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Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 22, 2021 09:58AM
It looks like I may get an unexpected bonus of $850, and I'm trying to figure out what to spend it on (no, not hookers and booze!)

I'm thinking of replacing the audio/GPS head unit in our 2015 Prius-maybe $500
I don't need any clothes right now; the wine cellar is stocked...
Maybe a second (used) refrigerator/freezer-out single one is too full too often.
Maybe a splurge on a Benchmark DAC/Headphone amp, maybe $600?
Maybe a nice ($300) pair of headphones?
Maybe a color laser printer, about $300. We don't need much, if any color printing, though?
A super-nice bottle of cognac for $200-that would be a splurge, all right, but I'm not drinking much these days.
Maybe give some to my friends who could use a couple of extra bucks right now, or to a good charity--hmm, that has the most zing to it, for me.
Oooh, I know--our car has some significant scrapes--get those fixed!

Any other thoughts out there?

Thanks!
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: January 22, 2021 10:03AM
Hookers and booze.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 22, 2021 10:15AM
Boring, I know, but I'd say tuck it away for when you might need it. Eventually you'll need tires for the car(s), your water heater may crap out, etc.

Or you could mask up and find a nice restaurant that's still open and treat yourselves to a quiet night out.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 22, 2021 10:16AM
Invest in glorious mutual funds. grinning smiley

I wouldn't put money into vehicle cosmetics, unless there is bare metal that will rust if neglected.

Although if you are in the car a lot then a new head unit might be a good choice.

2nd fridge also nice if you have the space and don't mind a slightly higher electric bill.

But how about something that will save you money instead? Higher efficiency water heater? Better insulation around the house?
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: PeterW
Date: January 22, 2021 10:21AM
Did you sell the MP?
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 22, 2021 10:22AM
Thanks for asking!

Got to take the pictures of it, this weekend. Very busy with work and other personal stuff.


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Did you sell the MP?
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 22, 2021 10:25AM
So if you want to skip pip supplying the hookers, I’ll supply the booze at the MRF friends and family rate of only $200 a shot....



Buy 4, and get the 5th shot for the bargain basement price of $49.95.

Then keep an eye out for another “what to do with $850?” thread around here....
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: January 22, 2021 10:39AM
$850 worth of AAPL



YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)
TETO (To Each Their Own)

(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: d4
Date: January 22, 2021 10:50AM
We purchased a freezer for the basement to supplement the fridge in the kitchen about a year ago. It's been such a pleasure to have the extra food storage space and not have to cram everything into the kitchen fridge like Tetris.



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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 22, 2021 10:57AM
What would I do? Pay off my Visa to bring it back to where it belongs; $0.00. I seldom carry a balance, but this Christmas came up on me too fast.

If I was at zero, where I normally am, I'd sock it away in a CD. Not for the pathetic interest rate, but as a means to keep it a LITTLE harder to spend. Keep it as a reserve of "fun money" or "darn it, the xyz broke unexpectedly!".
Always nice knowing it's there. Or that you're $850 closer to a larger expenditure.



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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: chopper
Date: January 22, 2021 11:08AM
You are going to be dead some day. Look into your heart and discern what would make you happiest. (Head unit)
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: rz
Date: January 22, 2021 11:15AM
A couple of days ago would've been a good time to buy AAPL. They shot up pretty good yesterday or the day before.

I'm in the process of buying a new house, so for me I'd spend it on either the new house, or fixes on the current one.

But my thought is, if you have bills that aren't up to date, you really should spend it on paying off (or partially paying off) those. If you don't have any, and don't have issues with keeping up with your bills, then by all means spend it on yourself.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: January 22, 2021 11:23AM
I'd buy shares of Novonix. They make accelerated battery testing equipment as well as a synthetic graphite component that has been shown to improve battery longevity and charging speed. Jeff Dahn, battery guru at Delhausie Univ, in cooperation with Tesla, has been developing the tech for quite a while.

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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 22, 2021 11:26AM
Save. Or spend locally by take out food, small shops that sell things you will use (hopefully made locally, too), or just donate to some local causes or buy some music or art.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: January 22, 2021 11:31AM
Bills are all up to date. Investing maximum in 13-year-old daughter's college fund. Investing 5% of income in 401K equivalent. About to refinance house at 1.875% or 2.0%, at nearly same payment as now, but dropping to 15 years instead of remaining 23.

I'm ready to splurge here! Maybe some Apple stock, maybe that Novonix.

Please keep 'em coming!
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: January 22, 2021 11:43AM
AAPL
TSLA
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Michael
Date: January 22, 2021 11:48AM
Refrig with top freezer and take out (or don't buy) the auto ice maker.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: January 22, 2021 11:50AM
Stocks?

PFE
MRNA

Those should both be popular for awhile.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: January 22, 2021 12:07PM
If you can get a Benchmark DAC for only $600, go for it!
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: January 22, 2021 12:25PM
VTSAX!! Buy the whole market! (Boring, I know)
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 22, 2021 12:51PM
Spend it all on your significant other. That’ll give you the highest return.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: January 22, 2021 12:53PM
A DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone. I have the original Mini, and it has been an absolute blast! It's fairly idiot proof, and can take incredibly high quality photos and videos.



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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 22, 2021 01:14PM
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The UnDoug
A DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone. I have the original Mini, and it has been an absolute blast! It's fairly idiot proof, and can take incredibly high quality photos and videos.

I have the original too. It's frustrating that I live directly under an airport landing path.

I think he'd enjoy one too. he can get the "fly more" bundle.
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: January 22, 2021 01:14PM
If you can afford to, maybe you could consider giving some of it away.



Where is there dignity unless there is also honesty? - Cicero

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. —Wendy Mass
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: August West
Date: January 22, 2021 01:41PM
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Paul F
...but as a means to keep it a LITTLE harder to spend.

I hear you, brother.

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Well, I never kept a dollar past sunset
It always burned a hole in my pants...



Apologies to the anonymous forum member affected by my previous sig pic. It was my personal pic of a country expressing great grief as their leader, one of the most recognized people in the world, lay on his deathbed 8 years ago, days before he died. Like a naif, I did not realize it was offensively political, I considered it an expression of deep emotion and a reminder of the mortal coil's nature; that we all, great and small, can only hope to make a difference in our short time here, no matter the personal cost.

I'll post another pic from my work in South Africa that is, hopefully, apolitical.

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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Z
Date: January 22, 2021 01:53PM
In the more immediate gratification realm:

Five take-out meals with some monster tips that will brighten five days.

Get that sweet, vintage _________ that you've always been hankering.

Grab a new / new to you lens for your camera?

A couple of Sonos speakers or similar setup for throughout the house.

Optimistic: 1/2 of plane tickets to some foreign destination for much later this year for you and the spouse.

Big green egg?

Hire someone to do some drudgery task for the year?
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 22, 2021 02:01PM
25% Splurge

25% Savings

25% Bills

25% Charity
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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 22, 2021 02:32PM
Lately I'm saving for home improvements / remodeling.



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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: Billybob
Date: January 23, 2021 08:25PM
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rz
A couple of days ago would've been a good time to buy AAPL. They shot up pretty good yesterday or the day before.

...

Forget AAPL (maybe because I'm already overloaded in that stock and think that it's ready for a correction), NFLX was the stock to be in on this week. It went up 16% on Tuesday.

On a more domestic note, we just bought a second fridge. We redesigned our kitchen in 2012 and put in a $3000 fridge. It barely holds anything and freezes half the stuff it does hold but it looks great. Broke down and bought a $500 LG (20 cubic feet) that holds much more food, food lasts longer, but it looks...like a plain white fridge. Love it!!! Best $500 spent in recent memory.



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Re: Help me spend money-what would yo do with $850?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: January 24, 2021 07:37PM
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Billybob
On a more domestic note, we just bought a second fridge. We redesigned our kitchen in 2012 and put in a $3000 fridge. It barely holds anything and freezes half the stuff it does hold but it looks great. Broke down and bought a $500 LG (20 cubic feet) that holds much more food, food lasts longer, but it looks...like a plain white fridge. Love it!!! Best $500 spent in recent memory.

Second, not replacement fridge? Where do you keep the LG?



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