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« Reply #300 on: June 26, 2020, 07:17:12 AM »
Money well spent.
 Every cent I've put on my credit card over the last ten years. I've never paid a penny of interest and also never paid a penny for an airplane, train, Airbnb, Vrbo ,hotel or tour in those ten years. We've also found the benefits of first class travel.
 Unfortunately/fortunately I've sold the business and my credit card gravy train is about to run out. I'll have to use the million and a half plus points wisely, grasshopper.

That. Escalated quickly.

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« Reply #301 on: June 26, 2020, 07:31:49 AM »
I've had about 50 hours of private language tutoring since the beginning of quarantine. I can honestly say it is probably the single thing that kept me sane while being stuck in the apartment with two teenagers for four month.

Are you swearing at them in another language? lol

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« Reply #302 on: June 26, 2020, 07:50:17 AM »
a used iphone and a bluetooth capable car stereo. i don't drive much but when i do it's so nice to hear my music.

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« Reply #303 on: June 30, 2020, 01:25:25 PM »
I bought a refurbished Ooma in 2014 for less than $90 and have been paying less than $5/month for a landline ever since.  The warranty is long over and I'm sure it is just dumb luck that the electronics haven't pooped out, but at this point it has paid for itself many times over!

I'm also very happy with the bike mechanics class I took some time in the 1990s, my bike tools, and my sewing machine.

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« Reply #304 on: June 30, 2020, 01:38:17 PM »

@DireWolf  , would you mind sharing which knockoff airpods you bought? Iíve been looking at some on Amazon but havenít pulled the plug.

I got the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53. 4.5 stars on Amazon (although their current price is a bit higher than I paid).

Thanks!

Hey, @DireWolf , thank you for the recommendation! I got a pair of these and I love them!!!

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« Reply #305 on: July 01, 2020, 08:01:07 AM »
i would say all my bicycles are money well spent. they provide transportation, exercise and adventure.

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« Reply #306 on: July 01, 2020, 08:56:10 AM »
I got a new swimsuit this year. Instead of the extremely uncomfortable mesh lining, it has a flexible fabric liner (like boxer briefs). I've never had a swimsuit that I'd have no problem just wearing as shorts until now. It was well worth the $60.

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« Reply #307 on: July 02, 2020, 05:28:35 AM »
LASIK surgery was my all-time best investment.  20 years of 20/20 vision before the need for reading glasses kicked in.
Small things:
£5.95 for 40 lavender plug plants which are all growing nicely and will make a huge difference to my garden
£22 on 32Gb of second-hand memory for my 2008 Mac Pro
Regular sized storage tubs for my baking ingredients. Tidy shelves!

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« Reply #308 on: July 05, 2020, 08:18:18 AM »
Oh man, some of these are SO GOOD.  I think my recent best splurge was a Dyson V8 animal cordless vacuum to replace my Dyson Ball upright (Animal, I think.)-- I bought the Dyson ball over 12 years ago for under $300 refurbished. It still works, but it's so heavy and such a chore to haul up and down the stairs, and it smells weird despite cleaning, due to the millions of cleanups i've done (e.g. cleaning rat bedding messes with the hose for a couple years). I gave in and bought the V8 (they're on V11 now) when it was $100 off, and HOLY MOLY I love it.  It sits on a charger I attached to the wall. I bought an accessory extender holder thingie and that clips in and holds all the accessories.  It's so easy to just grab and clean up a little mess. Or to clean the stairs. Or run upstairs and quickly vacuum my upstairs bedrooms and office. I swap out the stick with the floor cleaner for one with a brush and then i have a handheld one to quickly vacuum the couch and get my dog's hair or snack messes off of it.   I worried about the life of the battery or the quality of suction, but I saw that you can replace just the battery, and the suction works well (and has a max setting). Worth every penny. And I'm able to still donate my fully usable old Dyson to one of the local charities.

I'm very curious about all the lasik love. I've been tempted a bunch of times-- my vision isn't awful, I only use my glasses for night driving or for distance, like watching a movie in a theater (which I haven't done in I dont know how many years). I sometimes wear them to watch TV to see more detail, but it's not necessary (yet). I'm so paranoid about all the stories about how you can really eff them up if you rub your eyes or aren't careful, and I just feel like I'd be that person. The thought of screwing up my vision is so terrifying to me.

I was able to get the 6qt bowl-lift professional model for $249 at Costco late last month, and she uses it every other day. It's facilitated a budding interest in sourdough everything (bread, pancakes, pretzels) and definitely does way more than the tilt head model can. We'll be able to sell the old one for $50-$75 so a net <$200 is a huge win.
I don't have a mixer because I don't usually eat grains or anything, but DID YOU KNOW the paddle attachment shreds chicken in like a minute??? I am fascinated.

It's beyond small, but I think it qualifies. I recently bought a new kind of cat toy, the yellow banana catnip toy. I'm sure it was just a couple dollars, but this one toy has provided SOOOOOO much entertainment for the cat, plus has made various humans laugh as well because of how the cat has been going at it. She made a surprise appearance yesterday on the family zoom call because she flung it around enough and landed on the keyboard. So then Arwen made a flying leap onto the keyboard.
hahahaaaa I love this. My dog does the same with her burrow toys.  Those are the toys that have some kind of central soft/stuffed piece with holes in it, and you stick like 3 or so little squeaky stuffed animals in it, so they have to stick their snouts in and dig out the pieces. Like my dog has one that is a fish tank/cube and it has 3 stuffed squeaky fish that go inside it, and another one is some kind of tree thing that you stuff 3 squeaky giraffes into.  My dog LOVES it.  She will get a grip on one of the toys on the inside, then shake her head furiously and the outside piece launches across the room.  I'll be in the middle of doing something and then a toy comes flying by me. It's entertaining for both of us. A+ purchase.

We got ours from Ticor. We love that it's big (30? 33? inches wide - sorry didn't measure) stainless, deep, quiet, comes with a grate to keep things off the bottom. It also did not cost a million dollars (have you priced sinks????)  The one that was here before was overmount (which I find impossible to keep clean), shallow (which means things were still visible if they were soaking), rounded corners (meaning everything sloped down and the sink was even smaller than it seemed), and a double sink. A double sink is one of the things I find incomprehensible (lots of people love and swear by them; I am not one of those people.) We gave up some counterspace to have a large sink and love everything about it. I wish I could put the same one on the boat, but alas no space.

We do have a dishwasher that we use regularly, but when I do dishes by hand I just have a drying mat that I set out to the left of the sink. Drip dry for the win!
I have one of those rectangular undermounted sinks in my current place I rent (I just call it a trough sink cuz idk), and you just described why I like it so much.   All my other sinks have always been double sinks, and/or a single sink but with rounded corners, or too shallow, etc.  My dog has had toe pad issues after playing too hard at daycare before, and it was convenient to just stick her in the sink with an inch or so of water in it and have her comfortably fit and not slide around, (before I realized how much water I was wasting and it was actually easier just to use warm water in a bowl and soak her paws one-by-one, I digress.)    Also, I've had a dishwasher in pretty much all 9-10 places I've lived as an adult, and it wasn't until my most recent house that I ever used one. I didn't grow up with a dishwasher, and i'm a single person, so I've always just handwashed dishes, but often used the dishwasher rack to dry, which is super convenient.

But also, probably my electric standing desk I purchased a few months ago is the best money I have spent in a long time. I had one at work, and it seemed excessive to buy one just because we are suddenly working from home, but it has made my life so much better. I use it all the time, and not just for work.
I LOVE working from home, but I super miss my electric desk, for sure. Now I've been just sitting at a regular desk with a regular chair, and it sucks. Especially compounded with not being able to go to the gym and strength train or attend my aqua spin/bootcamp classes.  I'm doing what I can at home, but it's definitely not the same.

Our kids loved every game from Gamewright they ever encountered. Also Set is a favorite. You likely already know of these but in case not, I thought I'd share!
Omg when someone mentioned Phase 10 i was thinking of how much i looooved that game when I was young, and then I vaguely remembered some online daily game I used to play like 15 years ago, and i could NOT for the life of me remember what it was to try to google it, even though I could picture it. As soon as you said Set I was like THAT IS IT. And then I went to google it and re-found the online daily game. Thank youuuuu!

Since lockdown started, I've been buying these froofy fancy Japanese health food donuts and cold-brew cream coffee from a tiny family-owned bakery.  They're clownishly expensive by MMM standards (around $3 per donut), and I've been driving ~30 miles to get half a dozen to a dozen every two weeks or so.

They are SO FSCKING GOOD... seriously, I save them for days when I'm feeling kind of down about the State of the World or to reward myself for Getting Stuff Done.  It's ridiculous how happy a single donut the size of my palm can make me, zoning out while slowly sipping a cup of coffee or tea and savoring it bite by bite-- and they're even healthy(ish), so I don't feel greasy or put off by too much sugar afterward.  Luckily, they keep really well in the fridge so I can ration them out for the course of two weeks.  The bakery owners are super nice, and I'm also happy to support them, so it's a win-win all around.
I need to know more about these donuts. What are they??

Dog DNA test... I laughed for hours when I got the results. Still makes me smile every time I see the dog
YESSS. I don't buy anyone christmas or birthday gifts (except my parents), but anytime someone gets a new dog I send them a DNA test.

I just bought myself a new pillow. I prefer natural latex pillows as it means I wake less congested from dust mite allergies (they wonít live in latex). Ridiculous to spend $65+ on a pillow but it is comfortable and I feel better.
I was just diagnosed with dustmite allergies. I put mattress and pillow protectors on. Do you feel the latex matress works better than just covering memory foam?

Update: I just googled to see how much latex mattresses were, and I saw that it's a myth that dust mites can't live in latex O_o   Well, dang, I was excited.

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« Reply #309 on: July 05, 2020, 09:39:38 AM »
1.  Custom dressage saddle.  It seems to magically fit a lot of horses and is Oh so perfect for me.  I forget until I ride in a different saddle that is hard, unbalanced, doesn't have room for my leg, then I fall in love with my saddle all over again.

2.  I bought a brand new Hawk gooseneck horse trailer last year after several years of wanting one.  It is extra tall and has lots of horse-friendly features (extra padding, ventilation).  The gooseneck makes it more stable for towing, and the braking system also makes it much safer.  Plus it is pretty to look at.  I expect to keep it for a few decades.

3.  Breville Smart Oven Air.  It took about a year of thinking about it, and saving gift cards from my MIL before I could stand to spend >$300 on a glorified toaster oven, but it was so worth it.  We hardly use the full-size oven any more, and the Breville air fries, incubates yogurt and dough, slow cooks, and oh, it even toasts bread!

4.  Upright freezer.  We previously had a chest freezer that was impossible to organize, so things would go unused and end up with freezer burn.  The upright is way easier to organize, and allows us to stock up on sale items, freeze garden produce, and the locally raised beef and lamb that we buy (which is way cheaper for the quality than store-bought).

5.  Solar attic fans.  Especially after the tax credits, but they help vent so much heat out of our house in the summer.  We are much more comfortable, and they have probably paid for themselves in decreased power bills.

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« Reply #310 on: July 05, 2020, 10:46:26 AM »
It's crazy that I even have to type this (thank you, 'merica!) but the best money I have spent in the last year has been joining a concierge medical group.

Now I have a doctor who actually reads my chart! And I can get appointments in a reasonable time frame! Just in the past couple months they've figure out why one foot is getting numb and my toes are curling, and I've lost 10 pounds with the help of a nutritionist.

It comes with a gym and pool membership which I was hoping to use since it is very convenient to my house, but those have been closed the past few months, so they have waived the monthly fee for the whole plan. Which means I don't think I've actually paid a thing yet for this excellent medical care I am getting, besides the co-pays and insurance premiums I was paying back in the day when I couldn't get an appt with my primary care doctor ever.

Truthfully, there are some guilty feelings associated with all of this better healthcare for the wealthy, and it is WAAAY better. Scary how much better it is.

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« Reply #311 on: July 05, 2020, 01:31:18 PM »
Since lockdown started, I've been buying these froofy fancy Japanese health food donuts and cold-brew cream coffee from a tiny family-owned bakery.  They're clownishly expensive by MMM standards (around $3 per donut), and I've been driving ~30 miles to get half a dozen to a dozen every two weeks or so.

They are SO FSCKING GOOD... seriously, I save them for days when I'm feeling kind of down about the State of the World or to reward myself for Getting Stuff Done.  It's ridiculous how happy a single donut the size of my palm can make me, zoning out while slowly sipping a cup of coffee or tea and savoring it bite by bite-- and they're even healthy(ish), so I don't feel greasy or put off by too much sugar afterward.  Luckily, they keep really well in the fridge so I can ration them out for the course of two weeks.  The bakery owners are super nice, and I'm also happy to support them, so it's a win-win all around.
I need to know more about these donuts. What are they??

https://ringdonuts.com/

They're tofu donuts (so gluten-free and healthy...ish?, if that matters to you), and after a bit of heating have the texture of the world's most delightful, springy and airy pound cake.  Perfect texture, not too sweet but super flavorful... The earl gray is my personal favorite flavor. They also ship frozen donuts out for those not in the LA area.  I've been trumpeting their praises everywhere for the last two months, and doing donut drop-offs for friends who live far from their store, that's how much I like them. :)

Also on the topic of 'Money well spent' and more baked goods, there's a fancy pastry shop near my house that I'd never visited before.  Last week, I happened to walk by and bought... an expensive fancy pity croissant.  That's the best way I know how to put it-- it was closing time, their shelves were full, the store was empty, and I felt bad.

Anyway, that croissant was a REVELATORY EXPERIENCE-- straight up the best croissant I've ever had in living memory, so last week I bought another dozen.  It's not very Mustachian of me (in fact, quite anti-Mustachian) but I've found so much joy in the last few months in getting takeout and supporting local eateries.  I've eaten out more in quarantine than I had in the last year.

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« Reply #312 on: July 05, 2020, 04:56:29 PM »
People who say money canít buy happiness have never paid the extra to use the DMV express...

I needed to do three titles/registrations a couple weeks ago. I went to the regular DMV and learned the expected wait time was at least 4 hours and only one Transaction per appointment because of Covid. (How does making anyone with multiple transactions spend extra time in the waiting room to reduce the spread of Covid?) I confirmed that the privately run UMV express could provide everything I need and headed over there despite warnings of ďvery high feesĒ. Turns out $81 saved me at least 11 hours of my life and probably my sanity.

Which reminds me of another similar expense: Global entry/pre check. DW and I got it for each other as Xmas gifts a couple years ago. Even if We donít get to use it again in 2020, itís still the best money Iíve ever spent.

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« Reply #313 on: July 05, 2020, 05:23:54 PM »
In Dec 2015, $1,500 initial vet bill for dietetics diagnosis of my tuxedo cat fern.  Since then his treatment has cost less than $50 extra a month and heís been living his best life.

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« Reply #314 on: July 05, 2020, 06:55:37 PM »
^^I'll second that Global Entry is money well spent.

Getting through US customs and immigration at the airport is the world's worst experience.

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« Reply #315 on: July 05, 2020, 08:01:10 PM »
Probably the best money we ever spent was the $50 we spent on our wedding back in 1983.    We were very poor and that was a lot of money to us at the time.

More recent luxuries would be getting a natural gas-powered tankless water heater.   Always enough hot water for a long soak in the bath or no matter how many visitors we had spending the night.   Glorious!

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« Reply #316 on: July 07, 2020, 11:29:44 AM »
So our dishwasher recently broke down. We're awaiting delivery of a new one, but it has given me a new appreciation of just how life-enhancing these domestic appliances truly are! If you think of the time and effort saved by a dishwashing machine compared to doing all by hand yourself.. it's probably one of the best $300 I'll ever spend.

To quote the I, Pencil essay:

For, the wise G. K. Chesterton observed, ďWe are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.Ē

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« Reply #317 on: July 07, 2020, 11:33:48 AM »
So our dishwasher recently broke down. We're awaiting delivery of a new one, but it has given me a new appreciation of just how life-enhancing these domestic appliances truly are! If you think of the time and effort saved by a dishwashing machine compared to doing all by hand yourself.. it's probably one of the best $300 I'll ever spend.

Oh yeah they're well worth it. Especially in quarantine/WFH, instead of running ours once or twice a week we're running a load every couple days. I don't want to think about how many dishes we'd be doing by hand without it.

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« Reply #318 on: July 07, 2020, 11:39:52 AM »
^^I'll second that Global Entry is money well spent.

Getting through US customs and immigration at the airport is the world's worst experience.

Oh, God, yes.  And ours were free since we used the right credit cards.

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« Reply #319 on: July 07, 2020, 11:50:15 AM »
Super excited about my "money well spent" purchases for the year.

NEW GUITAR $175
USED BIKE $120
DENIM JUMPSUIT $75

100% WORTH IT.

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« Reply #320 on: July 07, 2020, 01:17:22 PM »
After thinking about it, I'll have to add our new home that we moved into this winter.

It's not an investment, it's someplace we live.   We truly enjoy our new home more than our old one (and our old home was swell).   So, it's going to run us around $120,000 in additional costs.

For that we get a house that's perfect for our lifestyle.

And the important thing is that we can truly afford it.    Looks like we'll have it paid off in full in less than 2 years.  2 1/2 years if we get a few bad breaks.

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« Reply #321 on: July 07, 2020, 03:02:38 PM »
I was thinking this yesterday as I was running with my dog while the sun came up - every dollar I spent on physio so that I could do this again was worth it.

The other one was our basement gym. Even if I am on a lifting hiatus at the moment, our eldest boy is using it most days he is with us. (GAINZ!)