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My dumbest purchase....

March 5th, 2008 at 09:02 am

Debt Kid, who I just adore and want to fix up with my hottie niece (if only they lived in the same city), is having a contest. He wants to know about the dumbest purchase you've ever made.

Well, as a compulsive debtor and reformed compulsive shopper, I know all about dumb purchases.

There was the $400 bowling party for Mini Me that I fessed up to yesterday (which was probably more like $500 when all was said and done).

Then there was the $5,000 piano purchased in hopes that one day Mini Me would become Mini Mozart. (Not gonna happen, folks....) The piano is beautiful, though; and works great as a dust and fingerprint catchall in my living room.

Then there was Beauty (not her real name), who I bought while seriously depressed and suffering from a serious physical ailment a few years ago. (I won't reveal the price because I don't want to incite a riot...) She might be cute, but like I said before: she'd eat your face off in a second -- then she'd go poop on the floor just to show you she can. My husband has often said that if she didn't cost so much he would have gotten rid of her by now. His nickname for her: Ka-Ching!

Oh, but the absolute dumbest purchase was the $200 car seat for Beauty. Yes, I succumbed to the thinking that Beauty would only be happy in the car if she could sit in her own little perch and look out the window. Of course, Beauty had other ideas. Instead of sitting obediently in her car seat, she would jump out of the car seat and try to sit with whoever was driving the car. As if that wasn't bad enough, she was strapped into the car seat and would end up choking herself as she dangled halfway out of the dog seat and halfway in the driver's seat. This would then send the driver into a fit of panic, causing said driver to slam on the brakes at inopportune moments (say like when cruising down the highway at 80 miles an hour....). The doggie car seat has since been sold at a garage sale for $1 and Beauty has been banished from the car for life.



(Obviously not a picture of Beauty....)

7 Responses to “My dumbest purchase....”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I bought a car seat for my dog too and she won't stay in it. (I paid less than $20 for it)

  2. compulsive debtor Says:

    At least your "dumb" purchases wasn't as costly as mine....

  3. DebtKid Says:

    Oh dear! I better not get a pet.... : )

  4. compulsive debtor Says:

    You can get a pet, just not an overpriced, onery full-bred frou-frou dog that needs to be pampered ...

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    I went to that link, saw the first response, and I think he already won the contest. Here's what he wrote:

    "I would have to say that, My dumbest purchase ever would have to be Scientology. Over the last ten years I have devoted both time and money to this and I honestly feel dirty about this. I've donated a good amount of cash each year to this and feel that it is by far the dumbest purchase ever in total I have paid more then thirty-six thousand into this"

    I've made lots of dumb purchases, but I don't think I can beat him. Big Grin

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Treadmill. Bought it (on store credit) for $1000 when I was 24, hardly ever used it, had to pay $200 to move it because I couldn't do it myself, hardly ever used it in my tiny new apartment, sold it the next time I moved for $200. Don't even know when I officially paid for the stupid thing since I rolled that stupid debt in with some other stupid debts (snowballing, but not in the good way).

  7. compulsive debtor Says:

    Ah, but did you read the whole post, BA? Debt Kids doing a random drawing to determine the winner, so there's still hope for me and my doggie car seat.....

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