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Old 04-21-2003, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If you were given 20.000 dollars right now....

or Euros for that matter, and you had to spend it in say a couple of hours at most, what stuff would you buy?

Let's assume going to market etc is not a problem, and you could order online.

ME:
A Nikon prosumer camera.
19" LCD Monitor!
New graphics card.
An R6?!

What about you?
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A nice new laptop and a decent car. I'd have about 17 grand left over.. I wonder how much those hybrid cars are
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Since it has to be spent right away:

I'd get a Sony LCD projection TV ($4,000), a Litespeed road bike (~$5,000), some new 17" wheels/tires for my car ($2,000), some new speakers for my livingroom ($3,000) and the rest would be spent in a mad rush through the mall.
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd buy $20,000 in gold, and slowly sell it to pay for college. Technically, I spent it in a few hours, right?

If that's ruled cheating, then I'd buy a car, a computer or two, and use the rest to stock my freezer with a few month's worth of frozen pizzas.
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd by a van, some traveler's cheques and go on the mother of all road trips.
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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20 grand huh?

I hate to be so plain but I would use it to put toward the purchase of a house since that is a fairly good chunk of change and therefore requires longer to accumulate.
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Good question.. If I couldnt give it away I would buy a new computer, a car, or be the clotheshorse I was born to be! Can we say fashion plate of questionable sexuality? Call me what you want.. but when im waking up to a bevy of Aligator skin suits
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Old 04-21-2003, 05:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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well, I'd have it spent pretty damn quick. A new HDTv with a plasma screen that I was looking at costs around 12,000, then a quick trip over to the computer store to pick up a new top of the line laptop and desktop, and I'll probably have to fish in my wallet to cover the difference.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd pay off my student loans. (If I could do it in that short of time.). If it had to be totally frivolous, I would put it toward a new computer, a vacation on some tropical isle, or Subaru WRX.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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$20,000 would immediately mean a motorbike. a cool motorbike.
oh, then i'd pay off my dirty credit card debt.
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'd probably buy myself a nice lunch, then go over to paypal and donate the rest of it to Hal to ensure this awesome community never goes offline again!
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Old 04-21-2003, 06:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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hmmmmm.... maybe....some rope. Yeah some rope. I reallly like rope. A nice long bit.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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What would happen if we DIDN'T spend it in a few hours? I'd probably horde it between my mattresses or in some super secret spot nobody could ever in a million years find (except me).

I'd probably move out, get a cheap apartment, and live off it for a little b..oh who am I kidding? That money would get used up on my schooling. :P
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:06 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:17 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'd be paying for all the renovations for the new apartment the wife and I just bought in the lower east side.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:36 AM   #17 (permalink)
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20,000 huh? i'd have to buy that car, or at least put a nice down payment on it... hey, those new 3 series BMW's are nice, and 20 grand could push the financing payments down to less then 100 a month, which would be sweet!
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:37 AM   #18 (permalink)
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ooohhh i could pay off my truck, finally get my bike running again, and probably a downpayment on the new bike i could afford if i didnt have my truck payments
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:39 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Send it off the the mortgage company with the notation "Apply to principal only."
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:41 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I'd use half of it as a down on a fixer-upper and the rest in the market to use as collateral to fix up the fixer-upper.

Or, hookers and beer and maybe a little weed.
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Old 04-21-2003, 07:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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While we're talking about being given money, my wife and I were just "gifted" about that much money. So this is a like a practice run for me!
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Old 04-21-2003, 08:45 AM   #22 (permalink)
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i would pay off my student loans, which are around 18,000 bucks. the rest i would spend on CD's, if i HAD to spend the money. i would rather save it though.
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Old 04-21-2003, 08:48 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'd prolly pay my parents back for money I've borrowed, and then spend the rest on a trip to Europe. If I had money left over, I'd save it for spending money for next school year.
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Old 04-21-2003, 08:55 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I'd pay off all my debts, which would leave me only about 3000 more to pay off.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:01 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Given my current situation, I would certainly buy a car.

Assuming we had to spend it all and couldn't invest/save it, I would probably spend as much as I could on a car without topping $20,000.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:07 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I'd get that ipod that i've been dying to get for a good year or so now.


Then i guess i'd lose myself in the closest HMV.
knowing me i'd probably spend too much and end up with a bigger credit card debt then i walked in with
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:12 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Pay off College Loans, and get car fixed
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:18 AM   #28 (permalink)
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While there are dozens of things I would like to buy, I would put it in the bank and save it towards paying off college, no question. I guess thats what I get for deciding to go to a 30,000 a year school
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:21 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Looks like a great wish list!!


I would definatly pay off my car and credit cards. I would have about $5000 left so I would get two awesome laptops, one for me and one for my woman (she has always wanted a laptop).
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:38 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:38 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:40 AM   #32 (permalink)
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redo the home LAN, should be able to do it for that much.
Then put the old stuff to extra use, backup duty, etc.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:47 AM   #33 (permalink)
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A nice new computer and the rest I would put toward a car.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:49 AM   #34 (permalink)
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1. Pay back my parents for the loan I have with them - that frees up $250/month

2. Pay off both of my credit cards and then chop them up with scissors - frees up another $250/month

3. Pay off my barbecue financing - frees up $60/month

4. $7500 CDN for two vacations - one this year, one next.

5. Any leftover money goes into RRSP's


With the money that I am freeing up every month would go into savings and mutual funds.
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Old 04-21-2003, 10:11 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Pay a few things off and save the rest.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:04 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I'd dive into the local Future Shop/Electronics Boutique, and pass out from all the excitement.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:09 AM   #37 (permalink)
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pay off the car, buy a new computer with two LCD monitors, buy a couple hundred cds and books, buy my girlfriend some diamonds (even though I think they are the worst example of commercialism and consumerism).
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:10 AM   #38 (permalink)
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20.000? Blockbuster, food, driving range.

20,000, investments. I don't know which ones.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:13 AM   #39 (permalink)
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20,000 dollars... prob invest most of it and buy an I-pod for myself... nothing else i really want or need
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:25 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Hmm... probably would really spend it on college. But hey, since its not going to happen, I'd spend it on a slightly used car, a new computer, and plane tickets and supplies so I could backpack across Europe.

Car $10-15k approx
Computer $2k
New backpack, tent, food, tickets, etc... whatever's left over.
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