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Tuesday quickies

January 27th, 2009 at 06:49 am

Sooo, I haven't done these for a while, and I figure, why not?

I don't like talking about milestones anymore because I think after a certain point, well, I feel like I would only be bragging a whole lot about very little.

Still, I did reach an important one recently. You see, when I first came on board on SA, I was in the hole for nearly -$40k. As of this point, my net worth has now flip-flopped to nearly $40k up!

Of course, most of it is in retirement, and I've still got a long way to go, but it just feels so great to be able to get out of that stinkin' hole and see the light for once!

On a slightly bummer kind of a note, my stimulus check money finally ran out.

Some readers may or may not remember that I converted my entire 2008 stimulus check to grocery gift cards, and in return, the grocery chain offered to add an additional 10% to the total! 10% extra free money for something that I needed to begin with was simply too good to pass up.

I kinda liked having "free money" for groceries, but sadly, now I have to go back to using my regular pool of money, which is a bummer.

Ok, you guys will think I'm crazy, and I won't blame you at all. In fact, even *I* think I am crazy. But you know, I've always wanted a punching dummy. Hehe, yeah... a punching dummy. But not just any dummy! (Why are you looking at me like that?) It's one of those really fancy kinds that's actually shaped like a real guy. The brochure calls it a "manikin" and it allows you to train for more accurate strikes.

In fact, this thing normally costs a premium price of $249.99, but I found it on sale at a local sporting goods store that is selling it for $99.99! HIYA! Chop!

Yes, it's crazy, and yes, $100 is still $100. In fact, this is the part where I would really feel guilty coming home with this giant thing standing in the middle of the living room, and I guess I should be glad that there is not a woman there with her arms crossed looking very... cross. Like she's going to use ME as a "manikin".

But so long as I am still single, and even though I'm on the 401(k) challenge, I thought the discount was too good to pass up. In fact, they had to hold me up at the register for nearly 15 minutes just to double check the price because they couldn't believe the discount either.

But anyways, I admit it's a guilty pleasure, and ultimately, I don't have a good excuse for spending that kind of money. Please forgive me! ;-)

21 Responses to “Tuesday quickies”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I think it is fine! You are doing so well...you deserve a little reward. Enjoy! Good job on scoring the deal, too.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    you are forgiven. Sometimes we just have to have something we really want!!

  3. MICLASON Says:

    Put it in the "fitness" category! Wink

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    I forgot to mention it, but yea, it's most definitely to help me work out and get in better shape.

  5. Carolina Bound Says:

    LOL -- it certainly isn't anything I'D ever want! But I think when something you really want goes on a great sale, and it fits your budget -- just do it. Don't feel guilty.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Imagine here I am standing near the register while they're checking the price. An older lady walked up the register, turns around and sees this large manikin next to her, and she comments, "Oh my goodness! I thought a large man was standing there. That's kind of scary, that thing!"


  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Wow, you went up $80K in, what, 2 years? I've been going for a year and a half and, because my condo and 401(k) values keep dropping, our net worth has only gone up about $40K. For three people, at least two gainfully employed at any given moment. Dang. You're good. Wink

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Very high compliment, thank you! Unfortunately, it's 3 years, and... I don't have rent. But I am doing what I can while I am still rent-free. But thank you anyway!

  9. baselle Says:

    Ha. Now you should download and print out the face of a Wall Street scoundrel of the week to tape to your "manikin". Big Grin A little performance art on your blog can't hurt!

  10. merch Says:

    Nice job on the net worth. Going from 440k in the hole to 0 is a huge accomplishment nevermind going up to $40k. The next be number is $50k, then (dare I say it) $100k.

    But at some point, I think it's bragging. Maybe think of using ratios? X times income or SCFR uses that saver ratio.

    As for the dummy, you have to find a balance between life and being frugal.

  11. Phenomenal Woman Says:

    Along with the fitness category, you can also chalk it up for home security. Not like you need security with all of your knives and martial art skills, but I can imagine it might fend off thieves when they see this mankin thing in the middle of your room? lol!

    Your milestones are huge! Just don't ever forget how you were feeling s when you while you were in debts by 40k. Dreams may have seemed a lot bigger then compared to today but you are now living the dream you had wished for and moving on up to bigger achievements . Now you know itís possible to overcome obstacles so dreams no longer seem so far-fetched.

    And besides, brag away you are at the right place to do so.

  12. Phenomenal Woman Says:

    Shoot! Meant to edit before sending. Excuse my bad grammar!

  13. whitestripe Says:

    LOL. i wouldn't worry. DF and I also want a punching bag (DF sometimes needs to get some anger out - he works with his dad... and me, well I used to do aikido so i know it works for me). We want one that's suspended from the ceiling and DF wants to make sure it's good quality so the filling stays evenly distributed after months of punches. so we are probably looking at spending a similar amount as you.

  14. homebody Says:

    Excellent progress. We bought our SIL a punching bag for Christmas in 2007, a regular one!

    We do the same thing you did with your stimulus money each Christmas. My DH's business gives out "bonuses" of a local grocery store cards that are bought at a 10% discount. Last year we managed to make them last until June. We'll see how we do this year. We do shop at Costco along with Winco though, so it is not our total cost.

  15. frugaltexan75 Says:

    You sure made your grocery cards last a good long time!

    I've thought about a punching bag of some sort for myself - there's just some days that it would be really nice to have one around. Smile
    Now you can practice at home, and maybe help out at the martial arts school. (Didn't you say something once about a former teacher of yours wanting you to teach??)

  16. Analise Says:

    he he! Sure could have used a manikin when I worked. $100 is not bad if you are using it... even if it's just as conversation piece. Why not post a photo?

    Great work on your net worth and very inspiring, too. Funneling $80,000 to debt and savings in just a few years is amazing, especially since half of it was debt that no doubt accrued interest charges while you paid it off. You have every right to be proud... it's not bragging.

    Good job on making your stimulus $$ stretch!

  17. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, thanks for all the positive comments! Even now, I still get taken aback at the level of support this place gives.

    You take Aikido? That's terrific! It's a beautiful and very healthy type of martial arts that I wouldn't mind recommending to just about anyone. The founder of Aikido was very wise and ahead of his time. To this day, I still follow many of his principles.

    Yeah, that was a long time ago. I'm sure he would be glad to have me back, but at the very least, I need to get back into shape and stay there first. Baby steps. Hehe.

    For those who are curious, Here is a picture of the manikin.

  18. homebody Says:

    Too funny, the picture, maybe I should get those for my daughters! I'm sure they could use them occasionally. Ha Ha.

  19. whitestripe Says:

    BA: i did practise aikido for many years in school but the group started to slowly disintegrate so i stopped doing it. it was still a great martial art to practise though, someday i hope to take it up again.

  20. sicilyyoder Says:

    I think rewards are fine:>)

  21. Aleta Says:

    There are so many that have to be encouraged by what you have accomplished. We need possitive news like yours not negative from those who can't do what you do or won't do it.

    As for the doll, it reminds me of people down here in South Florida that buy the similiar dolls to put in the front seat of the car so they can go drive through lanes that are designated for 2 people and over.

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