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What would you do with $10,000?

Postby emceng » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:41 pm UTC

What would you do with $10,000? There was a thread asking what people would do with an infinite amount of cash. I want to know more practical ideas. What would you really do if you had a moderately large sum of cash and no obligation as to what to do with it.

I also want to avoid lame answers - no paying off your debt, giving it to charity, or lending out to someone. Investments are acceptable, but borderline.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:42 pm UTC

Convert it to English Sterling for ease of use.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Bobber » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:46 pm UTC

I can't tell if this thread will die off with twenty-something posts or turn into one of those five page threads where the vast majority of posters only post what they would do with that amount of cash and not really read the rest of it.

But I would spend my money on some clothes, some computer parts and some books. The rest I would use to visit my friends in Florida.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby rigwarl » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:48 pm UTC

wait what, giving it to charity is lame? :(

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Peter Galbavy » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:16 pm UTC

"Borrowed" from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151804/quotes?qt0386866:

Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do, man: two chicks at the same time, man.
Peter Gibbons: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up, too; 'cause chicks dig dudes with money.
Peter Gibbons: Well, not all chicks.
Lawrence: Well, the type of chicks that'd double up on a dude like me do.
Peter Gibbons: Good point.
Lawrence: Well, what about you now? what would you do?
Peter Gibbons: Besides two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Well, yeah.
Peter Gibbons: Nothing.
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter Gibbons: I would relax... I would sit on my ass all day... I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well, you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he's broke, don't do shit.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby brakos82 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:18 pm UTC

I'd hit the road and drive around endlessly. See ya in a couple months. 8)
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby DesperatMezures » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:24 pm UTC

I'd probably do something along the same lines. I think seeing the world could be easily done with 10,000 dollars, and I think it'd be worth it. When I think about it, there's only really been about 2 countries I've really experienced, including the US.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Paranoid__Android » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:13 pm UTC

I'd cycle round the world.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby thicknavyrain » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:29 pm UTC

rigwarl wrote:wait what, giving it to charity is lame? :(


That's what I was thinking. Giving it to charity would not be lame, it'd be a big ol' "Fuck you" to lots of things I hate and help out on lots of things I like.

But if we're not rolling with that I'd by 1/10 of your love.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Fat Zombie » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:34 pm UTC

In times like these, I remember a piece of wisdom extolled by the venerable Armando Ianucci:

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:47 pm UTC

I'd devote a year or two to my own hobbies. Or pay off some student loans.

I rarely donate to charities, as they never seem to be able to demonstrate that they actually contribute to a long-term solution to whatever problem they're fighting, as opposed to merely hiding the symptoms. Give a man a fish, and all that.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby lulzfish » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:53 pm UTC

http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-s-order.php
I'd probably have to kick in some of my own money for tax, but $10,000 would cover the base cost for one of those. :D

But since I don't have my driver's license yet, much less motorbike license, I'd put it in a Certificate of Deposit or something, until I graduate college and get the right licensing. Then the interest should pay for the tax, too, and maybe a helmet.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby emceng » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:35 pm UTC

thicknavyrain wrote:
rigwarl wrote:wait what, giving it to charity is lame? :(


That's what I was thinking. Giving it to charity would not be lame, it'd be a big ol' "Fuck you" to lots of things I hate and help out on lots of things I like.

But if we're not rolling with that I'd by 1/10 of your love.


My point is more that no one here, if they had $10k given to them tax free all of a sudden, would hand all of that money over to a charity. Ignoring outliers, that money would represent 10-300% of the yearly income of anyone on this forum. A few people might donate a portion of it, but not all of it. I was looking for ideas as to what people would do with the money. I was not asking for pretend altruism.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Dasboard » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:44 pm UTC

I would use it to afford my college.

Edit: This is not paying off debts! This is preventing debts.

But if I won't be allowed to do something usefull with it, I think I'll use to get a piano and piano lessons. An expensive piano. A pretty piano... *dreams*
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby IronyandParadox » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:23 pm UTC

*sigh* No lame things like paying off debts? Unfortunately, that's kinda practical. I'd love to help out my financially-pinched boyfriend until he finds a better job. I'd feel guilty if I didn't use it for my education or things I'll need in the future (shelter, food, etc.).

But, well, if we have to use it on things like motorcycles and yachts...guilt be damned, I'm buying me some flying lessons. And travel. And books.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Yakk » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:42 pm UTC

10 grand? And I cannot pay off debts with it?

The kitchen. Or maybe hire someone to help with the basement.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Ixtellor » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:44 pm UTC

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:54 pm UTC

emceng wrote:My point is more that no one here, if they had $10k given to them tax free all of a sudden, would hand all of that money over to a charity. Ignoring outliers, that money would represent 10-300% of the yearly income of anyone on this forum. A few people might donate a portion of it, but not all of it. I was looking for ideas as to what people would do with the money. I was not asking for pretend altruism.
.. actually, there are people here who, even if it did represent 50% of their yearly income, would donate it to a charity.

For serious.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby lulzfish » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:03 pm UTC

I think what OP meant was "no stock answers, try to be original."

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Ixtellor » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:08 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:actually, there are people here who, even if it did represent 50% of their yearly income, would donate it to a charity.


My charitable donations have gone way down. I was surprised when I did my taxes this year and didn't have much to report.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Zohar » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:12 pm UTC

I would use it to fly to Japan and stay there. Let's see... 1500$ flight, about 100$ per day (if I'm living well), so that means about 2.5 months there. Whee!
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Zeroignite » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:30 pm UTC

Absolute first order of business is to go forth an deliver hugs to all of these people that deserve them, but the delivery of which is typically impeded by many megameters of distance.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:37 pm UTC

Alaskan cruise with my family, and landscaping / setting up the garden for high production.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

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I'd pay off my overdraft, buy a half decent second hand car (I'm torn between a TDI 200 Range Rover and a Volvo V70 estate), Insure it and whack the rest in my savings to let me go on a nice holiday once I finish my masters.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby azrathud » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:16 am UTC

I would buy a top of the line gaming rig with 2 - 3 monitors for Dwarf Fortress of course. Also, I would not pirate stuff as much.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby kernelpanic » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:39 am UTC

Depends. If I earned it by working, I'd spend it on myself (an awesome super-duper-mega dual octo-core CPU computer), but if I won it on lottery, I'd give it to people I know could really use it.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Gopher of Pern » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:42 am UTC

Spend it on the wedding, fix my car up, probably buy a new computer plus games. Keep the rest for the honeymoon.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:51 am UTC

Treating this as "spend $10K on new shit" I'd, uh . . . hmm. There's a couple lenses I'd like that would knock off a couple thousand. I need a new laptop, that might take another thousand. The remaining $7k or so . . . traveling, I guess. Roadtrip across the continent for me and maybe my SSO*?

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

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What would I do with 10 Grand? Arizona, here I come.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Sungura » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:16 am UTC

I would travel and see EVERY country on my list:
Australia
New Zealand
Palau
Israel
Germany
England
Scotland
Ireland

Now, luckily, most of those places I know forumites there or have irl friends who have moved there, and prettymuch have offers of places to stay in almost each of those countries, so the $10,000 could stretch very far. I would probably try to make it last 4-6 months of travel.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Ivora » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:19 am UTC

Should cover 25% of the money I owe. :?

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby joe1996 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:33 am UTC

Go on a 2 month snowboarding trip, and shred everday like it's my last day on Earth.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Eseell » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:34 am UTC

I've been pricing out new home network gear which would run me around $10,000, so I would buy that. Something along the lines of: Cisco 2811 router, at least a pair of Cisco 2960G switches, Cisco Aironet 1252 WAP, multi-mode fiber run throughout the house, a nice NAS with RAID6, console server, TACACS/RADIUS/802.1x server, the works. I've always wanted to have a (more) ridiculously over-engineered home network.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:47 am UTC

kernelpanic wrote:Depends.

Damn. That'd buy a lot!

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:04 am UTC

I'd take about $4k of it and my husband and I would go on an amazing trip. To Greece. Or Costa Rica. Or Australia. Or Eastern Europe. I don't care. I just want an amazing trip.

The other $6k would go right into savings, and hopefully, within 18 months or so, would join the rest of the money we have in savings to be a down payment on our first house.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Chicostick » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:04 am UTC

Hmm well I have a few ideas, both conservative and wacky.

Conservative:

--Pay for college.
--Sell my car and buy a new one, because mine is rather... aged.
--Finally get a decent desktop PC like I've always wanted
--Vacation out West and ski at Snowbasin
--Over the summer finally start a restoration project on my dad's old MG Midget and get it in working order (should take less than 10,000)
--Buy a small sunfish sailboat for use on the lake nearish my house.
--Invest it.

Wacky:

--Rent the services of a group of little people, have them dress up as oompa loompas, buy all the clothes necessary for a Willie Wonka outfit, and run around a large city handing out chocolate for kicks.
--Buy a hot air balloon, redecorate it to look steampunk, then land it in the center of my college campus dressed as a 1920's businessman.
--Have a large statue in my likeness created.
--Hire Morgan Freeman to do the message on my voicemail/answering machine.
--Buy thousands of small plastic balls and ball-pit the library overnight.
--Hire a sled dog team and then create a sled that can be used on asphalt. Proceed to head to Miami or possibly San Fransisco or any other very warm city and travel around the place, dressed as an explorer from the 1800's.


I'm sure there are more I've thought of before, I just can't remember them now...

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby apricity » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:15 am UTC

I would buy a full/queen bed (~$500), a new laptop (~$1200), a nice used car (~$5000), and a new phone (~$100), all things that I've been really wanting and unable to comfortably afford. I'd put the rest into savings, to replenish what I borrowed from it last year when I was jobless.
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Sandry » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:32 am UTC

In dreamland:
I would take a month hiatus from my job, take some sewing lessons, get a really good sewing machine and a serger and whatever else I'd need, buy AMAZING fabrics and accessories and make the most goddamned badass steampunk costumage ever. Then rinse and repeat with all the other clothing projects I've wanted to do - swirly skirts and amazing dresses and sweeping sleeves and floor length vests and all kinds of fun craziness.

In reality:
Either put it toward purchasing a house, or use it to financially straighten myself on a few things.

Thing is, though? I probably could come up with this much money right now. If not 10k, then 8k, anyhow. In terms of what to do with it, really I feel it's just "don't spend it, so that should crap descend from the heavens, you won't be screwed and you won't ever be living with your parents again. EVER."
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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby Hawknc » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:45 am UTC

Screw the OP, I'd pay down my debts. I know they say money can't buy happiness, but it can repay debts, which is basically the same thing.

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Re: What would you do with $10,000?

Postby poxic » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:02 am UTC

^ Like that guy said. 10K off my mortgage will probably translate into being mortgage-free a year or two earlier than planned. w00t!

Or less boringly, a fab new synth keyboard like maybe one of these. Some home recording/messing-about gear, starting with a dedicated Mac, would be sweetness incarnate. Or maybe a used Smart car, something tiny and cheap to run that can get me around town in the rain better than my feet can.
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