BIG purchases

Discussion in 'Community' started by jefhatfield, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    besides the obvious money that goes out to mortgage, rent, kid's dental work, tuition, medical insurance, and car, what are your big purchases you have made in the last year, five years, ten years, whole life?

    for me...last year...nothing over $200 dollars for any single item...really! i am very frugal since clutter really depresses me

    within the last five years...biggest purchase...ibook $1599 dollars bought in december 1999 and not counting the necessities like rent/car/etc. mentioned above, it's the biggest purchase of my life, ever...when it gets too old, i plan to go for an emac or basic ibook and it won't be nearly that much...he he...ain't technological progress great?...i will be able to get emac or ibook, with applecare, for less than i bought the ibook for nearly five years ago ;)

    last ten years...1968 fender telecaster with original hard case for $650 dollars which i bought in the mid-1990s...since it was refretted and repainted, i could afford it...if it was in original, unaltered condition, it would have cost me twice that

    biggest purchase ever...ibook (see above)

    i would like it, if for the rest of my life, i would never have to spend more than a grand on a non-necessity item like an extra elegant blazer jacket, musical instrument, or computer (but i know a lot of you out there would not hesitate in spending two grand on a mac, or more...way more) :)
  2. jywv8 macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2003
    Mine are a 50" HD plasma and a G5 w/ a 20" Cinema Display. Some people poo-poo-ed my purchases, particularily the TV, but, hey, to each his own. My sister spends a ton of money on manicures and hair cuts every year, and I think she's nuts. Different strokes...
  3. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    three questions then,

    how much did the plasma cost you?

    how much did the G5 w/display cost you?

    what is your exact street address and hours you plan not to be there? ;)
  4. madoka macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    $16,000 for an engagement ring. The first of a long string of jewelry purchases from Tiffanys. :(
  5. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    #5 that a 2.5 to 3 karat diamond?
  6. madoka macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    She wishes! It's not even 1.5 karat. Plus I forked over the extra to get the "eternity" wedding band which has diamonds all around it as opposed to just one half.

    If I could get money for the number of times she's misplaced it. . . I point out to her that it's like losing a Civic or Corolla.
  7. jywv8 macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2003

    $6400, I don't remember, and I'm not telling!
  8. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Biggest purchases:

    PB (pismo) in 2000...$1200.00
    PM (733 Quicksilver) in 2002...$1000
    Sharp projector in 2002...$1500.00
    another projector (Optima)in 2003...$1000
    1980 Volvo 244 in 2003...$1500.00
    !976 Volvo 245 wagon 2004...$900.00
    G5 PM/iMac in 2005...$1600-3000.00 (projected)

    I feel somewhat good that a majority of my big money purchases have been on well spent, imo...
  9. medea macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    If I want something I just save up until I can afford it. I have no problem spending large sums of money on something as long as I can afford it without using credit and if it's worth it, such as replacing my 15" iMac with a 20". Next up is a Sharp 20" Aqous television.
  10. dobbin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2002
    £4000 on our Honeymoon in the Maldives. It was worth every penny. I would love to go back there, but I won't have that kind of money for a while I don't think.
  11. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
    Slapping forehead and rolling eyes up and fainting. :eek:
  12. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    That looked like an *amazing* vacation. Congratulations!
  13. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    Last Friday, I spent $1100 on a new mountain bike, plus $700 in gear and accessories for it, so $1800 total. Aside from my PowerBook, that was the most I have ever spent on a single purchase.
  14. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    When my great-grandmother was still alive, i was sort of her assistant, and she owned a lot of land-- so when property tax season came around, i'd often ferry money for her. I remember carrying $15,000 cash to her lawyer's office for the quarterly expenses-- it wasn't far, but i was on foot, and i couldn't have been more than 12.

    So, not my money, but that's probably the most i've wound up with in my hands... Other than that, not much. I bought an engagement ring for a boyfriend once, less than a thousand tho. Which is good, because he broke it, then pawned it. Stupid boys.

    And yeah, cars and computers, but i don't count that stuff...

  15. Aeolius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2002
    Might I suggest you NEVER get into the saltwater aquarium hobby ;)
  16. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Well, I bought my first house (well condo) at the beginning of this year...that was exciting! Definitely my biggest purchase ever.

    Bought a new car two months ago (Toyota Corolla 'S' '04)

    Bought a 1.25ghz Powerbook when they were introduced last September(?). Over the past three years of using Macs, I've bought and sold around 10 computers. I just like to switch it up every once in a while. The AlBook is the only one I have left :)

    Most of the other stuff I've purchased lately has been stuff for the condo. A television, living room furniture, and I'm looking to buy new blinds and bedroom furniture within the next year.

    Oh and my Airport Extreme should be on the way as well :)
  17. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    Though I'm not married, still in school, and don't have a steady job... aside from all that, I'm the same way. I usually save my money for my big purchases (of which there have been 4: 1) iMac in 2000, 2) Car in July 03, 3) iBook in March 04, and 4) PowerBook 4 days ago) Aside from that, I dont' have anything that really cost more than $150 (approx) But I guess that's just the way I am... Besides, most of my day-to-day expenses involve my Girlfriend (of 3 years) in some way or another.
  18. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    gracious what kind of 'gear' did you need? shoes+helmet= $200 (what kind of bike?)

    my largest purchases have been stock (does that count?) or mechanical watches.
  19. Sabbath macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    I'm kind of glad my days of mountain biking are over, spending £2000 on a mountain bike that will last a year or 18months or so is just not sustainable. Although it seems the technology has calmed down a bit since then so they're not useless as quickly, and the prices seem to have come down too. Then add travelling and entering races far too expensive for my liking.
  20. cheekyspanky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2004
    South Bucks, UK
    Nothing too expensive here, iPod, Digital Camera, Flat Screen Monitor, Stereo, Mobile Phone (which has cost me a total of £700 so far this year in line rental and calls)

    Other than that £3000 in rent and thats about it!

    Oh..and a university education - that's proving to be pretty expensive!
  21. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    salt water has a way of sucking up money ;) it costs as much as a year at an ivy league school

    my best friend got a cheap 1928 lampara fishing boat, fixer-upper for less than five grand...what a deal, right?

    then he yanked it out of the water, 500 bucks, painted it with 100+ dollar a gallon paint, worked on it for two 30 dollars a day boat yard rent

    and now he is finishing up the small things now the boat is in the water, but it's in the premium slip near the street to be close...for further necessary repairs...and that rent,for that slip is 450 a month and will be there for some time

    by the time he gets his boat out in the bay mooring for a reasonable 80 dollars a month, his repairs to get it seaworthy to that level will have cost fifteen grand...three times the original price of the boat making it a twenty grand venture

    the other day, he saw a bigger, ready to fish, much newer boat for thirteen grand and in hindsight, he says he should have just bought that thing outright in the first place ;)
  22. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    well now we got off the thread's original topic of BIG, non necessary purchases like computers, mountain bikes, rings, and toys, i guess i will gripe, too ;)

    people mention rent, tuition, and cars...all necessary items, so here's my sob story

    rent is cheap so i am lucky there :)

    car was only seven grand used and it was a volvo in mint condition...old lady owner who never drove :)


    somehow to finish graduate school, all the way this time...grades were good first time but bank account was not...he he, it will cost me around $25,000 dollars a year, with books and supplies, for five years (that's if i take a full load of classes for ten semesters at two semesters a year)...if i am going to do it, i don't want to not finish my dissertation, and end up with only a master's after 125,000 dollars in debt

    i have a friend who wanted to get a phd, but each time he got afraid of the cost or commitment and never finished his full path AA, BA, MA, Phd...after his BA, he only got a master's, then tried again but only got another master's, and then tried again, and not finishing picked up a third master's degree

    now he is 160,000 dollars in debt and his friend says he may still yet go for that elusive phd degree...i think he is already a professor anyway so his pursuit of a phd would only be for his own pride

    i bet he knows what it's like to be the san francisco giants...great players, great coaches, division wins, nl pennant wins, but no damn world series ring ;)
  23. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Invested 1500$ in Cisco Systems when it was at 18.00

    I should have sold it when it was at 29. I will probly sell when its around 25 or so.
  24. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I just turned 24, and I have never really made a big purchase. My 12" PB is my large purchase, or the approx $1000 USD I just spent in New Zealand.

    My tuition is about $11000 USD per year (it was only $3000 USD per year when I was doing my undergrad in Canada), which is a lot if you live outside the US, where Uni is expensive if you go outside your own State.

    Other than that, I really haven't bought much, it seems.
  25. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    My biggest purchase is my current house, paid more that $170,000 in 1987. Now it's worth more than $350,000. A more recent purchase was my wife's 15" PowerBook at the Panther Release Party last October.

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