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Registered: 12-31-2010
Thu, 02-21-2013 - 4:24pm

Jen started it, but I have been thinking it.  I have such a list in my head of "I wants" it is keeping me up at night.  These are not things "I need" in order to live, but things I would like that if I had more money right now, I would try to get.  I figured if I get it out of me, I will be able to sleep a bit better.  Some are things I want for my business, kind of investments in my business to make it easier, but it takes money.  Then I have a list of things I personally want.

SO what are YOUR WANTS???


Business wants:

  •  - 2 new (or new/used) chairs for the conference table in my office ($200)
  •  - A new ultrabook with touch screen that flips so I can to client proposals outside my office ($1200 with warantee)
  • - 3 Marketing initiatives, one for each upcoming quarter ($2500 each)
  • - Training classes to further specialize my practice: B, C and D (I bought A already) which are $450 each and include certification testing

Personal Wants:

  • -Blinds in kitchen and sunroom
  • -Bathroom Makeover (new tile shower, new medicine cabinets, sink, counter and top, all tile, paint, etc.
  • -Kitchen makeover
  • -Basement finished
  • -New Landscaping
  • - Wardrobe makeover (some new power suits)
  • - Gym membership back


Ahh if I only had the funds!!



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Registered: 10-02-2011
In reply to: poorboy2011
Wed, 02-27-2013 - 1:02am

galstorelady wrote:
I have alwayssss wanted a Jag PB!

Why do you want a Jag, Karen? Some of the items on my list are childhood nostalgia -- things I had and will likely never have again. Perhaps properly speaking it was my family that had them. Why is it that I want things I had in childhood? My siblings aren't the same way.

I definitely want the kitty kat on the hood, though!

Jags were high maintenance. I don't know about these days. Now I'd be happy with a reliable, gas-saving Honda Civic. Mazda 3 isn't bad either, and it's a very agile, nimble car. But when I drive a car like that I tend to get the traffic finger a lot.

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 3:01pm

PB -

I was looking at the items such as the Jag, airplane and sailboat as ultimately optimistic.  Not health and children!

I sit with people every day and we talk about where they are not (usually retired or about to) and what their dreams were in the past.  Many will not be able to retire.  More are afraid of outliving their money.  IF they had it to do again, they would have foregone some of the "toys" and had more savings.

I think it does take more than luck to achieve things. Luck and connections only go so far, after that you have to bring it to the party or you are not invited back. 

When we talk about goals, we put them on paper and make a plan to achieve them.  A goal becomes a plan, and plans have contingencies as well.

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Sun, 02-24-2013 - 2:33pm

I'll play.

I have alwayssss wanted a Jag PB!

Business 2 x new coolers $4000, New A/C $3000

Personal: A NEW HOUSE!!, and hubby wants a new bob cat and a new mower. Too much money to list. But for our current house, new doors front and back, new kitchen floor, new paint and tub surround for one bedroom, and new light fixtures for at least 4 spots,  and new living room curtains.

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Registered: 07-24-2001
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 7:12pm

oh fun!  

I WANT (in no particular order)

- A new netbook (my current one is slow and glitchy)

- A tablet for hubby (though I think his employer could get this for him)

- TV (since our large screen is being very tempermental - though if it ever actually completely dies, I'll just use my small screen from the bedroom)

- new microwave (it doesn't always work)

- new dishwasher (it's never really worked right ever)

- vision appointment for Hubby and new glasses if he needs them

- Medical checkup for both of us 

- more life insurance for hubby

- $400 worth of dental work for myself

- a snow scraper for the roofs

- a 5 subject notebook

- cat litter

- new lines (ropes) for the 15 ft sailboat (surprisingly expensive)

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Registered: 07-27-2009
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 5:32pm

Oooh, I like this idea. Even though they are just wants, it will give us all a little push to strive for the things we all would like. I have so many!


Personal Wants:

A new position that truly takes into account my experience and qualifications.

Finish my MBA by December 2013


House Repair Want List:

Paint the exterior of house (on the list for this spring/summer)

New outside light fixtures

Fans in all of the bedrooms

Tuck point foundation blocks

Insulate the crawl space

New trim throughout the entire house

Renovate BOTH bathrooms

Add a true laundry room where the back porch is currently

Add on a new kitchen. Our current kitchen is 6 x 10 and is a one butt kitchen

French doors to the back yard

Fence in the back yard

Add a nice large deck

New siding

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 4:03pm

used to post most often, but mostly lurk now, but had to bite at this post as we are in a major upheavel at our house right now.  So:

My needs:  Nothing major actually other than the mental health of my husband who has been struggling lately with his PTSD

My wants:

To not have the insurance company total my teenager's car out after her accident yestserday, i do NOT want to go car shopping again!

I want to move back closer to my parents and in-laws in Michigan and have my kids be around them much more often

I want to buy a house there with a bigger down payment and less of a mortgage payment than I have now and even if its a fixer upper, have the time and energy to be able to enjoy renovating it.

I want to start working part time from home for my old boss and also concentrate my efforts on DH's business

I want my daughter going off to college next year to have a wonderful experience and not go too deeply into debt doing it.

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Registered: 10-01-2008
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 2:58pm

We need:  

A new deck, ours is 31 yrs. old.  But it will have to do a little longer.  i don't think it's dangerous.  It looks a little shabby but I don't think I'm going to waste time & energy painting it again.  Maybe another pressure washing, LOL, if that won't make it collaspe.

We need insulation in the attic. Electric bills have been terrible this winter.

I need the leak fixed in my shower/bathtub.  Been meaning to have this done, just never seem to have the extra money for the plumber.  

The cedar siding needs the woodpecker holes repaired more professionally. We've patched but it doesn't look the best.  


DH & I are both loosing weight.  He's lost 35 lbs. and I've lost 10 lbs.  We'll soon be wanting new pants.  LOL, DH only has one hole left is his belt!!!

I want this next year over with!!!   PERIOD!

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In reply to: poorboy2011
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:02pm

marketingvirgo wrote:
<p>PB's list was really wonderful!!  Remember when we all had dreams like that we thought were totally within reach??  Gotta love optimism and we need more of it.</p>

Having good health is not within reach for me? I'm being optimistic wantng a partner and kids? What are you, a clairvoyant, God or the devil? Guys & girls, I think we'd better start bringing brownie to Marie. You know, just in case. :)

marketingvirgo wrote:
<p>Dee's point was really good and a study was done of Harvard grads, showing the one's who wrote down their goals achieved them - even moreso than students with higher GPAs or more net worth!</p>

I'm a Harvard grad. My writing down of goals hasn't been as magical as the study makes it out to be.

If you can get in to a school like that, GPA usually doesn't say very much about your potential for success. Most people are smart enough and driven enough to get what they want within reason. Whether they can do so, accomplishing their goals, depends on factors that have little to do with the GPA. For us, luck matters more than anything else. Also, in my limited encounters with classmates of known high net worth (people don't exactly walk around declaring themselves to be the heir to this or that fortune, so maybe I've met more than I am aware), GPA doesn't seem to be a big concern for most of them. Guess that's no surprise, hunh?

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 11:54am

This has been kind of fun.

Like most of you, I am pretty happy where I am and paying debt down, getting my kids educated (5 more years), loving my DH and growing my business are my priorities. 

PB's list was really wonderful!!  Remember when we all had dreams like that we thought were totally within reach??  Gotta love optimism and we need more of it.

Dee's point was really good and a study was done of Harvard grads, showing the one's who wrote down their goals achieved them - even moreso than students with higher GPAs or more net worth!  So writing down goals is important.

Bex - my shower stall has mold in the top as well, and DH has caulked a leak at least 5 times.  That bathroom is moving from the want to the need list by next year!

Have a great weekend all! 



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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 11:43am

Dee that is quite inspiring. I was thinking this morning that the "want game" was getting the better of me and that I am going to be strong and totally supress all the "wants" until the debt is all paid and I can pay cash for things.  Your post made me realize that making the "want list" could actually be a great growth exercise for self awareness, what's important to me, and help shape my decisions, etc. I will really consider making a huge list so that I can form my decisions with real knowledge of what I want from life instead of blindly trudging on "until everything is paid" and then not knowing clearly what I want when I get there....I'm still not going to charge things so that I can have them before I can truly afford them, but perhaps I can create a clear vision for what I want.