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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2000 on: February 10, 2019, 03:00:39 PM »
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« Reply #2001 on: February 11, 2019, 10:02:53 AM »
New lust...

I currently drive a 2017 Leaf and my inner "treehugger" LOVES driving an electric car.  Last year I got a new job and the commute requires that I charge E-V-E-R-Y day in the winter (the range is good for the other 3 seasons).  Getting home from work an extra hour later, especially when the baby will be ready for bed soon after I get home, is making me very very cranky.  I did start carpooling in Dec and that helps but my week to drive is still very frustrating.

I have 4 main goals for a vehicle at this point: Initial Price, Distance between charge/refuel, Environmental Impact, and Monthly Cost.  The way I see it, to fix my getting home late problem, I have 4 vehicle choices.  Keep my current car, replace current car with used "beater" Prius, replace current car with 2018 Leaf, or replace current car with Used Tesla.  If I assign each of these 4 vehicles a 1-4 ranking for each of these goals, my current car comes in 1st place, followed by the used Prius.  Keeping the current car doesn't fix my issue and replacing it with a Prius (the current Leaf originally replaced my old Prius with over 300k miles on it) feels like a step backwards on the environmental impact goal.  Since the distance between charge/refuel impacts my time with family it should probably be weighted heavier then everything else, which would change these final results.  The environmental impact is also a very important thing for me and I have often made a choice to spend more on an item that has a better environmental impact.   This leads me to look at the other 2 options and a new Leaf is not drastically cheaper than a used Tesla but the range is a pretty big difference.  Now I want a Tesla!

Before anyone suggest it, moving is not currently an option but might be in a few years.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2002 on: February 11, 2019, 11:26:20 AM »
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2003 on: February 11, 2019, 11:45:14 AM »
New lust...

I currently drive a 2017 Leaf and my inner "treehugger" LOVES driving an electric car.  Last year I got a new job and the commute requires that I charge E-V-E-R-Y day in the winter (the range is good for the other 3 seasons).  Getting home from work an extra hour later, especially when the baby will be ready for bed soon after I get home, is making me very very cranky.  I did start carpooling in Dec and that helps but my week to drive is still very frustrating.

I have 4 main goals for a vehicle at this point: Initial Price, Distance between charge/refuel, Environmental Impact, and Monthly Cost.  The way I see it, to fix my getting home late problem, I have 4 vehicle choices.  Keep my current car, replace current car with used "beater" Prius, replace current car with 2018 Leaf, or replace current car with Used Tesla.  If I assign each of these 4 vehicles a 1-4 ranking for each of these goals, my current car comes in 1st place, followed by the used Prius.  Keeping the current car doesn't fix my issue and replacing it with a Prius (the current Leaf originally replaced my old Prius with over 300k miles on it) feels like a step backwards on the environmental impact goal.  Since the distance between charge/refuel impacts my time with family it should probably be weighted heavier then everything else, which would change these final results.  The environmental impact is also a very important thing for me and I have often made a choice to spend more on an item that has a better environmental impact.   This leads me to look at the other 2 options and a new Leaf is not drastically cheaper than a used Tesla but the range is a pretty big difference.  Now I want a Tesla!

Before anyone suggest it, moving is not currently an option but might be in a few years.

I'm not sure about the math on this, but would the prius prime be a good idea in your situation? Best of my knowledge is that you can charge the electric battery to the fullest and when its empty it goes to regular prius awesomeness. In all honesty, I'm not quite sure how my prius works (more of my husbands area of expertise lol) I just enjoy zipping down the highway in my fuel-efficient awesomeness.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2004 on: February 11, 2019, 12:14:57 PM »
New lust...

I currently drive a 2017 Leaf and my inner "treehugger" LOVES driving an electric car.  Last year I got a new job and the commute requires that I charge E-V-E-R-Y day in the winter (the range is good for the other 3 seasons).  Getting home from work an extra hour later, especially when the baby will be ready for bed soon after I get home, is making me very very cranky.  I did start carpooling in Dec and that helps but my week to drive is still very frustrating.

I have 4 main goals for a vehicle at this point: Initial Price, Distance between charge/refuel, Environmental Impact, and Monthly Cost.  The way I see it, to fix my getting home late problem, I have 4 vehicle choices.  Keep my current car, replace current car with used "beater" Prius, replace current car with 2018 Leaf, or replace current car with Used Tesla.  If I assign each of these 4 vehicles a 1-4 ranking for each of these goals, my current car comes in 1st place, followed by the used Prius.  Keeping the current car doesn't fix my issue and replacing it with a Prius (the current Leaf originally replaced my old Prius with over 300k miles on it) feels like a step backwards on the environmental impact goal.  Since the distance between charge/refuel impacts my time with family it should probably be weighted heavier then everything else, which would change these final results.  The environmental impact is also a very important thing for me and I have often made a choice to spend more on an item that has a better environmental impact.   This leads me to look at the other 2 options and a new Leaf is not drastically cheaper than a used Tesla but the range is a pretty big difference.  Now I want a Tesla!

Before anyone suggest it, moving is not currently an option but might be in a few years.

I'm not sure about the math on this, but would the prius prime be a good idea in your situation? Best of my knowledge is that you can charge the electric battery to the fullest and when its empty it goes to regular prius awesomeness. In all honesty, I'm not quite sure how my prius works (more of my husbands area of expertise lol) I just enjoy zipping down the highway in my fuel-efficient awesomeness.

I haven't thought of the Prime.  It is a nice concept but there are very few used ones available in my area and the EV part has a pretty limited range. I would still end up using the gas engine pretty frequently and it drastically increases the initial cost over the standard used Prius (low inventory) that I was looking at.  So in my opinion it would have similar rankings in all of the categories as the standard Prius (when compared to full EV) but a much higher initial cost, meaning it would be pretty low on the rankings.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2005 on: February 11, 2019, 09:27:40 PM »
Smart LED light bulbs.

We purchased a house and want to swap all the lights over to LED globes. I came across smart lights. They are amazing. You can get lights that are not only dimmable but the temperature can be changed too. We rented an apartment with very dim warm bulbs and my sleep improved dramatically, but it was a terrible pain if we wanted to do anything that required task lighting at night. Of course there are other less expensive solutions but none quite as neat.

$60 a globe vs $15 for good quality standard LED globes. Itís a little house without many lights so weíd only need 12 to do the whole house, including some floor lamps.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2006 on: February 11, 2019, 10:02:02 PM »
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.  Been talking about getting a minvan for various reasons.  I currently drive an all electric fiat and love it but kids are outgrowing the back seat.  Between tax credits (we'd qualify for the full federal and CA state credits), dealer incentives and the value for sale of the fiat would put the out of pocket costs for a new one at ~$25k.  So tempting, yet that's a big chunk of change to part with at once. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2007 on: February 11, 2019, 11:42:07 PM »
Smart LED light bulbs.

We purchased a house and want to swap all the lights over to LED globes. I came across smart lights. They are amazing. You can get lights that are not only dimmable but the temperature can be changed too. We rented an apartment with very dim warm bulbs and my sleep improved dramatically, but it was a terrible pain if we wanted to do anything that required task lighting at night. Of course there are other less expensive solutions but none quite as neat.

$60 a globe vs $15 for good quality standard LED globes. Itís a little house without many lights so weíd only need 12 to do the whole house, including some floor lamps.

Is getting a smart switch or dimmer an option? Then you can use multiple standard bulbs per switch.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2008 on: February 12, 2019, 12:56:35 AM »
Smart LED light bulbs.

We purchased a house and want to swap all the lights over to LED globes. I came across smart lights. They are amazing. You can get lights that are not only dimmable but the temperature can be changed too. We rented an apartment with very dim warm bulbs and my sleep improved dramatically, but it was a terrible pain if we wanted to do anything that required task lighting at night. Of course there are other less expensive solutions but none quite as neat.

$60 a globe vs $15 for good quality standard LED globes. Itís a little house without many lights so weíd only need 12 to do the whole house, including some floor lamps.

Is getting a smart switch or dimmer an option? Then you can use multiple standard bulbs per switch.
From what I can tell most of these need to be wired with limited options available in Australia, it is a job for a professional so would push the price close to the expensive plug and play fancy lights that offer more functionality. I need to look into it more though.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2009 on: February 12, 2019, 09:15:09 AM »
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.  Been talking about getting a minvan for various reasons.  I currently drive an all electric fiat and love it but kids are outgrowing the back seat.  Between tax credits (we'd qualify for the full federal and CA state credits), dealer incentives and the value for sale of the fiat would put the out of pocket costs for a new one at ~$25k.  So tempting, yet that's a big chunk of change to part with at once.
If it helps, I (and many others) have been less than impressed with the comfort of the seats in the back of Chrysler's vans.  Stow'n'Go is nice, but it requires some sacrifices.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2010 on: February 13, 2019, 07:02:40 AM »
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.  Been talking about getting a minvan for various reasons.  I currently drive an all electric fiat and love it but kids are outgrowing the back seat.  Between tax credits (we'd qualify for the full federal and CA state credits), dealer incentives and the value for sale of the fiat would put the out of pocket costs for a new one at ~$25k.  So tempting, yet that's a big chunk of change to part with at once.
If it helps, I (and many others) have been less than impressed with the comfort of the seats in the back of Chrysler's vans.  Stow'n'Go is nice, but it requires some sacrifices.

I wouldn’t trade my Pacifica for anything else =)

My wife didn’t like T&C backseats for sleeping, but hadn’t had the same complaint with the Pacifica.


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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2011 on: February 16, 2019, 06:59:10 AM »
A quaint family home.
https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Diego/Sendero/Plan-2/home/147533783?utm_source=ios_share&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=copy_link&utm_nooverride=1&utm_content=link

Currently rent a Ď2.5í bed for $2800. A $6000 mortgage doesnít sound all that bad does it !?!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2012 on: February 17, 2019, 09:55:44 AM »
I want a Honda Ridgeline RTL-E and a Hobbie Kayak w/ pedal drive to go in the back of the new truck. I even negotiated an amazing deal for the truck, the lowest Iíve seen anyone get for price paid. I just couldnít pull the trigger! I have a 15 year old accord that still runs just fine.

Our preschool commitment of$1200/month ends in May so . . . .

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« Reply #2013 on: February 17, 2019, 12:00:32 PM »
A quaint family home.
https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Diego/Sendero/Plan-2/home/147533783?utm_source=ios_share&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=copy_link&utm_nooverride=1&utm_content=link

Currently rent a Ď2.5í bed for $2800. A $6000 mortgage doesnít sound all that bad does it !?!

$1.26M for a fugly semi-snout house...

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2014 on: February 17, 2019, 01:33:04 PM »


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« Reply #2016 on: February 17, 2019, 01:40:56 PM »
A quaint family home.
https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Diego/Sendero/Plan-2/home/147533783?utm_source=ios_share&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=copy_link&utm_nooverride=1&utm_content=link

Currently rent a Ď2.5í bed for $2800. A $6000 mortgage doesnít sound all that bad does it !?!

$1.26M for a fugly semi-snout house...
What's a semi-snout house?
A snout house has a very prominent garage facing the street, often jutting out in front of any other structural feature. The garage is prominent but flush with the front in the linked example, so I'm only giving half credit.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2017 on: February 17, 2019, 08:45:52 PM »
A quaint family home.
https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Diego/Sendero/Plan-2/home/147533783?utm_source=ios_share&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=copy_link&utm_nooverride=1&utm_content=link

Currently rent a Ď2.5í bed for $2800. A $6000 mortgage doesnít sound all that bad does it !?!

$1.26M for a fugly semi-snout house...
What's a semi-snout house?
A snout house has a very prominent garage facing the street, often jutting out in front of any other structural feature. The garage is prominent but flush with the front in the linked example, so I'm only giving half credit.

Hang on a second.

If a "snout house" is a structure with a prominent protrusion from the main building and a"semi-snout" house has no protrusions, that makes nearly every house either a snout house or a semi snout house.  One exception that comes to mind would be the Futuro, which is not likely to be considered any sort of snout house.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2018 on: February 17, 2019, 09:10:45 PM »
A quaint family home.
https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Diego/Sendero/Plan-2/home/147533783?utm_source=ios_share&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=copy_link&utm_nooverride=1&utm_content=link

Currently rent a Ď2.5í bed for $2800. A $6000 mortgage doesnít sound all that bad does it !?!

$1.26M for a fugly semi-snout house...
What's a semi-snout house?
A snout house has a very prominent garage facing the street, often jutting out in front of any other structural feature. The garage is prominent but flush with the front in the linked example, so I'm only giving half credit.

Hang on a second.

If a "snout house" is a structure with a prominent protrusion from the main building and a"semi-snout" house has no protrusions, that makes nearly every house either a snout house or a semi snout house.  One exception that comes to mind would be the Futuro, which is not likely to be considered any sort of snout house.
Not just any protrusion but a garage (and not just any garage but one that dominates the view of the house from the street).

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2019 on: February 28, 2019, 02:58:11 PM »

Gold mostly is, too, and it's in the neighborhood of 40% of Canadian mining production. Blows my mind a little that so much effort is put into something with such little real use so people can put it around their necks and fingers. *shrug*

Yeap. When I met DH I had some qualms about dating a guy involve in the most pointlessly polluting industry I could conceive, but he's pretty awesome, so I gave him a chance. Glad I did!

Necro post as I seem to be catching up!

Mining isn't the polluter it has the reputation to be, especially in Canada. I ignore most of it and hope to meet a level-headed lady like yourself who doesn't mind us dirty miners. ;)

On-topic: I want a new set of golf irons. I don't need them. But I want them. I've been debating buying them for at least a year.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2020 on: March 08, 2019, 03:56:23 PM »
I'd like a set of offset ratcheting wrenches ~$32. I don't need them, but they might come in handy. They'll have to wait for a rainy day.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2021 on: March 08, 2019, 04:52:20 PM »
I want to renovate my perfectly good kitchen just to make it prettier/more modern. No matter how often I remind myself that my kitchen is perfectly fine the way it is I keep looking at pictures of white quartz counters, sparkling new tile backsplashes, and open shelving.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2022 on: March 08, 2019, 11:23:01 PM »
If I had open shelving and white quartz countertops it would make me want to remodel to get rid of them. Open shelving looks ok in photos when everything on the shelves is staged and perfect, but it's such bad thing in real life in my opinion. I'd go insane trying to keep it all nice looking. No need to have things in appealing relation to one another when you can just shut the door.
I do have a steel peg board in place of one set of cupboards where I hang most of my pots and pans and a magnetic knife holder. That's the most I ever intend to keep in the open.

My current lust is a second comma for my net worth by a certain date in 2020. It's somewhat out of my control as whether I make it or not is largely dependent on market fluctuations. I don't even care if the net worth goes back to one comma after that date. I just want to get they by that date at least once as a trophy. I'm on track to stash enough between now and then so long as the market cooperates by not taking before I get there.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2023 on: March 09, 2019, 12:58:13 AM »
If I had open shelving and white quartz countertops it would make me want to remodel to get rid of them. Open shelving looks ok in photos when everything on the shelves is staged and perfect, but it's such bad thing in real life in my opinion. I'd go insane trying to keep it all nice looking. No need to have things in appealing relation to one another when you can just shut the door.
I do have a steel peg board in place of one set of cupboards where I hang most of my pots and pans and a magnetic knife holder. That's the most I ever intend to keep in the open.

My current lust is a second comma for my net worth by a certain date in 2020. It's somewhat out of my control as whether I make it or not is largely dependent on market fluctuations. I don't even care if the net worth goes back to one comma after that date. I just want to get they by that date at least once as a trophy. I'm on track to stash enough between now and then so long as the market cooperates by not taking before I get there.

An extra comma in your net worth isn't a "stupid thing" to lust after IMHO. Dreaming of a silly new kitchen, on the other hand, is facepunch-worthy.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2024 on: March 09, 2019, 08:27:58 AM »
It's not stupid in general, the stupid part is I want it by some arbitrary date and don't care if it goes away after. Generally as long as I'm doing my part to keep things on track I don't worry about dates. I'll get to fire eventually. This date had me don't stupid stuff like checking my net worth frequently and adding unnecessary stress to my life. I need to just let it go, but for some reason I can't. I also want a fancy car, but this second comma/date thing is much more stupid in that it won't change my life in any appreciable way as it's not my final fire number.

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« Reply #2025 on: March 11, 2019, 09:24:22 AM »
I want a detached garage for hobbies - as I've rambled on about here before. Our solution is not to simply build one for the price of a new car but to move to a house that has one.

We're in the drooling phase. We'll see if the logic kicks in soon. I suspect it will.

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« Reply #2026 on: March 11, 2019, 10:27:50 AM »
I want a detached garage for hobbies - as I've rambled on about here before. Our solution is not to simply build one for the price of a new car but to move to a house that has one.

We're in the drooling phase. We'll see if the logic kicks in soon. I suspect it will.

I'm always on the lookout also.  It doesn't make sense for me right now to move, but I'm hoping that if I keep combing the MLS, eventually something will pop up at a price that will make it make sense. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2027 on: March 12, 2019, 08:08:47 AM »
If I had open shelving and white quartz countertops it would make me want to remodel to get rid of them. Open shelving looks ok in photos when everything on the shelves is staged and perfect, but it's such bad thing in real life in my opinion. I'd go insane trying to keep it all nice looking. No need to have things in appealing relation to one another when you can just shut the door.
I do have a steel peg board in place of one set of cupboards where I hang most of my pots and pans and a magnetic knife holder. That's the most I ever intend to keep in the open.

My current lust is a second comma for my net worth by a certain date in 2020. It's somewhat out of my control as whether I make it or not is largely dependent on market fluctuations. I don't even care if the net worth goes back to one comma after that date. I just want to get they by that date at least once as a trophy. I'm on track to stash enough between now and then so long as the market cooperates by not taking before I get there.

An extra comma in your net worth isn't a "stupid thing" to lust after IMHO. Dreaming of a silly new kitchen, on the other hand, is facepunch-worthy.

I'm fighting the new kitchen, as DW has wanted it for a while and I've grudgingly accepted her 'demand.'  I managed to talk her down from original dreams of knocking out walls, new cabinets, built-in island, new pantry closet, etc. by getting her on board with FIRE.  I splurged for new appliances late last year, which has been nice, but comparably cheap.  Next is the counters, floors, backsplash, cabinet refacing/repainting.  Much more expensive, requiring a contractor and a kitchen shutdown, and not providing any additional functionality to our kitchen like the appliances did.  I'm definitely struggling with it.  I try to mentally defray a portion of the cost with the added value it will provide when we sell our house, presumably in a few years, but at best that's giving us a percentage back, maybe tracking with inflation from there. 

Unexpectedly high tax bills have put the plans on hold until we get through April, but after that I'll really need to take my medicine and get this process rolling again. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2028 on: March 12, 2019, 08:51:47 AM »
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.  Been talking about getting a minvan for various reasons.  I currently drive an all electric fiat and love it but kids are outgrowing the back seat.  Between tax credits (we'd qualify for the full federal and CA state credits), dealer incentives and the value for sale of the fiat would put the out of pocket costs for a new one at ~$25k.  So tempting, yet that's a big chunk of change to part with at once.
If it helps, I (and many others) have been less than impressed with the comfort of the seats in the back of Chrysler's vans.  Stow'n'Go is nice, but it requires some sacrifices.

I wouldnít trade my Pacifica for anything else =)

My wife didnít like T&C backseats for sleeping, but hadnít had the same complaint with the Pacifica.


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We succeeded in avoiding the temptation.  Went and test drove, new car salesman tactics turned us off completely along with the reality of writing a 45k check and we just werenít sold on it completely.  No thanks! We decided to put about $1k into what we have to get it running smoother/more reliably and revisit an upgrade in a year or so.  Funny is someone posted MMMís car buying chart and I was like, yes this will help. It said to buy a Tesla, ha!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2029 on: March 12, 2019, 01:46:12 PM »
I'm fighting the new kitchen, as DW has wanted it for a while and I've grudgingly accepted her 'demand.'  I managed to talk her down from original dreams of knocking out walls, new cabinets, built-in island, new pantry closet, etc. by getting her on board with FIRE.

I'm sorry Arbitrage, but good on you for trying to keep your DW happy. It's hard enough arguing with myself over this, if I had to fight with someone else I'm sure my resolve would vanish quickly. At this point I'm willing to just paint the cabinets and see if that satisfies my compulsion.

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« Reply #2030 on: March 12, 2019, 03:17:03 PM »
The upcoming C8 Corvette.  I've been a mid-engine fan for ages (bought my first MR2 in 2005)....and it looks like the perfect car.  500hp LS-based mid-engine V8..but $60k+.

I'll keep rocking my C5 Z06, I think.

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« Reply #2031 on: March 12, 2019, 03:36:45 PM »
The upcoming C8 Corvette.  I've been a mid-engine fan for ages (bought my first MR2 in 2005)....and it looks like the perfect car.  500hp LS-based mid-engine V8..but $60k+.

I'll keep rocking my C5 Z06, I think.

Cheaper than a Mosler MT900, at least!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2032 on: March 12, 2019, 04:45:55 PM »
I would like a way to watch a DVD boxed set but I sold my little used DVD player a couple years ago.  Iíve looked at cheap laptops that have a disc drive as a way to have a laptop again and watch DVDs.  Cheap laptops however do not include Apples which is unfortunately what all my accounts are tied to, so I hesitate to buy a cheap laptop that my iCloud stuff wonít sync up with.  Also the people I regularly visit or petsit for also do not have DVD players I could use.  The thrift store DVD players Iíve seen donít look too promising.  This first world problem is a dumb one, ugh!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2033 on: March 12, 2019, 04:56:36 PM »
I would like a way to watch a DVD boxed set but I sold my little used DVD player a couple years ago.  Iíve looked at cheap laptops that have a disc drive as a way to have a laptop again and watch DVDs.  Cheap laptops however do not include Apples which is unfortunately what all my accounts are tied to, so I hesitate to buy a cheap laptop that my iCloud stuff wonít sync up with.  Also the people I regularly visit or petsit for also do not have DVD players I could use.  The thrift store DVD players Iíve seen donít look too promising.  This first world problem is a dumb one, ugh!

have you tried posting a request to freecycle.org? I bet someone would give you a DVD player.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2034 on: March 13, 2019, 03:11:29 AM »
Braces.  Though may be prepared to convince myself that it's not entirely stupid. Will wait and see what the quote is...

Done. Now thtruggling with buyerth' remorth becauth I have a lithp.  At my age.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2035 on: March 13, 2019, 04:15:53 AM »
I would like a way to watch a DVD boxed set but I sold my little used DVD player a couple years ago.  I’ve looked at cheap laptops that have a disc drive as a way to have a laptop again and watch DVDs.  Cheap laptops however do not include Apples which is unfortunately what all my accounts are tied to, so I hesitate to buy a cheap laptop that my iCloud stuff won’t sync up with.  Also the people I regularly visit or petsit for also do not have DVD players I could use.  The thrift store DVD players I’ve seen don’t look too promising.  This first world problem is a dumb one, ugh!

USB DVD drives that work on both Mac and PC are about $20.

Also the icloud client works on PC. It's not as slick as the Mac version, but will sync all your photos between phone and PC. A 3 year old i5 laptop with a new ssd will work just fine
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2036 on: March 13, 2019, 04:23:36 AM »
Braces.  Though may be prepared to convince myself that it's not entirely stupid. Will wait and see what the quote is...

Done. Now thtruggling with buyerth' remorth becauth I have a lithp.  At my age.

I don't think braces are stupid! Dental issues can cause all sorts of related health trouble if you don't take care of them.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2037 on: March 13, 2019, 05:07:39 AM »
I want a garden. Just received a quote and it's 10k. Not going to happen.

When we bought our house it hadn't been lived in for some time and the backyard was in an awful state: completely overgrown, lots of rocks, patches of concrete in weird places, several dead trees. Over the past 4 years I've put in a lot of work to make it better, but it takes me a lot of time and energy I don't have (due to health issues I'm not physically strong). It's much better than when we came here but it's going to take me several more years to get it anywhere close to what I want (nothing fancy: a small patio, some flowers, a small lawn and some raised beds for vegetables) and I just want it so much :( :( But I can't justify spending 10k on something as unnecessary as a garden. I'm getting another quote next week and hopefully that's quite a bit lower.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2038 on: March 13, 2019, 08:30:57 AM »
Braces.  Though may be prepared to convince myself that it's not entirely stupid. Will wait and see what the quote is...

Done. Now thtruggling with buyerth' remorth becauth I have a lithp.  At my age.

I don't think braces are stupid! Dental issues can cause all sorts of related health trouble if you don't take care of them.

I did Invisalign last year; my teeth were only crooked on the bottom.  Quote ended up at about $3100, I think, all-inclusive.  Managed to pay 100% of it through my FSA by getting the procedure started (and the bills due) during the carryover period at the beginning of the year, effectively using 2 years of contributions. 

It was worth it, because the crooked tooth bugged me quite a bit - I never had braces when young but the crowding of my lower jaw was just worsening with time. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2039 on: March 13, 2019, 12:28:27 PM »
Braces.  Though may be prepared to convince myself that it's not entirely stupid. Will wait and see what the quote is...

Done. Now thtruggling with buyerth' remorth becauth I have a lithp.  At my age.

I don't think braces are stupid! Dental issues can cause all sorts of related health trouble if you don't take care of them.

I did Invisalign last year; my teeth were only crooked on the bottom.  Quote ended up at about $3100, I think, all-inclusive.  Managed to pay 100% of it through my FSA by getting the procedure started (and the bills due) during the carryover period at the beginning of the year, effectively using 2 years of contributions. 

It was worth it, because the crooked tooth bugged me quite a bit - I never had braces when young but the crowding of my lower jaw was just worsening with time.

I just got my retainers for my Invisalign. It was kind of an impulse purchase, and I have definite buyer's remorse. My teeth were a little crooked, but no real problems. Now they're (mostly) straight, but my molars don't line up correctly anymore, so chewing is a bit challenging. Small things just get swallowed whole because it's easier than trying to chew. The whole process was a pain in the ass. I wish I could go back and slap myself before dropping $4500 (plus $250 for the retainers).

I'm currently lusting after a new apartment. I love this place, and it's cheap for the area, and my cousin is my landlord which is also nice. And it has a huge balcony and a great location. But it's a 550ft studio, and after living here more than 6 years, Hubs and I are starting to feel cramped. And I want a place with a pool (gym memberships are ridiculously pricey around here, and there are no public pools anywhere nearby) and a dishwasher and in-unit washer/dryer, and maybe dog friendly. But the buildings with locations as good as ours are way more expensive for studios the same or smaller. And the ones with poorer locations still cost more (but within budget), don't have balconies, far from grocery stores, etc. I wouldn't even mind something around the same size as long as it has actual rooms with walls separating them and doesn't cost twice what my current place does.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2040 on: March 13, 2019, 02:02:59 PM »
Braces.  Though may be prepared to convince myself that it's not entirely stupid. Will wait and see what the quote is...

Done. Now thtruggling with buyerth' remorth becauth I have a lithp.  At my age.

I don't think braces are stupid! Dental issues can cause all sorts of related health trouble if you don't take care of them.

I did Invisalign last year; my teeth were only crooked on the bottom.  Quote ended up at about $3100, I think, all-inclusive.  Managed to pay 100% of it through my FSA by getting the procedure started (and the bills due) during the carryover period at the beginning of the year, effectively using 2 years of contributions. 

It was worth it, because the crooked tooth bugged me quite a bit - I never had braces when young but the crowding of my lower jaw was just worsening with time.

I just got my retainers for my Invisalign. It was kind of an impulse purchase, and I have definite buyer's remorse. My teeth were a little crooked, but no real problems. Now they're (mostly) straight, but my molars don't line up correctly anymore, so chewing is a bit challenging. Small things just get swallowed whole because it's easier than trying to chew. The whole process was a pain in the ass. I wish I could go back and slap myself before dropping $4500 (plus $250 for the retainers).

I'm currently lusting after a new apartment. I love this place, and it's cheap for the area, and my cousin is my landlord which is also nice. And it has a huge balcony and a great location. But it's a 550ft studio, and after living here more than 6 years, Hubs and I are starting to feel cramped. And I want a place with a pool (gym memberships are ridiculously pricey around here, and there are no public pools anywhere nearby) and a dishwasher and in-unit washer/dryer, and maybe dog friendly. But the buildings with locations as good as ours are way more expensive for studios the same or smaller. And the ones with poorer locations still cost more (but within budget), don't have balconies, far from grocery stores, etc. I wouldn't even mind something around the same size as long as it has actual rooms with walls separating them and doesn't cost twice what my current place does.
Is there any way you could work with your landlord to split the cost of improvements like an in-unit laundry or dishwasher?

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2041 on: March 14, 2019, 09:54:54 AM »
We succeeded in avoiding the temptation.  Went and test drove, new car salesman tactics turned us off completely along with the reality of writing a 45k check and we just werenít sold on it completely.  No thanks! We decided to put about $1k into what we have to get it running smoother/more reliably and revisit an upgrade in a year or so.  Funny is someone posted MMMís car buying chart and I was like, yes this will help. It said to buy a Tesla, ha!

Don't forget shopping used "off-lease" examples. Might save you $15K-$20K and the vehicle will have 35K-40K miles which isn't a big deal. Most cars last 200K+ these days anyhow. We did this for a different brand/model and it was pristine. No troubles in 25K miles.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2042 on: March 14, 2019, 09:56:45 AM »
I would like a way to watch a DVD boxed set but I sold my little used DVD player a couple years ago.  Iíve looked at cheap laptops that have a disc drive as a way to have a laptop again and watch DVDs.  Cheap laptops however do not include Apples which is unfortunately what all my accounts are tied to, so I hesitate to buy a cheap laptop that my iCloud stuff wonít sync up with.  Also the people I regularly visit or petsit for also do not have DVD players I could use.  The thrift store DVD players Iíve seen donít look too promising.  This first world problem is a dumb one, ugh!

Buy an external DVD drive for $25. Works with everything (laptops, desktops, usually not OS specific). Some (most?) come with a single USB cord now.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2043 on: March 14, 2019, 09:59:48 AM »
I would like a way to watch a DVD boxed set but I sold my little used DVD player a couple years ago.  Iíve looked at cheap laptops that have a disc drive as a way to have a laptop again and watch DVDs.  Cheap laptops however do not include Apples which is unfortunately what all my accounts are tied to, so I hesitate to buy a cheap laptop that my iCloud stuff wonít sync up with.  Also the people I regularly visit or petsit for also do not have DVD players I could use.  The thrift store DVD players Iíve seen donít look too promising.  This first world problem is a dumb one, ugh!

Buy an external DVD drive for $25. Works with everything (laptops, desktops, usually not OS specific). Some (most?) come with a single USB cord now.
Would it work with a Smart tv?

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2044 on: March 14, 2019, 10:30:44 AM »
We succeeded in avoiding the temptation.  Went and test drove, new car salesman tactics turned us off completely along with the reality of writing a 45k check and we just werenít sold on it completely.  No thanks! We decided to put about $1k into what we have to get it running smoother/more reliably and revisit an upgrade in a year or so.  Funny is someone posted MMMís car buying chart and I was like, yes this will help. It said to buy a Tesla, ha!

Don't forget shopping used "off-lease" examples. Might save you $15K-$20K and the vehicle will have 35K-40K miles which isn't a big deal. Most cars last 200K+ these days anyhow. We did this for a different brand/model and it was pristine. No troubles in 25K miles.

Thatís our usual M.O. and the ONLY reason we were considering new was because the plug in hybrid would qualify for the full $7500 federal rebate and $1500 California rebate.  In the end we talked ourselves out of it because we could get a used non-hybrid for MUCH less and  the difference in cost would be much more than weíd save in fuel costs for a long long time with the hybrid and also hoping the hybrids will come down A LOT in price in a few years being used. Just going to sit back and wait for now.  Iím super happy with this decision.  The idea of spending that much was causing me lots of internal angst!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2045 on: March 14, 2019, 11:08:56 AM »
Would it work with a Smart tv?

I don't know but I can try mine with my TV tonight and let you know.

I just looked and traditional DVD players are under $40 now with remote. Small too. Would be easy to carry around. Saw one for $25!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2046 on: March 14, 2019, 10:42:02 PM »
Blu Ray players can be had new in the $40 range regular price and also play DVDs. Much cheaper at the good wills around here and will give you the option of paying both Blu rays and DVDs. If your smart TV is any good and is larger than tiny Blu Ray is going to look better. Plus if you're borrowing stuff you'll have more options than if you had a DVD player.

Heck I saw a PS3 for $25 at the goodwill and left it there. It'll play Blu Ray DVDs and games. Keep your eye out.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2047 on: March 15, 2019, 02:13:39 AM »
Infrared camera (the photography kind, not security). It allows for interesting looking images (https://www.lifepixel.com/infrared-filters-choices - I like the golden foliage of Super Color IR), but it is a second (extra expensive) camera to drag along, and the pictures require individual postprocessing (which I normally don't do at all, in-camera JPG for me). In other words, it costs up-front money, ongoing effort dragging the camera along and spending time editing pictures, which may in reality not look quite that awesome. Those golden trees still look mighty nice though.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2048 on: March 15, 2019, 10:20:42 AM »
Infrared camera (the photography kind, not security). It allows for interesting looking images (https://www.lifepixel.com/infrared-filters-choices - I like the golden foliage of Super Color IR), but it is a second (extra expensive) camera to drag along, and the pictures require individual postprocessing (which I normally don't do at all, in-camera JPG for me). In other words, it costs up-front money, ongoing effort dragging the camera along and spending time editing pictures, which may in reality not look quite that awesome. Those golden trees still look mighty nice though.

Look for an IR modded (or astro-modded) older DSLR. people take out the IR filter for astrophotograpy.

Digital cameras are naturally highly sensitive to IR, and they have an IR filter infront of the sensor. The mod is basically to rip out this filter. Combine this with an R72 filter, and you have a budget IR camera.

You should be able to pick up a modded canon 350d or 400d for not a lot of cash

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #2049 on: March 15, 2019, 11:59:10 AM »
ďThere are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.Ē