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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #300 on: December 14, 2016, 02:24:45 AM »
Honda Insight with a manual transmission. I already have a car but I want something to take on long trip adventures that gets better than 25mpg. It probably will never pay itself back in saved fuel when you account for insurance and maintenance costs but it seems like a fun toy to have.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #301 on: December 14, 2016, 03:55:44 AM »
Garmin Forerunner 235 with optical HR built in and activity tracking. Not a stupid thing to lust after...unless you already have a perfectly fine and fully functioning Garmin Forerunner 220 but it doesn't have the optical HR or activity tracking. Even stupider when you have a Fitbit Charge HR that does all that anyway.

Oh and its summer here so too hot to do enough serious running training to actually use a running watch.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #302 on: December 14, 2016, 08:38:54 AM »
Honda Insight with a manual transmission. I already have a car but I want something to take on long trip adventures that gets better than 25mpg. It probably will never pay itself back in saved fuel when you account for insurance and maintenance costs but it seems like a fun toy to have.

If you want fun, get a cheap s2000

If you want neo-environmentalist get an Insight/Prius

The first gen Insights are really cool.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #303 on: December 14, 2016, 12:54:55 PM »
Honda Insight with a manual transmission. I already have a car but I want something to take on long trip adventures that gets better than 25mpg. It probably will never pay itself back in saved fuel when you account for insurance and maintenance costs but it seems like a fun toy to have.

If you want fun, get a cheap s2000

If you want neo-environmentalist get an Insight/Prius

My degree is an associate in Electric Power Engineering Technology, so yes, fun, just not everyone's idea of it. I like that it can go over 500 miles on a tank very easily and that the inside can be modded out to fit a bed even though it's so tiny. I like the idea of being able to venture off into the great unknown without having to worry about where fuel stations are or how much the trip will cost me.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #304 on: December 14, 2016, 01:12:28 PM »
Oh man, totally lusting after an AirDog self-tracking aerial drone (www.airdog.com) for a backcountry ski trip to Iceland this spring!  But it's $1600!!!  But damn, I was really close to buying this thing . . .  However, saw many reviews online that said the company's customer service is abysmal/non-existent.  So I went to their Facebook page, which said they usually respond to inquiries within 1 day, and I sent them an inquiry, basically saying "hey I REALLY want to buy your product but have concerns about these reviews, please convince me they're wrong" . . . and have heard NOTHING from them since I sent it 3 weeks ago!!  So much for that purchase.

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« Reply #305 on: December 15, 2016, 09:04:10 AM »
Contemplating replacing many of my light switches with "smart home" light switches that can be turned on/off/dimmed via my computer, smart phone, or voice with Google Home. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #306 on: December 15, 2016, 01:56:59 PM »
When doing that look into backlit switches too. I love having them at the roommates house. You don't even have to turn on lights to know where you are in the house in very dark conditions and if you need to turn on a light just look for the one that's lit and those are interior switches, non lit are exterior.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #307 on: December 15, 2016, 03:09:56 PM »
Oh man, totally lusting after an AirDog self-tracking aerial drone (www.airdog.com) for a backcountry ski trip to Iceland this spring!  But it's $1600!!!  But damn, I was really close to buying this thing . . .  However, saw many reviews online that said the company's customer service is abysmal/non-existent.  So I went to their Facebook page, which said they usually respond to inquiries within 1 day, and I sent them an inquiry, basically saying "hey I REALLY want to buy your product but have concerns about these reviews, please convince me they're wrong" . . . and have heard NOTHING from them since I sent it 3 weeks ago!!  So much for that purchase.



I realize I'm being a pimple on the a$$ of Mustachianism here, but the DJI 3 Standard drone also has 'follow-me' mode and is a mere $400 (at both Target and Fry's in the USA).

Good luck!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #308 on: December 16, 2016, 06:21:30 AM »
Sadly, I have to add something to my list.

Every time I see a deal for one of these I have to remind myself that it's a stupid little toy and it probably wouldn't be used as much as I think it would be and that it'll just sit around and collect dust etc. etc. etc.  And yet when another deal shows up, man do I want it again.  $120 right now at Bed Bath & Beyond.

A Sphero BB-8 unit with the force control wrist band.  Man do I want one so badly.  Sad nerd.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #309 on: December 16, 2016, 07:14:51 AM »
Oh man, totally lusting after an AirDog self-tracking aerial drone (www.airdog.com) for a backcountry ski trip to Iceland this spring!  But it's $1600!!!  But damn, I was really close to buying this thing . . .  However, saw many reviews online that said the company's customer service is abysmal/non-existent.  So I went to their Facebook page, which said they usually respond to inquiries within 1 day, and I sent them an inquiry, basically saying "hey I REALLY want to buy your product but have concerns about these reviews, please convince me they're wrong" . . . and have heard NOTHING from them since I sent it 3 weeks ago!!  So much for that purchase.



I realize I'm being a pimple on the a$$ of Mustachianism here, but the DJI 3 Standard drone also has 'follow-me' mode and is a mere $400 (at both Target and Fry's in the USA).

Good luck!

Saw that, but in all the reviews I looked at, it doesn't come close to the true self-tracking function of the AirDog, and the AirDog is made specifically for "extreme" sports use, so it compacts nicely for carrying in or on a backpack.  The Lily is one that has promise, and it's "only" $1,000, but they haven't rolled out production yet.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #310 on: December 16, 2016, 07:20:54 AM »
Always lusting after an Audi R8 - likely will never become a reality, though who knows what my 40s/50s will bring.

Will likely make a used Audi A3 happen at some point when I need a car again, though I don't like the new sedan styles. I prefer the older hatchbacks. And of course lots of customization like 19 or 20" rims, tint, matte wrap.


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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #311 on: December 16, 2016, 09:18:30 AM »
Tesla Model X but I can't justify spending 30% of my net worth on a car.

Maybe I'll get the Model 3 in a few years if the reviews are good.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #312 on: December 16, 2016, 01:16:17 PM »
Tesla Model X but I can't justify spending 30% of my net worth on a car.

Maybe I'll get the Model 3 in a few years if the reviews are good.

Just saw a modified Model X outside of my work. It had some big fancy wheels on it and a really loud stereo. It looked terrible with those wagon wheels lol.

Save your money , 5-10 yrs from now that cool new fancy tech will be cheap when (hopefully) 300 miles to charge is the norm.

Chevy bolt is an awesome drive BTW. Was able to test drive one with some of my fancy automotive journalist friends. Really nice vehicle for the price. Lots of pickup / instant torque as well !

What I'm currently lusting after is a 2016 Miata club - ugh... such a great little roadster. Fiance is on board and wants me to buy what makes me happy. I'm still having doubts, I could purchase a used one for just around 20k right now. Do I wan to though? Meh...it's a big time lust that is for sure !

Who knows what silly automotive pursuits I will want next week.




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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #313 on: December 16, 2016, 02:03:49 PM »
Tesla Model X but I can't justify spending 30% of my net worth on a car.

Maybe I'll get the Model 3 in a few years if the reviews are good.

Just saw a modified Model X outside of my work. It had some big fancy wheels on it and a really loud stereo. It looked terrible with those wagon wheels lol.

Save your money , 5-10 yrs from now that cool new fancy tech will be cheap when (hopefully) 300 miles to charge is the norm.

Chevy bolt is an awesome drive BTW. Was able to test drive one with some of my fancy automotive journalist friends. Really nice vehicle for the price. Lots of pickup / instant torque as well !

What I'm currently lusting after is a 2016 Miata club - ugh... such a great little roadster. Fiance is on board and wants me to buy what makes me happy. I'm still having doubts, I could purchase a used one for just around 20k right now. Do I wan to though? Meh...it's a big time lust that is for sure !

Who knows what silly automotive pursuits I will want next week.

Yeah I agree with technological advancement and mass production the prices for these cars will decrease.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #314 on: December 16, 2016, 02:20:38 PM »
A racing FPS quadcopter.  Saw a few youtube videos, and it looks too fun.  Most people DIY them as well, so that'd be cool.  I bought a little tiny drone off Amazon to fly around the living room to see what it's like.  In case you're wondering, not easy.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #315 on: December 16, 2016, 02:36:51 PM »
Tesla Model X but I can't justify spending 30% of my net worth on a car.

Maybe I'll get the Model 3 in a few years if the reviews are good.

Save your money , 5-10 yrs from now that cool new fancy tech will be cheap when (hopefully) 300 miles to charge is the norm.
Chevy bolt is an awesome drive BTW. Was able to test drive one with some of my fancy automotive journalist friends. Really nice vehicle for the price. Lots of pickup / instant torque as well !

This. Both of my family's current cars are 10 years old. I'm really hoping we can keep both/at least one in working condition until there are some great 300+ miles per charge, fast DC charging (200+ miles of range per 30 minutes of 'fast' charging at superchargers) EVs that come in at $30k or less.

The Bolt has been getting great reviews and seems pretty good, but this article perfectly describes its one major flaw- the 'fast charging' isn't fast enough to be practical. While good enough for 99% of trips, it's so close to being perfect that it's annoying they didn't opt to add a faster charging hardware/regime/system as an add-on option.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #316 on: December 16, 2016, 03:49:29 PM »
Tesla Model X but I can't justify spending 30% of my net worth on a car.

Maybe I'll get the Model 3 in a few years if the reviews are good.

Save your money , 5-10 yrs from now that cool new fancy tech will be cheap when (hopefully) 300 miles to charge is the norm.
Chevy bolt is an awesome drive BTW. Was able to test drive one with some of my fancy automotive journalist friends. Really nice vehicle for the price. Lots of pickup / instant torque as well !

This. Both of my family's current cars are 10 years old. I'm really hoping we can keep both/at least one in working condition until there are some great 300+ miles per charge, fast DC charging (200+ miles of range per 30 minutes of 'fast' charging at superchargers) EVs that come in at $30k or less.

The Bolt has been getting great reviews and seems pretty good, but this article perfectly describes its one major flaw- the 'fast charging' isn't fast enough to be practical. While good enough for 99% of trips, it's so close to being perfect that it's annoying they didn't opt to add a faster charging hardware/regime/system as an add-on option.

Interesting article ! Wonder if they just missed the fast charge option or they couldn't package it and still come in at the 30k or less price point. Or maybe they didn't want to completely kill their own completion - i.e - the volt lol.

Give it time. Next gen bolt (hopefully) will resolve this.

I wish I could just see what our world looks like 100 years from now. Just a little glimpse. I don't need to know my future or anyone else but just the tech advancing only 5-10 yrs from now is exciting enough !

Once super capacitors become standard tech / cheap enough. Graphene tech, solar, etc are super cheap. I see most manufactures going to ev vehicles that get at least 300 e miles to a tank. 

Hopefully we are not cluttering up this thread with or ev geek talk lol


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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #317 on: December 17, 2016, 01:28:40 PM »
Flying business class whenever I fly someplace next.
Would never ever pay for this. But sometimes wish someone would just make it happen . . .
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #318 on: December 18, 2016, 08:45:39 AM »
I have been following this thread for a month since it started.
 Can't say I've come up with anything anything particular that
I'm lusting for.
 I do want to go to the "Consumer Electronics Show" in Las Vegas.
So, in that effort I will look for a CC with sky miles and see if I can get
enough points for a flight to Las Vegas in Jan 2018.
I heard someone walked 17 miles walked through the venue last year.
 Also need to hookup with a vendor that can get me tickets to the event.
 I went once about 33 years ago. It was fun then.
 

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« Reply #319 on: December 18, 2016, 04:52:44 PM »
I have been following this thread for a month since it started.
 Can't say I've come up with anything anything particular that
I'm lusting for.
 I do want to go to the "Consumer Electronics Show" in Las Vegas.
So, in that effort I will look for a CC with sky miles and see if I can get
enough points for a flight to Las Vegas in Jan 2018.
I heard someone walked 17 miles walked through the venue last year.
 Also need to hookup with a vendor that can get me tickets to the event.
 I went once about 33 years ago. It was fun then.

I went to best buy recently, one of the first times I've gone into an electronics store in a long time.  It felt like I was at CES with all the new products on the shelves.  I mean, I vaguely knew those types of products existed from being on the internet, but somehow it felt like I was in the future.  It doesn't make sense, but I was expecting like fax machines and 28.8k modems.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #320 on: December 18, 2016, 05:21:03 PM »
I don't know if this is stupid or even lustful, but I would be extremely happy if 2017 was much better than 2016 has been.  I'd pay at least a nickle for next year to be even marginal levels of improvement over this year.

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« Reply #321 on: December 18, 2016, 08:23:14 PM »
I don't know if this is stupid or even lustful, but I would be extremely happy if 2017 was much better than 2016 has been.  I'd pay at least a nickle for next year to be even marginal levels of improvement over this year.

I've heard this over and over recently, from family, friends and colleagues. 2016 seems to have been hard on a lot of people.

Here's hoping 2017 is brighter for you.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #322 on: December 18, 2016, 08:58:00 PM »
I don't know if this is stupid or even lustful, but I would be extremely happy if 2017 was much better than 2016 has been.  I'd pay at least a nickle for next year to be even marginal levels of improvement over this year.

100% this. 2016 is a year I can't forget fast enough. Great for me personally for buckling down in mustachianism, but that's about it.
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« Reply #323 on: December 18, 2016, 09:07:55 PM »
Flying business class whenever I fly someplace next.
Would never ever pay for this. But sometimes wish someone would just make it happen . . .

A woman flying business class with Qantas was just served this.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #324 on: December 19, 2016, 11:38:57 AM »
Has anyone else pulled the trigger?

I am lusting after a fine arts certificate through the local university's extension program.  Totally useless because I will never pursue a career in fine arts but I am lusting for an academic experience with the arts.  I enrolled effective January 2017, it will take me 5 years to complete, taking one class per semester, and about $10k total cost for tuition, books, and supplies.  Un-mustachian, but as hobbies go, probably not so terrible?

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #325 on: December 19, 2016, 01:56:03 PM »
A stupid expensive house.  Just had to get that out there.  We've gone to see it twice now.  Somebody with sense, quick!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #326 on: December 19, 2016, 02:43:01 PM »
Nice wood or faux-wood blinds throughout my house, to replace the perfectly serviceable but not nice looking cheap metal mini-blinds. I keep telling myself I already have blinds, and they work fine. But the nice ones would just make the house look a little more upscale and classy. They're even pretty cheap now at JC Penney, but I have a ten-room house, so it would add up. I feel silly for wanting them.

I think if you value beauty, it's OK to spend money on it. I mean your house is theoretically where you spend a lot of time and where you should feel happy and comfortable. Some people don't care much about aesthetics or their physical environment (my husband) and for some people it really matters and their surroundings affect their mood (me!).  I am very, very slowly replacing our furniture with items I actually like, and little by little, I feel better and better in my home.*

So I'm not encouraging you to spend money, but at least don't feel silly about wanting beauty around you.

*I also have ugly metal blinds I'd like to replace as well, but I'm in a rental.  Someday, sigh. For now, I'm working on getting curtains I like so I can just take down the ugly but practical blinds.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #327 on: December 19, 2016, 03:32:39 PM »
A Patek Philippe Calatrava, for sure. North of 120 000 dollars for the model I am looking at.

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« Reply #328 on: December 19, 2016, 03:35:58 PM »
I have been following this thread for a month since it started.
 Can't say I've come up with anything anything particular that
I'm lusting for.
 I do want to go to the "Consumer Electronics Show" in Las Vegas.
So, in that effort I will look for a CC with sky miles and see if I can get
enough points for a flight to Las Vegas in Jan 2018.

I heard someone walked 17 miles walked through the venue last year.
 Also need to hookup with a vendor that can get me tickets to the event.
 I went once about 33 years ago. It was fun then.

Do you have a Southwest Rapid Rewards VISA?  I got one last month that came with 40,000 bonus miles on Southwest:
https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/cardP

It has an annual fee of $100 but also gives 6,000 points/year, roughly $90 worth of flights/year after the initial bonus.  Only $1000 spend needed in 3 months after getting the card is needed to qualify for the 40000 mile bonus (equivalent to about $600 in airfare). 

Sorry, not meaning to hijack the thread.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #329 on: December 19, 2016, 03:58:39 PM »
A guy who may or may not be gay.

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« Reply #330 on: December 19, 2016, 07:12:53 PM »
Lusting after a new triathlon bike.  I have one that works.  I want an all carbon bike. 
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« Reply #331 on: December 19, 2016, 09:05:25 PM »
A Patek Philippe Calatrava, for sure. North of 120 000 dollars for the model I am looking at.

I'll take one too

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« Reply #332 on: December 20, 2016, 04:37:08 PM »
A 2017 Toyota Sienna, with AWD as a work vehicle. Their 0% APR ads are following me around. Only $30K! *sigh* Plus annual car tax and a not so nice bump in insurance. But damn it, the 1993 Previa has low(ish) mileage but getting parts, oh what a pain in the ass! I'd be just as happy with a 2013 Sienna, but they cost about the same as a brand new one (wtf?). So I'll make my new starter worth the money and cry over my white trash sliding door handle wire pull that worked for 24 hours while I open the front door to reach in and open the slider 20+ times a day... while putting money aside for a ~2004 Sienna when the Previa finally blows a critical and unreplaceable part.

Oh, and a submeter GPS

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« Reply #333 on: December 20, 2016, 04:40:30 PM »
I'm over my aquaponics lust and have moved on to car stereo!  The one in my car is teerrrriible and I want bluetooth capability.  I don't want to get too fancy.  $300 worth of gear should do it.  I'll wait until after the holidays and if the desire is still there, I'll probably go for it.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #334 on: December 20, 2016, 06:25:26 PM »
I'm over my aquaponics lust and have moved on to car stereo!  The one in my car is teerrrriible and I want bluetooth capability.  I don't want to get too fancy.  $300 worth of gear should do it.  I'll wait until after the holidays and if the desire is still there, I'll probably go for it.

Do you have an aquaponics system? Its something I'm cautiously optimistic about, but as I don't even have a yard yet it'll be a while before I can experiment.
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« Reply #335 on: December 20, 2016, 08:52:38 PM »
I'm over my aquaponics lust and have moved on to car stereo!  The one in my car is teerrrriible and I want bluetooth capability.  I don't want to get too fancy.  $300 worth of gear should do it.  I'll wait until after the holidays and if the desire is still there, I'll probably go for it.
Just gave in to my stupid lust--bought a bluetooth receiver and two pairs of speakers for our Civic from Crutchfield--installed it all by myself with the instructions included.   Only $150. 

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« Reply #336 on: December 21, 2016, 12:01:46 AM »
My favorite shampoo. It's not been available in Norwegian shops for months. Other shampoos don't work as well for my hair. Soon we will travel to the Netherlands where I hope to buy a large quantity of it.
In the meantime I bought the supermarket's house brand shampoo which isn't any worse than the more expensive alternatives.

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« Reply #337 on: December 21, 2016, 12:20:40 AM »
A stupid expensive house.  Just had to get that out there.  We've gone to see it twice now.  Somebody with sense, quick!

I'll help you. We went and looked a stupid expensive house (it even had a swimming pool).. At some point in the process we actually sat down a did the math on the number of hours we would have to work to pay for it. And since a paid house is part of our FIRE strategy we had to pay for it.

It came down to 5 more years of slaving for the man. Plus a quadrupling of real estate tax and fixed costs.

We politely declined :) So should you.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #338 on: December 21, 2016, 01:12:19 AM »
I'll bite.

I'm currently lusting after a vacation getaway package. It's not the most popular deal out there but ever since hearing about it earlier this year I've been wanting it pretty badly. They offer vacation getaway packages in almost every country and location on Earth, so it's hard not to look at it and daydream about what my "perfect vacation" would look like. And the reviews are excellent, too! Most, if not all of the reviewers say that it's by far the best thing they've ever spent money on. The only problem is that it costs a fortune, even at my income level. I'd have to save up for years just to be able to afford it. I've seen a few blogs write about how you can get a reduced price deal if you're willing to jump through some hoops so that's something I might look into a little bit later.

Ridiculous, right? Someone talk me out of it!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #339 on: December 21, 2016, 01:52:31 AM »
A stupid expensive house.  Just had to get that out there.  We've gone to see it twice now.  Somebody with sense, quick!

Don't do it! Think rationally!

We bought en expensive house a year ago, before I was aware of Mustachianism. We were able to pay for it cash. But I am now in a lot of doubt whether it was a smart move. I could have invested half the value of the house in stocks. Maybe they would have gone up more than the value of the house. I am also not at all sure whether we will get back the same price we paid for it. One advantage is that our community will be joined with the more attractive neighbour community and that will likely make our house attractive for more people. Our current house is also more expensive to live in compared to the previous very cheap house.
The other thing is that we should have bought a house with a rental apartment. In Norway you can rent out such an apartment taxfree. It is also a house that isn't so easy to sell in the future (high price and steep icy roads to it).

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #340 on: December 21, 2016, 01:55:08 AM »
I'll bite.

I'm currently lusting after a vacation getaway package. It's not the most popular deal out there but ever since hearing about it earlier this year I've been wanting it pretty badly. They offer vacation getaway packages in almost every country and location on Earth, so it's hard not to look at it and daydream about what my "perfect vacation" would look like. And the reviews are excellent, too! Most, if not all of the reviewers say that it's by far the best thing they've ever spent money on. The only problem is that it costs a fortune, even at my income level. I'd have to save up for years just to be able to afford it. I've seen a few blogs write about how you can get a reduced price deal if you're willing to jump through some hoops so that's something I might look into a little bit later.

Ridiculous, right? Someone talk me out of it!

Can't you select a location and then see if you can book you own charter flight and cheap B&B (try AirBnB)? Often that is cheaper than the whole package and you can still travel to the same location and have the same kind of vacation. Of course you can pay a lot to let others organize it for you and earn their profit on it.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #341 on: December 21, 2016, 01:59:01 AM »
Lusting after a new triathlon bike.  I have one that works.  I want an all carbon bike.

Save money and look at the used marked.

My DH recently also bought a new(!) carbon bike. Ha already has a triathlon bike and a racing bike, but this was supposed to be something between a racing bike and an offroad bike. The racing bike will be sold in spring when the used-bicycle pricer are higher.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #342 on: December 21, 2016, 03:17:09 AM »
Lusting after a new triathlon bike.  I have one that works.  I want an all carbon bike.

Save money and look at the used marked.

My DH recently also bought a new(!) carbon bike. Ha already has a triathlon bike and a racing bike, but this was supposed to be something between a racing bike and an offroad bike. The racing bike will be sold in spring when the used-bicycle pricer are higher.
In Belgium, the pro teams sell stuff for cheap at the end of the season. You "just" need to know where to show up on what day :)
You will be in competitions with fans that want stuff in the current team colours, but the training hacks (bikes 3 years old usually) are often cheap.
However, all the wear parts (bearings etc) are shot. So If you can do the work, it's worth it, if not, get a showroom queen.
I still regret not getting a cross bike from FDJ about 5 years ago, DURAACE 8 speed and steel...

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #343 on: December 21, 2016, 04:06:56 AM »
I'll bite.

I'm currently lusting after a vacation getaway package. It's not the most popular deal out there but ever since hearing about it earlier this year I've been wanting it pretty badly. They offer vacation getaway packages in almost every country and location on Earth, so it's hard not to look at it and daydream about what my "perfect vacation" would look like. And the reviews are excellent, too! Most, if not all of the reviewers say that it's by far the best thing they've ever spent money on. The only problem is that it costs a fortune, even at my income level. I'd have to save up for years just to be able to afford it. I've seen a few blogs write about how you can get a reduced price deal if you're willing to jump through some hoops so that's something I might look into a little bit later.

Ridiculous, right? Someone talk me out of it!

I say go for it!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #344 on: December 21, 2016, 06:08:29 AM »
Lusting after a new triathlon bike.  I have one that works.  I want an all carbon bike.

Save money and look at the used marked.

My DH recently also bought a new(!) carbon bike. Ha already has a triathlon bike and a racing bike, but this was supposed to be something between a racing bike and an offroad bike. The racing bike will be sold in spring when the used-bicycle pricer are higher.
In Belgium, the pro teams sell stuff for cheap at the end of the season. You "just" need to know where to show up on what day :)
You will be in competitions with fans that want stuff in the current team colours, but the training hacks (bikes 3 years old usually) are often cheap.
However, all the wear parts (bearings etc) are shot. So If you can do the work, it's worth it, if not, get a showroom queen.
I still regret not getting a cross bike from FDJ about 5 years ago, DURAACE 8 speed and steel...

They do that in America too, you just have to know people.  In college, I got most of my training kit from domestic pro teams that were selling the unused clothing after the season was over.  Brand new Castelli bibs for $20? Hell yes, I just have to deal with them being bright red and yellow.  Brand new Garneau soft shell jersey for $40? Why thank you! I just have to deal with it having a boxed wine company's logo plastered all over it. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #345 on: December 21, 2016, 07:19:52 AM »
Has anyone else pulled the trigger?


Might be about to.  There's a blue xbox one s on sale.  I am less able to resist a blue-something than a non-blue-something.  Weird, but I really do just like blue that much.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #346 on: December 21, 2016, 07:30:40 AM »
A minivan!  Specifically a Honda Odyssey.  I love my Honda CRV but with 2 babies under 2 I can't carry a double stroller and groceries at the same time.

 When I was visiting my family we rented a minivan (it was $2 more than the cheapest rental) and I just fell in love with all the space!  Being able to transport more than 2 adults plus the 2 kids was a total luxury!  It would be nice to not have yo take 2 cars when we go out when family visits ( 1-2 times a month).

The Honda Odyssey is awesome. We love ours, and we expect to have it forever. The automatic doors are great. The ability to haul is great. For such a big vehicle, the gas mileage is darn good. The handling is great (for a minivan).  If you do decide to take the plunge, you will regret nothing except the dollars. (I have to admit I sometimes wish we had spent the extra money for dual 8-way power memory seats, but it would have cost an extra 10% and included a navigation package that we really didn't need, so that was our mustachian sacrifice.  Not exactly mustachian, but better than nothing maybe....

Don't say that!  Mr. D has given his ok for the van, so I'm the only one stopping us right now.

I have an 07 with 100k on the odo, touring edition, scooped it for cheap (12 when it blue booked for 16k).  Best car ever, will keep it running smoothly until it doesn't anymore.  I'm told to expect 250k without major work.  Do not regret!  Also, they look sexy (this coming from a car guy.)

So we ended up getting a Honda Odyssey minivan.    We also got a newer (2016) model than I originally wanted.  Every time we went to see an older minivan, we were shocked that those minivans were literally trashed!  Seats and carpets were ripped, inside parts were broken, large dents in the doors, etc.  One minivan (a 2014 with 30k miles had a gouge running down the side of it, like made with a key).  After viewing about several in such condition. I was finally like "FINE!"  Since it was end of year they took off $8k and gave us the value of excellent condition ($18k) on our CRV trade in.  We did finance the rest at 1.9% for 36 months (approx $15k). 


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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #347 on: December 21, 2016, 12:03:21 PM »
I'll bite.

I'm currently lusting after a vacation getaway package. It's not the most popular deal out there but ever since hearing about it earlier this year I've been wanting it pretty badly. They offer vacation getaway packages in almost every country and location on Earth, so it's hard not to look at it and daydream about what my "perfect vacation" would look like. And the reviews are excellent, too! Most, if not all of the reviewers say that it's by far the best thing they've ever spent money on. The only problem is that it costs a fortune, even at my income level. I'd have to save up for years just to be able to afford it. I've seen a few blogs write about how you can get a reduced price deal if you're willing to jump through some hoops so that's something I might look into a little bit later.

Ridiculous, right? Someone talk me out of it!

I say go for it!

:D you're such an enabler

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #348 on: December 21, 2016, 12:18:55 PM »
4x4 truck - very anti-MMM, I know. I have this image of MMM, arms folded, and brow furrowed.

My VW TDI is likely going to be repurchased as part of the emissions scandal. No commute, mostly stay around town, so don't drive much and the utility of a truck is alluring. And there are a number of Forest Service roads I use for outdoor activities which require more clearance. The TDI was already questionable in some places and a no-go in other areas. What I really want is an older and cheaper 4x4 (not a fan of shiny new off road vehicles) so I don't have to worry about beating it up a bit.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #349 on: December 22, 2016, 03:35:45 AM »
4x4 truck - very anti-MMM, I know. I have this image of MMM, arms folded, and brow furrowed.

My VW TDI is likely going to be repurchased as part of the emissions scandal. No commute, mostly stay around town, so don't drive much and the utility of a truck is alluring. And there are a number of Forest Service roads I use for outdoor activities which require more clearance. The TDI was already questionable in some places and a no-go in other areas. What I really want is an older and cheaper 4x4 (not a fan of shiny new off road vehicles) so I don't have to worry about beating it up a bit.

Gah. This reminds me I've been looking at Jeep Wranglers. Sell my car and it would be my winter vehicle/off road vehicle. Normally the fire trails and river bottoms I use are accessed by my partner and I on motorcycles; but with a kid it might be nicer to throw them in the jeep with the gear and take off for a week of camping way off the path - last summer we were limited in how far we could hike in with an infant.  So I get the lure!
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