Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today.
So Mr. 1500 and I flew to Florida last weekend to watch the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting with Mr. and Mrs. PoP from Planting our Pennies, Bryan from Income Surfer and Brian from Grumpy Goat Coffee. (Because we’re all dorks.)
But before I ask you about today’s question – and how I came up with it – let’s hear from Mr. 1500 and the answers from a question posed two weeks ago, How did you discover the FI movement?
I’d just worked out the pending arrival of my second kid meant my existing financial plan wasn’t going to scale.
Around the same time I heard JD Roth on some random podcast I had stumbled onto while searching for details on fixing a broken client website hosted on Bluehost. From memory I’d googled bluehost web hosting and landed on one of those awful “this is how you set up a personal finance blog in 5 minutes” posts.
I gave it a listen, figured most of the “get rich from blogging” stuff the host was blathering on about was bullsh*t, but couldn’t so easily dismiss JD’s message.
Researching that led me to the usual suspects: MMM, Jim Collins, AffordAnything. I’m not a fan of minimalism myself, but the rest of what they discussed held up pretty well to scrutiny.
A few years on I’m FI myself.
Like most of us, Reader Adam was led to the light by MMM:
I was lying outside on the swing seat reading on my iPad, and somehow found MMM… possibly from a FB link. It was like a bolt of lightning (or a punch in the face). One of those moments where you know the world just changed and won’t be the same again.
I discovered the FI movement this past fall. I stumbled on a Frugalwoods post and went deep, deep, deep into the archives and read everything on the site. It was a huge lightbulb moment for me. I’ve never been a big spender, but it was like I had permission to stop spending on the things I didn’t care about, and start setting ambitious goals.
Joe from Retire by 40:
I discovered ER through Jacob at Early Retirement Extreme. This was around 2010. My job was getting really stressful and I hated it. I was thinking about getting a new job, but Jacob gave me another option.
And now on to this week’s question…
Ask the Readers: What would you still do if money was no exception?
Our local airport has super-expensive on-site parking, not-so-expensive off-site parking, and even-less-expensive-yet-somehow-closer parking. We chose option 3.
All options come with shuttle service to the airport. Our choice offers Valet service, covered parking and uncovered parking. Of course, these are listed in order of expense.
If I’m already not parking at the airport, why would I pay valet rates? That seems silly.
In addition to the myriad extras our parking lot offers, Valet service will give you their number so you can text them when you land, and they will have your car waiting for you so you don’t even have to wait while they retrieve it from what I can only assume is a very uncluttered lot.
(You can also have them wash your car, inside and out, starting at $20 and going all the way up to $155 for the ultra-super-deluxe SUV cleaning. We declined, because our vehicle is currently part of a scientific dirt experiment to see how long dirt can stick to the exterior of a vehicle. We’re at 7 years and counting…)
As we pulled into the lot, Mr. 1500 and I had a lively conversation about why anyone would choose the valet service, and he remembered seeing the sign on his last trip, offering the texting service. He said, “If I had 10 million dollars, I wouldn’t use the valet service.”
So naturally, I thought of you, my lovely readers.
What would you STILL not do, even if you had unlimited funds? What is such a ridiculous thing that you would not partake, even though money was no object?
Mr. 1500 note: Jeff Spicoli speaks for me:
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