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Visits with the kids and car vacations. Despite gasoline recently doubling, we haven’t put off any major car trips – these are at the top of retirement life’s priorities.
Soon everything will be twice the price…
Season tickets for live theatre and fresh produce, especially berries. Both are worth having to cut back on other expenses.
First off, it’d be so hard for me to keep buying anything if it were twice the price. I’m awful when it comes to anchoring to an initial price!
A quality used car might fit the list. I have purchased pre-owned vehicles off Craigslist a few times, and all have been good experiences. My target buy price is about $5k.
If I could have high confidence the ‘new car’ would last me 10+ years with safety and minimal non-routine maintenance, I might do it. Of course, I want to pay the market price and no higher 🙂
Another good one is the cost of an additional AAA membership when there is an existing family plan. It’s very affordable with good benefits.
It’s a cliche, and I always try to figure out how do to something in a cost-effective way, but there are family vacations that I would still cherish the memories of, even if they had been twice the cost.
I got a lifetime admission to the National Parks for $80 I believe. I think I just missed the deadline for it when it was $20. I’m assuming the extra $60 went to support our parks so I actually told my wife I was happy we paid more.
I always have trouble putting buy and happily in the same sentence. I go to extremes. If my K-Cups are not on sale, I’ll wait until they are to buy, I’m not paying a dollar a cup for coffee I make myself. On the other hand, I happily pay for a great experience. A few years ago I checked off a bucket list item with a cruise in the Queen Mary 2 that cost as much as our first house…and it wasn’t worth the price.
Dog toys. I can never have too many of them for our four dogs.