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Title: FacePunch Me
Post by: serpentstooth on July 20, 2015, 12:10:02 PM
Someone was mentioning the need for a mustachian fail thread.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 20, 2015, 12:13:39 PM
Someone was mentioning the need for a mustachian fail thread. I'll start:

-I bought lunch out.
You should be ashamed of yourself. Also, I was thinking about buying a hot dog from a gas station because my leftovers look boring. Now I'll probably fail because you did. WHY GOD WHY ;)
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-I am shopping for a new (used) stroller even though mine is still reasonably functional in most respects.
Can't you just give your current one a makeover? Repaint it or something, and pretend it's new.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Noahjoe on July 20, 2015, 12:26:10 PM
Some strollers don't lose value as fast as others, if you can get them used to begin with. It may sound unmustachian, but my wife and I bought a double Bob stroller for something like $350 bucks. However, if we don't destroy it (and they are pretty durable so it shouldn't be a problem) we can probably resell it for at least 300, and may even get the full $350 back. And it's NICE.

Something to think about. Buy used and resell it for close to what you paid for it. It'll be cheaper in the long run that that $150 stroller from Wal-Mart.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MgoSam on July 20, 2015, 12:31:03 PM

-I bought lunch out.

I forgot to take out the fish from the freezer so I'm going to be getting takeout for dinner tonight. It'll be under $3, but it's the principal that counts. Thankfully I'm going to be making enough food to last me the rest of the week so no more eating out for me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zsmith on July 20, 2015, 12:40:17 PM
Our air is currently blasting at 75 degrees and I've been binge watching Netflix while I take care of our new baby during my maternity leave. We are mentally preparing for a big electricity bill this month. Also lots more convenience foods and less home cooked meals. It's all only temporary.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bob W on July 20, 2015, 12:44:56 PM
Lunch is for absolute wussys and so are strollers.     Why the hell would you waste time eating lunch when you've already eaten a perfectly good breakfast and will eat dinner later?!     You disgust me.   You are not worthy.

And a stroller?  Are you fucking kidding me?   It is bad enough that you sunk money into one of those contraptions but now you are thinking of buying the fucking Eddie Bauer edition to impress a bunch of people that don't give a rat's ass about you?     You double disgust me.

If you had any brains at all you would teach that kid to walk or at least ride on your back in a used child carrier and sell the piece of shit stroller.

Next thing you will be telling us is that you sometimes make homemade sugar cookies or that you bought a new toy for the kid.  How did you ever get on this forum anyhow?

FacePunch complete --- Have a great day!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on July 20, 2015, 01:45:43 PM
Placeholder for future punch-worthy occurrences (I'm following this).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 20, 2015, 01:56:09 PM
The seat no longer attaches well to the base and it wobbles rather badly. It still clicks into place and seems to be secure, but it's not stable and my daughter is getting more mobile so I'm concerned. My dad says he can't do anything about it.

It's a 9 year old stroller and I'm at least the third owner, so I'm not sure it owes us anything at this point. I may see if I can sell it on Craigslist for what I paid before I move forward.
I'm quasi-Mustachian but I'm not cheap enough to sacrifice child safety for the sake of my portfolio. If you're worried about functionality, get what you can for it and get another one.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MissStache on July 20, 2015, 01:58:18 PM
Brought my lunch today like a good girl, but had a MOMENT and spent $3.50 on candy at work.  Fail.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bob W on July 20, 2015, 02:05:05 PM
Lunch is for absolute wussys and so are strollers.     Why the hell would you waste time eating lunch when you've already eaten a perfectly good breakfast and will eat dinner later?!     You disgust me.   You are not worthy.

And a stroller?  Are you fucking kidding me?   It is bad enough that you sunk money into one of those contraptions but now you are thinking of buying the fucking Eddie Bauer edition to impress a bunch of people that don't give a rat's ass about you?     You double disgust me.

If you had any brains at all you would teach that kid to walk or at least ride on your back in a used child carrier and sell the piece of shit stroller.

Next thing you will be telling us is that you sometimes make homemade sugar cookies or that you bought a new toy for the kid.  How did you ever get on this forum anyhow?

FacePunch complete --- Have a great day!

In my defense, we don't own a car and the baby has to get 2 miles each way to the nanny somehow.

Well shit my brick --- why didn't you say you were trading a car for a stroller?   Next thing you'll be telling us is that lunch out is a can of Tuna from Safeway.

Good for you!   (no cars but a nanny?   Now that is a unique situation?)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bsmith on July 20, 2015, 02:34:21 PM
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Our air is currently blasting at 75 degrees and I've been binge watching Netflix while I take care of our new baby during my maternity leave. We are mentally preparing for a big electricity bill this month. Also lots more convenience foods and less home cooked meals. It's all only temporary.

Facepunch for failing to put that kid through Thermal Adaptation right out of the chute!

(So to speak.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 20, 2015, 02:49:47 PM
Mine came with her Thermal Adaptation chute broken to begin with. I was in Pike Place market with her and she absolutely lost it from the heat. Turned bright red, shook, screamed so much passerby were staring, etc. I ended up stripping her down to her diaper and buying something in a cafe so I had an excuse to sit in the air conditioning with her, where she was totally calm and adorable. She now has her own personal stroller fan so I don't get screamed at while we run errands. Spoiled baby.
I hear Puget Sound stays 56 degrees year-round................................. *evil grin*
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Sylly on July 20, 2015, 02:54:23 PM
I bought some short ribs because there's a short ribs recipe I've been dying to try. Put it in the fridge after I got home with the intent of cooking in in the next couple of days. Ended up cooking other things, and four days later, it smells funny and has to be dumped. :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pachnik on July 20, 2015, 03:14:50 PM
Brought my lunch today like a good girl, but had a MOMENT and spent $3.50 on candy at work.  Fail.

-1  Did close to the same damn thing.   Brought lunch and then bought a cookie on my lunch-time walk! 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lifeinhd on July 20, 2015, 03:19:50 PM
I drove the 3.5 miles to work today because I was feeling lazy this morning. And then-- get this-- I drove the 3.5 miles back!!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on July 20, 2015, 03:30:41 PM
This thread is Krieger Jazz Hands level awesome.

(http://3io9kj3rajqhyi3ej3xme9pe.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/jazz_hands_by_niels6688-d6bulhh.png)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: GardenFun on July 20, 2015, 03:49:51 PM
Went to a minor league baseball game with the family.  Parked across the highway and walked to the game to save $5.  Proceeded to spend $45 on drinks and snacks.  And this was after I fed them dinner!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zsmith on July 20, 2015, 04:07:25 PM
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Our air is currently blasting at 75 degrees and I've been binge watching Netflix while I take care of our new baby during my maternity leave. We are mentally preparing for a big electricity bill this month. Also lots more convenience foods and less home cooked meals. It's all only temporary.

Facepunch for failing to put that kid through Thermal Adaptation right out of the chute!

(So to speak.)


Mine came with her Thermal Adaptation chute broken to begin with. I was in Pike Place market with her and she absolutely lost it from the heat. Turned bright red, shook, screamed so much passerby were staring, etc. I ended up stripping her down to her diaper and buying something in a cafe so I had an excuse to sit in the air conditioning with her, where she was totally calm and adorable. She now has her own personal stroller fan so I don't get screamed at while we run errands. Spoiled baby.

Sounds about right. Even in her diaper she sometimes gets all sweaty while we are sitting together.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on July 20, 2015, 04:29:13 PM
Drove our 15 passenger van 15 minutes across town and back to my favourite produce market. I was the only person in the vehicle -- felt like an idiot, actually.

Running a/c again today -- its 73F (23C) but I find I can get so much more done when I'm not too hot. Its a trade off.

Thanks for starting this thread!!

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: stlbrah on July 20, 2015, 04:59:21 PM
Bought gas in Illinois yesterday for $2.75/gal. Crossed over to Missouri and it was $2.45.

Sad thing is I am well aware of this and just wasn't paying attention. Stupid Illinois (and me in this case).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on July 21, 2015, 10:51:22 AM
I'm selling my motorcycle. Am I selling it so that I can invest the proceeds (I own it free and clear) and engage in my other hobby, cycling, which not only strengthens my body, but doesn't needlessly burn fuel for entertainment? No! I am selling it to buy a more comfortable bike that I can take longer distances and burn MORE fuel. But I love sport-touring, damnit. And it's my primary means of spending time with my family.  And the new bike will get stellar mileage. And, and, and...

BTW, anyone living in the South and in the market for a 2000 Honda RC51?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 21, 2015, 11:14:52 AM
I'm selling my motorcycle. Am I selling it so that I can invest the proceeds (I own it free and clear) and engage in my other hobby, cycling, which not only strengthens my body, but doesn't needlessly burn fuel for entertainment? No! I am selling it to buy a more comfortable bike that I can take longer distances and burn MORE fuel. But I love sport-touring, damnit. And it's my primary means of spending time with my family.  And the new bike will get stellar mileage. And, and, and...

BTW, anyone living in the South and in the market for a 2000 Honda RC51?
U trollin', Boss? I suggest practice.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on July 21, 2015, 12:47:20 PM
Bought new clothes over the w-e..
Guaranteed, was only 10$ total, but 10$ I didn't need to spend because I have so many clothes that I have to donate some soon...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Zaga on July 21, 2015, 04:42:56 PM
We are paying to have a company waterproof our basement.  Not doing this one DIY, though we do quite a bit of things DIY around here.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on July 21, 2015, 05:09:42 PM
A box of brownie mix costs $1.25.
A box of mix ! - you didn't grow your own brownies in your own garden ?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on July 21, 2015, 06:35:09 PM
A box of brownie mix costs $1.25.
A box of mix ! - you didn't grow your own brownies in your own garden ?

Brownies are actually pretty tricky. Soil pH plays a huge role in the final texture, so if you live in a "fudgey soil" area but like cakey brownies, it's really hard to get the brownies to finish properly. And forget growing brownies in a pot - I think we all know the problem with pot brownies. Honestly, I recommend people start just with donuts. They are SUPER easy to grow, and you can find good seeds almost anywhere.

(http://www.holidaymatinee.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/donut-seeds.jpg)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 21, 2015, 06:58:32 PM
Finally decided to buy a lunette (yay!) which will save me money long-term, but I bought it at the first reasonable price I found and have since found it for a full TWO DOLLARS cheaper. That's a whole 3.3% of the purchase price, which will really affect my ROI.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: sistastache on July 21, 2015, 07:28:32 PM
A box of brownie mix costs $1.25.
A box of mix ! - you didn't grow your own brownies in your own garden ?

Brownies are actually pretty tricky. Soil pH plays a huge role in the final texture, so if you live in a "fudgey soil" area but like cakey brownies, it's really hard to get the brownies to finish properly. And forget growing brownies in a pot - I think we all know the problem with pot brownies. Honestly, I recommend people start just with donuts. They are SUPER easy to grow, and you can find good seeds almost anywhere.

(http://www.holidaymatinee.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/donut-seeds.jpg)
Erica, this was glorious.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on July 21, 2015, 07:30:04 PM
A box of brownie mix costs $1.25.
A box of mix ! - you didn't grow your own brownies in your own garden ?

Brownies are actually pretty tricky. Soil pH plays a huge role in the final texture, so if you live in a "fudgey soil" area but like cakey brownies, it's really hard to get the brownies to finish properly. And forget growing brownies in a pot - I think we all know the problem with pot brownies. Honestly, I recommend people start just with donuts. They are SUPER easy to grow, and you can find good seeds almost anywhere.


That was beautiful!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Erica/NWEdible on July 21, 2015, 09:19:11 PM
Thank you, thank you - I'll be here all week. Try the veal.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bzzzt on July 21, 2015, 09:30:18 PM
We are paying to have a company waterproof our basement.  Not doing this one DIY, though we do quite a bit of things DIY around here.

I'll dole out this face punch. I've been breaking out part of the old patioslab/walkway, digging rocky clay to put in foundation drainage, repair bad mortar joints, and pipe the gutters underground. I figure I've moved over 10-tons of material by hand. I'm in way better shape than when I started and I know exactly what to inspect if we ever move again. Also, I figure I'm saving $10-15k vs. contracting it out.

Downside is that I haven't had time to help with the cooking so we've been doing a lot of take out. D'oh. *self face punch*
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zsmith on July 21, 2015, 10:00:38 PM
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Our air is currently blasting at 75 degrees and I've been binge watching Netflix while I take care of our new baby during my maternity leave. We are mentally preparing for a big electricity bill this month. Also lots more convenience foods and less home cooked meals. It's all only temporary.

Facepunch for failing to put that kid through Thermal Adaptation right out of the chute!

(So to speak.)


Mine came with her Thermal Adaptation chute broken to begin with. I was in Pike Place market with her and she absolutely lost it from the heat. Turned bright red, shook, screamed so much passerby were staring, etc. I ended up stripping her down to her diaper and buying something in a cafe so I had an excuse to sit in the air conditioning with her, where she was totally calm and adorable. She now has her own personal stroller fan so I don't get screamed at while we run errands. Spoiled baby.

Sounds about right. Even in her diaper she sometimes gets all sweaty while we are sitting together.

Last night she did this on a fifteen minute loop for hours.

I'M ALONE. HOLD ME, SNUGGLE ME, LET ME MASH MY FACE INTO YOUR CHEST.

I'M HOT. I'M STICKY. PUT ME DOWN.

I'M ALONE. HOLD ME, SNUGGLE ME, LET ME MASH MY FACE INTO YOUR CHEST. NOBODY EVER LOVES ME AND I'M THE LONELIEST INFANT THAT EVER THERE WAS.

I'M HOT. I'M STICKY. I'M MELTING. WHY ARE WE SNUGGLING. PUT ME DOOOOOOOOOOOOWN.

Etc.

I'm happy that I'm not the only one.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 21, 2015, 11:08:58 PM
I'm selling my motorcycle. Am I selling it so that I can invest the proceeds (I own it free and clear) and engage in my other hobby, cycling, which not only strengthens my body, but doesn't needlessly burn fuel for entertainment? No! I am selling it to buy a more comfortable bike that I can take longer distances and burn MORE fuel. But I love sport-touring, damnit. And it's my primary means of spending time with my family.  And the new bike will get stellar mileage. And, and, and...

My husband is upgrading his in January, as soon as he is eligible (there is a LAM scheme in Australia). We're looking at throwing in an extra $3k on top of the proceeds from his current bike.

I guess that means facepunches for both of us because, while it's his passion, I fully support him riding and his decision to upgrade his bike.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Zaga on July 22, 2015, 05:13:44 AM
We are paying to have a company waterproof our basement.  Not doing this one DIY, though we do quite a bit of things DIY around here.

I'll dole out this face punch. I've been breaking out part of the old patioslab/walkway, digging rocky clay to put in foundation drainage, repair bad mortar joints, and pipe the gutters underground. I figure I've moved over 10-tons of material by hand. I'm in way better shape than when I started and I know exactly what to inspect if we ever move again. Also, I figure I'm saving $10-15k vs. contracting it out.

Downside is that I haven't had time to help with the cooking so we've been doing a lot of take out. D'oh. *self face punch*
Yeah, we just decided that this one was beyond our skill set and strength.  Well beyond my strength anyways.  DH is the one working, so he doesn't have much time, and I'm a very small human.  Without hiring out this would have taken months, plus we would have had to buy a jackhammer or rent it several times.

The rest of refinishing the basement we're doing all ourselves with just a bit of electrical help from my brother though!  So that's a major plus!  This includes kitchen and bar cabinets, flooring, framing and drywall, new ceiling, etc.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 22, 2015, 05:18:40 AM
I bought a little jacket just because I wanted it, even though it was $40 (second hand - new it would have been at least $150). It's a great piece, but it wasn't necessary. I just wanted it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on July 22, 2015, 05:58:46 AM
Finished reading "what to eat". That's not face punch worthy, but this is: our grocery bill will now rise by about $100 because organic. Fucking pesticides.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Hall11235 on July 22, 2015, 07:23:40 AM
Went out for a friend's birthday party a month ago. I hate arguing over who's going to pay so I offered to pick up the bar tab. 160 dollars later, was facepunching myself aggressively.

Biggest Facepunch to date in my life: Going to a 4 year private school (tuition around 50k a year) 1500 miles away from home. I slam my head into a wall every morning for that one. No "college experience" is worth that.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bob W on July 22, 2015, 07:35:37 AM
I'm actually saving up for the next time my wife's family suggests eating out lunch together.  Probably be a 400 ticket for the 25 to 30 of us.  An investment?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on July 22, 2015, 09:18:12 AM
Just finished reserving everything for our Costa Rican vacation next month - comes out to 1,274$ USD for each of us (2) and we have yet to pay for our food and activities.
I don't spend enough on my credit card to make decent points. I used my airmiles to get a hotel room in San Jose the last night... that's it. Damn it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: infogoon on July 22, 2015, 09:30:38 AM
I'm hiring someone to paint my house, rather than doing it myself. Partially because it requires special preparation to properly handle the aluminum siding, but mostly because it's a three story house and I'm the sort of guy who gets a bit flustered by the height when I wear especially thick socks.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on July 22, 2015, 09:31:38 AM
I'm hiring someone to paint my house, rather than doing it myself. Partially because it requires special preparation to properly handle the aluminum siding, but mostly because it's a three story house and I'm the sort of guy who gets a bit flustered by the height when I wear especially thick socks.

I take 1 step up a ladder and shake in fear. Seriously. 6 fucking inches.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Hall11235 on July 22, 2015, 09:34:02 AM
Confused by the thick socks - static shock? lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 22, 2015, 11:10:13 AM
Tomorrow, I am driving 1.5 hours each way to go and visit a friend. Completely unnecessary, but I'm doing it anyway.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on July 22, 2015, 12:36:37 PM
Today I bought a new pair of pants online... they were only $25 (down from $70) and have free shipping even if I make a return. I've had my eye on these for a while and I'm half heartedly hoping they don't fit right so I can consider that itch scratched and return them.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on July 22, 2015, 12:55:43 PM
I'm selling my motorcycle. Am I selling it so that I can invest the proceeds (I own it free and clear) and engage in my other hobby, cycling, which not only strengthens my body, but doesn't needlessly burn fuel for entertainment? No! I am selling it to buy a more comfortable bike that I can take longer distances and burn MORE fuel. But I love sport-touring, damnit. And it's my primary means of spending time with my family.  And the new bike will get stellar mileage. And, and, and...

BTW, anyone living in the South and in the market for a 2000 Honda RC51?
U trollin', Boss? I suggest practice.

No, no, no, posted fullly in earnest! This thread is about face-punching and I deserve a round with Brock Lesnar for the motorcycle enthusiasm that I cannot seem to shake.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 22, 2015, 12:58:16 PM
No, no, no, posted fullly in earnest! This thread is about face-punching and I deserve a round with Brock Lesnar for the motorcycle enthusiasm that I cannot seem to shake.
Wow... well, ZOMG YOU'RE NOT GONNA GET RICH AS FAST. Does that work?
I sold my Vulcan 900 Custom a couple of years ago, which was hard to do, but I wasn't as excited about riding it so it's hard to compare. I do think I'd like to have a bike again someday, but for now... I've managed to prioritize getting the hell out of the 9-5 workforce above that.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on July 22, 2015, 01:05:52 PM
No, no, no, posted fullly in earnest! This thread is about face-punching and I deserve a round with Brock Lesnar for the motorcycle enthusiasm that I cannot seem to shake.
Wow... well, ZOMG YOU'RE NOT GONNA GET RICH AS FAST. Does that work?
I sold my Vulcan 900 Custom a couple of years ago, which was hard to do, but I wasn't as excited about riding it so it's hard to compare. I do think I'd like to have a bike again someday, but for now... I've managed to prioritize getting the hell out of the 9-5 workforce above that.

Well, that was kind of a face slap more than a punch, but I'll take it lol. I try to justify my motorcycle by taking it where I would otherwise take a car. It gets far better mileage. But - when I am literally just burning gas and tires for fun. Very face-punch worthy.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 22, 2015, 01:11:03 PM

Well, that was kind of a face slap more than a punch, but I'll take it lol. I try to justify my motorcycle by taking it where I would otherwise take a car. It gets far better mileage. But - when I am literally just burning gas and tires for fun. Very face-punch worthy.
That's about all I'm good for... girly slaps. If you wanna delay your freedom by years for a slightly better two-wheeler, knock yerself out.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dorothyc on July 22, 2015, 01:44:51 PM
This one is sort of a two-fer. I almost always have leftovers for lunch but I wasn't fancying my several days old pasta pesto that was still in the work fridge, so I walked up the street to Subway for a 6" tuna, and paid 75c to get avocado on it. I remembered when I got back to the office, that I still had plenty of avocado in the fridge from the day before.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Hall11235 on July 22, 2015, 01:47:48 PM
I'm hiring someone to paint my house, rather than doing it myself. Partially because it requires special preparation to properly handle the aluminum siding, but mostly because it's a three story house and I'm the sort of guy who gets a bit flustered by the height when I wear especially thick socks.
Totally get the fear of heights.
But why when you are wearing thick socks. I'm so confused, lol.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 on July 22, 2015, 01:50:01 PM
I'm hiring someone to paint my house, rather than doing it myself. Partially because it requires special preparation to properly handle the aluminum siding, but mostly because it's a three story house and I'm the sort of guy who gets a bit flustered by the height when I wear especially thick socks.
Totally get the fear of heights.
But why when you are wearing thick socks. I'm so confused, lol.

Because they are so thick he's further from the ground!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Hall11235 on July 22, 2015, 01:56:19 PM
Those are some impressively thick socks!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on July 23, 2015, 08:18:01 AM
I just paid $23.99 with shipping for a new t-shirt. This used to be a monthly (or worse) habit with me, but it's been a long, long time - I can't even remember.

https://teechip.com/journalismtee

I rationalized it via my PayPal balance (from some past return I don't even remember) covering the majority of it.  But really, I'm still a dumbass. I could have withdrawn that cash instead of sending more.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on July 23, 2015, 09:12:47 AM
I ate half of a candy bar for breakfast. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on July 23, 2015, 11:18:49 AM
I ate half of a candy bar for breakfast.

I find it very Mustachian :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Wilson Hall on July 23, 2015, 11:28:08 AM
This thread is Krieger Jazz Hands level awesome.

(http://3io9kj3rajqhyi3ej3xme9pe.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/jazz_hands_by_niels6688-d6bulhh.png)

YES!

Recently made a trip to see a friend by using frequent flyer miles, but paid $96 to upgrade to economy plus.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on July 23, 2015, 01:21:26 PM
I ate half of a candy bar for breakfast.

I find it very Mustachian :)
Haha!  I love the comic. 

I had the candy because it has been a rough work week.  I usually eat breakfast (and lunch) at my desk, and I didn't feel like eating the healthy breakfast I packed.  Instead I had a fabulous breakfast of half a Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar (bought a 3 pack a few weeks ago) and Earl Grey tea.  No need for a fancy car.  Candy makes me happy!

I was REALLY hungry at 11 though.  Unfortunately I was in the middle of something and couldn't eat.  I just ate lunch, and I'm feeling much better. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Trudie on July 23, 2015, 02:42:16 PM
I'm driving the three hours to my hometown a day early because I'm running a race (which I paid $40 for) and want to catch up with friends and let him sleep in the following day at home.  Also, he's just been away from work a lot this summer so that's an issue.  This will require my husband to make the same trip a day later.  So - two cars.  I probably could have just told him to stay home, but I selfishly want him to be there.

On the upside, we're staying at a friend's house for free.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MgoSam on July 23, 2015, 03:08:51 PM
I went to McDonalds for lunch. I've been too lazy to cook food and with my office being empty, I didn't want to go anywhere that would take longer for me to grab my food.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bsmith on July 23, 2015, 05:14:44 PM
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        I ate half of a candy bar for breakfast.


    I find it very Mustachian :)

Haha!  I love the comic.

I had the candy because it has been a rough work week.  I usually eat breakfast (and lunch) at my desk, and I didn't feel like eating the healthy breakfast I packed.  Instead I had a fabulous breakfast of half a Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar (bought a 3 pack a few weeks ago) and Earl Grey tea.  No need for a fancy car.  Candy makes me happy!

I was REALLY hungry at 11 though.  Unfortunately I was in the middle of something and couldn't eat.  I just ate lunch, and I'm feeling much better. 


Facepunch! If you had drunk a whole glass of water while you ate, then you could have only eaten one quarter of that candy bar, and it would have been just as filling.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wkumtrider on July 24, 2015, 09:26:03 AM
I left my lunch at home today and have to go out to buy something so I won't starve.  First time in about 3 weeks.  I'm pretty upset about it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on July 29, 2015, 02:55:12 PM
I've been doing really well the last couple of months (a definite improvement since I started reading MMM).

Then came July...

One trip out of town: paid for with earmarked vacation savings, no prob. Several restaurant meals while out of town: Not budgeted for. Post-wedding bar crawl: not budgeted for.

One staycation, with houseguests visiting from Europe: Not budgeted for. HARD to budget for. Turned out one friend had an aversion to subways (therefore taxi $$) and two of the friends wanted to drink a lot of beer (therefore drinks $$$ even though I generally drank 1/3 of what they did) and everyone - including me - wanted to eat out two meals a day. Plus concerts, plus museums, plus etc. etc.

Result: I managed to stay within most of my budgets in spite of things, and my friends were kind enough to treat for some stuff because I was letting them stay with me for free and I helped them out with a lot of planning and recommendations. But. My food budget (includes alcohol and restaurants). $735 and counting for July :-(  For ONE person! Aaaaa! To make it worse, I keep having to fight the urge to throw in the towel and say "oh fuck it, I've blown the budget, might as well make the most of it" and keep eating out... (Note to self: just because your budget is monthly doesn't mean money works like that.)  I did that on Saturday and had three glasses of $10-a-pop wine at a bar. Ack.

And I just realized I am going somewhere tonight with a 2-drink minimum. Crap.

On the plus side, I think I'll end up with $450-$500 in savings this month so I'm not anywhere close to spending above my means... just... not as much savings as I oughtta. I started doing a little work on mturk in the hopes of getting a little boost to get back on track.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: PMG on July 29, 2015, 03:40:51 PM
I spent $30 on balloons. 

yup.

I budget $800 a month.  I spent $30 on balloons.

I've been mentoring this girl for a while.  She's 19.  At community college.  Sweet and bright and so full of potential.  Her family and life is a complete cluster fuck.  Then she got pregnant.  The baby daddy isn't great... but he's ok.  They got married.  On a weekday.  She'd planned to have the wedding at the park, but it was storming, so switched to the community center.  I went early to help decorate.  She had made and gathered charming decor.  Jelly jars with candles and paper mache thingies for center pieces.  Eight months pregnant. She made all of the food.  Baked her own cake.  She had planned to use the landscape at the park for the focal point of the ceremony, but it was stuck inside a dingy community center.  So I went to the grocery and bought $30 flipping dollars worth of balloons.  Scrounged some props from around the center and made "something pretty" for them to stand next to.  Then I spent another $30 on meat and cheese that I cubed up and added to her potluck style feast.

Were it not for the awfulness of her family and situation the wedding was completely badass and perfectly beautiful in it's simplicity.

$30 futile dollars.  Disposable helium balloons that will exist forever in a landfill.

I keep telling myself that if she maintains the tenacity and motivation she showed in making her entire wedding (and we continue to support her) then she has a chance of breaking her families cycle of poverty and addiction. 

On the bright side I did make the baby gift and wedding gift and cards completely out of things I had and they are things that are fun and pretty and  will actually be useful to her.

I don't regret spending the money on her.  I offered.  She didn't ask.  It just sounds so ridiculous. $30 spent on balloons.  hah!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Jack on July 29, 2015, 03:44:17 PM
To make it worse, I keep having to fight the urge to throw in the towel and say "oh fuck it, I've blown the budget, might as well make the most of it" and keep eating out... (Note to self: just because your budget is monthly doesn't mean money works like that.)  I did that on Saturday and had three glasses of $10-a-pop wine at a bar. Ack.

(http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/antimustachian-wall-of-shame-and-comedy/facepunch-me/?action=dlattach;attach=11597;image)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Rural on July 29, 2015, 07:02:00 PM
Had an attack of stomach pain (ulcer), put the spicy groundnut stew I'd packed into the offce freezer, and paid for grits and turkey bacon at IHOP. I had oatmeal in the office, but husband was with me helping me with a project and wouldn't like oatmeal for lunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 29, 2015, 08:06:14 PM
Yesterday I had lunch out with a friend ($7) which was planned and okay by me because it was delicious sushi, but then splurged on a bakery item ($3.80) which was both unplanned and very bad for the old waistline, just because she suggested popping into the bakery for dessert.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on August 04, 2015, 11:30:12 AM
Finally decided to buy a lunette (yay!) which will save me money long-term, but I bought it at the first reasonable price I found and have since found it for a full TWO DOLLARS cheaper. That's a whole 3.3% of the purchase price, which will really affect my ROI.

Meh, you'll still save a fortune! I'm so glad I saw a sticker for a Mooncup in the bathroom at uni 9 years ago - my first one cost me £18 and lasted 8 years, I reckon the 'normal' disposable options I was using previously would have cost £5 x 12 x 8 = £480.

My face punch worthy fail today: buying not 1 but 2 brownies at work today. When I'm on a diet. My guilt was slightly assuaged by it being for charity, and because they were so damn tasty!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 04, 2015, 05:40:16 PM
Getting a haircut today: likely to be >$50.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: GardenFun on August 05, 2015, 05:12:38 PM
Today was a close one in FacePunch world.

Wash machine is acting up.  Fixing it is not something we personally want to tackle.  Repairman showed me numerous items (on top of the issues I already knew) that were broken or ready to break.  So of course I start looking at new wash machines online.  Holy Crap!!!  Those things don't wash clothes anymore - they have settings that give the clothes steam facials and stress-reducing massages - with the corresponding spa prices to match.  Went to the library for consumer report info and got more sticker shock.  Talked to friends/family and heard all the stories about much they love their new wash machines.  Nearly bought one. 

Fortunately there was a moment of clarity (during plum jam making) and decided that all I needed was a basic washing machine - you know, something that cleans clothes and removes the water prior to drying.  Used the "Less than $500" search setting at Big Box Store and voila!  There was my $330 answer.   
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Seppia on August 05, 2015, 05:47:40 PM
Post to follow and ridicule myself when the next stupid expense will occur
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Meowkins on August 05, 2015, 06:12:31 PM
I forgot my lunch (again) and instead of just eating more FREE snacks at work, I went and got a $5 burger across the street. And then after work I bought a $3.00 comic book.

In other news..

Finally decided to buy a lunette (yay!) which will save me money long-term, but I bought it at the first reasonable price I found and have since found it for a full TWO DOLLARS cheaper. That's a whole 3.3% of the purchase price, which will really affect my ROI.

Meh, you'll still save a fortune! I'm so glad I saw a sticker for a Mooncup in the bathroom at uni 9 years ago - my first one cost me £18 and lasted 8 years, I reckon the 'normal' disposable options I was using previously would have cost £5 x 12 x 8 = £480.

My face punch worthy fail today: buying not 1 but 2 brownies at work today. When I'm on a diet. My guilt was slightly assuaged by it being for charity, and because they were so damn tasty!

I bought one of these (The Keeper) because it would save me cash and it is biodegradable.

And then it hurt too much cuz of the dumb stem poking AND STABBING. *RAGE* Also fail.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 05, 2015, 07:13:25 PM
I forgot my lunch (again) and instead of just eating more FREE snacks at work, I went and got a $5 burger across the street. And then after work I bought a $3.00 comic book.

In other news..

Finally decided to buy a lunette (yay!) which will save me money long-term, but I bought it at the first reasonable price I found and have since found it for a full TWO DOLLARS cheaper. That's a whole 3.3% of the purchase price, which will really affect my ROI.

Meh, you'll still save a fortune! I'm so glad I saw a sticker for a Mooncup in the bathroom at uni 9 years ago - my first one cost me £18 and lasted 8 years, I reckon the 'normal' disposable options I was using previously would have cost £5 x 12 x 8 = £480.

My face punch worthy fail today: buying not 1 but 2 brownies at work today. When I'm on a diet. My guilt was slightly assuaged by it being for charity, and because they were so damn tasty!

I bought one of these (The Keeper) because it would save me cash and it is biodegradable.

And then it hurt too much cuz of the dumb stem poking AND STABBING. *RAGE* Also fail.

You can cut off the stems and still use them =)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Zaga on August 05, 2015, 07:16:43 PM
Meowkins, the stems can and should be cut off if they poke you.

I had to pick up a prescription that needs to be injected and I have to "fail" a pregnancy test before being injected.  So this means a trip to the doctor for a test and a jab.  Made appointment.  Went to pharmacy.  Prescription wasn't ready.  This despite the phone call I received telling me that my prescription was ready.  WTF!  Turns out my prescription is in 2 parts, and one part was ready.  I knew this, but just didn't think about it.

Oh, and did I mention that this whole thing is 25 miles away?  Because my doctor is in the town I used to work in. 

So today I drove 25 miles to buy shampoo.  Face punch deserved.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Valencia de Valera on August 05, 2015, 07:47:29 PM
DH and I went out to a Mexican restaurant with my family. I wasn't feeling that hungry so I just got rice and beans. I paid $4.50 for something that would have cost literally $0.20 at home. Also we drove the half mile to the restaurant because hubs thought 92 was too hot to walk. Also I drove to work today because it was raining when I got up this morning. Not raining when I left for work, not raining when I came home. I tried to justify it by airing up my tires with free air at the gas station, and I found a Canadian penny on the ground while doing so, so that makes it a little better, right?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on August 06, 2015, 04:27:47 AM
BOUGHT a book...face punch self-administered.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 07, 2015, 06:55:32 AM
Oh, and did I mention that this whole thing is 25 miles away?  Because my doctor is in the town I used to work in. 

So today I drove 25 miles to buy shampoo.  Face punch deserved.
25 miles each way, right?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Zaga on August 07, 2015, 07:36:06 AM
Oh, and did I mention that this whole thing is 25 miles away?  Because my doctor is in the town I used to work in. 

So today I drove 25 miles to buy shampoo.  Face punch deserved.
25 miles each way, right?
Sigh, yes.  It wasn't my best day ever.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on August 07, 2015, 07:40:20 AM
I bought one of these (The Keeper) because it would save me cash and it is biodegradable.

And then it hurt too much cuz of the dumb stem poking AND STABBING. *RAGE* Also fail.

Yep, as per the other responses, you're supposed to re the stem to where it's comfortable for you after trying them on. Hopefully you didn't throw it out and we might have saved you some money?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 07, 2015, 08:54:28 AM
I spent the day fighting myself as I did some serious cleaning in the kitchen. (I didn't want to do the work.) Put off buying groceries until late afternoon, because I didn't want to bring anything else into the kitchen and then have to put it away. When I did buy groceries, I planned to spend $50, but actually spent $80.

Part if it was that I had a Budget Bytes recipes, where the ingredients turned out to be really expensive. (A different kind of budget bite.) I also threw a book in the basket which was from the $10 shelf, though I usually buy from the $5 shelf. And a nice chocolate bar. But also just generally overspent.

In the evening, I went out to buy a bottle of wine, but the store was closed an hour earlier than I thought. I then had the impulse to go play the VLTs at the local hotel. Won $540 more than I spent, and left. So this had a happy ending, but really, what was I doing there?

Today, I've woken up calm and collected, so I guess I got it out of my system. I'll finish the work in the kitchen today, and am looking forward to the Budget Bytes meal for dinner.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Meowkins on August 07, 2015, 09:27:11 AM
I bought one of these (The Keeper) because it would save me cash and it is biodegradable.

And then it hurt too much cuz of the dumb stem poking AND STABBING. *RAGE* Also fail.

Yep, as per the other responses, you're supposed to re the stem to where it's comfortable for you after trying them on. Hopefully you didn't throw it out and we might have saved you some money?

Yes! Thanks ladies. I will give it another shot next month.

Are there posts about inexpensive birth control and menstrual sanitation? because IUDs + cups seem to be the best for the wallet and the environment.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 07, 2015, 10:00:31 AM
I bought one of these (The Keeper) because it would save me cash and it is biodegradable.

And then it hurt too much cuz of the dumb stem poking AND STABBING. *RAGE* Also fail.

Yep, as per the other responses, you're supposed to re the stem to where it's comfortable for you after trying them on. Hopefully you didn't throw it out and we might have saved you some money?

Yes! Thanks ladies. I will give it another shot next month.

Are there posts about inexpensive birth control and menstrual sanitation? because IUDs + cups seem to be the best for the wallet and the environment.

There was a whole thread on frugality for women-specific concerns- body care products, hair removal, birth control, menstrual 'gear', everything. I think there was even discussion about best options for bras. I wish I remember what it was called, it was an epic (and helpful) thread. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on August 12, 2015, 08:03:52 AM
Lately I had a totally unusual urge to upgrade some stuff around my house. Stuff like dinnerware, sheets, blankets, stuff I already own functional specimen of, but I found them dingy.
Today I plan to replace the Dinera plates I found on the street 5 years ago with not 1, but 2 porcellain dinner sets (so I have enough identical assiettes for a dinner of 8).
Do I need it? Not really, I could continue with the chipped, scratched stuff.
Do I want them? Oh hell yes.

Next week: new sheets!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Fuzzy Buttons on August 12, 2015, 09:20:36 AM
I'm paying $16k to have my roof and gutters replaced.  The roof is leaking slowly around the skylight, and is ten years old and was never really installed properly.  The roof is now dipped below it from damage to the deckboards.  Looked into just getting the flashing replaced, but every inspection says that with such a large area of shingles I might as well do at least that half of the roof.  And I don't want half of a new roof, and half a poorly-installed old one.  The gutters are hung too low and coming off the house in places - I've avoided changing them for years.  The wood fascia behind them is rotted and holed by bugs in many places.  I'm having all of the fascia replaced and wrapped in aluminum.

I'm not doing any of the work myself - WAY outside of my comfort zone.  It's a good company with a long history in my town, and I got three estimates and their quote is fair.  But man, it's a lot of money.  Going to set back my pay-off of the mortgage by a year.  Part of me says I should just put a towel under the skylight and wait another year or two.

Or, you know - rent.  :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 12, 2015, 09:37:10 AM
Sigh, yes.  It wasn't my best day ever.
LOL... we're not here to judge, only to facepunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 12, 2015, 09:38:25 AM
A friend of mine calls this kind of expense a "semi-surprise." Even though you know its coming, it is a shock to hear how much money it is going to cost. I just had the shingles on my house replaced two or three months ago., so I know how it feels. It looks great, though, and there isn't any water coming in the living room ceiling anymore during heavy rainstorms. Towels are just not adequate maintenance for a major asset.

I am no sure it is face-punchworthy, though. Just big and unpleasant.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: elysianfields on August 12, 2015, 09:55:00 AM
A box of brownie mix costs $1.25.
A box of mix ! - you didn't grow your own brownies in your own garden ?

Brownies are actually pretty tricky. Soil pH plays a huge role in the final texture, so if you live in a "fudgey soil" area but like cakey brownies, it's really hard to get the brownies to finish properly. And forget growing brownies in a pot - I think we all know the problem with pot brownies. Honestly, I recommend people start just with donuts. They are SUPER easy to grow, and you can find good seeds almost anywhere.


The trouble is, what if you can only find Dunkin' Donuts seeds, and your spouse only wants Krispy Kremes?  It's bad enough fighting over which hybrid of corn or tomatoes we grow, without fighting over doughnut varieties, zeesh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: elysianfields on August 12, 2015, 10:08:52 AM
I'm paying $16k to have my roof and gutters replaced.  The roof is leaking slowly around the skylight, and is ten years old and was never really installed properly.  The roof is now dipped below it from damage to the deckboards.  Looked into just getting the flashing replaced, but every inspection says that with such a large area of shingles I might as well do at least that half of the roof.  And I don't want half of a new roof, and half a poorly-installed old one.  The gutters are hung too low and coming off the house in places - I've avoided changing them for years.  The wood fascia behind them is rotted and holed by bugs in many places.  I'm having all of the fascia replaced and wrapped in aluminum.

I'm not doing any of the work myself - WAY outside of my comfort zone.  It's a good company with a long history in my town, and I got three estimates and their quote is fair.  But man, it's a lot of money.  Going to set back my pay-off of the mortgage by a year.  Part of me says I should just put a towel under the skylight and wait another year or two.

Or, you know - rent.  :(

I agree with choppingwood, it's expensive and unpleasant, but doesn't really merit a face-punch.

As a landlord who replaced, in the last four years, a garbage disposal, a fridge, a stove, the A/C, a boiler, and a hot water tank, I feel your pain.

But we just raised the rent another $200 a month without a peep of complaint from our tenants.  Had they complained, I would have reminded them, who are Tea-Party right-wingers who worship at the altar of the free market, that it's the price the market will bear.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 12, 2015, 10:26:32 AM
I agree with choppingwood, it's expensive and unpleasant, but doesn't really merit a face-punch.

As a landlord who replaced, in the last four years, a garbage disposal, a fridge, a stove, the A/C, a boiler, and a hot water tank, I feel your pain.
The price is high, though. How big is this house?

I just put a new roof on a 1600sf rental for $7500... granted, that was the friend price in a LCOL area, but that's still a huge disparity.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bsmith on August 12, 2015, 11:50:46 AM
Did you take bids? I got 2k off the price of my new roof by having three companies come out to give an estimate. I let them know I was talking to others. Low bid isn't always best, but some research on my part into materials and methods paid off for me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Fuzzy Buttons on August 12, 2015, 12:48:24 PM
Got three bids from recommended roofers - all the same.  Roof itself is $11k.  I have only 1300sf but cathedral ceilings makes for more area, and there are two new skylights and three gables included.  When I had it done 10 years ago I paid $5.5k to a brother of a coworker.  He took six months to get around to it, then moved to Florida and opened a bar.  Had lots of leaks that first winter and probably paid $2k more to get it fixed just to this point.  Figured this time I'd go with someone with a warranty and lots more positive references.

Gutters are the remaining $5k, but half of that is aluminum wrapping for all the fascia.  Those additional gables are included in that.  I debated skipping that part, but eventually decided I've been through enough problems with leaks on this thing that I just want to reduce future maintenance as much as possible.

$1k of the gutters is the leafguard.  I have about ten feet of run that is so high my ladder won't reach - and I have a thing about heights and getting on the roof, so I just don't clean those.  Once I decided to get the leafguard there, it seemed easiest to just get the whole thing.  This is where spending gets out of control - when you start going "Well considering how much I'm ALREADY spending, what the heck?" 

I am looking forward to having it done.  Then I can see about repairing the water damage inside.

I appreciate the feedback, btw.  :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bsmith on August 12, 2015, 01:11:34 PM
Sounds like due diligence was done. I agree no facepunch on this one.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 12, 2015, 01:14:04 PM
Yeah, this is beginning to sound borderline reasonable. xD
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: trombonedadio on August 12, 2015, 02:30:24 PM
I spent $6 on ice. How stupid is that?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 12, 2015, 02:30:42 PM
I spent $6 on ice. How stupid is that?
You are now perma-b&
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on August 12, 2015, 04:54:13 PM
I spent $6 on ice. How stupid is that?
You are now perma-b&
Unless they keep it for years so that the cost/year is low
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on August 12, 2015, 07:41:06 PM
I spent $6 on ice. How stupid is that?
You are now perma-b&
Unless they keep it for years so that the cost/year is low

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-07-15-katrinaice_N.htm
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 13, 2015, 01:06:59 PM
I spent $6 on ice. How stupid is that?
You are now perma-b&
Unless they keep it for years so that the cost/year is low
LOL'ing in the office now
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-07-15-katrinaice_N.htm
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DCKatie09 on August 13, 2015, 01:19:10 PM
Went out to lunch with coworkers, and even though I told myself on the walk over that I would just get a burger, I caved at the last minute and got a soda too. #theworst
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 13, 2015, 01:19:46 PM

Yes! Thanks ladies. I will give it another shot next month.

Are there posts about inexpensive birth control and menstrual sanitation? because IUDs + cups seem to be the best for the wallet and the environment.

There was a whole thread on frugality for women-specific concerns- body care products, hair removal, birth control, menstrual 'gear', everything. I think there was even discussion about best options for bras. I wish I remember what it was called, it was an epic (and helpful) thread.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/lady-staches/msg963/#msg963
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 13, 2015, 01:25:37 PM

Yes! Thanks ladies. I will give it another shot next month.

Are there posts about inexpensive birth control and menstrual sanitation? because IUDs + cups seem to be the best for the wallet and the environment.

There was a whole thread on frugality for women-specific concerns- body care products, hair removal, birth control, menstrual 'gear', everything. I think there was even discussion about best options for bras. I wish I remember what it was called, it was an epic (and helpful) thread.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/lady-staches/msg963/#msg963

Yess! This one.

And it's funny, Basenji, I just clicked over from a thread where you were "too lazy" to find a blog post so someone found it for you. Looks like we're all just paying the lazy forward! =)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 on August 13, 2015, 01:29:22 PM
I had a goal to spend $0 on food this month. I have a weekly CSA for fresh veggies that I already paid for, plus a garden that's producing, a little bit of venison in the freezer, lots of food in the cupboards, and after a reunion early in the month my mom sent me home with sooooo much leftover food, much of which was still unopened. So far the biggest problem is eating the veggies fast enough.

But I had to go buy a $4 ice cream cone to ruin any chance of achieving my goal.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 13, 2015, 01:56:52 PM

Yes! Thanks ladies. I will give it another shot next month.

Are there posts about inexpensive birth control and menstrual sanitation? because IUDs + cups seem to be the best for the wallet and the environment.

There was a whole thread on frugality for women-specific concerns- body care products, hair removal, birth control, menstrual 'gear', everything. I think there was even discussion about best options for bras. I wish I remember what it was called, it was an epic (and helpful) thread.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/lady-staches/msg963/#msg963

Yess! This one.

And it's funny, Basenji, I just clicked over from a thread where you were "too lazy" to find a blog post so someone found it for you. Looks like we're all just paying the lazy forward! =)

Exactly. We've hashed and rehashed everything at some point. Nature of the beast. Lately I've taken to looking for old threads to resurrect that are worth a second look.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MudDuck on August 13, 2015, 02:02:13 PM
This thread is Krieger Jazz Hands level awesome.

(http://3io9kj3rajqhyi3ej3xme9pe.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/jazz_hands_by_niels6688-d6bulhh.png)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wenchsenior on August 14, 2015, 12:37:09 PM
GUYS! Need facepunch for most expensive 4 minutes of epic fail ever.

Last week, we're a little late getting out the door in the wee hours of the morning, to get to airport, where we are embarking on a work-related (but fun) trip to the British Virgin Islands. ALL EXPENSES PAID. It's a podunk airport, flight leaving at 5:00...hardly anyone even IN the airport that time of morning, so we nonchalantly leave the house a teeny bit later than normal, figuring the half-hour before flight check-in is slightly more flexible when you are the only thing happening in our airport.

We arrived at desk at 4:34 a.m.

Four minutes too late. We and 4 other people who straggled in. The desk clerk literally opened a door from the back, looked at the 6 of us, and shut the door in our faces. So, yeah. Had to go home (it's still fucking dark outside), and then spend several hours rearranging for a new flight out 3 days later.

Only this time, it isn't all-expenses-paid, of course. After much bickering and ticket transfers, plus an extra unplanned-for night in the San Juan airport hotel, that 4 minutes is costing us close to $900. :CLUTCHES HEAD IN HANDS:

But wait, the worst part of this story is we've been doing this trip, partly on our own dime, for TWELVE previous years and never been late to the airport. So the year we have to learn the lesson just has to be the year work was paying for EVERYTHING.

Ok....hit me.

:stands at attention, breathes deeply, and closes eyes in anticipation of pummeling:
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: JJNL on August 14, 2015, 03:28:34 PM
Isn't going to facepunch wenchsenior - that could've been me. I let the bicycle repair man at the train station fix my flat tire, b/c it was my 2nd flat in a week and I was frustrated and in a rush. He told me he couldn't fix it and I needed a new inner tube - after he'd already put it in. I don't know if I believe him. I've been perfectly able to mend my own tires since I was 12 years old (I live in the Netherlands, we learn to cycle right after we learn how to walk). Cost of bike repair man: 21 euros. Cost of mending own tire: 0 euros and something like 30 minutes of my time.

D'oh!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Meowkins on August 15, 2015, 02:34:18 PM
Karaoke with friends turned from $25 we'd split amongst us to cover the birthday girl for an hour of fun. Turned into 2 hours at a higher rate because birthday girl decided to book two rooms. Final cost: $75. Split amongst 5, but still. But how do you tell someone when it's their birthday that they have to throw in $$ for the room?

(Answer: You just suck it up and do it. FFFFuuu)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 16, 2015, 11:45:08 AM
Drove to get groceries this morning, less than a mile away. In my defense, I did cut my leg open with a machete yesterday and it bleeds if I walk too much ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on August 16, 2015, 11:51:39 AM
In my defense, I did cut my leg open with a machete yesterday and it bleeds if I walk too much ;)
Ok I'll bite - how (or rather why) did you attempt to remove your leg with a machete?
Were you just cleaning it and it went off?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 16, 2015, 12:05:15 PM
In my defense, I did cut my leg open with a machete yesterday and it bleeds if I walk too much ;)
Ok I'll bite - how (or rather why) did you attempt to remove your leg with a machete?
Were you just cleaning it and it went off?
Helping a friend take down a bunch of suckers that grew up from the stump of a crape myrtle tree. I was about 3 swings from being done, too... *sigh* $185 copay and 3 hours down the drain. First ER visit in my life at age 37. First-ever stitches. Interesting experience.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on August 16, 2015, 08:34:38 PM
Stumps are what gunpowder is for ;-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 17, 2015, 08:36:52 AM
I went hiking... that's not worthy of the facepunch. What IS, is that I FORGOT my trail pass and had to pay the $5 trail fee. That was $5 I didn't need to spend. Just lucky I had cash on me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 17, 2015, 09:34:28 AM
I went to the County Fair yesterday and purchased fried Oreos and 2 namesigns for my grandchildren plus a substandard Philly chicken cheesesteak, ribbon fries and ice cream.  I did enjoy seeing the animals and the nice craftwork by various people plus the games and rides.

Please facepunch me....

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on August 17, 2015, 12:17:37 PM
Took the whole family out to Olive Garden. (Ka-pow!)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 17, 2015, 01:26:57 PM
I went to the County Fair yesterday and purchased fried Oreos and 2 namesigns for my grandchildren plus a substandard Philly chicken cheesesteak, ribbon fries and ice cream.  I did enjoy seeing the animals and the nice craftwork by various people plus the games and rides.

Please facepunch me....

Goodness! How much did this recklessness cost?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 17, 2015, 01:36:37 PM
$47 total I think.  $20 for the signs and $27 for the ribbon fries, cheesesteak 2 lemonades and ice cream, and a bag of butter toffee peanuts plus a bottle of water I wasn't paying $3 for a lemonade refill.  It is once a year and I am repenting for my sins today with a queasy stomach....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 17, 2015, 01:49:30 PM
$47 total I think.  $20 for the signs and $27 for the ribbon fries, cheesesteak 2 lemonades and ice cream, and a bag of butter toffee peanuts plus a bottle of water I wasn't paying $3 for a lemonade refill.  It is once a year and I am repenting for my sins today with a queasy stomach....

Well, you showed restraint by not indulging in fudge or bearpaws....

Hope your stomach feels better soon.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 18, 2015, 09:40:08 AM
Got my hair cut at my local and expensive place. This is one of the things on my list to cut down on costs or explore home hair cutting, but I have a hard time doing. I love my hairdresser and it's hard for me to say goodbye. I have a short pixie cut with all silver (stopping the coloring was my first step a while back when I started on MMM and no regrets on that). I keep meaning to find a hairdressing school or cheap place, but I don't. Argh! I'm so weak. Punch.

ETA just looked up a cosmetology school, I could get a cut for $68 LESS than I'm paying now. X 6/yr = $408 savings / yr. Damn it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Torran on August 18, 2015, 09:49:30 AM
Commenting mostly so I can follow, because this thread is exactly where I am at.

This weekend:
Sold clothes on Ebay!
Bought exactly the same amount of clothes in a charity-shop the next day.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on August 18, 2015, 11:48:59 AM
Just bought supermarket lunch, for a total of almost 8$
At least was the first time this summer...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DCKatie09 on August 18, 2015, 11:59:11 AM
Got my hair cut at my local and expensive place. This is one of the things on my list to cut down on costs or explore home hair cutting, but I have a hard time doing. I love my hairdresser and it's hard for me to say goodbye. I have a short pixie cut with all silver (stopping the coloring was my first step a while back when I started on MMM and no regrets on that). I keep meaning to find a hairdressing school or cheap place, but I don't. Argh! I'm so weak. Punch.

ETA just looked up a cosmetology school, I could get a cut for $68 LESS than I'm paying now. X 6/yr = $408 savings / yr. Damn it.
I've had good luck with the Aveda Institute in DC - they're slow, and not always confident, but the teachers are there to prevent any major damage...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MissStache on August 18, 2015, 12:18:54 PM
Got my hair cut at my local and expensive place. This is one of the things on my list to cut down on costs or explore home hair cutting, but I have a hard time doing. I love my hairdresser and it's hard for me to say goodbye. I have a short pixie cut with all silver (stopping the coloring was my first step a while back when I started on MMM and no regrets on that). I keep meaning to find a hairdressing school or cheap place, but I don't. Argh! I'm so weak. Punch.

ETA just looked up a cosmetology school, I could get a cut for $68 LESS than I'm paying now. X 6/yr = $408 savings / yr. Damn it.
I've had good luck with the Aveda Institute in DC - they're slow, and not always confident, but the teachers are there to prevent any major damage...

I got a great haircut at the Paul Mitchell School in Woodbridge.  It was a friend of mine in cosmetology school, but I saw a lot of other people walking out with great haircuts, and the teachers were close by in case of problems!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 18, 2015, 03:01:07 PM
I've had good luck with the Aveda Institute in DC - they're slow, and not always confident, but the teachers are there to prevent any major damage...
Thank you, that was the first place I looked at. Imma gonna try it. It's time for me to get that under control.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 18, 2015, 03:02:34 PM
I got a great haircut at the Paul Mitchell School in Woodbridge.  It was a friend of mine in cosmetology school, but I saw a lot of other people walking out with great haircuts, and the teachers were close by in case of problems!
Awesome, Woodbridge is a bit far for me, but making notes.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Torran on August 19, 2015, 07:12:19 AM
Went out for a friend's birthday party a month ago. I hate arguing over who's going to pay so I offered to pick up the bar tab. 160 dollars later, was facepunching myself aggressively.

Biggest Facepunch to date in my life: Going to a 4 year private school (tuition around 50k a year) 1500 miles away from home. I slam my head into a wall every morning for that one. No "college experience" is worth that.

I hear you. I hate arguing about the bill or seeming cheap when I'm out with friends, so I don't quibble. I just facepunch myself later for paying £30 over what I actually owed. Ah well. It's the £30 tax for not looking like the asshole who's arguing about how the bill gets split, I guess.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 19, 2015, 08:20:18 AM
After 2 days of bland foods and massive infusions of greens I have now recovered from my sins but I don't want to look at hardly anything fried just yet.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: flan on August 19, 2015, 08:26:24 AM
In an attempt to settle my digestive system which has not been generating up-to-standard excretions lately, I paid $8.67 for a 16oz smoothie dinner. With ingredients anyone can find at a local grocery store. It didn't even keep me full. This juice/smoothie fad is the worst.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bumbling Bee on August 19, 2015, 10:55:22 AM
I just moved apartments. I took today off work as a personal day so that I can get as much unpacking done as possible in my new place, and clean my old apartment. I technically have the old apartment until the 31st, but I am going on vacation Friday, until the end of the month, so I need to be totally out by tomorrow. I am still going over to the old apartment tonight to see if there was anything left behind, but I just booked a cleaning service for tomorrow morning.  Just really poor planning on my part. Punch me now.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 19, 2015, 11:18:07 AM
I just moved apartments. I took today off work as a personal day so that I can get as much unpacking done as possible in my new place, and clean my old apartment. I technically have the old apartment until the 31st, but I am going on vacation Friday, until the end of the month, so I need to be totally out by tomorrow. I am still going over to the old apartment tonight to see if there was anything left behind, but I just booked a cleaning service for tomorrow morning.  Just really poor planning on my part. Punch me now.
I'm almost glad I didn't find this site at this time last year, because the facepunchiness around my move was insane. I was so stressed (not just about the move - long, painful story) that I just gave up even trying to save money. I gave away thousands of dollars worth of stuff instead of trying to sell it, I hired a cleaning service and gave them 100% tips, I hired movers, and I overlapped two apartments for 3 weeks just so I wouldn't have to deal with moving on Labor Day weekend.

And I really don't have the heart to facepunch anyone else after typing that out. :-/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bumbling Bee on August 19, 2015, 11:38:57 AM
Well, in my partial defense, I was severely ("could have collapsed at any moment") unwell earlier this year, and I guess I'm still a lot punier than I would have hoped.

The planning, or lack thereof, around moving, going away (partly to pursue alternative medical treatment), and changing jobs - all within a one-month timeframe - was just DUMB, though.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 20, 2015, 06:29:35 AM
Well, in my partial defense, I was severely ("could have collapsed at any moment") unwell earlier this year, and I guess I'm still a lot punier than I would have hoped.

The planning, or lack thereof, around moving, going away (partly to pursue alternative medical treatment), and changing jobs - all within a one-month timeframe - was just DUMB, though.
Nah, cleaning service is fine in this case. After having moved 12 times with the Navy, it sucks and it's exhausting. No facepunch. Make it up later when you're feeling strong and settled in.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on August 20, 2015, 04:29:46 PM
@Basenji,

+1 for hair dressing schools. I've been alternating between that and trimming my own hair in between cuts. At the school here, its $16 for a shampoo, cut and blow-dry. There are 2 instructors on the cutting floor at any given time, circulating amongst the clients, checking up on the students. Each student has to describe to the instructor what they plan to do before they even start your cut. I've been very happy with my cuts from there.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 21, 2015, 06:32:54 AM
@Basenji,

+1 for hair dressing schools. I've been alternating between that and trimming my own hair in between cuts. At the school here, its $16 for a shampoo, cut and blow-dry. There are 2 instructors on the cutting floor at any given time, circulating amongst the clients, checking up on the students. Each student has to describe to the instructor what they plan to do before they even start your cut. I've been very happy with my cuts from there.

Thanks. I was thinking I would start with alternate each time plan, once hair school, once my beloved hairdresser. Although she'll know I cheated on her, gonna have to stop "relationship-ing" this business transaction... Home haircutting is step 2, argh.

It has been interesting and vexing to me where I get stuck saving money. Am thinking of starting a journal related to this where I work on NOT the easy (for me) things, but the ones where I feel the most conflicted and can't decide if it's a worthy pleasure to keep or something that just needs to go. Relationships with a local business provider cause me problems because I have a conflicting set of values where I'm trying to be local in my spending or I want to buy locally produced food. And I hate disappointing someone who I like and who does good work, but I'm just trying to save a buck. Easy when it's Whole Foods, harder when it's Mary or Ted.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 21, 2015, 07:58:41 AM
Relationships with a local business provider cause me problems because I have a conflicting set of values where I'm trying to be local in my spending or I want to buy locally produced food. And I hate disappointing someone who I like and who does good work, but I'm just trying to save a buck. Easy when it's Whole Foods, harder when it's Mary or Ted.

I hear you. The issue for me is my CSA. The food is great, but there is no way that I would spend as much as this on produce each week as I do on the CSA. And this is not an expensive CSA. Next year it has to go, I think. Other days, though, I don't think it is much money or time to help a family make a living doing something they love to do. Not like I can't afford it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 21, 2015, 10:21:35 AM
@Basenji,

+1 for hair dressing schools. I've been alternating between that and trimming my own hair in between cuts. At the school here, its $16 for a shampoo, cut and blow-dry. There are 2 instructors on the cutting floor at any given time, circulating amongst the clients, checking up on the students. Each student has to describe to the instructor what they plan to do before they even start your cut. I've been very happy with my cuts from there.

Thanks. I was thinking I would start with alternate each time plan, once hair school, once my beloved hairdresser. Although she'll know I cheated on her, gonna have to stop "relationship-ing" this business transaction... Home haircutting is step 2, argh.

It has been interesting and vexing to me where I get stuck saving money. Am thinking of starting a journal related to this where I work on NOT the easy (for me) things, but the ones where I feel the most conflicted and can't decide if it's a worthy pleasure to keep or something that just needs to go. Relationships with a local business provider cause me problems because I have a conflicting set of values where I'm trying to be local in my spending or I want to buy locally produced food. And I hate disappointing someone who I like and who does good work, but I'm just trying to save a buck. Easy when it's Whole Foods, harder when it's Mary or Ted.

I hear you. I actually had this problem cutting my restaurant and coffee budgets. The places I went were small local places, where the owner is always in, and everyone knew me by name. It actually provided me with a lot of joy to visit and catch up on their lives. I'm actually still real life friends with one of the baristas I met through that shop.

I'm not sure I could have just stopped going completely. I scaled it back, but ultimately, the only reason I stopped was that I moved. It gave me a reason, and I was able to say my goodbyes and get closure. And now, when I'm back in the area, I can visit guilt free about my spending since it's not an every day or every week thing.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MustardTiger on August 21, 2015, 09:25:32 PM
I'm sure I need at least a moderate facepunch.  I recently purchased a 2005 Honda S2000.  Yes, my '02 Acura RSX that I have been driving since I got it new is a basically fine car.  Bought for 10.8k and financed at 3.2%.  This car isn't practical or a necessity but man is it fun to drive.  Next step is to sell the RSX to hopefully pay off 50% of the loan.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 21, 2015, 10:02:12 PM
these are the most financial mistakes I have ever made and supercouponing is not gonna save my ass.  I got sick in Sept, hospice nurse LOVED my job, went back because I ran out of FMLA, I worked Dec but I was very, very sick.  Eventually landed in hospital and never well enough to go back to work. First mistake, by October my docs were telling me to apply for SSDI immediately, I thought that was insane, I'm 45, I'm not taking SSDI and stop working, are you nuts?  No, I was nuts, it took me NINE months before I believed, uh, yeah, about the SSDI, I think I might need that. I think in the end that might not be financially horrible because I think the lawyer says it will go back to when I first got ill, but it takes 2 years to get so wasting 9 months was incredibly stupid. 

I was in a crisis when work was officially done so took Cobra because I was too ill to look into the NYS market place plans.  Cobra is great for anything within my vast hospital system, including MD partners, testing, being inpatient. Not good at all when you need more acute care at the competitor.  I have put off for months meeting with a NYS employee to help me find an equally good plan that covers both hospital systems.  But I just found out I might need freaking brain surgery, the guru is at the competitor and I am not messing around with my brain.  So I have to take care of this on Mon.  I already screwed myself, I'm having tests there Tues that my insurance barely covers, it will be thousands, had I switched insurances, this would not be a problem.  I spoke with the finance person, said not to worry they have grants, charity care and will discount the bill.  But still, to not have done this 6/1 when I knew I needed to and it's almost Sept?  That is so unlike me, I am always on top of my stuff, my family's stuff, my patients' stuff.  If I can't fix this, it will be the biggest financial disaster ever for me and I take money pretty seriously.  Definitely the thing in my brain is screwing with my decision making.

I deserve more than a face punch, add in a body slam
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Sloeginfizz on August 22, 2015, 11:51:32 AM
New glasses plus exam = $830!

To be fair, it's a complicated expensive lens that has to be done in high index, or it would be too heavy for me to wear. And I'm very gun shy about going to the cheap places like the Walmart optical because every time I've done that, they've messed up my prescription. But it doesn't help that the only frames I feel comfortable in are the titanium Silhouettes or similar.

Also discovered that the vision 'insurance' my company switched to is accepted pretty much no where. It's only a buck a pay period, but apparently wasted money. Luckily I had extra money in flexible spending this year.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 22, 2015, 12:24:25 PM
Don't get me started on glasses. I had a detached retina a while ago that was not totally able to be fixed.  So I have this very high, tons of astigmatism lens. Only one lab can do it and they are somehow affiliated with one optical place.  They do a fantastic job, they are patient because the script is never right the first time, they'll have their optometrist tweak it for free.  And they still give me a 20% employee discount even though I am not working.  I found frames for $200, not BJs cheap but I can't go anywhere else so these were fine.  In the end, with my discount, and them not charging me for exams, the total was $1800.  I thought I was going to throw up. Plus, they cannot do my script anymore with the super thin lenses so they are thick, and my script is too high for no-line bifocals, I have bifocal lines like an 80 yr old! They are so ugly, so expensive but I cannot find another option, I used to do glasses online, script too weird for those places anymore.  And because of my bad eye, I don't see so hot when all is said and done. I get the script is tough, but $1600 for just the lenses, come on, they can't be THAT hard. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bacchi on August 22, 2015, 10:04:02 PM
$1k of the gutters is the leafguard.  I have about ten feet of run that is so high my ladder won't reach - and I have a thing about heights and getting on the roof, so I just don't clean those.  Once I decided to get the leafguard there, it seemed easiest to just get the whole thing.  This is where spending gets out of control - when you start going "Well considering how much I'm ALREADY spending, what the heck?" 

Wha?!? You can buy the leaf guards and DIY for much cheaper.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on August 26, 2015, 07:45:40 PM
@Basenji,

+1 for hair dressing schools. I've been alternating between that and trimming my own hair in between cuts. At the school here, its $16 for a shampoo, cut and blow-dry. There are 2 instructors on the cutting floor at any given time, circulating amongst the clients, checking up on the students. Each student has to describe to the instructor what they plan to do before they even start your cut. I've been very happy with my cuts from there.

In my area the haircutting school costs more than the discount salon (Great Clips/Saturdays/whatever). I like my cut and can't figure out how to do it myself--I did an all-one-length layers-at-the-ends cut in college.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 26, 2015, 08:20:58 PM

ETA just looked up a cosmetology school, I could get a cut for $68 LESS than I'm paying now. X 6/yr = $408 savings / yr. Damn it.

I go to this old neighbor, been doing it for decades, very kind man, when I got divorced, he started doing my hair and the kids for 20 bucks, I tipped 10 because I didn't know what to do, he would never take more than 20. I go to him now, just me, $10.  I had a pixie cut for decades with variations, every once in a while I'd go to an expensive place just to see if they could do any better, his cuts were always nicer. 

My FacePunch?  I pay 5x what I pay to get my hair cut on getting my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel groomed.  I adopted him from my friend's mom who couldn't take care of him any more.  Very cute but long flow-y fur and I did not take into consideration that this kind of dog needs grooming. I've never had a dog like that before so I took him without a second thought.  Great dog, and I still would've taken him but I should've asked about that kind of thing.  The women I worked with said her mom had Buddy groomed every month. It's $56! I have him shaved in the summer to save money and because we have tons of pricker bushes.  So he actually goes 4x a year or so.  My plan was to learn to do it myself, then got sick and the dog still goes.  There have to be cheaper groomers, we go to PetSmart.  They sure are smart to get $56 out of my cheap hands!  I'm gonna ask the vet if he is in a warm house all day, can he just get shaved down all year so I have more time between grooming.  A customer in PetSmart had the same kind of dog, I was walking out with Buddy shaved.  She lit into me how you never alter a King Charles' style, it's disrespectful to the breed and if I can't be bothered to groom him correctly, I don't deserve him. 

I accept my FacePunch but I think it should be more of a slight slap because I did not Face Punch the bitch who told me I don't deserve my dog!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on August 27, 2015, 07:37:49 AM
A customer in PetSmart had the same kind of dog, I was walking out with Buddy shaved.  She lit into me how you never alter a King Charles' style, it's disrespectful to the breed and if I can't be bothered to groom him correctly, I don't deserve him. 

I accept my FacePunch but I think it should be more of a slight slap because I did not Face Punch the bitch who told me I don't deserve my dog!

It's disrespectful to the breed...? They're dogs. They don't care. *scratches head*.

I'm not a dog person, but I would assume that as long as the dog is comfortable and healthy, it doesn't really matter what you do with its haircut.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 27, 2015, 08:37:26 AM
I accidentally bought a $3 e-book during my august August. The irony? The book is Sam Lustgarten's Frugaling: save more, live well, give generously.

Amazon said it was free with amazon unlimited. I clicked on the unlimited link and it said "kindle + prime = free books with AmazonUnlimited" so I went back and bought the qualifying book.... turns out I needed to *register* for unlimited, and it's one free month and then $9.99/month thereafter. Sigh.

DH laughed quite hard when I told him.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 27, 2015, 08:40:41 AM
Merrie, FLA, and company,
So...thought about the hair thing. Great advice. I was reading the Tightwad Gazette (my stress read, I read all three books for the 8,000th time when I'm thrift problem solving, probably a borderline Aspergers thing, but anyhoo...), she has one bit about saving money is a combo of "use it less, make it last longer, and find it for less money." Leaving aside my feelings about my lovely expensive hairdresser, I think I'm going to grow out my hair a bit (space haircuts significantly more apart), try the hairdressing school, and maybe pop in to my gal only once or twice per year. Then as it grows longer experiment with home trims, or at least just the bangs. We'll see...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 27, 2015, 09:30:57 AM
The irony was the one thing I got free at the fair was the nastiest thing I had eaten in a while.  How are boiled peanuts supposed to taste and do they have a waiting period?  They tasted like a combo of boiled liver and bitterness to me.

Ontopic response: I used my Chipotle coupon for lunch yesterday bringing my $10.50 bill down to $2.50.  I got the coupon by visiting Shophouse earlier on a cemetery run.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on August 27, 2015, 09:38:53 AM
I ate lunch out because I didn't eat breakfast at home so I ate my packed lunch for breakfast instead. On the other hand, that's the first food out in... well over a month. It was also an amazingly delicious burger for $6 (like 1/2lb sized) from a food truck right in front of my office.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on August 27, 2015, 10:49:15 AM
Just bought and moved into a new house. We replaced the electric range on our old house less than a year ago. Guess what? Our new house has the exact range we just replaced in our old house. So, did we swap the ranges like we did for the washer/dryer? Nope. Went out and bought another new range for the new house, to the tune of 3x what we paid for the new range in the old house. That being said, I love cooking, and the new range had double ovens, which will come in handy for Thanksgiving that we host yearly.

Accepting any and all facepunches.

*Edited to clarify. The new range is for the new house.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 27, 2015, 11:36:34 AM
Just bought and moved into a new house. We replaced the electric range on our old house less than a year ago. Guess what? Our new house has the exact range we just replaced in our old house. So, did we swap the ranges like we did for the washer/dryer? Nope. Went out and bought another new range for the old house, to the tune of 3x what we paid for the new range in the old house. That being said, I love cooking, and the new range had double ovens, which will come in handy for Thanksgiving that we host yearly.

Accepting any and all facepunches.

3 x the cost of the other new range? 2 ovens for one big entertainment event a year? Buying a new house must have opened up the spending doors in your head. Time to close those doors -- quickly.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on August 27, 2015, 11:54:24 AM
Took a son to McDonald's on a lunch date 1/2 an hour before he got his braces on :-/ I've been really good about staying out of fast food drive thru's but this seemed special, somehow. I know, justifying...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 27, 2015, 12:07:37 PM
Took a son to McDonald's on a lunch date 1/2 an hour before he got his braces on :-/ I've been really good about staying out of fast food drive thru's but this seemed special, somehow. I know, justifying...

this sounds fine to me, it was a special treat and I'd imagine it didn't break the bank
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Basenji on August 27, 2015, 12:08:58 PM
Took a son to McDonald's on a lunch date 1/2 an hour before he got his braces on :-/ I've been really good about staying out of fast food drive thru's but this seemed special, somehow. I know, justifying...
Double punch for feeding your kid fast food (wink). Actually the thing I really missed with braces was corn on the cob. I still remember being around 14 and eating it, for the first time in a few years, the day AFTER I got my braces off.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on August 27, 2015, 12:13:42 PM
Double punch for feeding your kid fast food (wink).

Double punch received -- bad mom of the day award! hahah! But my heart was in the right place, I think :-/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MissStache on August 27, 2015, 12:25:19 PM
The irony was the one thing I got free at the fair was the nastiest thing I had eaten in a while.  How are boiled peanuts supposed to taste and do they have a waiting period?  They tasted like a combo of boiled liver and bitterness to me.

Ontopic response: I used my Chipotle coupon for lunch yesterday bringing my $10.50 bill down to $2.50.  I got the coupon by visiting Shophouse earlier on a cemetery run.

1.  Boiled peanuts kinda taste like salty boiled potatoes, but denser.

2.  +1 to shophouse, my current favorite place to eat

3.  WTF is a cemetery run??? I make grocery runs and post office runs...need explanation!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on August 27, 2015, 01:07:48 PM
Just bought and moved into a new house. We replaced the electric range on our old house less than a year ago. Guess what? Our new house has the exact range we just replaced in our old house. So, did we swap the ranges like we did for the washer/dryer? Nope. Went out and bought another new range for the old house, to the tune of 3x what we paid for the new range in the old house. That being said, I love cooking, and the new range had double ovens, which will come in handy for Thanksgiving that we host yearly.

Accepting any and all facepunches.

3 x the cost of the other new range? 2 ovens for one big entertainment event a year? Buying a new house must have opened up the spending doors in your head. Time to close those doors -- quickly.

Agreed. I've been exercising my MMM muscles lately, but the house seems to have given me amnesia. Although I did tell DH that now that most of our windows have some sort of covering (none, and I mean NONE of the 18 windows on our house had any kind of window covering), we can hold off on purchasing ridiculously expensive blinds. The cheapo $10 paper blinds are going to have to serve us for awhile.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 27, 2015, 01:17:48 PM
My mom has been meaning to visit the gravesites of loved ones but owing to wrapping up my grandmother's affairs plus her own life she has been unable to do so.  I decided to trek to each cemetery in her place.   I have tracked certain relatives to their resting places via Findagrave the Washington Post and Ancestry.  I can reach some of the cemeteries via Metro and put some flowers on their graves and take a picture with my phone to document I was there.  I am purchasing artificial flowers just in case I can't get to a site right away.   
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: irishbear99 on August 27, 2015, 01:29:30 PM
I'm on a special assignment for work and get a flat rate per diem to spend on food / incidentals. I'm always careful about food spending during travel so I can bank as much of the per diem as possible. (Plus why should I spend more on food than normal just because I'm traveling?) Took a break yesterday with a coworker who wanted to go to Starbucks. I went just to get out of the office and ended up spending $7.02 on a frufru coffee and chocolate covered almonds...totally not needed.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MissStache on August 27, 2015, 01:34:41 PM
My mom has been meaning to visit the gravesites of loved ones but owing to wrapping up my grandmother's affairs plus her own life she has been unable to do so.  I decided to trek to each cemetery in her place.   I have tracked certain relatives to their resting places via Findagrave the Washington Post and Ancestry.  I can reach some of the cemeteries via Metro and put some flowers on their graves and take a picture with my phone to document I was there.  I am purchasing artificial flowers just in case I can't get to a site right away.

Wow!  How lovely of you to do that for your mother!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 27, 2015, 02:42:21 PM
Just bought and moved into a new house. We replaced the electric range on our old house less than a year ago. Guess what? Our new house has the exact range we just replaced in our old house. So, did we swap the ranges like we did for the washer/dryer? Nope. Went out and bought another new range for the old house, to the tune of 3x what we paid for the new range in the old house. That being said, I love cooking, and the new range had double ovens, which will come in handy for Thanksgiving that we host yearly.

Accepting any and all facepunches.

3 x the cost of the other new range? 2 ovens for one big entertainment event a year? Buying a new house must have opened up the spending doors in your head. Time to close those doors -- quickly.

Agreed. I've been exercising my MMM muscles lately, but the house seems to have given me amnesia. Although I did tell DH that now that most of our windows have some sort of covering (none, and I mean NONE of the 18 windows on our house had any kind of window covering), we can hold off on purchasing ridiculously expensive blinds. The cheapo $10 paper blinds are going to have to serve us for awhile.

That's some restraint. Just keep taking deep breaths! ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 27, 2015, 09:42:07 PM
I decided to go all-out over-the-top for my dad's birthday this year, and make some uber-fancy chocolate truffles. Best of the best. Valrhona Manjari (which costs 80% more here in NYC than the last time I bought it in Massachusetts, holy crap!), Hennessy cognac, fancy organic cream, my homemade vanilla extract. Total cost of ingredients was close to $40 for about a pound of truffles, the same as the really fancy Belgian ones in a shop... crazy, right? But my dad is turning 70 and it's a big deal, so full speed ahead.

So I was making them tonight and the fucking ganache separated. I'm trying to save it but... I might have just wasted all that money and all that effort (I went to three different stores just to source the right chocolate!) and I could just about cry and punch myself in the face at the same time :-(

ETA: I just realized I'm taking this way harder than losing $10k+ in the stock market in the past 10 days. LOL?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wenchsenior on August 28, 2015, 07:38:38 AM
I decided to go all-out over-the-top for my dad's birthday this year, and make some uber-fancy chocolate truffles. Best of the best. Valrhona Manjari (which costs 80% more here in NYC than the last time I bought it in Massachusetts, holy crap!), Hennessy cognac, fancy organic cream, my homemade vanilla extract. Total cost of ingredients was close to $40 for about a pound of truffles, the same as the really fancy Belgian ones in a shop... crazy, right? But my dad is turning 70 and it's a big deal, so full speed ahead.

So I was making them tonight and the fucking ganache separated. I'm trying to save it but... I might have just wasted all that money and all that effort (I went to three different stores just to source the right chocolate!) and I could just about cry and punch myself in the face at the same time :-(

ETA: I just realized I'm taking this way harder than losing $10k+ in the stock market in the past 10 days. LOL?

I think this falls under my category of 'major bummer' rather than facepunch. :pats your shoulder:
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on August 28, 2015, 07:47:06 AM
Yesterday I bought a lip balm I've wanted for a while, even if I knew I already had a couple brand new lip balms at home. When I went to put it in the fridge, I realized I had 8 of them, 5 of which still unopened... but hey, none of them had pomegranate oil!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bumbling Bee on August 28, 2015, 08:06:50 AM
I spent $30 on balloons. 

yup.

I budget $800 a month.  I spent $30 on balloons.

I've been mentoring this girl for a while.  She's 19.  At community college.  Sweet and bright and so full of potential.  Her family and life is a complete cluster fuck.  Then she got pregnant.  The baby daddy isn't great... but he's ok.  They got married.  On a weekday.  She'd planned to have the wedding at the park, but it was storming, so switched to the community center.  I went early to help decorate.  She had made and gathered charming decor.  Jelly jars with candles and paper mache thingies for center pieces.  Eight months pregnant. She made all of the food.  Baked her own cake.  She had planned to use the landscape at the park for the focal point of the ceremony, but it was stuck inside a dingy community center.  So I went to the grocery and bought $30 flipping dollars worth of balloons.  Scrounged some props from around the center and made "something pretty" for them to stand next to.  Then I spent another $30 on meat and cheese that I cubed up and added to her potluck style feast.

Were it not for the awfulness of her family and situation the wedding was completely badass and perfectly beautiful in it's simplicity.

$30 futile dollars.  Disposable helium balloons that will exist forever in a landfill.

I keep telling myself that if she maintains the tenacity and motivation she showed in making her entire wedding (and we continue to support her) then she has a chance of breaking her families cycle of poverty and addiction. 

On the bright side I did make the baby gift and wedding gift and cards completely out of things I had and they are things that are fun and pretty and  will actually be useful to her.

I don't regret spending the money on her.  I offered.  She didn't ask.  It just sounds so ridiculous. $30 spent on balloons.  hah!

I guess I should be face-punched (again) too, because this is just lovely and kind in my book.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on August 28, 2015, 08:25:23 AM
I spent $30 on balloons. 

yup.

I budget $800 a month.  I spent $30 on balloons.

I've been mentoring this girl for a while.  She's 19.  At community college.  Sweet and bright and so full of potential.  Her family and life is a complete cluster fuck.  Then she got pregnant.  The baby daddy isn't great... but he's ok.  They got married.  On a weekday.  She'd planned to have the wedding at the park, but it was storming, so switched to the community center.  I went early to help decorate.  She had made and gathered charming decor.  Jelly jars with candles and paper mache thingies for center pieces.  Eight months pregnant. She made all of the food.  Baked her own cake.  She had planned to use the landscape at the park for the focal point of the ceremony, but it was stuck inside a dingy community center.  So I went to the grocery and bought $30 flipping dollars worth of balloons.  Scrounged some props from around the center and made "something pretty" for them to stand next to.  Then I spent another $30 on meat and cheese that I cubed up and added to her potluck style feast.

Were it not for the awfulness of her family and situation the wedding was completely badass and perfectly beautiful in it's simplicity.

$30 futile dollars.  Disposable helium balloons that will exist forever in a landfill.

I keep telling myself that if she maintains the tenacity and motivation she showed in making her entire wedding (and we continue to support her) then she has a chance of breaking her families cycle of poverty and addiction. 

On the bright side I did make the baby gift and wedding gift and cards completely out of things I had and they are things that are fun and pretty and  will actually be useful to her.

I don't regret spending the money on her.  I offered.  She didn't ask.  It just sounds so ridiculous. $30 spent on balloons.  hah!

I guess I should be face-punched (again) too, because this is just lovely and kind in my book.

Indeed, of all ways you could have wasted those 30$, this seems one of the kindest :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on August 28, 2015, 08:35:37 AM
Just bought and moved into a new house. We replaced the electric range on our old house less than a year ago. Guess what? Our new house has the exact range we just replaced in our old house. So, did we swap the ranges like we did for the washer/dryer? Nope. Went out and bought another new range for the old house, to the tune of 3x what we paid for the new range in the old house. That being said, I love cooking, and the new range had double ovens, which will come in handy for Thanksgiving that we host yearly.

Accepting any and all facepunches.

3 x the cost of the other new range? 2 ovens for one big entertainment event a year? Buying a new house must have opened up the spending doors in your head. Time to close those doors -- quickly.

Or start doing a lot more baking. I have gotten into the habit of doing 2 or 3 things each time I bake. If I had more time/bigger kids (both to help mix them, and to help eat them), I could use 2 ovens if I had them.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bumbling Bee on August 28, 2015, 08:41:46 AM
I accept my FacePunch but I think it should be more of a slight slap because I did not Face Punch the bitch who told me I don't deserve my dog!

Please tell me that you slapped her across the face with your glove and challenged her to a duel at dawn.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DCKatie09 on August 28, 2015, 10:59:52 AM
Thought there would be free food at work today (it's the last day of Orientation at the school I work at), so I didn't pack a lunch. There was not.

Silver lining - I've been here long enough to figure out the cheapest possible lunch options from the cafeteria (today's: grilled cheese sandwich, ask them nicely to add grilled mushrooms and onions to it, fries on the side, all for $3. About $3 less than any of the burger/sandwich choices).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Andrew928 on August 28, 2015, 06:00:10 PM
Spent  $500 last night.

Girlfriend surprised me at my place all dressed up when I got home from work and said that she made reservations at 3 places and I was already suited up from work so we went to the spectrum in Irvine, Dinner was $120 with tip. Since we were being spontaneous last night I said hey lets go to Laguna and get a hotel on the water...$350. And then from there we hit a couple bars and spent about $100 on drinks.

Not Mustachian but no regrets at all, had a great time with her.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on August 28, 2015, 06:17:54 PM
This is my work fail.  I travel a lot for work. Think steel toe and holiday inn express in a small city way outside of major centres.  Usually.

Client changed meeting location to 7 am downtown sanfrancisco with one day notice.  Cancelled hotel in Antioch.

I end up at $310 per night hotel downtownx 2 nights. The bill is over $800 cents for two nights.


Cancled car, took Bart to airport. Ate dinner in ( salad from Starbucks).. The room was THAT nice I did not want to leave.

So, arriving at airport, I discovered I made the return flight for wrong day, so missed it. Yikes. New last minute seat...$800. (1000 cdn)

Oops!

At least it is not my money.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wenchsenior on August 28, 2015, 07:10:34 PM
This is my work fail.  I travel a lot for work. Think steel toe and holiday inn express in a small city way outside of major centres.  Usually.

Client changed meeting location to 7 am downtown sanfrancisco with one day notice.  Cancelled hotel in Antioch.

I end up at $310 per night hotel downtownx 2 nights. The bill is over $800 cents for two nights.


Cancled car, took Bart to airport. Ate dinner in ( salad from Starbucks).. The room was THAT nice I did not want to leave.

So, arriving at airport, I discovered I made the return flight for wrong day, so missed it. Yikes. New last minute seat...$800. (1000 cdn)

Oops!

At least it is not my money.

Heh. See my post above for similar recent self-punch. Unfortunately, it was our money.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 28, 2015, 08:05:52 PM
Spent  $500 last night.

Girlfriend surprised me at my place all dressed up when I got home from work and said that she made reservations at 3 places and I was already suited up from work so we went to the spectrum in Irvine, Dinner was $120 with tip. Since we were being spontaneous last night I said hey lets go to Laguna and get a hotel on the water...$350. And then from there we hit a couple bars and spent about $100 on drinks.

Not Mustachian but no regrets at all, had a great time with her.

....you spent $500 in one night on a DATE and you have no regrets?

Want a catheter with your bedpan? ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Andrew928 on August 28, 2015, 08:51:27 PM

....you spent $500 in one night on a DATE and you have no regrets?

Want a catheter with your bedpan? ;)

Hahahaha yeahhhhh, I'm pretty in love with this woman and it got the best of me financially last night.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: SingleMomDebt on August 29, 2015, 01:10:29 AM
Not to mention hanging in Laguna is gorgeous. Listening to the waves at night. Ya, i can see how that happened. :-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on August 29, 2015, 09:42:40 AM
Not to mention hanging in Laguna is gorgeous. Listening to the waves at night. Ya, i can see how that happened. :-)

Exactly my reaction! (We're no help at all.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 29, 2015, 10:45:44 PM
think I'm going to grow out my hair a bit (space haircuts significantly more apart), try the hairdressing school, and maybe pop in to my gal only once or twice per year. Then as it grows longer experiment with home trims, or at least just the bangs. We'll see...

sounds like a good plan.  I am doing the growing out thing because I could not stand certain people constantly telling me my hair is too short.  This is the furthest I've gone since 1994- it just about hits my cheeks. Good luck!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 29, 2015, 11:21:06 PM
I decided to go all-out over-the-top for my dad's birthday this year, and make some uber-fancy chocolate truffles. Best of the best. Valrhona Manjari (which costs 80% more here in NYC than the last time I bought it in Massachusetts, holy crap!), Hennessy cognac, fancy organic cream, my homemade vanilla extract. Total cost of ingredients was close to $40 for about a pound of truffles, the same as the really fancy Belgian ones in a shop... crazy, right? But my dad is turning 70 and it's a big deal, so full speed ahead.

So I was making them tonight and the fucking ganache separated. I'm trying to save it but... I might have just wasted all that money and all that effort (I went to three different stores just to source the right chocolate!) and I could just about cry and punch myself in the face at the same time :-(

ETA: I just realized I'm taking this way harder than losing $10k+ in the stock market in the past 10 days. LOL?

I think this falls under my category of 'major bummer' rather than facepunch. :pats your shoulder:

Thanks for that! I ended up saving the truffles with a lot of work and an altered recipe. Tried three or four methods and finally whipping it with a little milk and then chilling it quickly got it smooth again. So they're whipped truffles, which is a little odd, and they were too soft and way too much cocoa powder stuck to them, so I chilled them really hard and shook them in a sieve to get most of it off. And after that they were pretty good and everyone seemed to like them! *whew*
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Andrew928 on August 30, 2015, 12:05:29 AM
You guys haven't faced punched me very hard :P
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: AllieVaulter on August 30, 2015, 12:08:03 AM
I decided to go all-out over-the-top for my dad's birthday this year, and make some uber-fancy chocolate truffles. Best of the best. Valrhona Manjari (which costs 80% more here in NYC than the last time I bought it in Massachusetts, holy crap!), Hennessy cognac, fancy organic cream, my homemade vanilla extract. Total cost of ingredients was close to $40 for about a pound of truffles, the same as the really fancy Belgian ones in a shop... crazy, right? But my dad is turning 70 and it's a big deal, so full speed ahead.

So I was making them tonight and the fucking ganache separated. I'm trying to save it but... I might have just wasted all that money and all that effort (I went to three different stores just to source the right chocolate!) and I could just about cry and punch myself in the face at the same time :-(

ETA: I just realized I'm taking this way harder than losing $10k+ in the stock market in the past 10 days. LOL?

I think this falls under my category of 'major bummer' rather than facepunch. :pats your shoulder:

Thanks for that! I ended up saving the truffles with a lot of work and an altered recipe. Tried three or four methods and finally whipping it with a little milk and then chilling it quickly got it smooth again. So they're whipped truffles, which is a little odd, and they were too soft and way too much cocoa powder stuck to them, so I chilled them really hard and shook them in a sieve to get most of it off. And after that they were pretty good and everyone seemed to like them! *whew*

I'm glad you managed to save them! 

I love cooking and baking, but man, it can be frustrating!  The first time I tried canning I ended up calling my mom in tears because the pressure cooker wouldn't get up to pressure.  It cracks me up now, but at the time it felt like my world was crumbling.  :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 30, 2015, 12:34:45 AM
Not a financial facepunch - a failure of badassity.

Came home Friday and DW was mowing the lawn, because I didn't get to it when I said I would. Time for seppuku.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 30, 2015, 01:00:52 AM
I love cooking and baking, but man, it can be frustrating!
Yeah, for real! The day(s) I was making the truffles I was having one of those clumsy days where it seems like everything I touch ends up tipping over, spilling, falling into something else, etc. (I have a nerve problem in my hands so it isn't a joke about bad clumsiness days - some days are worse than others.) This is a bad combination when making something inherently fiddly and messy and delicate like chocolates. I had to take multiple breaks to let myself calm down from the frustration of everything or else I would have ended up throwing the ganache across the room.

On topic: took a taxi today. I could just picture myself dropping everything down the subway stairs or falling over my suitcase or something on the way to the train station. Couldn't deal.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mrcheese on August 30, 2015, 09:48:32 PM
I had to move at short notice three weeks ago.  I did not turn off the gas hot water unit, or call to disconnect my accout with the gas supplier.
So I just got a bill for usage up to 26th August. Turns out that hot water system costs an average of $1.32  per day just to sit there.
If I can provide proof that I moved when I did, the gas company will remove those extra weeks of charges, but problem is, I moved out of one place that I only ever had a verbal agreement for, into a share house with only a verbal agreement.
But my rent dropped by $40 a week and now includes utilities again so its not entirely bad?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 30, 2015, 10:55:41 PM

....you spent $500 in one night on a DATE and you have no regrets?

Want a catheter with your bedpan? ;)

Hahahaha yeahhhhh, I'm pretty in love with this woman and it got the best of me financially last night.

a one time thing like that wouldn't prompt a face punch from me if you are in good financial standing.  If not, and it's on a credit card bill next cycle and you can't pay it, then yeah, I'd vote for face punch, 2 of them if you have other debts. 

And I'd look for a vibe that she expects dates like this.  If she can't enjoy a picnic in the park, nice wine, a meal you made, so it's an inexpensive date that can be very romantic, if she cannot stand these dates, you've got a problem.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Andrew928 on August 30, 2015, 10:59:56 PM
Just got paid and credit card balance is $0 ;)

She is pretty awesome and would be just as happy if I took her to a taco truck in Santa Ana
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on August 30, 2015, 11:03:34 PM
Just got paid and credit card balance is $0 ;)

She is pretty awesome and would be just as happy if I took her to a taco truck in Santa Ana


then go for it, she passes!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: infogoon on August 31, 2015, 07:54:14 AM
Took my sons to a baseball game on Saturday night -- the tickets were free, I found a free parking spot, and our total bill for concessions was $3 (I had a $5 off coupon). Then I spent $70 in the gift shop on ball caps for everyone and a couple of foam fingers. An uncharacteristic splurge.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on August 31, 2015, 08:01:30 AM

If I can provide proof that I moved when I did, the gas company will remove those extra weeks of charges, but problem is, I moved out of one place that I only ever had a verbal agreement for, into a share house with only a verbal agreement.

I would think that you could get your previous landlord/friend/whoever to write up a version of your verbal agreement and that might be good enough. "I certify that I rented to X for X period of time and they moved out on day Y."
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 31, 2015, 08:22:42 AM
Buying a new house must have opened up the spending doors in your head. Time to close those doors -- quickly.
Agreed. I've been exercising my MMM muscles lately, but the house seems to have given me amnesia.
It's just the normal nesting instinct. Pace yourself and all shall be well. The less you fall victim to the imaginary urgency of your new place, the more you'll find free/cheap alternatives to what presently appear to be a host of large and unavoidable purchases.
I had a lot of that going on when I moved last fall... DW helped me slow my roll and not blow thousands to get from "almost" to "perfect".
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 31, 2015, 08:28:59 AM
Just got paid and credit card balance is $0 ;)

She is pretty awesome and would be just as happy if I took her to a taco truck in Santa Ana

In that case, I can't facepunch too bad. DH and I went on a couple stupidly expensive dates when we were first together (not $500 expensive, but Oregon expensive, haha). As long as you both know that it's part of the "whirlwind romance" stage and not an expectation for the future, it's probably fine.

A good partner on the same page is the best asset to financial success, IMO. You're investing in this lasting happiness and building a life. That's what money is for!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on August 31, 2015, 08:48:41 AM
It's just the normal nesting instinct. Pace yourself and all shall be well. The less you fall victim to the imaginary urgency of your new place, the more you'll find free/cheap alternatives to what presently appear to be a host of large and unavoidable purchases.
I had a lot of that going on when I moved last fall... DW helped me slow my roll and not blow thousands to get from "almost" to "perfect".

Good thinking. Fortunately, the entire house is livable. The stove was definitely a consumer sucka purchase. The necessary purchase was for something to cover the windows. Especially in the bathrooms and bedrooms, lest we give our new neighbors a daily strip show.

Although, it's amazing how many of our friends are all "ooh, you should remodel your kitchen! it will be gorgeous with some solid surface counter tops and, and, etc." I simply respond with, "Nope. It works. I'd rather retire sooner." :-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on August 31, 2015, 09:34:13 AM
In that case, I can't facepunch too bad. DH and I went on a couple stupidly expensive dates when we were first together (not $500 expensive, but Oregon expensive, haha). As long as you both know that it's part of the "whirlwind romance" stage and not an expectation for the future, it's probably fine.

A good partner on the same page is the best asset to financial success, IMO. You're investing in this lasting happiness and building a life. That's what money is for!
My first date with DW was an opulent lunch... at a restaurant managed by my cousin! He comped us at least a $50 lunch, so we threw down some outrageous tip and called it good.

We did both fly long distances to have that date, but when you live on different continents you can only be so Mustachian about things... thank yegads I managed to import that one.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 31, 2015, 09:36:11 AM
FacePunches willingly accepted! I just realized I've been using Mint wrong, and so I haven't been seeing the correct totals for our spending. We're spending like $800 more than I thought.

What gets measured gets managed- unless you have no ability to do mental math and don't notice for EIGHT MONTHS that you're tracking your finances incompletely.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 31, 2015, 10:37:53 AM
FacePunches willingly accepted! I just realized I've been using Mint wrong, and so I haven't been seeing the correct totals for our spending. We're spending like $800 more than I thought.
Yikes! I remember something similar when I was first using it. Something about if you didn't make an "everything else" category, everything that didn't fit into your existing categories got ignored. It's a really disappointing moment when you realize that, isn't it?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 31, 2015, 11:29:05 AM
FacePunches willingly accepted! I just realized I've been using Mint wrong, and so I haven't been seeing the correct totals for our spending. We're spending like $800 more than I thought.
Yikes! I remember something similar when I was first using it. Something about if you didn't make an "everything else" category, everything that didn't fit into your existing categories got ignored. It's a really disappointing moment when you realize that, isn't it?

Yes exactly!!!!! At least I'm not the only one who has made that mistake, but gosh dang! Frustrating. It feels like just when I'm making progress, it turns out there is something I missed.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: PMG on September 01, 2015, 08:41:34 AM
Spent  $500 last night.

Girlfriend surprised me at my place all dressed up when I got home from work and said that she made reservations at 3 places and I was already suited up from work so we went to the spectrum in Irvine, Dinner was $120 with tip. Since we were being spontaneous last night I said hey lets go to Laguna and get a hotel on the water...$350. And then from there we hit a couple bars and spent about $100 on drinks.

Not Mustachian but no regrets at all, had a great time with her.

I spent $500 on a week on the California coast. 

(Understand varying circumstances for both of us.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on September 02, 2015, 09:19:40 PM
Same book on amazon costs $15.

My budget for September is super extra tight after a spendy August so not in a happy place right now.

this happened to me once with an interlibrary loan book that I had put in my book bag and never got around to reading. So I did not so much as touch it. It was a paperback and people had folded over corners, that was all that I or the librarian could guess that was what the other library was complaining about. She told me if I tried to fight it, some libraries say fine, but no more interlibrary loans from us. So I said I would pay it if allowed to order it myself from Amazon since it wasn't a hardcover book. They let me do that.  They wanted $25 and the book cost $8.  Maybe you can try that angle. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on September 15, 2015, 06:19:34 PM
Haven't spent any money yet, but I scrolled through the Facebook page of a work acquaintance of my husband, and immediately fell into a spiral of inferiority over the incredibly important subject of ... interior decorating.

Spent an evening mentally trying to justify a new bed, cushions, art, before I woke up to myself.

This guy's house has been photographed for magazines. He and his partner are both in design-related fields. This is their thing. And that's fine. It doesn't have to be my thing. It's clearly not my thing, just a fleeting fancy.

But I'm unimpressed at how easily I was tempted. Time to punch on.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on September 15, 2015, 07:59:04 PM
Haven't spent any money yet, but I scrolled through the Facebook page of a work acquaintance of my husband, and immediately fell into a spiral of inferiority over the incredibly important subject of ... interior decorating.

Spent an evening mentally trying to justify a new bed, cushions, art, before I woke up to myself.

This guy's house has been photographed for magazines. He and his partner are both in design-related fields. This is their thing. And that's fine. It doesn't have to be my thing. It's clearly not my thing, just a fleeting fancy.

But I'm unimpressed at how easily I was tempted. Time to punch on.

It gave you a chance to flex your badassity muscles, and flex you did! Petty desires, be gone! =)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wenchsenior on September 15, 2015, 08:56:07 PM
Haven't spent any money yet, but I scrolled through the Facebook page of a work acquaintance of my husband, and immediately fell into a spiral of inferiority over the incredibly important subject of ... interior decorating.

Spent an evening mentally trying to justify a new bed, cushions, art, before I woke up to myself.

This guy's house has been photographed for magazines. He and his partner are both in design-related fields. This is their thing. And that's fine. It doesn't have to be my thing. It's clearly not my thing, just a fleeting fancy.

But I'm unimpressed at how easily I was tempted. Time to punch on.

It gave you a chance to flex your badassity muscles, and flex you did! Petty desires, be gone! =)

No facepunch until you actually BUY color-coordinating pillows and throw. Ok, facepunch if you buy new furniture. (I say this because my coordinating pillows are unravelling at the seams and my coordinating throw blanket keeps getting covered in cat puke). I too am subject to bouts of 'need new decorative materials' but it's only been about 3.5 years since I bought them, and I can wash them and mend them. Stupid cats and their love for my snazzy blanket. Stupid heads that constantly smoosh the throw pillows out of shape and strain the seams.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on September 15, 2015, 10:57:00 PM
Haven't spent any money yet, but I scrolled through the Facebook page of a work acquaintance of my husband, and immediately fell into a spiral of inferiority over the incredibly important subject of ... interior decorating.

Spent an evening mentally trying to justify a new bed, cushions, art, before I woke up to myself.

This guy's house has been photographed for magazines. He and his partner are both in design-related fields. This is their thing. And that's fine. It doesn't have to be my thing. It's clearly not my thing, just a fleeting fancy.

But I'm unimpressed at how easily I was tempted. Time to punch on.

It gave you a chance to flex your badassity muscles, and flex you did! Petty desires, be gone! =)

No facepunch until you actually BUY color-coordinating pillows and throw. Ok, facepunch if you buy new furniture. (I say this because my coordinating pillows are unravelling at the seams and my coordinating throw blanket keeps getting covered in cat puke). I too am subject to bouts of 'need new decorative materials' but it's only been about 3.5 years since I bought them, and I can wash them and mend them. Stupid cats and their love for my snazzy blanket. Stupid heads that constantly smoosh the throw pillows out of shape and strain the seams.

Everything is already co-ordinated, I've just been creative with it. :) Cushion covers are from eBay, cushion inserts were discards from my parents' house, cushions on our bed were from a garage sale - washed thoroughly!, throw rugs were a birthday present, and 90 per cent of our furniture and white goods were second-hand one way or another.

And I'm proud of that. Whenever anyone compliments my furniture I am quick to tell them it was second-hand from eBay or a family freebie.

So the Ghost of Chevron Past can go jump.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on September 16, 2015, 11:05:02 AM
Logged into my library account to put a book on hold and saw a $25 fine for damage to a book I returned on Saturday...Same book on amazon costs $15.
They wanted $25 and the book cost $8.  Maybe you can try that angle. 

Library volunteer here. Typically, libraries pay far more for their books than Amazon prices. Layers of bureaucracy, arcane methods of procurement, special bindings, lots of other BS reasons. The other thing that isn't so BS, IMHO, is preparation and processing costs. They have to pay people to print labels, affix them to the books, reinforce spines of PBs with clear tape, remove the old book from the system and enter the replacement, etc. There's a lot that goes on that you don't see, so it has very little to do with what an individual can buy the book for on the internet. Not saying I agree with all of this, especially bullshit union-driven rules, I'm just taking a moment to 'splain.

I would definitely ask to see proof of the "damage". If it is not legit, gently protest and don't be afraid to go up the chain to get results, because most people don't bother. This is especially true if you're a frequent user and have never been charged for damaging a book in the past.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on September 16, 2015, 11:18:53 AM
Guys, I really need a facepunch. I was in NYC for a trip last week (personal reason for the trip, but I did some work things so work is paying for about 80% of my expenses while there) and I went to a specialty shop and spent $500 on bras.
Urgh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mntngoat on September 16, 2015, 11:56:33 AM
Spent  $500 last night.

Girlfriend surprised me at my place all dressed up when I got home from work and said that she made reservations at 3 places and I was already suited up from work so we went to the spectrum in Irvine, Dinner was $120 with tip. Since we were being spontaneous last night I said hey lets go to Laguna and get a hotel on the water...$350. And then from there we hit a couple bars and spent about $100 on drinks.

Not Mustachian but no regrets at all, had a great time with her.

 The Surf is Sand is pretty nice....

ML
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wenchsenior on September 16, 2015, 07:57:57 PM
Guys, I really need a facepunch. I was in NYC for a trip last week (personal reason for the trip, but I did some work things so work is paying for about 80% of my expenses while there) and I went to a specialty shop and spent $500 on bras.
Urgh.

That IS a pretty good one.  :punch:

Although, I admit that after years of spending on (relatively) frugal bras like Warners, I found out that cup size is not, in fact, a fixed thing (a D cup is not inherently larger than a B cup in terms of volume, etc), and most of us women are wearing the wrong size  because of some truly terrible 'sizing' guidelines that are strangely spread via weird osmosis throughout the culture. I was so intrigued by this, that I felt convinced I must go to specialty lingerie shop and not department stores and VS, so I could find someone who knew what they were talking about. Good news: they DID know, and sized me with one quick glance (correct size) over a form fitting shirt without me even trying anything on. And I got some bras that fit really well. Bad news: big cost markup, and of course, now that I understand how to properly size myself, and I'm in a 'just this side of prison camp twig skinny' phase, I can just wear a size that is widely available (just not the incorrect size I wore before).

Now, if I gain noticeable weight at some point (hopefully), I MIGHT have to hit that specialty store again. But I would consider that a triumph and money well spent. As it is, cheap bras can again suffice.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on September 16, 2015, 11:11:12 PM
Guys, I really need a facepunch. I was in NYC for a trip last week (personal reason for the trip, but I did some work things so work is paying for about 80% of my expenses while there) and I went to a specialty shop and spent $500 on bras.
Urgh.

Assuming that you bought bras that fit you well, are well-made, and you will wear regularly, I see no reason for a facepunch here. Foundation garments that meet all these requirements don't come cheap, particularly if you're not a commonly found size.

After years of struggling to find bras that fit at department stores, I went down the "smaller band size, bigger cup size" rabbit hole and eventually settled at a 30E. (It turns out the best bet for figuring out band size if your bras aren't fitting well is to measure your underbust and use a number close to that number, rather than adding five to it as the common formula has you do.) The bras I have in that size were $50 a pop but have withstood more than 5 years of frequent wear. If I assume I wear each bra once a week, that's about 20 cents a wearing. And they still have some life left in them yet.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on September 17, 2015, 07:30:06 AM
Definitely not a common size and since wearing the new bras, I've noticed less back and shoulder pain. I did register my purchases for the price rewind thing on my credit card and now that I know what style and size to look for, I can buy cheaper online. My old ones were last purchased in 2010 and were several sizes off.

Guys, I really need a facepunch. I was in NYC for a trip last week (personal reason for the trip, but I did some work things so work is paying for about 80% of my expenses while there) and I went to a specialty shop and spent $500 on bras.
Urgh.

Assuming that you bought bras that fit you well, are well-made, and you will wear regularly, I see no reason for a facepunch here. Foundation garments that meet all these requirements don't come cheap, particularly if you're not a commonly found size.

After years of struggling to find bras that fit at department stores, I went down the "smaller band size, bigger cup size" rabbit hole and eventually settled at a 30E. (It turns out the best bet for figuring out band size if your bras aren't fitting well is to measure your underbust and use a number close to that number, rather than adding five to it as the common formula has you do.) The bras I have in that size were $50 a pop but have withstood more than 5 years of frequent wear. If I assume I wear each bra once a week, that's about 20 cents a wearing. And they still have some life left in them yet.

Where did you find 30Es at $50?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on September 17, 2015, 07:37:30 AM
Definitely not a common size and since wearing the new bras, I've noticed less back and shoulder pain. I did register my purchases for the price rewind thing on my credit card and now that I know what style and size to look for, I can buy cheaper online. My old ones were last purchased in 2010 and were several sizes off.

Guys, I really need a facepunch. I was in NYC for a trip last week (personal reason for the trip, but I did some work things so work is paying for about 80% of my expenses while there) and I went to a specialty shop and spent $500 on bras.
Urgh.

Assuming that you bought bras that fit you well, are well-made, and you will wear regularly, I see no reason for a facepunch here. Foundation garments that meet all these requirements don't come cheap, particularly if you're not a commonly found size.

After years of struggling to find bras that fit at department stores, I went down the "smaller band size, bigger cup size" rabbit hole and eventually settled at a 30E. (It turns out the best bet for figuring out band size if your bras aren't fitting well is to measure your underbust and use a number close to that number, rather than adding five to it as the common formula has you do.) The bras I have in that size were $50 a pop but have withstood more than 5 years of frequent wear. If I assume I wear each bra once a week, that's about 20 cents a wearing. And they still have some life left in them yet.

Where did you find 30Es at $50?

Not OP, but Curvy Kate often has sales online. Brastop has been a miracle for me. UK, so shipping can be steep, but you can get the bras for like $17, so it makes it worth it. Try on the brand/model in a specialty shop, then order in the future through brastop. (Ex- right now they have a sale of 50% off a lot of Curvy Kate line, and free US shipping for orders over 100 pounds- the currency not the weight. Don't know how to make that symbol).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on September 17, 2015, 07:43:18 AM
I can find a few things at Nordstroms, but I usually buy most of my bras online. I like Figleaves and Breakout Bras. Breakout Bras ships from the US so avoids the overseas shipping hassle. Figleaves ships from the UK but handles returns through a US depot of some sort. I haven't shopped at Bravissimo in a while, I seem to remember the shipping or the return shipping being a pain. But when I was in the UK I did hit up a Bravissimo store. I was pregnant and had ballooned to a 34G and they had my size in at least one regular department store as well... it was pretty awesome.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Making Cookies on September 17, 2015, 02:33:56 PM

Mine came with her Thermal Adaptation chute broken to begin with. I was in Pike Place market with her and she absolutely lost it from the heat. Turned bright red, shook, screamed so much passerby were staring, etc. I ended up stripping her down to her diaper and buying something in a cafe so I had an excuse to sit in the air conditioning with her, where she was totally calm and adorable. She now has her own personal stroller fan so I don't get screamed at while we run errands. Spoiled baby.

That baby might melt here in the south... You ought to vacation down here in the summer. Your baby might never complain about the heat and humidity again. ;) Not bad once you are used to it. You learn to get started early in the summer, siesta, and find shade... ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 17, 2015, 08:36:27 PM
Last night we were both exhausted after a long day at work, so the BF and I egged each other on to go buy takeaway pizza.

At least we spent our $30 at the local, family owned pizza place instead of getting something from a chain store, right? Riiiight?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dorothyc on September 17, 2015, 09:24:28 PM
On our last day of vacation in Seattle we asked for a recommendation of where to get fish and chips and were told "Ivar's".  Not having eaten there before I quickly glanced at the menu and decided to order the 3 piece halibut meal at $17.99 per person for us both. Expecting it to be a decent sized amount, and beer battered. We got three tiny pieces of floured fish, little better than fish sticks in quality on a small cardboard tray of fries. Even ordering the cod would have been better value at $8.99 for 3 pieces. The place to sit was very basic too - a covered awning over metal tables with pigeons walking around.

My wife spotted a hot dog stall after we were leaving and said "Oh, I didn't see that. I would have had a hotdog and lemonade." :( We probably would have saved $25 on lunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on September 17, 2015, 11:01:39 PM
HappieratHome,

Riiiiight!

(wink)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on September 18, 2015, 08:40:58 AM
I took a client for work that's a 30 mile drive each way (I'll probably be going 2-3 times per week). And we all know MMM's "true cost of commuting". We don't get a mileage reimbursement or anything, either.

I did this because I love the particulars of the case, and think it will be a great experience. But not the most financially sound for sure.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on September 20, 2015, 08:07:49 PM
 
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Assuming that you bought bras that fit you well, are well-made, and you will wear regularly, I see no reason for a facepunch here. Foundation garments that meet all these requirements don't come cheap, particularly if you're not a commonly found size.

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Agreed.  If you're not a 34 C it seems, good luck finding your size and even Macy's bra fitters have gone down in experience, if you can find one.  No face punch from me.

We happen to have a tiny store that's been around since the 40's.  That is the kind of place you are truly fitted and they know off the top of their head, which brand and styles would work best for you.  Hit the perfect one that is in some weird size you would've never have figured out on your own.  $75 seems insane but I buy one for all their help even though I know I can find it cheaper online.  I get the model number off the tag before is washes away so I can find more online for a lot less.  But I always go the old lady at the bra shop first when I need bras and let her work her magic.  For online I use Bare Necessities, the bra I wear often is on clearance in odd colors that I don't mind, use a coupon code and done.

Since becoming disabled, I don't want to spend that much at all, I have a few good ones that if carefully cared for should last a while because while they make the girls high and tight and I look thinner, that comes with a price- not comfortable. It took tons of trial and error, found one Vanity Fair one that works, is comfortable and I just got 2 for $38, before of Kohl's 30% off codes and all their other discounts. Works for me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on September 21, 2015, 09:19:04 AM
You've all been very kind. I was hoping that now that I know the brand/correct size, I can find it myself online for cheaper. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any cheaper online. I'm unwilling to buy another brand online because I don't trust it will fit as well without trying on. Looks like I'll be relegated to scouring local stores when these need replacing!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on September 21, 2015, 12:52:16 PM
I usually get my bras from Costco or Macy's.  The Costco ones have proved surprisingly sturdy.  Victoria's Secret not so much...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on September 21, 2015, 01:08:34 PM
You've all been very kind. I was hoping that now that I know the brand/correct size, I can find it myself online for cheaper. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any cheaper online. I'm unwilling to buy another brand online because I don't trust it will fit as well without trying on. Looks like I'll be relegated to scouring local stores when these need replacing!

don't forget if you find it online and it's the same price, if you sign up for their email, you will likely get coupon codes with a percentage off and free ship.  You may have to wait a while but eventually you should be able to get a deal. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on September 21, 2015, 09:03:19 PM
You've all been very kind. I was hoping that now that I know the brand/correct size, I can find it myself online for cheaper. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any cheaper online. I'm unwilling to buy another brand online because I don't trust it will fit as well without trying on. Looks like I'll be relegated to scouring local stores when these need replacing!

Usually if I'm buying a new style of bra online, which is the only place I can find my size, I'll order the same thing in a few different sizes and then return all the ones that don't fit. I think these places really expect you to do this. If you order 3 and return 2, and use a credit card, you'll get the credit before you'd have to pay for the 2 you didn't keep.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on September 22, 2015, 04:47:33 PM
I had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was delicious... but I also bought a pumpkin spice Frappucino.

At least I rode my bike there.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DCKatie09 on September 22, 2015, 05:39:04 PM
I had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was delicious... but I also bought a pumpkin spice Frappucino.

At least I rode my bike there.
They got me the same way! Though I held myself to just a tall coffee in my own mug, at least. :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on September 22, 2015, 05:48:02 PM
I had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was delicious... but I also bought a pumpkin spice Frappucino.

At least I rode my bike there.
They got me the same way! Though I held myself to just a tall coffee in my own mug, at least. :)

Well, I had perfectly good REGULAR coffee at home, so I certainly couldn't justify that, could I? :-)

The funny thing is, if the coupon had REQUIRED a purchase, I would probably have just deleted it. But it didn't. Something about the free, no-strings-attached got me to open my wallet.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on September 23, 2015, 08:45:09 AM
I had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was delicious... but I also bought a pumpkin spice Frappucino.

At least I rode my bike there.
They got me the same way! Though I held myself to just a tall coffee in my own mug, at least. :)

Well, I had perfectly good REGULAR coffee at home, so I certainly couldn't justify that, could I? :-)

The funny thing is, if the coupon had REQUIRED a purchase, I would probably have just deleted it. But it didn't. Something about the free, no-strings-attached got me to open my wallet.

I won't facepunch either of you, because now I'm forewarned!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: PMG on September 24, 2015, 08:15:12 PM
Walked a mile to the county clerks office to renew my cars registration only to realize I left the old copy in the glovebox.  I had the form they mailed me, my insurance and ID but I paid and extra $6 because I didn't have the glovebox form.

I could have gone back another day before it expires next week but life is so flipping busy! 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on September 24, 2015, 10:51:33 PM
I usually get my bras from Costco or Macy's.  The Costco ones have proved surprisingly sturdy.  Victoria's Secret not so much...
I thought I had Costco's ever changing pageantry of consumer goods memorized, but damn! I cannot ever recall seeing bras for sale there. Cami's yes, but not bras. Perhaps it's because when I found a style that fit very well at the Jockey Store, I bought a metric crapton of them and they've really held up well (hee). I haven't needed to turn on the new bra radar for years...

So I'm chiming in to say that Jockey sent me a flyer about a new custom bra program for those hard-to-fit girls. The first bra is a shit-ton of money (IIRC, $100), but subsequent bras are less expensive. If you're a regular size, that sounds facepunch worthy, but those of you whose dimensions are non-standard will know that a perfect fitting bra is worth its weight in gold. I haven't tried one personally, but it might be worth a look if the usual places don't carry your size.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: flan on September 25, 2015, 05:10:25 PM
I had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was delicious... but I also bought a pumpkin spice Frappucino.

At least I rode my bike there.
They got me the same way! Though I held myself to just a tall coffee in my own mug, at least. :)

THEY GOT ME TOO. Before this, I didn't even know where the nearest Starbucks to my house was. Once I got there, though, I ordered a salted caramel mocha before I could stop myself.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on September 30, 2015, 07:59:31 PM
I have used DIY flooring installation (old house), a new house purchase, a two week work trip that started two days after settlement and ended two days before moving day, moving, new house 'must-haves', old-house fixing up, and general life upheaval to stop cooking so much and dining out more. To wit: Our dining out expenditures topped $800 for the month of September. For two adults and two toddlers. Gross.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DCKatie09 on October 04, 2015, 08:56:44 AM
This isn't so much a facepunch request as a general excuse for whining and self-pity - I have to have a root canal tomorrow (expensive!) and I've been sitting around my house basically counting the hours between percocet doses this weekend. I hate tooth pain. Also, our stupid furnace's control board is broken and needs to be replaced - under warranty, but there'll still be labor charges. So it's a stupid, expensive, cold, painful weekend. Waah. Facepunches accepted for whining. We are grateful to be in a situation where these emergencies do not actually disrupt us financially, and I should probably focus more on that (and the impending solutions) than the temporary suckiness.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: cavewoman on October 04, 2015, 09:42:42 AM
How have I missed this thread?

I feel like I need a catholic confession after my dining out spending in September.  I don't know what it was, but I spent almost double my budget, even when I upped it from $50 to $65 because I knew I'd have a work lunch thing.  Then we took a weekend trip to a friends in Santa Cruz, and I ordered something expensive and not so great tasting on the wharf even though I would have been full just from the garlic fries and clam chowder.  And the rest of the month something happened to my will to cook and we had dinner out wayyyy more than usual.  Last weekend I ate taco bell twice in one weekend!! (although my bf paid for one trip) but still, gross.  The only bright side was that I underspent in my grocery and housegood budget (still trying to furnish our house we moved into 4 months ago) and so net it wasn't an overage.  But still.  I need a nice grocery trip, a meal plan, and some motivation this month.  Hail MMM, full of frugality....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: wenchsenior on October 04, 2015, 10:24:56 AM
This isn't so much a facepunch request as a general excuse for whining and self-pity - I have to have a root canal tomorrow (expensive!) and I've been sitting around my house basically counting the hours between percocet doses this weekend. I hate tooth pain. Also, our stupid furnace's control board is broken and needs to be replaced - under warranty, but there'll still be labor charges. So it's a stupid, expensive, cold, painful weekend. Waah. Facepunches accepted for whining. We are grateful to be in a situation where these emergencies do not actually disrupt us financially, and I should probably focus more on that (and the impending solutions) than the temporary suckiness.

I dunno. Nothing involving tooth pain warrants a face punch, ever, IMO.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Joggernot on October 04, 2015, 11:30:01 AM
This isn't so much a facepunch request as a general excuse for whining and self-pity - I have to have a root canal tomorrow (expensive!) and I've been sitting around my house basically counting the hours between percocet doses this weekend. I hate tooth pain. Also, our stupid furnace's control board is broken and needs to be replaced - under warranty, but there'll still be labor charges. So it's a stupid, expensive, cold, painful weekend. Waah. Facepunches accepted for whining. We are grateful to be in a situation where these emergencies do not actually disrupt us financially, and I should probably focus more on that (and the impending solutions) than the temporary suckiness.

I dunno. Nothing involving tooth pain warrants a face punch, ever, IMO.
If it results in "thug dentistry" and removes the specific tooth, it would save some money...:)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 05, 2015, 09:03:55 AM
How have I missed this thread?

I feel like I need a catholic confession after my dining out spending in September.  I don't know what it was, but I spent almost double my budget, even when I upped it from $50 to $65 because I knew I'd have a work lunch thing.  Then we took a weekend trip to a friends in Santa Cruz, and I ordered something expensive and not so great tasting on the wharf even though I would have been full just from the garlic fries and clam chowder.  And the rest of the month something happened to my will to cook and we had dinner out wayyyy more than usual.  Last weekend I ate taco bell twice in one weekend!! (although my bf paid for one trip) but still, gross.  The only bright side was that I underspent in my grocery and housegood budget (still trying to furnish our house we moved into 4 months ago) and so net it wasn't an overage.  But still.  I need a nice grocery trip, a meal plan, and some motivation this month.  Hail MMM, full of frugality....

Go work in the soup kitchen to repent. And by soup kitchen, I mean go to your kitchen and make a huge batch of soup and freeze the leftovers laying flat in individual servings in plastic bags so they thaw quickly. Emergency food backup is a mustachian secret weapon! If you know your cooking desires ebb and flow, plan accordingly with lots and lots of food 'stache.

=D
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 05, 2015, 09:57:18 AM
I ate out 3 times last week since I had nothing at home canned or cooked to take to work with me (squeezing eyes shut and waiting).  But I also took advantage of Food Lion's MVP promotion to get rebates from them and stocked up on food to cook and my usual 3-5 cans.  I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 05, 2015, 11:13:35 AM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: cloudsail on October 05, 2015, 11:18:44 AM
I'm about to spend $6216 on artificial lawn for my backyard...... (hides under the table)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 05, 2015, 11:20:48 AM
I did buy 2 Ed Hardy T Shirts 4 years ago off Ebay that's the last designer thing I have purchased for myself I swear! I can get Coach from really good thrift stores or consignment stores if I felt the need but I truly don't want brand spanking new because I am aware it would be a waste of money. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on October 05, 2015, 11:57:47 AM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 05, 2015, 03:40:32 PM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.

That's like the 'rhythm method' of shopping. It works really well until you have just one break in your self control... and then...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 05, 2015, 06:53:44 PM
Finally found a sunscreen that feels nice on my skin and doesn't make me break out with acne... and it costs $31 for a small bottle.

I ordered two more bottles last night.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 05, 2015, 06:59:08 PM
I'm about to spend $6216 on artificial lawn for my backyard...... (hides under the table)

No, no, no! Don`t do it!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 05, 2015, 07:01:41 PM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.

But if you didn`t go to these sites, you wouldn`t have the itch....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 05, 2015, 07:56:17 PM
I'm about to spend $6216 on artificial lawn for my backyard...... (hides under the table)

No, no, no! Don`t do it!

Some of the newer artificial lawns are actually quite lovely. And I say that as someone who loves her "real" lawn.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 05, 2015, 08:28:27 PM
I'm about to spend $6216 on artificial lawn for my backyard...... (hides under the table)

No, no, no! Don`t do it!

Some of the newer artificial lawns are actually quite lovely. And I say that as someone who loves her "real" lawn.

Sorry, it wasn't the artificial lawn that sparked my comment. $6216 is just too much money, unless cloudsail is planning to charge admission to croquet games held on the turf and can write off the expense.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on October 05, 2015, 08:51:06 PM
Sorry, it wasn't the artificial lawn that sparked my comment. $6216 is just too much money, unless cloudsail is planning to charge admission to croquet games held on the turf and can write off the expense.
Could you just get a small sample and cover the lower part of the living room window ?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 05, 2015, 09:30:55 PM
Sorry, it wasn't the artificial lawn that sparked my comment. $6216 is just too much money, unless cloudsail is planning to charge admission to croquet games held on the turf and can write off the expense.
Could you just get a small sample and cover the lower part of the living room window ?

Oh my. That made me laugh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: cloudsail on October 06, 2015, 08:13:39 AM
My excuses for the artificial lawn....
1) I live in California, where it takes an exorbitant amount of water to keep the lawn alive (not green, just alive)
2) my kids spend a lot of time in the backyard almost every single day
3) It's sooooo clean and pretty....(hides under table again)

Actually the facepunch worthy part of this is not the lawn, which by itself isn't very expensive, it's getting someone else to install it. Unfortunately in my family for this kind of project DIY is just not an option. I put in some patio tiles myself recently and my husband complained the entire time.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on October 06, 2015, 11:03:20 AM
Due to laziness, I didn't go grocery shopping this weekend.  Last night, I went to a "healthy" grocery store and bought some prepared/cook-yourself food for dinner.  $15 for two!  Chicken Florentine and asparagus. 

After dinner, I forced myself to walk to our neighborhood grocery store.  We bought enough food for the rest of the week for ~$15.  For shame!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on October 06, 2015, 11:14:41 AM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.

But if you didn`t go to these sites, you wouldn`t have the itch....

I grew up in a household where shopping, especially for clothing and household goods, was a big part of the bonding. The itch is there and the itch is strong. I like clothes and I like shoes and I like pretty decorative things for my home. Looking online where I know that things might not fit, or the quality isn't what I think it is, or I have to pay for shipping...etc works for me to feel like I'm up to date without spending money. In a store, I have already sunk the time into driving there, finding parking, walking around the store and I can touch and feel and try on things that catch my eye. It's way too easy to spend once you're in a store.
If I try to cut myself off completely, I feel deprived, when I get a chance to still look and I can consciously make the decision not to spend, I do better with my spending.
Is there nothing you have an itch for? Maybe not clothes or handbags, but how about supplies for a hobby, a new bike, or seeds for your garden?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HairyUpperLip on October 06, 2015, 11:38:40 AM
Thinking of buying Scotts to come treat my lawn for weeds.

Normal price is $40/month. They are offering $30 for the first month with no contract. Thinking of letting them spray one time and see what happens.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: naners on October 06, 2015, 11:39:41 AM
We are going to spend $4500 to have our apartment heat treated for bedbugs (living in NYC is so wonderful!). The regular treatment is only $900 but involves having the apartment soaked in insecticides on 2-3 separate occasions and we're planning to have a baby soon to that's the last thing we want. I guess this is more of a sob story than a request for a facepunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HairyUpperLip on October 06, 2015, 11:40:18 AM
We are going to spend $4500 to have our apartment heat treated for bedbugs (living in NYC is so wonderful!). The regular treatment is only $900 but involves having the apartment soaked in insecticides on 2-3 separate occasions and we're planning to have a baby soon to that's the last thing we want. I guess this is more of a sob story than a request for a facepunch.

That sucks. Surprised the landlord doesn't split it or something.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on October 06, 2015, 01:07:13 PM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.

That's like the 'rhythm method' of shopping. It works really well until you have just one break in your self control... and then...

More like coitus interruptus: "Honey, I promise I'll pull out on time..."
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 06, 2015, 01:49:15 PM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.

That's like the 'rhythm method' of shopping. It works really well until you have just one break in your self control... and then...

More like coitus interruptus: "Honey, I promise I'll pull out on time..."

Exactly! Especially if you have CC info already saved to those sites... just asking for trouble!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 06, 2015, 02:41:09 PM
I also confess to looking at the Coach and Jimmy Choo websites with lust in my heart (curling into fetal position in case someone contributes body blows)....

Only if you had made a purchase. But really, why are you making yourself miserable looking at those websites, if they make you want those things?

I love online shopping. I go to the website, I pick things out, read reviews, put them in my cart and then click out and do something else. It scratches the shopping itch without any money exchanging hands.

But if you didn`t go to these sites, you wouldn`t have the itch....

I grew up in a household where shopping, especially for clothing and household goods, was a big part of the bonding. The itch is there and the itch is strong. I like clothes and I like shoes and I like pretty decorative things for my home. Looking online where I know that things might not fit, or the quality isn't what I think it is, or I have to pay for shipping...etc works for me to feel like I'm up to date without spending money. In a store, I have already sunk the time into driving there, finding parking, walking around the store and I can touch and feel and try on things that catch my eye. It's way too easy to spend once you're in a store.
If I try to cut myself off completely, I feel deprived, when I get a chance to still look and I can consciously make the decision not to spend, I do better with my spending.
Is there nothing you have an itch for? Maybe not clothes or handbags, but how about supplies for a hobby, a new bike, or seeds for your garden?

Onehair came to the thread for a facepunch, raised the subject as if she wasn`t as comfortable with this as you. I`m suggesting a different approach that might help the conflicting feelings, and maybe avoid unplanned purchases. Please stay away from my face when I am trying to help.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: irishbear99 on October 06, 2015, 03:51:53 PM
Had a multi-level fail today. I spent $7.50 today because I didn't pack my lunch. And, I just remembered that I have leftovers in the work fridge from yesterday's lunch.

Facepunch me, indeed.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on October 06, 2015, 06:18:17 PM

So I'm chiming in to say that Jockey sent me a flyer about a new custom bra program for those hard-to-fit girls. The first bra is a shit-ton of money (IIRC, $100), but subsequent bras are less expensive. If you're a regular size, that sounds facepunch worthy, but those of you whose dimensions are non-standard will know that a perfect fitting bra is worth its weight in gold. I haven't tried one personally, but it might be worth a look if the usual places don't carry your size.

thanks for this, DD is impossible to fit in a regular store. 

We might get a Costco, is there a place to try the bras on?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: AllieVaulter on October 06, 2015, 08:28:16 PM

So I'm chiming in to say that Jockey sent me a flyer about a new custom bra program for those hard-to-fit girls. The first bra is a shit-ton of money (IIRC, $100), but subsequent bras are less expensive. If you're a regular size, that sounds facepunch worthy, but those of you whose dimensions are non-standard will know that a perfect fitting bra is worth its weight in gold. I haven't tried one personally, but it might be worth a look if the usual places don't carry your size.

thanks for this, DD is impossible to fit in a regular store. 

We might get a Costco, is there a place to try the bras on?

I don't think Costcos usually have a fitting room.  But, they do have a great return policy.  When I have bought clothes there, I just buy several different sizes, try them on at home, pick the one I like best and return the rest.  It's just about as painless as a return can be. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 06, 2015, 10:41:36 PM
Is it facepunch-worthy to do something stupidly decadent with someone else's money, if it was all their idea and they want to do something nice for you?  I'm leaning towards accepting but it feels really wasteful.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 07, 2015, 10:00:36 AM
What is it you are being offered Vee? Is it a gift with no strings attached?  For the record I have no CC info stored for the Coach or Jimmy Choo site and if I did ever purchase any Jimmy Choo I would expect you all to put me in the ICU.  I also don't have a credit card...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 07, 2015, 11:15:51 AM
What is it you are being offered Vee? Is it a gift with no strings attached?
Yes, a NSA gift.

Mom is offering to pay for a weekend 'staycation' in a nice hotel downtown so I can have a break from a stressful situation at home and get some rest. Last-minute NYC hotel at one of the most expensive times of year... easily $500-$600 or more. I can't deny that it would feel really good right now, and be extremely convenient, but it seems horribly wasteful.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: humbleMouse on October 07, 2015, 11:25:51 AM
We are going to spend $4500 to have our apartment heat treated for bedbugs (living in NYC is so wonderful!). The regular treatment is only $900 but involves having the apartment soaked in insecticides on 2-3 separate occasions and we're planning to have a baby soon to that's the last thing we want. I guess this is more of a sob story than a request for a facepunch.


I got begbugs (real bad!) one time and apparently if begbugs don't have a host-body to live on they die in 3 or 4 days on their own.  I think you need to do more research before accepting this expense.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: cloudsail on October 07, 2015, 11:55:44 AM
What is it you are being offered Vee? Is it a gift with no strings attached?
Yes, a NSA gift.

Mom is offering to pay for a weekend 'staycation' in a nice hotel downtown so I can have a break from a stressful situation at home and get some rest. Last-minute NYC hotel at one of the most expensive times of year... easily $500-$600 or more. I can't deny that it would feel really good right now, and be extremely convenient, but it seems horribly wasteful.

Did you check for deals on Groupon or Livingsocial?  Or try bidding on Priceline?  There's almost always no reason to pay the hotel's full listed price.  Especially since it seems like you don't care in particular which hotel, it just has to be a nice one.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 07, 2015, 12:20:40 PM
Did you check for deals on Groupon or Livingsocial?  Or try bidding on Priceline?  There's almost always no reason to pay the hotel's full listed price.  Especially since it seems like you don't care in particular which hotel, it just has to be a nice one.
I'm actually an old hand at getting deals on nice hotels in NYC. Before I lived here I used to visit on a regular basis and would spend hours poring over websites, bidding and rebidding, etc. I used to game credit card reward points but haven't done that in a while... my crowning achievement was a free suite (with a killer view of the Empire State Building) on New Year's Eve in midtown Manhattan, list price was $1000+.

Anyway. I decided to take her up on it after hunting down a deal for my #1 favorite, most-incredibly-relaxing hotel in the city for ~$140/night under list price. Still expensive but I feel like it is a good compromise. I think it will make me feel a lot better (plus I'll save over 2 hours of time that would be spent on the subway this weekend) and she seems really happy to be able to help.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 07, 2015, 12:23:05 PM
We are going to spend $4500 to have our apartment heat treated for bedbugs (living in NYC is so wonderful!). The regular treatment is only $900 but involves having the apartment soaked in insecticides on 2-3 separate occasions and we're planning to have a baby soon to that's the last thing we want. I guess this is more of a sob story than a request for a facepunch.


I got begbugs (real bad!) one time and apparently if begbugs don't have a host-body to live on they die in 3 or 4 days on their own.  I think you need to do more research before accepting this expense.


"Bed bugs can go without feeding for 20 to 400 days, depending on temperature and humidity. Older stages of nymphs can survive longer without feeding than younger ones, and adults have survived without food for more than 400 days in the laboratory at low temperatures."

From http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7454.html (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7454.html)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 07, 2015, 01:28:56 PM
That was probably for lice.  Fleas and bedbugs (as noted already) can go for a long time on their own. 

We are going to spend $4500 to have our apartment heat treated for bedbugs (living in NYC is so wonderful!). The regular treatment is only $900 but involves having the apartment soaked in insecticides on 2-3 separate occasions and we're planning to have a baby soon to that's the last thing we want. I guess this is more of a sob story than a request for a facepunch.


I got begbugs (real bad!) one time and apparently if begbugs don't have a host-body to live on they die in 3 or 4 days on their own.  I think you need to do more research before accepting this expense.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: obrero on October 07, 2015, 07:41:41 PM
I drove to a Wal-Mart less that a mile away to purchase food that lacks nutrition and low-quality alcoholic beverages. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 07, 2015, 08:26:28 PM
I drove to a Wal-Mart less that a mile away to purchase food that lacks nutrition and low-quality alcoholic beverages.

Sounds fun, invite me =P

I mean, facepunches.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Astatine on October 08, 2015, 04:48:43 AM
1) I donated $50 to a local animal rescue and I don't think it's a registered charity for tax purposes. Very much an emotional donation, but it gave me immense satisfaction.

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 08, 2015, 09:40:08 AM
1) I donated $50 to a local animal rescue and I don't think it's a registered charity for tax purposes. Very much an emotional donation, but it gave me immense satisfaction.

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

Unsure how your insurance works over there, but when my mom was going through chemo, one of the other patients told me he got a partial re-imbursement for his smart phone because he uses apps and timers for all his meds and to send info to his patient navigator.

Worth looking into =) If your current phone no longer works well, and it's central to medical compliance, maybe you can get a little $!

(Keeping you in my thoughts, btw. Cancer sucks- not much else I can say! Sorry it's part of your life right now).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on October 09, 2015, 02:34:45 AM
Went out and bought a new 21 cu. ft. deep freeze today when my old one died. We've been limping along with the old one for months now but I should have planned for this better and done my research for prices because today I went to one store and bought the first one I found -- taking delivery Saturday. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Astatine on October 09, 2015, 02:45:27 AM
1) I donated $50 to a local animal rescue and I don't think it's a registered charity for tax purposes. Very much an emotional donation, but it gave me immense satisfaction.

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

Unsure how your insurance works over there, but when my mom was going through chemo, one of the other patients told me he got a partial re-imbursement for his smart phone because he uses apps and timers for all his meds and to send info to his patient navigator.

Worth looking into =) If your current phone no longer works well, and it's central to medical compliance, maybe you can get a little $!

(Keeping you in my thoughts, btw. Cancer sucks- not much else I can say! Sorry it's part of your life right now).

Thank you, and thanks for the suggestion. Pretty sure our health insurance doesn't give reimbursements for that. I have another medical condition where people often use their smartphones to track measurements (or even plug a medical device straight into their smartphone) and I'm confident I would have been told if insurance would allow you to claim back on that. Luckily(?) my chemo is just an infusion in hospital every few weeks so I don't actually need to track anything. Interesting to know that some treatments do require that, though. I'm intrigued by the concept of a medical navigator. With my bafflement and confusion of how the system works, that sounds like an awesome resource to have, if it literally means medical navigator (never heard the term before, sorry).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 09, 2015, 08:35:53 AM
1) I donated $50 to a local animal rescue and I don't think it's a registered charity for tax purposes. Very much an emotional donation, but it gave me immense satisfaction.

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

Unsure how your insurance works over there, but when my mom was going through chemo, one of the other patients told me he got a partial re-imbursement for his smart phone because he uses apps and timers for all his meds and to send info to his patient navigator.

Worth looking into =) If your current phone no longer works well, and it's central to medical compliance, maybe you can get a little $!

(Keeping you in my thoughts, btw. Cancer sucks- not much else I can say! Sorry it's part of your life right now).

Thank you, and thanks for the suggestion. Pretty sure our health insurance doesn't give reimbursements for that. I have another medical condition where people often use their smartphones to track measurements (or even plug a medical device straight into their smartphone) and I'm confident I would have been told if insurance would allow you to claim back on that. Luckily(?) my chemo is just an infusion in hospital every few weeks so I don't actually need to track anything. Interesting to know that some treatments do require that, though. I'm intrigued by the concept of a medical navigator. With my bafflement and confusion of how the system works, that sounds like an awesome resource to have, if it literally means medical navigator (never heard the term before, sorry).

That's essentially what it is. A layperson or nurse (I've met both) who help a patient to juggle different docs, schedules, and the resources available to them. Ex- my mom's navigator helped put her in touch with the service to coordinate rides to chemo when I couldn't drive her. Could I have looked this resource up myself? In theory, yes, and I even knew it existed. But I'm sure you understand- it's to easy to forget things and get overwhelmed when all that is going on. The navigator's job is to help with that. And my mom's navigator is actually serving now as one of the 'witness/opinion people' (not sure the name!) for her disability eligibility.

All the navigators I have met are just wonderful people who really feel called to do that job. Not all practices use them, but I know they're becoming more common, at least in the US. I hope they catch on everywhere!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Astatine on October 09, 2015, 08:34:45 PM
1) I donated $50 to a local animal rescue and I don't think it's a registered charity for tax purposes. Very much an emotional donation, but it gave me immense satisfaction.

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

Unsure how your insurance works over there, but when my mom was going through chemo, one of the other patients told me he got a partial re-imbursement for his smart phone because he uses apps and timers for all his meds and to send info to his patient navigator.

Worth looking into =) If your current phone no longer works well, and it's central to medical compliance, maybe you can get a little $!

(Keeping you in my thoughts, btw. Cancer sucks- not much else I can say! Sorry it's part of your life right now).

Thank you, and thanks for the suggestion. Pretty sure our health insurance doesn't give reimbursements for that. I have another medical condition where people often use their smartphones to track measurements (or even plug a medical device straight into their smartphone) and I'm confident I would have been told if insurance would allow you to claim back on that. Luckily(?) my chemo is just an infusion in hospital every few weeks so I don't actually need to track anything. Interesting to know that some treatments do require that, though. I'm intrigued by the concept of a medical navigator. With my bafflement and confusion of how the system works, that sounds like an awesome resource to have, if it literally means medical navigator (never heard the term before, sorry).

That's essentially what it is. A layperson or nurse (I've met both) who help a patient to juggle different docs, schedules, and the resources available to them. Ex- my mom's navigator helped put her in touch with the service to coordinate rides to chemo when I couldn't drive her. Could I have looked this resource up myself? In theory, yes, and I even knew it existed. But I'm sure you understand- it's to easy to forget things and get overwhelmed when all that is going on. The navigator's job is to help with that. And my mom's navigator is actually serving now as one of the 'witness/opinion people' (not sure the name!) for her disability eligibility.

All the navigators I have met are just wonderful people who really feel called to do that job. Not all practices use them, but I know they're becoming more common, at least in the US. I hope they catch on everywhere!

Wow, what an awesome concept! I do hope they catch on here.

And for something vaguely on topic, today DH and I walked to the local shops and had spontaneous yum cha, without even thinking about what it might cost. It was extremely tasty food, but yeah. Not thought out at all.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jengod on October 10, 2015, 11:37:51 AM
I impulse-bought an 8' retractable clothesline at the Container Store. This morning I got all handy and installed it only to discover that I need about 16' to cross the space I was planning to use. (There's nowhere else it really works.) Wah-wah. Anyway, I uninstalled the whole thing while muttering to myself "Measure twice, cut once, dumb-dumb!"
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on October 14, 2015, 10:32:53 AM
I reacted emotionally to a repair my car needed. I took it to the dealer (facepunch #1) and was quoted a price for the repair. It was only today, about 24 hours after I got the notice, that it occurred to me to get quotes for the repair from other repair shops. The quotes I got were roughly 1/3 of the dealer quote. Unfortunately, I was too late, as the work on the car had already begun.

Many facepunches deserved on that one. From now on, I'm getting quotes before I approve of any work. Ugh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on October 14, 2015, 10:39:38 AM
I reacted emotionally to a repair my car needed. I took it to the dealer (facepunch #1) and was quoted a price for the repair. It was only today, about 24 hours after I got the notice, that it occurred to me to get quotes for the repair from other repair shops. The quotes I got were roughly 1/3 of the dealer quote. Unfortunately, I was too late, as the work on the car had already begun.

Many facepunches deserved on that one. From now on, I'm getting quotes before I approve of any work. Ugh.
Unless you've already paid for the work, you might consider calling the service manager and telling him/her about the other quotes. Then ask why their work is so much more expensive. You might get the price lowered or a free oil change/car wash or six thrown in. Heck, even if you've paid, I'd call and politely ask why. They now know that you are less likely to return for more service, and might do something to retain your future business. They won't get it, you're not  going to tell them that, right?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on October 14, 2015, 11:13:00 AM

Unless you've already paid for the work, you might consider calling the service manager and telling him/her about the other quotes. Then ask why their work is so much more expensive. You might get the price lowered or a free oil change/car wash or six thrown in. Heck, even if you've paid, I'd call and politely ask why. They now know that you are less likely to return for more service, and might do something to retain your future business. They won't get it, you're not  going to tell them that, right?

You bet your sweet bippy! They have gotten a lot of work from me in the past 15 months; I will pull the loyal customer card out along with the quotes and ask if it can be reduced to somewhere near what I was quoted. Regardless, my lesson has been learned and it will be outside repair shops from now on (but not before price comparisons!).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 14, 2015, 12:23:14 PM
I ate out twice during the 3 day weekend. Once Friday and once Saturday.  I've been cooking and bringing my lunch ever since. Facepunches welcome...I was visiting my daughter to get photos of my grandchildren plus to give her already purchased small gifts for the grands such as books, the signs from the fair too plus some dolls for my granddaughter.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DCKatie09 on October 14, 2015, 04:19:53 PM
Just ordered pizza, even though the house is full of food - justifications include that I won't be home the next two nights and DH is lousy at feeding himself, and this will give us leftovers, and it was a good sale, and and and it's still $20 at Pizza Hut...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 15, 2015, 07:51:13 AM
Ahhhh Pizza Hut! That buttery salty crust of theirs I hope hasn't changed.  I usually scratch my pizza itch at Costco. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 18, 2015, 06:59:15 PM
Ate out on Friday night. We had purchased tickets for a show and it was a charity event for a good cause.

We went there straight from work knowing we would need dinner.

The venue that had provided free space for the show has a restaurant, and organisers encouraged guests to eat at the restaurant to support the venue.

My meal was inedible. I am capable of powering through some pretty average meals but this was awful. I detest paying for food when I can cook better at home. My husband wouldn't let me return it but insisted on ordering me something else to eat when I probably would have been satisfied sharing his meal. So facepunch me for paying for three meals when one would have been enough.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 18, 2015, 07:53:28 PM
I just calculated... and we spend about $500 a year on coffee beans to make coffee at home.

Worse: I am unrepentant. At least it's better than when I was getting lattes at starbucks.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 18, 2015, 07:55:01 PM
Worse: I am unrepentant.

Tut tut, must show repentance during confession. No Hail Marys for you! :D

[Edited to add emoticon so Bracken_Joy knows I commented with tongue firmly in cheek. :) ]
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Joggernot on October 19, 2015, 06:26:48 AM
I just calculated... and we spend about $500 a year on coffee beans to make coffee at home.

Worse: I am unrepentant. At least it's better than when I was getting lattes at starbucks.
I, too, am unrepentant.  But I only spend about $200 a year on coffee beans.  We have a local woman who buys the beans and roasts them herself.  Only runs $9 for a pound that lasts about a month.  Yeah, I know this works out to less, but sometimes I like the $17 beans... :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on October 19, 2015, 09:51:01 AM
I just calculated... and we spend about $500 a year on coffee beans to make coffee at home.

Worse: I am unrepentant. At least it's better than when I was getting lattes at starbucks.
I, too, am unrepentant.  But I only spend about $200 a year on coffee beans.  We have a local woman who buys the beans and roasts them herself.  Only runs $9 for a pound that lasts about a month.  Yeah, I know this works out to less, but sometimes I like the $17 beans... :)

We buy a 5lb bag from a local roaster every 6 weeks. We've frugalized as possible- 10% off loyalty discount, pick up so we don't pay shipping, use their wholesaler portal (with their blessing) to buy the beans cheaper.... It's just expensive to drink this much premium coffee.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: BlueMR2 on October 19, 2015, 10:00:55 AM
Feeling a little bad about driving my 50 cent per mile car to church instead of taking the 25 cent per mile motorcycle...  I have a rule of no riding below freezing over bridges.  It was 27F out when I got up, so I decided to drive.  It was up to 38F by the time I actually left (a couple hours later).

Also, caving and hiring a handyman to help me with some damaged wood siding and my shed doors that are rotted out.  I'm horrible at woodworking, hoping to learn from him.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on October 22, 2015, 02:01:12 PM
Gah! I was all stoked about finally getting to 75% SR, and then I went (sorta) off the rails. Both of our moms came to visit at the same time. I must have blown at least $200 on meals out, dinner tickets, and last-minute supplies for guest rooms.

This, in and of itself, isn't terrible - they'd never met before, I wanted to make memories, and our town is full of unique tourist attractions, etc.

But I feel like I've somehow undone my steady accumulation of MMM habits, and my spendypants gene got triggered. I've kept the b-day stuff for my wife to a reasonable level - $100 or so, and this is overcompensating for the fact that I botched it last year. But damn, I almost bought a new watch. I almost bought a bunch of other things I really have no need for. I almost feel like I should lock up my credit card for a while and give myself another cash allowance re-education period.

Argh. WTF.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on October 22, 2015, 02:57:46 PM
Bought a ticket to the World Series. It was $1150 overall.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on October 22, 2015, 03:11:20 PM
I'm considering buying a +40$ salt mill, just because I really want a salt mill, to put the fancy grey french salt my MIL brought us last time she was here.
I'll probably end up buying in a flea market, but just the fact I'm considering buying it it's facepunch worthy...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pbkmaine on October 22, 2015, 04:07:48 PM
You can get a perfectly fine salt mill for $2 at Trader Joes or Aldi. It comes with salt in it but is reusable. If you like coarse salt (I do) you can get a tiny dish and spoon made for salt at a flea market.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 22, 2015, 06:05:20 PM
I ate out twice yesterday!  And I am also unrepentant.  Lunch was a great catch-up with a former colleague I haven't seen in a long time, and then I took my daughter out to dinner.

I did learn that the place we ate lunch is not nearly as good as another restaurant of the same cuisine. 

(Ottawa MMMers, Burrito Gringo wins again, and 168 Sushi Buffet is nicer than Red Lobster).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 22, 2015, 08:42:19 PM
I ate out twice yesterday!  And I am also unrepentant.

Shocking, truly shocking.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on October 23, 2015, 07:16:38 AM
I'm considering buying a +40$ salt mill, just because I really want a salt mill, to put the fancy grey french salt my MIL brought us last time she was here.
I'll probably end up buying in a flea market, but just the fact I'm considering buying it it's facepunch worthy...
Maybe I'm just weird, but I don't think that's a big deal, IF it will last a long time and truly enhance your enjoyment of your own kitchen.

Three years ago, at Christmas, all I asked of my family - mom and two grown sisters with families - was this utterly ridiculous pepper mill (http://www.vikingrange.com/mobile/products/product.jsp;jsessionid=autUkO3K6edODExr5Gkgfw**.node2?id=prod12420437). 16 inches of stainless steel, could legitimately be used to fracture a skull, way beyond anyone's needs. And it will probably last till I die, which means the cost divides out to barely a dollar a year. It still makes me happy every time I use it. It's all about rationing your indulgences, if you ask me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on October 23, 2015, 08:06:46 AM
I'm considering buying a +40$ salt mill, just because I really want a salt mill, to put the fancy grey french salt my MIL brought us last time she was here.
I'll probably end up buying in a flea market, but just the fact I'm considering buying it it's facepunch worthy...
Maybe I'm just weird, but I don't think that's a big deal, IF it will last a long time and truly enhance your enjoyment of your own kitchen.

Three years ago, at Christmas, all I asked of my family - mom and two grown sisters with families - was this utterly ridiculous pepper mill (http://www.vikingrange.com/mobile/products/product.jsp;jsessionid=autUkO3K6edODExr5Gkgfw**.node2?id=prod12420437). 16 inches of stainless steel, could legitimately be used to fracture a skull, way beyond anyone's needs. And it will probably last till I die, which means the cost divides out to barely a dollar a year. It still makes me happy every time I use it. It's all about rationing your indulgences, if you ask me.

That's the thing, I really like it, it's much prettier and it will likely last much longer that a cheap one (I had them and I'd rather not again), altho I don't think I can fracture a skull with it, except maybe a baby's skull, or a small animal.
So I'm gonna check out a big flea market this w-e (I already toured all thrift stores in my area), and if I don't find one, I'll shed a couple of hours of pay to buy something I like.

Here, if you're curious:
http://www.stokesstores.com/en/kitchen-food-prep/salt-pepper/c-m-keswick-p-m-7.html
There are better ones, but I like the transparent part so I see the level, and the wood because I like wooden stuff.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HairyUpperLip on October 23, 2015, 09:13:27 AM
Gah! I was all stoked about finally getting to 75% SR, and then I went (sorta) off the rails. Both of our moms came to visit at the same time. I must have blown at least $200 on meals out, dinner tickets, and last-minute supplies for guest rooms.

This, in and of itself, isn't terrible - they'd never met before, I wanted to make memories, and our town is full of unique tourist attractions, etc.

But I feel like I've somehow undone my steady accumulation of MMM habits, and my spendypants gene got triggered. I've kept the b-day stuff for my wife to a reasonable level - $100 or so, and this is overcompensating for the fact that I botched it last year. But damn, I almost bought a new watch. I almost bought a bunch of other things I really have no need for. I almost feel like I should lock up my credit card for a while and give myself another cash allowance re-education period.

Argh. WTF.

Man, I've seen enough of your posts to know your savings are probably in general in the right direction. I don't care if you ended up saving $0.00 for the month, $200 to have some really good experiences with the most important women in each of your lives is worth than money alone.

I love my mom, $200 ain't shit man. Don't feel bad. No face punch from me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 28, 2015, 11:29:33 AM
I just ordered 2 Fisher Price houses for my grandchildren off Ebay for $67 for Christmas.  Please facepunch me one is gently used one new in box but the Little People I scored on clearance several months ago at Shoppers Food needed a home. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on October 28, 2015, 11:43:57 AM
Man, I've seen enough of your posts to know your savings are probably in general in the right direction. I don't care if you ended up saving $0.00 for the month, $200 to have some really good experiences with the most important women in each of your lives is worth than money alone.

I love my mom, $200 ain't shit man. Don't feel bad. No face punch from me.
Hehe.. yeah, it really wasn't the spending that bothered me so much as the feeling that I'd mentally undone some real progress. It took a long time to adjust my attitude and now I'm struggling to climb the same hill.

I'm one of those people that this stuff doesn't come naturally to. I'll be OK though. I still put $5K into the market this month and paid off $1K+ in debt... lmao
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on October 28, 2015, 01:19:55 PM
I just ordered 2 Fisher Price houses for my grandchildren off Ebay for $67 for Christmas.  Please facepunch me one is gently used one new in box but the Little People I scored on clearance several months ago at Shoppers Food needed a home.

Well, if you would have had to leave FP Little People homeless over Christmas....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Faraday on October 28, 2015, 01:58:12 PM
Man, I've seen enough of your posts to know your savings are probably in general in the right direction. I don't care if you ended up saving $0.00 for the month, $200 to have some really good experiences with the most important women in each of your lives is worth than money alone.

I love my mom, $200 ain't shit man. Don't feel bad. No face punch from me.
Hehe.. yeah, it really wasn't the spending that bothered me so much as the feeling that I'd mentally undone some real progress. It took a long time to adjust my attitude and now I'm struggling to climb the same hill.

I'm one of those people that this stuff doesn't come naturally to. I'll be OK though. I still put $5K into the market this month and paid off $1K+ in debt... lmao

Zephyr's circling a very important point that I don't think has been explicitly stated in this thread:

Badassity cures spendypants syndrome!

You think Mr. and Mrs. MMM tell their mothers-in-law "Sorry, no-can-do, no birthday party for you-who-carried-me-for-9-months"

Oh hell no.

What they do is:
1) Prep ahead of time - knowing Pete, he plans next year's birthday celebration WHILE HE'S AT the current one. Then find frugal ways to make things happen.
2) Increase Badassity. Car making a squealing whine? Replace that idler pulley yourself. Bike got a flat? Fix it yourself. Out of peanut butter? Get it from Aldi. Buy crucial goods on super-sale and stock up.

Zephyr hinted at this himself. While he "stumbled" in one way, he then jacked up the Badassity in another way. I do this all the time. I had TWO birthdays I had to pay for in October. I went ahead, bit the bullet and it cost me $300. Wife was extremely happy. Son was extremely happy. Joy Joy Joy.

Outside I was smiling. Inside, I was gritting my teeth and vowing revenge on my transgression. I was able to secure MANY TIMES RETURN by:

1) Getting DW (birthday girl) to up her 401k withdrawals while she was in her receptive state of mind after the party. :-)
2) Side gig will get me the basic $300 back by year's-end.
3) More Goodwill donations for the tax break.

With apologies to Dune:

"I will not spend.
Spend is the stash-killer.
Spend is the little-death that obliterates FIRE.
I will face my spend.
I will permit spend to pass over my budget and through my budget.
And when it has gone past I will turn the holy spreadsheet to list its path.
Where the spend has gone there will be badassity. My budget will remain."
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on October 30, 2015, 02:36:35 PM
I got a speeding ticket. $168! I was lost and trying to figure out where I was and not watching the speed limit.

In retrospect, Boulder's Baseline Road is a super-obvious speed trap.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Astatine on October 30, 2015, 06:06:15 PM
With apologies to Dune:

"I will not spend.
Spend is the stash-killer.
Spend is the little-death that obliterates FIRE.
I will face my spend.
I will permit spend to pass over my budget and through my budget.
And when it has gone past I will turn the holy spreadsheet to list its path.
Where the spend has gone there will be badassity. My budget will remain."

This is the best.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Eric222 on October 31, 2015, 07:01:06 AM
With apologies to Dune:

"I will not spend.
Spend is the stash-killer.
Spend is the little-death that obliterates FIRE.
I will face my spend.
I will permit spend to pass over my budget and through my budget.
And when it has gone past I will turn the holy spreadsheet to list its path.
Where the spend has gone there will be badassity. My budget will remain."

This is the best.

I agree, and I'm stealing it for a motto. :D

I spent $10 on candy for the kids yesterday because I grabbed the wrong bag and couldn't bring myself to take it back when I was at the register. :/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on November 02, 2015, 01:05:46 AM

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

anyone who face punches over this, deserves one right back but lower, lol.  I am sorry you are ill, and I hope better days are around the bend.

I got my first "email" account in '88 at college, I don't think it was even called that and it was only good for messages within the University system. I was amazed. I feel like a woman so old she remembers life before cars and washing machines, lol. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FLA on November 02, 2015, 01:09:38 AM

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).

2) I will get an iPhone 6 in the next few weeks and sign up to a new data plan. I've been realising how important my ye olde iPhone (which is gradually dying) is to my mental health and well being, particularly while going through cancer treatment. I can play games, read forums and blogs that soothe the anxiety or distract me in endless waiting rooms or yukky medical procedures, I can talk to various friends on social media so I feel less isolated and lonely, do online banking anywhere, check the weather (and the all-important UV levels), do quick online research of medical options or people I need to phone, and of course, make phone calls and text people. It's not a financially optimised decision but is optimised for my quality of life over the next couple of years. Online community has been important for me for 20 years (pretty much since I got my first Unix email account at uni).
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anyone who face punches over this, deserves one right back but lower, lol.  I am sorry you are ill, and I hope better days are around the bend.

I got my first "email" account in '88 at college, I don't think it was even called that and it was only good for messages within the University system. I was amazed. I feel like a woman so old she remembers life before cars and washing machines, lol. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Zaga on November 04, 2015, 11:15:33 AM
I was paying a medical bill online and saw that if I paid within 10 days (I was) then I could take a 15% discount.  I typed in the full amount, doh!  Spent an extra $1.50 about.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 05, 2015, 07:32:25 PM
Thinking about spending $800 on a spare bed this weekend.

Our current spare bed is a second-hand frame that we picked up on eBay more than six years ago, with a new mattress.

It's now structurally weak (the head and foot have bowed) and the three mesh panels that hold up the mattress keep falling through the frame. Followed by the mattress. And whatever happens to be on the mattress.

We have a small apartment and we keep things stored beneath the spare bed, so I'm looking at buying a gas-lift bed to make storage easier. But they're fairly new and you can't find them second-hand on eBay. (I could buy a new gas-lift bed on eBay for $200 but I would rather go with a reputable supplier when this mechanism is involved.)

My other justification is that we buy a good bed that we both love it gives us options if/when it's ever time to replace our bed.

Punch away...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pbkmaine on November 05, 2015, 07:43:51 PM
http://www.walmart.com/ip/25735963?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227018910403&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=t&wl3=40845987032&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=78659444552&veh=sem

This is what we have. Light weight but very strong and lots of room for storage underneath.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Allison on November 06, 2015, 07:18:35 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Torran on November 06, 2015, 07:56:05 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.

Dude. Every day. For a year. I admire your bravery for putting that out there in this forum ;) congrats on making the change... that's a LOT of savings just about to roll in for you right there. 

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Faraday on November 06, 2015, 08:37:45 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.

I WANT to facepunch, but you appear to have already had the realization that a facepunch delivers.  PLEASE: follow up after a week or two or ten and tell us how you are doing with the tea kettle, travel mug and tea.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on November 06, 2015, 09:29:20 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.

Good god, I do not want to know what your insulin sensitivty looks like! If nothing else, give it up for your health!

But kudos on making this change. Stick with it 30 days, and it will get a LOT easier. (Actually, that would be a great gauntlet thread- I know there are several people trying to give up the "latte factor" right now!)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: AllieVaulter on November 06, 2015, 11:03:29 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.

Good god, I do not want to know what your insulin sensitivty looks like! If nothing else, give it up for your health!

But kudos on making this change. Stick with it 30 days, and it will get a LOT easier. (Actually, that would be a great gauntlet thread- I know there are several people trying to give up the "latte factor" right now!)

Way to make a change Allison!  I'm not sure if you're already a tea drinker or not, but when I was trying to acclimate myself I started with chai (complete with milk and honey in it) before moving to Lady Grey, and the likes (with no additives). 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Petuniajo on November 06, 2015, 11:25:36 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.

No joke, I was *just* coming on to post that I committed the ultimate mustachian sin: I drove myself to Starbucks and spent $10 (10 f-ing dollars!) on a latte and a fruit/cheese/nut box today. Thank you for our honesty, because now I'm only going to give myself a little facepalm rather than a full-on face punch :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Allison on November 09, 2015, 08:31:20 AM
I am ready for the ultimate facepunch.  I have been getting a venti 2-pump toffee nut mocha from starbucks everyday for a year.  I finally ordered an electric tea kettle, travel mug and tea from Amazon for less than 1 week of Starbucks.

Good god, I do not want to know what your insulin sensitivty looks like! If nothing else, give it up for your health!

But kudos on making this change. Stick with it 30 days, and it will get a LOT easier. (Actually, that would be a great gauntlet thread- I know there are several people trying to give up the "latte factor" right now!)

Way to make a change Allison!  I'm not sure if you're already a tea drinker or not, but when I was trying to acclimate myself I started with chai (complete with milk and honey in it) before moving to Lady Grey, and the likes (with no additives).

Today was my first day of no Starbucks....it was hard.  It took the fancy electric tea kettle 5! minutes to heat up and I put too much coffee mix in.  But I think I can do it with no problems. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on November 09, 2015, 09:50:20 AM
There have been at least four people (to my knowledge) killed or severely injured right by the Starbucks nearest my office in the past few weeks. Makes it a lot easier to avoid that particular temptation, although I can't really recommend it as a money-saving device... :-/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: JordanOfGilead on November 13, 2015, 08:39:23 AM
I ate subway for lunch yesterday because I needed to get away from work. I had brought a lunch with me.
I also spend about $40 every Tuesday on "family time" with my wife and father-in-law. Still trying to find a way out of that one without hurting any feelings or looking cheap.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Allison on November 30, 2015, 08:24:42 AM
Today was my first day of no Starbucks....it was hard.  It took the fancy electric tea kettle 5! minutes to heat up and I put too much coffee mix in.  But I think I can do it with no problems.

Hey, hi, howzit? We're not properly introduced, but I too am a daily Starbucks-er. I agree that it's a shop of pure delight. But, er, good job staying away. Because, yes! This post is about support and praise. Congratulations, and be strong! You can do it. (take me with you!)

Take away my face punch please!  I have used my electric kettle and coffee mug to bring coffee for 2ish weeks now.  And I like it better than Starbucks!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 17, 2015, 08:15:26 AM
Window shopping for jewels on Etsy. Didn't buy anything again, but want, want want.
Why do I keep wanting something as pointless and expensive as jewels?!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pbkmaine on December 17, 2015, 08:24:04 AM
Who doesn't like pretty sparkly things?  I deal with this by beading as a hobby. I get my beads from thrift shops, garage sales and bargain tables, and my findings from EBay. Done this way, it's an inexpensive way to get pretty jewelry.


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on December 21, 2015, 11:31:37 AM
I paid full price for two cookbooks for myself and my brother called the Thug Kitchen.  I also ate out Saturday.  Please facepunch me....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Faraday on December 21, 2015, 04:48:22 PM
I paid full price for two cookbooks for myself and my brother called the Thug Kitchen.  I also ate out Saturday.  Please facepunch me....

I can't facepunch you on that because their motto is "Eat like you give a fuck". That's about as mustashian as it gets...now, you've spent the dough on the book, you gotta do two things:

1) Get your money's worth out of the book by USING IT AT HOME.
2) Tell us if you're cooking with it and how much money you've saved. I mean, that's why you bought it, right?

Well, the eating out, was it at-least "cheap and good"? Bring on the eating-out pr0n.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 11ducks on December 22, 2015, 04:23:05 AM
Christmas presents. Just..... Ugh. My partner is so generous and makes much more than I do (though I always ask for us to stick to a reasonable budget), that I feel awful if I don't reciprocate to the same level. Just counted, and there are 10 presents under the tree for me from him (I feel like Dudley Dursley- more presents, more!!!!). I'd be happy with one each, $50 limit- ive suggested this each year, to no avail. Now I feel like I should go and buy him more to reciprocate (I've spent more than I could really afford On him already). Sigh. First world whines!!! I'll face punch myself...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on December 22, 2015, 07:10:16 AM
we went to a small place in Virginia called Tony's NY Style pizza.  They also have killer pasta it is a little pricey but worth it.  I got 2 slices of Sicilian with my favorite toppings.  I usually only indulge there when celebrating something. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: YogiKitti on December 22, 2015, 07:18:09 AM
I paid full price for two cookbooks for myself and my brother called the Thug Kitchen.  I also ate out Saturday.  Please facepunch me....

No face punches from me since I'm thinking of buying it myself. I love the recipes on the website. Is love to here if the recipes in the book are equally awesome.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on December 22, 2015, 12:03:25 PM
Plus I figured with my son's diet issues he can safely eat some of the recipes in it as well.  I am looking forward to breaking it in.  I confess I got 20% off the books by renewing my B&N membership.  Now to repent until the next payday.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: OurTown on December 30, 2015, 09:55:14 AM
DW and I received gift cards over the holidays for fine dining.  We ate, drank, and were merry.  Total bill:  $150 OVER the amount of our gift card! 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Eric222 on December 30, 2015, 03:28:34 PM
First 'restaurant' meal since mid-October.  Stopped and got Domino's on the way home with the kids.  $9. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: smella on December 31, 2015, 12:52:42 PM
I have kept my Christmas Lights (1 string) on all month! :-O
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: crispy on January 03, 2016, 06:56:56 PM
I just booked my youngest daughter a birthday party at the American Girl store.  It's kind of ridiculous, but she will love it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on January 03, 2016, 08:00:54 PM
While attempting to clean my dishwasher, I both disabled it (been hand-washing for days) and also destroyed an $18 nut. (Replacement on the way from Amazon.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on January 04, 2016, 08:49:04 AM
So months and months ago I posted on here about my $500 facepunch worthy bra shopping spree. Well, I registered my purchases on Citi's price rewind, and 3 months later, I got $150 back! My face punch is lightly less painful now (and with bras that fit, so is my back!).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 04, 2016, 01:19:34 PM
Just after Christmas I bought a heavily (~20%) discounted gift card on Raise.com. Felt great about getting a deal on something I would buy anyway. Now I seem to have lost the gift card. :-(  I think I might have accidentally recycled it with the envelope it came in when I was hurriedly cleaning up for company.

Ugh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on February 11, 2016, 12:30:51 PM
I've been holding a carbon bike frame for a couple of years after snagging it on Craigslist for $300 (new value, $700 or so) and have been waffling ever since then over building it up or just trying to get my money back.

I had planned on getting no tax refund this year, but due to some surprises I hadn't factored in, it's like $4K (fed+state). Do I get a facepunch if I finally drop the several hundred my bike pro friends tell me will be requird to do this frame justice?

I know I'll ride a lot more if I do it... that much I know.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Tabitha on February 18, 2016, 02:12:30 PM
$1k of the gutters is the leafguard.  I have about ten feet of run that is so high my ladder won't reach - and I have a thing about heights and getting on the roof, so I just don't clean those.  Once I decided to get the leafguard there, it seemed easiest to just get the whole thing.  This is where spending gets out of control - when you start going "Well considering how much I'm ALREADY spending, what the heck?" 

Wha?!? You can buy the leaf guards and DIY for much cheaper.

Something like this doesn't even take skill:
 http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=58799&cat=2,42194,33169&ap=1

Though I do wonder if used artificial Christmas tree branches would work.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Tabitha on February 18, 2016, 02:28:52 PM
Sitting in an airport with a longer than usual layover*. First flight was in to the U.S., so really limited in what food I could bring, but I brought cheese n nuts. That should have been enough, but apparently I'm weak today.  I really enjoyed that burger n drink. I must have 'cause I spent $25 on it.

* autocorrect wanted to correct that to "flay over". I wanted to let it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on February 18, 2016, 02:52:27 PM
Sitting in an airport with a longer than usual layover*. First flight was in to the U.S., so really limited in what food I could bring, but I brought cheese n nuts. That should have been enough, but apparently I'm weak today.  I really enjoyed that burger n drink. I must have 'cause I spent $25 on it.

* autocorrect wanted to correct that to "flay over". I wanted to let it.
The two pretty much feel the same to me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: AllieVaulter on February 18, 2016, 03:24:10 PM
$1k of the gutters is the leafguard.  I have about ten feet of run that is so high my ladder won't reach - and I have a thing about heights and getting on the roof, so I just don't clean those.  Once I decided to get the leafguard there, it seemed easiest to just get the whole thing.  This is where spending gets out of control - when you start going "Well considering how much I'm ALREADY spending, what the heck?" 

Wha?!? You can buy the leaf guards and DIY for much cheaper.

Something like this doesn't even take skill:
 http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=58799&cat=2,42194,33169&ap=1

Though I do wonder if used artificial Christmas tree branches would work.

Do you know if these would work to keep pine needles out of gutters?  I have a giant pine tree that makes a huge mess in my gutters, but not a lot of deciduous leaves. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jda1984 on February 19, 2016, 09:59:53 AM
$1k of the gutters is the leafguard.  I have about ten feet of run that is so high my ladder won't reach - and I have a thing about heights and getting on the roof, so I just don't clean those.  Once I decided to get the leafguard there, it seemed easiest to just get the whole thing.  This is where spending gets out of control - when you start going "Well considering how much I'm ALREADY spending, what the heck?" 

Wha?!? You can buy the leaf guards and DIY for much cheaper.

Something like this doesn't even take skill:
 http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=58799&cat=2,42194,33169&ap=1

Though I do wonder if used artificial Christmas tree branches would work.

Do you know if these would work to keep pine needles out of gutters?  I have a giant pine tree that makes a huge mess in my gutters, but not a lot of deciduous leaves. 

Probably not.  My grandmother had something similar and tree seeds would get between them and start growing.  The new saplings would catch other stuff.  In the end, I think the product she had was more of a problem than just cleaning the gutters regularly.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: AllieVaulter on February 19, 2016, 10:50:48 AM
$1k of the gutters is the leafguard.  I have about ten feet of run that is so high my ladder won't reach - and I have a thing about heights and getting on the roof, so I just don't clean those.  Once I decided to get the leafguard there, it seemed easiest to just get the whole thing.  This is where spending gets out of control - when you start going "Well considering how much I'm ALREADY spending, what the heck?" 

Wha?!? You can buy the leaf guards and DIY for much cheaper.

Something like this doesn't even take skill:
 http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=58799&cat=2,42194,33169&ap=1

Though I do wonder if used artificial Christmas tree branches would work.

Do you know if these would work to keep pine needles out of gutters?  I have a giant pine tree that makes a huge mess in my gutters, but not a lot of deciduous leaves. 

Probably not.  My grandmother had something similar and tree seeds would get between them and start growing.  The new saplings would catch other stuff.  In the end, I think the product she had was more of a problem than just cleaning the gutters regularly.

Boo.  oh well.  I guess we'll just keep crawling around on the roof a few times a year then. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: klystomane on February 19, 2016, 10:58:06 AM
I got a speeding ticket. $168! I was lost and trying to figure out where I was and not watching the speed limit.

In retrospect, Boulder's Baseline Road is a super-obvious speed trap.

Turned right at an intersection, but did not come to a complete stop at the red light.

I've been driving for almost 20 years and have never gotten a ticket.

$498USD + $60 traffic school + many hours of cutting and pasting the answers before taking the test.

Oh, the pain.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on February 19, 2016, 11:53:42 AM
Probably not.  My grandmother had something similar and tree seeds would get between them and start growing.  The new saplings would catch other stuff.  In the end, I think the product she had was more of a problem than just cleaning the gutters regularly.
So she just had to introduce roof rabbits to eat the saplings, then roof foxes to eat the rabbits, then roof wolves to eat the foxes .....
I thing there is a nursery rhyme describing the entire process
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Nederstash on February 19, 2016, 12:32:50 PM
I lost my bike... I parked it at the train station but I forgot where exactly. As you can see on the picture (not taken by me, but of the place where I park normally), it's not easy to find it again if you don't make a mental note.

Anyway, I was tired after work, didn't feel like searching so I took a bus for 3 euro. I'll need to take another bus tomorrow (another 3 euro) to search for my bike.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onlykelsey on February 19, 2016, 12:58:55 PM
Oh man, reminds me of Copenhagen.  Definitely not a problem on the rare days I bike to work here in NYC.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on February 25, 2016, 10:49:27 AM
I forgot my lunch today and had to go out to eat at work.  I also bought 2 new tops and books at a really good Salvation Army.  Please facepunch me....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Merrie on February 25, 2016, 09:01:49 PM
I lost my bike... I parked it at the train station but I forgot where exactly. As you can see on the picture (not taken by me, but of the place where I park normally), it's not easy to find it again if you don't make a mental note.

Anyway, I was tired after work, didn't feel like searching so I took a bus for 3 euro. I'll need to take another bus tomorrow (another 3 euro) to search for my bike.

Meh, I'd probably spend 6 euro to not have to wade through that sea of bikes when I was already tired... Now if it looked like your average bike rack here where I live, then it would definitely be facepunch-worthy. Here it would be unusual to see a rack with 20 bikes.

I think this should be posted in the Mustachian People Problems. "I lost my bike at the train station because there were 600 other ones."
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onlykelsey on February 26, 2016, 06:43:41 AM
I'm not sure if this is facepunch-worthy, but I finally moved my roommate out.  Her lease ended in 2014, and she's hung around even after I got married and he moved in, but she's moving out this weekend.  This is great for our tiny Manhattan apartment life, but there goes 1K/monthly.

That will definitely affect my savings rate for 2016.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Eric222 on February 26, 2016, 11:52:22 AM
Bought a latte at Starbucks today.  Because this week has been long and I wanted caffeine and sugar. :/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chetmanly on February 26, 2016, 01:06:58 PM
I think I may have everyone here beat. I'm new to this and last night I got home and I was exhausted, I didn't want to cook and the leftovers we had sounded about as appealing as a full body massage from a sheet. I told my wife I'm going to the restaurant that was a block and a half away, I agonized for a moment over walking or driving and I decided I was driving over.

The second I stepped outside I thought, "Hey, it's a pleasant night, I'll walk."

So I walked for ten minutes, got to the restaurant and thought "Huh, I was totally willing to walk over, but not reheat an unappealing casserole?"

$23.00 and ten minutes later I am back home with my non-casserole feast.

The human mind is weird.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Nederstash on February 26, 2016, 02:22:10 PM
I lost my bike... I parked it at the train station but I forgot where exactly. As you can see on the picture (not taken by me, but of the place where I park normally), it's not easy to find it again if you don't make a mental note.

Anyway, I was tired after work, didn't feel like searching so I took a bus for 3 euro. I'll need to take another bus tomorrow (another 3 euro) to search for my bike.

Meh, I'd probably spend 6 euro to not have to wade through that sea of bikes when I was already tired... Now if it looked like your average bike rack here where I live, then it would definitely be facepunch-worthy. Here it would be unusual to see a rack with 20 bikes.

I think this should be posted in the Mustachian People Problems. "I lost my bike at the train station because there were 600 other ones."

Because I'm a giant fail, I lost my bike again today. I parked it in the big bike parking 'garage' on the other side of the station. It took me almost fifteen minutes, because my brain thankfully kicked in then. I just looked up how big this parking place is... 4200 spaces across 3 floors. Note to self: remember floor + row number...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on February 26, 2016, 02:33:53 PM
Because I'm a giant fail, I lost my bike again today. I parked it in the big bike parking 'garage' on the other side of the station. It took me almost fifteen minutes, because my brain thankfully kicked in then. I just looked up how big this parking place is... 4200 spaces across 3 floors. Note to self: remember floor + row number...

For stuff like that I send myself a text, then if I don't remember it later I have it in my text message history.

Otherwise you could get a big fluorescent pink flag attached to your bike that will make it easy to spot from across the garage. ;-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: slugline on February 26, 2016, 02:43:07 PM
Because I'm a giant fail, I lost my bike again today. I parked it in the big bike parking 'garage' on the other side of the station. It took me almost fifteen minutes, because my brain thankfully kicked in then. I just looked up how big this parking place is... 4200 spaces across 3 floors. Note to self: remember floor + row number...

I wonder if your situation would be a good use case scenario for a RF locator product like Tile that could give you an audible alarm to help you search. (I have no firsthand experience but it sounds useful.) Otherwise, I'm a fan of using my phone to text or email myself a location reminder when I park my car in a large garage or lot.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Parizade on February 26, 2016, 03:02:22 PM
Because I'm a giant fail, I lost my bike again today. I parked it in the big bike parking 'garage' on the other side of the station. It took me almost fifteen minutes, because my brain thankfully kicked in then. I just looked up how big this parking place is... 4200 spaces across 3 floors. Note to self: remember floor + row number...

I wonder if your situation would be a good use case scenario for a RF locator product like Tile that could give you an audible alarm to help you search. (I have no firsthand experience but it sounds useful.) Otherwise, I'm a fan of using my phone to text or email myself a location reminder when I park my car in a large garage or lot.

I use my phone to snap a photo of my car in relation to level and row markings. Usually I only need to this at the airport when I am parking for several days in their HUGE ramp, but it's very effective.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: awesomeprime on March 02, 2016, 12:35:48 PM
So, to get it all off of my chest, here is the series of pitfalls that I followed before discovering this lovely site.
1) Upon graduation, immediately wracked up 6k in credit card debt on stupid crap that I wanted and did not need.
2) Moved, forgot to change addresses, completely ignored the fact that I knew there was 6k in debt.
3) Wracked up another 5k on stuff for the new place
4) All 11k went to collections (paid in full, because I created the problem, but seriously, my early 20s was a mess)
5) Boy meets girl, they date, he buys stupidly expensive engagement ring (0% finance, but still, financed)
6) Boy marries girl, buys stupidly expensive band to add to engagement ring (0% finance, but still, financed)
7) Boy and girl have baby, girl totals car week before delivery, boy buys (almost) new SUV for girl (financed at 3%)
7a) Boy is still paying for his tiny car that gets great gas mileage, but that he bought during the horrible 11k collections fiasco, at 15% interest.
8) Boy buys girl beautiful (and stupidly expensive) matching necklace and earrings for first anniversary (14% interest)
9) Boy totals car that he had finally finished paying off, buys new (compact) SUV, (0% financing though)
10) Girl asks boy for house, boy buys house (WITH PMI) with pool as well as front and back yard grass, IN A FREAKING DESERT, because girl liked it.
11) During all of this, boy and girl wrack up about 25k in credit card debt due to traveling and consumer habits.
12) Because completing one master's degree completely on student loans was not enough him, boy convinces girl to join him in another master's program, completely on student loans, which they might not even be compensated fully for because of a contract restructure after the program was already in progress.

All of this when Boy and Girl are teachers. Public school teachers.
Don't mind me, I will be that faceless chap a couple of miles back picking up the bits of his face that are left over from the punching.

(In happier news, since discovering this site, I have knocked out 15k of that credit card debt, with the other 10 on pace to be removed this year, our credit rating is through the roof right now, so when I get another 10k on the mortgage knocked out, refi with sofi should be easy (hoping rates stay low), we have solar on the roof, self-rigged water reclamation from the sinks to help off-set watering, and have FINALLY stopped buying crap because we want it. Baby steps.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on March 02, 2016, 12:38:53 PM
Awesomeprime, you are making me feel a lot better about the $550 in medical bills I have to pay because I screwed up something with my health insurance. :-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: awesomeprime on March 02, 2016, 12:49:37 PM
Awesomeprime, you are making me feel a lot better about the $550 in medical bills I have to pay because I screwed up something with my health insurance. :-)

That's enough justification for me! Back to my crazy lifestyle, as it is performing community service! WOO HOO! Third car here I come!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on March 08, 2016, 06:38:27 AM
I broke down during my three hour class yesterday and bought a bag of cheezits from the vending machine. Could have easily been saved with a bit of pre-planning (I usually bring some crackers or fruit), but there you have it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Geostache on March 10, 2016, 07:44:32 AM
Last night, my husband came upstairs and announced to me that my car wouldn't start. It's 13 years old, less than 100k miles on it, but has needed some major repairs in the past two years. We carpool to work most days, so it's not even a daily driver. The reason it didn't start right away was because it had been sitting for a week and a half without being started, let alone driven!

My rational brain is telling me to ride this car out until it no longer works and replace it with a used car with good gas mileage. My emotional brain is telling me to dump it and buy a brand-new (new new, not 'new-to-me' new), shiny crossover. Sigh.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chesebert on March 10, 2016, 10:16:45 AM
After months of deliberation and agonizing, I broke down and bought a $1400 monitor with calibration device for my photography hobby. The final purchasing decision went something like..."screw this, I will just get the best..." Not the most rational way to spend ones money.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: JordanOfGilead on March 10, 2016, 10:22:45 AM
I spent ~$200 on car parts to make one of my cars safer this week. (hood latch and wheel bearings). That in itself wouldn't be too bad if half of the total cost wasn't the overnight shipping I payed for so that I could have the parts in time to install them before driving to a car meet 65 miles away on Saturday evening.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: resy on March 12, 2016, 10:42:08 AM
I bought a bar cart. A fucking bar cart like some pretentious rich jerk.
$375 at the local vintage shop down the drain. It is beautiful, italian made with beautiful inlays...but $375, just damn.
Did I mention my husband doesn't drink and I do but only on occasion and we dont really have many people over so yeah.
I keep trying to figure out if I should list it on craigslist or resell at a ritzier vintage shop downtown.
Ugg.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on March 12, 2016, 12:34:33 PM
I bought a bar cart. A fucking bar cart like some pretentious rich jerk.
$375 at the local vintage shop down the drain. It is beautiful, italian made with beautiful inlays...but $375, just damn.
Did I mention my husband doesn't drink and I do but only on occasion and we dont really have many people over so yeah.
I keep trying to figure out if I should list it on craigslist or resell at a ritzier vintage shop downtown.
Ugg.

I also bought a bar cart/drinks trolley in a charity shop just before Christmas, intending to recover the old fashioned shelves for NYE with vinyl or something. I didn't it get around to recovering it for NYE so it's sitting in the hall in the way at the moment, getting in my way. Trying to decide whether to do it now and dind it a place, or just take it back and donate it.
At least it was only £7.99!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 12, 2016, 12:47:19 PM
I bought expensive, fancy pants rice wraps for like $4.50 for a pack. Worse? I don't like them.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: CindyBS on March 12, 2016, 03:31:52 PM
I bought a bar cart. A fucking bar cart like some pretentious rich jerk.
$375 at the local vintage shop down the drain. It is beautiful, italian made with beautiful inlays...but $375, just damn.
Did I mention my husband doesn't drink and I do but only on occasion and we dont really have many people over so yeah.
I keep trying to figure out if I should list it on craigslist or resell at a ritzier vintage shop downtown.
Ugg.

Sell it and then use the proceeds to buy a super cheap used baby changing table (or even trash pick one).  Then upcycle it to a bar cart. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: resy on March 12, 2016, 05:40:05 PM
Actually, I think I will sell it and keep my liquor in the kitchen cabinet like regular people lol
I bought that thing weeks ago and I have buyer's remorse every.single.day
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on March 15, 2016, 08:22:28 AM
Actually, I think I will sell it and keep my liquor in the kitchen cabinet like regular people lol
I bought that thing weeks ago and I have buyer's remorse every.single.day
Ouch! If you figure out what exactly the bar cart represented to you, it could prove to be valuable after all.

Does it represent a life filled with leisure or frequent entertaining?  Did someone in your past who had one have a lifestyle you aspire to? Proof of self-control by placing temptation out in the open and not succumbing to it? Are you just a sukka for great design? 

I don't know your answer, but something strong made you dump a lot of money on a thing that is quite non-essential. A little digging to understand your motivation could save you from doing it again with something far more expensive. Even the memory of your post-purchase angst is a good lesson.

Once you figure it out, you could end up keeping the cart as a symbol of what you've discovered about yourself. If you decide not to keep it, try Craigslist so you keep all the proceeds. Make it a game to get all of your money back. Dumping it to punish yourself for making a frivolous purchase would just compound the angst.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 15, 2016, 09:46:16 AM
Little facepunch: I forgot to get gas before picking up an extra work shift yesterday, necessitating buying gas near the work site, where gas was $0.25/gal more than the station near me, and NO rewards points from it. Boo.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on March 15, 2016, 11:53:01 AM
I need a preemptive facepunch. My BF and I have been together 5 years this Friday, and I'm debating taking us out to dinner in a restaurant. We never go out to restaurants. The occasional beer with friends will occur, but other then that, no - I think we've bought ourselves dinner together maybe 3 times over our relationship. I make great food at home. Facepunch me please, force me to find an alternative to celebrate.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on March 15, 2016, 01:09:29 PM
I need a preemptive facepunch. My BF and I have been together 5 years this Friday, and I'm debating taking us out to dinner in a restaurant. We never go out to restaurants. The occasional beer with friends will occur, but other then that, no - I think we've bought ourselves dinner together maybe 3 times over our relationship. I make great food at home. Facepunch me please, force me to find an alternative to celebrate.
For our special occasions, we make a special dinner together at home.  We also splurge on a nice bottle of wine.  The act of cooking together is not something we do often, so I enjoy the prep work as much as the meal. 

Maybe you could start looking at recipes and plan an elaborate meal plan.  While you might spend a lot on the specialty ingredients, you'll enough leftovers for several meals. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: tomatops on March 17, 2016, 07:49:03 AM
I went to the gym for my swimming lessons and forgot to pack my towel. I rented one for $2.00, which I could've used for a much better purpose. Facepunch me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on March 17, 2016, 12:03:00 PM
I went to the gym for my swimming lessons and forgot to pack my towel. I rented one for $2.00, which I could've used for a much better purpose. Facepunch me.

If you ever, I mean EVER get kidnapped by Zaphod Beeblebrox, you're going to be so screwed.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on March 21, 2016, 10:34:35 AM
I was invited to a flamenco dance performance so I had to spend money to look decent.  I was given a dress but had to pay $10 for a matching light sweater at Burlington, $30 for my hair, $29 for shoes, $30 for my hair to be styled by the same nice girl who gave me the dress,$5 for tights.  $10 for makeup (mascara and lip gloss only not the full on spread).  $15 for nail gel polish and top coat I did do my own nails thank God for Sally Hansen line.

Total $154.  Being out on an actual social enjoyable outing and dressing up to look like a real girl for once: Priceless!

But now I feel guilty for what I spent please facepunch me....

 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: resy on March 21, 2016, 12:20:41 PM
I was invited to a flamenco dance performance so I had to spend money to look decent.  I was given a dress but had to pay $10 for a matching light sweater at Burlington, $30 for my hair, $29 for shoes, $30 for my hair to be styled by the same nice girl who gave me the dress,$5 for tights.  $10 for makeup (mascara and lip gloss only not the full on spread).  $15 for nail gel polish and top coat I did do my own nails thank God for Sally Hansen line.

Total $154.  Being out on an actual social enjoyable outing and dressing up to look like a real girl for once: Priceless!

But now I feel guilty for what I spent please facepunch me....

I thought you were going to be in the performance as I read your post!
$60 on hair? The other items I can understand if you dont own them at all (cant wear a nice dress with tennis shoes)...but $60 in hair? What did you have done to it?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on March 21, 2016, 12:27:33 PM
That was a typo I didn't realize I had put in my $30 entry twice.  It was more like $47 counting the temporary color styling gel and moisturizing product from the beauty supply  I hadn't been out to that type of function since 2012.  I do not style my own hair on special occasions I go to the girl.    It was mostly leftover money from my small bonus but still....

I do own dress shoes but they're heels and I cannot walk in them.  So she recommended I get flats to wear. They closed my Payless for remodeling so I went grudgingly to Discount Shoe Warehouse.

On the Mustachian side I got credit for the receipts from Receipt Hog, a special on the makeup from Walgreens.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: choppingwood on March 21, 2016, 01:27:02 PM
I bought a bar cart. A fucking bar cart like some pretentious rich jerk.
$375 at the local vintage shop down the drain. It is beautiful, italian made with beautiful inlays...but $375, just damn.
Did I mention my husband doesn't drink and I do but only on occasion and we dont really have many people over so yeah.
I keep trying to figure out if I should list it on craigslist or resell at a ritzier vintage shop downtown.
Ugg.

On the other hand, it sounds like it is very pretty. You could forgive yourself, and then enjoy it for the rest of your long and happy life.

I believe that furniture is forever, and have a few mahogany pieces in my little house, because a couple of previous generations in my family believed the same. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: resy on March 22, 2016, 03:06:24 PM

On the other hand, it sounds like it is very pretty. You could forgive yourself, and then enjoy it for the rest of your long and happy life.

I believe that furniture is forever, and have a few mahogany pieces in my little house, because a couple of previous generations in my family believed the same.

Maybe. It IS beautiful and now I appreciate it more and resent the price less when I look at it. I have had a very bad experience with furniture, in my early 20s, my then bf and I furnished our apartment with really expensive (to us at least) Dania and West Elm furniture. It lasted little as we split up and we fought over the stuff, I decided to cut my loses and leave it to him but then months after I was contacted by a lady that had been renting him the basement of her house as storage. He hadn't payed for 2 months, at the time $200 total, and told me if I paid her I could have it. I did and I got it but within all the moving the furniture started to become wobbly and stuff and now all I have of all those things is my dinning room table.I swore I would never spend so much money on furniture again.
Maybe I'll keep it..but Im not buying anything else! Lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: resy on March 22, 2016, 03:13:21 PM
That was a typo I didn't realize I had put in my $30 entry twice.  It was more like $47 counting the temporary color styling gel and moisturizing product from the beauty supply  I hadn't been out to that type of function since 2012.  I do not style my own hair on special occasions I go to the girl.    It was mostly leftover money from my small bonus but still....

I do own dress shoes but they're heels and I cannot walk in them.  So she recommended I get flats to wear. They closed my Payless for remodeling so I went grudgingly to Discount Shoe Warehouse.

On the Mustachian side I got credit for the receipts from Receipt Hog, a special on the makeup from Walgreens.

Given how long it had been since you had a night out like that you shouldn't be too hard on yourself. Plus, flats are very versatile. I would recommend watching a youtube video of an easy hairstyle you can do youself on a night out or invest in an inexpensive flat iron ($20?) And just iron your hair for nights out. It beats paying someone to style it every time :) I am THEE laziest with my long hair and my flat iron is my best friend!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Physicsteacher on March 22, 2016, 06:13:55 PM
I bought a prom dress this week. I have to chaperone since I am a junior class sponsor, and I probably could have gotten away with wearing a black pantsuit I already own. Instead, I let a nagging feeling that that wouldn't be formal enough result in my spending $45.95 on EBay for a long silk dress and matching jacket. No one cares if chaperones look pretty.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on March 23, 2016, 10:02:48 AM
I bought a prom dress this week. I have to chaperone since I am a junior class sponsor, and I probably could have gotten away with wearing a black pantsuit I already own. Instead, I let a nagging feeling that that wouldn't be formal enough result in my spending $45.95 on EBay for a long silk dress and matching jacket. No one cares if chaperones look pretty.

Not necessarily true. I remember noticing, 20 years ago, that the deputies supervising were wearing their dress uniforms. I appreciated the gesture.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on March 23, 2016, 10:03:14 AM
I am frightened of putting heat on my hair since I nearly burned it all off blowing it dry and attempting to flat iron it over the years.  On my own I just wash condition and moisturize it.  I only allow licensed hairstylists or that one girl to apply heat to my head.  I am happy to say I am still enjoying the nail polish lol and I intend to keep my hair in this style for another 3-5 days at least until the itching becomes unbearable.  I did enjoy dressing up but it is good to be back to a nerdy girl with no makeup and my tops and pants.


Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on March 23, 2016, 09:25:01 PM
I decided to treat myself to some fancy chocolates tonight because I had time to kill and I thought it would be nice to be financially supportive of Belgium. That would be OK, but I fell for the "if you spend just six more dollars we'll throw in a free bag of chocolate-covered caramels!" spiel. So by the time I got a pound of chocolates and the two little chocolate bunnies to get me over the line for the free caramels, I had spent too much money on more chocolate than I should be eating.

But the real facepunch is because after that, I said to myself, oh, I already spent too much tonight, I might as well go all out and get a drink at that fancy bar since I still have some time to kill before 8... That was a weak moment. And it wasn't even that good, definitely not worth the money. :-(

I'm going to go bite the ears off a chocolate bunny to make me feel better about being an idiot.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on March 23, 2016, 09:30:01 PM
I'm going to go bite the ears off a chocolate bunny to make me feel better about being an idiot.
One of the great philosophical statements of our time
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: RetiredAt63 on March 24, 2016, 06:49:36 PM
I'm going to go bite the ears off a chocolate bunny to make me feel better about being an idiot.
Why hold back?  Take off its head.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chesebert on March 25, 2016, 04:20:34 PM
Off with the head!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: robtown on March 25, 2016, 07:10:38 PM
I just signed up for a CITI AT&T card to get $650 back on an iphone 6s.   I'll sell my 5s for between $150 and $200.   I'll also upgrade to a 128G phone.  On the plus side I got my plan reduced to $75 plus tax for 2G data, two phones, unlimited text/calls, and data rollover.  We use 900MB a month.   I have to spend $2k in 3 months (about $1150 after phone).   Moving fios, cell bill, toll bill, netflix, audible, and a few other monthly bills should cover it.   

Also the new phone will improve the performance of my kickstarter Hexo+ drone.   Bought with profits from side gig of refurbishing and flipping bicycles.   With a 360 degree camera on board it should take some interesting overheads.

I did hold out using a flip phone for 2 years while my family members had iPhone 3;  my wife is now satisfied with her iPhone 5.

Ok,  FI is a couple more months out,  I'm to old for RE but should make FI by 2019.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lunahsol on March 25, 2016, 07:24:23 PM
I decided to treat myself to some fancy chocolates tonight because I had time to kill and I thought it would be nice to be financially supportive of Belgium. That would be OK, but I fell for the "if you spend just six more dollars we'll throw in a free bag of chocolate-covered caramels!" spiel. So by the time I got a pound of chocolates and the two little chocolate bunnies to get me over the line for the free caramels, I had spent too much money on more chocolate than I should be eating.

But the real facepunch is because after that, I said to myself, oh, I already spent too much tonight, I might as well go all out and get a drink at that fancy bar since I still have some time to kill before 8... That was a weak moment. And it wasn't even that good, definitely not worth the money. :-(

I'm going to go bite the ears off a chocolate bunny to make me feel better about being an idiot.

Best facepunch ever!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on April 05, 2016, 09:02:35 AM
I bought a ticket to see Amon Amarth in concert in Charlotte, NC. That's a little less than $40. I will drive 2.5 hours to see a Viking death metal band on a weekday. $20, maybe. I will leave right after work and so will probably buy food and beer. Another $40. In years to come I will need hearing aids. $?,???.

No regrets. None. Facepunch away. I'll tell everyone at the concert that I got the bruise in a fight with a pirate.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Pooperman on April 05, 2016, 09:18:53 AM
I bought a ticket to see Amon Amarth in concert in Charlotte, NC. That's a little less than $40. I will drive 2.5 hours to see a Viking death metal band on a weekday. $20, maybe. I will leave right after work and so will probably buy food and beer. Another $40. In years to come I will need hearing aids. $4,500.

No regrets. None. Facepunch away. I'll tell everyone at the concert that I got the bruise in a fight with a pirate.

Yep. That's how much.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 05, 2016, 09:45:29 AM
I bought a ticket to see Amon Amarth in concert in Charlotte, NC. That's a little less than $40. I will drive 2.5 hours to see a Viking death metal band on a weekday. $20, maybe. I will leave right after work and so will probably buy food and beer. Another $40. In years to come I will need hearing aids. $?,???.

If you think the concert will be ear-damagingly loud, just pick up a pair of musician's earplugs. $15-$20 and they are designed for listening to music so you don't lose all the high-end like you do with foam plugs.

I went to over 200 concerts last year. Earplugs are our friends :-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on April 05, 2016, 09:49:42 AM
That's a great idea, Dollar Slice! I'll look into it. My ears are already on the downhill slope thanks to genetics and Motley Crue, but I'm not in any hurry to worsen the damage. Thank you!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 05, 2016, 10:30:02 AM
That's a great idea, Dollar Slice! I'll look into it. My ears are already on the downhill slope thanks to genetics and Motley Crue, but I'm not in any hurry to worsen the damage. Thank you!

I have the genetics thing going against me - multiple generations of women losing their hearing. In my 20s I would use foam earplugs, then discovered the Etymotic ER-20s, and I invested in a pair of custom-fit professional music earplugs ($150) four years ago. I have used them hundreds of times and I love them. Really worth it. But in the last four years a ton of companies have started making non-custom ones which are much cheaper and give you some great options and a more comfortable fit.

Also, this is my 666th post and it is talking about heavy metal concerts. \m/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on April 05, 2016, 10:51:05 AM
I spent $54 for my son's birthday last week he turned 22.  I got him a Mod Pizza giftcard since they have dairy free cheese, dairy free whoopie pies and dairy free cheesecake and ice cream from Whole Foods.  Please facepunch me...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on April 06, 2016, 07:12:27 AM
But the real facepunch is because after that, I said to myself, oh, I already spent too much tonight, I might as well go all out and get a drink at that fancy bar since I still have some time to kill before 8... That was a weak moment. And it wasn't even that good, definitely not worth the money. :-(

This was pretty much me on Weight Watchers. "Well I messed up and used too many points this week. Clearly my life is ruined now, so it won't matter if I go and eat that huge plate of alfredo pasta with giant brownie sundae for dessert."

So I need a facepunch for being an idiot. Went to buy two (nonrefundable) 10-ride train tickets and bought both for the wrong zone. Ended up spending $11 too much, so now I think I'll run out transit FSA funds before the end of the month and will have to cover some out of pocket. That on top of me forgetting my ticket and bus pass once last month, which led to me having to pay like $10 out of pocket then too!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HairyUpperLip on April 13, 2016, 09:55:37 AM
Also, this is my 666th post and it is talking about heavy metal concerts. \m/

lolol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on April 14, 2016, 02:26:57 AM
I paid $7 for those Biore things you stick to your nose to clean your pores bad bad me


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on April 14, 2016, 06:36:39 AM
I paid $7 for those Biore things you stick to your nose to clean your pores bad bad me
You can buy an entire roll of duct tape for $7 and do your whole body.

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That may be rather more antimustachian !
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsDinero on April 14, 2016, 06:44:18 AM
A couple of years ago I used to buy Shakeology ($140/bag).  I found they were prefect in my road warrior bag when I would sometimes have less than 5 minutes to consume a meal (other than drive thru) as I ran to meet the next client.

I just threw out 3 bags of this stuff because the expiration has long passed (my doctor advised I not drink them during pregnancy).

Basically I just tossed $420 in the trash. 

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on April 14, 2016, 07:15:48 AM

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That may be rather more antimustachian !
Lol, it automatically puts the 'sent from my iPhone' message when you use 'Tapatalk'. I don't consider my iPhone too antimoustachian though as I had my IPhone 3GS for 4.5 years until it broke then I bought the 5S upfront it's 2 years old and I will keep it as long as possible, then I'll see what other cheaper smart phone I can get
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on April 14, 2016, 07:19:57 AM
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 14, 2016, 09:08:38 AM
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awesome.  But does $20 include the awesome Italian that goes with the concert/did you end up going last night?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 14, 2016, 09:44:00 AM
Awesome.  But does $20 include the awesome Italian that goes with the concert/did you end up going last night?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've actually been having to convince myself to spend more on taxis lately because I've been dealing with medical issues that make it painful to walk, and after years of telling myself that taxis are only for emergencies and lazy people who love wasting money, it's tough to get in the mindset that spending $25 is probably OK if it means you will not be in near-constant pain for two days afterwards. It's a hard line to draw - how much walking is too much walking, how much pain is too much pain? How do you put a dollar value on pain? Comes up a lot in other areas too - how much is OK to spend on convenience food when it hurts to spend half an hour standing in the kitchen, etc.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on April 18, 2016, 02:32:35 PM
Well, our trip to Argentina was SUPPOSED to be Mustachian.

On the day of the wedding, a few hours before it started, I pulled my suit out of the closet and discovered a giant tear in the coat's sleeve that somehow occurred while wearing it on the flight or carrying it thereafter - I have no clue at all. We promptly freaked out (OK, mostly DW freaked out) and flailed all over town at various solutions before eventually blowing $500 on an entire new suit. I haven't spend $500 on clothes in five friggin' years, guys. I still feel like a moron, but oh well. The cash ended up coming out of the spending money her grandma always gives her when we arrive, but still... still... good gawd!!!! :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dragoncar on April 18, 2016, 06:30:56 PM
http://facepunch.me/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on April 18, 2016, 10:41:52 PM
http://facepunch.me/
Lol I will have to open this link next time I'm thinking of doing something face punch worthy
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: ShoulderThingThatGoesUp on April 19, 2016, 11:47:22 AM
I test-drove a new Ford C-Max Energi yesterday. It's so cool...

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

My wife hates the idea of a used car and really wants to keep our Fit, and I'm not sure what the right answer is on that.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: JoRocka on April 19, 2016, 01:22:53 PM
I needed a total face punch yesterday- to bad I wasn't sitting at my desk where I could get one.

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

Facepunch- took BOTH products I exchanged home.

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

Old navy stuff is going back on Thursday when I get a chance to go back. under adult supervision- because I cannot be trusted.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on April 19, 2016, 08:08:59 PM
I went to over 200 concerts last year.
Ho-Lee shit! You said that on this thread and you're not seeking a facepunch? Details, please. Is it work related? Are you a music critic? Wow, just thinking about that is making my ears ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weep for my first world problems. Then punch me in the face.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Eric222 on April 20, 2016, 08:26:24 AM
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Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.
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Isn't gaming laptop an oxymoron?  ;)  Exercise that frugality muscle!  (I totally condone a gaming PC for less than $300 bucks though...that's what I do!).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on April 20, 2016, 08:54:08 AM
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Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.
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Isn't gaming laptop an oxymoron?  ;)  Exercise that frugality muscle!  (I totally condone a gaming PC for less than $300 bucks though...that's what I do!).
Not at all, especially with how small components are getting these days. You just have to be willing to pay a premium (2-3x more for equal power) for it and forgo hardware upgrades (although modern ones are much more upgradeable). Desktop didn't make sense when I was in college during the week and living (and gaming) with my then-fiance on weekends. Desktop doesn't make sense now because my husband's hulking beast and 3 monitors takes up a large chunk of our 500 ft. apartment. Which is the problem with building a PC--nowhere to put it except the floor next to the TV (which would be my monitor).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Eric222 on April 20, 2016, 09:10:30 AM
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Also, I'm getting a very large tax refund (oops), and I'm sorely tempted to spend a chunk of it ($1500+) on a new gaming laptop. Mine is on its last legs (the screen turns off after 20 minutes and it seems to be an unfixable motherboard issue). But I don't have time to game anymore--I haven't even really missed not having my laptop. And hubs has enough spare parts lying around that we could build a halfway passable PC for me for less than $300. But I want a shiny new laptop.
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Isn't gaming laptop an oxymoron?  ;)  Exercise that frugality muscle!  (I totally condone a gaming PC for less than $300 bucks though...that's what I do!).
Not at all, especially with how small components are getting these days. You just have to be willing to pay a premium (2-3x more for equal power) for it and forgo hardware upgrades (although modern ones are much more upgradeable). Desktop didn't make sense when I was in college during the week and living (and gaming) with my then-fiance on weekends. Desktop doesn't make sense now because my husband's hulking beast and 3 monitors takes up a large chunk of our 500 ft. apartment. Which is the problem with building a PC--nowhere to put it except the floor next to the TV (which would be my monitor).
I know it isn't an oxymoron anymore, hence the wink.  But the premium and difficulty of upgrading make me cringe.  Then again, using TVs as monitors also makes me cringe! 

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

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

$500 for a suit is tough to stomach. I purchased one "expensive" suit many years ago for about tree fiddy and I've worn it twice (couple of weddings including my own). Until I become Mr. Big Shot I hope to keep this one for a while. Hopefully you can do the same.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on April 22, 2016, 08:25:32 AM
The concert was amazing. Enthusiastic bands, good venue, hyper-crazy audience, it had everything! I was briefly and accidentally pulled in the mosh pit. My foot was stepped on by a 250+ pound biker. I headbanged so hard I hurt my neck. I bought the new Amon Amarth cd. Good times.

And I deserve all of the face punches because after the concert ended I went and got fast food. On the plus side, it reminded me of why I never go for fast food.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: zephyr911 on April 22, 2016, 09:27:30 AM
$500 for a suit is tough to stomach. I purchased one "expensive" suit many years ago for about tree fiddy and I've worn it twice (couple of weddings including my own). Until I become Mr. Big Shot I hope to keep this one for a while. Hopefully you can do the same.
Yeah, I still feel shitty about it even though I didn't end up paying any of the cost. Such a waste.
I already have several decent suits that I managed to acquire from thrift stores or for free; the only thing I've ever paid retail for were two nice coats (black/blue) at $99 each - they were bought as separates but matched to other pants and worked well enough. The black one was what I ripped, and the new set was basically the same thing for way more money.
But it does look really great on me and I will wear it for every formal occasion ever again, in my life, just to try to get the per-use cost into single digits. Who knows.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Seppia on April 24, 2016, 04:43:52 AM
I just spent 1h30 in a traffic jam to drive like 15 miles.
It got me on a beautiful place on Lake Como, but if I had left at 830 instead of 11 I would have cut transit time at least in half.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: AlwaysLearningToSave on April 27, 2016, 03:39:21 PM
Bought a brand new lawnmower because the one I currently have did not start this spring.  This is the new one: http://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cubcadet/sc-100-sc100-2013 (http://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cubcadet/sc-100-sc100-2013)

My rationalizations include: 
 

Reality:
 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Futtee on April 27, 2016, 06:38:15 PM
Went to the Apple store with my DH to replace failing battery of his iPhone 5, walked way with one new iPhone 6 Plus to the tune of $800.  MAJOR FACEPUNCH!!!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on April 27, 2016, 10:16:10 PM
Forgot library book at park. Couldn't go back for it because dinner and kids. Going to rain tonight, so unless some Good Samaritan picked it up, I'll owe $20 replacement.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on May 20, 2016, 01:05:47 PM
I'm having such a lucky sort of day that I briefly thought of buying a lottery ticket. So far I have resisted...
Title: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on May 30, 2016, 01:01:43 PM
First day back at work after holidays, I bought 2 lattes today, I really should have only bought one! Partly money and partly because I have a cold so tea would have been better than coffee after lunch. I will bring a mug tomorrow so that I can make tea, the mugs in the kitchen are gross.


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

I always loved watches, together with scuba diving it is my weakness.
I managed to tame it for a while (sold a bunch of watches and stopped buying more), but today I caved.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jbjr on June 07, 2016, 08:17:43 PM
Not so much interested in a face punch. But this was definitely not mustachian.

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

But... My brother wanted to visit some off the strip sites. So we went to the Valley of Fire and the Hoover Dam. We decided to rent a car instead of taking a formal tour. So we rented a Lamborghini. A convertible Gallardo. Kermit green. Renting the car for the day cost more than the hotel for three nights. And it was worth every damn penny. I doubt i'll ever do it again but driving that car through the desert was an absolutely spectacular experience.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Hall11235 on June 08, 2016, 08:07:52 AM
Pretty much every dollar I have ever spent on Magic: the Gathering.

Easily my most expensive hobby. But damn, do I enjoy it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on June 08, 2016, 02:59:49 PM
I impulse bought a laptop last week.  I can't believe me.  But then... The next morning, my current 7-year old laptop stopped functioning appropriately.  Signs point to motherboard issues.  So while I certainly deserve a facepunch for the impulse buy, I'm happy I bought the new one when I did.  Selling the old one for parts will hopefully cover about half of the purchase price.  But still.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on June 09, 2016, 02:04:33 AM
I got free lunch at work today but the deal was they paid for food and we pay for drinks, so I bought a glass of wine $7.50 aghhhhhh bad bad me


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on June 09, 2016, 08:51:15 AM
Do we still get face punches if we pay for something with credit card cash back?

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

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

That said, no one should begrudge the occasional splurge and using "found money" like cash back rewards to do so is a great way to limit the damage of splurging. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: slugline on June 09, 2016, 09:29:51 AM
Do we still get face punches if we pay for something with credit card cash back?

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

Assuming that you're free to spend it on anything you want I see no difference between the rebate from a credit card and "real money." I view my credit card use like having a coupon good for a small time-delayed discount on everything I buy. So I'd say your Ferris wheel ride  must pass the face-punch worthiness test on its own merit!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on June 09, 2016, 01:04:29 PM
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on June 09, 2016, 04:33:56 PM
I used up too much time making yogurt and eating free greens and did not have time to pack snacks for the kids' daycare. Now I will be charged $2 each for their snacks. Sigh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on June 10, 2016, 09:09:18 AM
I used up too much time making yogurt and eating free greens and did not have time to pack snacks for the kids' daycare. Now I will be charged $2 each for their snacks. Sigh.
But what happened to the book in the park???
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on June 10, 2016, 09:16:29 AM
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
I'm torn here.

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

On the other hand, I own a couple of cookbooks and totally understand the need to have a physical cookbook to browse through (but I also borrow way more cookbooks than I own). And I'm not sure I can justify a facepunch for buying used and providing books a loving home. And if you actually use them for cooking, that's inherently Mustachian.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on June 10, 2016, 10:30:21 AM
I like Google for recipes sometimes but there is something satisfying about cracking open a cookbook to explore for the first time and spilling something in it to "break it in" using it.  For the last 6 to 8 weeks I have resisted the urge to acquire new ones since I have enough to keep me contented.  French food wasn't as hard as I thought, Russian food not bad, Chinese I am still learning, and good old fashioned soul food is always in demand in my house. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on June 10, 2016, 10:46:37 AM
I like Google for recipes sometimes but there is something satisfying about cracking open a cookbook to explore for the first time and spilling something in it to "break it in" using it.  For the last 6 to 8 weeks I have resisted the urge to acquire new ones since I have enough to keep me contented.  French food wasn't as hard as I thought, Russian food not bad, Chinese I am still learning, and good old fashioned soul food is always in demand in my house.
Agreed. And you definitely don't want to spill on or set on fire a cookbook you borrowed from the library.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Magilla on June 10, 2016, 02:17:27 PM
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
I'm torn here.

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

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

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

Also, while I love the library, I also love owning books and I don't mind supporting authors I enjoy by buying their books.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on June 11, 2016, 09:32:58 AM
For the past few weeks I have been overindulging at the used book store and my cousin's really excellent Salvation Army on tops and cookbooks.  I think I have spent maybe $100 total.  I scooped up Food and Wine books, Bon Appetit, Betty Crocker and my next hump African cooking.  Please face punch me...
I'm torn here.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

A lovely gesture but it (and the inevitable facepunch) could have been avoided if we'd, you know, discussed it...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dorothyc on June 30, 2016, 06:36:15 PM
I accidentally bought the DRM Epub (Adobe Digital Editions) version of a technical book I've wanted for a long time, instead of the paperback. I can't read the code examples properly because the text is too faint, and can't lend the book to my team.

The site recently changed format and I didn't see the drop down to select paperback until several days after ordering, when I was wondering where my book was. :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: EscapeVelocity2020 on June 30, 2016, 09:43:00 PM
posting to follow.  I deserve facepunches from the unwashed masses too, maybe I will find them here, vicariously through your face :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on July 06, 2016, 11:54:35 AM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on July 06, 2016, 04:53:20 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on July 06, 2016, 06:42:52 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.
'
Boiling eggs is soooo easy, but I have a weird aversion to it. But I've recently learned that you can pressure steam eggs in an Instant Pot, so that may spell the end of purchasing pre-boiled/peeled eggs for me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 06, 2016, 06:51:45 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on July 06, 2016, 07:22:34 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?
The two-packs that I've bought at a grocery store are about $1, so not cheap.  I usually hard boil my own eggs, but I like the option when we're on a road trip.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on July 06, 2016, 09:18:19 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?


I think my 6-pack was like $2-3? Thus the need for a facepunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 06, 2016, 11:50:55 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?


I think my 6-pack was like $2-3? Thus the need for a facepunch.

Eggs here are already $6-$7/dozen.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on July 07, 2016, 03:06:04 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?


I think my 6-pack was like $2-3? Thus the need for a facepunch.

Eggs here are already $6-$7/dozen.
In Austraila?!?
Are those el cheapo eggs or farm hand fed chickens with pedigrees? Wow.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onlykelsey on July 07, 2016, 03:11:57 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?


I think my 6-pack was like $2-3? Thus the need for a facepunch.

Eggs here are already $6-$7/dozen.
In Austraila?!?
Are those el cheapo eggs or farm hand fed chickens with pedigrees? Wow.

Also remember the exchnage rate, I think .74 aus to 1 US right now.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 07, 2016, 05:35:33 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?


I think my 6-pack was like $2-3? Thus the need for a facepunch.

Eggs here are already $6-$7/dozen.
In Austraila?!?
Are those el cheapo eggs or farm hand fed chickens with pedigrees? Wow.

Also remember the exchnage rate, I think .74 aus to 1 US right now.

Earlier this year our state and federal governments changed labelling laws regarding the definition of free-range eggs.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/03/31/consumers-urged-boycott-19-egg-brands-after-free-range-definition-announced

Store-brand cage eggs are $3/dozen.

Store-brand "free range" (which did not meet the old definition of free-range) are $5.20.

Actual free-range (endorsed by a national consumer advocacy group in line CSIRO guidelines) are about $6.80.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onlykelsey on July 07, 2016, 05:37:21 PM

Earlier this year our state and federal governments changed labelling laws regarding the definition of free-range eggs.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/03/31/consumers-urged-boycott-19-egg-brands-after-free-range-definition-announced

Store-brand cage eggs are $3/dozen.

Store-brand "free range" (which did not meet the old definition of free-range) are $5.20.

Actual free-range (endorsed by a national consumer advocacy group in line CSIRO guidelines) are about $6.80.

Well, that sounds like a piece of legislation that no powerful lobbying group had any say in!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on July 07, 2016, 07:38:30 PM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.

Australian here. I've never seen them for sale so I'm just curious. How much do they cost?


I think my 6-pack was like $2-3? Thus the need for a facepunch.

Eggs here are already $6-$7/dozen.
In Austraila?!?
Are those el cheapo eggs or farm hand fed chickens with pedigrees? Wow.

Also remember the exchnage rate, I think .74 aus to 1 US right now.

Earlier this year our state and federal governments changed labelling laws regarding the definition of free-range eggs.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/03/31/consumers-urged-boycott-19-egg-brands-after-free-range-definition-announced

Store-brand cage eggs are $3/dozen.

Store-brand "free range" (which did not meet the old definition of free-range) are $5.20.

Actual free-range (endorsed by a national consumer advocacy group in line CSIRO guidelines) are about $6.80.
Ah, good. Our cheap eggs are about $3 per dozen too, and we have similar ag rules, control and dollar. You had me shocked there.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dpfromva on July 08, 2016, 11:30:13 AM
Ginormous hole in woven blanket got too big to ignore (my toes, dogs' paws getting stuck, etc.) Blankets on sale at Target nearby, went there, DIDN'T like the color, paid full price for SAME blanket, different color. Can you even see the freaking blanket under the quilt? No, but I would KNOW it was that weird pinky red instead of that nice blue. Oh yeah, that was worth an extra $18.
On serious note, what's the Mustachian balance for a nice living and working enviro that doesn't bum you out everytime you look at it (oh, hey, look, my cheapo college bookshelf seems to be collapsing after 35 years!) and over-the-top matching throw pillow fetishes?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on July 08, 2016, 12:03:27 PM
Ginormous hole in woven blanket got too big to ignore (my toes, dogs' paws getting stuck, etc.) Blankets on sale at Target nearby, went there, DIDN'T like the color, paid full price for SAME blanket, different color. Can you even see the freaking blanket under the quilt? No, but I would KNOW it was that weird pinky red instead of that nice blue. Oh yeah, that was worth an extra $18.

Just had a flashback to a furnished dormitory I stayed in (when I was living abroad for two semesters in college) - the blankets they gave us were an unpleasant texture and a bright Pepto-Bismol-bubble-gum pink. I could think of a lot of worse ways to spend $18. But maybe you can try to save it somewhere else to make yourself feel better about the indulgence.

This also reminds me, I need to replace my sheets since I put a hole in my fitted one for the second time in a year. I have NO IDEA what I am doing in my sleep but I put my foot through them on a regular basis.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: ShoulderThingThatGoesUp on July 08, 2016, 12:57:42 PM
I got free lunch at work today but the deal was they paid for food and we pay for drinks, so I bought a glass of wine $7.50 aghhhhhh bad bad me


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You...drank wine...and then went back to work? Huh? Is this the 1970s?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Making Cookies on July 08, 2016, 01:02:15 PM
Depends on where you live. In Italy it is common for alot of people to have wine or beer with lunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 08, 2016, 03:04:39 PM
Ginormous hole in woven blanket got too big to ignore (my toes, dogs' paws getting stuck, etc.) Blankets on sale at Target nearby, went there, DIDN'T like the color, paid full price for SAME blanket, different color. Can you even see the freaking blanket under the quilt? No, but I would KNOW it was that weird pinky red instead of that nice blue. Oh yeah, that was worth an extra $18.

That's exactly the sort of thing I would do. Otherwise you buy the weird pinky red one, it bugs you every time you look at it, maybe in a year it gets too much for you and you decide to buy the blue one anyway.

I wouldn't necessarily say this for houses or cars, purchases <$100, buy the one you want and enjoy it.
Title: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on July 09, 2016, 04:59:28 AM
I got free lunch at work today but the deal was they paid for food and we pay for drinks, so I bought a glass of wine $7.50 aghhhhhh bad bad me


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You...drank wine...and then went back to work? Huh? Is this the 1970s?
Lol I don't normally drink at lunch but it is common (In Australia land of the drinking) that if you go out to lunch for a birthday/farewell you have a drink or two as long as you don't go back to work sloshed.


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 09, 2016, 08:47:20 PM
Ginormous hole in woven blanket got too big to ignore (my toes, dogs' paws getting stuck, etc.) Blankets on sale at Target nearby, went there, DIDN'T like the color, paid full price for SAME blanket, different color. Can you even see the freaking blanket under the quilt? No, but I would KNOW it was that weird pinky red instead of that nice blue. Oh yeah, that was worth an extra $18.

That's exactly the sort of thing I would do. Otherwise you buy the weird pinky red one, it bugs you every time you look at it, maybe in a year it gets too much for you and you decide to buy the blue one anyway.

I wouldn't necessarily say this for houses or cars, purchases <$100, buy the one you want and enjoy it.

I thought of this again today as I was decluttering a bookshelf.

Seven years ago a family member decided to buy me four leather-bound photo albums as a gift. She asked if I wanted black or brown leather.

I wanted brown. My husband thought four matching albums would be boring so he suggested two brown, two black.

My mother encouraged this, 'just for something different'.

Neither of them were overly invested in it - every so often they just team up when they thought I was being too picky about things matching/complementing. Neither of them would even remember the conversation about album colour.

Seven years later it still bugs me when I see them on the bookshelf.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on July 09, 2016, 09:22:54 PM
Feeling a bit bad today after spending $70 on a night out last night. It was a VERY fun night, but I could have cut it back to $50 so easily. That's always the problem with alcohol - having one drink is fine, but two seems to be the cutoff for frugality as far as my brain chemistry is concerned. (I drink very little so I'm really a lightweight.) The two-drinks version of me is totally carefree and happy to spend money. I am glad that I resisted a third drink because I think there was about a 70% chance of three turning into four-and-a-taxi.

I wanted brown. My husband thought four matching albums would be boring so he suggested two brown, two black.

*facepalm* Well, I'm sure he has a lot of other nice qualities... ;-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 09, 2016, 09:42:54 PM
Feeling a bit bad today after spending $70 on a night out last night. It was a VERY fun night, but I could have cut it back to $50 so easily. That's always the problem with alcohol - having one drink is fine, but two seems to be the cutoff for frugality as far as my brain chemistry is concerned. (I drink very little so I'm really a lightweight.) The two-drinks version of me is totally carefree and happy to spend money. I am glad that I resisted a third drink because I think there was about a 70% chance of three turning into four-and-a-taxi.

I wanted brown. My husband thought four matching albums would be boring so he suggested two brown, two black.

*facepalm* Well, I'm sure he has a lot of other nice qualities... ;-)

:D :D :D
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: RamonaQ on July 11, 2016, 08:03:37 AM
My car insurance was up for renewal and I looked over the policy and saw that they still had me listed as driving over 10 miles each way to work. I called and had them change it and it lowered my peremium about $50/yr.

The face-punchy part: I moved THREE years ago so have been overpaying for three years.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 11, 2016, 04:13:53 PM
My car insurance was up for renewal and I looked over the policy and saw that they still had me listed as driving over 10 miles each way to work. I called and had them change it and it lowered my peremium about $50/yr.

The face-punchy part: I moved THREE years ago so have been overpaying for three years.

My mum had something similar a couple of years ago, except that she had notified them. In writing.

When she called them out on it, they went looking in her file and found a record of the letter. They refunded it five years.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dividend on July 12, 2016, 07:55:12 AM
I am currently eating an egg. The egg in question is hard boiled. I did not hard boil said egg. I do not know who did--all I know is that it was already hard boiled when I bought it and its 5 companions. And peeled, to boot! It might even be tastier for the knowledge that I live in a country where people are so lazy they buy pre-boiled, pre-peeled eggs.
Haha!  I've actually purchased hard-boiled, peeled eggs at gas stations during road trips, but they always came in 2-packs.
'
Boiling eggs is soooo easy, but I have a weird aversion to it. But I've recently learned that you can pressure steam eggs in an Instant Pot, so that may spell the end of purchasing pre-boiled/peeled eggs for me.

I have never been able to hard boil eggs successfully in a pot - I'm cursed.  I just finished hard-boiling 8 eggs in a vintage egg cooker (belonged to my grandmother).  This thing is old, the hotplate part is totally calcified, it's covered in wicker on the outside, and the electric cord is starting to fray.  When it finally gives up the ghost, I will happily pay the $20-30 to replace it with a modern one.  Eggs here have been running $2.39/3 dozen at Costco.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on July 12, 2016, 08:59:35 AM
I have never been able to hard boil eggs successfully in a pot - I'm cursed.  I just finished hard-boiling 8 eggs in a vintage egg cooker (belonged to my grandmother).  This thing is old, the hotplate part is totally calcified, it's covered in wicker on the outside, and the electric cord is starting to fray.  When it finally gives up the ghost, I will happily pay the $20-30 to replace it with a modern one.  Eggs here have been running $2.39/3 dozen at Costco.

Either you fix that fraying electric cord or just give up the ghost.

I've been using a Fagor Elite pressure cooker, daily. For cooking lentils, beans, steamed rice cakes (idlis), soups, etc. Going to try boiling a batch of eggs. I've been getting daily food cravings after breakfast, I think a boiled egg will fix that. My kids have lately been on an omelette/ scrambled eggs fixation, let's see if they like boiled eggs with a little salt n pepper and cheese.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on July 14, 2016, 02:34:52 PM
Double face punch.

Packed healthy work snack. Left in fridge at home. Bought Cheetos from vending machine.

Found out milk that I keep in the work fridge for tea had spoiled. Bought iced coffee.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 14, 2016, 03:02:45 PM
Double face punch.

Packed healthy work snack. Left in fridge at home. Bought Cheetos from vending machine.

Found out milk that I keep in the work fridge for tea had spoiled. Bought iced coffee.

You have so much going on at home, FP, I don't think anyone will punch on if you are slightly distracted.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: All That Glitters on July 15, 2016, 09:20:24 PM
I wanted to do my mom a solid by getting her car fixed in the most cost-effective possible way while she's out of town. Took it to highly recommended place in Queens. Great price. They said they could fix it within an hour. During that hour I went wandering looking for food. Safely avoided an $8 wrap by buying $1.50 in cashews. Then I wound up outside a Chinese grocery store where an old man was selling antique treasures and he kept offering me "deals" so I wound up dropping $40 on a gorgeous old vase and 9 antique tin plates. I like pretty tin dish-ware for my spendthrift park picnic socializing... but this really got out of hand. I deserve a bloody lip.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on July 16, 2016, 06:48:25 AM
[This also reminds me, I need to replace my sheets since I put a hole in my fitted one for the second time in a year. I have NO IDEA what I am doing in my sleep but I put my foot through them on a regular basis.
Uhm, maybe keep your toenails shorter and file them after trimming so they're smooooth? Do you get holes in your socks too?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on July 16, 2016, 09:19:31 AM
[This also reminds me, I need to replace my sheets since I put a hole in my fitted one for the second time in a year. I have NO IDEA what I am doing in my sleep but I put my foot through them on a regular basis.
Uhm, maybe keep your toenails shorter and file them after trimming so they're smooooth? Do you get holes in your socks too?
The problem is not my hygiene (thanks for being a bit rude, though, always appreciated). I have never had a hole in the toe of my sock, ever. I probably have nicer feet than most folks since I've been going to a foot surgeon every month or two lately and I try to keep them decent since I know someone will be up close and personal with them.

When I find holes in the sheet it looks like a big patch has been worn threadbare. I think I must be "running" in my dreams a lot or something.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 16, 2016, 07:05:05 PM
[This also reminds me, I need to replace my sheets since I put a hole in my fitted one for the second time in a year. I have NO IDEA what I am doing in my sleep but I put my foot through them on a regular basis.
Uhm, maybe keep your toenails shorter and file them after trimming so they're smooooth? Do you get holes in your socks too?
The problem is not my hygiene (thanks for being a bit rude, though, always appreciated). I have never had a hole in the toe of my sock, ever. I probably have nicer feet than most folks since I've been going to a foot surgeon every month or two lately and I try to keep them decent since I know someone will be up close and personal with them.

When I find holes in the sheet it looks like a big patch has been worn threadbare. I think I must be "running" in my dreams a lot or something.

I too am an adult who knows how to clip my toenails, yet has managed to tear a hole in the sheets with my foot. The foot area seems to be where sheets weaken first and are most prone to tearing according to a few friends who have done the same thing.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on July 16, 2016, 07:38:15 PM
[This also reminds me, I need to replace my sheets since I put a hole in my fitted one for the second time in a year. I have NO IDEA what I am doing in my sleep but I put my foot through them on a regular basis.
Uhm, maybe keep your toenails shorter and file them after trimming so they're smooooth? Do you get holes in your socks too?
The problem is not my hygiene (thanks for being a bit rude, though, always appreciated). I have never had a hole in the toe of my sock, ever. I probably have nicer feet than most folks since I've been going to a foot surgeon every month or two lately and I try to keep them decent since I know someone will be up close and personal with them.

When I find holes in the sheet it looks like a big patch has been worn threadbare. I think I must be "running" in my dreams a lot or something.

I too am an adult who knows how to clip my toenails, yet has managed to tear a hole in the sheets with my foot. The foot area seems to be where sheets weaken first and are most prone to tearing according to a few friends who have done the same thing.

Move north (or in your case south) to somewhere that a MMM would wear socks in bed rather than have central heating.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on July 16, 2016, 07:49:15 PM
I too am an adult who knows how to clip my toenails, yet has managed to tear a hole in the sheets with my foot. The foot area seems to be where sheets weaken first and are most prone to tearing according to a few friends who have done the same thing.

Yeah - it's not weird to me that the feet area wears out first. It is weird to me that I do it SO FAST. I got new sets of sheets that I started using when I moved (~22 months ago) and I've busted through two of them already. Really nice, thick sheets, too (they were a gift) so it's not like I'm cheaping out and getting paper-thin sheets that shred if you look at them too hard...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: nobodyspecial on July 16, 2016, 08:08:40 PM
I too am an adult who knows how to clip my toenails, yet has managed to tear a hole in the sheets with my foot. The foot area seems to be where sheets weaken first and are most prone to tearing according to a few friends who have done the same thing.

Yeah - it's not weird to me that the feet area wears out first. It is weird to me that I do it SO FAST. I got new sets of sheets that I started using when I moved (~22 months ago) and I've busted through two of them already. Really nice, thick sheets, too (they were a gift) so it's not like I'm cheaping out and getting paper-thin sheets that shred if you look at them too hard...

Does it happen most often at full moon ?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pbkmaine on July 16, 2016, 08:13:39 PM
I have never had this problem, but then, I never tuck my sheets in. I can't stand having my feet confined while sleeping.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Zaga on July 16, 2016, 08:16:25 PM
My husband does the same things to sheets, it's amazing really.  In his case he fidgets while falling asleep every night.  We used to use nice Egyptian cotton sheets, but have switched back to the sturdier poly cotton blend sheets which so far (knock on wood) are lasting longer.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on July 16, 2016, 08:17:08 PM
Does it happen most often at full moon ?

Haha. There's a thought! I'll start keeping a moon diary and let you know.

I have never had this problem, but then, I never tuck my sheets in. I can't stand having my feet confined while sleeping.

I don't tuck in my top sheets either, for the same reason - but it is the bottom/fitted sheet that I am kicking through.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on July 17, 2016, 07:11:30 PM
DH wears out the bottom sheet really quickly because his feet are very dry and rough.  I preach exfoliation and moisturizing to no avail.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 17, 2016, 08:02:05 PM
Does it happen most often at full moon ?

Haha. There's a thought! I'll start keeping a moon diary and let you know.

I have never had this problem, but then, I never tuck my sheets in. I can't stand having my feet confined while sleeping.

I don't tuck in my top sheets either, for the same reason - but it is the bottom/fitted sheet that I am kicking through.

Ha.

I too do not tuck in the sheet. I think some sheets are honestly just not made to last (even if they're expensive).

DH wears out the bottom sheet really quickly because his feet are very dry and rough.  I preach exfoliation and moisturizing to no avail.

My feet are neither dry nor rough. I have still had this issue.

Clearly the answer is: werewolf.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: flan on July 18, 2016, 03:36:16 PM
I didn't realize I could submit reimbursements for food when I visited work HQ, and so probably lost out on a couple hundred $$ of reimbursements over the last year :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on July 18, 2016, 04:03:48 PM
I too am an adult who knows how to clip my toenails, yet has managed to tear a hole in the sheets with my foot. The foot area seems to be where sheets weaken first and are most prone to tearing according to a few friends who have done the same thing.

Yeah - it's not weird to me that the feet area wears out first. It is weird to me that I do it SO FAST. I got new sets of sheets that I started using when I moved (~22 months ago) and I've busted through two of them already. Really nice, thick sheets, too (they were a gift) so it's not like I'm cheaping out and getting paper-thin sheets that shred if you look at them too hard...

Holey sheet.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dpfromva on July 28, 2016, 11:14:59 AM
I just now bought a bottled ice tea at work to go with my lunch.
Oh yeah, did I mention we have FREE hot coffee and tea in our offices?
And, what's this, an ice dispenser?
(Scratches head) I feel I am really missing an opportunity here . . . just can't put my finger on it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on July 28, 2016, 11:48:20 AM
I just now bought a bottled ice tea at work to go with my lunch.
Oh yeah, did I mention we have FREE hot coffee and tea in our offices?
And, what's this, an ice dispenser?
(Scratches head) I feel I am really missing an opportunity here . . . just can't put my finger on it.
Don't you know it both tastes better and is better for you if you paid for it??
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 09, 2016, 11:07:41 PM
Tonight I purchased $80 worth of collectible pins from a man sitting in the corner of a dimly lit bar. I have no idea what the hell I will ever do with them, but I love them. They match the collectible figurines I once spent $50 on.

My face is practically begging for a punch right now.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 15, 2016, 10:43:04 AM
I only need a minor facepunch for this year's fair sins.  I only spent $15 as opposed to the $47 last year due to not seeing anything I wanted for the grandchildren and the horrible heat.  That was spent on lemonade and deep fried chocolate chip cookies.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on August 15, 2016, 11:02:37 AM
My cell phone stopped working while I was in Texas for a conference and subsequent donor visits. Being in a strange state with my only method or contacting the dozen or so people I was trying to see and providing directions so I could actually get to them dead, I went out and bought a new phone. $800 later I deserve all of the facepunches.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kaydedid on August 15, 2016, 01:04:58 PM
Ginormous hole in woven blanket got too big to ignore (my toes, dogs' paws getting stuck, etc.) Blankets on sale at Target nearby, went there, DIDN'T like the color, paid full price for SAME blanket, different color. Can you even see the freaking blanket under the quilt? No, but I would KNOW it was that weird pinky red instead of that nice blue. Oh yeah, that was worth an extra $18.

Just had a flashback to a furnished dormitory I stayed in (when I was living abroad for two semesters in college) - the blankets they gave us were an unpleasant texture and a bright Pepto-Bismol-bubble-gum pink. I could think of a lot of worse ways to spend $18. But maybe you can try to save it somewhere else to make yourself feel better about the indulgence.

This also reminds me, I need to replace my sheets since I put a hole in my fitted one for the second time in a year. I have NO IDEA what I am doing in my sleep but I put my foot through them on a regular basis.
Get those sheet suspender thingies, and suddenly a flat sheet becomes a fitted one without any sewing. Fitteds wearing out before flats drove me crazy until I tried the suspenders!

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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 15, 2016, 01:23:38 PM
Get those sheet suspender thingies, and suddenly a flat sheet becomes a fitted one without any sewing. Fitteds wearing out before flats drove me crazy until I tried the suspenders!

Do you have to lift up the mattress to use them? I have thought about that even for my regular fitted sheets because they tend to creep up the sides of the mattress. But I assumed it would be too difficult to install every time I change the sheets.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kaydedid on August 15, 2016, 01:26:44 PM
Get those sheet suspender thingies, and suddenly a flat sheet becomes a fitted one without any sewing. Fitteds wearing out before flats drove me crazy until I tried the suspenders!

Do you have to lift up the mattress to use them? I have thought about that even for my regular fitted sheets because they tend to creep up the sides of the mattress. But I assumed it would be too difficult to install every time I change the sheets.
You just have to lift up the edge of the mattress, not the whole thing.  I use them on our twin bed, since it's easier to lift.  A little more effort, but once you get the hang of it it's not bad.

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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on August 22, 2016, 01:05:51 PM
I didn't know in what thread to post this and I don't think it merits it's own thread. Not a FacePunch to me per se, but to my partner.
So... I just inherited a dog.

His mother just decided this weekend that the lovely dog that she's had for 7 years... was suddenly no longer welcome and that she wanted to get rid of it and give it to the "pound" (or more humane equivalent here). His mother has some un-diagnosed border personality disorder, so while very unfortunate, isn't really that surprising a reaction.

He was at his mother's for the weekend and just found this ridiculous. The dog is wonderfully trained, doesn't make any messes inside, and doesn't shed. She's just high energy and his mother doesn't want it anymore.

Instead of seeing this lovely dog go to the pound, he brought her home. I'm away for the week, but he texted this morning that we have a new member in our family. Surprise!

So I now have a new dog in my 750 sq foot condo without a yard and with two full-time working adults.

He did it out of the goodness of his heart, I know this, but still. Damn.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 on August 24, 2016, 09:41:51 PM
I slipped and fell and accidentally bought a used truck today...


...but a truck is part of my FIRE plan, so I think it's ok. Still feels like I should be kicked out of the club.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: patchyfacialhair on August 25, 2016, 07:16:34 AM
I slipped and fell and accidentally bought a used truck today...


...but a truck is part of my FIRE plan, so I think it's ok. Still feels like I should be kicked out of the club.

We decided that this year's annual vacation should be in Orlando (wife and I usually take a trip in September). So we're doing that, and all the themeparky things that go with it.

Facepunch away, kick me out of the club, I don't care. I'm going to Harry Potter land.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 25, 2016, 07:24:52 AM
We decided that this year's annual vacation should be in Orlando (wife and I usually take a trip in September). So we're doing that, and all the themeparky things that go with it.

Facepunch away, kick me out of the club, I don't care. I'm going to Harry Potter land.

Harry Potter land?  Tell more!  Is it Disney?  or separate?  Come January/February going someplace warm always looks good, and Harry Potter land?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on August 25, 2016, 07:39:03 AM
We decided that this year's annual vacation should be in Orlando (wife and I usually take a trip in September). So we're doing that, and all the themeparky things that go with it.

Facepunch away, kick me out of the club, I don't care. I'm going to Harry Potter land.

Harry Potter land?  Tell more!  Is it Disney?  or separate?  Come January/February going someplace warm always looks good, and Harry Potter land?

If there's a club in which anything Harry Potter isn't welcome, it isn't a club I care to be a part of.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: patchyfacialhair on August 25, 2016, 08:33:16 AM
We decided that this year's annual vacation should be in Orlando (wife and I usually take a trip in September). So we're doing that, and all the themeparky things that go with it.

Facepunch away, kick me out of the club, I don't care. I'm going to Harry Potter land.

Harry Potter land?  Tell more!  Is it Disney?  or separate?  Come January/February going someplace warm always looks good, and Harry Potter land?

Officially, it's called Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and it's attached to Universal Studios Orlando.

The only stereotypically "nerdy" things I embrace are Harry Potter, and personal finance spreadsheets. Believe it or not I finally got my wife hooked (on HP). She's on book 4; she says she gets funny looks sitting in airports in full business attire reading Harry Potter lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 25, 2016, 09:24:03 AM
Thanks patchyfacialhair and meerkat.  I am not generally a rides person, so that part can be skipped  ;-)  unless it is like one I went on years ago (Universal? Disney?) that  was Star Wars themed - dark in a dome, lots of stars, we were in space flight mode).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on August 28, 2016, 02:06:24 PM
So I biked up to the mall yesterday because DH needed clothes, there was a good sale on and I had a gift card.  Scoured the clearance racks and scooped up four shirts (all name brand) and 3 different packs of socks.

Didn't check the bill before leaving.  Got home and noticed that a 3-pack of New Balance socks was over-charged by $6 plus tax.  FacePunch!

So today I hopped back on the bike and did the 10 K each way once again to get the $6.78 as a credit back onto the gift card.

Hopefully that turned the face-punch moment into a bit of badassity.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on September 08, 2016, 09:24:41 AM
On Saturday morning I will be driving down to Charleston. I've booked a stand-up paddle boarding tour, and I'll be investigating some bars. On Sunday I will be driving back. It's not HUGE money, but I still feel weak.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on September 20, 2016, 08:22:26 AM
I forgot to pack my lunch for work two days in a row and was forced to purchase it last week.  Please facepunch me...I also sinned at the vending machine since I wasn't home to grab my stored buns and caffeine cans....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chesebert on September 26, 2016, 09:43:10 PM
I am thinking about spending $2k on a pair headphones. Have not pulled the trigger yet...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: patchyfacialhair on September 26, 2016, 10:04:14 PM
I am thinking about spending $2k on a pair headphones. Have not pulled the trigger yet...

Well...as long as you're just "thinking" about it, who cares? That being said, are there no headphones for $2-300 that are even 98% as good? I'm no audiophile and my musician brother (makes his living playing music) is the opposite of an audiophile so it's hard for me to understand the folks that spend four figures or more on gear.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Primm on September 26, 2016, 10:04:26 PM
I am thinking about spending $2k on a pair headphones. Have not pulled the trigger yet...

Whoa...

Really? What sort?

And yeah, you win. Or lose, whatever.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chesebert on September 26, 2016, 10:13:03 PM
I am thinking about spending $2k on a pair headphones. Have not pulled the trigger yet...

Whoa...

Really? What sort?

And yeah, you win. Or lose, whatever.
Audeze LCD-3 if you must know.


Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on September 26, 2016, 10:15:24 PM
I am thinking about spending $2k on a pair headphones. Have not pulled the trigger yet...

Whoa...

Really? What sort?

And yeah, you win. Or lose, whatever.
Audeze LCD-3 if you must know.

My headphone problem went away completely when I stopped reading head-fi. Haven't bought a pair since. Just a thought ;-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chesebert on September 26, 2016, 10:20:57 PM
I am thinking about spending $2k on a pair headphones. Have not pulled the trigger yet...

Whoa...

Really? What sort?

And yeah, you win. Or lose, whatever.
Audeze LCD-3 if you must know.

My headphone problem went away completely when I stopped reading head-fi. Haven't bought a pair since. Just a thought ;-)
My last pair was 6 years ago. Time has come to add a new flagship I think - maybe more like upper mid-range as flagships are $3k+ these days.

You can stop reading head-fi but I doubt your headphone problems can go away "completely" ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on September 27, 2016, 08:28:06 AM

My headphone problem went away completely when I stopped reading head-fi. Haven't bought a pair since. Just a thought ;-)
My last pair was 6 years ago. Time has come to add a new flagship I think - maybe more like upper mid-range as flagships are $3k+ these days.

You can stop reading head-fi but I doubt your headphone problems can go away "completely" ;)

Guess it depends on what you consider a problem. :-) Maybe if one of my favorite pairs break and I have to replace it, and can't find the exact model replacement, I would slide down that slippery slope again. But I don't really use them much any more since I moved to NYC. Who needs to sit at home listening to reproduced music when there is an endless supply of great, inexpensive live music available?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Neo on October 01, 2016, 08:03:14 AM
Lost $350 at the casino yesterday. I really enjoy playing blackjack and I think it's something I'll always enjoy doing. Unfortunately it's a casino so sometimes I lose. Nothing worse than walking out with the feeling that you just threw away what some people pay for a month's rent. I never play with money I can't "afford" to lose, but still it's the height of stupidity to throw away that much cash that could be saved for other purposes. I'm currently saving for my second rental property, so that's what I'm thinking about now. How that cash could have gone towards the new building.

I'm sure I will get flamed big time for even going to a casino, but it feels good to call myself out for being an idiot!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsDinero on October 01, 2016, 01:17:39 PM
I just paid $1300 in airfare (3 RT tickets) to visit family then remembering, days after purchase, that I had 250k+ miles in my account.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Hideous Hog on October 01, 2016, 08:17:32 PM
Not me, and not my wife (thank fortune), but one of her coworkers bought

these. (http://"http://www.giuseppezanottidesign.com/us/c/CRUEL-CRYSTAL/p/I60094002")

For a pool party.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: uppy on October 02, 2016, 01:49:53 PM
I drove 10 minutes to go #2 in a store because the only other option was a port-o-potty surrounded by people sitting quietly in chairs. Weird situation, but let's just say I would have been the loudest thing around.

I don't really blame myself I just thought it was funny, and a little wasteful, but I saved some face.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: o2bfree on October 02, 2016, 03:26:14 PM
I bought a round-trip ferry ticket to get to onto an island for a week-long event. On the way back, I handed the ticket to the toll both guy and started off to get in line, when he said, "Hold it there, this ticket is expired!" Baffled because the tickets are valid for three months, and also a little flustered because people get really impatient in these lines and I was holding things up, I just grabbed my wallet and shelled out the $10.80 for the one-way fare. Moments later I remembered I'd put the ticket in my coin pouch instead of in the cubbyhole over the CD player, so I must have forgotten about the one in the cubbyhole too, letting it expire. Or maybe I'd used it at a booth where I could scan it myself and had neglected to throw it away. Damn, that bugs me, not knowing!!! And I've got a one-way ticket that I'll probably have no need for before it expires! Guess I'll try to sell it work for a discount or something.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on October 02, 2016, 04:31:56 PM
I just paid $1300 in airfare (3 RT tickets) to visit family then remembering, days after purchase, that I had 250k+ miles in my account.
Awww ... but least you still have the miles and can use them another time.  We spent $1699 on two intercontinental tix for next February during a "seat sale" and then watched the price for the exact same flights, on the exact same dates, go up to $1850 and then down to $1472.  I've never seen them EVER go that low.  Pisses me off when an airline diddles with the price so much over a period of three weeks. 

And to add insult to injury, they've instituted a new policy whereby it costs extra to select the seats.  We'll take our chances and I'll try to snag 'em online 30 hours before boarding when we check in.

Grrr.  (#firstworldproblems)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsDinero on October 02, 2016, 08:11:18 PM
I just paid $1300 in airfare (3 RT tickets) to visit family then remembering, days after purchase, that I had 250k+ miles in my account.
Awww ... but least you still have the miles and can use them another time.  We spent $1699 on two intercontinental tix for next February during a "seat sale" and then watched the price for the exact same flights, on the exact same dates, go up to $1850 and then down to $1472.  I've never seen them EVER go that low.  Pisses me off when an airline diddles with the price so much over a period of three weeks. 

And to add insult to injury, they've instituted a new policy whereby it costs extra to select the seats.  We'll take our chances and I'll try to snag 'em online 30 hours before boarding when we check in.

Grrr.  (#firstworldproblems)

Maybe $1300 isn't so bad, because I also paid extra to select seats.  I'm traveling with a baby in a car seat, another adult, and an infant in my lap, so guaranteeing seats together was essential. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Ebrat on October 03, 2016, 12:18:11 PM
I bought a new bike (see http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/should-i-buy-a-new-bike-61819/) that I did not really need and could've gotten cheaper if I'd had the patience to watch Craigslist.

However, I love it! One reason I wanted it was to run errands, as well as just feel more stable than I did on my road bike, thus hopefully encouraging me to ride more. I rode it on my first errand yesterday (3 miles round trip to the store, but did some extra tooling around for a total of 12 miles). The ground was wet from rain and there were wet leaves and sticks everywhere. It would've been nerve wracking for me on my road bike, but it was a breeze on my new bike! Did I mention that I love it?!

So I don't feel too bad about spending the money, and hubby is happy because he's off the hook for a birthday present :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on October 03, 2016, 12:49:45 PM
I bought a new bike (see http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/should-i-buy-a-new-bike-61819/) that I did not really need and could've gotten cheaper if I'd had the patience to watch Craigslist.

However, I love it! One reason I wanted it was to run errands, as well as just feel more stable than I did on my road bike, thus hopefully encouraging me to ride more. I rode it on my first errand yesterday (3 miles round trip to the store, but did some extra tooling around for a total of 12 miles). The ground was wet from rain and there were wet leaves and sticks everywhere. It would've been nerve wracking for me on my road bike, but it was a breeze on my new bike! Did I mention that I love it?!

So I don't feel too bad about spending the money, and hubby is happy because he's off the hook for a birthday present :)
Enjoy ... must be fun!  Hope you have a really, really good lock.  I'd even lock it up inside the garage or wherever you keep it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Ebrat on October 03, 2016, 01:40:52 PM
I bought a new bike (see http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/should-i-buy-a-new-bike-61819/) that I did not really need and could've gotten cheaper if I'd had the patience to watch Craigslist.

However, I love it! One reason I wanted it was to run errands, as well as just feel more stable than I did on my road bike, thus hopefully encouraging me to ride more. I rode it on my first errand yesterday (3 miles round trip to the store, but did some extra tooling around for a total of 12 miles). The ground was wet from rain and there were wet leaves and sticks everywhere. It would've been nerve wracking for me on my road bike, but it was a breeze on my new bike! Did I mention that I love it?!

So I don't feel too bad about spending the money, and hubby is happy because he's off the hook for a birthday present :)
Enjoy ... must be fun!  Hope you have a really, really good lock.  I'd even lock it up inside the garage or wherever you keep it.

Thanks! I keep it in the garage, but I like the idea of also locking it up in there. Not a lot of theft in our area, but better safe than sorry!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mel70 on October 03, 2016, 04:56:18 PM
I just paid $1300 in airfare (3 RT tickets) to visit family then remembering, days after purchase, that I had 250k+ miles in my account.

Ouch! I hate it when that happens. :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mel70 on October 03, 2016, 04:58:49 PM
Brought my lunch today like a good girl, but had a MOMENT and spent $3.50 on candy at work.  Fail.

Sometimes it's a necessary expense!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mel70 on October 03, 2016, 05:07:13 PM
I'm hiring someone to paint my house, rather than doing it myself. Partially because it requires special preparation to properly handle the aluminum siding, but mostly because it's a three story house and I'm the sort of guy who gets a bit flustered by the height when I wear especially thick socks.

I had to contract out the painting of the exterior of the house because of the same reason. I am also afraid of heights. Besides, there was a lot of damaged wood and crumbling stucco that I didn't know how to repair. It was a lot of work. I do all the interior paint jobs though.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 06, 2016, 08:54:43 PM
I just dropped $120 on having fancy chocolate delivered to someone for a spur-of-the-moment gift. I'm hoping a stupid luxury purchase is considered less bad when you substitute "they" for "I" in the phrase "oh, why not, I deserve it!"

On the plus side, I have thus far resisted that $200 Kickstarter reward that looks really cool but is totally useless.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on October 07, 2016, 05:13:13 AM
On the plus side, I have thus far resisted that $200 Kickstarter reward that looks really cool but is totally useless.

Ah Kickstarter! I have to stay away! I've bought an emergency kit, a torch, (very cool) pants etc etc, all high quality purchases but I could have done without them!


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 07, 2016, 11:01:50 AM
On the plus side, I have thus far resisted that $200 Kickstarter reward that looks really cool but is totally useless.

Ah Kickstarter! I have to stay away! I've bought an emergency kit, a torch, (very cool) pants etc etc, all high quality purchases but I could have done without them!

I dodged that bullet, it was a one-of-a-kind piece and someone else has claimed it. *wipes sweat from brow*
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on October 07, 2016, 10:52:08 PM
On the plus side, I have thus far resisted that $200 Kickstarter reward that looks really cool but is totally useless.

Ah Kickstarter! I have to stay away! I've bought an emergency kit, a torch, (very cool) pants etc etc, all high quality purchases but I could have done without them!

I dodged that bullet, it was a one-of-a-kind piece and someone else has claimed it. *wipes sweat from brow*
Phew!


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Chris22 on October 17, 2016, 11:49:42 AM
So we came into a little bit of money recently, nothing life changing but a decent chunk of unexpected change.  We also had our 9 year anniversary.  My wife has wanted a certain type of designer purse for the longest time, and due to some expected lifestyle changes next year, it was kind of a “now or never” (or really, now or 5 years from now) situation.  So I told her in lieu of a gift, we’d go out and she could get the purse she’s been wanting.  We do, and I spend a heart-stopping amount on it.  We get it home and she’s fawning over it, etc, and I say “let me smell it.”  I have a thing for nice leather, I love the smell.  So I smell it and…nothing.  I look at her puzzled and she says “oh, it’s not leather.  It’s canvas.  So that way it’s, you know, waterproof and stuff.”  Absolutely amazing.  I spent that kind of money for a canvas bag basically because of the logo it’s imprinted with.  I’m simultaneously disgusted with them for selling something worth so little for so much, while being awed at their ability to generate incredible demand for something so pedestrian.  I don’t get it.  At least we’ll pay the CC bill for it at the end of the month; who knows how many of them are “financed” at absurd terms.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: SJS on October 18, 2016, 06:19:20 PM
Yesterday I was too lazy to make brownies. Today at work I was SO HUNGRY I bought a candy bar for $1.25. A box of brownie mix costs $1.25. Goes quite a bit farther, too.

Throw a half bag of Heath Bar Bits on top before baking..........OMG, orgasmic!  Trust me on this!  ;-)   
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on October 19, 2016, 08:48:24 AM
Made an error in my spreadsheet back in April that I just found today... typed a deposit of 2,000$ instead of the true 3,000$. Which means that in June, when I put another 3,5000$ into my TFSA, I ended up going 1k over the yearly limit.

Shit.

It's going to cost me for every month since then that my TFSA has been over the limit.

I'm removing the 1K now, but still, I'm an idiot.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on October 19, 2016, 09:08:33 AM
My family is winding up at Disney World all the time these days, and always forgetting to use accumulated gift cards, credit card points, etc., when we settle up for hotel rooms and everything.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mel70 on October 25, 2016, 10:37:44 AM
Made an error in my spreadsheet back in April that I just found today... typed a deposit of 2,000$ instead of the true 3,000$. Which means that in June, when I put another 3,5000$ into my TFSA, I ended up going 1k over the yearly limit.

Shit.

It's going to cost me for every month since then that my TFSA has been over the limit.

I'm removing the 1K now, but still, I'm an idiot.

Ouch!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: chesebert on October 25, 2016, 10:46:16 AM
So we came into a little bit of money recently, nothing life changing but a decent chunk of unexpected change.  We also had our 9 year anniversary.  My wife has wanted a certain type of designer purse for the longest time, and due to some expected lifestyle changes next year, it was kind of a “now or never” (or really, now or 5 years from now) situation.  So I told her in lieu of a gift, we’d go out and she could get the purse she’s been wanting.  We do, and I spend a heart-stopping amount on it.  We get it home and she’s fawning over it, etc, and I say “let me smell it.”  I have a thing for nice leather, I love the smell.  So I smell it and…nothing.  I look at her puzzled and she says “oh, it’s not leather.  It’s canvas.  So that way it’s, you know, waterproof and stuff.”  Absolutely amazing.  I spent that kind of money for a canvas bag basically because of the logo it’s imprinted with.  I’m simultaneously disgusted with them for selling something worth so little for so much, while being awed at their ability to generate incredible demand for something so pedestrian.  I don’t get it.  At least we’ll pay the CC bill for it at the end of the month; who knows how many of them are “financed” at absurd terms.
You just gotta bleed a little from time to time to keep life going...I too have bought certain luxury bags in the past - but in my defense I was in Paris and it seemed like the "right thing to do"...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 18, 2016, 07:33:47 AM
I realized I own dozens of shirts, several of which in silk. Which would be ok-ish, if only I wore them, but I very rarely do, and my lifestyle doesn't call for silk shirts.

I should stop shopping for a fantasy version of my life...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: La Bibliotecaria Feroz on November 18, 2016, 02:51:16 PM
I substitute taught this morning, then ran an errand across town, then headed to a library shift.

Upon arriving at The Library Way Out in the Middle of Nowhere, I realized I had accidentally picked up the regular teacher's keys, which look remarkably like mind. Had to drive back 25 minutes in the other direction, return keys, and drive back, missing 45 minutes of pay and using all kinds of gas. Sigh.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on November 19, 2016, 08:05:52 AM
Made an error in my spreadsheet back in April that I just found today... typed a deposit of 2,000$ instead of the true 3,000$. Which means that in June, when I put another 3,5000$ into my TFSA, I ended up going 1k over the yearly limit.

Shit.

It's going to cost me for every month since then that my TFSA has been over the limit.

I'm removing the 1K now, but still, I'm an idiot.
Why will it cost you and how much will the charge be?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on November 21, 2016, 07:51:38 AM
I got almost everything needed for Thanksgiving dinner and my cardboard lunch for the week and was too lazy to take Metro in like I usuallly do and spent $9 for a cab..please facepunch me...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cromacster on November 21, 2016, 11:24:32 AM
I started a new job about 3 miles away from my house (and yes it's been awesome!).  I've been driving to work as I still need to acquire a bike.

While my drive home is short I do have to cross a few busy roads with really long lights.  Sometime last week as I left work I passed a guy on a bike. 

I was almost home, but I was waiting at one of the long lights and sure enough I was passed by the same guy on a bike. 

I hang my head in shame.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: bacchi on November 21, 2016, 11:42:49 AM
I started a new job about 3 miles away from my house (and yes it's been awesome!).  I've been driving to work as I still need to acquire a bike.

While my drive home is short I do have to cross a few busy roads with really long lights.  Sometime last week as I left work I passed a guy on a bike. 

I was almost home, but I was waiting at one of the long lights and sure enough I was passed by the same guy on a bike. 

I hang my head in shame.

Ha! Reminds me of that scene in "Office Space" when the old guy using the walker passes up the cars in traffic.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 21, 2016, 01:46:34 PM
Been thinking for a few days about how much soap I have, and how I need to gather it all in a single place and how silly it is that I have to find a way to organize how many soaps I have.
Well, guess what I bought today on a whim?

The best part: it was 9,99$, and I had read "A Millionaire is Made Ten Bucks at a Time" right before going out of home... dammit.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on November 21, 2016, 03:22:07 PM
Been thinking for a few days about how much soap I have, and how I need to gather it all in a single place and how silly it is that I have to find a way to organize how many soaps I have.
Well, guess what I bought today on a whim?

The best part: it was 9,99$, and I had read "A Millionaire is Made Ten Bucks at a Time" right before going out of home... dammit.
But if you're able to keep track of all of your soap and don't have to buy soap unnecessarily, it'll work out.  :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 21, 2016, 08:51:27 PM
Been thinking for a few days about how much soap I have, and how I need to gather it all in a single place and how silly it is that I have to find a way to organize how many soaps I have.
Well, guess what I bought today on a whim?

The best part: it was 9,99$, and I had read "A Millionaire is Made Ten Bucks at a Time" right before going out of home... dammit.

Hehehehe, love it.

Was it special soap? Or on sale?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on November 22, 2016, 08:47:10 AM
Been thinking for a few days about how much soap I have, and how I need to gather it all in a single place and how silly it is that I have to find a way to organize how many soaps I have.
Well, guess what I bought today on a whim?

The best part: it was 9,99$, and I had read "A Millionaire is Made Ten Bucks at a Time" right before going out of home... dammit.

Hehehehe, love it.

Was it special soap? Or on sale?

It was both, that's why my willpower failed me!
On the plus side, after writing that post I went to organize my bathroom and noticed soaps were considerably down since last time I checked, as DH would much rather smell like lavander than enter a drugstore to buy himself soap, and my MIL didn't send any soap lately in her care packages. So it was ok in the end :-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Stash Engineer on November 22, 2016, 08:58:24 AM
Someone facepunch me please.  Wifey and I just spent $1000 at IKEA.  Serious.  :-/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Sloeginfizz on November 22, 2016, 10:01:35 PM
I've taken a cab home from work four times this month to the tune of $9 a pop, once all the fees and tip are added in. I never plan to but I've been working wicked long hours this month. I worked 11 hours straight today and just about cried when I got to the bus stop and realized that the next bus that would get me even close to home was nearly a half hour wait. The one I normally take is rush hour only and had already stopped running by the time I got out.

I should probably just have walked but it's hard to talk yourself into that when it's cold and dark and you're exhausted.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on November 23, 2016, 06:46:38 PM
Such an amusing thread!This is a bit of an oldie as I just discovered this thread. Last Halloween, I went to a Halloween party and Mr.Tuxedo cat and I DIYed our costumes. The total cost was $8. Very good!

However, on the way to the party, I decided to check out the firework store and bought $80 of fireworks. And they sucked and were not worth the money.

Face punch away!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: stylesjl on November 24, 2016, 01:33:35 AM
So last night I went to see an advance screening of Bad Santa 2 for free as my dad got free tickets to see it. Then we went out and bought 10$ meals each at KFC...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 24, 2016, 01:50:07 AM
So last night I went to see an advance screening of Bad Santa 2 for free as my dad got free tickets to see it. Then we went out and bought 10$ meals each at KFC...

What was worse, the movie or spending the cash? ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on November 25, 2016, 04:59:51 AM
Someone facepunch me please.  Wifey and I just spent $1000 at IKEA.  Serious.  :-/

I did this too; on a kitchen. What was yours?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Stash Engineer on November 28, 2016, 08:11:49 AM
Someone facepunch me please.  Wifey and I just spent $1000 at IKEA.  Serious.  :-/

I did this too; on a kitchen. What was yours?

I bought a dining room table and chairs and a coffee table. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meerkat on November 28, 2016, 08:46:34 AM
I haven't bought it yet, but I am seriously tempted by the $50 Instant Pot on Amazon today. But my slow cooker works just fine. I do not need the Instant Pot. Someone tell me reasons not to buy it. I already have something in my Amazon cart that I was going to buy anyway but I haven't gone to check out yet in case there the item went on sale either over the weekend or today, and for some reason that's making my brain say "Well if you've already got that in your cart, might as well add one more thing..." which is terrible logic.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on November 28, 2016, 09:59:50 AM
I haven't bought it yet, but I am seriously tempted by the $50 Instant Pot on Amazon today. But my slow cooker works just fine. I do not need the Instant Pot. Someone tell me reasons not to buy it.

*Looks at Instant Pot* *Looks at beautiful, rich chicken stock I made in under 2 hours last night*  Umm... don't buy it. It sucks. 

I need someone to slap me until I stop thinking about buying a discounted Roomba.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on November 28, 2016, 11:15:32 PM
Well, it's probably too late, but I bought two 6qt. IP's on Amazon Prime Day.  Adore them to pieces. If you cook virtually every meal at home, it will pay for itself in no time.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on December 02, 2016, 01:12:44 PM
Spent $814 to fix a starter on my 10 yo 141k mile Honda today, emergency as it was a total failure; it wasn't an intermittent problem. If I had bought the parts, it would have cost me about $435 (same parts as the auto shop) plus time. But I don't have time this weekend with a lot of family commitments. My car is the family car.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: tomatops on December 02, 2016, 01:37:49 PM
I met up with an old colleague for coffee and bought Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks. It was $5. That's insane and I hate myself.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on December 05, 2016, 07:11:10 AM
These last two really hit home: I have an 8-year old Toyota Camry that stubbornly keeps flashing the "tire" light even though I've checked all four tires, worried that I'll have to buy a sensor to pass my annual inspection.

And the Starbucks thing...I've cut way back, but I just won a wager with my spouse that gives me the right to pump my Starbucks purchases wayyyy up.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HairyUpperLip on December 05, 2016, 11:35:33 AM
These last two really hit home: I have an 8-year old Toyota Camry that stubbornly keeps flashing the "tire" light even though I've checked all four tires, worried that I'll have to buy a sensor to pass my annual inspection.

TPMS light?

My Lexus (Toyota) RX350 tire light will come on if the spare tire is low on air. Mine is a 2007, so only 8 years old - try adding air to the spare tire and see if it helps.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 05, 2016, 04:07:08 PM
Forgot my lunch.

Made it, put it next to bag, then felt seriously ill while I was finishing getting ready and thought about not going to work so I put it back in the fridge for a while.

Ended up coming to work aaaaaand no lunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 20, 2016, 04:31:00 PM
Last month I did my math too early and forgot some credit card charges when I paid it off 'completely'. I was off by 200$ (the stuff charged on last day of the financial cicle) and got hit by 45$ of interests, for the first time since I own a credit card. So fucking pissed right now.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on December 20, 2016, 04:34:30 PM
I fell in love with this venomous spaz beast, which now lives in my house and chews on my face.

I regret nothing.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 20, 2016, 05:45:12 PM
GrimSqueaker, your dog is the best part of my morning so far.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: rachellynn99 on December 20, 2016, 06:07:18 PM
I fell in love with this venomous spaz beast, which now lives in my house and chews on my face.

I regret nothing.

Best puppy ever.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on December 23, 2016, 01:01:36 AM
Last month I did my math too early and forgot some credit card charges when I paid it off 'completely'. I was off by 200$ (the stuff charged on last day of the financial cicle) and got hit by 45$ of interests, for the first time since I own a credit card. So fucking pissed right now.

Can you call and beg and ask for them to comp the charges?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on December 23, 2016, 01:02:53 AM
Super-cute dog TGS!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 on December 27, 2016, 09:19:39 AM
I fell in love with this venomous spaz beast, which now lives in my house and chews on my face.

I regret nothing.

I did the same thing the day after you did!

Also, no regrets.

(http://i.imgur.com/KHroyjyl.jpg)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FIT_Goat on December 27, 2016, 06:39:55 PM
I was going to start a new thread, but this one fits.  It's not completely my choice, but it's on my current "wish list" for things to change.

My wife and I pay $220.31 a month for theme park annual passes (Disney World and Universal Studios).  That's around $100,000 wasted over the next 20 years, assuming we invested that amount instead of spending it on the tickets.  We have a six-figure issue in our future budget!

I've broached this topic with my wife.  She didn't receive it well.  I was bluntly told that I could have that $100k in 20 years or still be married to her.  It could not be both.  This has always been an issue.  I've always been anti-passes.  Before we were married, I refused to buy them.  My wife works, and she bought them for her, her son, and me.  I told her it was not something I thought was a good use of the money.  She told me it was her money, and she would spend it as she wanted.  This is the same attitude that she has today, even after we've been married and had combined finances for two years.  She says the tickets come out of "her" income and not mine, ignoring the fact that is it "our" income.

I want to change.  I am working on it.  I have her almost ready to cancel the Universal passes (we use those less).  It would save us $74.11 a month, if it happened.

We do use the Disney passes, at least once a month.  We live close enough that it's not super-expensive to go.  It's maybe $15 in gas, and we bring our own food and make a day out of it.  That's still $15 we could spend on something else.

Anyway, go ahead and mock my lack of Mustachian Manliness to force my wife to get on board with my desire to cut the excess.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marty998 on December 28, 2016, 12:28:04 AM
I was going to start a new thread, but this one fits.  It's not completely my choice, but it's on my current "wish list" for things to change.

My wife and I pay $220.31 a month for theme park annual passes (Disney World and Universal Studios).  That's around $100,000 wasted over the next 20 years, assuming we invested that amount instead of spending it on the tickets.  We have a six-figure issue in our future budget!

I've broached this topic with my wife.  She didn't receive it well.  I was bluntly told that I could have that $100k in 20 years or still be married to her.  It could not be both.  This has always been an issue.  I've always been anti-passes.  Before we were married, I refused to buy them.  My wife works, and she bought them for her, her son, and me.  I told her it was not something I thought was a good use of the money.  She told me it was her money, and she would spend it as she wanted.  This is the same attitude that she has today, even after we've been married and had combined finances for two years.  She says the tickets come out of "her" income and not mine, ignoring the fact that is it "our" income.

I want to change.  I am working on it.  I have her almost ready to cancel the Universal passes (we use those less).  It would save us $74.11 a month, if it happened.

We do use the Disney passes, at least once a month.  We live close enough that it's not super-expensive to go.  It's maybe $15 in gas, and we bring our own food and make a day out of it.  That's still $15 we could spend on something else.

Anyway, go ahead and mock my lack of Mustachian Manliness to force my wife to get on board with my desire to cut the excess.

What is it about Disney that she loves so much? Maybe you could convince her to don a mermaid tail and be employed as Ariel instead?

This way she can get her Disney fix and be paid for it as well?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meerkat on December 28, 2016, 05:37:56 AM
I was going to start a new thread, but this one fits.  It's not completely my choice, but it's on my current "wish list" for things to change.

My wife and I pay $220.31 a month for theme park annual passes (Disney World and Universal Studios).  That's around $100,000 wasted over the next 20 years, assuming we invested that amount instead of spending it on the tickets.  We have a six-figure issue in our future budget!

I've broached this topic with my wife.  She didn't receive it well.  I was bluntly told that I could have that $100k in 20 years or still be married to her.  It could not be both.  This has always been an issue.  I've always been anti-passes.  Before we were married, I refused to buy them.  My wife works, and she bought them for her, her son, and me.  I told her it was not something I thought was a good use of the money.  She told me it was her money, and she would spend it as she wanted.  This is the same attitude that she has today, even after we've been married and had combined finances for two years.  She says the tickets come out of "her" income and not mine, ignoring the fact that is it "our" income.

I want to change.  I am working on it.  I have her almost ready to cancel the Universal passes (we use those less).  It would save us $74.11 a month, if it happened.

We do use the Disney passes, at least once a month.  We live close enough that it's not super-expensive to go.  It's maybe $15 in gas, and we bring our own food and make a day out of it.  That's still $15 we could spend on something else.

Anyway, go ahead and mock my lack of Mustachian Manliness to force my wife to get on board with my desire to cut the excess.

This is a roundabout way of doing it, but might she be convinced to give up the passes for a year and put the money towards a different concrete goal? I have some friends who are hardcore Disney fans that didn't do the passes for a year because they wanted to go to France instead. They did go back to having passes the year after that, but that was also how they chose to spend their money as a couple.

The issue of "her income" versus "our money" is a bit of a red herring - the park passes are really, really important to her. They were important to her before you were married and are still important to her now. It's not about the money to her, it's about an idea. Talk to her about that idea more, present it not that you want to get rid of the passes but that you want to understand better what she's getting out of it. Is it the making memories part? Would a beach vacation work for that, as a change of pace? Is it that it's a break from the weekday routine but is an easy get away since you all have done it so much (no trying to figure out hotel rooms or where there might be food)?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FIT_Goat on December 28, 2016, 08:30:30 AM
You're all being supportive.  Where's my face punch?!  LOL

My wife was raised with annual vacations to Disney, from a faraway state.  She loves Disney.  It is her favorite place out of anything.  I think it reminds her of happier and carefree times from her youth. When she moved here, that was something she wanted to give her son.  She wanted him to have 'magical' Disney memories.   How much does she love it?  Our honeymoon?  Yeah, we went to Disney Land for something different.  We did other stuff in California, but it was mainly about Disney Land.  I won't lie, it can be fun.  It is nice to know that you don't "need" to do anything if the lines are long or if the crowds are bad.  We get free parking and a 20% discount on most things in the park (which is still over-priced).  Sometimes we go just to walk the parks and people watch.  I can get 20,000-25,000 steps in walking around the parks.

It's a battle that I might never win.  I've accepted that.  My wife had compromised on the most important aspect of it, and that is that everything is cash-only**.  Our wedding and honeymoon didn't happen until we had the cash in the bank to pay for it out of pocket.  That was a big deal, as my wife was the kind of person who thought nothing of taking out a loan or financing big events on credit.  She's now on board with the saving first and spending later.  It didn't take long for her to realize how nice it can be to not live paycheck to paycheck or even ahead of your paychecks.

I think it is a little funny that you've suggested taking a year off on the passes for a bigger goal.  That's how I have got a "maybe" on cancelling the Universal Passes.  We don't use them for much of the year, except for Mardi Gras because she loves to go see the live bands.  I've got her on board for cancelling them after this year's Mardi Gras and we'll save the $75 a month and see if we feel it is worth restarting them.  The benefit to her is that, if we restart them, we'll have the money to switch to the higher passes (free front of the line tickets after 4pm, free waters, free Horror Nights tickets, and a little extra).  If we decide that it's not worth it, we can take the $750-$900 and do something special.  I've suggested that we can use it to fly and see a friend of ours that lives on the other side of the country and we haven't seen in a few years aside from online video chats.  She really likes that idea, because she says we should do it all the time but it hasn't been in our budget.

I really can't complain.  I knew who she was when we got married.  She's also not unwilling to consider my feelings and thoughts.  It's just the annual passes she won't move on.  But, I can find a way to bring in an extra couple hundred or cut an extra couple hundred in spending somewhere else.

**Cash-only in the sense that we have cash in the bank. We still use rewards credit cards, paid off in full each month, for the rewards and protections.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FIT_Goat on December 28, 2016, 08:40:09 AM
What is it about Disney that she loves so much? Maybe you could convince her to don a mermaid tail and be employed as Ariel instead?

This way she can get her Disney fix and be paid for it as well?

If we lived closer, I would totally encourage her to get a job at the Lego store at Disney Springs.  It would be her dream job, Disney and playing with legos.  But, the commute would be horrible.  From where we are, the only way into Disney is I-4 and a 20 mile stretch can take 40-50 minutes if you hit it at the wrong time.  We plan our trips so that we don't hit much traffic.  She couldn't do that if she had scheduled hours.  We'd have to move closer.  I won't suggest that to her, because the house would be on the market tomorrow.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on December 29, 2016, 11:47:06 AM
I also married into disney craziness. Getting the concession that disney trips are "all cash" is an absolutely admirable one. But, man, they are indeed the high-cost, high-quality provider on the market.

Do you have flexibility to build a significant stock position in the company? Perhaps having dividends support your disney expenditures would be the way you win that game?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on December 30, 2016, 12:08:59 AM
Anyway, go ahead and mock my lack of Mustachian Manliness to force my wife to get on board with my desire to cut the excess.

With this attitude it sounds more like the Facepunch you need is for your upcoming divorce.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marty998 on December 30, 2016, 02:21:31 AM
What is it about Disney that she loves so much? Maybe you could convince her to don a mermaid tail and be employed as Ariel instead?

This way she can get her Disney fix and be paid for it as well?

If we lived closer, I would totally encourage her to get a job at the Lego store at Disney Springs.  It would be her dream job, Disney and playing with legos.  But, the commute would be horrible.  From where we are, the only way into Disney is I-4 and a 20 mile stretch can take 40-50 minutes if you hit it at the wrong time.  We plan our trips so that we don't hit much traffic.  She couldn't do that if she had scheduled hours.  We'd have to move closer.  I won't suggest that to her, because the house would be on the market tomorrow.

40-50 minutes during peak time isn't really all that bad in my book to be honest. You can easily get stuck for 90 minutes in Sydney traffic driving that same distance at most times of the day.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marty998 on December 30, 2016, 11:07:22 PM
I caved... was waiting an hour this morning for a store to open at the shopping centre.

Bought a chocolate smoothie. Paid $6 for a 300m glass.

Waaah. I figure I at least offset some of the cost by reading the Newspaper they had at the shop.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on December 31, 2016, 02:20:03 PM
Some months ago I bought an airbnb room and a ticket to a NYE party. Tonight I have a head cold and can't hear anything.

The perfect end to the perfect holiday season.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on January 01, 2017, 01:00:13 PM
Read the "Things my husband is not getting for Xmas" thread and proceeded to order Kirkland Signature socks on Amazon. Dammit good reviews!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 02, 2017, 05:07:36 PM
Today... well, it was a stupid day all around. The boss told me we were open today and then everyone but me decided to take the day off without telling me... that sort of thing.

So, I left work a little early for obvious reasons. Left the building, walked to the subway, entered the subway using my monthly pass, walked all the way to the far end... before realizing I forgot my phone. (FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A WEEK even though I haven't forgotten it once in 5 years before that. WTAF, is this some kind of sudden-onset, extremely selective dementia?) Ugh. Decided to go back up because I wanted to make plans with a friend tonight and he doesn't do Facebook messenger. All the way out, back to the office building, up to the 10th floor, unlock the office, blah blah. Then all the way back down again, into the subway and, OF COURSE the unlimited subway pass won't work because I just used it, and there is some kind of time limit to prevent multiple people using it. I have never had this happen before and have no idea how long it locks you out. There was a woman standing by the turnstiles sympathizing with me because the exact same thing happened to her, except the first time she used her card, she was letting someone else use it as a favor (there are always poor/homeless/teenage etc. people begging for rides at certain stations). She didn't know how long it would take either.

So, I was too impatient/annoyed to wait it out and bought another card to swipe both of us through. $6.50 burned because I couldn't be bothered to wait an unknown but probably not terrible amount of minutes. (Well, I guess half burned because I'm an impatient asshole and half of it because I'm nice enough to help a stranger... maybe it averages out to normal.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onlykelsey on January 03, 2017, 06:05:40 AM
So, I was too impatient/annoyed to wait it out and bought another card to swipe both of us through. $6.50 burned because I couldn't be bothered to wait an unknown but probably not terrible amount of minutes. (Well, I guess half burned because I'm an impatient asshole and half of it because I'm nice enough to help a stranger... maybe it averages out to normal.)

I hate when that happens.  But I think it only locks you out for ~15 minutes, and if you explain what happened to an attendant, I've had a ~60% success rate of having them wave me through after checking to see that I'm not lying.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on January 04, 2017, 08:35:30 AM
Finally got around to investing my HSA funds, after them sitting around deflating for two years (facepunch #1). Invest it all in VTI because its listed as not having commission fees. Realize too late that you have to enroll in the no-commission-fee program, otherwise you pay the fees (facepunch #2). Goodbye $20.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 08, 2017, 02:41:59 AM
I had a $30 cheeseburger today. Lots of excuses, of course, but it all boils down to me not wanting to make the effort to find cheaper food during a snowstorm when I wasn't feeling well. Was at a music festival for six hours and hadn't eaten all day aside from some crackers with meds. I needed to take more medication on a not empty stomach. And my friends wanted to meet at a particular stage where they happened to serve food, and that's how much a regular cheeseburger cost there. Fuggit. Manhattan is nuts sometimes.

At least it was a genuinely excellent burger... And I guess I saved a few dollars by skipping breakfast and lunch.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 08, 2017, 03:05:58 AM
At least it was a genuinely excellent burger...

This is the part I'm most happy about. :) I'd have been devastated for you if it was awful.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: teadirt on January 10, 2017, 01:45:28 PM
I have to post this because, first and foremost, it's just so embarassing and facepunch worthy. And second, because I could see someone else getting into the same situation and maybe this will act as a word of caution. Who knows, maybe you all aren't so gullible.

Anyways, I moved from a small town of 35,000 to a larger town of 150,000, and then to a bustling metropolis of 5,000,000 (metro area) over the last few years. I guess I still haven't become hardened to big city life... So when a guy approached me on my walk to the subway after work Friday evening, and asked to borrow $90 to get his car towed to a shop before the city towed it to an impound lot, I agreed to help him out. In this situation, I would normally tell a person good luck and I'm sorry but I can't help, but it was really cold out that night and the dude wasn't wearing a coat, and I guess I just had some christmas spirit left over. He seemed nice enough, and I asked him a lot of questions about his situation which he answered so well that I completely believed he was telling the truth. He told me he worked at a barber shop near the subway station, the specific issue with his car, and his conversation with the business which he'd pulled into when it broke down. He wasn't even being very pushy which would usually trigger my instinct that he was trying to scam me. He offered his phone as collateral, but I told him to keep it so that he could call me to return my money. He said he'd call back in an hour....

Do I need to tell you how this story ended? I fell for the oldest trick in the book.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 1967mama on January 11, 2017, 12:41:28 AM
teadirt, I'm sorry to hear that you were taken advantage of ... your kindness overwhelms me <<<hugs>>>
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: rawr237 on January 11, 2017, 01:34:54 PM
teadirt - If it makes you feel better, I did something similar a few years ago. Got flagged down by a couple guys standing by a car, on a highway ramp. They gave me their sob story about needing cash to get a tow truck, I had no cash on me, so one of them GOT IN MY CAR AND CAME WITH ME TO AN ATM. I probably gave them $80? Could have been $200 though, I really don't remember. I left the guy at the gas station (where ATM was) since he said the tow truck would pick him up there (suspicious? maybe). The thing is, I was entirely skeptical and assumed they were scamming me, though of course during the car ride I got the whole spiel about the series of unfortunate events that let to their situation. He said he wanted to try to pay me back, but a combination of disbelief and wanting the experience to be over caused me to decline. But I was a bleeding heart and figured even if it was all a lie, they needed the money more than I did.

I was fresh out of college, full of innocence and hope and optimism. Plus I did (and do still) have a deep discomfort with people who ask for money -- I'm painfully aware of how lucky I am to have been born to upper-middle class parents who raised me in a loving and abundant home, paid my college tuition, and provided far more financial assistance than I will likely give my own kids.  Thinking back, I would NEVER do it again, mostly due to being a young female not wanting to allow a strange man in my car.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 11, 2017, 01:56:01 PM
I consider myself lucky that I learned my lesson on being scammed when I was about 20 years old and only $15 or $20 worth... you can never learn too early that everyone is out to get your money. ;-)

At least it was a genuinely excellent burger...

This is the part I'm most happy about. :) I'd have been devastated for you if it was awful.

It was definitely an outlier on the burger quality/price bell curve! I was surprised it was so good. I'm not sure I've ever had a good burger that cost more than $20 or so, since the only time I'd ever pay that is in a similar "held hostage by circumstances and/or poor planning" restaurant at some event I was attending where they don't care about repeat business.

My friend, of course, was trying to get me to get the steak because "it's only $5 more than the burger!"
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 11, 2017, 02:44:02 PM
Thinking back, I would NEVER do it again, mostly due to being a young female not wanting to allow a strange man in my car.

Bingo.

I did a lot of long-distance, solo driving in my teens and 20s, and 'no strange men in the car' was non-negotiable.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: SEAKSR on January 12, 2017, 02:01:33 PM
Thinking back, I would NEVER do it again, mostly due to being a young female not wanting to allow a strange man in my car.

Bingo.

I did a lot of long-distance, solo driving in my teens and 20s, and 'no strange men in the car' was non-negotiable.
My sister and I were driving homeward from a movie (We lived in the stix) and passed a car broke down on the side of the road, ~10 miles from the nearest town, and a mile later saw two teenageish guys walking toward town. Stopped and picked them up, dropped them at the truck stop on the edge of town. This was before everyone and their brother had cell phones. Week and a half later read in the police reports that the two were arrested for b&e and GTA in the town we dropped them in, and were being transferred to the previous county along the highway to face assault charges.

Never picking up another hitchhiker as long as I live, unless I know them personally. Also, fully accepting facepunches for driving 60 miles one way to see a movie. Luckily, there is now one only 15 miles from where our parental units still live.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Fish Sweet on January 12, 2017, 02:10:58 PM
Just booked a reservation for a $40 dollar meal today, not counting wine, tax, and tip.  My city's county-wide "3 course meal for a set price at many fancy pantsy restaurants" event is rolling around again, and this time I couldn't resist.  $20-30 is already a pretty extravagant restaurant outing for me, and this is going to be probably double that.

It's going to be about a third of my monthly eating out budget (or a sixth of my overall food budget, which is already pretty extravagant) so I'm going to have to tighten my belt a little groceries-wise to make up.  Good thing I've started looking into donating plasma.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TravelJunkyQC on January 12, 2017, 02:15:36 PM
Made an error in my spreadsheet back in April that I just found today... typed a deposit of 2,000$ instead of the true 3,000$. Which means that in June, when I put another 3,5000$ into my TFSA, I ended up going 1k over the yearly limit.

Shit.

It's going to cost me for every month since then that my TFSA has been over the limit.

I'm removing the 1K now, but still, I'm an idiot.
Why will it cost you and how much will the charge be?

The TFSA is a tax-advantaged account with a maximum deposit yearly.

The fees are 1% per month of whatever you over-deposited (+whatever it gains). So 1000$ x 1% over 5 months will be approximately 50$ minimum, plus whatever gains that grand made over 5 months. Not enormous, but it's a stupid mistake that I shan't make again.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dragoncar on January 15, 2017, 12:42:25 AM
This morning when I left the house is accidentally turns my thermostat to "cool" when I intended to turn it off.  Since I never use the AC, the programmed schedule was wonky, but I think it set itself to 50 degrees after I left the house for at least a few hours.  The reason I'm not sure is when I returned it was 57 degrees but it was only a high of 60 today.  Anyways now all my thermal mass is cold and the furnace is burning to bring us back to par.  I'm a bit worried that I damaged the AC since I read it's bad to run it under 60 degrees (potentially).  I guess I should have taken out the fuse in the fall or at least set the thermostat schedule to something reasonable not 50.

Hopefully it only costs me like $10 and not an expensive AC repair (although I don't use it, I'd need to fix it if I ever sold the house and it's nice to have the option on 100 degree days
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: acepedro45 on January 17, 2017, 09:32:59 AM
I spent $89.27 at Au Bon Pain over a four day stretch on junk food. Facepunch me! In my defense, it was a trickle of round-the-clock snacks and meals while my first child was born and we were recovering.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on January 18, 2017, 02:02:21 AM
I spent $89.27 at Au Bon Pain over a four day stretch on junk food. Facepunch me! In my defense, it was a trickle of round-the-clock snacks and meals while my first child was born and we were recovering.

Did you not read the warnings about kids being super-expensive? Congratulations and hope you are all well and happy. [Also, I bestow the forgiveness of the internet for the $89.27, it sounds like it was the right call]
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: tomatops on January 19, 2017, 11:04:36 AM
I just spent close to $7 at McDonalds for the novelty of "all-day breakfast" + bottle of water(!!! - this is the biggest sin of all) because I had finished a presentation feeling hungry, thirsty and gave up finding a fountain.

I hate the magical power of those golden arches.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on January 20, 2017, 06:52:07 AM
I just spent close to $7 at McDonalds for the novelty of "all-day breakfast" + bottle of water(!!! - this is the biggest sin of all) because I had finished a presentation feeling hungry, thirsty and gave up finding a fountain.

I hate the magical power of those golden arches.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Carlin on January 21, 2017, 03:02:01 PM
Last night I accepted 2 free kittens on a whim, and proceeded to spend about $60 getting a litter box, toys, giant bag of food, dishes, carrier, and litter.  (And a frozen pizza)  I will also have to get both of them fixed, and pay a $200 pet deposit on my apartment.  I will say though, they are freaking adorable, and it is tempering my baby fever.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on January 23, 2017, 09:48:51 AM
After weeks, nay, months of lust I bought myself the AG sweatshirt endorsed by MsPeacock. To add damage, I bought a "Stadium blanket" as well. Ooops!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Penny McSave on January 23, 2017, 10:05:51 AM
Last night I accepted 2 free kittens on a whim, and proceeded to spend about $60 getting a litter box, toys, giant bag of food, dishes, carrier, and litter.  (And a frozen pizza)  I will also have to get both of them fixed, and pay a $200 pet deposit on my apartment.  I will say though, they are freaking adorable, and it is tempering my baby fever.

Pics or it didn't happen! ;D

You are excused from this. The sorcery of cuteness is impossible to resist when you've got double the fuzzy.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on January 23, 2017, 11:40:09 AM
Last night I accepted 2 free kittens on a whim, and proceeded to spend about $60 getting a litter box, toys, giant bag of food, dishes, carrier, and litter.  (And a frozen pizza)  I will also have to get both of them fixed, and pay a $200 pet deposit on my apartment.  I will say though, they are freaking adorable, and it is tempering my baby fever.

Pics or it didn't happen! ;D

You are excused from this. The sorcery of cuteness is impossible to resist when you've got double the fuzzy.

Carlin cannot be excused without *first* posting a picture, so that we can all partake of the "squeee!".
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on January 23, 2017, 12:38:04 PM
Stopped at a granola/vegan/paleo/juicery place on the way to work and got a $15.50 acai bowl. I discovered them (at Coffee & Art in the Gaslamp District) on a business trip in San Diego and fell in love. This one was good, but cost twice as much as the San Diego at about 2/3 the size. It was a one-time thing. I found frozen acai pulp at Trader Joe's so now I can make my own.

I don't feel too badly about it, since every person after me was greeted by name, meaning they buy the $11 juices, $15 bowls, and $8 coffees frequently.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Carlin on January 23, 2017, 07:09:01 PM
Last night I accepted 2 free kittens on a whim, and proceeded to spend about $60 getting a litter box, toys, giant bag of food, dishes, carrier, and litter.  (And a frozen pizza)  I will also have to get both of them fixed, and pay a $200 pet deposit on my apartment.  I will say though, they are freaking adorable, and it is tempering my baby fever.

Pics or it didn't happen! ;D

You are excused from this. The sorcery of cuteness is impossible to resist when you've got double the fuzzy.

Carlin cannot be excused without *first* posting a picture, so that we can all partake of the "squeee!".

Okay, here you guys go, this is Soren and Hypatia:

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Penny McSave on January 24, 2017, 04:48:12 PM
Appropriate meme attached. :D
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 26, 2017, 12:32:54 PM
My budget for January is a disaster. I'm overbudget in food AND entertainment AND miscellaneous, to the tune of $300. :-(  And these are generous budgets where I usually come in underbudget. And the ridiculous thing is that I've had this "I shouldn't spend money" feeling all month because of job instability. WTF happened, self!? The month isn't even over yet! I still have a couple of things that might be expensive (like taking my parents out on Sunday).

$100+ in restaurant spending that was entirely stupid/poor planning/lack of willpower.
$120 for new shoes that I really needed.
$150+ unplanned charitable donations.
$120 renewing my webhosting (forgot to plan for that).
$70 gifts (didn't really plan for it).
$100 annual membership (but I feel good about that one since it will save me money in the long run).

My monthly budget is set up to absorb some of these things, but not all at once, I guess. I feel bad every time I see my Mint home page.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pbkmaine on January 26, 2017, 01:09:28 PM
Sunk cost. No guilt. What will you do differently in February?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 26, 2017, 01:35:57 PM
Sunk cost. No guilt. What will you do differently in February?

I don't think most of it will be at risk of popping up again. Definitely no new shoes, no gifts, no webhosting renewals, and probably no annual memberships (I think I've already renewed everything I need). I'm OK with making charitable donations as I feel necessary. The restaurant spending is the only one that really requires willpower and I'm usually pretty good at that.

Thinking about changing my food and misc categories in Mint to rolling over month to month. That way I could have lean months that make up for spendier months and not feel like I'm a Very Bad Person if my spending is lumpy. I always figured food and misc were categories where you didn't need to bother with that, unlike e.g. electric/heat which is very seasonal. But with lower/tighter budgets where one big blowout dinner is a substantial portion of your monthly food budget, it probably makes sense...?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on January 26, 2017, 01:52:11 PM
Sunk cost. No guilt. What will you do differently in February?

I don't think most of it will be at risk of popping up again. Definitely no new shoes, no gifts, no webhosting renewals, and probably no annual memberships (I think I've already renewed everything I need). I'm OK with making charitable donations as I feel necessary. The restaurant spending is the only one that really requires willpower and I'm usually pretty good at that.

Thinking about changing my food and misc categories in Mint to rolling over month to month. That way I could have lean months that make up for spendier months and not feel like I'm a Very Bad Person if my spending is lumpy. I always figured food and misc were categories where you didn't need to bother with that, unlike e.g. electric/heat which is very seasonal. But with lower/tighter budgets where one big blowout dinner is a substantial portion of your monthly food budget, it probably makes sense...?
Basically all my categories on Mint are set to roll over. I'll go in and reset the rollover to $0 when it gets too big. If I go over on groceries one month, its usually because I'm stocking up on things and will be significantly under budget the next month.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on January 26, 2017, 02:09:24 PM
Basically all my categories on Mint are set to roll over. I'll go in and reset the rollover to $0 when it gets too big. If I go over on groceries one month, its usually because I'm stocking up on things and will be significantly under budget the next month.

That makes sense. I combined all food purchases (restaurant, groceries, etc.) for similar reasons - when I first started budgeting I'd try to eat out at restaurants less, and then I kept going overbudget on groceries and feeling bad about it. But it was because I was eating at home more and spending less overall. With a combined budget I feel good about eating at home more because I see that my food spending is lower, instead of seeing higher grocery spending. (I realize it's a little irrational. I work with the psychology I've got!)

Now the question is do I punish myself by setting them to roll over now and having a $300 deficit to start with, or do I start on February 1st with a clean slate... :-)

I'm also thinking about starting a charity category instead of including that in misc. It feels weird to me to have charity linked, budgetwise, to buying new shoes or a new frying pan. I want to feel good about charity, not feel like it's a deprivation.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on January 28, 2017, 02:23:16 PM


I'm also thinking about starting a charity category instead of including that in misc. It feels weird to me to have charity linked, budgetwise, to buying new shoes or a new frying pan. I want to feel good about charity, not feel like it's a deprivation.
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I used to combine charity with personal shopping and dining out.   e..g,  For each dollar I spent on myself, I would spent 50 cents on charity.  It helped me reduce spending because the effective price of everything was at least 50% higher, e.g., instead of $120 pair of shoes, it was now in my mind as $180 pair of shoes... etc..   

I reasoned that if I could afford it for me, I could afford it for someone else, too.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on January 28, 2017, 04:20:05 PM
I just spent close to $7 at McDonalds for the novelty of "all-day breakfast" + bottle of water(!!! - this is the biggest sin of all) because I had finished a presentation feeling hungry, thirsty and gave up finding a fountain.

I hate the magical power of those golden arches.
I mind the food far less than I mind the bottled water. They will give you ice water for No Charge with your purchase and unlimited free refills. Why order it in an expensive bottle when you totally don't have to?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bokonon_ on February 02, 2017, 07:06:30 AM
So I was biking to work and it was getting quite windy, the going was slow, temperature was not up to snuff, I was a bit tired, I was already late, etc.. Just then I passed the train station and decided that I could take the train for 2 stations and give me some well-deserved rest, because! I also decided that I needed no ticket (4.70€) for such a short 5-minutes ride. Of course the conductor didn't sympathize and that cost me 60€ for myself and another 60€ for my bike. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on February 02, 2017, 10:22:57 AM
I just spent close to $7 at McDonalds for the novelty of "all-day breakfast" + bottle of water(!!! - this is the biggest sin of all) because I had finished a presentation feeling hungry, thirsty and gave up finding a fountain.

I hate the magical power of those golden arches.
I mind the food far less than I mind the bottled water. They will give you ice water for No Charge with your purchase and unlimited free refills. Why order it in an expensive bottle when you totally don't have to?

This isn't universal. They charge for water at my McD's.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 03, 2017, 10:30:00 AM
I'm buying a bike. Mathematically, it doesn't *really* make sense- most everything I'll be biking to is 1-1.5mi away, so it'll take a LOT of trips to make up for buying a $320 bike (and I'm sure add on fenders, racks, panniers, locks, it'll add up...). OTOH, if I keep trying to park in those parking lots, I will be brought up on murder charges, so that could get expensive ;)

First bike I've had in a decade. First bike I've had that wasn't a hand me down from an older brother. I'm pretty psyched.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on February 03, 2017, 10:34:09 AM
I'm buying a bike. Mathematically, it doesn't *really* make sense- most everything I'll be biking to is 1-1.5mi away, so it'll take a LOT of trips to make up for buying a $320 bike (and I'm sure add on fenders, racks, panniers, locks, it'll add up...). OTOH, if I keep trying to park in those parking lots, I will be brought up on murder charges, so that could get expensive ;)

First bike I've had in a decade. First bike I've had that wasn't a hand me down from an older brother. I'm pretty psyched.
Awesome!  I love my bikes even though they don't make financial sense.  I think biking (and avoiding parking in crazy lots) does a lot to reduce my stress level.  I can't imagine parking at our local Whole Foods.  People circle the parking lot!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on February 03, 2017, 10:38:00 AM
I bought season subscriptions to the theater in the closest big city. And added on a seasonal option show. Almost $600. This was done almost entirely on impulse.
We have the money and I was able to contact family and request that whatever gifts they were going to buy me, to put that money towards this instead (my birthday is in 2 weeks). This should net at least $250 towards the cost. I will also be working on some side hustles to make up the cost.
I feel super guilty, but also elated that I'll be able to partake in a pretty spectacular season.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: smacpa on February 04, 2017, 10:29:19 PM
I bought my wife (and me) new boobs last month at $4,450.  I'm not even mad about it they are pretty awesome.

And don't even come back with "pics or it didn't happen" ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on February 04, 2017, 11:51:42 PM
I just spent close to $7 at McDonalds for the novelty of "all-day breakfast" + bottle of water(!!! - this is the biggest sin of all) because I had finished a presentation feeling hungry, thirsty and gave up finding a fountain.

I hate the magical power of those golden arches.
I mind the food far less than I mind the bottled water. They will give you ice water for No Charge with your purchase and unlimited free refills. Why order it in an expensive bottle when you totally don't have to?

This isn't universal. They charge for water at my McD's.
In the US, you can typically get water & ice in a cup with a lid and a straw for no charge.  You may also purchase chilled, filtered water at a significantly higher price. One free with purchase, one not. I'm wild-ass guessing that tomatops resides stateside. Nothing in their profile or name to indicate location. Is it called "all-day breakfast" anywhere else?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on February 05, 2017, 12:41:09 AM
I'm buying a bike. Mathematically, it doesn't *really* make sense- most everything I'll be biking to is 1-1.5mi away, so it'll take a LOT of trips to make up for buying a $320 bike (and I'm sure add on fenders, racks, panniers, locks, it'll add up...). OTOH, if I keep trying to park in those parking lots, I will be brought up on murder charges, so that could get expensive ;)

First bike I've had in a decade. First bike I've had that wasn't a hand me down from an older brother. I'm pretty psyched.
Awesome!  I love my bikes even though they don't make financial sense.  I think biking (and avoiding parking in crazy lots) does a lot to reduce my stress level.  I can't imagine parking at our local Whole Foods.  People circle the parking lot!

Short journeys > engine wear > need to replace car || waves hand in mathematical fashion || = financial sense.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: dorothyc on February 05, 2017, 10:33:35 AM
I'm buying a bike. Mathematically, it doesn't *really* make sense- most everything I'll be biking to is 1-1.5mi away, so it'll take a LOT of trips to make up for buying a $320 bike (and I'm sure add on fenders, racks, panniers, locks, it'll add up...). OTOH, if I keep trying to park in those parking lots, I will be brought up on murder charges, so that could get expensive ;)

First bike I've had in a decade. First bike I've had that wasn't a hand me down from an older brother. I'm pretty psyched.
Awesome!  I love my bikes even though they don't make financial sense.  I think biking (and avoiding parking in crazy lots) does a lot to reduce my stress level.  I can't imagine parking at our local Whole Foods.  People circle the parking lot!

Short journeys > engine wear > need to replace car || waves hand in mathematical fashion || = financial sense.

Plus lots of short journeys at low speed can cause early failure of the catalytic converter and are proportianally more polluting. I think you get a Mustachian pass on this one, Bracken_Joy
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on February 05, 2017, 11:38:19 AM
Me: I have enough clothes and I need to save money.

Me: Oh look, the consignment shop has dresses and this one is a pink halter top.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on February 06, 2017, 08:11:30 AM
I bought my wife (and me) new boobs last month at $4,450.  I'm not even mad about it they are pretty awesome.

And don't even come back with "pics or it didn't happen" ;)

There are always clothed pictures in profile...

Quick story: went to a dinner where a young lady mentioned she had a little "work" done. Understand that in my circle that sort of thing is pretty rare. Spent the rest of the meal trying not to look (be a gentleman). ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on February 06, 2017, 08:15:46 AM
I bought my wife (and me) new boobs last month at $4,450.  I'm not even mad about it they are pretty awesome.

And don't even come back with "pics or it didn't happen" ;)
Didn't know fools and dunces costed that much! http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/boob
Did you get a 2-for-1 offer?
Snapchat or it didn't happen.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on February 06, 2017, 08:27:49 AM
I did it I spent $255 on my Ipod Classic refurbished with the SSD. It has 256 gigs formatted to 240.  Please facepunch me...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Carlin on February 06, 2017, 08:43:30 AM
I did it I spent $255 on my Ipod Classic refurbished with the SSD. It has 256 gigs formatted to 240.  Please facepunch me...

Hell no!! Those things are the best, and it's devastating they don't make them anymore.  Take care of it!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on February 07, 2017, 08:33:57 AM
I have been hungering for one to the point I heavily considered dipping into my emergency fund(Please no facepunches I didn't do it!!) I was talked off the ledge by a part time Mustachian so I just waited for a third paycheck instead.  It seems to load very slowly but I had missed my Classic so very much....
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Carlin on February 07, 2017, 08:54:33 AM
I have been hungering for one to the point I heavily considered dipping into my emergency fund(Please no facepunches I didn't do it!!) I was talked off the ledge by a part time Mustachian so I just waited for a third paycheck instead.  It seems to load very slowly but I had missed my Classic so very much....

My husband and I have 2- one his brother got as a teenager and handed down to him, and one I got at Gamestop when I was a teenager for about $80.  Unfortunately the aux port doesn't work on mine any longer, but I have such an amazing library on there I'm trying to find a solution.  His still works wonderfully and we use it all the time.  They're so rugged, and have so much space.   They're among our prized possessions.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on February 08, 2017, 11:36:25 AM
It actually has 223 gigs after being formatted but I am not complaining in the slightest.  Now to wear down the battery listening to the whole Stephen King playlist I created plus watching movies and John Le Carre I love that guy..
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Penny McSave on February 10, 2017, 06:20:28 PM
The Grocery Outlet near my house had bananas marked down to $0.28/lb. So, I was like, "Hell yeah! I'm gonna get 2 packs and freeze one!"

DUH! I SHOULD HAVE GOT LIKE 10!

/sigh
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: JordanOfGilead on February 16, 2017, 01:18:17 PM
$600 on motorcycle safety gear (new armored jacket, snell rated helmets for each my girlfriend and I, and a mirrored visor for mine).
At least it's keeping me safe? and it should last nearly a lifetime barring any catastrophes.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: prettypaperwork on February 18, 2017, 05:17:34 PM
I try to keep my checking account balance low where all but about $200 is allocated to/for something.  Most of my cash is in my savings account earning interest.  I scheduled a couple of automatic transactions on Vanguard for the next couple of weeks to finish topping off my 2016 tIRA contributions, but mistakenly set the money to get pulled from my checking account instead of my savings account.  Checked my email last night and saw a notice from Chase that a $1000 external transfer happened. Oops. SO gladly wrote me a check for $1000 to cover my mistake (lucky for me he hoards his cash in his checking account), but sadly no mobile deposits allowed for overdrawn folks.  Went to the bank this morning to deposit the check, when I got my receipt my available balance was: -$585 with a present balance of $215. And I don't wanna even get into the fees I will be charged for this mishap.  :\

I guess this is why folks keep a buffer in their checking account. 

Live and learn (and I did change my primary bank account on Vanguard to my savings account).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on February 19, 2017, 08:51:28 AM
I try to keep my checking account balance low where all but about $200 is allocated to/for something.  Most of my cash is in my savings account earning interest.  I scheduled a couple of automatic transactions on Vanguard for the next couple of weeks to finish topping off my 2016 tIRA contributions, but mistakenly set the money to get pulled from my checking account instead of my savings account.  Checked my email last night and saw a notice from Chase that a $1000 external transfer happened. Oops. SO gladly wrote me a check for $1000 to cover my mistake (lucky for me he hoards his cash in his checking account), but sadly no mobile deposits allowed for overdrawn folks.  Went to the bank this morning to deposit the check, when I got my receipt my available balance was: -$585 with a present balance of $215. And I don't wanna even get into the fees I will be charged for this mishap.  :\

I guess this is why folks keep a buffer in their checking account. 

Live and learn (and I did change my primary bank account on Vanguard to my savings account).

Yeah, I know some people like to run their current account (UK, I think this I equivalent to your checking account) to the wire to maximise savings interest, but I feel a lot more comfortable with a healthy buffer of around £750-1,000 so I don't have to think about eg the £400 higher credit card bill this month that I paid upfront for conveyancing fees (I obv have the cash, but get cashback on my credit card).

For me the loss in interest on that buffer money is worth the peace of mind (and arguably annual interest on that buffer would be wiped out by fees for any single error like yours anyway)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: prettypaperwork on February 19, 2017, 09:24:24 AM
I will definitely keep a larger buffer in there from now on.  And thanks for not face punching me. :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsWolfeRN on February 19, 2017, 05:46:23 PM
I try to keep my checking account balance low where all but about $200 is allocated to/for something.  Most of my cash is in my savings account earning interest.  I scheduled a couple of automatic transactions on Vanguard for the next couple of weeks to finish topping off my 2016 tIRA contributions, but mistakenly set the money to get pulled from my checking account instead of my savings account.  Checked my email last night and saw a notice from Chase that a $1000 external transfer happened. Oops. SO gladly wrote me a check for $1000 to cover my mistake (lucky for me he hoards his cash in his checking account), but sadly no mobile deposits allowed for overdrawn folks.  Went to the bank this morning to deposit the check, when I got my receipt my available balance was: -$585 with a present balance of $215. And I don't wanna even get into the fees I will be charged for this mishap.  :\

I guess this is why folks keep a buffer in their checking account. 

Live and learn (and I did change my primary bank account on Vanguard to my savings account).

Yeah, I know some people like to run their current account (UK, I think this I equivalent to your checking account) to the wire to maximise savings interest, but I feel a lot more comfortable with a healthy buffer of around £750-1,000 so I don't have to think about eg the £400 higher credit card bill this month that I paid upfront for conveyancing fees (I obv have the cash, but get cashback on my credit card).

For me the loss in interest on that buffer money is worth the peace of mind (and arguably annual interest on that buffer would be wiped out by fees for any single error like yours anyway)

If this happens to me, my credit union will transfer money from savings to checking with no fees.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Alfred J Quack on February 21, 2017, 01:19:31 PM
I need help guys!

1. Spent 1250,- last month on a new matras because I slept really badly on the current one. The cash was meant for bringing down the mortgage though...
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?!
3. Been driving to work for 2 weeks because I can't bike 5k yet (apendix was removed 4 weeks ago), justification was that taking the bus was annoying! (it stops 3 minutes walk from my house and 5 minutes walk from the office and is a direct line)

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on February 24, 2017, 08:37:01 AM
I bought my wife concert tickets as an anniversary gift...$150.

Then I took her out to dinner before the concert...$128. Horrified at myself. And she wanted to buy their CD's at the concert, I didn't try to stop her.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Rural on February 24, 2017, 10:32:07 AM
I bought my wife concert tickets as an anniversary gift...$150.

Then I took her out to dinner before the concert...$128. Horrified at myself. And she wanted to buy their CD's at the concert, I didn't try to stop her.


If this was your 50th, no problem. :)


Seriously, if you went all out for a special anniversary and don't do things like it every year, it could be justified. If it was just an anniversary, well, those milestones will be more special if you save the big indulgences for them.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: fuzzy math on February 24, 2017, 07:39:10 PM
I just bought a $475 plane ticket for a weekend trip to see a bucket list concert. Like 15 yrs of waiting for this concert. I still have to buy the tickets, and pay the airport parking, and get local transport and an Airbnb etc. Prob $700 total.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on February 24, 2017, 08:59:50 PM
I just bought a $475 plane ticket for a weekend trip to see a bucket list concert. Like 15 yrs of waiting for this concert. I still have to buy the tickets, and pay the airport parking, and get local transport and an Airbnb etc. Prob $700 total.

Damn. What band? :-)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on February 25, 2017, 03:09:27 PM
I need help guys!

1. Spent 1250,- last month on a new matras because I slept really badly on the current one. The cash was meant for bringing down the mortgage though...
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?!


WTF are those curtains made of?! I really hope you've typo'd an extra 0 on there.
Mattresses are another matter, if you can't get a good night's sleep that's an issue that can affect your health, but window coverings are hardly worth dropping a fortune on?!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: pbkmaine on February 25, 2017, 06:16:48 PM
A definite WTF on the curtains. I have gotten very nice living room curtains for $30 or less per pair. And you can get a king mattress from Tuft &amp; Needle for $750.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 11ducks on February 26, 2017, 04:57:12 AM
Horrendously spendy year so far- moving house wiped out January, and now paying for equipment and entrance fees for upcoming endurance/obstacle races has wiped out February. Getting married at start of April too, so I'm sure March will have plenty of unexpected costs (though we planned and saved for major wedding stuff).  Ive only saved maybe $400 in two months (instead of $1600ish I could've normally saved over this period). Developed a slight addiction to Zambreros (awesome Mexican food) and wasted way too much money (and carbs) this year too!

Today was a massive fail,  I spent usd$210 on hiking boots (which is fine as I knew the cost was coming - I have flat, narrow, hard to fit feet, and need something for a 60mile hike). Somehow was suckered into spending $70usd on three pairs of merino hiking socks. Deserve massive face punches for this. Ridiculously expensive. Hopefully I can wear them for the next decade and recoup the costs.

Tomorrow is a fresh start to get back into good habits. Got out the cash I need for the week and plan to leave my cards at home all week.  Want to get back on track so that I can save up some cash to invest this financial year.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on February 26, 2017, 04:18:40 PM
Bought a bunch of on-sale meat. Had to throw it out because I forgot to take it out of my backpack yesterday. Stupid food safety. Stupid me.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: fuzzy math on February 26, 2017, 06:03:17 PM
I just bought a $475 plane ticket for a weekend trip to see a bucket list concert. Like 15 yrs of waiting for this concert. I still have to buy the tickets, and pay the airport parking, and get local transport and an Airbnb etc. Prob $700 total.

Damn. What band? :-)

Richard Ashcroft (from the verve). Dude only tours once every 3 or 4 years and even more rarely in the US.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on February 26, 2017, 06:39:44 PM
I just bought a $475 plane ticket for a weekend trip to see a bucket list concert. Like 15 yrs of waiting for this concert. I still have to buy the tickets, and pay the airport parking, and get local transport and an Airbnb etc. Prob $700 total.

Damn. What band? :-)

Richard Ashcroft (from the verve). Dude only tours once every 3 or 4 years and even more rarely in the US.

Well, I hope you enjoy it $700 worth! I did spend that once on a weekend trip to go to a concert, but $350 of it was a charitable donation (it was a high-end benefit concert to help victims of a natural disaster).

We won't get into how much I've spent on trips which involved more than one concert. :-P
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 26, 2017, 06:45:37 PM
Developed a slight addiction to Zambreros (awesome Mexican food) and wasted way too much money (and carbs) this year too!

Zambrero is so, so good. I'm lucky that there isn't one near home or work for me - I think I'd end up getting it once a fortnight or more frequently if it was convenient. As it is, I get it once every few months and REALLY enjoy it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 11ducks on February 26, 2017, 11:10:38 PM
Developed a slight addiction to Zambreros (awesome Mexican food) and wasted way too much money (and carbs) this year too!

Zambrero is so, so good. I'm lucky that there isn't one near home or work for me - I think I'd end up getting it once a fortnight or more frequently if it was convenient. As it is, I get it once every few months and REALLY enjoy it.

Mine is situated between my house and my work, easy walking distance from each. I pass by it after bootcamp at dinner time 3x a week too. It's got a hold on me!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Alfred J Quack on March 01, 2017, 06:21:51 AM
I need help guys!

1. Spent 1250,- last month on a new matras because I slept really badly on the current one. The cash was meant for bringing down the mortgage though...
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?!

WTF are those curtains made of?! I really hope you've typo'd an extra 0 on there.
Mattresses are another matter, if you can't get a good night's sleep that's an issue that can affect your health, but window coverings are hardly worth dropping a fortune on?!
They're made of fabric, quite cheap stuff too when compared to other suppliers (we did shop around quite a bit). Cost isn't just fabric but also made to size and hung (with new rails and such). I don't mind DIY'ing stuff but livingroom curtains is something we look at daily for 10+ years, quality matters in this case.
I did DIY a set of curtains in my previous appartment with a total cost of about 100,- (but also about 1/4th the size of what we need now) but it was just so damn ugly... The only reason I didn't renew them with better stuff is because it was the bedroom and we sold the appartment a year later.

However, all that is justification and I damn wel know it :(

A definite WTF on the curtains. I have gotten very nice living room curtains for $30 or less per pair. And you can get a king mattress from Tuft &amp; Needle for $750.
I don't have Tuft and Needle over here (mainland europe). And I didn't buy from the cheapest source either because I wanted to lie down on it and check how it compared. Also, if the matress doesn't agree with me I can swap the core for minimal cost which isn't possible with the same matress bought online.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on March 12, 2017, 06:05:11 PM
Paid $70 for a bumper for my car. 100% aesthetic reasons. And the best part is that it has to be painted, so I'm definitely set up for plastidip now which is even more money...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on March 12, 2017, 10:46:46 PM
You can buy color matched rattle can paint and paint it yourself.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on March 12, 2017, 11:04:57 PM
You can buy color matched rattle can paint and paint it yourself.
OMG, TP, where are you from? We tend to call it spray paint in my neck of the woods, but I like your name better. Much better. Laughing now.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on March 13, 2017, 06:22:35 AM
You can buy color matched rattle can paint and paint it yourself.
OMG, TP, where are you from? We tend to call it spray paint in my neck of the woods, but I like your name better. Much better. Laughing now.
This be "sprayer paint" from El Goog:
https://goo.gl/HjrkqB

This be "rattle can paint" from them search algos:
https://goo.gl/yiBRvf
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on March 13, 2017, 07:24:33 AM
You can buy color matched rattle can paint and paint it yourself.

Plastidip is already pretty cheap and I would prefer to do the whole car because I don't like the current color anyway. Plus it would protect the paint. It would be $200 or so for the reusable sprayer (might be able to find someone that has one though) and another $250 or so for the paint.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on March 13, 2017, 09:28:02 AM
I've seen the Plasti-Dip paint jobs. They can look good. Any idea how long it lasts? The one vehicle I knew that was painted this way was sold a year or so later. I hoped it would be a test case for that kind of paint for me. I know there is temporary paint for car wheels for folks that like to change the color from time to time.

An cheap alternative would be to buy quart cans of Rustoleum (or the equivalent) for $15 and paint a car using a foam roller/brush or using a small spray gun from HF. I have had very good luck with that sort of paint on things. Never painted a car with it but have painted bicycles using it. The trick is to understand that the paint is very delicate for several weeks afterwards until it completely hardens. Internet provides plenty of pics of this method. I used an acrylic enamel paint on a vehicle I own when I wanted to neaten up its appearance. Lasted a decade plus.

Real automotive paint uses some serious chemicals to harden the paint very quickly by comparison. Automotive paint is much tougher and more durable and much, much more expensive. The rattle can touchup paint is affordable. Might cost you a couple of cans of primer and a couple of cans of color to match the rest of the car.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on March 13, 2017, 09:31:04 AM
I bought pants from a place that was not a consignment store. (But I will admit the fabric is incredibly soft and lovely!) At least they were from the clearance rack.

I also bought a necklace from a local shop, and a slice of delicious pizza. I am a spendy, spendy thing that spends. :(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on March 13, 2017, 09:40:53 AM
I've seen the Plasti-Dip paint jobs. They can look good. Any idea how long it lasts? The one vehicle I knew that was painted this way was sold a year or so later. I hoped it would be a test case for that kind of paint for me. I know there is temporary paint for car wheels for folks that like to change the color from time to time.

An cheap alternative would be to buy quart cans of Rustoleum (or the equivalent) for $15 and paint a car using a foam roller/brush or using a small spray gun from HF. I have had very good luck with that sort of paint on things. Never painted a car with it but have painted bicycles using it. The trick is to understand that the paint is very delicate for several weeks afterwards until it completely hardens. Internet provides plenty of pics of this method. I used an acrylic enamel paint on a vehicle I own when I wanted to neaten up its appearance. Lasted a decade plus.

Real automotive paint uses some serious chemicals to harden the paint very quickly by comparison. Automotive paint is much tougher and more durable and much, much more expensive. The rattle can touchup paint is affordable. Might cost you a couple of cans of primer and a couple of cans of color to match the rest of the car.

The current paint is in very good condition so I definitely am not replacing it with a permanent but cheap paint job. Hence the plastidip because it can be peeled AND protects from minor scratches and dings. Plastidip can last 3+ years, but by then I'd probably try a new color. For only $300 or so for the whole car, it's very cheap. Still not mustachian though. It might be if you're selling the car, I heard of people selling a car for a good bit more because of how awesome the car looked with plastidip, even with the seller telling people it wasn't permanent.

Also, you will want to hand wash only to protect the plastidip the longest. Either way I would never go to a car wash with regular paint anyway because it scratches it to hell.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on March 13, 2017, 01:52:52 PM
Thanks for the insight.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on March 13, 2017, 09:50:06 PM
You can buy color matched rattle can paint and paint it yourself.
OMG, TP, where are you from? We tend to call it spray paint in my neck of the woods, but I like your name better. Much better. Laughing now.
This be "sprayer paint" from El Goog:
https://goo.gl/HjrkqB

This be "rattle can paint" from them search algos:
https://goo.gl/yiBRvf

Nope, no, nope. A paint sprayer is a piece of equment that projects paint that comes from a bucket. Um, yes, there is one in our garage. DH is a painting contractor. That means we get to have a truck, too. White Ford F150, like every other truck in the paint store parking lot. He bought it brand-new, too. Fifteen years ago, lol!

"Spray Paint", courtesy of el goog (stealing that, though I like google-fu, too) looks like this:

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=980&bih=735&q=spray+paint+can&oq=Spray+paint&gs_l=img.1.2.0l10.3457.7940.0.13180.12.8.0.4.4.0.254.1216.0j6j1.7.0....0...1ac.1j4.64.img..1.11.1277.0..35i39k1.lWmPC0gKDy8

Remarkably like your "Rattle Can". Love that. It sounds like what it is. Onomatopoeia.

+ You very funny, jinga nation.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on March 15, 2017, 06:58:15 PM
You can buy color matched rattle can paint and paint it yourself.
OMG, TP, where are you from? We tend to call it spray paint in my neck of the woods, but I like your name better. Much better. Laughing now.
This be "sprayer paint" from El Goog:
https://goo.gl/HjrkqB

This be "rattle can paint" from them search algos:
https://goo.gl/yiBRvf

 This is what came to mind when I read "rattle can"
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on April 21, 2017, 01:12:25 PM
Unicorn Frappuccino.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Marty on April 21, 2017, 01:38:25 PM
Unicorn Frappuccino.

The DW bought one the other day!  It was pretty but I didn't like how sour it was.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on April 21, 2017, 03:13:53 PM
Unicorn Frappuccino.

The DW bought one the other day!  It was pretty but I didn't like how sour it was.
I loved it! That said, one per lifetime is probably enough. However, I would happily consume a bottle of that "blue sauce."
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FIT_Goat on May 02, 2017, 06:58:46 PM
Came home to find a puddle coming out of the garage door.  Open it up and find there's a stream of water.  My wife mentions that she's seen water on the floor for a few days.  I track it down and it's the AC unit.  It's dripping like crazy.  I shut it down, and my wife starts panicking.  She can't fathom a night without AC.  She insists on calling a company out, tonight, to deal with it.  I make some calls.  Shop around and the best we can do is a $50 fee for coming out, plus whatever it will cost for the repairs and parts.  We agree to that.

Five minutes before the guy shows up, I am talking with my friend and she's like, "Did you try and shop-vac the drain line?  It's probably that."  I hadn't.  I knew to do that, but with my wife panicking and boxes of paper literally soaked into the floor, it didn't occur to me.

The guy showed up.  It was a clogged drain line.  He took his shop-vac to it.  Cleared it right out.  It was a five minute fix.

Emergency call out: $50
Vacuuming the drain: $95
Total cost: $145

That amount of stupidity hurts.  It will come out of the house maintenance fund, but it is wasted money.  Tomorrow I need to get out there and throw out the ruined boxes.  On the bright side, the reason those boxes hadn't been unpacked is because it was unimportant papers (old work related stuff) that should have been thrown out anyway.  I have to finally toss them.  So, it helps declutter things.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on May 08, 2017, 04:50:39 AM
Came home to find a puddle coming out of the garage door.  Open it up and find there's a stream of water.  My wife mentions that she's seen water on the floor for a few days.

>.<

Did you suggest that, in future, she mentions random patches of water rather than ignoring them?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on May 08, 2017, 06:00:24 AM
Had an accident on April 28. Minor fender bender, but the estimate of the repair slightly exceeded 80% of the car's value, so insurance wrote the car off. They're offering me $1500 over what I thought is fair value (based on KBB/NADA).
Now I'm trying to negotiate (via email) buying a used vehicle (2014-2015), but I've forgotten how to buy. Haven't purchased a personal vehicle of me since 2006. Or for family since 2009. I might buy from Carvana and skip the bullshit dealer 'documentation and government fees'. One quote had $450 Government fee, but a quick look at the FL DMV fee site doesn't show anything of this magnitude for a personal vehicle.
I hate shopping. For anything.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on May 08, 2017, 06:08:12 AM
Just bought a weighted blanket ($189) and set up an appointment to get my car tinted this week ($200-$240). Both completely optional purchases...

Also bought a skydiving ticket and rental car for four days for my trip in Vancouver, but that was only $172 after splitting the rental car with friends. Could be worse I guess. It was cheaper to get the car than take a shuttle to skydiving, as long as one of those days has good weather.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on May 08, 2017, 10:25:41 AM
Had an accident on April 28. Minor fender bender, but the estimate of the repair slightly exceeded 80% of the car's value, so insurance wrote the car off. They're offering me $1500 over what I thought is fair value (based on KBB/NADA).
Now I'm trying to negotiate (via email) buying a used vehicle (2014-2015), but I've forgotten how to buy. Haven't purchased a personal vehicle of me since 2006. Or for family since 2009. I might buy from Carvana and skip the bullshit dealer 'documentation and government fees'. One quote had $450 Government fee, but a quick look at the FL DMV fee site doesn't show anything of this magnitude for a personal vehicle.
I hate shopping. For anything.

I'm shopping for the next car too. Am actually considering CarMax and Carvana despite their higher prices.

The dealer used car prices are all over the place. I have emailed a few and asked for their best prices and they avoid direct answers. "C'mon in and we'll see what we can do..." Makes we want to scream at them. i don't have time or desire to drive 100 miles that way or 80 miles the other way and play friggin' games with prices.

I didn't enjoy this ~20 yrs ago either (last time I dealt with a car dealer). That time the dealers I visited tried every single scheme in the book. Wasted HUGE amounts of my time and created alot of aggravation to save $5K.

At least we have things like CarFax to help. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on May 08, 2017, 10:55:37 AM
Had an accident on April 28. Minor fender bender, but the estimate of the repair slightly exceeded 80% of the car's value, so insurance wrote the car off. They're offering me $1500 over what I thought is fair value (based on KBB/NADA).
Now I'm trying to negotiate (via email) buying a used vehicle (2014-2015), but I've forgotten how to buy. Haven't purchased a personal vehicle of me since 2006. Or for family since 2009. I might buy from Carvana and skip the bullshit dealer 'documentation and government fees'. One quote had $450 Government fee, but a quick look at the FL DMV fee site doesn't show anything of this magnitude for a personal vehicle.
I hate shopping. For anything.

I'm shopping for the next car too. Am actually considering CarMax and Carvana despite their higher prices.

The dealer used car prices are all over the place. I have emailed a few and asked for their best prices and they avoid direct answers. "C'mon in and we'll see what we can do..." Makes we want to scream at them. i don't have time or desire to drive 100 miles that way or 80 miles the other way and play friggin' games with prices.

I didn't enjoy this ~20 yrs ago either (last time I dealt with a car dealer). That time the dealers I visited tried every single scheme in the book. Wasted HUGE amounts of my time and created alot of aggravation to save $5K.

At least we have things like CarFax to help.

We just bought a car for my husband and one dealership completely infuriated me. I asked them if the price on the website was the best they could do on a certain car because the other car I was looking at was about $1000 cheaper, but in a torn 30 miles away and I didn't feel like driving that night. Similar mileage and warranty. I told her I needed to know the exact lowest price so I could go to the bank before it closed for a cashiers check to buy the car. She said it was the lowest price they could do, but for me to come in anyway because sometimes when the manager can see someone in the showroom, they can work out a deal. When I pointed out how this didn't make sense since the online price was the best she could do she tried to back pedal... I can see how it would seem that way. Pissed me off. Bought the car from farther away and then sent her a photo of it when she emailed me to check in the next week.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: FIT_Goat on May 08, 2017, 10:05:23 PM
Came home to find a puddle coming out of the garage door.  Open it up and find there's a stream of water.  My wife mentions that she's seen water on the floor for a few days.

>.<

Did you suggest that, in future, she mentions random patches of water rather than ignoring them?

*sigh* I did and she said she had told me about it before. I don't remember her saying it and probably thought she was really saying, "be careful" because she spilled water on the floor. Honestly, I don't even recall her ever mentioning the water until I brought it up, but she insists she said something before.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on May 09, 2017, 12:44:13 PM
Had an accident on April 28. Minor fender bender, but the estimate of the repair slightly exceeded 80% of the car's value, so insurance wrote the car off. They're offering me $1500 over what I thought is fair value (based on KBB/NADA).
Now I'm trying to negotiate (via email) buying a used vehicle (2014-2015), but I've forgotten how to buy. Haven't purchased a personal vehicle of me since 2006. Or for family since 2009. I might buy from Carvana and skip the bullshit dealer 'documentation and government fees'. One quote had $450 Government fee, but a quick look at the FL DMV fee site doesn't show anything of this magnitude for a personal vehicle.
I hate shopping. For anything.

I'm shopping for the next car too. Am actually considering CarMax and Carvana despite their higher prices.

The dealer used car prices are all over the place. I have emailed a few and asked for their best prices and they avoid direct answers. "C'mon in and we'll see what we can do..." Makes we want to scream at them. i don't have time or desire to drive 100 miles that way or 80 miles the other way and play friggin' games with prices.

I didn't enjoy this ~20 yrs ago either (last time I dealt with a car dealer). That time the dealers I visited tried every single scheme in the book. Wasted HUGE amounts of my time and created alot of aggravation to save $5K.

At least we have things like CarFax to help.

We just bought a car for my husband and one dealership completely infuriated me. I asked them if the price on the website was the best they could do on a certain car because the other car I was looking at was about $1000 cheaper, but in a torn 30 miles away and I didn't feel like driving that night. Similar mileage and warranty. I told her I needed to know the exact lowest price so I could go to the bank before it closed for a cashiers check to buy the car. She said it was the lowest price they could do, but for me to come in anyway because sometimes when the manager can see someone in the showroom, they can work out a deal. When I pointed out how this didn't make sense since the online price was the best she could do she tried to back pedal... I can see how it would seem that way. Pissed me off. Bought the car from farther away and then sent her a photo of it when she emailed me to check in the next week.

Visited CarMax last night. Easiest interaction I have ever had with a business selling a car.

Dealer prices were higher than CarMax, no guarantee I could haggle a dealer below the CarMax price. They are letting me inspect it on their lift. I have 40 yrs of car repair so I know a few things. Makes me feel better anyhow. Carmax plus CarFax and I feel pretty confident about this thing.

Potentially a person could provide their own funds (or go in pre-approved with your own credit union) and buy a car in under 24 hrs without getting mad during the process. Just imagine that...

We'll aim to keep this one 20 yrs land pay it off way early just like the last one years ago.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on May 09, 2017, 02:21:56 PM
Had an accident on April 28. Minor fender bender, but the estimate of the repair slightly exceeded 80% of the car's value, so insurance wrote the car off. They're offering me $1500 over what I thought is fair value (based on KBB/NADA).
Now I'm trying to negotiate (via email) buying a used vehicle (2014-2015), but I've forgotten how to buy. Haven't purchased a personal vehicle of me since 2006. Or for family since 2009. I might buy from Carvana and skip the bullshit dealer 'documentation and government fees'. One quote had $450 Government fee, but a quick look at the FL DMV fee site doesn't show anything of this magnitude for a personal vehicle.
I hate shopping. For anything.

I'm shopping for the next car too. Am actually considering CarMax and Carvana despite their higher prices.

The dealer used car prices are all over the place. I have emailed a few and asked for their best prices and they avoid direct answers. "C'mon in and we'll see what we can do..." Makes we want to scream at them. i don't have time or desire to drive 100 miles that way or 80 miles the other way and play friggin' games with prices.

I didn't enjoy this ~20 yrs ago either (last time I dealt with a car dealer). That time the dealers I visited tried every single scheme in the book. Wasted HUGE amounts of my time and created alot of aggravation to save $5K.

At least we have things like CarFax to help.

We just bought a car for my husband and one dealership completely infuriated me. I asked them if the price on the website was the best they could do on a certain car because the other car I was looking at was about $1000 cheaper, but in a torn 30 miles away and I didn't feel like driving that night. Similar mileage and warranty. I told her I needed to know the exact lowest price so I could go to the bank before it closed for a cashiers check to buy the car. She said it was the lowest price they could do, but for me to come in anyway because sometimes when the manager can see someone in the showroom, they can work out a deal. When I pointed out how this didn't make sense since the online price was the best she could do she tried to back pedal... I can see how it would seem that way. Pissed me off. Bought the car from farther away and then sent her a photo of it when she emailed me to check in the next week.

Visited CarMax last night. Easiest interaction I have ever had with a business selling a car.

Dealer prices were higher than CarMax, no guarantee I could haggle a dealer below the CarMax price. They are letting me inspect it on their lift. I have 40 yrs of car repair so I know a few things. Makes me feel better anyhow. Carmax plus CarFax and I feel pretty confident about this thing.

Potentially a person could provide their own funds (or go in pre-approved with your own credit union) and buy a car in under 24 hrs without getting mad during the process. Just imagine that...

We'll aim to keep this one 20 yrs land pay it off way early just like the last one years ago.
We looked at Carmax. Got mad when we saw the car we wanted (make, model, year and within the mileage range) for 5k more than another dealership was advertising.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on May 10, 2017, 08:11:18 AM
Maybe it hinges on location and the popularity of what you want to buy. Their Subaru prices seemed high. $27K for a three year old that MSRP's for $27K new in the lower trim levels? Their car was an middle-ish trim level I think.

Dealer prices on what we wanted were $1K-$5K higher depending on the trim and I can't imagine I'd get much more of a discount from a dealer.

We'll keep it 15+ years like our other car.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on June 15, 2017, 07:57:17 AM
I semi-impulse bought some Cutco knives from a booth at a festival last weekend. I'm finally at a point in my meager ability to cook that the Target specials that don't hold an edge past 3 slices isn't cutting it anymore. Err... no puns intended. I say semi-impulse because I have been in the market for good knives anyway.

I know they're not great knives, but they will hold an edge and I really liked the weight and balance. I like the ones I already have (they were in the drawer when I moved in). Plus, they have a lifetime guarantee, and somebody will come to my house once a year to sharpen them (including the serrated knives and shears). Overpriced, but I'm basically paying for somebody to take care of my knives for me, because I won't do it on my own (and I realize this is no different than paying somebody to do something like pulling weeds when you could do it yourself). Hopefully this becomes a BIFL situation at the very least.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: aroberson77 on June 15, 2017, 08:35:04 AM
Had an accident on April 28. Minor fender bender, but the estimate of the repair slightly exceeded 80% of the car's value, so insurance wrote the car off. They're offering me $1500 over what I thought is fair value (based on KBB/NADA).
Now I'm trying to negotiate (via email) buying a used vehicle (2014-2015), but I've forgotten how to buy. Haven't purchased a personal vehicle of me since 2006. Or for family since 2009. I might buy from Carvana and skip the bullshit dealer 'documentation and government fees'. One quote had $450 Government fee, but a quick look at the FL DMV fee site doesn't show anything of this magnitude for a personal vehicle.
I hate shopping. For anything.

I'm shopping for the next car too. Am actually considering CarMax and Carvana despite their higher prices.

The dealer used car prices are all over the place. I have emailed a few and asked for their best prices and they avoid direct answers. "C'mon in and we'll see what we can do..." Makes we want to scream at them. i don't have time or desire to drive 100 miles that way or 80 miles the other way and play friggin' games with prices.

I didn't enjoy this ~20 yrs ago either (last time I dealt with a car dealer). That time the dealers I visited tried every single scheme in the book. Wasted HUGE amounts of my time and created alot of aggravation to save $5K.

At least we have things like CarFax to help.

We just bought a car for my husband and one dealership completely infuriated me. I asked them if the price on the website was the best they could do on a certain car because the other car I was looking at was about $1000 cheaper, but in a torn 30 miles away and I didn't feel like driving that night. Similar mileage and warranty. I told her I needed to know the exact lowest price so I could go to the bank before it closed for a cashiers check to buy the car. She said it was the lowest price they could do, but for me to come in anyway because sometimes when the manager can see someone in the showroom, they can work out a deal. When I pointed out how this didn't make sense since the online price was the best she could do she tried to back pedal... I can see how it would seem that way. Pissed me off. Bought the car from farther away and then sent her a photo of it when she emailed me to check in the next week.

Visited CarMax last night. Easiest interaction I have ever had with a business selling a car.

Dealer prices were higher than CarMax, no guarantee I could haggle a dealer below the CarMax price. They are letting me inspect it on their lift. I have 40 yrs of car repair so I know a few things. Makes me feel better anyhow. Carmax plus CarFax and I feel pretty confident about this thing.

Potentially a person could provide their own funds (or go in pre-approved with your own credit union) and buy a car in under 24 hrs without getting mad during the process. Just imagine that...

We'll aim to keep this one 20 yrs land pay it off way early just like the last one years ago.
We looked at Carmax. Got mad when we saw the car we wanted (make, model, year and within the mileage range) for 5k more than another dealership was advertising.

I don't think I would every buy a new car and I would probably never buy a car from carmax or any used car dealership.  I've bought my last two cars on craigslist.  I'm a car guy and I look over everything and then take it to a shop and see if they find anything, they usually want to sell you service so I think they are extra critical, its worth the $30 bucks or so.  I hate going to a dealer and knowing more about the car than the salesman and then get annoyed at them trying to act cool to you like they're big into cars too.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on June 22, 2017, 10:22:15 AM
Bought tea from the snackbar at work for $1.20. I have both tea (bags and loose leaf) and an electric kettle at my desk. But I'm coming down with ick, and I don't have any make-me-feel better teas at my desk. Snackbar has them.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on June 22, 2017, 03:17:14 PM
Got sucked into attending two costly dinners (~ $100/person) with friends and family last weekend during a trip back home.  I tried suggesting reasonable places, BYO wine, but was outvoted on both occasions.  Our homies see our annual arrival in town as a reason to go out and celebrate.  Wish they'd offer a home-cooked meal instead, and we'd even offer to bring most of it.  Anyhoo, only a few more years until we move back for good.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on August 08, 2017, 08:28:35 AM
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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: SeaEhm on August 08, 2017, 09:19:09 AM
Typical MMM Post

I spent $4.65 on a macchiato at Starbucks when I really just wanted a $3.65 cold brew.  But it was buy one get one free for macchiatos. Also, I gave the free one to my neighbor for his birthday.  Luckily, I used a gift card.  Oh yeah, and I made this purchase because I was awarded 150 stars to do so which equates to a free drink.

I bought a pair of $120 shoes.  But I used a 20% coupon and paid for them using credit card rewards ($100 value / paid $80). Luckily, Ebates had 12% cash back so I got that as well on the $100 value not the $80 I paid for the rewards.  Oh and I signed up for their mailer to receive free shipping (-$8)


Real FacePunch Me post

I just spent over $400 on rocks.  Yes, rocks... Not a diamond... Not an emerald.  $400 on rocks to place in front of my house.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: SeaEhm on August 08, 2017, 09:20:27 AM
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.

What level are you?  Raid passes aren't cheap and XP isn't easy to get without raid passes!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on August 08, 2017, 09:37:41 AM
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.

What level are you?  Raid passes aren't cheap and XP isn't easy to get without raid passes!

I'm still holding out on the no money on Pokemon Go thing. It helps that I consistently make it into (and hold) a gym so am farming coins that way. Level 31
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on August 08, 2017, 11:17:19 AM
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.

What level are you?  Raid passes aren't cheap and XP isn't easy to get without raid passes!

Just a hair under 30. But I did not want to miss the Legendary Birds, which meant buying extra Raid Passes. Gyms are very hard to hold around here, so I have very few coins (and my phone can't even handle gym battles or raids--I have to use my husband's phone). If there aren't any time-limited Pokemon to catch, I'm happy enough with my daily free pass.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on August 10, 2017, 09:52:27 PM
Damn, I love it when someone posts on this thread! I've said it here before, but I still miss Serpentstooth. Lately I've been imaginating that she's here under a assumed name. When one of you NYC folks who knows her IRL reads this, please tell her I miss her like crazy. I know I've changed my name, but she's so damn smart, she'll figure it out.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on August 10, 2017, 10:21:19 PM
I spent $400 on a pair of Jimmy Choo black patent leather pumps.

In my defence, I got them on sale at half prize and through a shopping portal so I'll get 4 air miles per dollar spent and I can wear these to work for the next couple of years at least (I only wear them at work not to and fro)


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Alfred J Quack on August 11, 2017, 01:13:46 AM
I spent $400 on a pair of Jimmy Choo black patent leather pumps.

In my defence, I got them on sale at half prize and through a shopping portal so I'll get 4 air miles per dollar spent and I can wear these to work for the next couple of years at least (I only wear them at work not to and fro)


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I don't get it, $400 for Jimmy Choo or $100 for another brand of quality shoes that could also last you years. Can you actually see on the outside that they ar Jimmy Choo's or are they too small to show the brand?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on August 11, 2017, 07:24:59 AM
Spent $30 on a pool tournament last week, ended up losing both matches (double elimination). Oops. Though to be fair, I had a good shot at $100 for the top lady since there was only one other girl in the tournament out of 45 people.

Also lost $20 in a tournament the week before.

Probably gonna play again tomorrow but at least I've actually been practicing this week!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DarkandStormy on August 11, 2017, 07:40:19 AM
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.

Holy **** people still play Pokemon Go?  That's still a thing?

Met your husband through Pokemon or Pokemon Go?  PG has only been out for about 14-15 months, right?

That said, I don't know how much you're spending.  Everyone has little guilty pleasures - as long as they aren't recurring/consistent and/or huge $ amounts, it's ok in my view as long as you're hitting your savings rate goals.  Gotta enjoy the journey a little bit.

Mine in the past has been Clash of Clans (I'm a near-original clasher, signed up just a couple months after it debuted) but they've changed the game so much that I'm closer to deleting the app than spending money on it.  Don't think I spent more than $75-$80 on it over 4-5 years -> ended up spending my iTunes gift cards on it since I get most of my music from streaming apps.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on August 11, 2017, 08:08:10 AM
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.

Holy **** people still play Pokemon Go?  That's still a thing?

Met your husband through Pokemon or Pokemon Go?  PG has only been out for about 14-15 months, right?

That said, I don't know how much you're spending.  Everyone has little guilty pleasures - as long as they aren't recurring/consistent and/or huge $ amounts, it's ok in my view as long as you're hitting your savings rate goals.  Gotta enjoy the journey a little bit.

Mine in the past has been Clash of Clans (I'm a near-original clasher, signed up just a couple months after it debuted) but they've changed the game so much that I'm closer to deleting the app than spending money on it.  Don't think I spent more than $75-$80 on it over 4-5 years -> ended up spending my iTunes gift cards on it since I get most of my music from streaming apps.

It has a pretty consistent fanbase, plus there has been a lot of renewed interest due to the anniversary events and the limited-release legendary birds. Hubs and I met through a Pokemon card game league in 1999. We had a Pokeball cake for our wedding.

We've spent less than $15 between the two of us, and likely won't spend anymore unless there are more limited-duration Pokemon. We would have spent less but we had some transactions glitch and double--decided to keep the in-game currency and use it rather than deal with customer service. It was only a couple of bucks anyway. I'd say we've had way more than $15 worth of fun over the past year+, so the ROI is good.

That said, I've gotten 3 Starbucks chai lattes this week. A bit of a guilty pleasure, and my home-brewed version just doesn't taste quite right. I'll get ~1.5 free drinks for them. I only really do it when I can maximize stars. But so much sugar!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DarkandStormy on August 11, 2017, 08:21:02 AM
^I must have been the only person I knew in the late '90s not to get into Pokemon haha.  That's a cool story for you guys, though.

I was somewhat familiar with a few characters through Super Smash Bros.  I jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon last summer but nearly all of our friends stopped playing within a couple months.  All of the "OMG I'm doing this for Halloween this year!" ideas faded before Halloween hit lol.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on August 11, 2017, 09:44:49 AM
I stuffed $50 in my back pocket the other day and somehow it worked its way out as I was biking home.  Dang slippery plastic Canadian bills.  What's worse is I distinctly recall someone calling out to me on my ride but I ignored them, thinking they were just bike-haters or crazy or both (there are a lot of all those types around here).

To atone, I've been scrounging for returnable bottles, and things to sell on kijiji.  I've just about made up the loss, but my stupidity still pisses me off.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Luckyvik on August 11, 2017, 04:24:24 PM
I spent $400 on a pair of Jimmy Choo black patent leather pumps.

In my defence, I got them on sale at half prize and through a shopping portal so I'll get 4 air miles per dollar spent and I can wear these to work for the next couple of years at least (I only wear them at work not to and fro)


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I don't get it, $400 for Jimmy Choo or $100 for another brand of quality shoes that could also last you years. Can you actually see on the outside that they ar Jimmy Choo's or are they too small to show the brand?
You can't see on the outside they're Jimmy Choo's.
The Jimmy Choos can be resoled as they have leather soles, I have another pair that I've had for 10 years and resoled twice, the $100 shoes can't as they are not usually leather soles.

Are the shoes 4 times better than $100 shoes? Probably not, that's why I'm posting in the facepunch me post.

Facepunch accepted.


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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: BigFatherA on August 12, 2017, 10:47:51 AM
One reason for liking Birkenstocks: You can replace the soles, especially when you have uneven wear due to your walk...
They also run about $100, not $400.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Roe on August 12, 2017, 12:24:54 PM
Feeling pretty stingy right now, but this bothers me.

I bought a tub of quark that was about to expire, marked down from .5 to 0.25.

Came home and started to jot down what I bought in my excel sheet. Only to find out that i accidentally scanned the original bar code, not the new marked down one.

I payed the .5!

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Alfred J Quack on August 13, 2017, 07:12:50 AM
One reason for liking Birkenstocks: You can replace the soles, especially when you have uneven wear due to your walk...
They also run about $100, not $400.
I have 100,- Ecco shoes with a rubber sole, they got resolved after 2 years because one of the soles had a hole (probably tread on something sharp). I still wear them daily and love those shoes :D
I even have colleagues who buy the same model new and like mine better (because I polish them regularly).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: JordanOfGilead on August 15, 2017, 06:17:53 AM
Adopted a second dog. 5 year old Blue Fawn APBT desperately in need of a home, as her owner was relocating. She is perfectly house trained, gets along great with my two-year-old Red Nose APBT, and follows me everywhere with her tail wagging.

Go ahead. Face punch me. It's worth it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on August 15, 2017, 06:46:15 AM
Facepunch for not saving a little extra for something petty or perhaps facepunch for putting up with too much crap when I have the money not to?

Live in landlord got mad at me for not cleaning up after his kitten that made a mess with my toilet paper, so he tried to revoke my w/d and kitchen appliance use as "punishment". Sent him some legal stuff and he got pissed that he was wrong so he tried to retaliate further by making rules like saying I have to remove my cats in 30 days, can't ever change the thermostat even though I pay half, and other petty stuff. I ended up giving my 30 day notice (a little earlier than planned) so I will have to pay more at the new apartment before my friend moves in with me to split rent. But I probably should have moved out a while ago anyway. But then again I just lost $200 because I didn't vacuum up some toilet paper. Meh.

To be fair, I was supposed to rent a house by myself <10 miles from work but it fell through with less than a month left to find a new place...
So I did try.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on August 18, 2017, 08:35:03 AM
So my wife and her parents conned me into showing up at a theatre event last night. Turns out the event was about buying season tickets. My FIL has difficulty hearing, my MIL is afraid of heights, and I don't ever want to spend money on anything.

So my wife is basically having to engage in triple negotiation to get all of this worked out. Ultimately, it'll be about $700 for us to see five shows, with the in-laws kicking in about $300 for the premiums in our tickets to move us into places in the theatre that will accommodate their issues.

Looking back, it should have been obvious to me that this event would involve spending money. Oh, and I also bought a $5 Heineken to drink while all of this happened. It seems really mustachian to worry about the $5 beer you drink while buying five rounds of $70 theatre tickets.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: o2bfree on August 18, 2017, 10:11:57 AM
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on August 18, 2017, 10:24:53 AM
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!
I see what you did there. Seriously, I'd bet that anyone who's needed bunion surgery (I'm looking at you, DH) would have preferred to go the orthotics route. Since foot health is important to your whole skeletal structure, I'm good with engaging professional services. Your future self will consider it money well spent.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 18, 2017, 10:55:31 AM
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

Medical stuff is expensive, but you can't blame yourself. That's why it's good to be mustachian, so you have money to spend on your health without having to beat yourself up or agonize over whether it's worth it. You made the best choices you could.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: o2bfree on August 18, 2017, 11:19:49 AM
Thanks Dicey and Dollar Slice. I'm at that age (55) where damage I've unknowingly done to my body is starting to show up. Had two shoulder surgeries last year, plus a heart procedure (twice!) for an electrical problem I never knew I had until I got older. Yes, it is nice to have the money to take care of these things!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on August 18, 2017, 11:36:37 AM
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!
I see what you did there. Seriously, I'd bet that anyone who's needed bunion surgery (I'm looking at you, DH) would have preferred to go the orthotics route. Since foot health is important to your whole skeletal structure, I'm good with engaging professional services. Your future self will consider it money well spent.

Now I'm nervous...I broke one of my big toes a few years ago and never went to the doctor. It doesn't bend or support weight like it's supposed to. Now I'm paranoid that this is going to cause serious issues down the road.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: o2bfree on August 18, 2017, 11:42:32 AM
Now I'm nervous...I broke one of my big toes a few years ago and never went to the doctor. It doesn't bend or support weight like it's supposed to. Now I'm paranoid that this is going to cause serious issues down the road.

Get it checked out! I hurt my shoulder several times in my 20s, and never went to a doctor. Paid for it last year. Some professional care at the time of injury might have lessened the damage, which now includes arthritis.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on August 18, 2017, 01:00:56 PM
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

I had surgery (metatarsal lapidus+Akin osteotomy+4th toe hammertoe correction) to fix the congenital bunion on my left foot when I was 23, after several years of worsening pain. Never bothered with orthotics because the doc said I'd have to get surgery sooner or later, so why prolong the pain and risk further damage and complications? Plus the young recover from surgery much better. No regrets at all.

My right foot, on the other hand, also has a congenital bunion and has never gotten as bad. But if it starts to threaten, I will definitely try orthotics first because it's not nearly as painful as the left foot was.

I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. 

$800 is definitely cheaper and less painful than surgery. That said, depending on the bunion and surgery type, recovery can be fairly quick and (comparatively) painless. I had a teacher who was weight bearing in 2 weeks. (I was non-weight bearing for 10 weeks and partial for another 3.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 18, 2017, 01:37:42 PM
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

I had surgery (metatarsal lapidus+Akin osteotomy+4th toe hammertoe correction) to fix the congenital bunion on my left foot when I was 23, after several years of worsening pain. Never bothered with orthotics because the doc said I'd have to get surgery sooner or later, so why prolong the pain and risk further damage and complications? Plus the young recover from surgery much better. No regrets at all.

My problem is degenerative. Every doctor I consulted wanted to postpone surgery and try different shoes and orthotics first to keep it tolerable as long as possible. I'm hoping it wasn't a mistake to wait this long, but I saw two different surgeons (fall 2015 and spring 2016) and neither thought it was time to operate. I figure if someone who operates for a living doesn't think you need an operation yet, they're probably right.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on August 18, 2017, 01:58:30 PM
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

I had surgery (metatarsal lapidus+Akin osteotomy+4th toe hammertoe correction) to fix the congenital bunion on my left foot when I was 23, after several years of worsening pain. Never bothered with orthotics because the doc said I'd have to get surgery sooner or later, so why prolong the pain and risk further damage and complications? Plus the young recover from surgery much better. No regrets at all.

My problem is degenerative. Every doctor I consulted wanted to postpone surgery and try different shoes and orthotics first to keep it tolerable as long as possible. I'm hoping it wasn't a mistake to wait this long, but I saw two different surgeons (fall 2015 and spring 2016) and neither thought it was time to operate. I figure if someone who operates for a living doesn't think you need an operation yet, they're probably right.

Agreed. Lots of people (without medical degrees) told me not to go for the surgery without trying orthotics and other non-surgical avenues, but I went with the opinion of the guy who specializes in feet, thank you very much. (Incidentally, I had the same non-medical opinions about my debilitating gallstones. Maybe my social circle is afraid of surgery?)

If/when my right foot decides it's done behaving, I'll probably do the same as you--keep it tolerable until surgery is required. My left foot was not anything near tolerable.

Back on topic. Facepunch me: I ate McDonalds for dinner last night and breakfast this morning. My inner 8 year old demanded it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 28, 2017, 01:27:29 PM
I went to see Wonder Woman yesterday with a friend and spent $24.  I didn't get any of the overpriced goodies at the concession stand.  I enjoyed the movie I hadn't seen one in the theater since The Hobbit Part One.  Please facepunch me..
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on August 29, 2017, 10:34:29 PM
I went to see Wonder Woman yesterday with a friend and spent $24.  I didn't get any of the overpriced goodies at the concession stand.  I enjoyed the movie I hadn't seen one in the theater since The Hobbit Part One.  Please facepunch me..

Why?

Did you take out a payday loan to afford it or short your MIL her medication this week to make the dollar stretch?
Please tell us why $24 matters to you and why it is facepunch worthy.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on August 30, 2017, 09:21:46 AM
We had food delivered last night.  And it was fantastic. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on August 31, 2017, 06:37:19 AM
I was picking up a prescription and paid with a regular card. Got to home, and realized my HSA card was in my wallet the whole time. Could have saved $3.50 in taxes.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on August 31, 2017, 09:54:42 AM
I just hadn't had a facepunch in so long I felt unloved without one. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Rimu05 on September 02, 2017, 03:53:45 PM
I went on vacation and just decided YOLO. I went to Busch Gardens from the moment it opened to the moment it closed, I paid for a snorkeling boat tour and I shelled out $275 for sky diving and I went cloth shopping (Okay, I actually needed the clothes, work pants, a cardigan and a button down shirt), but I also bought about $60 worth of makeup that I absolutely didn't need, not because I hoard makeup, but I rarely wear it!

To be fair, I did stay at a cheap ass air Bn'B for 5 days at $190, but get this, I had enough travel points to pay for this crap, I could have stayed at an even better place for free, but I did drive there as it was only 4 hours away and on my Honda fit that was $15 worth of gas.

Also, vacation messed up my cooking time and I haven't cooked in three weeks and I am ashamed at how much I have spent at starbucks.

Conclusion: Not one bit of regret. I did not realize how much I needed to just let go and not worry about anything. I enjoyed being by myself, letting my mind be at ease and just thinking about my future in the sweet company of myself. I also had a blast.

The starbucks part, I am ashamed. I normally buy a pound of coffee and just use my French press.

 

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on September 06, 2017, 01:14:22 PM
Rimu05, it sounds like you're completely out of control. Let's meet at King's Island Theme park for a Mustachian intervention.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Astatine on October 07, 2017, 06:27:41 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.

Same. Technically it deserves a face punch, but playing Pokemon Go has kept me sane this year as well as got me into far more exercise than I would otherwise have done. (for eg I once accidentally put a 10k egg in the wrong incubator which pissed me off so I walked 10km in one day just to hatch it and free up the incubator for 2k eggs)

I've also become part of a local Pokemon Go community (there are about 500 of us all connected on FB Messenger) and that has been a lot of fun meeting randoms for legendary raids.

Edit: I was never into Pokemon before this but PoGo is excellent.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DarkandStormy on October 10, 2017, 08:15:01 AM
I was picking up a prescription and paid with a regular card. Got to home, and realized my HSA card was in my wallet the whole time. Could have saved $3.50 in taxes.

You can reimburse yourself...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on October 16, 2017, 12:52:00 PM
No use complaining when all I have to do is find that receipt. Face punch accepted.

Meanwhile, the investment side of my HSA is *Killing it*. And I don't even have it invested aggressively. I'd have made more money if I'd put it in SP500 instead of Vanguard Wellington.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Laura33 on October 17, 2017, 07:56:38 AM
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!

FWIW:  the thing that has saved me is custom inserts from the running shoe store.  I have unusually high arches, and I had a whole series of foot and knee issues that got so bad I had to stop running.  Went to a podiatrist, who at least started me with the cheaper inserts.  At best, they were meh (e.g., the gel heel insert helped cushion the heel pain, but it didn't fix the achilles issue). 

Then someone told me I should try the running store.  The one near me does this whole workup where they look at your gait and take an impression of your foot, etc., so they can direct you to shoes that are designed for your particular body and issues.  But if the shoes themselves are not enough, they will sell you a custom insert: they take a firm orthotic, warm it up, and then conform it to your foot.  I was highly skeptical -- it's firm, not soft, so I didn't understand how that was going to help the pain in my foot that felt like it needed cushioning.  But wow -- I haven't had a foot or knee problem since (and it's been probably 6-7 years).

They are not cheap -- generally run about $80 for the pair -- but I now religiously put them in all of my shoes that I can fit them into.  Freaking miracle.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 17, 2017, 08:23:28 AM
As you all know I finally switched from Android to Apple.  I ordered it through eBay assumed I had set up monthly payments through PayPal Credit for $40 a month for about 10 months then settled down to enjoy the SE and catch up on my games while smirking over all the RAM and no need for SD cards.  But I forgot uncheck automatic payments under the options for paying PayPal Credit so imagine my surprise when I saw I had no balance because they were going to take it all out at once in the next week!  After mumbling and quivering a little since I had scheduled another bill to be paid which would have sent the checking into eternal overdrafts until the next payday which would have shorted me even more I decided to make a savings withdrawal to cover it.  On the upside I owe nothing on the phone now but I think I deserve a facepunch for not making sure payments didn't come all at once.  And yes the box has now been unchecked.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: PMG on October 17, 2017, 03:38:17 PM
I made a stupid mistake with the dates of a flight and just called and changed the tickets to the correct date for a whopping $195 dollars.  fuuuuuuuuuugh.

Nothing to blame but myself. 

Was just gonna roll with it...  but it was too risky, visas and travel bans and language and hours gained and lost...

It's all good now. 

but, ouch.

and now I have to figure out how to actually get to a rural airport with little public transportation on a Monday when everyone I know is at work.

ouch.


Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: onehair on October 19, 2017, 09:33:53 AM
After my initial mumbling I should be grateful to the folks here for constantly reading about the joys of emergency funds had I not had it I might have been in greater Dutch than I was.  At the end of the day it's just cash.
Did you get where you were going PMG?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on October 20, 2017, 10:13:02 PM
Just paid for a couple new shiny Pixel IIs for hubs and myself. They are going toward the spend on a 50k points offer, so at least they're not technically full price. I've never had a brand new, not-yet-obsolete, flagship phone before, and I'm totally stoked.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DarkandStormy on October 23, 2017, 08:04:21 AM
Just paid for a couple new shiny Pixel IIs for hubs and myself. They are going toward the spend on a 50k points offer, so at least they're not technically full price. I've never had a brand new, not-yet-obsolete, flagship phone before, and I'm totally stoked.

You paid full price ($650) x 2??
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on October 23, 2017, 10:08:01 AM
Just paid for a couple new shiny Pixel IIs for hubs and myself. They are going toward the spend on a 50k points offer, so at least they're not technically full price. I've never had a brand new, not-yet-obsolete, flagship phone before, and I'm totally stoked.

You paid full price ($650) x 2??
Plus 6% sales tax. Free shipping though, so there's that. And a free Google Home Mini...but I haven't decided if I'll take advantage of that. IoT devices make me nervous.

...is there a way to not pay full price that doesn't involve waiting or selling my soul to a carrier?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DarkandStormy on October 23, 2017, 12:09:39 PM
Just paid for a couple new shiny Pixel IIs for hubs and myself. They are going toward the spend on a 50k points offer, so at least they're not technically full price. I've never had a brand new, not-yet-obsolete, flagship phone before, and I'm totally stoked.

You paid full price ($650) x 2??
Plus 6% sales tax. Free shipping though, so there's that. And a free Google Home Mini...but I haven't decided if I'll take advantage of that. IoT devices make me nervous.

...is there a way to not pay full price that doesn't involve waiting or selling my soul to a carrier?

Don't buy one of the most expensive phones on the market when it's brand new...?

Only other "hack" I know of is trading in your existing phone as part of Project Fi - https://fi.google.com/account?did=pixel2#buydevices (click "Trade in old phone" link and Google will give you an estimate of how much they'll pay you, which can then go towards buying a Pixel 2).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lexde on October 23, 2017, 01:22:18 PM
I bought a filofax personal organizer. Yep. A mini binder... for $34. I spent money on another "thing" that I "needed".

If I don't put it to the use I plan to, I will resell it on eBay for the same price. I'm hoping it will help me in several areas of my life, but the same thing could have been accomplished on my smartphone.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on October 23, 2017, 02:35:53 PM
I bought a filofax personal organizer. Yep. A mini binder... for $34. I spent money on another "thing" that I "needed".

If I don't put it to the use I plan to, I will resell it on eBay for the same price. I'm hoping it will help me in several areas of my life, but the same thing could have been accomplished on my smartphone.

Meg, I prefer paper lists and notes over smartphones. I'm trying out bullet journalling for organisation - found a nicely sized lined hardback book reduced for ~£1.50 in my local supermarket, and nabbed it, makes a great bullet journal.

The free note taking/events/To Do list/diary managed all in one page with 4 symbols and an index really appeals to me, as I'm always losing what I've written in the front/back/a different notebook. This seems very efficient.

Posted a link to the guy who designed it, in case this interests anyone else: http://bulletjournal.com

(Ignore all the fancy washi tape and coloured pen decorative versions online, unless you like that sort of thing, it's designed to be a very practical way to note stuff down and not lose it, you only need a pen and a pad, and you can start any time)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lexde on October 23, 2017, 02:37:29 PM
I bought a filofax personal organizer. Yep. A mini binder... for $34. I spent money on another "thing" that I "needed".

If I don't put it to the use I plan to, I will resell it on eBay for the same price. I'm hoping it will help me in several areas of my life, but the same thing could have been accomplished on my smartphone.

Meg, I prefer paper lists and notes over smartphones. I'm trying out bullet journalling for organisation - found a nicely sized lined hardback book reduced for ~£1.50 in my local supermarket, and nabbed it, makes a great bullet journal.

The free note taking/events/To Do list/diary managed all in one page with 4 symbols and an index really appeals to me, as I'm always losing what I've written in the front/back/a different notebook. This seems very efficient.

Posted a link to the guy who designed it, in case this interests anyone else: http://bulletjournal.com

(Ignore all the fancy washi tape and coloured pen decorative versions online, unless you like that sort of thing, it's designed to be a very practical way to note stuff down and not lose it, you only need a pen and a pad, and you can start any time)
Yep! I am going to try to use it for my non-work life and pair it with a few other systems. I hope it works, but I still need a face punch for letting myself fall for the "pretty" instead of practical.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 23, 2017, 09:35:09 PM
I bought a filofax personal organizer. Yep. A mini binder... for $34. I spent money on another "thing" that I "needed".

If I don't put it to the use I plan to, I will resell it on eBay for the same price. I'm hoping it will help me in several areas of my life, but the same thing could have been accomplished on my smartphone.

Meg, I prefer paper lists and notes over smartphones. I'm trying out bullet journalling for organisation - found a nicely sized lined hardback book reduced for ~£1.50 in my local supermarket, and nabbed it, makes a great bullet journal.

The free note taking/events/To Do list/diary managed all in one page with 4 symbols and an index really appeals to me, as I'm always losing what I've written in the front/back/a different notebook. This seems very efficient.

Posted a link to the guy who designed it, in case this interests anyone else: http://bulletjournal.com

(Ignore all the fancy washi tape and coloured pen decorative versions online, unless you like that sort of thing, it's designed to be a very practical way to note stuff down and not lose it, you only need a pen and a pad, and you can start any time)
Yep! I am going to try to use it for my non-work life and pair it with a few other systems. I hope it works, but I still need a face punch for letting myself fall for the "pretty" instead of practical.

I use a hardback week-to-an-opening A5 diary. Work commitments, birthdays, bills, husband's eleventy thousand flights, everything goes in the diary.

Some things also go in my phone calendar, but the diary is key. It comes to work every day and sits open on the desk next to me. I can see everything at a glance.

I a few stickers and stamps to jazz it up occasionally, but I long ago abandoned the idea of my diary being beautiful. It's a work horse.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on October 24, 2017, 12:41:03 AM
Ugh, Costco impulse purchase of carrot juice. The worst part is that upon tasting it,  I don't actually like it. at. all.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Playing with Fire UK on October 24, 2017, 03:33:29 AM
Ugh, Costco impulse purchase of carrot juice. The worst part is that upon tasting it,  I don't actually like it. at. all.

They would take it back...

You should still be wildly ashamed of yourself. Did you shop when you were hungry? Without a homemade granola bar in your bag? For shame.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsTuxedocat on October 26, 2017, 11:21:05 PM
I am, I am! It was a weak moment. I live too far to Costco and will see if I can give the remaining 2 bottles to my neighbours.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on October 26, 2017, 11:41:13 PM
Ugh, Costco impulse purchase of carrot juice. The worst part is that upon tasting it,  I don't actually like it. at. all.

I dated someone a long time ago who liked carrot juice mixed with orange juice. If you happen to have some OJ, maybe you could give it a shot and see if you can rescue it.

Unless you hate it so much that this would then be a waste of carrot juice AND orange juice. :-)

My FP today: I took myself out to dinner, which I'm OK with ($12 plus tax/tip for food which was healthy, fresh, delicious and worth it). The facepunch part is ordering a cocktail to go with it, which I didn't really want and didn't even finish (it was very good, I just didn't want to drink a whole cocktail), and it cost $10. I would have been happy with ice water, but I was sitting at the bar to eat and I felt lame not ordering a drink when everyone else there was drinking and enjoying themselves. Stupid... :-(
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on October 27, 2017, 11:14:06 AM
Go to AllReceipes (or some website similar) and look at the carrot juice recipes. I saw a carrot cake among them in my 10 second search.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on November 07, 2017, 03:14:05 PM
Someone Facepunch me.
Changed employers.
Went from working at customer site, with excellent Vanguard 401K to working from home, with American Funds 401k (eeyuck). 10% raise, but WTF was I thinking. Lowest ER is 1.27%... Holeefuckaroni.

On the bright side, I asked HR if I could save the company money by looking at alternatives (Vanguard, Fidelity, Schwab). They said yes. So it's on my to-do list for Christmas.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on November 07, 2017, 04:10:01 PM
Someone Facepunch me.
Changed employers.
Went from working at customer site, with excellent Vanguard 401K to working from home, with American Funds 401k (eeyuck). 10% raise, but WTF was I thinking. Lowest ER is 1.27%... Holeefuckaroni.

On the bright side, I asked HR if I could save the company money by looking at alternatives (Vanguard, Fidelity, Schwab). They said yes. So it's on my to-do list for Christmas.
Are you kidding? If you can get your employer to switch, and improve the financial lives of everyone in the company,  you're my new hero. No Facepunches for you, buckaroo!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lexde on November 07, 2017, 06:06:29 PM
Someone Facepunch me.
Changed employers.
Went from working at customer site, with excellent Vanguard 401K to working from home, with American Funds 401k (eeyuck). 10% raise, but WTF was I thinking. Lowest ER is 1.27%... Holeefuckaroni.

On the bright side, I asked HR if I could save the company money by looking at alternatives (Vanguard, Fidelity, Schwab). They said yes. So it's on my to-do list for Christmas.
At least your employer is letting you look at options. How do you compare them to make a case to your employer? I’d love to do that as I’m stuck with American funds now too
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on November 07, 2017, 06:23:24 PM
Someone Facepunch me.
Changed employers.
Went from working at customer site, with excellent Vanguard 401K to working from home, with American Funds 401k (eeyuck). 10% raise, but WTF was I thinking. Lowest ER is 1.27%... Holeefuckaroni.

On the bright side, I asked HR if I could save the company money by looking at alternatives (Vanguard, Fidelity, Schwab). They said yes. So it's on my to-do list for Christmas.
At least your employer is letting you look at options. How do you compare them to make a case to your employer? I’d love to do that as I’m stuck with American funds now too

There are some Bogleheads who've managed to do this. I'll take my cues from them and create plots at portfolio visualizer. The hardest part IMHO will be working with fund managers as we're a small company of 70 employees.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on November 14, 2017, 08:07:53 AM
Ugh. Just punch me. Multiple times. I shelled out an insane amount of money for Invisalign yesterday. 100% cosmetic. Basically the dental equivalent of a boob job or a facelift. Buyer's remorse is hitting me hard today. I'm supposed to not be spending money because this has been a ridiculously spendy year, and here I am spending money on cosmetics. What the hell came over me?

The only plus is, I was able to finish the spend on a churn. So there's that?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: ACyclist on November 16, 2017, 12:03:05 PM
Went grocery shopping last night. Now, this if after we already spent a bit too much than was truly necessary. Despite all the good replies and suggestions, we did the same stupid shit.

Total spent $57

We got about 5 bags of groceries, mostly produce.  We had about 15% of the gallon left, purchased last Friday.  I went to buy 2%, but they were out of the cheaper brand.  I bought the 2% that was over $1 more per gallon, instead of choosing another percentage like whole, or nonfat. 

Biggest red marks

I analyzed the receipt, upon our return home.  I couldn't figure out what one $6 purchase was.  We  figure out what it was.  My husband say's "That's the brand my honey likes."  He is right.  I really prefer the taste of this particular salsa.  Also, we figured out that my choice of 2%, was the most expensive option.  I admit that, I didn't even verify the price was higher.  I just went into auto pilot and bought it.  :/

A couple areas we won with:

 

It was the 15th yesterday.  We are on par to spend almost the same amount as last month, is we don't alternate our habits and get more serious about the food shopping.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on November 16, 2017, 01:09:43 PM
Went grocery shopping last night. Now, this if after we already spent a bit too much than was truly necessary. Despite all the good replies and suggestions, we did the same stupid shit.

Total spent $57

We got about 5 bags of groceries, mostly produce.  We had about 15% of the gallon left, purchased last Friday.  I went to buy 2%, but they were out of the cheaper brand.  I bought the 2% that was over $1 more per gallon, instead of choosing another percentage like whole, or nonfat. 

Biggest red marks
  • My husband put a pineapple in the cart.  $2.50 each
    I put a pomegranate in the cart. $2.50 each
    Organic apples.  4 of them.  I think they are over $1 a piece
    Organic salsa (Big container) $over $6

I analyzed the receipt, upon our return home.  I couldn't figure out what one $6 purchase was.  We  figure out what it was.  My husband say's "That's the brand my honey likes."  He is right.  I really prefer the taste of this particular salsa.  Also, we figured out that my choice of 2%, was the most expensive option.  I admit that, I didn't even verify the price was higher.  I just went into auto pilot and bought it.  :/

A couple areas we won with:

  • Yeast was on sale and had a coupon for .50 off each  - We were out of yeast.
    meat was on sale - got a pork roast for a really good price.  Will cook that this weekend.
 

It was the 15th yesterday.  We are on par to spend almost the same amount as last month, is we don't alternate our habits and get more serious about the food shopping.

Realizing what your big spenders are is a big part of it! I definitely agree with all of your red marks. $6 for salsa, wow! A Lidl just opened in my area and they have a 24oz jar of salsa for $0.99. Not even joking. I don't think it's organic though.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on November 17, 2017, 11:09:14 AM
Ugh. Just punch me. Multiple times. I shelled out an insane amount of money for Invisalign yesterday. 100% cosmetic. Basically the dental equivalent of a boob job or a facelift. Buyer's remorse is hitting me hard today. I'm supposed to not be spending money because this has been a ridiculously spendy year, and here I am spending money on cosmetics. What the hell came over me?

The only plus is, I was able to finish the spend on a churn. So there's that?
I call total BS and summarily deny your facepunch request. Boob jobs and facelifts are temporary. Good teeth are significantly longer lasting and far more vital to your continued good health. Better alignment = better oral care = improved longevity. Pretty impressive.

Now, should you be lackadaisical and less than 100% vigilant during the correction process, thus squandering your investment, you should be afraid, very afraid of the facepunching consequences.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Miss Piggy on November 17, 2017, 11:49:58 AM
Ugh. Just punch me. Multiple times. I shelled out an insane amount of money for Invisalign yesterday. 100% cosmetic. Basically the dental equivalent of a boob job or a facelift. Buyer's remorse is hitting me hard today. I'm supposed to not be spending money because this has been a ridiculously spendy year, and here I am spending money on cosmetics. What the hell came over me?

The only plus is, I was able to finish the spend on a churn. So there's that?
I call total BS and summarily deny your facepunch request. Boob jobs and facelifts are temporary. Good teeth are significantly longer lasting and far more vital to your continued good health. Better alignment = better oral care = improved longevity. Pretty impressive.

Now, should you be lackadaisical and less than 100% vigilant during the correction process, thus squandering your investment, you should be afraid, very afraid of the facepunching consequences.

I have to agree with the face punch denial here. Straight, healthy teeth will change your life in ways that money cannot.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on November 17, 2017, 01:26:12 PM
Ugh. Just punch me. Multiple times. I shelled out an insane amount of money for Invisalign yesterday. 100% cosmetic. Basically the dental equivalent of a boob job or a facelift. Buyer's remorse is hitting me hard today. I'm supposed to not be spending money because this has been a ridiculously spendy year, and here I am spending money on cosmetics. What the hell came over me?

The only plus is, I was able to finish the spend on a churn. So there's that?
I call total BS and summarily deny your facepunch request. Boob jobs and facelifts are temporary. Good teeth are significantly longer lasting and far more vital to your continued good health. Better alignment = better oral care = improved longevity. Pretty impressive.

Now, should you be lackadaisical and less than 100% vigilant during the correction process, thus squandering your investment, you should be afraid, very afraid of the facepunching consequences.

Especially with expensive teeth; a good facepunch can rattle those.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on November 17, 2017, 05:04:15 PM
Ugh. Just punch me. Multiple times. I shelled out an insane amount of money for Invisalign yesterday. 100% cosmetic. Basically the dental equivalent of a boob job or a facelift. Buyer's remorse is hitting me hard today. I'm supposed to not be spending money because this has been a ridiculously spendy year, and here I am spending money on cosmetics. What the hell came over me?

The only plus is, I was able to finish the spend on a churn. So there's that?
I call total BS and summarily deny your facepunch request. Boob jobs and facelifts are temporary. Good teeth are significantly longer lasting and far more vital to your continued good health. Better alignment = better oral care = improved longevity. Pretty impressive.

Now, should you be lackadaisical and less than 100% vigilant during the correction process, thus squandering your investment, you should be afraid, very afraid of the facepunching consequences.

Especially with expensive teeth; a good facepunch can rattle those.

Hah!  Chiming in here to say that this is for your health.  So, no FP, and I hope you feel a lot better about it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on November 22, 2017, 11:34:31 AM
I like looking at boobs and faces. Should I be paying for other people's surgery to correct those areas?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on November 22, 2017, 12:37:51 PM
I like looking at boobs and faces. Should I be paying for other people's surgery to correct those areas?
Ha! One of my nephew's teeth are a mess. I have to force myself to myob every time I see him. I'd like to slug his parents for ignoring this obvious problem that could have been more easily addressed as he was growing up. Sis had extensive, much needed and brilliantly successful orthodontics, so why she didn't take care of her kid's teeth is beyond me. Their income and available resources are not the issue.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 on November 27, 2017, 09:22:42 AM
My mom's kettle has an annoying loud whistle. This morning I put it on the stove and left the whistle up so it wouldn't annoy me. Forgot all about it. The water boiled away and the handle melted completely off the pot. Now I have to go buy my mom a new kettle! lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless on November 28, 2017, 12:36:24 AM
As a Brit, I find it weird you guys don't use electric kettles.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marielle on November 28, 2017, 06:24:30 AM
As a Brit, I find it weird you guys don't use electric kettles.

I use an electric kettle. But the outlets are only 120 volts here, so it takes twice as long. That's probably why a lot of people don't use them. Also, no one really drinks hot tea here.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dave1442397 on November 28, 2017, 07:10:32 AM
As a Brit, I find it weird you guys don't use electric kettles.

I use an electric kettle. But the outlets are only 120 volts here, so it takes twice as long. That's probably why a lot of people don't use them. Also, no one really drinks hot tea here.

Yes, we are limited to lower power kettles here in the US. If you have a 15A breaker at 110V, then your maximum power can be 1650W.

My electric kettle is rated at 1500W, but in the UK you can get 3000W kettles, which will boil water a lot faster.

I bought my kettle in 1990, and it's still going strong. I could never get used to the American version of hot tea, which (in restaurants) seemed to involve using the hot water tap on the coffee maker. It just doesn't taste right.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 on November 28, 2017, 02:03:21 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.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on November 29, 2017, 07:07:05 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".
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: ACyclist on November 29, 2017, 07:26:11 AM
Face punch me, I ride a pro level mountainbike to work. Then, I lock it up using only a ulock on the top tube. Some pretty expensive things could get stolen with some Allen wrenches.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on November 29, 2017, 08:06:49 AM
Can't take it inside and store it somewhere?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 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).
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: ACyclist 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey 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?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: ACyclist 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.   
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: meghan88 on November 30, 2017, 10:57:13 AM
What about investing in a second, and maybe a third, u-lock?  Or a bike alarm or tracking device?

http://www.dx.com/p/vibration-activated-110db-bicycle-anti-theft-security-alarm-with-password-keypad-27127#.WiBGaUqnG70

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-cricket-a-new-silent-alarm-make-bicycle-theft-a-thing-of-the-past#/
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Laura33 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: BPA 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...

lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lexde 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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Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DarkandStormy 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...

lol

Member of The Resistance (maybe?) tried resisting...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey 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. I’m trying going 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.
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.

Best wishes for a smashingly suce$$ful month!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Maenad 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: facepalm 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: suzziesnow 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!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: BPA 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...

lol

Member of The Resistance (maybe?) tried resisting...

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. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mariposa 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?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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. ;)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: gypsy79 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bird In Hand 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: penguintroopers 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Rural 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: gypsy79 on January 09, 2018, 06:33:32 PM
I had 28 Amazon orders in 2017.

The Facepunch-worthy purchases were:

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. :-)

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Megma 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mustachioed Mutt 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!!!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cookie78 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!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey 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?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless 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?!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mustachioed Mutt 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: faithless 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas 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!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: cat-herder 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: DTaggart 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 :)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: NoVa 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: penguintroopers 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.

*braces for impact*
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: PMG on February 01, 2018, 11:05:40 PM
My non owner operator car insurance is set to renew next week.  I don’t 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 haven’t 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???
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TartanTallulah 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle 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!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle 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.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on February 19, 2018, 10:50:56 AM
I'm painfully tempted to replace my 4-year-old Uggs. I bought them so that I could wear them forever (I was walking the soles off cheaper boots), but after the many and varied snowstorms last week, I cannot get them clean. I've tried cleaning them 4 times, and the salt crystals just keep growing back (sparkly!). After this last time, the dye started leaching and the suede is starting to look and feel damaged. I've thought about getting them professionally cleaned, but since the suede is probably damaged, I feel like it would almost cost as much as a new on-sale pair anyway (and I can't find a place to do it that is a) reasonable distance, and b) doesn't have a ton of bad reviews). Going to try cleaning them (very gently!) one last time, but after that I need to start consider professional cleaning/repair or replacement.

(I'd love to wear more weather-durable, less ugly boots. However, due hardware in my foot, they're pretty much the only thing I can wear. And compared to my summer shoes--mostly Velcro sneakers--they're downright classy.)
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on February 19, 2018, 12:13:18 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.

The price is fairly steep and I've found I can competently dress a window for much less, yet I think window coverings are important.

I like to get the full value out of my flooring, furniture, art, and textiles. Sunlight literally acts as bleach, eating through everything it touches. It will discolor wood and lighten cloth, family photos, and rugs. I can get 20-25 years out of even mediocre carpet if it isn't bleached by the sun. If the sun gets at it, where I live the carpet will literally be falling apart (as in, chunks come up in the vacuum) in 8-10 years. My dad and I just sanded, filled, re-stained and re-veneered the wooden windowsills, which had the finish blistered off and cracks in them due to sun exposure.

That doesn't mean there have to be curtains specifically (you may be able to meet your needs with just blinds or even a folded blanket), it just means that letting light stream into a room to save money on curtains may be penny-wise but pound-foolish.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle on February 19, 2018, 12:50:03 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. .......

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

The price is fairly steep and I've found I can competently dress a window for much less, yet I think window coverings are important.........

That doesn't mean there have to be curtains specifically (you may be able to meet your needs with just blinds or even a folded blanket), it just means that letting light stream into a room to save money on curtains may be penny-wise but pound-foolish.

Well, that's good info to have for the future. I have no carpet, I ripped it all out. And the hardwood, where it doesn't have completely different mismatched wood, is scuffed and scratched and dented( towards the good side of damage) and have holes and termite damage (at the bad end of damage.)  It was that way when I moved in and I haven't bothered doing much with it, because I knew I was going to replace boards, patch holes, sand, and stain it all anyway when I finally finished a long list of renovations. This way, I didn't have to baby it while we're dragging construction equipment back and forth. I may get round to it next year.  And when I do, I'll buy another 4 sets of curtains for less than $20 each.

PS I don't believe in owning art or throw pillows. On the former, the clutter bothers me. On the latter, my dogs eat them and they aren't at all actually functional.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on February 19, 2018, 02:52:50 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. .......

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

The price is fairly steep and I've found I can competently dress a window for much less, yet I think window coverings are important.........

That doesn't mean there have to be curtains specifically (you may be able to meet your needs with just blinds or even a folded blanket), it just means that letting light stream into a room to save money on curtains may be penny-wise but pound-foolish.

Well, that's good info to have for the future. I have no carpet, I ripped it all out. And the hardwood, where it doesn't have completely different mismatched wood, is scuffed and scratched and dented( towards the good side of damage) and have holes and termite damage (at the bad end of damage.)  It was that way when I moved in and I haven't bothered doing much with it, because I knew I was going to replace boards, patch holes, sand, and stain it all anyway when I finally finished a long list of renovations. This way, I didn't have to baby it while we're dragging construction equipment back and forth. I may get round to it next year.  And when I do, I'll buy another 4 sets of curtains for less than $20 each.

PS I don't believe in owning art or throw pillows. On the former, the clutter bothers me. On the latter, my dogs eat them and they aren't at all actually functional.

I don't have any throw pillows but sometimes art happens in a family. I do agree that we never completely "own" it. Also I do empathize with the dog situation: the Venomous Spaz Beast steals socks from any location she can reach and has been known to purloin sandals and shoes. She doesn't harm them; she just uses them to taunt people into a game of Catch The (now-fully-grown) Puppy.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: lexde on February 20, 2018, 12:17:22 PM
I have chronic back pain and on a particularly bad day last week I purchased a $130.00 back massage cushion with heat, same day shipping, from Amazon.

Did it help? Surprisingly yes. I woke up the next morning with no back pain for the first time in... a long time.

But I looked on OfferUp and found the same models for half price or less because people stop using them after a while. *cue facepunch*

I’m returning the item this week. It was an impulsive and ill-advised choice. If I really need one, then I’ll purchase used, because I should have done that to begin with.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: NoraLenderbee on February 20, 2018, 04:36:33 PM
We just ordered furniture from Ikea.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on February 21, 2018, 06:59:30 AM
We just ordered furniture from Ikea.

I feel like this needs context. Was it furniture you didn't need, purchased to replace things you just bought last year? Did you order it for delivery instead of going to the store and picking it up yourself despite living across the street?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: NoraLenderbee on February 22, 2018, 03:31:15 PM
We just ordered furniture from Ikea.

I feel like this needs context. Was it furniture you didn't need, purchased to replace things you just bought last year? Did you order it for delivery instead of going to the store and picking it up yourself despite living across the street?

Haha, no. We put a lot of thought into it and bought things that truly meet our needs for work space and storage. I'm offering myself up for a facepunch because it's brand new, not from a thrift store, not homemade, actually matches, and is very fancypants compared to the old broken card table and rusty file cabinets, etc., it's replacing. Plus it's, you know, *Ikea*. And yes, we're having it delivered.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 10, 2018, 09:47:26 AM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on April 10, 2018, 10:35:46 AM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Ouch!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 10, 2018, 11:55:33 AM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Ouch!

You think I would have learned my lesson after that time I bid $40 on a smurf figurine on eBay in the middle of the night. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on April 10, 2018, 12:12:52 PM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Ouch!

You think I would have learned my lesson after that time I bid $40 on a smurf figurine on eBay in the middle of the night.
I've never wanted a smurf figurine until now.  Quick, I've got to go look on eBay!  :D
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dollar Slice on April 10, 2018, 12:52:48 PM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Ouch!

You think I would have learned my lesson after that time I bid $40 on a smurf figurine on eBay in the middle of the night.
I've never wanted a smurf figurine until now.  Quick, I've got to go look on eBay!  :D

Haha. What have I done!! ;-) 

I have a little smurf jazz sextet ("The Smurftet") that lives in my CD shelves. A couple (trumpet & bass) were gifts, some I bought secondhand for a few bucks (piano, guitar, sax) and then there was the $40 eBay purchase with the full drumkit with snare/tom/kick drums, hi-hat and ride cymbals, a stool and a mic with an adjustable mic stand. It came in a big kit that had to be assembled.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on April 10, 2018, 01:02:33 PM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Ouch!

You think I would have learned my lesson after that time I bid $40 on a smurf figurine on eBay in the middle of the night.
I've never wanted a smurf figurine until now.  Quick, I've got to go look on eBay!  :D

Haha. What have I done!! ;-) 

I have a little smurf jazz sextet ("The Smurftet") that lives in my CD shelves. A couple (trumpet & bass) were gifts, some I bought secondhand for a few bucks (piano, guitar, sax) and then there was the $40 eBay purchase with the full drumkit with snare/tom/kick drums, hi-hat and ride cymbals, a stool and a mic with an adjustable mic stand. It came in a big kit that had to be assembled.
Oh, Jazz-bo Smurfs. Why didn't you say so? Totally different.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Laura33 on April 11, 2018, 07:17:40 AM
Checked Mint just now and noticed the post-sleeping-pill 1:30AM impulse online purchase of $110 worth of pharmacy items and concert tickets. Note to self: put the smartphone away after taking the meds and going to bed...
Ouch!

You think I would have learned my lesson after that time I bid $40 on a smurf figurine on eBay in the middle of the night.

Thank you.  I literally laughed out loud at this. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: frugalfoothills on April 11, 2018, 08:30:05 AM
I've been dying to buy a new sofa for four years. I love my home and everything in it, and I have beautiful (mostly secondhand) things that I have no desire to replace, but this monstrosity is the exception to that rule. It's also in the room that I lounge around in every single day, and beside my bed, is the item of furniture that gets the most use. And I HATE it!

It has been cheap (read: free) sitting/lounging for 4 years, but I'm SO done with it. Hate how it looks, it's too big for the space, it NEVER feels clean (no matter how much I clean it), and it's not that comfortable. I've been so tempted to just pull the trigger and replace it, but new sectionals are EXPENSIVE AF. $2k? $3k? On the LOW end??? Come on, now.

Been trolling the used markets for another (very gently) used replacement, but the room is an odd size and I've found nothing that will fit. I'm already giving myself 3,000 facepuches for this.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsWolfeRN on April 13, 2018, 07:38:44 AM
I haven't biked to work yet this year due to cold and snow. As I was driving home yesterday I saw a very old person riding a bike up a hill. Granted the afternoon was warmer than the morning, but I still need a punch in the face for using the greenhouse gas spewing motorized wheelchair.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on April 30, 2018, 06:46:52 AM
For all you turtle figurine people, a friend shared with me that she had a period of time in her life when she was addicted to...

...bidding on New Kids on the Block stuff on eBay. I feel like I cannot even do addiction right!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cali on May 01, 2018, 12:34:00 AM
I bought a spiralizer after Christmas on clearance. I still haven’t used it. I see it in the closet and guilty.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: honeybbq on May 02, 2018, 10:19:04 AM
I'm not sure this is 100% face punch worthy, but here it goes.

We have to pay $9,000 to remove the bamboo that the previous owners put in the yard. It's going bananas, ruining the grass, springing up everywhere.  We could try to do it ourselves, but I think we'd a) ruin our backs b) be unsuccessful, and c) spend money on specialized tools we'd never use again. If you guys have never heard of these issues with bamboo, consider yourself lucky! It's worse than blackberries in the PNW.

We'll probably need to get some new trees/bushes to retain some privacy. So, probably looking at 12k all in.

SIGH.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle on May 03, 2018, 07:24:17 AM
There is no way the special tools would exceed 9k, so this sounds like a purely (time and effort) issue you've rationalized the 9k for. Also, I hate grass, I wish the ivy in my yard would take it over, kill it, and I'd never have to mow again.

I think so long as you're not in debt in the first place, and not taking on debt to pay the 9k, and you realize that you are trading what a future 9k could be savings wise... it's ok to make this decision.

If you are in debt, taking on debt, then-

FACE PUNCH
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: honeybbq on May 03, 2018, 09:47:45 AM
There is no way the special tools would exceed 9k, so this sounds like a purely (time and effort) issue you've rationalized the 9k for. Also, I hate grass, I wish the ivy in my yard would take it over, kill it, and I'd never have to mow again.

I think so long as you're not in debt in the first place, and not taking on debt to pay the 9k, and you realize that you are trading what a future 9k could be savings wise... it's ok to make this decision.

If you are in debt, taking on debt, then-

FACE PUNCH

No the tools wouldn't cost 9k. That's true.  Some of the required tools are very bamboo specific (e.g. a slammer??) We can easily afford this. It's also going to take 3 weeks of back breaking work to do it (we are not in our 20s) and we also don't have the knowledge and expertise regarding bamboo. I guess it will come back rather quickly if you don't get it all and take care of the roots properly. We probably could do it if we have no other choice, but I have other plans for my summer so it is definitely a rationalization. :p

The one cool thing is apparently they take the cut down bamboo and take it to the zoo and feed it to the rhinos. Happy expensive dinner! lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle on May 04, 2018, 06:11:26 AM
I don't get this thread. I've offered two facepunches and then folks come to defend themselves or others. Did you want a facepunch or did you want to absolve yourself with a confession?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on May 04, 2018, 08:35:04 AM
There is no way the special tools would exceed 9k, so this sounds like a purely (time and effort) issue you've rationalized the 9k for. Also, I hate grass, I wish the ivy in my yard would take it over, kill it, and I'd never have to mow again.

I think so long as you're not in debt in the first place, and not taking on debt to pay the 9k, and you realize that you are trading what a future 9k could be savings wise... it's ok to make this decision.

If you are in debt, taking on debt, then-

FACE PUNCH

No the tools wouldn't cost 9k. That's true.  Some of the required tools are very bamboo specific (e.g. a slammer??) We can easily afford this. It's also going to take 3 weeks of back breaking work to do it (we are not in our 20s) and we also don't have the knowledge and expertise regarding bamboo. I guess it will come back rather quickly if you don't get it all and take care of the roots properly. We probably could do it if we have no other choice, but I have other plans for my summer so it is definitely a rationalization. :p

The one cool thing is apparently they take the cut down bamboo and take it to the zoo and feed it to the rhinos. Happy expensive dinner! lol
Dear God, please tell us you got multiple estimates? And your property is a huge parcel? And you received a guarantee of free removal for the next ten years when it regenerates? And a guarantee that they won't go out of business? Sorry, absent extenuating circumstances not described above, there's no way this is anything but full facepunch worthy. I'm with you @Mesmoiselle!

To clarify, I can understand not wanting to do the work, but throwing so much money at bamboo makes me think someone's doing some fancy bamboozle-ing.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: honeybbq on May 04, 2018, 10:00:02 AM
I don't get this thread. I've offered two facepunches and then folks come to defend themselves or others. Did you want a facepunch or did you want to absolve yourself with a confession?

Both.  There's logic and rationalization behind EVERY puchase. Face punch worthy or not. I was just explaining the circumstances.

Please suggest an alternative??
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: honeybbq on May 04, 2018, 10:02:47 AM
Dicey - yes, we went with the mid range estimate. They've been in business for a long time. IT would be a great scam if they sold AND removed bamboo. hahah. As long as people still plant this stuff, they'll still be in business.

I mean, they quoted 3 weeks of work (not 8 hours a day). I dunno, I guess we'll see. I live in downtown Seattle. It is NOT a huge parcel of land. More like a postage stamp. 

It does have a guarantee at least.

Not sure what my other options are. I honestly don't think I could pull the bamboo quickly enough (without quitting my job) to get it taken care of. It grows like a wildfire. You can punch all you want, it is nuts, but I want to make sure all the facts are in evidence.

Was also hoping someone else could commiserate!!! lol
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Goldielocks on May 06, 2018, 01:51:15 AM
I don't get this thread. I've offered two facepunches and then folks come to defend themselves or others. Did you want a facepunch or did you want to absolve yourself with a confession?

Both.  There's logic and rationalization behind EVERY puchase. Face punch worthy or not. I was just explaining the circumstances.

Please suggest an alternative??

Turn your entire yard over to the bamboo and have a bamboo forest. 

I have seen it here (just north of you).  Especially effective if you are close to real "wild" nature areas, then a less manicured yard  / with a slope, is good to go.

Otherwise, I would hire someone with a mini backhoe to dig up about 5 feet down of ground,  you sift through the soil  (put it through a mesh screen) to find the roots, and discard and put the soil back.  Next.   
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: gaja on May 06, 2018, 02:16:51 AM
I don't get this thread. I've offered two facepunches and then folks come to defend themselves or others. Did you want a facepunch or did you want to absolve yourself with a confession?

Both.  There's logic and rationalization behind EVERY puchase. Face punch worthy or not. I was just explaining the circumstances.

Please suggest an alternative??

Buy or rent a panda?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on May 11, 2018, 07:34:26 AM
Dicey - yes, we went with the mid range estimate. They've been in business for a long time. IT would be a great scam if they sold AND removed bamboo. hahah. As long as people still plant this stuff, they'll still be in business.

I mean, they quoted 3 weeks of work (not 8 hours a day). I dunno, I guess we'll see. I live in downtown Seattle. It is NOT a huge parcel of land. More like a postage stamp. 

It does have a guarantee at least.

Not sure what my other options are. I honestly don't think I could pull the bamboo quickly enough (without quitting my job) to get it taken care of. It grows like a wildfire. You can punch all you want, it is nuts, but I want to make sure all the facts are in evidence.

Was also hoping someone else could commiserate!!! lol

I think they TELL you they are feeding it to rhinos, but they are really sneaking around at night planting it in other peoples' yards to create more business for themselves. Save a facepunch for flim-flammers in the bamboo-removal business, guys!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle on May 13, 2018, 08:39:17 AM
@honeybbq

I LOLed at the Panda suggestion.

But as others mentioned:

Embracing Bamboo over grass.(free initial cost, maintence you may have to do yourself?)
Renting a back hoe and sifting the dirt yourself ( LEss than 9k, that's for sure.)
Renting a back hoe to carry most of your bamboo filled yard away, then have a dumptruck bring you a new yard (dirt) Install grass.  (unaware of cost altogether.)

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 22, 2018, 01:54:24 PM
Careful giving the yard over. About 10 years ago, we had to do some major foundation work on my grandma's house, because the bamboo found the small cracks and caused major havoc. It's very, very aggressive here in the PNW. After the foundation was fixed, we used a backhoe to do basically what Goldielocks said, and then we ended up trenching out with a deep strip and putting in a really deep reaching wall underground to prevent it from getting up close to the house again. Fucking miserable summer of work from multiple relatives. Bomboo is the devil, and anyone who plants it up here without putting it in a totally sealed trench has a billion negative karma points to cleanse from their soul.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on June 22, 2018, 07:44:06 AM
I went to Mellow Mushroom and bought a large pizza.

I took a bite and was like, "Oh, yes! Oh, Lawdy, yes!"

Facepunch away.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Miss Piggy on June 22, 2018, 02:05:57 PM
I went to Mellow Mushroom and bought a large pizza.

I took a bite and was like, "Oh, yes! Oh, Lawdy, yes!"

Facepunch away.

Hey, at least you didn't buy the extra large. THAT would have been over the top.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on June 22, 2018, 02:15:46 PM
I went to Mellow Mushroom and bought a large pizza.

I took a bite and was like, "Oh, yes! Oh, Lawdy, yes!"

Facepunch away.
Mellow Mushroom... aww hell naw! I'm not giving you a FP, I love that place. I'd call that a reward for being good.

Good craft beers on tap, good pizza and hoagies, good vibes!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on June 25, 2018, 06:24:53 AM
This place has gotten soft. I'm so very disappointed in all of you.

...I still have one tasty slice left.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on June 26, 2018, 05:41:15 AM
This place has gotten soft. I'm so very disappointed in all of you.

...I still have one tasty slice left.
I'd have given you a FP if you had ingredients for a pizza in the house, an oven, and electricity, but still ordered shitty pizza like HangryHuwies/Duminoes/PapJons/PitzaHutt.
Or if you went to MM everyday.
Hope you enjoyed that leftover slice for breakfast with some nice coffee.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on June 26, 2018, 09:41:44 AM
This place has gotten soft. I'm so very disappointed in all of you.

...I still have one tasty slice left.
I'd have given you a FP if you had ingredients for a pizza in the house, an oven, and electricity, but still ordered shitty pizza like HangryHuwies/Duminoes/PapJons/PitzaHutt.
Or if you went to MM everyday.
Hope you enjoyed that leftover slice for breakfast with some nice coffee.

That last slice was for lunch yesterday, and I'm pretty sure a choir of angels sang while I chomped down.

You're right, I get take out once or twice a month and the last time I had MM was...probably around this time last year. I will accept your generosity and forgiveness of my pizza sins.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Kitsunegari on June 27, 2018, 08:07:28 AM
I just spent almost 50$ on 2x 16oz bottles of fancy all-purpose soap. The same brand I usually buy for cheaper, and already overpriced, in stores, but hey, they are seasonal scents! If I don't buy them online and have them sent from Cali I'll miss out!
Well yes, I AM ashamed of myself.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: PMG on June 27, 2018, 08:12:42 AM
I just spent almost 50$ on 2x 16oz bottles of fancy all-purpose soap. The same brand I usually buy for cheaper, and already overpriced, in stores, but hey, they are seasonal scents! If I don't buy them online and have them sent from Cali I'll miss out!
Well yes, I AM ashamed of myself.

Money down the drain. 
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on June 27, 2018, 12:55:35 PM
I just spent almost 50$ on 2x 16oz bottles of fancy all-purpose soap. The same brand I usually buy for cheaper, and already overpriced, in stores, but hey, they are seasonal scents! If I don't buy them online and have them sent from Cali I'll miss out!
Well yes, I AM ashamed of myself.

Money down the drain.

Personally, I'd lather spend the money on something else.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: fordman302 on July 02, 2018, 11:50:21 AM
I just spent almost 50$ on 2x 16oz bottles of fancy all-purpose soap. The same brand I usually buy for cheaper, and already overpriced, in stores, but hey, they are seasonal scents! If I don't buy them online and have them sent from Cali I'll miss out!
Well yes, I AM ashamed of myself.

Money down the drain.

Personally, I'd lather spend the money on something else.

Nice! I logged in just to say I LOL'd at this.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Cool Friend on July 13, 2018, 09:44:32 AM
Went to a rock show last night and spent quite bit more than is reasonable on beer (the venue's markup even on cheap beer is heavy).  I had a good time and danced my ass off, but I probably would have had as much fun not drinking beer, too.  I feel kinda dumb about it.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Warlord1986 on July 17, 2018, 02:48:05 PM
I just spent almost 50$ on 2x 16oz bottles of fancy all-purpose soap. The same brand I usually buy for cheaper, and already overpriced, in stores, but hey, they are seasonal scents! If I don't buy them online and have them sent from Cali I'll miss out!
Well yes, I AM ashamed of myself.

Money down the drain.

Personally, I'd lather spend the money on something else.

Nice! I logged in just to say I LOL'd at this.

Thanks. Every now and then I think up a good, clean pun.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: neophyte on July 27, 2018, 10:53:26 AM
I just bought a nonrefundable bus ticket for the wrong date. Leaves in an hour, so it's too short notice to even give it away probably.

I was just going over my credit card statement beating myself up for spending too much lately too.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: OurTown on August 21, 2018, 12:09:24 PM
Maybe this isn't too bad.  I purchased a practice chanter (and instruction book) to learn . . . the bagpipes!  So far the damage is only a little over 100 bucks.  Next up, however, after I complete my course of self instruction, real bagpipes.  And a kilt.  $$$
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on August 22, 2018, 01:26:44 PM
Maybe this isn't too bad.  I purchased a practice chanter (and instruction book) to learn . . . the bagpipes!  So far the damage is only a little over 100 bucks.  Next up, however, after I complete my course of self instruction, real bagpipes.  And a kilt.  $$$

That actually sounds pretty rad. Sorry, facepunch from me is withheld.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on August 23, 2018, 09:20:32 AM
Maybe this isn't too bad.  I purchased a practice chanter (and instruction book) to learn . . . the bagpipes!  So far the damage is only a little over 100 bucks.  Next up, however, after I complete my course of self instruction, real bagpipes.  And a kilt.  $$$

I think this is awesome. Definitely rent the bagpipes before you buy. Nothing worse than having some big, expensive musical instrument just laying around because your spouse threatens to leave if you keep playing it.

Bagpipes are cheap, divorces are expensive.
Title: Puppy
Post by: Mel70 on August 23, 2018, 03:11:27 PM
I'm stressing out about paying for school registrations, back to school stuff, paying off cc in full after nice vacation... but I adopted a puppy.
Title: Re: Puppy
Post by: talltexan on August 24, 2018, 07:05:35 AM
I'm stressing out about paying for school registrations, back to school stuff, paying off cc in full after nice vacation... but I adopted a puppy.

This is the perfect thread for you, Mel70!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: better late on August 24, 2018, 09:11:27 AM
I just bought a nonrefundable bus ticket for the wrong date. Leaves in an hour, so it's too short notice to even give it away probably.

I was just going over my credit card statement beating myself up for spending too much lately too.

We have made a few booking mistakes in the last year. Couple of hundred dollars of change fees each on airlines tickets. the dawning realization is an awful feeling.
Title: Re: Puppy
Post by: TheGrimSqueaker on August 27, 2018, 09:10:14 PM
I'm stressing out about paying for school registrations, back to school stuff, paying off cc in full after nice vacation... but I adopted a puppy.

We require pictures of your snuggle pup.
Title: Re: Puppy
Post by: penguintroopers on August 27, 2018, 09:14:40 PM
I'm stressing out about paying for school registrations, back to school stuff, paying off cc in full after nice vacation... but I adopted a puppy.

We require pictures of your snuggle pup.

Agreed. For... full evaluation of the face-punch worthiness of your actions?

Best excuse I've got.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: kelvin on August 28, 2018, 04:24:42 AM
Maybe this isn't too bad.  I purchased a practice chanter (and instruction book) to learn . . . the bagpipes!  So far the damage is only a little over 100 bucks.  Next up, however, after I complete my course of self instruction, real bagpipes.  And a kilt.  $$$
On behalf of all your neighbours/family/potential dates for the rest of your bagpipe-playing life, I facepunch you.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: OurTown on August 28, 2018, 07:24:43 AM
Maybe this isn't too bad.  I purchased a practice chanter (and instruction book) to learn . . . the bagpipes!  So far the damage is only a little over 100 bucks.  Next up, however, after I complete my course of self instruction, real bagpipes.  And a kilt.  $$$
On behalf of all your neighbours/family/potential dates for the rest of your bagpipe-playing life, I facepunch you.

Thanks.  I told my teenage daughter that when I get the full set I'm going to play the bagpipes to call her downstairs for supper.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Just Joe on August 28, 2018, 07:33:17 AM
She might be half an hour early to avoid being serenaded. Seriously, congrats. Great challenge.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mel70 on September 01, 2018, 02:04:17 PM
Here's the pup... You tell me. :D
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mel70 on September 01, 2018, 02:07:43 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!!! Lesson learned. Was it worth it?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: 4alpacas on September 01, 2018, 02:34:39 PM
Here's the pup... You tell me. :D
*squeal*
No facepunches from me, but I also couldn't imagine my life without my dogs.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: MrsWolfeRN on September 01, 2018, 06:43:19 PM
I fat fingered my phone number at Walgreens and lost $12 worth of points. I hope they go to someone who needs them.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Mesmoiselle on September 01, 2018, 08:54:15 PM
I increased my 1GB Republic Wireless plan to 2GB. v-v I'm hoping I can rein it in soon and go back to 1 though. Connected is that husband went up to 2GB- he got a raise and it's something he's been wanting for a while. He plans to stay on the increase permanently. -o-
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Alfred J Quack on September 15, 2018, 12:17:55 AM
I fat fingered my phone number at Walgreens and lost $12 worth of points. I hope they go to someone who needs them.
We can't hit you harder than you are doing yourself ;)

Me, I got me a Bose QC35 headset which set me back €379,-. The purpose was to reduce my overload issues with sound with its noise cancelling due to post-concussion syndrome. On the plus, my wife was snoring next to me and our 2,5 you old was making loud sounds in his sleep at 3 am which all fell away when I put one the cans.

They work but damn they are expensive!
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: miracho on September 18, 2018, 03:52:18 PM
Punch to myself for my older but still fancy audiotechnica headphones i bought to drown out office chatter before mini-retirement...alas.

Here's a bad one, bought a face wash and 2 lotions today. Wonder what MMM would say about this. Better work on my badassity...this is one of my toughest ones to work on.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Megma on September 18, 2018, 06:36:37 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!!! Lesson learned. Was it worth it?

Holy fuck. I didn't know hair could cost that much, that's more than I've spent on my hair in.... years. And I'm a woman for the record and a fairly girly one at that.

Related: I'm going to a very fancy resort for a work thing in a few months. The resort has a spa and I looked at the webpage out of curiosity, no prices listed. No prices means it's too much. I can't afford places that are so fancy they don't need to list a price.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: jinga nation on September 20, 2018, 05:47:14 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!!!

WOW!!! Lesson learned. Was it worth it?

Holy fuck. I didn't know hair could cost that much, that's more than I've spent on my hair in.... years. And I'm a woman for the record and a fairly girly one at that.

Related: I'm going to a very fancy resort for a work thing in a few months. The resort has a spa and I looked at the webpage out of curiosity, no prices listed. No prices means it's too much. I can't afford places that are so fancy they don't need to list a price.

Yup. My line is "If I can't see the price, I probably can't afford it."
I probably could afford it, I couldn't justify the purchase though.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: talltexan on September 20, 2018, 07:31:07 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!!!

WOW!!! Lesson learned. Was it worth it?

Holy fuck. I didn't know hair could cost that much, that's more than I've spent on my hair in.... years. And I'm a woman for the record and a fairly girly one at that.

Related: I'm going to a very fancy resort for a work thing in a few months. The resort has a spa and I looked at the webpage out of curiosity, no prices listed. No prices means it's too much. I can't afford places that are so fancy they don't need to list a price.

This is actually a fairly useful heuristic.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Inaya on September 28, 2018, 09:46:44 AM
Running to work; late for meeting; super hungry. Picked up a $4 cup of oatmeal. It was not very good--couldn't even eat the whole thing.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on October 01, 2018, 09:51:52 AM
I am genuinely unaware of whether I am deserving of a solid, skull-rattling, face punch.

I bought a mountain bike yesterday. I had been wanting one for a while. I went with a budget-friendly, 29er, hard-tail with hydraulic disk brakes at $500 cash. I understand that a bicycle purchase can be exempt from deserving of a face-punch.

BUT!...

It is my 5th bicycle. I have a super nice road bike, a super nice fixie, a somewhat broken-down mountain bike (that this new bike is replacing), and a somewhat broken-down fixie (A POS BSO with bent wheels). So... facepunch?
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: marcela on October 01, 2018, 12:10:52 PM
I am genuinely unaware of whether I am deserving of a solid, skull-rattling, face punch.

I bought a mountain bike yesterday. I had been wanting one for a while. I went with a budget-friendly, 29er, hard-tail with hydraulic disk brakes at $500 cash. I understand that a bicycle purchase can be exempt from deserving of a face-punch.

BUT!...

It is my 5th bicycle. I have a super nice road bike, a super nice fixie, a somewhat broken-down mountain bike (that this new bike is replacing), and a somewhat broken-down fixie (A POS BSO with bent wheels). So... facepunch?
Yes. Facepunch worthy
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: runbikerun on October 01, 2018, 01:16:14 PM
I'm going to respectfully disagree. As long as you offload the older mountain bike, and do something constructive with the beat-up fixie, I think you're good.

There are limits to Mustachian bike purchases: buying both an aero road bike and a lightweight road bike (or a cyclocross bike and a gravel bike) would probably justify facepunches unless you're racing seriously hard, but owning a road bike, a fixie and a mountain bike is pretty reasonable. Especially given that you got your hands on hydro disc brakes for that price.

That said, I'm planning to drop a couple of thousand on a new bike next year for racing, so I am something of an outlier.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on October 01, 2018, 01:46:15 PM
I'm going to respectfully disagree. As long as you offload the older mountain bike, and do something constructive with the beat-up fixie, I think you're good.

There are limits to Mustachian bike purchases: buying both an aero road bike and a lightweight road bike (or a cyclocross bike and a gravel bike) would probably justify facepunches unless you're racing seriously hard, but owning a road bike, a fixie and a mountain bike is pretty reasonable. Especially given that you got your hands on hydro disc brakes for that price.

That said, I'm planning to drop a couple of thousand on a new bike next year for racing, so I am something of an outlier.

I am going to put the old fixie and mtb on the street with a free sign (I will be sure to switch the fixie to the free hub first so nobody gets hurt). When I put free stuff on the curb, it seems like deserving people pick it up. That's just a guess though.

At least you will actually be racing that expensive bike! I have a somewhat expensive road bike as a slightly overweight, slow guy, haha.

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: runbikerun on October 01, 2018, 02:04:01 PM
I am going to put the old fixie and mtb on the street with a free sign (I will be sure to switch the fixie to the free hub first so nobody gets hurt). When I put free stuff on the curb, it seems like deserving people pick it up. That's just a guess though.

At least you will actually be racing that expensive bike! I have a somewhat expensive road bike as a slightly overweight, slow guy, haha.

I'm carrying my fair share of additional weight at the moment - the promise of a stupidly speedy aero machine next summer is keeping me reasonably well-behaved in dietary and training terms. That, and the fact that my wife, who knows exactly how bike racing works, will waste no time deriding my "too much bike for the rider" purchase if I'm not murderously fast at the first duathlon of the season.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on October 02, 2018, 12:40:41 AM
I'm going to respectfully disagree. As long as you offload the older mountain bike, and do something constructive with the beat-up fixie, I think you're good.

There are limits to Mustachian bike purchases: buying both an aero road bike and a lightweight road bike (or a cyclocross bike and a gravel bike) would probably justify facepunches unless you're racing seriously hard, but owning a road bike, a fixie and a mountain bike is pretty reasonable. Especially given that you got your hands on hydro disc brakes for that price.

That said, I'm planning to drop a couple of thousand on a new bike next year for racing, so I am something of an outlier.

I am going to put the old fixie and mtb on the street with a free sign (I will be sure to switch the fixie to the free hub first so nobody gets hurt). When I put free stuff on the curb, it seems like deserving people pick it up. That's just a guess though.

At least you will actually be racing that expensive bike! I have a somewhat expensive road bike as a slightly overweight, slow guy, haha.
Why free?

Would donating them to a charity be too much hassle?

We're flipping a house and gave away a bunch of free stuff. People seemed to be taking it just because it was free. We wised up and started charging small amounts and we're really pleased at the difference. We like knowing that the stuff was actually going to be used.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Askel on October 02, 2018, 06:43:21 AM
I am genuinely unaware of whether I am deserving of a solid, skull-rattling, face punch.

I bought a mountain bike yesterday. I had been wanting one for a while. I went with a budget-friendly, 29er, hard-tail with hydraulic disk brakes at $500 cash. I understand that a bicycle purchase can be exempt from deserving of a face-punch.

BUT!...

It is my 5th bicycle. I have a super nice road bike, a super nice fixie, a somewhat broken-down mountain bike (that this new bike is replacing), and a somewhat broken-down fixie (A POS BSO with bent wheels). So... facepunch?

I'm giving you a pass only because I also just purchased a fifth bicycle- $700 for a used fatbike. And it only took another $250 to fix the previous owners unique interpretation of bicycle mechanics.

It's a purchase I've been planning for a while now, and far less than the $3000 options I was seriously considering. The old fatbike is going up for sale soon to recover some of the cost. 

Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: eljefe-speaks on October 02, 2018, 08:26:13 AM
Why free?

Would donating them to a charity be too much hassle?


Actually, that post got me thinking and a quick google search revealed a charity in my city. You donate old bikes and they have kids wrench on them and adopt them. Good stuff! So that is where they will be going. Hopefully I will see a newly-minted young hipster on my old fixie riding around town!

In other news - if I am deserving of a facepunch, fate has already delivered the blow twice over. Hoo boy I forgot how punishing mountain biking can be, haha. I mean, one handlebar clip of a tree at speed and your ass is down! The bike held up beautifully though.
Title: Re: FacePunch Me
Post by: Dicey on October 02, 2018, 11:33:56 PM
Why free?

Would donating them to a charity be too much hassle?


Actually, that post got me thinking and a quick google search revealed a charity in my city. You donate old bikes and they have kids wrench on them and adopt them. Good stuff! So that is where they will be going. Hopefully I will see a newly-minted young hipster on my old fixie riding around town!

In other news - if I am deserving of a facepunch, fate has already delivered the blow twice over. Hoo boy I forgot how punishing mountain biking can be, haha. I mean, one handlebar clip of a tree at speed and your ass is down! The bike held up beautifully though.
What's that they say? No good deed goes unpunished. Glad you're okay. I hope some really deserving person gets your bike(s) and goes on to have a much improved life because of your generosity.