February 13, 2009


You know that 1% retail gain in January? I think that was my husband and I. Since my husband is having two deployment years in a row, and since the stock market is in the toilet, there's no sense in hiding money in Roths or TSP. So we've been spending it like it's going out of style. My husband got a bunch of stuff that he needs for SERE and for the next deployment (He's an "operator" now, which apparently means he needs a bunch of stuff that the Army won't provide.) I decided to live in the now by doing two things I've wanted to do for a while: I bought an elliptical machine to make good on my promise to start exercising, and I bought a plane ticket to go visit CaliValleyGirl and finally meet her baby.

Spending is kinda fun; no wonder other people do it so often.


I said to my husband, "Oh, I also should've put that we paid off our car." And he joked in a cartoonish announcer voice, "Freeing up capital for someone else!" Heh. We're doing what we can to help the ecominy.

Posted by Sarah at February 13, 2009 08:40 PM | TrackBack

Yeah, we're talking about spending a little too. Maybe we should replace the appliances while they are still in business and making them. Everything we have is over ten years old. Time to get that old economy moving again!

Posted by: Ruth H at February 13, 2009 10:42 PM

As Sarah knows, I'm doing my part by buying boxes and boxes of Girl Scout cookies!

Posted by: Amritas at February 14, 2009 01:15 AM

You and me both Sarah! I'm spending like there's no tomorrow.

Big screen tv last week. Next week? Living room furniture. Then....it's on to the next room.

Oh, and they ordered the company car and that arrives next week.

I'm thinkin' that 1% gain came our two homes! ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at February 14, 2009 11:28 AM

I still haven't bought the pistol She told me I could get when I made Staff Sergeant... Hmmm... You're inspirational.


Posted by: Sig at February 14, 2009 12:16 PM

Good for you! The elliptical machine sounds neat & I'd much rather have one at the house than at the Y b/c I rarely go visit the one at the Y! :)

Glad you're going visiting too! That's cool. :)

Posted by: Guard Wife at February 14, 2009 03:31 PM

That's basically what we said... there isn't a decent place to invest, so lets just spend it.
Replaced the only appliance that didn't die during deployment (range), and a few other things :)

Posted by: Susan at February 14, 2009 08:05 PM

Amen! Replace and stock up on stuff that doesn't depend on a paper dollar holding its worth, LOL - clothes, food, fixes, etc. Not a bad idea to save up some $ after that, either, though, just in case it's still worth something once Congress is done "helping"...

Hubby asked me what we should spend our "stimulus money" on if we get any, and I answered him with one word: "Ammunition." No sense in having the government steal other people's money if you don't make good use of it...

Posted by: kannie at February 16, 2009 03:59 PM