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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #400 on: April 14, 2016, 09:08:38 AM »
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.

It's my passion and my hobby and it's worth it to me. I've had a few chances at writing reviews (and PR) but decided it's not for me, at least not right now. Not enough time in the day between concerts, public transit commutes, and my day job.

Like any expensive hobby, it's not good for my FIRE date, but that's my choice and I don't see it as facepunchy. It's not wasteful, it's not bad for the environment, it's not hurting anyone (including me), and I'm still saving a decent chunk of my pay and have a six-figure net worth with zero debt. I'm putting money into the pockets of people and organizations that I want to support. I've gotten to be friends with lots of musicians and music fans and I feel I'm part of that community.

I don't know if you are one of the many people who assumes that "concert" means "going out to see some has-been baby-boomer rock band in a stadium for $300" but I can assure you that is not the case here... ;-) According to Mint my average concert ticket price last year was ~$17. I make good use of memberships, discounts, gifts, and freebies whenever possible to save money. My mind is constantly boggling over the fact that I can see world-class musicians every week for under $20 a pop. You can literally see some of the best musicians in the world for free on a regular basis in this city, it's amazing! I mean, yeah, I could stay home and watch Netflix to kill time like most folks, but I'd rather throw away my TV and cancel my subscriptions and go out and see incredible people doing amazing things.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #401 on: April 14, 2016, 09:10:54 AM »
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.

It's my passion and my hobby and it's worth it to me. I've had a few chances at writing reviews (and PR) but decided it's not for me, at least not right now. Not enough time in the day between concerts, public transit commutes, and my day job.

Like any expensive hobby, it's not good for my FIRE date, but that's my choice and I don't see it as facepunchy. It's not wasteful, it's not bad for the environment, it's not hurting anyone (including me), and I'm still saving a decent chunk of my pay and have a six-figure net worth with zero debt. I'm putting money into the pockets of people and organizations that I want to support. I've gotten to be friends with lots of musicians and music fans and I feel I'm part of that community.

I don't know if you are one of the many people who assumes that "concert" means "going out to see some has-been baby-boomer rock band in a stadium for $300" but I can assure you that is not the case here... ;-) According to Mint my average concert ticket price last year was ~$17. I make good use of memberships, discounts, gifts, and freebies whenever possible to save money. My mind is constantly boggling over the fact that I can see world-class musicians every week for under $20 a pop. You can literally see some of the best musicians in the world for free on a regular basis in this city, it's amazing! I mean, yeah, I could stay home and watch Netflix to kill time like most folks, but I'd rather throw away my TV and cancel my subscriptions and go out and see incredible people doing amazing things.

Awesome.  But does $20 include the awesome Italian that goes with the concert/did you end up going last night?

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #402 on: April 14, 2016, 09:44:00 AM »
Awesome.  But does $20 include the awesome Italian that goes with the concert/did you end up going last night?

I didn't end up going yesterday as I left work with a blinding headache. But that place is "$10 suggested donation" for every show, so it brings the concert prices down even as it brings my liquor expenses up ;-)  I don't drink alcohol almost ever, but there is something about the atmosphere of that place that just begs for a glass of wine and maybe some almonds or a plate of their fresh-baked-on-the-premises bread with gorgeous olive oil...

I only go there a few times a year, it's clearly a dangerous spot for MMMers! But the place is owned and run by musicians and sometimes they get acts in there that I just can't possibly miss, the kind of show where you almost have to wonder what kind of blackmail was involved in getting this particular act to play in a 25-seat wine bar in Bed-Stuy.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #403 on: April 17, 2016, 01:59:16 PM »
I've been doing really well targeting 'big' expenses however just realised my 'latte factor' is out of control, I've been buying 2-3 coffees a day to the tune of close to $2000/year so feel free to face-punch me.

I'm about to go on holidays so after I come back I need to cutdown badly. We are getting a free coffee machine at work in about 2 months so this should help also.


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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #404 on: April 17, 2016, 04:08:54 PM »
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.

It's my passion and my hobby and it's worth it to me. I've had a few chances at writing reviews (and PR) but decided it's not for me, at least not right now. Not enough time in the day between concerts, public transit commutes, and my day job.

Like any expensive hobby, it's not good for my FIRE date, but that's my choice and I don't see it as facepunchy. It's not wasteful, it's not bad for the environment, it's not hurting anyone (including me), and I'm still saving a decent chunk of my pay and have a six-figure net worth with zero debt. I'm putting money into the pockets of people and organizations that I want to support. I've gotten to be friends with lots of musicians and music fans and I feel I'm part of that community.

I don't know if you are one of the many people who assumes that "concert" means "going out to see some has-been baby-boomer rock band in a stadium for $300" but I can assure you that is not the case here... ;-) According to Mint my average concert ticket price last year was ~$17. I make good use of memberships, discounts, gifts, and freebies whenever possible to save money. My mind is constantly boggling over the fact that I can see world-class musicians every week for under $20 a pop. You can literally see some of the best musicians in the world for free on a regular basis in this city, it's amazing! I mean, yeah, I could stay home and watch Netflix to kill time like most folks, but I'd rather throw away my TV and cancel my subscriptions and go out and see incredible people doing amazing things.

I think the whole point of the Mustachian lifestyle is to be able to do what brings you happiness (so long as it doesn't waste the earth's resources or otherwise trash the environment).  This fits in perfectly with that.  If it makes you happy to postpone a FIRE date for this, go right ahead. 

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #405 on: April 17, 2016, 10:34:31 PM »
I think the whole point of the Mustachian lifestyle is to be able to do what brings you happiness (so long as it doesn't waste the earth's resources or otherwise trash the environment).  This fits in perfectly with that.  If it makes you happy to postpone a FIRE date for this, go right ahead.

Yeah, exactly. I don't feel bad about that at all. It makes me very happy and is a net positive for my community. The only thing it hurts is my FIRE date and I'm the only one affected by that.

My family and friends are often perplexed by how I seem to spend so freely on concert tickets while I strongly resist "normal" expenditures like taking taxis and going out for drinks and restaurant dinners - for me those are all special occasion, exception-to-the-rule expenditures. I literally had three different people in the last week bugging me about why I don't take taxis more often. Anti-mustachian peer pressure!

I've actually been having to convince myself to spend more on taxis lately because I've been dealing with medical issues that make it painful to walk, and after years of telling myself that taxis are only for emergencies and lazy people who love wasting money, it's tough to get in the mindset that spending $25 is probably OK if it means you will not be in near-constant pain for two days afterwards. It's a hard line to draw - how much walking is too much walking, how much pain is too much pain? How do you put a dollar value on pain? Comes up a lot in other areas too - how much is OK to spend on convenience food when it hurts to spend half an hour standing in the kitchen, etc.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #406 on: April 18, 2016, 02:32:35 PM »
Well, our trip to Argentina was SUPPOSED to be Mustachian.

On the day of the wedding, a few hours before it started, I pulled my suit out of the closet and discovered a giant tear in the coat's sleeve that somehow occurred while wearing it on the flight or carrying it thereafter - I have no clue at all. We promptly freaked out (OK, mostly DW freaked out) and flailed all over town at various solutions before eventually blowing $500 on an entire new suit. I haven't spend $500 on clothes in five friggin' years, guys. I still feel like a moron, but oh well. The cash ended up coming out of the spending money her grandma always gives her when we arrive, but still... still... good gawd!!!! :(
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Re: FacePunch Me
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #408 on: April 18, 2016, 10:41:52 PM »
http://facepunch.me/
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #409 on: April 19, 2016, 11:47:22 AM »
I test-drove a new Ford C-Max Energi yesterday. It's so cool...

I'm debating whether I need a different car as mine doesn't have ESC.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #410 on: April 19, 2016, 01:22:53 PM »
I needed a total face punch yesterday- to bad I wasn't sitting at my desk where I could get one.

I left my foundation for a gig on Sunday- tried to get the cheaper one- fail. So off to sephora- not only did I get my foundation- I got something else- to the tune of 62$.
Wrong color foundation- hate it- return it- well okay- I'll exchange it.
Wrong color highligher- but moonstone is pretty too.
<girl at the counter>
well- I can't find it- but if you straight exchange it it's a none issue.

Facepunch- took BOTH products I exchanged home.

Immediately felt bad for spending more money- and when I feel bad I spend money. So I spent more at old navy.  And then felt worse.
facepunch in deed.

Old navy stuff is going back on Thursday when I get a chance to go back. under adult supervision- because I cannot be trusted.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #411 on: April 19, 2016, 08:08:59 PM »
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.

It's my passion and my hobby and it's worth it to me. I've had a few chances at writing reviews (and PR) but decided it's not for me, at least not right now. Not enough time in the day between concerts, public transit commutes, and my day job.

Like any expensive hobby, it's not good for my FIRE date, but that's my choice and I don't see it as facepunchy. It's not wasteful, it's not bad for the environment, it's not hurting anyone (including me), and I'm still saving a decent chunk of my pay and have a six-figure net worth with zero debt. I'm putting money into the pockets of people and organizations that I want to support. I've gotten to be friends with lots of musicians and music fans and I feel I'm part of that community.

I don't know if you are one of the many people who assumes that "concert" means "going out to see some has-been baby-boomer rock band in a stadium for $300" but I can assure you that is not the case here... ;-) According to Mint my average concert ticket price last year was ~$17. I make good use of memberships, discounts, gifts, and freebies whenever possible to save money. My mind is constantly boggling over the fact that I can see world-class musicians every week for under $20 a pop. You can literally see some of the best musicians in the world for free on a regular basis in this city, it's amazing! I mean, yeah, I could stay home and watch Netflix to kill time like most folks, but I'd rather throw away my TV and cancel my subscriptions and go out and see incredible people doing amazing things.

I think the whole point of the Mustachian lifestyle is to be able to do what brings you happiness (so long as it doesn't waste the earth's resources or otherwise trash the environment).  This fits in perfectly with that.  If it makes you happy to postpone a FIRE date for this, go right ahead.
Oh contraire, that was not a critic-ism, it was an amazement-ism! If you had said you'd bowled 200 times or gone to the movies 200 times, I might have had a similar reaction. Doing ANYTHING 200 out of 365 days shows an extreme level of dedication. I was simply very curious about your back story. Frankly, my life isn't very mustachian at all any more, because it doesn't have to be. Nobody's "has" to be, especially once FIRE is reached. I belive in mindful spending, pre- and post-FIRE. Hair shirts (and bicycles) are just not in my vocabulary.

Funny, I follow people whose voice(s) i like on these boards and I think I have a tiny glimpse of what they might be like in "real life". And then they casually slip something into the conversation that reveals a whole other unimagined side of them. It was that way for me when you laid that number down. I'm interested in your story, not facepunching you. That said, I'm still surprised that no one did. Unless your music passion has been thoroughly discussed elsewhere, while I was out hiking or something.

And now that I'm getting on in years, loud music in small venues hurts my ears something fierce.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #412 on: April 19, 2016, 11:14:40 PM »
Oh contraire, that was not a critic-ism, it was an amazement-ism! If you had said you'd bowled 200 times or gone to the movies 200 times, I might have had a similar reaction. Doing ANYTHING 200 out of 365 days shows an extreme level of dedication. I was simply very curious about your back story.

I'm not sure if it will make me seem more or less crazy, but I often go to more than one concert per day/night, so it's less than 200 days out of 365... But, yes, it is an extreme level of dedication. I've found 'my people,' though - I now have lots of friends and acquaintances who are just as much into live music as me. :-)

Backstory-wise... is there one? Sort of. I have always loved music. I have always liked concerts. But the live music obsession didn't start until I started listening to jazz - as a live art form it is really special since improvisation is a key part of it and every performance is unique (much more so than a classical performance or a rock band). I saw a concert in 2006 and it included four bands: two chamber ensembles (strings) and two jazz groups (one acoustic, one electric). It was an incredible show - I still remember how stunned I felt after the first piece ended - and my ears were just thrown wide open after that. That was the night I felt like I understood jazz for the first time, and I understood why live music was special. That was the spark that started the fire which has, I guess, grown into quite a conflagration. It almost feels like an addiction - most of the time you're just going to "maintenance" concerts, a nice night out, enjoyable, interesting, fun, whatever - but you're always chasing the high of those rare extraordinary performances. Goosebumps. Tears. Laughter. Awe. Moments you remember for years afterwards.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #413 on: April 20, 2016, 06:28:54 AM »
Oh contraire, that was not a critic-ism, it was an amazement-ism! If you had said you'd bowled 200 times or gone to the movies 200 times, I might have had a similar reaction. Doing ANYTHING 200 out of 365 days shows an extreme level of dedication. I was simply very curious about your back story.

I'm not sure if it will make me seem more or less crazy, but I often go to more than one concert per day/night, so it's less than 200 days out of 365... But, yes, it is an extreme level of dedication. I've found 'my people,' though - I now have lots of friends and acquaintances who are just as much into live music as me. :-)

Backstory-wise... is there one? Sort of. I have always loved music. I have always liked concerts. But the live music obsession didn't start until I started listening to jazz - as a live art form it is really special since improvisation is a key part of it and every performance is unique (much more so than a classical performance or a rock band). I saw a concert in 2006 and it included four bands: two chamber ensembles (strings) and two jazz groups (one acoustic, one electric). It was an incredible show - I still remember how stunned I felt after the first piece ended - and my ears were just thrown wide open after that. That was the night I felt like I understood jazz for the first time, and I understood why live music was special. That was the spark that started the fire which has, I guess, grown into quite a conflagration. It almost feels like an addiction - most of the time you're just going to "maintenance" concerts, a nice night out, enjoyable, interesting, fun, whatever - but you're always chasing the high of those rare extraordinary performances. Goosebumps. Tears. Laughter. Awe. Moments you remember for years afterwards.

Not to out your location too much, but what are your Harlem haunts?  I used to spend a lot of time at Paris Blues, mostly for the company, but they occasionally had great nights.   I'm very close to the Shrine and Bill's Place.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #414 on: April 20, 2016, 07:22:26 AM »
Not to out your location too much, but what are your Harlem haunts?  I used to spend a lot of time at Paris Blues, mostly for the company, but they occasionally had great nights.   I'm very close to the Shrine and Bill's Place.

I don't really tend to hang out in Harlem much, actually - though I did see a great show at Harlem Stage last year, and the jazz museum has some interesting stuff on occasion. I'm not much of a drinker so all the places that are more "hanging out in a cool bar with live music" aren't so much my scene. My most-frequented spots are in EV/LES, Greenwich Village and various spots in Brooklyn.
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« Reply #415 on: April 20, 2016, 07:33:53 AM »
Glasses got stepped on. Lenses survived, but the $300 frames got pretty mangled. They were able to kind-of fix them, but they're fragile and a permanent fix just isn't possible. Frames aren't eligible for insurance until next year. I don't technically need new glasses--they're wearable, but they won't sit on my face right (I'm concerned about headaches and changes to my vision since the lenses don't line up quite right). And I could get $35 glasses from Zenni (but I haven't found any I like and they don't let you try them on), or a $95 pair from Warby Parker--I was at their retail location yesterday and found a pair I like, but don't love.

But I really loved my old frames--it was the first time in my life I could afford the pretty frames and I've never before had frames in my life that I actually loved. And the place I got them is offering 20% off and new lenses for free. And it would ultimately come from my HSA and not out of pocket. But why spend $240 when I could just spend $35?

Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.

Spring has come to Chicago, and I can't resist the siren song of patio restaurants. I won't even try to justify this one. Just facepunch me--I am unrepentant. The good thing is patio dining season is very short because I can't stand humidity. But right after that is $7-fries-and-$12-beers-on-the-river-walk season. Seriously, there is a place that sells nothing but overpriced fries and beers, and it is amazing.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #416 on: April 20, 2016, 08:26:24 AM »
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Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.
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Isn't gaming laptop an oxymoron?  ;)  Exercise that frugality muscle!  (I totally condone a gaming PC for less than $300 bucks though...that's what I do!).
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« Reply #417 on: April 20, 2016, 08:54:08 AM »
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Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.
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Isn't gaming laptop an oxymoron?  ;)  Exercise that frugality muscle!  (I totally condone a gaming PC for less than $300 bucks though...that's what I do!).
Not at all, especially with how small components are getting these days. You just have to be willing to pay a premium (2-3x more for equal power) for it and forgo hardware upgrades (although modern ones are much more upgradeable). Desktop didn't make sense when I was in college during the week and living (and gaming) with my then-fiance on weekends. Desktop doesn't make sense now because my husband's hulking beast and 3 monitors takes up a large chunk of our 500 ft. apartment. Which is the problem with building a PC--nowhere to put it except the floor next to the TV (which would be my monitor).
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« Reply #418 on: April 20, 2016, 09:10:30 AM »
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Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.
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Isn't gaming laptop an oxymoron?  ;)  Exercise that frugality muscle!  (I totally condone a gaming PC for less than $300 bucks though...that's what I do!).
Not at all, especially with how small components are getting these days. You just have to be willing to pay a premium (2-3x more for equal power) for it and forgo hardware upgrades (although modern ones are much more upgradeable). Desktop didn't make sense when I was in college during the week and living (and gaming) with my then-fiance on weekends. Desktop doesn't make sense now because my husband's hulking beast and 3 monitors takes up a large chunk of our 500 ft. apartment. Which is the problem with building a PC--nowhere to put it except the floor next to the TV (which would be my monitor).
I know it isn't an oxymoron anymore, hence the wink.  But the premium and difficulty of upgrading make me cringe.  Then again, using TVs as monitors also makes me cringe! 

Holy cow!  3 monitors in a 500q ft apartment?  So one entire wall of a studio, basically?  Damn.  Not that I should talk, I have two monitors that I move all over the house depending on where I need a screen. 
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #419 on: April 20, 2016, 09:21:50 AM »
Well, our trip to Argentina was SUPPOSED to be Mustachian.

On the day of the wedding, a few hours before it started, I pulled my suit out of the closet and discovered a giant tear in the coat's sleeve that somehow occurred while wearing it on the flight or carrying it thereafter - I have no clue at all. We promptly freaked out (OK, mostly DW freaked out) and flailed all over town at various solutions before eventually blowing $500 on an entire new suit. I haven't spend $500 on clothes in five friggin' years, guys. I still feel like a moron, but oh well. The cash ended up coming out of the spending money her grandma always gives her when we arrive, but still... still... good gawd!!!! :(

$500 for a suit is tough to stomach. I purchased one "expensive" suit many years ago for about tree fiddy and I've worn it twice (couple of weddings including my own). Until I become Mr. Big Shot I hope to keep this one for a while. Hopefully you can do the same.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #420 on: April 22, 2016, 08:25:32 AM »
The concert was amazing. Enthusiastic bands, good venue, hyper-crazy audience, it had everything! I was briefly and accidentally pulled in the mosh pit. My foot was stepped on by a 250+ pound biker. I headbanged so hard I hurt my neck. I bought the new Amon Amarth cd. Good times.

And I deserve all of the face punches because after the concert ended I went and got fast food. On the plus side, it reminded me of why I never go for fast food.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #421 on: April 22, 2016, 09:27:30 AM »
$500 for a suit is tough to stomach. I purchased one "expensive" suit many years ago for about tree fiddy and I've worn it twice (couple of weddings including my own). Until I become Mr. Big Shot I hope to keep this one for a while. Hopefully you can do the same.
Yeah, I still feel shitty about it even though I didn't end up paying any of the cost. Such a waste.
I already have several decent suits that I managed to acquire from thrift stores or for free; the only thing I've ever paid retail for were two nice coats (black/blue) at $99 each - they were bought as separates but matched to other pants and worked well enough. The black one was what I ripped, and the new set was basically the same thing for way more money.
But it does look really great on me and I will wear it for every formal occasion ever again, in my life, just to try to get the per-use cost into single digits. Who knows.
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« Reply #422 on: April 24, 2016, 04:43:52 AM »
I just spent 1h30 in a traffic jam to drive like 15 miles.
It got me on a beautiful place on Lake Como, but if I had left at 830 instead of 11 I would have cut transit time at least in half.


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« Reply #423 on: April 27, 2016, 03:39:21 PM »
Bought a brand new lawnmower because the one I currently have did not start this spring.  This is the new one: http://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cubcadet/sc-100-sc100-2013

My rationalizations include: 
  • I bought the one I have now used for $50 when we bought our house a few years ago hoping it would get me through a few years... and it did so it served its purpose.
  • The one I have was a rickety one that didn't do that great a job mowing anyway.
  • I don't want to spend the time/money on fixing the old one for it to die again next year.
  • The new one is highly rated by more than one consumer review organization.
  • It's just a push mower, its not like I'm wasting money on a fancy-pants self propelled mower or lawn tractor.
  • I have already read the owner's manual and intend to DIY all the recommended maintenance religiously so the new one lasts forever.
  • I will use no-ethanol fuel only in this machine (using ethanol fuel was part of the problem with my old one).
  • I will enjoy lawn care more because this one will work better (old mower was the messiest mower I've ever used-- grass clippings everywhere!)
 

Reality:
  • The old one died probably at least partially due to my failure to maintain it properly.
  • I could probably fix my current one I have and make it work.
  • I probably could have bought another used one.
  • I could probably get by with a more basic mower.
  • I will probably enjoy mowing more for two weeks and then it will become a chore again.
 

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« Reply #424 on: April 27, 2016, 06:38:15 PM »
Went to the Apple store with my DH to replace failing battery of his iPhone 5, walked way with one new iPhone 6 Plus to the tune of $800.  MAJOR FACEPUNCH!!!

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« Reply #425 on: April 27, 2016, 10:16:10 PM »
Forgot library book at park. Couldn't go back for it because dinner and kids. Going to rain tonight, so unless some Good Samaritan picked it up, I'll owe $20 replacement.
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« Reply #426 on: May 20, 2016, 01:05:47 PM »
I'm having such a lucky sort of day that I briefly thought of buying a lottery ticket. So far I have resisted...
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« Reply #427 on: May 30, 2016, 01:01:43 PM »
First day back at work after holidays, I bought 2 lattes today, I really should have only bought one! Partly money and partly because I have a cold so tea would have been better than coffee after lunch. I will bring a mug tomorrow so that I can make tea, the mugs in the kitchen are gross.


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« Reply #428 on: June 01, 2016, 12:11:55 PM »
I just purchased a totally unnecessary $300 watch.
To make things worse, it was a total impulse buy.
Only semi-defensible part: I got it second hand and will lose $30 worst case scenario by flipping it.

I always loved watches, together with scuba diving it is my weakness.
I managed to tame it for a while (sold a bunch of watches and stopped buying more), but today I caved.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #429 on: June 07, 2016, 08:17:43 PM »
Not so much interested in a face punch. But this was definitely not mustachian.

I went to Vegas the week before last. I've been many times, it was a pretty regular occurrence back in my Navy days. But my brother has never been and has always wanted to go. He's getting married next month so off to Vegas we went. I was as mustachian as possible. Saved up and used a separate account for the trip. Kept to a budget for the hotel and the shows we saw. Used points for the airfare. I even (mostly) stayed away from the tables.

But... My brother wanted to visit some off the strip sites. So we went to the Valley of Fire and the Hoover Dam. We decided to rent a car instead of taking a formal tour. So we rented a Lamborghini. A convertible Gallardo. Kermit green. Renting the car for the day cost more than the hotel for three nights. And it was worth every damn penny. I doubt i'll ever do it again but driving that car through the desert was an absolutely spectacular experience.

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« Reply #430 on: June 08, 2016, 08:07:52 AM »
Pretty much every dollar I have ever spent on Magic: the Gathering.

Easily my most expensive hobby. But damn, do I enjoy it.
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« Reply #431 on: June 08, 2016, 02:59:49 PM »
I impulse bought a laptop last week.  I can't believe me.  But then... The next morning, my current 7-year old laptop stopped functioning appropriately.  Signs point to motherboard issues.  So while I certainly deserve a facepunch for the impulse buy, I'm happy I bought the new one when I did.  Selling the old one for parts will hopefully cover about half of the purchase price.  But still.

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« Reply #432 on: June 09, 2016, 02:04:33 AM »
I got free lunch at work today but the deal was they paid for food and we pay for drinks, so I bought a glass of wine $7.50 aghhhhhh bad bad me


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« Reply #433 on: June 09, 2016, 08:51:15 AM »
Do we still get face punches if we pay for something with credit card cash back?

We recently bought two tickets for a 14-minute Ferris wheel ride--$50 per ticket. And since I covered it with cash back, it was technically free. Totally worth it to do once (glass floor!), but I would never spend real money on it.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #434 on: June 09, 2016, 09:27:03 AM »
Do we still get face punches if we pay for something with credit card cash back?

Yes, I think so, but the punch is not quite as hard.  Sure you didn't spend "real money" but you COULD have redeemed the cash back on your regular purchases to decrease your overall spending.

That said, no one should begrudge the occasional splurge and using "found money" like cash back rewards to do so is a great way to limit the damage of splurging. 

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« Reply #435 on: June 09, 2016, 09:29:51 AM »
Do we still get face punches if we pay for something with credit card cash back?

We recently bought two tickets for a 14-minute Ferris wheel ride--$50 per ticket. And since I covered it with cash back, it was technically free. Totally worth it to do once (glass floor!), but I would never spend real money on it.

Assuming that you're free to spend it on anything you want I see no difference between the rebate from a credit card and "real money." I view my credit card use like having a coupon good for a small time-delayed discount on everything I buy. So I'd say your Ferris wheel ride  must pass the face-punch worthiness test on its own merit!

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« Reply #436 on: June 09, 2016, 01:04:29 PM »
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...

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« Reply #437 on: June 09, 2016, 04:33:56 PM »
I used up too much time making yogurt and eating free greens and did not have time to pack snacks for the kids' daycare. Now I will be charged $2 each for their snacks. Sigh.
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« Reply #438 on: June 10, 2016, 09:09:18 AM »
I used up too much time making yogurt and eating free greens and did not have time to pack snacks for the kids' daycare. Now I will be charged $2 each for their snacks. Sigh.
But what happened to the book in the park???
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« Reply #439 on: June 10, 2016, 09:16:29 AM »
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
I'm torn here.

On one hand I want to facepunch you for BUYING books. Especially cookbooks, because Google is the biggest cookbook ever imagined. And I don't know how good your local library is, but if you have a good library, you get a facepunch for not using it.

On the other hand, I own a couple of cookbooks and totally understand the need to have a physical cookbook to browse through (but I also borrow way more cookbooks than I own). And I'm not sure I can justify a facepunch for buying used and providing books a loving home. And if you actually use them for cooking, that's inherently Mustachian.
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« Reply #440 on: June 10, 2016, 10:30:21 AM »
I like Google for recipes sometimes but there is something satisfying about cracking open a cookbook to explore for the first time and spilling something in it to "break it in" using it.  For the last 6 to 8 weeks I have resisted the urge to acquire new ones since I have enough to keep me contented.  French food wasn't as hard as I thought, Russian food not bad, Chinese I am still learning, and good old fashioned soul food is always in demand in my house. 

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« Reply #441 on: June 10, 2016, 10:46:37 AM »
I like Google for recipes sometimes but there is something satisfying about cracking open a cookbook to explore for the first time and spilling something in it to "break it in" using it.  For the last 6 to 8 weeks I have resisted the urge to acquire new ones since I have enough to keep me contented.  French food wasn't as hard as I thought, Russian food not bad, Chinese I am still learning, and good old fashioned soul food is always in demand in my house.
Agreed. And you definitely don't want to spill on or set on fire a cookbook you borrowed from the library.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #442 on: June 10, 2016, 02:17:27 PM »
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
I'm torn here.

On one hand I want to facepunch you for BUYING books. Especially cookbooks, because Google is the biggest cookbook ever imagined. And I don't know how good your local library is, but if you have a good library, you get a facepunch for not using it.

On the other hand, I own a couple of cookbooks and totally understand the need to have a physical cookbook to browse through (but I also borrow way more cookbooks than I own). And I'm not sure I can justify a facepunch for buying used and providing books a loving home. And if you actually use them for cooking, that's inherently Mustachian.

There is something to be said for curated recipes especially from well known sources.  The internet is full of crappy recipes.  Yes it's great for finding just about anything, but I'd say if I'm looking for something 95% of the time I'll usually go to my favorite, tried and true websites and cookbooks.  My subscription to America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated website has been well worth it in my opinion.

Also, while I love the library, I also love owning books and I don't mind supporting authors I enjoy by buying their books.

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« Reply #443 on: June 11, 2016, 09:32:58 AM »
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
I'm torn here.

On one hand I want to facepunch you for BUYING books. Especially cookbooks, because Google is the biggest cookbook ever imagined. And I don't know how good your local library is, but if you have a good library, you get a facepunch for not using it.

On the other hand, I own a couple of cookbooks and totally understand the need to have a physical cookbook to browse through (but I also borrow way more cookbooks than I own). And I'm not sure I can justify a facepunch for buying used and providing books a loving home. And if you actually use them for cooking, that's inherently Mustachian.

There is something to be said for curated recipes especially from well known sources.  The internet is full of crappy recipes.  Yes it's great for finding just about anything, but I'd say if I'm looking for something 95% of the time I'll usually go to my favorite, tried and true websites and cookbooks.  My subscription to America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated website has been well worth it in my opinion.

Also, while I love the library, I also love owning books and I don't mind supporting authors I enjoy by buying their books.

Frugal Girl feels the same way. She was posting recently about how she subscribes to both Cook's Illustrated AND Cook's Country. I have found some great stuff online but it's definitely hit or miss.
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« Reply #444 on: June 13, 2016, 02:34:17 AM »
Facepunch me for I have sinned....I went to buy a coffee today from a cafe I hadn't been to for ages, I ordered, first I thought it would be around $3.40-$3.50 and it was $3.90 then after looking in my wallet I realised I only had $3.70 in cash, The lady behind me was getting ansy, I asked if they took card they said yes but it's a $0.50 surcharge for purchases under $10, I went ahead and paid by card for a total of $4.40. I apologised to the lady behind me for taking so long to order and she rolled her eyes at me (bitch!) argghhh!


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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #445 on: June 23, 2016, 09:46:41 AM »
I brought a book 1 day late at the library and I got a .30$ fine I could have totally avoided just renewing the loan on the library's website.
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« Reply #446 on: June 29, 2016, 09:24:15 PM »
My husband was given a cool Lego car kit at a function he attended.

I've always wanted to build one but didn't want to fork out the money, so I was really looking forward to building it with him.

He gave it away to one of the guys at work.

I was a bit disappointed, and he apparently felt awful for not checking with me.

A big box just landed on my desk at work. He ordered a $160 Lego kit for me to build.

A lovely gesture but it (and the inevitable facepunch) could have been avoided if we'd, you know, discussed it...

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« Reply #447 on: June 30, 2016, 06:36:15 PM »
I accidentally bought the DRM Epub (Adobe Digital Editions) version of a technical book I've wanted for a long time, instead of the paperback. I can't read the code examples properly because the text is too faint, and can't lend the book to my team.

The site recently changed format and I didn't see the drop down to select paperback until several days after ordering, when I was wondering where my book was. :(

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« Reply #448 on: June 30, 2016, 09:43:00 PM »
posting to follow.  I deserve facepunches from the unwashed masses too, maybe I will find them here, vicariously through your face :)
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« Reply #449 on: July 06, 2016, 11:54:35 AM »
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
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