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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Mostly impulses seem to fall into the second category, so if you can ride out that initial urge, perspective takes care of the rest.

    Maybe that's why my after-hours support from home is *still* being done at 33.6k on a P-100, I dunno... or maybe just my impluses happen on things other than technology.

    Other "money eaters":
    Credit card interest: avoid at all cost. At least with a car loan or a house loan you have something tangible to show for the expense (and possibly a tax break).

    Kids: But worth it IMHO. YMMV, of course.

    Pets: See kids. Note my current $200 vet bill
    for the dog's UTI, plus $120 for heartworm and tick prevention meds. Guess that's *my* impulse spending for the month :-)

    Dining out: Expensive, no return on investment.

    Jon
    • I should clarify. I don't have a huge impulse buying problem. I probably bought more DVDs than I needed over the past year and I like to go book shopping, but I never made big ticket impulse buys (computers, stereo equipment).

      Now, my wife and I are on a more strict path, with less eating out (which was a big money waster for us). And last month, the first month we started being strict, we agreed to spend absolutely no money on non-food/rent/gas things, so no clothes, movies, concerts, etc. We did keep