Free Dinner Binge?

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Free Dinner Binge?

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DW will be out of town visiting relatives in VA for a few weeks and I will be on my own to fend for myself.

I have lined up the following entertainment to take up my evening time~

Tue May 13 Texas Land and Cattle~2014 SS Update
Thu May 15 Bob's Steak & Chop House ~ Understanding Different Retirement Plans
Tue May 29 Dominion CC SA, TX~ Legacy Planning

My mailbox awaits other offers for complementary dining opportunities and financial advice. :beer
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Forgive me if I don't understand - these "free" dinners are sponsored by various "financial advisors"?

Have fun, but the danger is that you might end up buying whatever they're selling :twisted:

And if you live in the DFW area, are you actually going to drive or fly to San Antonio just for a free dinner? :confused

[Edit] Or do you live in San Antonio? I didn't know until I searched that there was a Bob's in SA.
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Sounds like a lot of red meat and saturated fat :shock:
Any thoughts on maybe reading, watching a movie and preparing some food for yourself?
Otherwise, don't drink the wine there and pretend you have had a stroke and can't sign anything.
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Forgive me if I don't understand - these "free" dinners are sponsored by various "financial advisors"?

No doubt. They must love me.
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Free Steak! Do it!!!!!!
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Order medium rare if that's an option. Extra sour cream and butter on the baked potato. Avoid the chicken or fish option at any cost. Get a salad to add that justifiable healthy factor. :sharebeer
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How have you gotten on these lists? I know once on one you get on many?
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I do not think it is wise to make a habit of trying to steal bait from mousetraps.
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nisiprius wrote:I do not think it is wise to make a habit of trying to steal bait from mousetraps.

Come on Nisi, where is your spirit of competition?
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I have noticed a disturbing progression in these offers. I used to get a free dinner from financial planners. Then the offers came from estate planning services. Lately it has been from hearing aid companies and bathroom renovation contractors. I just got a call last week for a dinner and a presentation about long term care. The final stage is pre-paid funeral plans. I got a DVD in the mail explaining the details.

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I find it interesting that your wife wants nothing to do with these shenanigans (or you are afraid to ask her to go with you!)
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stan1 wrote:I find it interesting that your wife wants nothing to do with these shenanigans (or you are afraid to ask her to go with you!)

Line #1 of OP indicates that she is out of town. Line #2 indicates that this is for entertainment. I do not fear DW most of the time. I like the word shenanigans.
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Enjoy the meals. If anyone asks where the wife is, you can honestly say " ...we are currently separated." :wink:
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Your "geezer mail" is better than mine! I just get catalogues for diapers and canes!
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Mickeyd:
Outstanding dinner plans. Please report on what you learned from these "educational discussions at which no financial products are sold"
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Ipod and Kindle are your friends.

Note: Sometimes the organizer of these dinners cheaps out and orders the rubber chicken for everybody. If you can order off the menu, great, but that would be unusual. Check on the menu before you get there. You may have to call the restaurant the same day to actually find out.

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I got one offer for listening to ways to reduce your utility bills.

Wonder if this increase across various businesses is due to the fact it is more difficult to cold call?

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Let's us know how it went.
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Go, when they inquire about your assets tell them all about the 10 different Single Premium Immediate Annuities you purchased in the good ole days of 7 and 8%. The income from those accounts is just barely enough to meet your daily living expenses. :twisted: Oh! and the $1000 seniors checking account you keep over at Frost Bank. :P
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I got an invitation for a presentation at a hearing aids shop and get a $25 gift certificate for Walmart. They probably want to sell me something for $5.5k as one time and only give me $25 at W, really cheap! It is amazing that they do not see the potential mass market for hearing aids and do not reduce the horrific prices significantly!
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Well, look what came in the mail today...

Thu May 29 Ruth's Chris Steak House Understanding Your Pension Plan S. Barrington Il.

Tue June 3 Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen Details Of Your 401k Plan Westmont Il.
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likegarden wrote:I got an invitation for a presentation at a hearing aids shop and get a $25 gift certificate for Walmart. They probably want to sell me something for $5.5k as one time and only give me $25 at W, really cheap! It is amazing that they do not see the potential mass market for hearing aids and do not reduce the horrific prices significantly!
I get those hearing aid things too, but no free lunches
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Reminds me of people taking a test drive for a free $25 gift card. Later they brag about what a great deal they got from the nice salesman! :-)
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pjstack wrote:Your "geezer mail" is better than mine! I just get catalogues for diapers and canes!
Along with the financial planning dinner offerings, my mail is a mixture of assisted living communities (currently in 55 & over ACTIVE adult community so I guess that is my next step), then, in case I am really ready there are the cemetery & cremation promotions.
Besides, with my Boglehead passive investment style, the free dinner sessions are of no interest because I do not eat meat and rarely have dinner at 3.30-4.00 p.m.
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