That Extravagant Thing You Do

Questions on how we spend our money and our time - consumer goods and services, home and vehicle, leisure and recreational activities
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Post by traineeinvestor » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:02 pm

Massively overpriced Bordeaux. I have been buying one or two cases a year since 2001 and keep it in bond in the UK.

I keep pretending that wine is an excellent way of diversifying the portfolio but have to acknowledge that there is some stock shrinkage from time to time.

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Post by eucalyptus » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:42 pm

612 Scaglietti OTO.

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Re: That Extravagant Thing You Do

Post by Sheepdog » Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:57 pm

PVJena wrote:
cinghiale wrote: and house cleaning twice a month.
-- Cinghiale
Hi Cinghiale, what do you mean by house-cleaning being extravagant? Just curious.

thanks

PVJ
We think that house-cleaning is extravagant. In over 48 years of marriage no one else outside ourselves have cleaned our houses.

What have we done that is extravagant? I was going to say nothing, but then thought.... We have a second home on a lake close to our home. We have taken some trips to Europe, Russia-Lithuania in the Soviet Union days (in Dec.--Jan....loved it), Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaiian and Carribean cruises and similar vacation trips.
But, no expensive houses, cars or gadgets.
I guess Colts season tickets and the accompanying $30 parking, $10 beer, $7 Coke, $7 hotdog, $8 popcorn would be considered extravagant by some.... I do!

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It's not what you gather, but what you scatter which tells what kind of life you have lived---Helen Walton

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Post by mzhuang » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:14 am

I'd like to have one or two oversea travels every year.

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Post by Ron » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:27 am

After I thought about it awhile, I guess I would have to add my "other car", an '02 Mustang GT convertible.

Bought it new (customed ordered in the colors combo I wanted since the dealer did not normally stock the combination I wanted).

It's my "sunday" car (e.g. it never comes out unless the sun is out :lol: ). I do drive it year-round, as long as the conditions are OK (e.g. no wet roads or salt residue leftover from snow).

Just turned 17k. Had its annual state inspection last month and the records showed that I put 900 miles on it in the last 12 months. Actually, I drove it more when I worked (no, I enjoy retirement very much, thank you :roll: ).

I guess I'll be like an elderly women I read about who was too old to drive, but still loved her convertible. Every day she would back it out of the garage, put the top down, and read a book 8) . She lost her license due to her age, but she still enjoyed her car.

I have no plans on getting rid of it; it's sort of "makeup" for something I didn't have in my youth, and represents "lost opportunities" during that time of my life.

Sort of feel that I "earned it" and never thought of it as an extravagance.

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Post by ryuns » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:18 pm

Great thread. It reminds me of the million reasons to enjoy life.

I love good beer and I drink a lot of it. I stumbled on a nearby liquor store that carries 8 varieties of Samuel Smith's beer and it set my heart a-flutter.

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Post by Petrocelli » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:25 pm

ryuns wrote:
I love good beer and I drink a lot of it. I stumbled on a nearby liquor store that carries 8 varieties of Samuel Smith's beer and it set my heart a-flutter.
Do you mean Sam Adams? Or Maybe Adam Smith? ("The invisible hand that moves the beer market...")
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Post by haberd » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:29 pm

Travel - it lasts a short time, but the memories are forever.

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Post by Ron » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:32 pm

haberd wrote:Travel - it lasts a short time, but the memories are forever.
Sounds like something else (rhymes with "Tex" 8) ).

- Ron

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Post by House Blend » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:42 pm

Petrocelli wrote:
ryuns wrote:
I love good beer and I drink a lot of it. I stumbled on a nearby liquor store that carries 8 varieties of Samuel Smith's beer and it set my heart a-flutter.
Do you mean Sam Adams? Or Maybe Adam Smith? ("The invisible hand that moves the beer market...")
Ack! Sam Adams is an ok brewer, but no one should ever confuse them with Samuel Smiths--they're an English brewer well known for their top quality ales and stouts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Smith_Brewery
If you drink beer, you should try them at least once.

I don't consider (good) beer to be an extravagance, it is a necessity. One of the four basic food groups (wine, cheese, and chocolate being the others).

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Post by haberd » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:49 pm

LOL - Ron, great point - and unlike travel, it's usually (more or less) free.
(I don't know about you, but mine lasts a long time.) :D

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Post by Bob B » Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:51 pm

haberd wrote: (I don't know about you, but mine lasts a long time.) :D
Stop bragging.
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Post by at ease » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:02 pm

...buy popcorn at the movie...and on special occasions, get a soda too....

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Post by Judsen » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:13 pm

Drambuie
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Post by carolc » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:35 am

Travel. Especially to Europe.

There is nothing like the memories of vacations. And you never know if health reasons will curtail/prevent this in the future.

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Post by exeunt » Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:23 am

Eating out nearly every day.

My bicycle.

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Post by TranceLordSnyder » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:13 am

Does going on a cruise for my honeymoon this January and going on an excursion every day of the trip count? I guess I could go on a cruise without excursions and still have a great time.

My iPhone (and it's costly data plan)

Eating out 3 times a week.

Upgrading my computer once a year.

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Post by ken250 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:36 am

At this point in my life, I deviate from my budget for books and good beer.

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Post by Tall Grass » Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:21 pm

Judsen wrote:Drambuie
Pottery
Fine choices; throw in a little Benedictine and Gran Marnier on occasion...
"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart." - Jonathan Swift

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Post by Throwin' Darts » Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:38 pm

me and my archery equipment are heading to south africa this august to chase down a majestic kudu.
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Post by retiredjg » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:09 pm

Throwin' Darts wrote:me and my archery equipment are heading to south africa this august to chase down a majestic kudu.
So THAT's where you get your screen name....

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Post by Throwin' Darts » Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:03 pm

retiredjg wrote:
Throwin' Darts wrote:me and my archery equipment are heading to south africa this august to chase down a majestic kudu.
So THAT's where you get your screen name....
you got it! flinging arrows is my favorite thing to do. thats the origin behind my screen name

on top of my love of archery, five years ago my portfolio looked like i chose my investments like a monkey throwin darts at the wall street journal.
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Post by 3CT_Paddler » Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:11 pm

Ron wrote:My wife's "passion" (no, not me :lol: )....

Travel (two trips a year, one foreign, one domestic).

Finishing up final arrangements for our trip "down under" in June.

Tab so far is north of $15k (and the year is not even half over)...

- Ron
I am with you on the travel thing... my wife loves it. I could spend my money on other things, but it is important to her so I oblige. I like travel, but I don't get as juiced about it as her. Of course we are still in the young couple trying to save stage so our trips are few and far between. I have to come up with more creative, closer trips for now.

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Post by retiredjg » Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:11 pm

Throwin' Darts wrote: five years ago my portfolio looked like i chose my investments like a monkey throwin darts at the wall street journal.
I had always just assumed your name came from something along this line.

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Post by nisiprius » Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:44 pm

Borrowing really expensive books from the library.
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Post by Snikda » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:10 pm

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Post by rene » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:09 pm

Travel
Art

Life is too short to be frugal when it comes to the above items. I want to be able to say on my deathbed that I have seen the word and looked at things that give me joy

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Post by Tall Grass » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:58 pm

nisiprius wrote:Borrowing really expensive books from the library.
Now that's a true Boglehead for 'ya! Well done... 8)
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Post by VictoriaF » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:58 pm

rene wrote:Travel
Art

Life is too short to be frugal when it comes to the above items. I want to be able to say on my deathbed that I have seen the word and looked at things that give me joy
Did you mean "word" or "world"? Both are meaningful but in different ways.
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Extravagance

Post by nick22 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:06 pm

good beer, UC football tickets, house cleaning, cable TV, kids
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Post by LadyGeek » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:10 pm

Extravagant spending (considered by some people...):

Single malt 30 year old scotch.

Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac (not yet, but on my list...).

A new PC (must have the latest), photography equipment.

Going on vacation fishing is not extravagant. It's in the budget. So is fine wine and beer.
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Post by White Coat Investor » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:22 pm

haberd wrote:LOL - Ron, great point - and unlike travel, it's usually (more or less) free.
(I don't know about you, but mine lasts a long time.) :D
I guess it takes a long time for the Viagra to kick in huh. :)

I've heard that isn't free for some people.... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/nyreg ... er.html?hp
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Post by Dead Man Walking » Sat May 02, 2009 2:40 am

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Ammunition for my shooting hobby may become an extravagance since there is a shortage caused by paranoia due to --political comment deleted--

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Post by Alistair » Sat May 02, 2009 10:01 am

Riding lessons!

I didn't move to the US not to pretend be a cowboy...

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Post by ataloss » Sat May 02, 2009 12:33 pm

getting the car oil changed at the dealer

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Post by Indexer88 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:05 am

Thousands of dollars on 30 different trees, 30 different shrubs and 300 different perennials for 2 acres of grassland. Planted myself = exercise and spiritual renewal.

Five thousand dollar fence to keep the deer out!!

Two thousand dollar mower to mow remaining grass.

Love it!

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Post by Bharat » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:46 am

Quality beer, Live music shows, Comedy clubs, expensive outdoor gear, Good clothes & payments for late return to the NY library.
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Post by pshonore » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:05 am

I own, have bred, and currently show dogs. Pointers (English Pointers, not to be confused with German Shorthairs)

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Post by retiredjg » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:23 am

Pastured eggs at $5.99 a dozen.

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Post by Tabs » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:03 am

Computers and firearms. I've been cutting back though.

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Post by Petrocelli » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:11 pm

Paid for a laundry service for my son at college.
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Post by Tabs » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:51 pm

neverknow wrote:Expensive cuts of steak (brand new extravagance, thought I better get with it, before my teeth got to old).
What kind of steak? Kobe? And what do you think of it?

That's something extravagant I would like to try some day as well. Any thoughts and recommendations from anyone would be appreciated.

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Post by mfen » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:08 pm

Computers. Mineral Specimens. Art. Cats. Oversized house so I could have the oversized lot on the creek.
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Post by dkdoy » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:41 pm

high end cuts of beef for summertime bbq. prime beef and kobe on occasion. to be cooked on one of my 3 weber grills

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Post by robot » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:35 pm

Hunting.

A trip to deer country in Colorado or Iowa is pretty darn expensive. Tack on the food, lodging, licence, tags, rifle, and so on. We're talking more than the cost of a cruise. IF, you get something you pay for prep, shipping, and storage. For me, it's cheaper to buy meat at the supermarket.

But it's an extravagance. We all have something.

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Post by mortal » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:51 pm

I save money so I can spend it on the few things I genuinely enjoy. It's heartwarming to see others doing the same.

Extravagant purchases this year:
Skip barber driving school
Car(?) I may actually pull the trigger and *buy* something nice this year. Only time will tell.

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Post by marie17 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:42 am

Wow, this question is so easy, I'm thinking I do too many extravagent things. Oh well- BMW 3-series, 2 vacations per year, housecleaning every 2 weeks and 150-200$ designer jeans, which are worth every penny.

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Post by Lana » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:26 am

Tabs wrote:
neverknow wrote:Expensive cuts of steak (brand new extravagance, thought I better get with it, before my teeth got to old).
What kind of steak? Kobe? And what do you think of it?

That's something extravagant I would like to try some day as well. Any thoughts and recommendations from anyone would be appreciated.
Kobe is delicious because of the marbling. Prime beef tenderloin is also excellent but I think it is healthier because it has less fat.

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Post by pshonore » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:33 am

I've been dying to try the "air-dried" beef at Whole Foods. (Not sure if thats the right term). I do know its quite expensive even by Whole Food standards. Opinions??

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