turn around and leave again in two weeks.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:42 PM   #362
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I feel guilty, a little, for blowing money on this but...there I go anyway.



$1250 a year on concierge medical care--a fancy way of saying "like having a doctor back in the old days who had time for his patients." This gets me (along usual co-pays) a doctor with a small practice, takes phone calls, spends ample time if needed, doesn't insist on me coming into the office for things that can be handled over the phone, doesn't lose my records, doesn't read off a generic script, remembers who I am from one visit to the next. I toyed with the idea of not "blowing that dough" on this after DH retired...one visit to a regular practice for a gyno issue changed my mind. This one is staying in the budget.



Big "blow that dough": we both have personal trainers. It is pricey--$60 a session, however often we go (roughly twice a week, fluctuates some). Looking at it on paper, it's crazy--we could do workouts at home, go to the condo clubhouse gym, join the Y. But we've main significant gains in strength, flexibility, balance, etc. It's personalized so if I've rolled my ankle or whatever, my trainer can adjust what we do that day so I can get some benefit. DH is learning correct form for lifting and just better form for ADLs all around.



Most of my aches and pains I had before have gone or at least diminished.



And there's never more than 2-3 people in the area at once, so it's not so...people-y.



And it's fun. Our trainers are cool. DH's was in the Polish Olympics, mine teaches classes like "self-defense in enclosed spaces/with multiple attackers/in the dark". We have a good time blowing that batch of dough :-)


I love the sound of all of this! Sounds like money well spent to me.
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cash for a new 40' class a motor home back in 2015. just got tix to see Travis Tritt.
Travis Tritt will be near us in October. I'm probably going to go.
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DW is going on a trip to South Korea for 5 weeks. I will be joining her in 4 weeks for a week stay for me as well. She asked me how much she can spend in Korea, given that I am in charge of our finances. I told her she has no limit on spending. FIRE is being able to say "no limit" on occasion like this.
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I told her she has no limit on spending. FIRE is being able to say "no limit" on occasion like this.
For your sake, I hope she will not happen across a Hermès store in Seoul.
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Leaving for vacation and several girlfriends had been bragging about gel nail polish so I trotted to the salon to get one. It was actually my first manicure EVER. I'm 47. I'm a) Pretty cheap. b) not really good at sitting still for stuff like this and c) manicures last 2 whole days. So girlfriends said I needed one, cause gel manicures last TWO WEEKS. So I got one- and a pedicure too. They MATCH. At checkout the girl gives me the total. My mouth falls open. The price on the list is for polish only- not the manicure, which is separate. (On a regular Mani or pedi, polish is free).

My husband and I have been laughing all evening about my sexy $80 nails. Whatever. Can afford it. As an aside- if you're going to do this I recommend any other day of the week than Friday- my patient self had to WAIT.
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Leaving for vacation and several girlfriends had been bragging about gel nail polish so I trotted to the salon to get one. It was actually my first manicure EVER. I'm 47. I'm a) Pretty cheap. b) not really good at sitting still for stuff like this and c) manicures last 2 whole days. So girlfriends said I needed one, cause gel manicures last TWO WEEKS. So I got one- and a pedicure too. They MATCH. At checkout the girl gives me the total. My mouth falls open. The price on the list is for polish only- not the manicure, which is separate. (On a regular Mani or pedi, polish is free).

My husband and I have been laughing all evening about my sexy $80 nails. Whatever. Can afford it. As an aside- if you're going to do this I recommend any other day of the week than Friday- my patient self had to WAIT.
Good thing you didn't get a haircut and color too....

Around here, DW needs to make an appointment, a week in advance....
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Leaving for vacation and several girlfriends had been bragging about gel nail polish so I trotted to the salon to get one. It was actually my first manicure EVER. I'm 47. I'm a) Pretty cheap. b) not really good at sitting still for stuff like this and c) manicures last 2 whole days. So girlfriends said I needed one, cause gel manicures last TWO WEEKS. So I got one- and a pedicure too. They MATCH. At checkout the girl gives me the total. My mouth falls open. The price on the list is for polish only- not the manicure, which is separate. (On a regular Mani or pedi, polish is free).

My husband and I have been laughing all evening about my sexy $80 nails. Whatever. Can afford it. As an aside- if you're going to do this I recommend any other day of the week than Friday- my patient self had to WAIT.
Sounds like a bargain at only 8$ a finger/thumb. Enjoy!!

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Sounds like a bargain at only 8$ a finger/thumb. Enjoy!!

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Well I got a Manicure AND a pedicure so it was only $4 per nail
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I just checked my Quicken. DW spent $260 in the first 6 months of this year, roughly $40 a month, not including tips. She keeps her nails nice and toes too. Once you get the gels, then it's just a fill and file every few weeks. Not as expensive as the original visit. For fingers and toes, she pays $68
She has no problem fitting in appts either. This morning she called and asked her regular manicurist if she could fit her in between a Dr. appt. and her gym workout. Not a problem!

Once a month she takes my dad to get a pedicure. No way any of us want to touch a 87 year old man's nasty feet! Best $30 we ever spent! Ha!
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Leaving for vacation and several girlfriends had been bragging about gel nail polish so I trotted to the salon to get one. It was actually my first manicure EVER. I'm 47. I'm a) Pretty cheap. b) not really good at sitting still for stuff like this and c) manicures last 2 whole days. So girlfriends said I needed one, cause gel manicures last TWO WEEKS. So I got one- and a pedicure too. They MATCH. At checkout the girl gives me the total. My mouth falls open. The price on the list is for polish only- not the manicure, which is separate. (On a regular Mani or pedi, polish is free).

My husband and I have been laughing all evening about my sexy $80 nails. Whatever. Can afford it. As an aside- if you're going to do this I recommend any other day of the week than Friday- my patient self had to WAIT.
A lady needs to do this at least once in a while, if not 1-2x/month. It's nice to be pampered, even at that price.

Every guy in the Sunbelt who wears flips everyday should get at least one pedicure in the summer. I'll have my "annual" done next week before leaving to see the fiance. Ask my last girlfriend how I know this
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A lady needs to do this at least once in a while, if not 1-2x/month. It's nice to be pampered, even at that price.

Every guy in the Sunbelt who wears flips everyday should get at least one pedicure in the summer. I'll have my "annual" done next week before leaving to see the fiance. Ask my last girlfriend how I know this
haha there are some nasty guys toes showing in FLA frequently. As for myself, clip my own toenails and actually don't care for sandals for myself.
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Bought an electric Runtal towel warmer. $2300. Made in Deutschland. Beautiful construction.

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Bought a Runtal towel warmer. $2300

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You have redefined what 'blow that dough' means for me. I thought for sure you typo'd an extra zero into that posted cost. I was wrong!
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You have redefined what 'blow that dough' means for me. I thought for sure you typo'd an extra zero into that posted cost. I was wrong!
I thought the same! Wow, simply amazing.

Luckily, we don't need to heat towels down here in South Louisiana.... Mother Nature provides us with plenty of heat whenever we want it, especially in the summertime. Here, it is very refreshing to get into a cool shower and then dry off with a nice cool towel.

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Bought an electric Runtal towel warmer. $2300. Made in Deutschland. Beautiful construction.

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Wow. RobbieB needs to step up his game...
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DW is going on a trip to South Korea for 5 weeks. I will be joining her in 4 weeks for a week stay for me as well. She asked me how much she can spend in Korea, given that I am in charge of our finances. I told her she has no limit on spending. FIRE is being able to say "no limit" on occasion like this.
In the 80's I made frequent trips there. My wife ask for a silk blouse. I ask how much I should spend.. She said no more than $50. I came had 10! She also got eel skin purses. She might have to spend more on suitcases!
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Does that price [of the Runtal towel warmer] include installation?
No.
I paid an electrician $200 to wire it, but I could have done it myself. I though maybe it would require GFI, but it did not.
I (with the help of my neighbor) mounted it on/to the wall. The mounting brackets are works of engineering art.

We needed a left-hand electrical connection. There are very few out there (available in the USA).
We wanted quality and not some $200 Wayfair piece of crap made in China.

The Toto toilet (Aimes - WASHLET®+ S550e One-Piece Toilet - 1.28 GPF) is next. I also had the electrician add an outlet for it.
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