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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #750 on: November 29, 2017, 03:02:52 PM »
As a Brit, I find it weird you guys don't use electric kettles.

I asked if she wanted an electric one instead and she didn't want to take up space on the counter. So be it.
I thought counters were for appliances, such as coffee maker, panini/grill press, electric kettle, bread maker, spice/coffee grinder, blender. At least that's what I use it for. And there's plenty of space for food prep.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong. And the wife too.

I use an Epica 1500W kettle, super boiling hot in a reasonably fast time, with a "British-made 1500 watt power delivery system".

I wouldn't say there is a right or wrong was to do it. To each their own and all that.
Her problem with adding an electric kettle is not that the counters need to be bare, it is that they are already full of other appliances and containers! Personally I prefer bare counters and in my house the ONLY thing permanently on the counters is an electric kettle (that she bought as a gift for me).

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« Reply #751 on: November 30, 2017, 07:10:09 AM »
Can't take it inside and store it somewhere?
I have, but my area is a public zone. Also, my bike is filthy this time of the year. Policy discourages bikes inside.

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« Reply #752 on: November 30, 2017, 07:14:04 AM »
Can't take it inside and store it somewhere?
I have, but my area is a public zone. Also, my bike is filthy this time of the year. Policy discourages bikes inside.
Seriously, does this policy do anything for you if your bike gets stolen?
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« Reply #753 on: November 30, 2017, 09:29:21 AM »
Can't take it inside and store it somewhere?
I have, but my area is a public zone. Also, my bike is filthy this time of the year. Policy discourages bikes inside.
Seriously, does this policy do anything for you if your bike gets stolen?

Nope.  You're screwed if things are stolen. 

Luckily, it seems to be a safe area to live.  One day, I might be crying a pool of real tears.   

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« Reply #754 on: November 30, 2017, 10:08:09 AM »
No janitor's or supply closet you can carry it into? I carry my bike (when its wet) to my office or engineering area. I am responsible for cleaning up after it if it drips all over the place.

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« Reply #756 on: December 19, 2017, 01:09:16 PM »
OK, I fucked up.  I have gained some weight and had to get some work-appropriate tops and jackets -- not full suits, but dressier than a decent sweater (and definitely nicer than I'd normally wear).  I had a coupon and there was a big sale at the store that I like, so mistake 1, yes, generic mall store.  Decided to get that done Sunday morning, but that meant rushing to hit a time window,* so mistake 2, I didn't do any kind of assessment of what I have that still fits vs. what I actually need -- just "hey, I have a coupon!"  Execute the plan, run to the mall, find a couple of jackets and tops, and one is even on the sale rack and fits perfectly.   

Realized last night that the "great deal" jacket is the exact duplicate of the jacket I bought about 6 months ago (when I first realized many of my tops weren't fitting right).  Same size and everything.  Best part is that I went to the gym Monday AM and showered/dressed at work, so I didn't notice that it was a duplicate before I had taken the tags off. 

The irony of all of this is that I hate shopping; I'm the last one you'd expect to blow giant wads of cash at the mall, because I avoid it like the plague.  But I think that's my problem:  I just want it over and done with, which makes it easy to go to this one store where a lot of their stuff is my style and looks good on me.  I guess I need to suck it up and take more time to develop a plan and shop around for better values.  Or lose the fucking weight again (trying, but ugh; injuries + holiday treats aren't helping). 

I think my penance will have to be to go through my closet and remove the stuff that just doesn't fit any more so I have a clear view of what I do and don't have -- I never get rid of stuff, so I have @ 10+ years of clothes in @3-4 sizes in there, and that makes it hard to tell what I actually need.

*Normally, I get up and make pancakes, and then DH takes the kids to Hebrew School.  This week, I figured I could drop them off, hit the mall, get groceries, and get back in time for pickup.  But that meant rushing to get the pancakes made, get ready myself, pull together the grocery list, get the coupons, etc.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #757 on: December 24, 2017, 06:00:49 AM »
Laura 33, I often buy duplicates of things that fit well and look good on me, because I hate to shop, too! I buy a lot of things at thrifts, so no dupes there, but for hard-to-fit items that must be purchased new, it means I can go longer without needing X. It's kind of like the pantry principle. Plus, at least your taste is consistent. At the very least, it makes s good story.

I also hear you on the need to lose 10 lbs. Oy!

P.S. I love this thread,  thanks for nudging it. Speaking of old-timers, I miss this thread's founder. I hope she got her house in Storybook Village and is living her happily ever after.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #758 on: January 02, 2018, 01:56:08 AM »
As a Brit, I find it weird you guys don't use electric kettles.

I asked if she wanted an electric one instead and she didn't want to take up space on the counter. So be it.
I thought counters were for appliances, such as coffee maker, panini/grill press, electric kettle, bread maker, spice/coffee grinder, blender. At least that's what I use it for. And there's plenty of space for food prep.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong. And the wife too.

I use an Epica 1500W kettle, super boiling hot in a reasonably fast time, with a "British-made 1500 watt power delivery system".

I've often thought that I would like a stovetop kettle to maximise counter space and powerpoints (my kitchen has exactly one double powerpoint, into which is currently plugged the microwave, kettle and toaster).

Unfortunately I have an electric cooktop, but one day...

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #759 on: January 04, 2018, 04:26:15 PM »
Just pre-ordered Fire and Fury.

I never pre-order anything. I usually wait for a library copy. I tried to resist but I can't...

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« Reply #760 on: January 05, 2018, 07:02:20 AM »
I need a face punch. I totally auto-piloted this morning and purchased a soda and snack at the gas station to begin my driving travel for work. Dumb. I’m trying to be frugal this month and only remembered when I was an hour into my trip.

I’m thinking I’ll hide my wallet in my center console or something to break the mindless zombie-purchasing.


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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #761 on: January 05, 2018, 08:17:07 AM »
Just pre-ordered Fire and Fury.

I never pre-order anything. I usually wait for a library copy. I tried to resist but I can't...

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #762 on: January 05, 2018, 08:48:18 AM »
I need a face punch. I totally auto-piloted this morning and purchased a soda and snack at the gas station to begin my driving travel for work. Dumb. Iím trying going to be frugal this month and only remembered when I was an hour into my trip.

Iím thinking Iíll hide my wallet in my center console or something to break the mindless zombie-purchasing.
I've been doing  'No Spending" months since before they were a thing. The tweak above was most helpful to me. It's just a mindshift, but it works. It makes you think before you leave the house. If you don't follow the Frugalwoods blog, you might want to check it out. She's doing an Uber Frugal January, with lots of support.

However, I always did mine in February so I could buy my next-year's Christmas supplies in January at deep discount. Plus, February is a shorter month ;-). I was in outside sales and traveled every day, so it was tricky, but a little determination got it done. The results were always astounding, so I applaud your efforts and encourage you to redouble them.

Here's a little trick that helped me. I looked for "found money" and that's what I used for fresh stuff. Typically, i woukd return something that I'd overpurchased. For example, I recently bought cups for an event and didn't use or open all of them. Normally, I'd just keep them for future use. Instead, I'd return them for $12 (found money, because I already paid for them). Just having a small stache of available cash made my brain pipe down. Bonus tip: If you paid for your snacks with a credit or debit card, try putting stickers on the cards. It prevents the absentminded swipe. You can even write on them with a Sharpie. A little alcohol will remove the writing at the end of the month.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #763 on: January 05, 2018, 09:02:53 AM »
Just do what I did this morn (by accident): leave your wallet at home. Plenty of gas to get home but I won't be buying anything 'til then.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #764 on: January 05, 2018, 01:14:17 PM »
Punch me now!

Dropped off the kids at school and winter camp, then craved a Panera coffee and a bagel. $3.30. Fuck me.

It's been months since I had that. Got real lazy this morning to make my french press. I had oatmeal for breakfast, but a nice buttery toasted everything bagel was heaven. Kick me lazy ass!

The worst is yet to come when wife comes home and finds out. It's not the money, she doesn't want me eating empty carbs.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #765 on: January 05, 2018, 01:56:42 PM »
I logged in to Amazon to re-order a cheap toy that one of our cats loves and destroyed. At which point I see that our total orders for 2017 was 111. We ordered from Amazon over twice a week for the entire year.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #766 on: January 05, 2018, 02:15:40 PM »
I logged in to Amazon to re-order a cheap toy that one of our cats loves and destroyed. At which point I see that our total orders for 2017 was 111. We ordered from Amazon over twice a week for the entire year.

:-O  Holy crap! *facepunch*

I just looked at mine. I made 17 Amazon orders in 2017. More than half were gifts and charitable donations.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #767 on: January 05, 2018, 02:44:20 PM »
I logged in to Amazon to re-order a cheap toy that one of our cats loves and destroyed. At which point I see that our total orders for 2017 was 111. We ordered from Amazon over twice a week for the entire year.

:-O  Holy crap! *facepunch*

I just looked at mine. I made 17 Amazon orders in 2017. More than half were gifts and charitable donations.

I made 72. Some was work related. Fewer books. Still, I need a facepunch.

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« Reply #768 on: January 05, 2018, 04:30:02 PM »
I logged in to Amazon to re-order a cheap toy that one of our cats loves and destroyed. At which point I see that our total orders for 2017 was 111. We ordered from Amazon over twice a week for the entire year.

:-O  Holy crap! *facepunch*

I just looked at mine. I made 17 Amazon orders in 2017. More than half were gifts and charitable donations.

I made 72. Some was work related. Fewer books. Still, I need a facepunch.

Amazon is my arch nemesis! Ugh. Too easy to buy things with Prime!

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« Reply #769 on: January 05, 2018, 08:19:39 PM »
Just pre-ordered Fire and Fury.

I never pre-order anything. I usually wait for a library copy. I tried to resist but I can't...

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Ha!  I didn't even realize that.  Enjoying the book though.  :)  And my public library didn't even have it on order.  Pffft.

As for Amazon, online shopping can be a killer...and don't drink and shop.

I bought this awesome bottle of wine and while I was buzzing from drinking it, almost ordered a case for $1500.  Luckily, I facepunched myself before I finished the transaction.  $1500!  It was good wine, but holy shit. I think my boyfriend, who was also buzzing, talked sense to me.  How we both buzzed off the same bottle of wine speaks to how great it was.

Drinking and access to online shopping can be FIRE killers. 

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« Reply #770 on: January 05, 2018, 08:34:32 PM »
I logged in to Amazon to re-order a cheap toy that one of our cats loves and destroyed. At which point I see that our total orders for 2017 was 111. We ordered from Amazon over twice a week for the entire year.

133 orders here. But looks like each subscribe & save item shows up as a separate order every month. We get all diapers and household supplies through Amazon ... so, maybe not so bad?
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #771 on: January 05, 2018, 11:02:19 PM »
I logged in to Amazon to re-order a cheap toy that one of our cats loves and destroyed. At which point I see that our total orders for 2017 was 111. We ordered from Amazon over twice a week for the entire year.
Lol, for an instant, I thought you meant 111 dollars. Then I read the next sentence. Facepunch granted.
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« Reply #772 on: January 06, 2018, 02:58:59 PM »
Just do what I did this morn (by accident): leave your wallet at home. Plenty of gas to get home but I won't be buying anything 'til then.

As long as you bring your driver's license, insurance, and proof of vehicle registration with you. Otherwise it could get inconvenient if someone rear-ends you and you don't have the necessary documentation.

Some people have success keeping their credit and debit cards somewhere besides in their wallet. Once I literally "froze" my assets by placing my debit card in a plastic cup of water and freezing it solid. To buy anything, I had to either write out a check, go to the credit union and make a cash withdrawal (such as when purchasing a bus pass) or take the time to thaw the card. This forced me to pay attention to each purchase.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #773 on: January 08, 2018, 07:45:17 AM »
Facepunch me, Forum, for I have sinned. I bought two Krispy Kreme donuts and a bottle of orange juice yesterday. I think the total was $4.83.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #774 on: January 09, 2018, 03:05:21 AM »
Facepunch me, Forum, for I have sinned. I bought two Krispy Kreme donuts and a bottle of orange juice yesterday. I think the total was $4.83.

Are you subscribed to one of the 47 get fit/lose weight/give up sugar threads? 'Cause that would make it a one-two punch. ;)

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« Reply #775 on: January 09, 2018, 06:18:51 AM »
Facepunch me, Forum, for I have sinned. I bought two Krispy Kreme donuts and a bottle of orange juice yesterday. I think the total was $4.83.

Are you subscribed to one of the 47 get fit/lose weight/give up sugar threads? 'Cause that would make it a one-two punch. ;)

I am a cafeteria mustachian. And I'm skinny. I don't need to lose weight. In fact, my mother would say I could stand to gain a pound or two. So only one face punch pls.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #776 on: January 09, 2018, 06:32:23 AM »
Please Face Punch me for being lazy. I spent nearly $12 on a Kindle book this weekend because my local library e-book checkout system is such a pain in the butt. Even if your information is up to date and you regularly check out e-books, it still makes you go in person to renew every 6 months, which annoys me. You know, since I still work a full time job and time is precious, but I have time to log in here and complain about it. Oops.

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« Reply #777 on: January 09, 2018, 09:27:52 AM »
We could be FI/RE right now at age ~41.  But we're probably going to keep working for another 10 years so we can afford to send our kids to private school and help with college*.

*There are other reasons, but for the purposes of earning a FacePunch I'll leave it at that.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #778 on: January 09, 2018, 10:20:28 AM »
Re: # of amazon orders

We got 60. But, a fair amount of them were the end of the year (Christmas presents), care packages to my brother and husband's sister (college students), and converting generic gift cards into online Amazon cards.

But still, a good 1/4 were home purchases (light bulbs, soap, etc) that could have just been easily purchased at the store.

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« Reply #779 on: January 09, 2018, 05:48:42 PM »
42 orders from Amazon, but they were groceries, holiday presents, some minimal furnishing of a new apartment, and textbooks. I'd rather not buy the presents at all, but I don't think Amazon in and of itself is facepunch-worthy. I'd have spent more driving to find all of mine - the vast majority would have involved a round trip > 100 miles and cost more at the store besides.

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« Reply #780 on: January 09, 2018, 06:33:32 PM »
I had 28 Amazon orders in 2017.

The Facepunch-worthy purchases were:
  • 2 e-books that I could have checked out from the library
  • The second half of a hanging shoe organizer 2-pack (I miscounted and ended up only needing one to clear up space in my closet)
  • A massively expensive coffeemaker to replace our broken one. DH wanted it, we make a ton of money, and I just didn't want to argue, especially since he lets me make cheap Maxwell House coffee every day and hardly ever goes to coffee shops.

Items that may or may not be Facepunch-worthy were my own running water bottle, headlamp, and reflective gear. DH offered to let me take his old stuff, but let's be honest here. It stank like a man who runs long distances in the mornings and drinks beer in the evenings. :-)


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« Reply #781 on: January 10, 2018, 06:26:06 PM »
Amazon delivers to our house on average every 3 days. But it keeps me out of target aka the land of temptation, especially the dollar section.

Tonight i went on letgo (basically Craigslist made into an app) to list an area rug for sale and now I'm buying a used ps3 for my husband. He's been wanting one for like 2 years and i happened to see it. Including 2 controllers and 5-6 decent games for $70.... hopefully my rug sells to offset my purchase.

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« Reply #782 on: January 10, 2018, 10:11:49 PM »
Face punch, please.  Been on a spending moratorium for months and months, eating nothing but boiled lentils and grass clippings, leaving my clown car parked in the driveway, selling toys left and right on Craigslist, forgoing massages, facials, mani/pedi's, haircuts and so forth.  A week ago, on a sure-would-be-nice-to-feel-pretty-again whim, I stopped into a salon in Beverly Hills for a trim and some blonde-ing.  TOTALLY neglected to ask beforehand what they might charge for these services.  The answer?  So glad you asked.  Six hundred dollars.  Ka-POW!!!

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« Reply #783 on: January 10, 2018, 10:27:29 PM »
Face punch, please.  Been on a spending moratorium for months and months, eating nothing but boiled lentils and grass clippings, leaving my clown car parked in the driveway, selling toys left and right on Craigslist, forgoing massages, facials, mani/pedi's, haircuts and so forth.  A week ago, on a sure-would-be-nice-to-feel-pretty-again whim, I stopped into a salon in Beverly Hills for a trim and some blonde-ing.  TOTALLY neglected to ask beforehand what they might charge for these services.  The answer?  So glad you asked.  Six hundred dollars.  Ka-POW!!!

WOW! My jaw dropped so fast I think I pulled something!

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« Reply #784 on: January 11, 2018, 05:44:56 AM »
Face punch, please.  Been on a spending moratorium for months and months, eating nothing but boiled lentils and grass clippings, leaving my clown car parked in the driveway, selling toys left and right on Craigslist, forgoing massages, facials, mani/pedi's, haircuts and so forth.  A week ago, on a sure-would-be-nice-to-feel-pretty-again whim, I stopped into a salon in Beverly Hills for a trim and some blonde-ing.  TOTALLY neglected to ask beforehand what they might charge for these services.  The answer?  So glad you asked.  Six hundred dollars.  Ka-POW!!!
Was that before or after the tip?
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« Reply #785 on: January 11, 2018, 06:29:33 AM »
A week ago, on a sure-would-be-nice-to-feel-pretty-again whim, I stopped into a salon in Beverly Hills for a trim and some blonde-ing.  TOTALLY neglected to ask beforehand what they might charge for these services.  The answer?  So glad you asked.  Six hundred dollars.  Ka-POW!!!

Did they use actual gold for highlights?!

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« Reply #786 on: January 11, 2018, 09:53:33 AM »
I think I lost a tooth when my jaw stopped suddenly at the bottom. I've owned a number of cars that cost less.

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« Reply #787 on: January 11, 2018, 08:27:58 PM »
Face punch, please.  Been on a spending moratorium for months and months, eating nothing but boiled lentils and grass clippings, leaving my clown car parked in the driveway, selling toys left and right on Craigslist, forgoing massages, facials, mani/pedi's, haircuts and so forth.  A week ago, on a sure-would-be-nice-to-feel-pretty-again whim, I stopped into a salon in Beverly Hills for a trim and some blonde-ing.  TOTALLY neglected to ask beforehand what they might charge for these services.  The answer?  So glad you asked.  Six hundred dollars.  Ka-POW!!!
Was that before or after the tip?
After.  Not sure if that makes it better or worse. 
By the by, today on my bank statement I got an extra little slap: because the salon only accepted tips in cash and I didn't have enough on hand (because I hadn't counted on a bloodletting), I used the ATM in the salon and was charged five bucks for the convenience.  Oh my.

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« Reply #788 on: January 13, 2018, 05:14:20 PM »
I started my period on a work trip, and I didn't pack my cup.  I had to buy tampons at CVS.  $4 wasted, and a lot of wasted resources because I wasn't tracking my period.

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« Reply #789 on: January 14, 2018, 02:02:19 AM »
I started my period on a work trip, and I didn't pack my cup.  I had to buy tampons at CVS.  $4 wasted, and a lot of wasted resources because I wasn't tracking my period.

I got caught out on honeymoon, in a rainforest! Fortunately one of the girls volunteering there gave me some tampons to see me through until a trip that went near shops.
Having discovered that travel disrupts my cycle, I now keep my cup in a little zip pouch with other essentials that I keep in my bag at all times. It's so light it's not an issue.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #790 on: January 14, 2018, 06:49:46 PM »
I started my period on a work trip, and I didn't pack my cup.  I had to buy tampons at CVS.  $4 wasted, and a lot of wasted resources because I wasn't tracking my period.

I got caught out on honeymoon, in a rainforest! Fortunately one of the girls volunteering there gave me some tampons to see me through until a trip that went near shops.
Having discovered that travel disrupts my cycle, I now keep my cup in a little zip pouch with other essentials that I keep in my bag at all times. It's so light it's not an issue.
I just zipped my older cup into my carry-on suitcase that I use for most of my travel.  Thanks for the tip!

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #791 on: January 15, 2018, 12:19:18 PM »
Had to make an account just to come in here for my face punching so here it goes.

I had been doing well with a frugal life until a few friends got me back into Magic The Gathering. Just a fun activity for Fridays to keep us from going out to dinner or out to the bars. Sit down with a beer or a tall glass of water, make dinner, and just play cards all night. What could be better?

Well in the month we've each spent about $200 one acquiring more cards, and tracking since we started in November I've spent nearly $400 overall. The kicker is that I just compulsively want more, even when walking home from the shop with a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach because "I know I should stop, this isn't right". I hear about an interesting strategy or a cool card and I can't help myself. I know it's a problem because I'm at the stage of lying about how much I've spent.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #792 on: January 16, 2018, 08:28:25 AM »
Had to make an account just to come in here for my face punching so here it goes.

I had been doing well with a frugal life until a few friends got me back into Magic The Gathering. Just a fun activity for Fridays to keep us from going out to dinner or out to the bars. Sit down with a beer or a tall glass of water, make dinner, and just play cards all night. What could be better?

Well in the month we've each spent about $200 one acquiring more cards, and tracking since we started in November I've spent nearly $400 overall. The kicker is that I just compulsively want more, even when walking home from the shop with a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach because "I know I should stop, this isn't right". I hear about an interesting strategy or a cool card and I can't help myself. I know it's a problem because I'm at the stage of lying about how much I've spent.

Oooh, I feel your pain, I played Magic a looong time ago, that's actually how I met my husband. We called it Wallet: The Withering. Sold all of our cards when we were getting ready to buy a house and never looked back. Maybe try heroin instead, its probably less addictive and easier on the bank account :)
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #793 on: January 16, 2018, 09:38:02 AM »
Had to make an account just to come in here for my face punching so here it goes.

I had been doing well with a frugal life until a few friends got me back into Magic The Gathering. Just a fun activity for Fridays to keep us from going out to dinner or out to the bars. Sit down with a beer or a tall glass of water, make dinner, and just play cards all night. What could be better?

Well in the month we've each spent about $200 one acquiring more cards, and tracking since we started in November I've spent nearly $400 overall. The kicker is that I just compulsively want more, even when walking home from the shop with a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach because "I know I should stop, this isn't right". I hear about an interesting strategy or a cool card and I can't help myself. I know it's a problem because I'm at the stage of lying about how much I've spent.

Oooh, I feel your pain, I played Magic a looong time ago, that's actually how I met my husband. We called it Wallet: The Withering. Sold all of our cards when we were getting ready to buy a house and never looked back. Maybe try heroin instead, its probably less addictive and easier on the bank account :)

This was back at the beginning (Alpha-Beta through The Dark), but I actually made money on it. I would sell singles at conventions (rent a small table just for me), then towards the end of a convention there was always someone desperate for money dumping their entire collection, so I replenished my stock. When I got cash I spent it on repurchases or fun, but I took every check I was given and put it in the bank. At the end of a couple of years of doing that I had enough money to take me and the wife to Scotland for two weeks.

Then they massively overprinted and the market for new cards dropped. I sold everything and got out.

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« Reply #794 on: January 22, 2018, 01:58:08 PM »
I have a little time/date/temperature thing on my office desk (don't worry, it was free ;-) ) that's been running low on batteries for a while. I finally remembered to buy some on my lunch break today - I was annoyed that there were no 2-packs of AAs, just 4-packs, and it was $7.49. Oh well, it only needs batteries once every couple of years, so whatever.

So I bought them, brought them back, swapped out the batteries, and then opened a desk drawer to put the remaining two batteries away in the hopes I would have them for next time. And found... an identical half-used four-pack of batteries, which I'd clearly bought the last time that device needed batteries, and then completely forgot about.
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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #795 on: February 01, 2018, 07:48:57 PM »
I racked up $2.50 on overdue fines on a library book... that I didn't even read past the second chapter.

Excuses include the fact that we moved, and I didn't want to drive the 30 mins back to return it over a $0.25/day fine.

I also bought a soda from the vending machine at work.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #796 on: February 01, 2018, 11:05:40 PM »
My non owner operator car insurance is set to renew next week.  I donít plan to be driving for at least 6 months, so I called to cancel.  I got 4.66 credited back to me.  Great. Right?  Except I havenít been driving for the past three months, and I knew it ahead of time.  I could have called back in November and gotten $55 back.  Nope.  I waited until renewal cuz I hate phone calls and I like facepunches???

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #797 on: February 08, 2018, 02:54:04 PM »
A few days ago, I bragged on another thread about having saved more than £80 by shopping around for my car insurance.

Yesterday I ate the last of the box of Hotel Chocolat delicacies that DD2 gave me for Christmas, and was reminded of how good Hotel Chocolat chocolate is in comparison to the chocolate we usually eat.

Today I spent £70 on the Hotel Chocolat website. I spent £70 in one pop on CANDY for my husband and me. We are not five years old, we are both in our fifties.

In my (slight) defence, at my usual rate of chocolate consumption my share will last me at least until the post-Easter price reductions hit the website, and we'll both need lots of lazy calories when the weather improves and we get out on long bike rides.



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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #798 on: February 17, 2018, 07:48:11 PM »
I've been spending a little bit of real-life money on Pokemon GO. Pokemon is very near and dear to my heart (I met my husband through Pokemon), and spending a couple bucks to make sure we have ample opportunities to catch rare make-believe pixel monsters makes me genuinely happy (plus extra exercise and quality husband time). But I will accept face punches because I swore I'd never spend real money on a phone game.

I love that you did this. I don't love pokemon, I love dragon age, but I'm sure you could put this into your exercise or romance budget category. No facepunches from me!

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #799 on: February 17, 2018, 08:00:59 PM »

2. After that, we spent another 1250,- on curtains for the living room (which we saw while browsing on the way back from buying the matras). To be fair, the current curtains are quite literally falling apart and were free because they were part of the house when we bought it. They work but that about says it all, even my mom (who is quite on the mustachian spectrum) asked me if the curtains were getting a refit?!

Here's your face punch. That's ridiculous. I have 6 windows and one gigantic bay window in my house. I figure the only windows that need curtains is the bedroom so I don't flash the neighbors. I bought two sets off Amazon, they're $17 a pop. Here they are.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CS31NV6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

for $1200 I could have gotten curtains for SEVENTY windows.