Today, Mr. 1500 writes an Ask the Reader with a twist. Today’s question is directed to one person, his boss.
First, I must address last week’s pressing question, What makes you feel financially guilty? Even before that, Mr. 1500 has a special announcement.
Ladies, I was absolutely devastated to learn how much bras cost. I thought Mrs. 1500 was off the hook paying $33 for one. Then, I learned that many of you pay much, much more. The boobie tyranny ends now.
I’ve been working all week on a bra that won’t break the bank and today, I’m proud to show you the first fruits of my labor. Today, I introduce the Double Duty Budget Boobie:
The Double Duty Budget Boobie is made of only the highest quality materials, including the finest duct tape money can buy. The innovation doesn’t stop there though. This bra features a unique, bungee cord fastening system. That’s right ladies, no more fidgeting with those pesky hooks. You can get this baby on and off in seconds.
The most innovative bra in decades
How much would you pay for style and innovation like this? And really ladies, this bra is art as much as it is support. I’ll bet you’re all thinking $100! Maybe even $150. Nope. I’m proud to bring you the Double Duty Budget Boobie for the low, low price of $9.95. (Mrs. 1500 note: I have contributed 0% to this “invention” of his. In no way do I endorse this product.”)
I know what you’re all thinking:
“How can I get my hands on this!?!?!? I need it now!”
The wait is almost over. Mrs. 1500 is doing some final testing on the prototype. More news soon. (Mrs. 1500 note: I’m not doing any testing of any type for this product.)
Wow, lots of you had comments about this topic. Many of you feel financially guilty when you go out to restaurants. Yeah, me too. TMM from The Mini Millionaire recently went to a craft fair and took all craft items for sale, but left lunch at home and had to run out and buy it from a restaurant. I’ve done similar…
Fervent Finance buys lunch all too often. He says he prefers deli sandwiches to leftovers. I get that, too. I used to be so anti-leftovers. A compromise there could be to make your own deli sandwiches…
Ali from Anything You Want enjoys the dining experience, but then wonders how that money could have been better spent.
Bryan from Just One More Year also enjoys the experience but felt guilty. He said once he doubled his meal budget he no longer feels that way. Maybe I need to double my clothing budget…
Done by Forty also spends too much on food, and that budget negative carries forward every month. Maybe he doesn’t allot enough for food in the first place? He says it could be eliminated, so maybe that is the source of the guilt.
David from The Debt Free Guys says they also spend too much on food. They try to lower the expense by using Groupons but not always. I hear you… I end up buying the Groupon and then it expires. Sigh. We have had to stop buying them altogether, or when a spectacular deal pops up, we make plans to go before we buy.
Many of you were surprised that I could find a well-fitting bra for such a low price. Reader Tara has friends who regularly pay $150 for a bra. Reader Amy didn’t say how much she spent, but she also recently won the supportive-undergarment lottery and found two that fit.(Reader Matt W. “…almost spit out my morning coffee while reading “I went back to the rack” in the context of bra shopping. Maybe a man thing. …” Yeah, I definitely didn’t see that when I wrote it.)
Hannah from Unplanned Finance is fine with spending money for undergarments as they do double duty – important for both her and her sex life. Sigh, mine aren’t even pretty. Just functional…
Leigh from Leigh’s Financial Journey spends $75 on a bra. Frankie’s Girl also spends about that much per bra. Maybe I should reword this post – “look how much I saved on bras?”
I started writing this yesterday. We went outside to work in the yard before it got too hot (outside temps are still hitting 90 every day here in Colorado despite being almost October…) and while we were outside, a neighbor came over to talk with us. Mr. 1500 got to talking with him about the neighbor’s motorcycle. Mr. 1500 wants one for himself, but cannot justify the purchase, as he works from home and therefore has no place to drive it.
So having a motorcycle makes him feel financially guilty. I wanted to share that with all of you, so you know, even if he didn’t comment on last week’s post.
Mr. 1500 note: I love motorcycles. There is nothing like leaning into a fun turn at healthy (unhealthy?) speed. I just don’t have any good justification for one. Perhaps in retirement when my time is free, I’ll get one to cruise around the mountains in the summer. It would be fun to take on hiking adventures.
Mrs. 1500 note: Get the bike!
And with that, I turn it over to him, so he can ask this week’s question…
Have I been discovered?