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fishandgolf wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:57 pm Log home in the woods........lot's of work but.........we enjoy every minute .....especially during the winter snow falls..... :sharebeer
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lightheir wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:21 pm Home x1000. Bought in the insanely priced SF Bay area at the low. I wish I could say I was prescient, but I nearly talked my wife out of buying, so I can take no credit. :oops:
You are lucky compare to home owners in middle of country. Many are still not recovered form the 2008 crisis. It's all about location no matter what you pay. For stock investment, if you bought FANG at IPO.
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Roadtrek.

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A Sawstop table saw. I have twenty digits and I'm very attached to them.

Bonus content: a set of Festool sanders and a Festool shop vac to assist them. These things are unbelievably great, I can sand all day long and it's like it never happened (observably, except on the work.)

I'm retired, I've been around and seen a lot of stuff go down, and that's what the money's for.
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Paradigm tribute 30th anniversary speakers normally 6k but got them for $4,800. Great sounding speakers for the money.

Any of our Hancock and a Moore furniture, great quality and beautiful.
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Our current home. It’s in the middle of five acres of woods, and has everything we were looking for when we were house shopping.
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A super automatic espresso machine although we just use it to make coffee.

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Professional grade saxophone for daughter when in last year of middle school. Upgraded from entry level Yamaha and has helped her playing/confidence immensely.
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Iliketoridemybike wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:18 pm A really good bike.
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Sonos speakers. Much better audio than a bluetooth equivalent...and whole-home audio sync.
LG OLED65B7A TV. Amazing video quality.
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Espresso coffee grinder
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Mercedes E63S
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Bose QC35 wireless, noise-cancelling headphones

Wahoo KICKR bike trainer plus a subscription to TrainerRoad
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I bought a specialized cat ladder (7-step) for my kitties. They love it. Cost (including shipping): $400. Worth every penny...
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A very nice classic, grey trench coat with a removable thinsulate lining (very warm) that I bought in the late 1980s. It was well above the budget I had set for myself, but it was a timeless design and would never go out of style. After a number of years it was starting to get a little shabby in places, so I took it to a tailor to have repairs made. Although I don't have reason to wear it very often, that coat is still in my closet.
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2017 Ranger Z21 bass boat with three 12-inch graphs, three sonar transducers, Ulterra trolling motor, dual power poles and every bell/whistle I can find. Next week I'm upgrading to lithium batteries. It's a mini-vacation every time I go out. Just got home from fishing a local tournament tonight.
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Camera
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A pair of Prada winter boots. They cost nearly 2 months mortgage payments. 5 years later they still look fabulous.
Frette bedlinen and towels. It's the small things that make life feel luxurious.

As I got older I realised that I'm too poor to buy cheap.
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theunknowntech wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:37 pm A Sawstop table saw. I have twenty digits and I'm very attached to them.

Bonus content: a set of Festool sanders and a Festool shop vac to assist them. These things are unbelievably great, I can sand all day long and it's like it never happened (observably, except on the work.)

I'm retired, I've been around and seen a lot of stuff go down, and that's what the money's for.
I bought my SawStop in November. Also because I highly value my fingers.
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Any tools made by Makita; they are always worth the premium.
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Club Lacrosse for my son. Costs almost 10x what our local rec league (which he is also in) does, but he gets so much more out of working with professional coaches and other players who are by and large all significantly better than he is. We've seen huge improvements in his skills and athleticism (his lack thereof he inherited from me), and he's dropped a ton of weight. This summer he'll be playing in tournaments in 3 different states, and has an option for a 4th. He's already played in two in-state tournaments with them in the fall and winter.

Ariens Platinum 24 EFI. Throws any depth and consistency of snow a ridiculous distance (I can get from one sidewalk to the one on the other side of the street if I want to), never bogs down. Fuel injection means no carb to deal with, no choke to operate, always starts and runs perfectly. Grip heaters that work so well I sometimes have to turn them off. :)

Second on the Bose QC35. We bought two pair at the Bose outlet for <$500 including tax. I use mine mostly when travelling--they are fantastic on planes--but do use them occasionally around the house. My son uses his for several hours every single day.
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Grt2bOutdoors wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:04 pm Engagement ring.
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lthenderson wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:23 am
Grt2bOutdoors wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:04 pm Engagement ring.
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I don't really regret it, but if I had to do it all over again, I would get just a simple ring.

At the time I was making maybe $30k/yr up to my eyeballs in debt and spent about $3k on it. such a waste imo
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Vitamix
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$7,000 female German Shepherd
$6,000 male German Shepherd

Each day I am in awe of what an exceptionally bred dog is capable of.
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Marriage
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Vivobarefoot shoes for about $130.

A new poster used his first message to recommend this brand. I considered it a sign of strong determination to overcome a natural resistance to joining a new group for the sake of providing a valuable advice. And so I have investigated Vivobarefoot and purchased a pair from Amazon that allowed free returns.

These trainers don't look expensive and they feel like they don't exist. Which is the whole point.

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VictoriaF wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:39 pm Vivobarefoot shoes for about $130.

A new poster used his first message to recommend this brand. I considered it a sign of strong determination to overcome a natural resistance to joining a new group for the sake of providing a valuable advice. And so I have investigated Vivobarefoot and purchased a pair from Amazon that allowed free returns.

These trainers don't look expensive and they feel like they don't exist. Which is the whole point.

Victoria
Haven't heard of that brand. Can you compare to vibrams? Haven't worn mine in a while
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jehovasfitness wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:44 pm
VictoriaF wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:39 pm Vivobarefoot shoes for about $130.

A new poster used his first message to recommend this brand. I considered it a sign of strong determination to overcome a natural resistance to joining a new group for the sake of providing a valuable advice. And so I have investigated Vivobarefoot and purchased a pair from Amazon that allowed free returns.

These trainers don't look expensive and they feel like they don't exist. Which is the whole point.

Victoria
Haven't heard of that brand. Can you compare to vibrams? Haven't worn mine in a while
I have never had shoes with separated toes. I have some hiking boots with a Vibram logo on the sole, but that's different.

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Pilot 743 Falcon fountain pen. Amazing for drawing and writing.
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Beach wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:16 pm Zero turn mower for my 2 acre lawn. Sooooo much better and faster. (Get a commercial brand, avoid buying junk from Lowes, HD)
I second this.

48" lawn tractor 3 hours.

60" kubota beast?! 1 hour. fairly pricey but it will last a lifetime.
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education cost for my kids
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Savage 10fcp in 6.5 creedmoor, which is a nice hunting rifle for the uninitiated. It cost around 800 with a scope, extra mags and the ammo isn't cheap at about $1 per round. Heavy fluter barrel, a trigger that breaks like glass, and most importantly it puts lead on target where I want it, when I want it. I have several hundred pounds of meat in freezers thanks to my favorite rifle.
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Jewelry from Museum Store, always memorable and beautiful.
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theunknowntech wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:37 pm A Sawstop table saw. I have twenty digits and I'm very attached to them.
I'm retired, I've been around and seen a lot of stuff go down, and that's what the money's for.
I agree. Buying one next week to get the free mobile base. I've still got all my digits but I'm buying it as (I think) my last table saw. I consider it cheap insurance for the older me in 10-20 years.
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One month backpacking trip with my wife in Europe.

I also splurged to see my favorite team play in the Super Bowl with my mother several years ago.

Probably the two best experiences of my life, and likely the most expensive experiences also...

Buy the ticket. Take the ride.
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Some all clad pots and pans. I had revere ware befor. I nan tell you The more expensive stuff does work better. Food doesn't burn/scald like it did in the old pots and pans. Am very happy with it.

I may purchase a 6 quart stock pot soon.
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Alden "Indy" boots. I've been wearing them about four years now and they've barely aged--they actually look better. They will last me literally the rest of my life.
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A new kitchen which works so much better.
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Sleep Number mattress, goose down pillows, goose down duvet, and high thread count bedding. I spend 25-33% of my life in bed.
Disclaimer: nothing written here should be taken as legal advice, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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beardsworth wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:45 pm OP, that search box at the top of each forum page can be your friend.

Do searches for "splurge" and "extravagance" to view multiple previous threads of this type.
Geez....what a buzzkill....what a fun thread!

Remodel kitchen and master bath. The master bath is absolutely perfect -- spa like and makes me happy every single morning.
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Point wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:43 amMarriage
Lucky you wish I could say the same about my marriage!!
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Business class from Vancouver to Sydney. For a relatively short vacation, arriving rested after a 14 hour flight was priceless. Able to hit the ground running.
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b.lock wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:29 am Any tools made by Makita; they are always worth the premium.
+1

Also Bosch...I've been very pleased with their current generation of cordless tools, not to mention their always good (corded) routers.

Also, "splurging" on a higher PSI pressure washer, rather than "getting by" with a lesser model.
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jehovasfitness wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:25 am
lthenderson wrote: Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:23 am
Grt2bOutdoors wrote: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:04 pm Engagement ring.
+1
I don't really regret it, but if I had to do it all over again, I would get just a simple ring.

At the time I was making maybe $30k/yr up to my eyeballs in debt and spent about $3k on it. such a waste imo
If you still have your wife, I think you did well.
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My college education. I'm going to be paying for my childrens' college education as well. It's that important.
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A 12 gage Charles Daley single select trigger with selective ejection over and under shotgun bored improved cylinder and modified purchased with a months pay in 1966. $350.00.

One year later an R.L. Winston 7.5 ft. two piece, two tipped four weight bamboo fly rod also purchased for a months pay. $400.00.

I still have both 53 years later. I shoot the Daley occasionally and fish the rod 5-6 days each year.

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My house purchased in 2010 near the bottom of the market has proven to be a good financial decision.

Our Room and Board Sofa and loveseat - they look brand new still after 2 years and are very comfy.

Finishing our unfinished basement - added 1000 square feet and our home feels much more spacious.

DW’s custom engagement ring and wedding band
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Car: Lexus LS 460.

My wife adds: Vitamix, Instapot cooker.
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House in Northern California

Kitchenaid 6 qt. stand mixer
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