What would you do with $25,000?

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  1. A spin off of Riggs post made me think about what would I do with $25,000 if someone handed it to me? Ok, so I still don't have an answer but I'll ponder it a while and come back with an answer.

    What about you?

  2. I think for the most part I'd be pretty boring.

    - A really nice meal out with dh and some friends.

    - New shoes!!

    - A hair cut

    - Paint the bedroom, buy a lamp for the living room

    - Get a professional cleaning service in to do a spring clean.

    - Put the rest in savings to pay off mortgage & bills as Dh isn't working right now.

    So I guess I'd 'blow' about $1000 and the rest for bills.....yep, boring. Just as I suspected!

    Ema

  3. I would put the money to pay off some debt. Unfortunately, even that much wouldn't cover it completely.

  4. Pay off my debt, take a trip with Stinkerbell (not expensive, but just time together without worrying about laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc. -- when we're playing, I always feel as though I'm thinking about what "needs" to be done and that I'm never really "there" with her), split the rest between retirement and college investments.

  5. A spin off of Riggs post made me think about what would I do with $25,000 if someone handed it to me? Ok, so I still don't have an answer but I'll ponder it a while and come back with an answer. What about you?
    That would take me forever to decide. I'd be so completely gobsmacked at first, I'd have to sit down and list our needs and put them in order of urgency.
    In our case, it would be to get DS back into his therapies (his lifetime allotment by our insurance company has was reached last month), then I'd have to put some away towards a place for him to live after we're gone.
    He!!, we might need a professional financial planner for this!

  6. the two things i would do first:

    1. Get new tires for my car..they are balding
    2. Fix the oil leak on my car.

    xo muslehre

  7. take a trip with Stinkerbell (not expensive, but just time together without worrying about laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc. -- when we're playing, I always feel as though I'm thinking about what "needs" to be done and that I'm never really "there" with her) Ha! No truer words have ever been spoken.
    I can so relate- you have no idea. As much as I'm with DS (which is pretty much all of the time) I feel it's not quality time, and we need that. All of us do.
    John Lennon wrote these words, part of his song to Sean "Beautiful (Darling) Boy":

    "Out on the ocean sailing away
    I can hardly wait
    To see you come of age
    But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
    'Cause it's a long way to go
    A hard row to hoe
    Yes it's a long way to go
    But in the meantime -
    Before you cross the street
    Take my hand
    Life is what happens to you
    While you're busy making other plans
    "

  8. Ha! No truer words have ever been spoken.I can so relate- you have no idea. As much as I'm with DS (which is pretty much all of the time) I feel it's not quality time, and we need that. All of us do.John Lennon wrote these words, part of his song to Sean "Beautiful (Darling) Boy": "Out on the ocean sailing awayI can hardly waitTo see you come of ageBut I guess we'll both just have to be patient'Cause it's a long way to goA hard row to hoeYes it's a long way to goBut in the meantime -Before you cross the streetTake my handLife is what happens to youWhile you're busy making other plans"

    I ♥ this song and always change it to my daughter's name when i sing it xo muslehre

  9. This is an easy one for me, pay off our debt! We should have some left over so I would take the kids on a trip and then put whatever was left (probably a very tiny amount) into savings since we have so little money coming in ever since I quit my job to be with the kids and just work 32 hours every other week to bring in grocery money.

  10. not very interesting

    i'd have enough for 2 cycles and a trip!
    sue

  11. Keep about $15,000 in cash for a 6 month emergency fund.

    Put $4000 away in Educational Savings Accounts ($2000 x 2--the max) for our two boys.

    Any left over would go towards sprucing up the outside of our ancient house. We need to tuck point the brick and paint the trim and shutters. Our house needs serious help. We could use new windows, a new roof, some new flooring (inside of course), and a bathroom redo too.

    Now that's boring.

  12. Save it or put it towards kids' school tuition.

    I'm boring!

    Janice

  13. Um, if someone handed me $25K the first thing I would do would be pass out.

    When I woke up, I'd thank the person profusely.

    Then I'd pay off our credit cards.

    With what's left over,

    #1 ~ BUY A NEW WASHING MACHINE!!!!!
    get the van's sliding door fixed
    Buy a new computer (one that actually works)
    Go to my fav expensive restaurants a couple of times
    Take the kids to DisneyWorld
    maybe go to Vegas myself & DH
    I'd give some to my favorite charities (pay it forward )
    Get a new couch
    Have the playroom re-carpeted (and a few other minor home-improvements)
    Maybe Buy 2 new TV's and a new mattress

    If there's enough left over after that, I'd have some custom cabinets installed in my kitchen. The ones I have in there now are the white build-it-yourself ones from Home-Depot and I hate them.

    Interesting thread!
    Take Care~
    Brandi

  14. Pay off my credit card
    Get new all-seasons (still have my winters on, can't afford new ones yet)
    Finish my basement (this would cost more than what I would have leftover, but it would help get a huge chunk of it done).

  15. Visit my family.
    Get Joe the dental implant he needs.
    Put money in Daniel's account for college
    Pay off debt
    publish my book of IF poetry
    Have the geocoins I want to have minted and sell made.
    Put at least $5,000 away for all the emergencies we seem to have.

    If (big IF) there was any left I'd use it for things we'd like to have for Daniel that we just can't afford.

    I'd rather dream about what I'd do if I won millions in the lottery. Which is another IVF and to set up a fund to pay for them for others.

  16. I would smile and wonder what I did to deserve it. Then I would cry, and wonder why I am crying. After that I would have to say I would do something for myself and then something for family

  17. Get the new vehicle that I have to get within the next 2 months without financing it. My lease is up 7/1.

  18. Sock it away as part of a down payment on a home.

  19. Is this a tax free "what it"? LOL

    I'd take us on a nice family vacation - maybe with grandparents too. Then use the rest for debt.

  20. pay for a year's worth of therapies for my dd without worrying where the money was going to come from to pay for a year's worth of therapies...

    Oh and reupholster the couch - you know the one covered in formula and drool marks and a few crayon marks acquired over the last 3 1/2 years.

  21. I would probably have a lot of fun figuring out the many things I could spend it on (vacation, furniture, kitchen appliances, etc.) -- but in the end, I'd probably pay off my car, start a special needs trust for DD and put the rest in savings. I guess that's my way of having fun with the $$ while being practical at the same time.

    ETA: I admit, I would probably splurge on a massage or a day at the spa soaking in the hot springs. Gotta rejuvenate!

  22. Pay for kids school tuition for sure! And a trip to Israel

  23. I would pay off my credit cards so we can move sooner to our fet Dh just told me this afternoon that we're "scraping by" I feel sort of gulity about that because I'm not working

  24. i would definitely take a chunk and pay it forward. i think the feeling of giving someone $$ who desperately needed it, like in riggs case, would be one of the most amazing feelings in the world..

    ........then i'd blow the rest on a couple more ivfs..

  25. yes I souldn't mind doing another d/e cycle Only problem is..... I'd hve to find an new donar because our friend who already donated is too old for the criteria that the clinic has I'd rather have my friend and if the credit cards were paid off, then I wouldn't have to work

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