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Winemaker 01-22-2019 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2177332)
Good job! And now you have $12,500 left over to blow on other stuff, should you be so inclined... ;D

Grapes!:dance:

travelover 01-22-2019 10:25 PM

Don't know whether to post this in My Recent Repair, What did You Do Today? or Blow that Dough. Our attached garage's roof started leaking at a valley and I really couldn't find an easy explanation, so I called out a roof repair guy to see if he could find the problem. Long story short, the roof was not installed correctly in this area compounded by a slope transition to a flatter roof half way down the valley. Because part of the roof already has two layers, they were not willing to just redo the valley area alone, so I'm going to have to re-roof most of the garage to the tune of $7000. Sucks, but so does water damage. :(

Scuba 01-23-2019 01:46 AM

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Originally Posted by The Cosmic Avenger (Post 2174888)
We just had an emergency large vet inpatient visit that will probably be in the mid- to high four digits. There goes our discretionary spending for a while! #BlowThatDough



Yikes! I hope your pet is ok.

Scuba 01-23-2019 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2174933)
Yeah, it was a Natuzzi. Yes we like nice things, but $16,000 is a an obscene amount to spent on a light colored leather couch with a glass of red wine. If she let's me drink anything hile sitting on any couch. The first couch we ever bought was a Ethan Allen sleeper and it's downstairs in the cellar with the wine. DW reupholstered it about 5 years ago. It's 36 years old, and we might be due.



Ha ha, one nice thing about Italian leather couches is that you can spill wine on them and it wipes right up, unlike a fabric sofa. Ours is white.

Scuba 01-23-2019 01:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Ginny (Post 2176239)
A week in NO for the Jazz & Heritage Festival in May with friends. One more completion from the bucket list.



Jazz Fest is very fun but insanely crowded. Enjoy! Try the Crawfish Monica.

Scuba 01-23-2019 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2177274)
I feel like I have been spending like a drunken sailor this month! So I just looked at my spending log, and here is some of the extra spending that stands out:



$277 for a big box of grass fed beef steaks that I am enjoying ;D

$215 for video games + accessories, and non-gaming software

$200 for clothes from Lands End



This adds up! Almost $700 total, and deliveries about every other day all month.



And then, there's quarterly estimated taxes plus my usual spending.

Blow That Dough!

:dance:



That sounds great, W2R. Enjoy!

Scuba 01-23-2019 01:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2177331)
DW picked out an Ethan Allen all leather couch with full protection plan on leather for just under $3500. Sure beats the $16,000 Natuzzi!



Wow! Just curious, does it look like the Natuzzi? We have never been able to find a couch we like that isnít very expensive and made in Italy or France. We have a very modern decor and donít care for the high backs and puffy look of many of the sofas on the market. Ours is only a few years old now, but I sure huge we can find a less expensive one that looks sleek and modern next time!

Scuba 01-23-2019 01:56 AM

We have Hunter Douglas roller shades in our condo. We donít have a blackout shade in our master BR and are considering adding two - one slider and one large window. Quote is around $3K! Yikes!! We can buy a lot of eyeshades for $3K.

The Cosmic Avenger 01-23-2019 06:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Scuba (Post 2177401)
Yikes! I hope your pet is ok.

Thanks, Scuba. He's back home now, very happy...and hungry! We're just very grateful that we have the ability to take care of this without going into debt.

Dawg52 01-23-2019 06:26 AM

Here's a low end blow that dough item. Bought a Bose soundbar for my condo. New at Best Buy cost $250. Got an open box one on the net for $160. Some spend that much on lunch. Ha. Works great and really improves the sound. Cable out last night so streamed music from my mp3 player. Nice combo with my beer.

steelyman 01-23-2019 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 2177435)
Here's a low end blow that dough item. Bought a Bose soundbar for my condo. New at Best Buy cost $250. Got an open box one on the net for $160. Some spend that much on lunch. Ha. Works great and really improves the sound. Cable out last night so streamed music from my mp3 player. Nice combo with my beer.


Nice choice. Iíve been slowly building a Bose system for the past few years and love it, it sees daily use. The initial choice was Bose or Sonos (nothing against the latter). In-store listening guided the final selection.

NW-Bound 01-23-2019 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2177331)
DW picked out an Ethan Allen all leather couch with full protection plan on leather for just under $3500. Sure beats the $16,000 Natuzzi!

We bought our Natuzzi set some years ago, and still have it. Did not pay anywhere near $16K though.

Maybe fake Natuzzi, despite buying from a large upscale department store? :)

Winemaker 01-23-2019 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Scuba (Post 2177405)
Wow! Just curious, does it look like the Natuzzi? We have never been able to find a couch we like that isnít very expensive and made in Italy or France. We have a very modern decor and donít care for the high backs and puffy look of many of the sofas on the market. Ours is only a few years old now, but I sure huge we can find a less expensive one that looks sleek and modern next time!

The couch we got was a Ethan Allen "Bennet" frame style at a 86" long. We were replacing a 96" Ethan Allen sleeper, that well was hardly ever used as a sleeper. While we were trying to make the living room "cozier" by reducing the size, we also went with a more natural leather style instead of a pebble grained purse or handbag leather. While they are attractive, we wanted to be able sit in them, and they look much more inviting. It is not modern; they look "hard" to me.

Winemaker 01-23-2019 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2177466)
We bought our Natuzzi set some years ago, and still have it. Did not pay anywhere near $16K though.

Maybe fake Natuzzi, despite buying from a large upscale department store? :)

The $16,000 Natuzzi sofa/couch was at the Natuzzi Store at the King of Prussia Mall near Philly. Not a knockoff, but it was as big as an aircraft carrier minus the tower. There are many real Natuzzi's that we saw locally that were sold at other furniture stores that were in our price range (<$6000) but just didn't tickle our fancy. The $16,000 model had fingertip controls between the leather cushions, as well as individual power headrests, recliners, lumbar support,and USB ports.

We just wanted a leather couch, not a car without the engine, tires and wheels in our living room. Call me a cheap boring fuddyduddy.

audreyh1 01-23-2019 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Scuba (Post 2177407)
We have Hunter Douglas roller shades in our condo. We donít have a blackout shade in our master BR and are considering adding two - one slider and one large window. Quote is around $3K! Yikes!! We can buy a lot of eyeshades for $3K.

Budget Blinds carries less expensive lines of Hunter Douglas. Maybe there is a less expensive alternative that is still nice enough.

W2R 01-23-2019 04:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2177557)
The couch we got was a Ethan Allen "Bennet" frame style at a 86" long. We were replacing a 96" Ethan Allen sleeper, that well was hardly ever used as a sleeper. While we were trying to make the living room "cozier" by reducing the size, we also went with a more natural leather style instead of a pebble grained purse or handbag leather. While they are attractive, we wanted to be able sit in them, and they look much more inviting. It is not modern; they look "hard" to me.

That model looks beautiful, comfortable, and sturdy. They also offer an attractive matching leather chair and ottoman in that style that I would have bought too, had it been me. So you were more frugal than I would have been. Anyway, good choice and I hope the sofa is just right for you and your DW. :)

FlaGator 01-23-2019 05:01 PM

Flew west for a long weekend with the Beautiful Princess:)

Travel, meals together, meals with her family, champagne, a few gifts for her - $1,200.

TrvlBug 01-23-2019 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2177660)
Budget Blinds carries less expensive lines of Hunter Douglas. Maybe there is a less expensive alternative that is still nice enough.

I believe it's called "Alta." We have their silhouettes at 60% of the HD price. The differences: not as much color selection, made in Mexico instead of US with more plastic parts. Warranty is the same and they have stood up beautifully. WE used an independent window treatment company. You need to ask for it, they didn't offer it until I totally balked at the price of the HD product.

Scuba 01-23-2019 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by The Cosmic Avenger (Post 2177428)
Thanks, Scuba. He's back home now, very happy...and hungry! We're just very grateful that we have the ability to take care of this without going into debt.



Oh good! Iím sure heís very happy and probably getting a bit of pampering. [emoji240][emoji177]

Scuba 01-23-2019 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Winemaker (Post 2177557)
The couch we got was a Ethan Allen "Bennet" frame style at a 86" long. We were replacing a 96" Ethan Allen sleeper, that well was hardly ever used as a sleeper. While we were trying to make the living room "cozier" by reducing the size, we also went with a more natural leather style instead of a pebble grained purse or handbag leather. While they are attractive, we wanted to be able sit in them, and they look much more inviting. It is not modern; they look "hard" to me.



Looks very nice and comfortable too. Weíll look at this brand next time weíre in the market for a sofa. Hopefully that wonít be soon given the outlay required for the one we have now!


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