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Title: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: veronaz on September 10, 2013, 01:30:38 PM
Did you ever spend your hard-earned money on something really dumb then later (maybe even years down the line) ask "What was I thinking?!ö  :-\

Hereĺs my confession:
In 1991 the morning radio station I listened to had a popular ôpsychicö as a guest.  People were calling in (supposedly) and she was telling them amazing things about their past, and also predicting things which would happen in the future.  They gave a number your could call to meet with the woman at a (nice) hotel for a 30 minute consultation.  I called and made an appointment ľ the fee was $90.

As I think back, it was such baloney.  Nothing she said came true, but I dunno, maybe she was telling me things I really wanted to happen.  By the way, I checked and today that $90 would be $154.00.  Wasted.  Gulp.  :-[

I remember telling my older brother about it but I didn't tell him how much I paid.  He was laughing too hard about me even calling to make an appointment.   ;D
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: RebeccainGA on September 10, 2013, 02:23:28 PM
The whole kosher bologna.

DP wanted kosher bologna, uncut, to take to her mom. Kosher, not because mom keeps kosher, but because DP will only eat kosher deli meats (she doesn't trust 'regular' stuff). I tried to talk her into letting me just get a big chunk, but no, she wanted a whole one. I finally capitulated, and spent nearly $100 on a large, uncut, bologna.

We cut a medium sized chunk out of it, and took it to her mom, who dumped it in her freezer and tried to send it home with us the next time we visited - she doesn't eat it anymore, as it upsets her stomach.

This was a year ago. I threw the last of it away this weekend, freezer burnt, when I cleaned out the deep freeze. $100 worth of bologna, and maybe $5 worth was ever eaten. I still can't believe I bought the thing.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: wx4caster on September 10, 2013, 03:03:51 PM
White jeans. What was I thinking? :-[
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Sahaira on September 10, 2013, 03:16:44 PM
Nearly every pair of my 100+ shoe collection. Except the Clarks flip flops, the white crocks (work) and a pair of New Balance sneakers that refuse to die.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 10, 2013, 03:46:20 PM
LED lights from 1saleaday.com.  There were on sale for $10 for a pack of 4, so I bought 4 packs thinking I was soooo smart and could replace all the bulbs in the house with them.  Too bad they were only 20 watts.  We have one in the bathroom that has been on for a little over 2 years now and still going.  It's a nightlight more than anything else.
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Post by: 2littlemonkeys on September 10, 2013, 04:35:04 PM
An Epilady.  I was a poor college student and apparently lighting $40 on fire was too much work.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: daen on September 10, 2013, 04:51:08 PM
An Epilady.  I was a poor college student and apparently lighting $40 on fire was too much work.

Ah, but when you light the $40 on fire, you only have one opportunity to inflict pain on yourself.

With the Epilady, the opportunities for masochism are endless...
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Emmy on September 10, 2013, 04:53:07 PM
I went to a Ren Faire and filled out my name to go into a drawing to win a free trip.  I got a call from a woman saying I 'won' several hotel stays and all I had to do was pay some sort of fee of $800.  This woman was very pushy and high pressure and made it sound like a wonderful opportunity and unfortunately I bought into it and put the money on my credit card.  (I was only 20, barely an adult).  I regretted it soon after and I wanted to back out and filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.  After it was all said and done, I received $400 back and got nothing for the other $400 except a very expensive lesson. 
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: jpcher on September 10, 2013, 04:55:39 PM
I bought into a pyramid scheme to the tune of $1,000. Shhhh. Don't tell anybody. :-[ ::) :'(
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: veronaz on September 10, 2013, 05:45:01 PM
Thought of another one:  A yearĺs membership to a fancy health spa.  A friend took me as a guest and I ended up signing a contract.  I was a pup (early 20s) and barely was making enough to pay rent on a tiny efficiency apt.  .  (I think I went 4 or 5  times to work out and use the Jacuzzi, then enjoy a slushy fruit drink).  I was able to cancel the membership after a few months, but it wasnĺt easy.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: #borecore on September 10, 2013, 05:53:09 PM
A fancy bicycle and equipment (including a "cute" messenger bag that was way too expensive). I made about half the money back after it sat in my closet for a YEAR after I rode it 20 miles on the hottest day of the year (120 degrees), 5x my longest ride up to that point.
I was not built for urban biking! Luckily I made more than 50% back on the bike and 75% on the bag when I moved.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Dazi on September 10, 2013, 06:18:00 PM
At a mere 18 years of age, I got hosed on a car repair for $600.  A male friend had recommended the mechanic and  there were no negative BBB reports on the guy.  The repair in question should not have been more than maybe $200, but I didn't know that.

When friend found out, he went in and ripped the guy a new Donkey's Patoot about ripping off young girls who didn't know a lot about cars.  His antics, in front of a waiting room full of ladies, got me an instant refund of $300.  I'm sure the guy lost most of the waiting ladies business, as well as friend and mine. 

We also had a car repair cost and maintenance lesson for me for several weeks.  Never had a problem since.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: LibraryLady on September 12, 2013, 10:37:05 AM
Great friend to have Dazi!
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: MindsEye on September 12, 2013, 11:43:45 AM
One of those auto-cleaning litter boxes. 

On paper it seemed like a great idea.  In reality, it made the whole litter process much more messy and foul than just scooping a normal litter box was.  Plus it scared the cat.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: LazyDaisy on September 12, 2013, 12:21:21 PM
When I first graduated high school, I thought it would be fun to try being an extra in a movie or TV show -- I knew other people who had done it. So I responded to an ad in the back of a magazine...i can't even remember which one...and mailed in $100 to an "agency" who would get me on the call lists. That money disappeared and I never heard a peep from them. In a way, I got my money's worth in education -- never pay someone to give you a job, that's not how it works.

I tried a second time with a reputable agency that someone recommended and actually went in for a meeting so they could meet me and get a few Polaroids. Didn't have to pay them anything. I remember getting a few calls to show up -- but I hadn't really thought it through about transportation to distant locations and having to be ready at a moments notice. I could never make the calls and thus ended my dream of running from an alien/monster/zombie attack -- it's still on my bucket list though.


Oh and I bought a lint lizard (www.lintlizard.com)...turns out my dryer's lint screen is quite effective after all.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 12, 2013, 12:29:13 PM
My mom and I fell for a sales pitch at a store for one of those permanent lint rollers, where you just wash the crud off and it's sticky again. You basically can use it once, then you have to wash it off with soap and let it dry, and then it's sticky again. So it works in one sense, but the time you have to spend maintaining it and waiting for it to dry completely cancels out the utility. We own it in three sizes.  ::)
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 12, 2013, 01:34:16 PM
An HP pda back in the day. I still have it, and it still works but what a waste of $400.  :-[



Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: LadyJ3000 on September 12, 2013, 01:43:25 PM
 Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Emmy on September 12, 2013, 01:44:03 PM
One of those auto-cleaning litter boxes. 

On paper it seemed like a great idea.  In reality, it made the whole litter process much more messy and foul than just scooping a normal litter box was.  Plus it scared the cat.

I had a friend who had an expensive auto-cleaning box.  I was over when the box was self cleaning and the kitty pooped on the floor.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: poundcake on September 12, 2013, 01:56:05 PM
Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.

Don't EVER be embarrassed about that. Was Jessica Wakefield embarrassed when she pretended she knew who Horowitz was so Suzanne Devlin's hot NYC boyfriend would take her out on a date?
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: veronaz on September 12, 2013, 02:37:05 PM
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In a way, I got my money's worth in education -- never pay someone to give you a job, that's not how it works.

True, and I also paid an employment agency )they did get me a good job).  But this was way back in the day, and it's amazing how common that was.  Sometimes the employer paid, but they didn't like to.  I recall seeing ads in the classified "Girl Friday - Fee paid" or "Will Split Fee".  Aging myself.  ;)
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: jaxsue on September 12, 2013, 02:42:48 PM
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In a way, I got my money's worth in education -- never pay someone to give you a job, that's not how it works.

True, and I also paid an employment agency )they did get me a good job).  But this was way back in the day, and it's amazing how common that was.  Sometimes the employer paid, but they didn't like to.  I recall seeing ads in the classified "Girl Friday - Fee paid" or "Will Split Fee".  Aging myself.  ;)

Yep, true. I was dumb. I had just graduated from college, and was pretty full of myself (who wouldn't want to hire ME!).  ::) I saw an ad from an employment agency for a job that looked good. I got hired, but the money I had to pay...grrrr. And it turns out that the lady from the employment agency had a daughter at the company that hired me...suspicious, much? The job was entry level, so not worth the fee.

I never did that again!
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: veronaz on September 12, 2013, 03:06:41 PM
jaxsue, nah, not dumb.  Just young and naive.....we all have to learn life lessons. :)
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Twirly on September 12, 2013, 04:00:03 PM
Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.

Don't EVER be embarrassed about that. Was Jessica Wakefield embarrassed when she pretended she knew who Horowitz was so Suzanne Devlin's hot NYC boyfriend would take her out on a date?

CRUD MONKEYS! poundcake you just made me laugh like a loon thank you so much for that.

Perhaps you would be interested in the Sweet Valley High book-by-book recap and drinking game...   http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/03/11/spring-break-99-sweet-valley-high-45-50/

ETA - so that's what makes the filter say Crud Monkeys...I've always wondered.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Layla Miller on September 12, 2013, 04:05:13 PM
Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.

Don't EVER be embarrassed about that. Was Jessica Wakefield embarrassed when she pretended she knew who Horowitz was so Suzanne Devlin's hot NYC boyfriend would take her out on a date?

CRUD MONKEYS! poundcake you just made me laugh like a loon thank you so much for that.

Perhaps you would be interested in the Sweet Valley High book-by-book recap and drinking game...   http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/03/11/spring-break-99-sweet-valley-high-45-50/

ETA - so that's what makes the filter say Crud Monkeys...I've always wondered.

There's also this one (http://1bruce1.livejournal.com/)...not that I ever read those books.  Nope.  Not me.  No sir.  ;D
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: heartmug on September 12, 2013, 04:06:29 PM
A high end restaurant that everyone was raving about and I thought DH and I just had to eat there.  Thankfully I only did that once.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: hobish on September 12, 2013, 04:15:20 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Stormtreader on September 13, 2013, 05:28:10 AM
I could never make the calls and thus ended my dream of running from an alien/monster/zombie attack -- it's still on my bucket list though.

Keep your eye on places like Kickstarter - I did "running from aliens" earlier this year because the film "Kaleidoscope Man" needed a free crowd for their city scene and were shooting in my local city. It was a lot of fun!
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Dazi on September 13, 2013, 06:00:32 AM
A high end restaurant that everyone was raving about and I thought DH and I just had to eat there.  Thankfully I only did that once.

Yeah, I've done that one as well....maybe a few times  ::).  IME, The service is typically terrible and the food is always mediocre at best, not to mention, insanely overpriced.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Hillia on September 13, 2013, 08:21:35 AM
Normally when I get a telemarketing phone call, I say, 'No thank you' and hang up immediately.  For some reason, I failed to do this one time and got roped into magazine subscriptions.  When all was said and done, I'm paying $40 a month for 5 magazines; payments go for 2 years but the subscriptions run for 4.  And I didn't win the ski boat. :-(

Once DH and I treated DS and two of our friends to a tapas restaurant that everyone raved about.  $55 per person, plus drinks, and we barely got any meat.  I don't know if it was a slow night and so the manager was holding back, or what, but the waiters with the meat would come out, serve us each a tiny piece (like a McNugget sized piece) then disappear, not to return for 30 minutes.  Refills on the side dishes brought a spoonful of beans or 2 pieces of plantain.  I was not happy.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 13, 2013, 08:39:16 AM
Speaking of restaurants - The Melting Pot. Some friends wanted to try it, so 4 of us, including myself, trotted ourselves off. We got two of the "meals for 2" three courses; cheese and stuff, meat and broth, and then dessert. When it was all said and done, the bill was ridiculous, and the food just decent.  Nothing to write home about.

Of course, I think my judgment was clouded by the fact my one friend blurted out in an email, "oh we can treat Kathy, since its her birthday" - wihtout having any clue how much it would cost. I, however, had looked at the menu, and knew it wasn't cheap. So I think with tip, our share, including Kathy's, came to something like $80 each. so about $250 total. So not worth it, so I've never been back. I have my own fondue pot, and I can make my own for way less.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Miss March on September 13, 2013, 08:42:27 AM
I'm embarrassed I spent money on that treadmill that's gathering dust in the back room. 
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Redneck Gravy on September 13, 2013, 08:54:00 AM
Anything that landed in the "Appliance Graveyard"

Dehydrator
Juicer
Fry Baby
some kind of fold over pocket sandwich maker
Electric Wok
Electric rice cooker

My ex loved all these "cooking" things to same me time & energy in the kitchen.  The juicer and the rice cooker were never taken out of their boxes.  He used the fry baby & sandwich thing - I got to clean them.



 
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 13, 2013, 09:05:59 AM
Anything that landed in the "Appliance Graveyard"

Dehydrator
Juicer
Fry Baby
some kind of fold over pocket sandwich maker
Electric Wok
Electric rice cooker

My ex loved all these "cooking" things to same me time & energy in the kitchen.  The juicer and the rice cooker were never taken out of their boxes.  He used the fry baby & sandwich thing - I got to clean them.

I've had some of these as well. I've found that anything that won't multi-task doesn't come home to my kitchen.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Hillia on September 13, 2013, 09:30:23 AM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say. 
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Post by: LazyDaisy on September 13, 2013, 10:49:27 AM
I could never make the calls and thus ended my dream of running from an alien/monster/zombie attack -- it's still on my bucket list though.

Keep your eye on places like Kickstarter - I did "running from aliens" earlier this year because the film "Kaleidoscope Man" needed a free crowd for their city scene and were shooting in my local city. It was a lot of fun!
Good to know. I had no idea Kickstarter would have calls for movie extras.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: #borecore on September 13, 2013, 11:29:33 AM
I could never make the calls and thus ended my dream of running from an alien/monster/zombie attack -- it's still on my bucket list though.

Keep your eye on places like Kickstarter - I did "running from aliens" earlier this year because the film "Kaleidoscope Man" needed a free crowd for their city scene and were shooting in my local city. It was a lot of fun!
Good to know. I had no idea Kickstarter would have calls for movie extras.

Craigslist also has actor calls (though apparently they're almost all for dirty pictures in the end). My brother took a summer to try his hand at acting, and he had a hard time sorting through them, but got a few extra roles and some speaking parts in things like a TV pilot through CL, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Nothing any of us will ever see, necessarily, but an interesting experience nonetheless.

I like my waffle iron, but I won't be sucked into other single-use appliances. I even sold the cake ball maker and magic bullet people have given me over the years. No space = no need.

I watched my husband get suckered into a "lifetime replacement guarantee" screen protector for his phone. He's actually gotten it replaced once for free already, but now we're in a new city and I'm pretty sure we won't be able to find a vendor at all if he needs another one (though his phone is more likely to be obsolete before he'll need a new screen protector). Luckily, that wasn't a huge expense, so I didn't even attempt to argue with it.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: jaxsue on September 13, 2013, 12:30:57 PM
Speaking of restaurants - The Melting Pot. Some friends wanted to try it, so 4 of us, including myself, trotted ourselves off. We got two of the "meals for 2" three courses; cheese and stuff, meat and broth, and then dessert. When it was all said and done, the bill was ridiculous, and the food just decent.  Nothing to write home about.

Of course, I think my judgment was clouded by the fact my one friend blurted out in an email, "oh we can treat Kathy, since its her birthday" - wihtout having any clue how much it would cost. I, however, had looked at the menu, and knew it wasn't cheap. So I think with tip, our share, including Kathy's, came to something like $80 each. so about $250 total. So not worth it, so I've never been back. I have my own fondue pot, and I can make my own for way less.

I've been there twice (long time ago). Like you, I found it to be underwhelming. Too expensive for not enough food. The second time I went there it was set up by my then-church (don't attend anywhere now). It was a lady's night out, with dessert at the MP. It was $5, not much, but what happened was we each got about 5 pieces of stuff to dip into the pots. Small pieces, like small slices of banana and a marshmallow or 2. Not impressed, and I won't go there again!

Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Missy2U on September 13, 2013, 12:45:18 PM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: LazyDaisy on September 13, 2013, 12:50:57 PM
I could never make the calls and thus ended my dream of running from an alien/monster/zombie attack -- it's still on my bucket list though.

Keep your eye on places like Kickstarter - I did "running from aliens" earlier this year because the film "Kaleidoscope Man" needed a free crowd for their city scene and were shooting in my local city. It was a lot of fun!
Good to know. I had no idea Kickstarter would have calls for movie extras.

Craigslist also has actor calls (though apparently they're almost all for dirty pictures in the end). My brother took a summer to try his hand at acting, and he had a hard time sorting through them, but got a few extra roles and some speaking parts in things like a TV pilot through CL, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Nothing any of us will ever see, necessarily, but an interesting experience nonetheless.

I like my waffle iron, but I won't be sucked into other single-use appliances. I even sold the cake ball maker and magic bullet people have given me over the years. No space = no need.

I watched my husband get suckered into a "lifetime replacement guarantee" screen protector for his phone. He's actually gotten it replaced once for free already, but now we're in a new city and I'm pretty sure we won't be able to find a vendor at all if he needs another one (though his phone is more likely to be obsolete before he'll need a new screen protector). Luckily, that wasn't a huge expense, so I didn't even attempt to argue with it.

I have no desire to be an actress. I just want to be a body in the background of a reputable movie that has a good chance of being seen in theaters. Bonus points if I get to be dead...or undead  >:D 

Back to topic: I'm a sucker for craft and office supplies. I can't even explain my obsession with paper products, especially those expensive ($1 per sheet) fancy scrapbooking papers found at Michael's. I don't even scrapbook and I have a cupboard full of colored, patterned and textured paper squirreled away for some eventual use I haven't determined yet. [Sigh] Once upon a time paper manufacturers would give out free paper sample books to graphic designers and printers, now I have to pay for them.
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Post by: Redneck Gravy on September 13, 2013, 01:05:18 PM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

I LOVE my STUPID THING! 

I got two on a clearance rack for $5 each

I put up all my good Tupperware and let my kids destroy set one and the second one I put in a travel trailer (best $5 ever spent!)

 
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Post by: Missy2U on September 13, 2013, 01:07:19 PM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

I LOVE my STUPID THING! 

I got two on a clearance rack for $5 each

I put up all my good Tupperware and let my kids destroy set one and the second one I put in a travel trailer (best $5 ever spent!)

Now I wish I had saved it - I would have sent it to you!  Along with $5 for getting it out of my house!  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: SamiHami on September 13, 2013, 01:10:17 PM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

I'm glad I read this because I was considering purchasing that very set. Now I know better. Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: staceym on September 13, 2013, 01:12:08 PM
okay I'll confess


Yogi Toes (I think that is what they are called).  things you put on your feet and support to help callus, corns, hammer toes, etc.  All is did was cause me to get some sort of irritaton from sweaty plastic.


Lint Lizard - geez what was I think - hard unbendable plastic that won't fit in your dryer's lint traps



and one that I went :doh: after I left the eye doctor's office.  I just got a new pair of glasses earlier this year and got the antiglare/anti scratch coating..but the thing was, I decided to go with the 2-year warranty.  BUt then I thought, my next eye doctor appointment is in a year, what if I need a new prescription by then  ???
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: poundcake on September 13, 2013, 01:20:34 PM
Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.

Don't EVER be embarrassed about that. Was Jessica Wakefield embarrassed when she pretended she knew who Horowitz was so Suzanne Devlin's hot NYC boyfriend would take her out on a date?

CRUD MONKEYS! poundcake you just made me laugh like a loon thank you so much for that.

Perhaps you would be interested in the Sweet Valley High book-by-book recap and drinking game...   http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/03/11/spring-break-99-sweet-valley-high-45-50/

ETA - so that's what makes the filter say Crud Monkeys...I've always wondered.

FYA and 1Bruce1 are fantastic places to procrastinate!

And I, too, fall prey to kitchen gadgetry. The Magic Bullet was my downfall. I recently replaced it with an immersion blender. Much better.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 13, 2013, 01:41:19 PM
Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.

Don't EVER be embarrassed about that. Was Jessica Wakefield embarrassed when she pretended she knew who Horowitz was so Suzanne Devlin's hot NYC boyfriend would take her out on a date?

CRUD MONKEYS! poundcake you just made me laugh like a loon thank you so much for that.

Perhaps you would be interested in the Sweet Valley High book-by-book recap and drinking game...   http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/03/11/spring-break-99-sweet-valley-high-45-50/

ETA - so that's what makes the filter say Crud Monkeys...I've always wondered.

FYA and 1Bruce1 are fantastic places to procrastinate!

And I, too, fall prey to kitchen gadgetry. The Magic Bullet was my downfall. I recently replaced it with an immersion blender. Much better.

If you know you will use the single use gadget a lot, i say go for it, but if not, save your $$.

i also have an immersiaon blender. LOVE IT>
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Post by: White Dragon on September 13, 2013, 01:41:26 PM
An HP pda back in the day. I still have it, and it still works but what a waste of $400.  :-[

We have two of them...
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Post by: mumma to KMC on September 13, 2013, 02:20:39 PM
jaxsue, nah, not dumb.  Just young and naive.....we all have to learn life lessons. :)

My husband took a job we had to pay for ;) He was desperate for something that wasn't factory work but in the area we were living in, with a Big 10 university, a major hospital system, and a lot of white collar jobs, you had to know someone to get into those jobs. He finally found something and thought it was worth it to pay for the job. He made decent money and we were able to pay for our wedding, but a month after our wedding he came to me and said he could not do another day at that job, as he was being trained the "above board way" followed by the "but the company expects you to do it this way way", so we talked and he quit. He managed to find few other jobs in the area before we just decided to move away and try our luck elsewhere.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 13, 2013, 02:22:04 PM
An HP pda back in the day. I still have it, and it still works but what a waste of $400.  :-[

We have two of them...

I feel better now!

Transitions lenses. Ridiculously expensive, caused my lenses to be static to everything, and don't darken in a car unless it is a convertible. Never again!

I love my immersion blender.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 13, 2013, 02:26:36 PM
I have two year warrenties on my glasses, but even though I get an exam every year, my prescription doesn't change much.

You'll have to pry my vitamix out of my cold dead hands, but I love my magic bullet knockoff.  I got it from Boscovs for $3.  I use it to make personal sized smoothies for breakfast or a snack. 
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on September 13, 2013, 02:26:58 PM
I love my Transitions lenses!  I get frames with a clip on sunglasses clip for in the car but have the lenses darken when I'm out in the garden or blowing snow.  I don't wear mine everyday and never wear them for driving more than just around town, though.  I wear contacts most days and wear my glasses kicking around the house, for the most part.

I'm embarrassed I spent money on a match making service about 8 years ago.  45 and still single - only had 1 introduction that panned out for more than just a first date and it only went to a second date.
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Post by: andi on September 13, 2013, 03:07:16 PM
Sigh -  I bought those stupid pads you stick on your feet to "draw out toxins".  (blush)

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Post by: Missy2U on September 13, 2013, 03:15:38 PM
Sigh -  I bought those stupid pads you stick on your feet to "draw out toxins".  (blush)

Don't blush.  I almost did too until my son saw what I was doing and busted a gut laughing.  Kids - they think they're so smart! 

To his credit, he never brough it up again or told my husband.  :D
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 13, 2013, 03:23:33 PM
^ He needs some of his favorite dessert for saving you money and face!

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Post by: lilfox on September 13, 2013, 03:28:29 PM
I guess it's not embarrassing, exactly, but I have certainly wasted my share of money on body lotions and perfumes over the years.  I just don't wear them and even though I stopped buying lotions at all, I'm still accumulating them via stocking stuffers from well-meaning relatives and hotel lotions that I used once and felt obligated to keep.

My mom got suckered in to the Dead Sea Salt thing from a mall kiosk/pushy vendor - she bought the $$$ kits for herself and me. I did use the cuticle oil once in a while, but yeah, you can get that for way cheaper anywhere else.

She also bought four "Smoothie Makers" off a home shopping network.  She kept one (it broke) and gave one to me (it also broke), and then expected me to give the other two as bridal shower gifts or something (oh, and pay her back for them).  Er, it was a piece of junk blender that basically could ONLY do smoothies due to its design, so no thanks. Also, you could find them at regular home goods stores for cheaper.  I think the last two eventually were donated to Goodwill, unopened.

My worst money management moment was deciding to have my first car's brakes checked out by a chain place - naturally they found all the brakes needed immediately replacement for $$$, and being young and naive, I said Okay.  When I got home (leaving my car behind) and called home, my dad was like, they're charging you WHAT??  I called the place right away to tell them to stop, but of course "they had already started so my car would be unsafe if they tried to put it back together now."  Funny, the guy then offered me a 10% discount for no reason.  I couldn't prove it at the time but I'm pretty sure they didn't do a thing to my brakes since there was no difference in the before and after handling.  An expensive way to learn to ALWAYS get a second (or third) opinion about any repairs.
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Post by: Lynn2000 on September 13, 2013, 03:39:21 PM
When I was younger and spineless I spent money on some of those charities that call you up soliciting funds, and even a door-to-door magazine salesman once. As far as I know none of them was actually a scam, but I felt so dumb for not being able to figure out how to say "No, not doing it, thanks." Multiple times! ::) Now if charities call I say, "I'm sorry, I don't donate over the phone," and I hang up. I have my chosen things I donate to via my chosen method, and that's that.
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Post by: Curious Cat on September 13, 2013, 06:02:20 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)

Sweet Valley High books off eBay. I comfort myself by saying that I am getting them to review for my blog.

Don't EVER be embarrassed about that. Was Jessica Wakefield embarrassed when she pretended she knew who Horowitz was so Suzanne Devlin's hot NYC boyfriend would take her out on a date?

I laughed my butt off reading this - never be ashamed of YA books!
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Post by: oogyda on September 13, 2013, 06:30:26 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)


I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher".  They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers.  Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho. 

I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?
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Post by: Curious Cat on September 13, 2013, 06:34:27 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)


I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher".  They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers.  Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho. 

I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?

I could be using the wrong terminology.  The "special" potatoes always seem to be consistant in size and texture when at the same time the "regular" potatoes might be much smaller and/or have soft spots.
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Post by: oogyda on September 13, 2013, 08:00:14 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)


I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher".  They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers.  Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho. 

I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?

I could be using the wrong terminology.  The "special" potatoes always seem to be consistant in size and texture when at the same time the "regular" potatoes might be much smaller and/or have soft spots.

Potatoes, in particular the russet potatoes that Idaho is famous for, end up varying a great deal in size.  The "baked potato" setting on many microwaves would be for a specific size.  So, maybe they're the ones that are that meet that *standard*?
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Post by: Emmy on September 14, 2013, 07:25:21 AM
When I was younger and spineless I spent money on some of those charities that call you up soliciting funds, and even a door-to-door magazine salesman once. As far as I know none of them was actually a scam, but I felt so dumb for not being able to figure out how to say "No, not doing it, thanks." Multiple times! ::) Now if charities call I say, "I'm sorry, I don't donate over the phone," and I hang up. I have my chosen things I donate to via my chosen method, and that's that.

I had donated to a few of those over the phone charities too when I was young.  Then I started getting phone calls all the time, as often as 2 or 3 times a day asking for money for a charity.  I was so disgusted that I didn't answer my phone if I didn't recognize the number and never gave to those charities again.  I later heard that telemarketing companies keep the vast majority of the profit, although some is given to charity.  After all, the people who harass you during dinner with phone calls have to get paid.

A life lesson for my DD's when they get older would be to expect these calls and expect people to be pushy.  If they get a call soliciting money, say 'no thank you' and 'please take me off your list' as soon as possible.  If the person continues the spiel after this, it is not rude to hang up.

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Post by: exitzero on September 14, 2013, 10:10:11 AM
I bought the entire original series Star Trek on video tape. (One of those deals where they send you 2 tapes every month and charge a ridiculous amount of money. They are still taking up an entire book shelf, most unopened. And I don't have a video player anymore.
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Post by: Corvid on September 14, 2013, 10:46:45 AM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

I LOVE my STUPID THING! 

I got two on a clearance rack for $5 each

I put up all my good Tupperware and let my kids destroy set one and the second one I put in a travel trailer (best $5 ever spent!)

Yeah, I've got that stupid thing and I love it too.  Works very well in my tiny kitchen that has little storage space. It fits perfectly in a cabinet above my refrigerator, it spins so I can get what size I need easily, and the containers generally work well for storing the majority of my leftovers - but then, what's leftover at my house tends to fall into the vegetable/soup/pasta/rice/sauce part of the meal.

Yet another fine example of what is one woman's meat is another woman's poison.
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Post by: stargazer on September 14, 2013, 11:08:50 AM
When I was younger I ended up buying a magazine subscription from a girl doing the hard sell at my door.  I have no idea now why I didn't just turn her away as she even said if she was the top seller or something she got a free trip to Europe.  Why was I subsidizing this with a magazine I didn't even want for $40-50?  Luckily she mentioned the 3 day "change your mind" period even though she asked me not to after she left, I did call and cancel.  So at least I got it right before it cost me any money.
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Post by: jaxsue on September 14, 2013, 11:52:28 AM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

A few years ago someone gave me that for Christmas. I tried to use it, but I just didn't find it to be handy. And I had a small kitchen, so it took up valuable space. IIRC I eventually donated it to a thrift store.
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Post by: jaxsue on September 14, 2013, 11:55:08 AM
Did you ever spend your hard-earned money on something really dumb then later (maybe even years down the line) ask "What was I thinking?!ö  :-\

Hereĺs my confession:
In 1991 the morning radio station I listened to had a popular ôpsychicö as a guest.  People were calling in (supposedly) and she was telling them amazing things about their past, and also predicting things which would happen in the future.  They gave a number your could call to meet with the woman at a (nice) hotel for a 30 minute consultation.  I called and made an appointment ľ the fee was $90.

As I think back, it was such baloney.  Nothing she said came true, but I dunno, maybe she was telling me things I really wanted to happen.  By the way, I checked and today that $90 would be $154.00.  Wasted.  Gulp.  :-[

I remember telling my older brother about it but I didn't tell him how much I paid.  He was laughing too hard about me even calling to make an appointment.   ;D

Don't be too hard on yourself. I'm embarrassed to admit that I consulted a psychic once, a few years ago, when I was going through a really difficult time (divorce, sole caretaker for a son with autism). I am well educated and, I think, somewhat intelligent. We all make mistakes!  :)
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Post by: jaxsue on September 14, 2013, 11:56:04 AM
jaxsue, nah, not dumb.  Just young and naive.....we all have to learn life lessons. :)

I was naive. I wish I knew then what I know now!  :)
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Post by: FauxFoodist on September 14, 2013, 12:13:22 PM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)
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Post by: FauxFoodist on September 14, 2013, 12:16:23 PM
Normally when I get a telemarketing phone call, I say, 'No thank you' and hang up immediately.  For some reason, I failed to do this one time and got roped into magazine subscriptions.  When all was said and done, I'm paying $40 a month for 5 magazines; payments go for 2 years but the subscriptions run for 4.  And I didn't win the ski boat. :-(

Once DH and I treated DS and two of our friends to a tapas restaurant that everyone raved about.  $55 per person, plus drinks, and we barely got any meat.  I don't know if it was a slow night and so the manager was holding back, or what, but the waiters with the meat would come out, serve us each a tiny piece (like a McNugget sized piece) then disappear, not to return for 30 minutes.  Refills on the side dishes brought a spoonful of beans or 2 pieces of plantain.  I was not happy.

Sounds like one of those Brazilian steakhouses?  Sometimes, I find that I have to say, "Please give me more so they can't get away with stuff like that."
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Post by: Dazi on September 14, 2013, 12:34:08 PM
Ginzu steak knives.  :-[
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Post by: Girlie on September 14, 2013, 01:01:19 PM
My most embarrassing item, off the top of my head, was a "specialty" hair straightener from a mall kiosk. I won't say what I paid, but I could have gotten it MUCH cheaper online.

Silly thing is, I knew at the time I was getting ripped off. I just really wanted to do something nice and buy something expensive for myself.

I should have bought jewelry. 
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Post by: exitzero on September 14, 2013, 03:52:00 PM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)
I haven't seen it myself, but I understand Roger Ebert wrote a book full of recipes you can make in a rice cooker.
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Post by: WillyNilly on September 14, 2013, 04:56:03 PM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

I LOVE my STUPID THING! 

I got two on a clearance rack for $5 each

I put up all my good Tupperware and let my kids destroy set one and the second one I put in a travel trailer (best $5 ever spent!)

I too LOVE this thing. I consider it one of the best purchases i have ever made in my whole life in fact. I slowly phased out almost all my other containers (left them at people's homes or other potluck situations when bringing food, etc) and now finally have a neat organized cupboard. Yes it took a while to get use to the idea of storing something like chicken and rice with the chicken breast or whatever vertical in the container, but other then that, its AWESOME. I have recommended it to other people several times.

I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)

I use my rice cooker for all sorts of grains. Quinoa, bulgar wheat, old fashioned oats, etc. There is no rule that you can only use rice in it, any grain works IME.
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Post by: jpcher on September 14, 2013, 05:36:24 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)


I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher".  They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers.  Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho. 

I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?

I could be using the wrong terminology.  The "special" potatoes always seem to be consistant in size and texture when at the same time the "regular" potatoes might be much smaller and/or have soft spots.

Potatoes, in particular the russet potatoes that Idaho is famous for, end up varying a great deal in size.  The "baked potato" setting on many microwaves would be for a specific size.  So, maybe they're the ones that are that meet that *standard*?


I'm betting that the "special potatoes" that hobish is talking about are the ones that are individually wrapped in plastic.

They are the standard russet baking potatoes and, if you look at the basket in the store, they are all pretty much the same size. This is a "must" for these special potatoes because the cooking instructions on the plastic wrap says "Microwave for 7-8 minutes." They are all medium-sized, perfect for an individual serving.

The potatoes are clean, no need to wash. Simply pop the wrapped potato in the microwave. Seven minutes later, there's a wonderfully steamed baked potato.

The ones at my grocery store are 68 cents each. I have two of them on my counter. ;)

Yes. Any potato can be "baked" in a microwave.

The pre-wrapped "special potatoes" are so convenient for a one person quick meal (I usually steam some veggies at the same time) and they seem to last longer (storage-wise) because they are sealed.

I love my "special potatoes!"


hobish -- If I'm right about your special potatoes being the individually wrapped kind, please don't be embarrassed about buying them! Otherwise I'll need to go into a corner somewhere and hide because I buy them often!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 14, 2013, 06:06:22 PM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

I LOVE my STUPID THING! 

I got two on a clearance rack for $5 each

I put up all my good Tupperware and let my kids destroy set one and the second one I put in a travel trailer (best $5 ever spent!)

I too LOVE this thing. I consider it one of the best purchases i have ever made in my whole life in fact. I slowly phased out almost all my other containers (left them at people's homes or other potluck situations when bringing food, etc) and now finally have a neat organized cupboard. Yes it took a while to get use to the idea of storing something like chicken and rice with the chicken breast or whatever vertical in the container, but other then that, its AWESOME. I have recommended it to other people several times.

I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)

I use my rice cooker for all sorts of grains. Quinoa, bulgar wheat, old fashioned oats, etc. There is no rule that you can only use rice in it, any grain works IME.

I've been waffling about buying a rice cooker for this very reason.  I assumed that it was only good at cooking rice not other grains.  I actually don't eat a lot of white rice, but I do make quinoa, wild rice, and other grain mixes a lot.

Thanks for giving me a reason to go shopping :)
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Post by: gmama on September 14, 2013, 06:36:51 PM
Rice cookers are great!  I also use mine for making the most ridiculously easy and creamy mac and cheese that my kids insist I make every week.   

http://weelicious.com/2010/03/03/rice-cooker-mac-cheese/
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Post by: Maxiestar on September 14, 2013, 06:59:02 PM
Beanie Babies. I bought quite a few of the adorable things. Including the Teeny Beanies sold at McDonald's! Yeah, last I heard, they're pretty much worthless now!
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Post by: pwv on September 14, 2013, 07:05:36 PM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)
I haven't seen it myself, but I understand Roger Ebert wrote a book full of recipes you can make in a rice cooker.

found this on Amazon:

The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker by Roger Ebert (Sep 21, 2010)


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Post by: rose red on September 14, 2013, 07:36:00 PM
Rice cookers are great.  You can make a whole meals just with the one appliance.  While the rice is cooking, throw some eggs in with the rice to make hard boiled (well, steamed) eggs.  Place a rack and container so it "hovers" over the rice to steam veggies and main course.  My mom makes great sticky rice (kind of like paella; rice and stuff mixed in for a one dish meal)
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 14, 2013, 07:45:06 PM
I have a rice cooker because I, somehow, always fail at cooking rice on the stovetop. The rice cooker works much better, but mine always burns on the bottom. I now cook rice in the microwave. (Gasp! The horror! Oh no!)
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Post by: Optimoose Prime on September 14, 2013, 08:39:22 PM
A time share.  And the guy lied to us, too.
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Post by: Dazi on September 15, 2013, 05:19:34 AM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)


I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher".  They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers.  Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho. 

I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?

I could be using the wrong terminology.  The "special" potatoes always seem to be consistant in size and texture when at the same time the "regular" potatoes might be much smaller and/or have soft spots.

Potatoes, in particular the russet potatoes that Idaho is famous for, end up varying a great deal in size.  The "baked potato" setting on many microwaves would be for a specific size.  So, maybe they're the ones that are that meet that *standard*?


I'm betting that the "special potatoes" that hobish is talking about are the ones that are individually wrapped in plastic.

They are the standard russet baking potatoes and, if you look at the basket in the store, they are all pretty much the same size. This is a "must" for these special potatoes because the cooking instructions on the plastic wrap says "Microwave for 7-8 minutes." They are all medium-sized, perfect for an individual serving.

The potatoes are clean, no need to wash. Simply pop the wrapped potato in the microwave. Seven minutes later, there's a wonderfully steamed baked potato.

The ones at my grocery store are 68 cents each. I have two of them on my counter. ;)

Yes. Any potato can be "baked" in a microwave.

The pre-wrapped "special potatoes" are so convenient for a one person quick meal (I usually steam some veggies at the same time) and they seem to last longer (storage-wise) because they are sealed.

I love my "special potatoes!"


hobish -- If I'm right about your special potatoes being the individually wrapped kind, please don't be embarrassed about buying them! Otherwise I'll need to go into a corner somewhere and hide because I buy them often!

Don't be embarrassed about buying them.  I totally agree with jpcher on this one.  Those potatoes are great when you only need one or two and most of the time they are cheaper than buying the other individual russets that go by weight (because those are freaking ginormous).  They are only wrapped special because they meet a "standard" specific size, no other reason what so ever.
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Post by: Snooks on September 15, 2013, 07:05:14 AM
Beanie Babies. I bought quite a few of the adorable things. Including the Teeny Beanies sold at McDonald's! Yeah, last I heard, they're pretty much worthless now!

Me too! I sent 20+ to the charity shop.
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Post by: daen on September 15, 2013, 07:21:34 AM
I have a friend who insists that every computer station needs a Beanie Baby.
Because the best screen cleaner ever is Beanie Baby Behind.

Perhaps someone could find a clever way to market this? It would be one way to recoup a some of your "investment," and there are plenty more out there once you sell off your collection...
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Post by: Please pass the Calgon on September 15, 2013, 08:50:25 AM
This stupid thing. (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Smart-Spin-49-Piece-Storage-System/4634069)

I blame my husband.  He saw it and of course figured this would be the solution to our mismatched tupperware/lids issue.  What he didn't take into account was that the thing barely fit into the cabinet, none of the containers actually held real food shaped items, the lids didn't seal tight so forget trying to use them for lunches, and I finally had enough and threw the whole thing except for two of the tall ones in the garbage and replaced everything with the big Rubbermaid set that locks together.

The two tall ones I saved are REALLY good for corralling extra taco bell hot sauce packets in the fridge.  And that's ALL they are good for.

He is also no longer allowed in WalMart alone anymore.

Oh gosh, I totally forgot that on my list...I bought one too. Worthless, and you are completely right about the sizes/shape being an issue.
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Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on September 15, 2013, 09:25:56 AM
I'm embarrassed I spent money on a match making service about 8 years ago.  45 and still single - only had 1 introduction that panned out for more than just a first date and it only went to a second date.

Me, too!  I went with Lunch Dates.  I had 8 of my 10 dates, but none of them were what I was looking for.  They all had asked for a redhead, which I am.  The only one I had anything in common with (at least on paper) was the computer programmer.  Sadly, he only could talk about programming, video games, and ping pong -- fine topics for many, but I wasn't that excited.  (The weather was a dead end, the menu was a dead end, seriously - only the three topics).  Lots of 'live with my Mom' guys.

I've also on-line data with no success. 
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 15, 2013, 10:40:35 AM
I have a rice cooker because I, somehow, always fail at cooking rice on the stovetop. The rice cooker works much better, but mine always burns on the bottom. I now cook rice in the microwave. (Gasp! The horror! Oh no!)

Living alone, I don't each rice all that often. My go to (and this could belong in the other thread about prepared foods) is trader joes frozen brown rice. you microwave it in the bag, to steam it, and half a bag is one serving. the other half can be re-nuked. Its plain, but i sometimes make chicken with a sauce, and just put some over. its also good when i make my burritos to freeze; i add a little rice for texture and so on.
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Post by: Thipu1 on September 15, 2013, 11:14:21 AM
Beanie Babies. I bought quite a few of the adorable things. Including the Teeny Beanies sold at McDonald's! Yeah, last I heard, they're pretty much worthless now!

Me too! I sent 20+ to the charity shop.

SIL got caught up in this bubble.  She was sure she would be able to send her three teens to college on the money she'd get when she sold them.  Now, they're convenient toys when the Grandchildren come to visit. 
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Post by: Syfygeek on September 15, 2013, 12:28:43 PM
I bought the entire original series Star Trek on video tape. (One of those deals where they send you 2 tapes every month and charge a ridiculous amount of money. They are still taking up an entire book shelf, most unopened. And I don't have a video player anymore.

Want to buy another set?
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Post by: jaxsue on September 15, 2013, 12:36:00 PM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)

Count me as another big fan of rice cookers. I'm not Asian and I didn't grow up with them, but I discovered them about 15 yrs ago. They're great!
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Post by: jaxsue on September 15, 2013, 12:38:02 PM
Beanie Babies. I bought quite a few of the adorable things. Including the Teeny Beanies sold at McDonald's! Yeah, last I heard, they're pretty much worthless now!

Back when BB were hot items, I had a doctor who kept a basket of them in his office for kids to play with. Someone walked off with the entire basket!  :o
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Post by: Missy2U on September 15, 2013, 12:38:56 PM
Thanks for giving me a reason to go shopping :)

Who needs an actual REASON?  ;D
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 15, 2013, 03:53:47 PM
Thanks for giving me a reason to go shopping :)

Who needs an actual REASON?  ;D

Hehe..good point
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Post by: suzieQ on September 15, 2013, 04:13:54 PM
Anything that landed in the "Appliance Graveyard"

Dehydrator
Juicer
Fry Baby
some kind of fold over pocket sandwich maker
Electric Wok
Electric rice cooker

My ex loved all these "cooking" things to same me time & energy in the kitchen.  The juicer and the rice cooker were never taken out of their boxes.  He used the fry baby & sandwich thing - I got to clean them.
My rice cooker just got a second life - I love it to cook brown rice, but haven't fixed any in a long time. Now I am using it for steel cut oatmeal. Makes it fantastic!
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Post by: poundcake on September 15, 2013, 04:17:37 PM
I bought the entire original series Star Trek on video tape. (One of those deals where they send you 2 tapes every month and charge a ridiculous amount of money. They are still taking up an entire book shelf, most unopened. And I don't have a video player anymore.

Want to buy another set?

I got a ten-season series of a tv show from a merchant online with lots of good seller ratings, promising all ten seasons with the original music and no edits (since the commercially available ones have been altered). $200 later, and I got a pile of poor-quality DVDs in which over HALF of the discs were either the wrong show, repeats, mistakes, or unplayable. I contacted the merchant, but within a week, they were out of business, and I had a file-box worth of useless piles of DVDs.
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Post by: Nikko-chan on September 15, 2013, 07:26:54 PM
Sigh -  I bought those stupid pads you stick on your feet to "draw out toxins".  (blush)

Don't blush.  I almost did too until my son saw what I was doing and busted a gut laughing.  Kids - they think they're so smart! 

To his credit, he never brough it up again or told my husband.  :D

so did I  :-[
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Post by: Sirius on September 15, 2013, 07:43:56 PM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)

I'm not Asian, and I love rice.  Just ordered another rice cooker, as the one I had that I got from the local thrift store died, but I used it at least two or three times a week. 

My money-spending embarrassment was a mandolin slicer.  The only thing I sliced was my thumb. 
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Post by: VorFemme on September 15, 2013, 09:01:30 PM
Six matching Aluratek Libre Pro ereaders - turns out that they are the ONLY ones that don't cause eyestrain for Lil Sis, who is on a shuttle bus from her area to downtown Houston twice a day for 45 minutes or so.  There is just enough light from over the seat for her to read these, they are small & lightweight - so they fit in her purse, she has a spare charger to take to work with her (or leave the one on the charger at home) so that she always has one charged & ready to go.

She spent a week in the hospital last year and having something to read (with several hundred books on it) was a life saver - as soon as someone brought her the charger from home.....one charged while she read the other one.

Mom liked the one Lil Sis got first - so Mom got one, too.  Now they both have TWO (so that they have a spare - Mom reads while waiting for Dad to get out of the doctor's office, while he's driving the thirty minutes to the doctor's office (they live in a small town), and sometimes while on the back porch - these are the e-ink that you can read outside or inside without glare.

And I had one for DD - but she couldn't use it at work (security issue - no electronics) - so now I have two.  One of them has poor battery life - so having a second one with me isn't the worst thing to happen to me (I can remember sitting in emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and a few other places when I would have LOVED to have one of these thing). 

The only drawback is that reading is ALL you can do - but no one knows if you are reading Harry Potter (yes), Shades of Gray (no), Narnia (maybe), or even a book of classic fairy tales (yeah, several).  Because there is no book cover with the name of the book on the spine - what you are reading is not going to attract attention, spoilers from bystanders, and (no games & no internet connection) - fewer SS will ask you to loan* it to them or one of their cchhiillddrreenn!

*Because it isn't in color and can't play videos.....or games...or let them check their email, Facebook, or Twitter!

And the last time I got stuck in an airport - it was much easier to take something the size of a small paperback with me without sticking it in my purse than it was to turn off the laptop & put it back in the carrier.  This thing fits in one hand or is quickly shoved in an outside pocket of your purse, carryon tote bag, or even a larger jacket pocket!
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 15, 2013, 09:15:19 PM
Six matching Aluratek Libre Pro ereaders - turns out that they are the ONLY ones that don't cause eyestrain for Lil Sis, who is on a shuttle bus from her area to downtown Houston twice a day for 45 minutes or so.  There is just enough light from over the seat for her to read these, they are small & lightweight - so they fit in her purse, she has a spare charger to take to work with her (or leave the one on the charger at home) so that she always has one charged & ready to go.

She spent a week in the hospital last year and having something to read (with several hundred books on it) was a life saver - as soon as someone brought her the charger from home.....one charged while she read the other one.

Mom liked the one Lil Sis got first - so Mom got one, too.  Now they both have TWO (so that they have a spare - Mom reads while waiting for Dad to get out of the doctor's office, while he's driving the thirty minutes to the doctor's office (they live in a small town), and sometimes while on the back porch - these are the e-ink that you can read outside or inside without glare.

And I had one for DD - but she couldn't use it at work (security issue - no electronics) - so now I have two.  One of them has poor battery life - so having a second one with me isn't the worst thing to happen to me (I can remember sitting in emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and a few other places when I would have LOVED to have one of these thing). 

The only drawback is that reading is ALL you can do - but no one knows if you are reading Harry Potter (yes), Shades of Gray (no), Narnia (maybe), or even a book of classic fairy tales (yeah, several).  Because there is no book cover with the name of the book on the spine - what you are reading is not going to attract attention, spoilers from bystanders, and (no games & no internet connection) - fewer SS will ask you to loan* it to them or one of their cchhiillddrreenn!

*Because it isn't in color and can't play videos.....or games...or let them check their email, Facebook, or Twitter!

And the last time I got stuck in an airport - it was much easier to take something the size of a small paperback with me without sticking it in my purse than it was to turn off the laptop & put it back in the carrier.  This thing fits in one hand or is quickly shoved in an outside pocket of your purse, carryon tote bag, or even a larger jacket pocket!

Slightly OT but I have both a Kindle Fire and basic Kindle. the basic you can read outdoors, and I also take it when I travel, if I'm not sure about getting a wi fi signal. I can use my phone for that, and if I lose/damage the basic one, its about 1/4 the cost to replace it, than the tablet.
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Post by: AmethystAnne on September 15, 2013, 09:25:35 PM
Ginzu steak knives.  :-[

My DH bought a set from some guy in a truck stop years and years ago. I've never cut up a soda can or anything like what was advertised, but my Ginzu knives slice up tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables very well.
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Post by: Sirius on September 15, 2013, 09:31:36 PM
Ginzu steak knives.  :-[

My DH bought a set from some guy in a truck stop years and years ago. I've never cut up a soda can or anything like what was advertised, but my Ginzu knives slice up tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables very well.

I have a set of Ginzu knockoffs that I bought at a discount store about 25 years ago, and they're still good knives.  Because they have that special "always sharp" edge on them the large knife does a good job of slicing bread, and I can cut everything from vegetables to frozen meat with them, so I consider the $3 I spent for them money well spent.
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 15, 2013, 09:47:24 PM
The over priced pans sold at home and garden shows.  I fell for the shill in the audience saying she was buying a second set as a gift.  I used them for over a decade, but they weren't worth the money. They couldn't really "fry" with no oil.

I now have a great set of Calphalon pans.  Those are good pans!
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Post by: aiki on September 15, 2013, 10:12:48 PM
I have to say I loved my rice cooker.  I have difficulty sometimes cooking rice without scorching or undercooking it, so a rice cooker was ideal for me - set it and forget it, as they say.

Asian person here - I grew up with rice cookers, have owned several and use mine on a regular basis.  Yes, it's single-purpose, but we get a lot of use out of that single purpose.  Just about all other Asians I know not only grew up with but also have rice cookers and use them all the time.  Maybe it's a cultural thing? (BIL, who is not Asian and didn't grow up eating a lot of rice, has a great rice cooker he tried to give me a few years ago that he won but almost never used; if it weren't so small, I would've taken it from him)

A thing that you use every day to cook your staple food? A rice cooker in an Asian household makes as much if not more sense as a pop-up toaster in a Western one, and we'd never think to question the usefulness of that single-use appliance. 
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Post by: Otterpop on September 15, 2013, 10:16:08 PM
I loved my Ginzu knives but they've all walked off somewhere.

My Magic Bullet however, smells like burnt rubber every time we use it.  The motor is so weak it can't handle lumps of ice cream in milk (kids like to make shakes).  My next appliance purchase will be an immersion blender from Target.
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Post by: Please pass the Calgon on September 15, 2013, 10:25:39 PM
I loved my Ginzu knives but they've all walked off somewhere.

My Magic Bullet however, smells like burnt rubber every time we use it.  The motor is so weak it can't handle lumps of ice cream in milk (kids like to make shakes).  My next appliance purchase will be an immersion blender from Target.
Our Magic Bullet is probably the most used kitchen small appliance. It makes smoothes for DH, DD & myself every morning, I used it to grind coffee beans as needed, and make frappucinnos instead of visiting Starbucks. The boys prefer to make frozen lemonade or frozen Tang drinks. I use it for super fast whipped cream too.
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Post by: Otterpop on September 15, 2013, 11:04:14 PM
I loved my Ginzu knives but they've all walked off somewhere.

My Magic Bullet however, smells like burnt rubber every time we use it.  The motor is so weak it can't handle lumps of ice cream in milk (kids like to make shakes).  My next appliance purchase will be an immersion blender from Target.
Our Magic Bullet is probably the most used kitchen small appliance. It makes smoothes for DH, DD & myself every morning, I used it to grind coffee beans as needed, and make frappucinnos instead of visiting Starbucks. The boys prefer to make frozen lemonade or frozen Tang drinks. I use it for super fast whipped cream too.

Wonder what we're doing wrong?  Ours can hardly blend anything without burning up.  Maybe I have a defective one.  Too late though, I bought it 3 years ago.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on September 15, 2013, 11:37:28 PM
A home alarm system. I didn't need it, I couldn't afford it, and I couldn't afford to pay more than the minimum on the 'convenient' loan the company arranged to pay it off, so that dragged on for years racking up interest. My then-housemate thought it was an AWESOME idea and basically helped the salesman convince me, but he didn't have to pay for it.  >:(
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Post by: Julia Mercer on September 16, 2013, 01:24:48 AM
Some skin care products at an outlet mall in Kissimmee when I was on vacation, the clerk sweet talked me into buying it, making it sound that my skin looked sooooooooooo much better with it, you know the usual bs, and of course dsis fell for it, it never got used, idk what happened to it since, and this was back in 2010 that this happened, now when we are at a mall that has a kiosk with high pressure sales, and they pull you out of the crowd for a demo, we look at each other and start talking and ignore them. I forget the name of the kiosk, tried to look it up, it was at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, or one of the Orlando Premium Outlets, but I don't remember the name of the kiosk, and looking on the websites, none of the names look familiar, they probably aren't there anymore anyhow.
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Post by: Dazi on September 16, 2013, 06:03:42 AM
Ginzu steak knives.  :-[

My DH bought a set from some guy in a truck stop years and years ago. I've never cut up a soda can or anything like what was advertised, but my Ginzu knives slice up tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables very well.

I have a set of Ginzu knockoffs that I bought at a discount store about 25 years ago, and they're still good knives.  Because they have that special "always sharp" edge on them the large knife does a good job of slicing bread, and I can cut everything from vegetables to frozen meat with them, so I consider the $3 I spent for them money well spent.

The blade part was fine, best tomato slicing I've ever had.  It was the handles on them that were really the problem.  Nearly all of them broke on the smaller knives.  I think I have one steak knife, the paring knife, and maybe the bread one left.
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Post by: CakeEater on September 16, 2013, 06:18:15 AM
Wow - mine is much worse than all of yours - here, I'll make you all feel better!  ;)

I moved to England from Australia a few years ago with not many plans abbout what to do when I got there, stupidly. So after a week of hauling my heavy bag around to various youth hostels, I was feeling pretty lost, and paid A$3000 for a room for the 3 months I would be there. Here's the great part - I hadn't even seen the room when I paid the money. Did I mention I was feeling really lost, sad and homesick? That's my only excuse for doing something so idiotic.

So I stayed there a week, then found a job elsewhere and left. They wouldn't refund any money. That was the most expensive week's accommodation, for a room with a bed and a shared bathroom!

I look back and just cringe.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 16, 2013, 07:47:49 AM
Beanie Babies. I bought quite a few of the adorable things. Including the Teeny Beanies sold at McDonald's! Yeah, last I heard, they're pretty much worthless now!

I have a lot of them, mainly holiday ones or special ones (Pooky from Garfield). I love them still. I never thought they would be of monetary value.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 16, 2013, 07:49:59 AM
I bought the entire original series Star Trek on video tape. (One of those deals where they send you 2 tapes every month and charge a ridiculous amount of money. They are still taking up an entire book shelf, most unopened. And I don't have a video player anymore.

Want to buy another set?

I have ST:TNG on DVD. Along with every Star Trek movie.
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Post by: VorFemme on September 16, 2013, 08:16:37 AM
Six matching Aluratek Libre Pro ereaders - turns out that they are the ONLY ones that don't cause eyestrain for Lil Sis, who is on a shuttle bus from her area to downtown Houston twice a day for 45 minutes or so.  There is just enough light from over the seat for her to read these, they are small & lightweight - so they fit in her purse, she has a spare charger to take to work with her (or leave the one on the charger at home) so that she always has one charged & ready to go.

She spent a week in the hospital last year and having something to read (with several hundred books on it) was a life saver - as soon as someone brought her the charger from home.....one charged while she read the other one.

Mom liked the one Lil Sis got first - so Mom got one, too.  Now they both have TWO (so that they have a spare - Mom reads while waiting for Dad to get out of the doctor's office, while he's driving the thirty minutes to the doctor's office (they live in a small town), and sometimes while on the back porch - these are the e-ink that you can read outside or inside without glare.

And I had one for DD - but she couldn't use it at work (security issue - no electronics) - so now I have two.  One of them has poor battery life - so having a second one with me isn't the worst thing to happen to me (I can remember sitting in emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and a few other places when I would have LOVED to have one of these thing). 

The only drawback is that reading is ALL you can do - but no one knows if you are reading Harry Potter (yes), Shades of Gray (no), Narnia (maybe), or even a book of classic fairy tales (yeah, several).  Because there is no book cover with the name of the book on the spine - what you are reading is not going to attract attention, spoilers from bystanders, and (no games & no internet connection) - fewer SS will ask you to loan* it to them or one of their cchhiillddrreenn!

*Because it isn't in color and can't play videos.....or games...or let them check their email, Facebook, or Twitter!

And the last time I got stuck in an airport - it was much easier to take something the size of a small paperback with me without sticking it in my purse than it was to turn off the laptop & put it back in the carrier.  This thing fits in one hand or is quickly shoved in an outside pocket of your purse, carryon tote bag, or even a larger jacket pocket!

Slightly OT but I have both a Kindle Fire and basic Kindle. the basic you can read outdoors, and I also take it when I travel, if I'm not sure about getting a wi fi signal. I can use my phone for that, and if I lose/damage the basic one, its about 1/4 the cost to replace it, than the tablet.

I have a Nook HD+ for wifi and color - so far no one has tried to borrow it for their cchhiilldd.  It is slower than my laptop but can be carried fairly easily - I just remind myself to be very careful - as replacing newer electronics is never cheap.

I traded in a Sony PRS-300 for a whatever the code is 1 two years ago - in red.  It is e-ink (easy to read in sunlight), has wifi, and I got a case with a booklight for it - but it isn't quite as easy to read Etiquette Hell on - due to the smaller screen.  I do use it once in a while - but it is a bit harder to load books, as it wants to load in batches of 100 or so...and that takes a long time when the micro SD card in it will hold several thousand books.....it might even hold all the books that I have in the correct format - I just need to take the time to use Calibre to get them all set up "properly".  That means the way that *I* want them set up - not the way someone else set them up...I like covers on my Project Gutenberg books!
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Post by: bopper on September 16, 2013, 09:49:32 AM
Speaking of restaurants - The Melting Pot. Some friends wanted to try it, so 4 of us, including myself, trotted ourselves off. We got two of the "meals for 2" three courses; cheese and stuff, meat and broth, and then dessert. When it was all said and done, the bill was ridiculous, and the food just decent.  Nothing to write home about.

Of course, I think my judgment was clouded by the fact my one friend blurted out in an email, "oh we can treat Kathy, since its her birthday" - wihtout having any clue how much it would cost. I, however, had looked at the menu, and knew it wasn't cheap. So I think with tip, our share, including Kathy's, came to something like $80 each. so about $250 total. So not worth it, so I've never been back. I have my own fondue pot, and I can make my own for way less.

Ah, what you did not know is that the Meal for 2 can feed 4.
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Post by: LazyDaisy on September 16, 2013, 11:49:48 AM
Beanie Babies. I bought quite a few of the adorable things. Including the Teeny Beanies sold at McDonald's! Yeah, last I heard, they're pretty much worthless now!

I have a lot of them, mainly holiday ones or special ones (Pooky from Garfield). I love them still. I never thought they would be of monetary value.

I still have some Ty Beanie Babies, and some knock offs (not made by Ty) that Disney sold -- Tigger, Eeyore and Bagherra. I'm keeping them for the nostalgia rather than the money. But for people who bought them as an investment, time will still tell. Some of the first editions, rare, and limited editions, like the Princess Diana, are being sold for a good amount of money. The majority are worthless because they were and still are so mass produced, but who knows in 30...40...50 years if they'll make a comeback. The problem with buying toys hoping that they'll be very valuable some day is that it takes great self control not to actually open the box or clip the tags, and it can't really be used and enjoyed without losing it's value.
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Post by: perpetua on September 16, 2013, 11:56:41 AM
Haven't got through the whole thread yet but I can't be the only person who bought a chunk of the moon, can I?

In my defence, I'd just got onto the internet, it was only about ten quid, I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and the person I got it ("It' just being a printed certificate, obviously) for loved the gimmick.

Still. If I was a dog I'd be wearing the cone of shame for this.
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 16, 2013, 12:08:00 PM
VorFemme,

I loaded my sony with all of my books in one go.  No need to add in batches.  Now I load books 1 by 1, but I've never had a problem with loading a super large amount. 

Are you loading with Calibre or with the Sony reader software? 
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Post by: faithlessone on September 16, 2013, 12:11:18 PM
3 Babylon 5 action figures, which I kept in the packaging for about 3 years before I broke and opened them. I wish I hadn't spent the extra for the "mint condition, original box" when they were selling the figures by themselves for about a third of the price!

Ugh, not making that mistake again. I really mustn't look at "collectables" as "investments". They rarely are.
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Post by: Lynn2000 on September 16, 2013, 12:26:10 PM
A time share.  And the guy lied to us, too.

My parents got into time shares a few years ago. My mom did a lot of research beforehand because she knew it was easy to get in over one's head and felt she would be able to keep up with the deadlines and rules. They have gotten use out of it, but even with all her vigilance it's still been a pain to deal with some things, and I'm not sure whether it's actually benefited them over just arranging their trips independently.

A friend of mine got involved in a cosmetics-selling program. I don't think it's a scam and I know people who've done well out of it, but you have to have some business savvy, and she didn't. She spent several thousand dollars upfront for the deluxe package  :o and spent the next few years selling off items at a loss, one lipstick at a time.
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 16, 2013, 01:11:15 PM
The problem with buying toys hoping that they'll be very valuable some day is that it takes great self control not to actually open the box or clip the tags, and it can't really be used and enjoyed without losing it's value.

When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.

Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.

PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.
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Post by: Sirius on September 16, 2013, 01:14:38 PM
I was in Mary Kay for awhile.  When it came to selling, I found out that I couldn't sell $10 for $1 so I got out of it.  I sank about $300 into it for the case, etc. but I learned a lesson so it wasn't a complete waste. 
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Post by: LazyDaisy on September 16, 2013, 01:57:37 PM
A time share.  And the guy lied to us, too.

My parents got into time shares a few years ago. My mom did a lot of research beforehand because she knew it was easy to get in over one's head and felt she would be able to keep up with the deadlines and rules. They have gotten use out of it, but even with all her vigilance it's still been a pain to deal with some things, and I'm not sure whether it's actually benefited them over just arranging their trips independently.

A friend of mine got involved in a cosmetics-selling program. I don't think it's a scam and I know people who've done well out of it, but you have to have some business savvy, and she didn't. She spent several thousand dollars upfront for the deluxe package  :o and spent the next few years selling off items at a loss, one lipstick at a time.
My parents have had their timeshare for 35 years and love it -- mostly because they have used one of those exchange services, RCI, to trade their timeshare for other destinations/times. If you really love a destination and want to keep going back, and like the predictability of taking your vacation at the same time every year, I think it can be a better option than hotels. A big thing to really consider beyond cost and annual fees is the size and amenities over many years -- if a young couple gets a timeshare that is perfect for the two of them, will it still be great if they have kids? If a family of 5 gets one that fits all of them, will it still be great when the kids are grown and it's just the parents?
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Post by: mumma to KMC on September 16, 2013, 01:59:49 PM
I was in Mary Kay for awhile.  When it came to selling, I found out that I couldn't sell $10 for $1 so I got out of it.  I sank about $300 into it for the case, etc. but I learned a lesson so it wasn't a complete waste. 


I spent $100 hard earned dollars on the MK case. I never sold a thing and it sat in my closet for years. :(
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Post by: Syfygeek on September 16, 2013, 02:18:20 PM
I bought the entire original series Star Trek on video tape. (One of those deals where they send you 2 tapes every month and charge a ridiculous amount of money. They are still taking up an entire book shelf, most unopened. And I don't have a video player anymore.

Want to buy another set?

I have ST:TNG on DVD. Along with every Star Trek movie.

The ST:TNG dvd's are in the drawer above the Original Series tapes. The movies are on both VHS and DVD;  can I interest anyone in some Star Trek plates? (it's a sickness I tell you)
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 16, 2013, 02:26:49 PM
Plates!  Hmmm, might look nice next to my framed poster Of the NCC 1701 (TOS) that's in my office....

You are bad  >:D . Playing on my weakness.  I keep arguing that the new library should have a bridge and captain's chair.  The architect just rolls his eyes at me.
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Post by: VorFemme on September 16, 2013, 02:59:16 PM
VorFemme,

I loaded my Sony with all of my books in one go.  No need to add in batches.  Now I load books 1 by 1, but I've never had a problem with loading a super large amount. 

Are you loading with Calibre or with the Sony reader software? 

The Sony software and trying to follow one of their tech's instructions.

I gather that Calibre works better?

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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 16, 2013, 03:06:16 PM
VorFemme,

I loaded my Sony with all of my books in one go.  No need to add in batches.  Now I load books 1 by 1, but I've never had a problem with loading a super large amount. 

Are you loading with Calibre or with the Sony reader software? 

The Sony software and trying to follow one of their tech's instructions.

I gather that Calibre works better?



Much much better


PM me and I can walk you through it if you need help
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Post by: VorFemme on September 16, 2013, 03:14:09 PM
VorFemme,

I loaded my Sony with all of my books in one go.  No need to add in batches.  Now I load books 1 by 1, but I've never had a problem with loading a super large amount. 

Are you loading with Calibre or with the Sony reader software? 

The Sony software and trying to follow one of their tech's instructions.

I gather that Calibre works better?



Much much better

PM me and I can walk you through it if you need help

I'm currently converting some books to a different format - I got tired of being told that .doc and .pdf might not work on my Nook HD+.  I might as well get ALL of them set up in .epub before doing the transfer to both.  One thing about the older Alurarek Libre Pro (besides the lower price and smaller size) is that .epub, .pdf, .doc, .prc, .mobi, .txt, and .rtf all seem to work just fine and so does drag & drop.  It is a Linux reader and really does seem to be almost goof proof.
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Post by: magicdomino on September 16, 2013, 03:32:47 PM
. . . can I interest anyone in some Star Trek plates? (it's a sickness I tell you)

Oof, I forgot about the Star Trek plates.  I can forgive myself the Beanie Babies, because I never expected to get rich off of them, and they are still cute in small batches (I rotate the display.)  The Hallmark Christmas Ornaments are harder to justify since I don't normally put up a large Christmas tree.  But what was I thinking when I bought the Star Trek collector plates?  Currently they are collecting dust up in the attic.  When/if I ever move out of this house, I may leave the plates behind in a corner, just to bemuse future owners.
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Post by: jpcher on September 16, 2013, 05:04:20 PM
OT --

When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.

Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.

PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

Yeah. Don't do that.

I first became aware of the Beanie Babies when my DDs were each gifted one (of the same kind, white polar bears.) I dutifully tore off the tags. Giftee was somewhat horrified.

Giftee: You just completely destroyed any possible value by tearing off the tags.

Me: What value? They're toys. I'm not going to give them to the DDs to play with when they still have the tags on them.

Giftee: Well, you really weren't supposed to give them to the DDs to play with.

Me: Then why did you give them to the DDs?  ???

Giftee :o : You don't know about Beanie Babies, do you?

I still didn't get it. You give a toy to a child and don't expect them to play with it? Didn't make sense to me.

 

Sure enough, when the craze was at it's highest, I saw a price list and this specific polar bear was bidding out at over $1,600.

And "I" had 2. Two very worn out well loved bears without the tags.

Sigh.




Back to your regularly scheduled thread . . .  ;D
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Post by: lilfox on September 16, 2013, 05:19:31 PM
The problem with buying toys hoping that they'll be very valuable some day is that it takes great self control not to actually open the box or clip the tags, and it can't really be used and enjoyed without losing it's value.

When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.

Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.

PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

Heh, my parents got me the special edition Millennium Barbie and told me it was as a (future) collector's item and not to open it.  Of course I was 25 at the time so ...  It does in fact still reside on a closet shelf in my old room at their house and will probably be kept for my DD (again not to play with, to allegedly offset college costs or something).

I didn't collect Beanie Babies myself although I probably have a dozen (they're so cute!).  I even own a couple that were eventually considered high value during the big boom.  I did have a friend who avidly collected them, the Teenies, and every special edition you could think of - she had a booth at a couple of trade shows to buy/sell but not sure she ever made any money on them.  She was really passionate about it at the time, I kind of hope she doesn't regret the investment now.  If nothing else, her toddler son probably has the best stuffed animal zoo around!

(I admit I still feel weird about taking the tags off them.)
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Post by: Library Dragon on September 16, 2013, 05:24:44 PM
I have two special edition Millennium Barbies in my office now.  They were found above the ceiling tiles in the supermarket we are renovating into the library.  We checked, still not much value.  I'm hoping is another decade we can pawn them off on someone...I mean find them a special home  ;) .
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Post by: #borecore on September 16, 2013, 05:27:36 PM
The problem with buying toys hoping that they'll be very valuable some day is that it takes great self control not to actually open the box or clip the tags, and it can't really be used and enjoyed without losing it's value.

When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.

Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.

PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

Heh, my parents got me the special edition Millennium Barbie and told me it was as a (future) collector's item and not to open it.  Of course I was 25 at the time so ...  It does in fact still reside on a closet shelf in my old room at their house and will probably be kept for my DD (again not to play with, to allegedly offset college costs or something).

I didn't collect Beanie Babies myself although I probably have a dozen (they're so cute!).  I even own a couple that were eventually considered high value during the big boom.  I did have a friend who avidly collected them, the Teenies, and every special edition you could think of - she had a booth at a couple of trade shows to buy/sell but not sure she ever made any money on them.  She was really passionate about it at the time, I kind of hope she doesn't regret the investment now.  If nothing else, her toddler son probably has the best stuffed animal zoo around!

(I admit I still feel weird about taking the tags off them.)

I looked up your Millennium Barbie on eBay. Seems the going rate is around $20. My "collectible" Teen Talk Barbie (I didn't get a "math is tough!" one because it'd already been pulled from the shelves -- but my dad couldn't resist the urge to buy one with hope of getting money someday) seems to be $20-$40. Too bad my cousins whose mom wouldn't let them have Barbies because they were "inappropriate for children" tore the head off mine!

My best friend from childhood AND her parents were big Beanie collectors. They drove around to all the McDonald's to get the "rare" ones and were subscribers to the magazines. I never quite understood it because all they did was buy, never sell! They were collectors in general, though, so maybe that's it.
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Post by: hobish on September 16, 2013, 06:03:08 PM
When Gish and I first got together we made a special date night dinner, complete with these special potatoes you could bake in the microwave, for only $1 each! What a deal! I think it was Scritzy who pointed out that any potato could be baked in the microwave. I still laugh about that one sometimes. We were so proud of ourselves and our special potatoes.

In your defense the special potatoes tend to be bigger and "fresher" than the regular ones (at least in my grocery store)


I'm not sure how a potato can be "fresher".  They're picked once a year and stored in bunkers.  Unless things have changed drastically in the years since I worked the potato fields in SE Idaho. 

I guess they could be "hot house" potatoes...grown indoors under climate and light controlled conditions?

I could be using the wrong terminology.  The "special" potatoes always seem to be consistant in size and texture when at the same time the "regular" potatoes might be much smaller and/or have soft spots.

Potatoes, in particular the russet potatoes that Idaho is famous for, end up varying a great deal in size.  The "baked potato" setting on many microwaves would be for a specific size.  So, maybe they're the ones that are that meet that *standard*?

 ;D I honestly don't know. They did come pre-wrapped in plasic wrap and had microwaving directions on the side.
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on September 16, 2013, 06:27:36 PM
I currently own 80+ Beanie Babies.  I never considered them to be an investment, it was just cool and fun getting up at 5 am to go stand in line at the mall with other weird people in the hopes of getting one of the shipments!  In 1999 (so at the height of the insanity), my mom and I were rummaging through a bin of Beanies at a Hallmark store and I found a "Wallace" bear.  I was excitedly showing my mom what I'd found when a lady next to me tries to snatch it from me, proclaiming that she'd seen a bit of his scarf first, and therefore it was hers!  I gave her a "you have got to be crazy" look, and went up to the register to pay immediately. 

I am, however, embarrassed to admit that I spent $40 on a special blue bear Beanie for my mom (all sealed up in a plastic crate).  My mom ended up giving her whole collection to me about three years later, because she really didn't like Beanies anymore...
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Post by: o_gal on September 17, 2013, 07:33:21 AM
PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

On a slightly different tangent, if your kids get toys for Christmas or their birthdays, please let them play with them. Don't stick them up a shelf to be played with later, unless you already have established a pattern of actually doing that.

While we were growing up, the neighbor kids always had to take half of the toys and games that they received as presents and put them in a closet, to be gotten out and played with "later." When they were young adults, their Mom passed away and my Mom went to help their Dad clean out the house a short time after the funeral. In the closet they found dozens of toys and games, all dutifully saved for "later." Hundreds of dollars and possible fun playing time wasted.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 17, 2013, 09:45:15 AM
^ That is one of the saddest things I ever heard.
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Post by: magicdomino on September 17, 2013, 09:48:43 AM
The trick with collectables becoming valuable is that they can't start as collectables.  They have to start as more or less disposible. That's why old Barbies in mint condition are now valuable:  so few survived haircuts, beheading, dog-chewing, little brothers, etc.  That's also why Beanie Babies are now near worthless:  most were carefully preserved with tags, tag protectors, individual plastic boxes.  Sure, you got the occasional dog toy or cat pee incident, but not nearly enough to lower the supply of near-mint condition Beanies.
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Post by: Twik on September 17, 2013, 11:43:50 AM
The trick with collectables becoming valuable is that they can't start as collectables.  They have to start as more or less disposible. That's why old Barbies in mint condition are now valuable:  so few survived haircuts, beheading, dog-chewing, little brothers, etc.  That's also why Beanie Babies are now near worthless:  most were carefully preserved with tags, tag protectors, individual plastic boxes.  Sure, you got the occasional dog toy or cat pee incident, but not nearly enough to lower the supply of near-mint condition Beanies.

I think every collector should read this paragraph, and engrave it onto their collecting shelves.
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Post by: courtsmad25 on September 17, 2013, 11:52:49 AM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh
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Post by: Redneck Gravy on September 17, 2013, 01:09:57 PM
. . . can I interest anyone in some Star Trek plates? (it's a sickness I tell you)

Oof, I forgot about the Star Trek plates.  I can forgive myself the Beanie Babies, because I never expected to get rich off of them, and they are still cute in small batches (I rotate the display.)  The Hallmark Christmas Ornaments are harder to justify since I don't normally put up a large Christmas tree.  But what was I thinking when I bought the Star Trek collector plates?  Currently they are collecting dust up in the attic.  When/if I ever move out of this house, I may leave the plates behind in a corner, just to bemuse future owners.

PM me a quantity and a price, I may be interested in taking them off your hands - not for value later, for DISPLAY !!!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 17, 2013, 02:51:44 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh


oooooohh gurl.... :)
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 17, 2013, 03:03:18 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh


oooooohh gurl.... :)

You can always blame it on the rain.

 >:D
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Post by: jaxsue on September 17, 2013, 03:22:51 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh

Did they actually sing?  :)
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 17, 2013, 03:45:33 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh

Did they actually sing?  :)

Depends on what you define as "singing"
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Post by: Miss Understood on September 17, 2013, 04:53:01 PM
The problem with buying toys hoping that they'll be very valuable some day is that it takes great self control not to actually open the box or clip the tags, and it can't really be used and enjoyed without losing it's value.

When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.

Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.

PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

CakeBeret, that story makes me so sad for little you!  That is a really mean thing to do to a child under the guise of "gifting" - yeah, great gift of disappointment and frustration.   :(  I think you should go right out and buy yourself the sparkliest, prettiest special edition Barbie you can find and play with her to your heart's content.  (No, I'm not an adult woman who owns 2 special edition Barbies (not in the box), why do you ask?)
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 17, 2013, 04:56:31 PM
Slightly O/T, but we have a friend with the grouchiest dad ever. We always get him a Barbie for his birthday, which he secretly loves. The girliest, frilliest Barbie we can find.

I always buy a Barbie for the Toys for Tots bin, along with a few board games and some Matchbox cars.
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Post by: Miss Understood on September 17, 2013, 05:12:30 PM
Slightly O/T, but we have a friend with the grouchiest dad ever. We always get him a Barbie for his birthday, which he secretly loves. The girliest, frilliest Barbie we can find.

I always buy a Barbie for the Toys for Tots bin, along with a few board games and some Matchbox cars.

Aw, that's cute about the grouchy dad.  I always buy Barbies for Toys for Tots too! 
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 17, 2013, 05:13:23 PM
I love kitchen gadgets but I laughed silly about the mini pie bakers, cake pop, and donut bakers. But home sick one day I got sucked into the Good Morning America deals and steals and bought a corn dog maker. My DH laughed himself silly. It's aweful and doesnt even fit a standard hotdig in the baking well. I'm waiting for the white elephant sell fir my sons class to get rid of it.
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Post by: VorFemme on September 17, 2013, 05:27:49 PM
I bought some naked Barbies off eBay to play with sew clothes for...just in case I have a granddaughter instead of a grandson next.  It takes TIME to make a complete wardrobe for that doll...and too many outfits is never a problem for Barbie!

In the meantime - I like sewing new clothes for Barbie...and they have to be tried on to make sure that they fit.  One of them is supersized and one is "my sized" (18" and 36" - so 1.5x the usual size and 3x the usual size).  The My Size Barbie is a proportionate size 10 Misses (USA) and lots of seamstresses sew mockups of final designs at that size (quarter scale) to see how they are going to turn out looking...

In the meantime - I really need to figure out what to do with the thousands of dollars in unsewn fabric, thread, needles, embroidery thread, stabilizer, ribbon, tapestry, sewing machine carry cases (two - one bought on clearance), scissors, rotary cutters, and so forth in my sewing room.  Well - I'm pretty sure that I've spent more than $2000 just on the sewing machines, serger, and embroidery machine - plus the tables for them - I'm just not sure how much more by the time you add the cutting table, the book case, the dressmaker's dummy, the pattern drafting software, and sew forth & sew on.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on September 17, 2013, 05:35:22 PM
In the meantime - I really need to figure out what to do with the thousands of dollars in unsewn fabric, thread, needles, embroidery thread, stabilizer, ribbon, tapestry, sewing machine carry cases (two - one bought on clearance), scissors, rotary cutters, and so forth in my sewing room.  Well - I'm pretty sure that I've spent more than $2000 just on the sewing machines, serger, and embroidery machine - plus the tables for them - I'm just not sure how much more by the time you add the cutting table, the book case, the dressmaker's dummy, the pattern drafting software, and sew forth & sew on.

That is your stash. You are not required to do anything with your stash. It just exists, and makes your house a happier place by radiating stash vibes through the walls. (I believe it's a Feng Shui thing.)

My favourite fabric store has signs up that explain this philosophy, and I've seen tshirts on the theme too:

"Stop asking me what I'm making. I'm running out of code words for 'It's going in my stash'."

"She who dies with the biggest stash wins."

"She who dies with the biggest stash... has died. Are you coming to the estate sale?"

 ;D
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 17, 2013, 06:28:14 PM
I bought some naked Barbies off eBay to play with sew clothes for...just in case I have a granddaughter instead of a grandson next.  It takes TIME to make a complete wardrobe for that doll...and too many outfits is never a problem for Barbie!

In the meantime - I like sewing new clothes for Barbie...and they have to be tried on to make sure that they fit.  One of them is supersized and one is "my sized" (18" and 36" - so 1.5x the usual size and 3x the usual size).  The My Size Barbie is a proportionate size 10 Misses (USA) and lots of seamstresses sew mockups of final designs at that size (quarter scale) to see how they are going to turn out looking...

In the meantime - I really need to figure out what to do with the thousands of dollars in unsewn fabric, thread, needles, embroidery thread, stabilizer, ribbon, tapestry, sewing machine carry cases (two - one bought on clearance), scissors, rotary cutters, and so forth in my sewing room.  Well - I'm pretty sure that I've spent more than $2000 just on the sewing machines, serger, and embroidery machine - plus the tables for them - I'm just not sure how much more by the time you add the cutting table, the book case, the dressmaker's dummy, the pattern drafting software, and sew forth & sew on.

That is quite the epic stash.  I'm pretty sure I could be in texas in a couple of days with a Uhaul if you want :D

Have you thought about making clothes for larger dolls, not just barbies?
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Post by: Lynn2000 on September 17, 2013, 07:53:17 PM
I haven't spent money on this... yet... but has anyone seen one of those "breakfast stations" that combines a coffee maker, a hot plate to make eggs, and a toaster oven? I want to know if those really work. Its multi-tasking, yet still specific, nature mesmerizes me.
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Post by: VorFemme on September 17, 2013, 08:47:35 PM
In the meantime - I really need to figure out what to do with the thousands of dollars in unsewn fabric, thread, needles, embroidery thread, stabilizer, ribbon, tapestry, sewing machine carry cases (two - one bought on clearance), scissors, rotary cutters, and so forth in my sewing room.  Well - I'm pretty sure that I've spent more than $2000 just on the sewing machines, serger, and embroidery machine - plus the tables for them - I'm just not sure how much more by the time you add the cutting table, the book case, the dressmaker's dummy, the pattern drafting software, and sew forth & sew on.

That is your stash. You are not required to do anything with your stash. It just exists, and makes your house a happier place by radiating stash vibes through the walls. (I believe it's a Feng Shui thing.)

My favourite fabric store has signs up that explain this philosophy, and I've seen tshirts on the theme too:

"Stop asking me what I'm making. I'm running out of code words for 'It's going in my stash'."

"She who dies with the biggest stash wins."

"She who dies with the biggest stash... has died. Are you coming to the estate sale?"

 ;D

S E X refers to Stash Enhancement Exercise - we all need more exercise, right?

And, unlike stamp collectors, I can USE my collection without ruining the value - depending on what I do with it.  Or so I keep telling myself - when trying to convince me to cut into the fabric..

In the meantime, I pet it.  *I* can hear it purr in satisfaction at being paid attention - even if nobody else can.

As to the estate sale - contact Ambrosia Hino, in the event that I die before VorGuy.  I plan to outlive him since I am four years younger.  Not that plans always work out...

I think all of my sewing friends should get one piece of my fabric to remember me by - if they want more than that one piece and they can see what Ambrosia Hino says!
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: katycoo on September 17, 2013, 09:35:08 PM
PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

On a slightly different tangent, if your kids get toys for Christmas or their birthdays, please let them play with them. Don't stick them up a shelf to be played with later, unless you already have established a pattern of actually doing that.

While we were growing up, the neighbor kids always had to take half of the toys and games that they received as presents and put them in a closet, to be gotten out and played with "later." When they were young adults, their Mom passed away and my Mom went to help their Dad clean out the house a short time after the funeral. In the closet they found dozens of toys and games, all dutifully saved for "later." Hundreds of dollars and possible fun playing time wasted.

This is only a bad idea if "later" never comes.  It can be a great way of prolonging interest for kids who tire of their toys to have something new to pull out every few weeks.
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Post by: CakeEater on September 18, 2013, 06:16:45 AM
PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

On a slightly different tangent, if your kids get toys for Christmas or their birthdays, please let them play with them. Don't stick them up a shelf to be played with later, unless you already have established a pattern of actually doing that.

While we were growing up, the neighbor kids always had to take half of the toys and games that they received as presents and put them in a closet, to be gotten out and played with "later." When they were young adults, their Mom passed away and my Mom went to help their Dad clean out the house a short time after the funeral. In the closet they found dozens of toys and games, all dutifully saved for "later." Hundreds of dollars and possible fun playing time wasted.

This is only a bad idea if "later" never comes.  It can be a great way of prolonging interest for kids who tire of their toys to have something new to pull out every few weeks.

I've put Christmas toys away, especially if there's a zillion new toys all at once - they don't all get proper enjoyment at once. Also if they toys are a bit too advanced and the kids will just get frustrated, or the toy will get wrecked before it can be used properly. I have a special cupboard so I don't forget where they are.
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 18, 2013, 08:43:26 AM
The problem with buying toys hoping that they'll be very valuable some day is that it takes great self control not to actually open the box or clip the tags, and it can't really be used and enjoyed without losing it's value.

When I was a kid, one year for Christmas I got some special-edition Barbie. I was instructed to put it up on the shelf and not play with it, so that it would increase in value. I practiced excellent self control for several months, even though her dress was sooo pretty. One day, I was bored and decided to open it. The reaming I got for opening that package! I never even got the Barbie out; it was taken away and carefully glued back together before going back up on a shelf.

Ten or so years later, my mother finally sold it. At a garage sale. For $1.

PSA: If you want to buy a toy in hopes of it increasing in value, don't give it to your child for Christmas and expect them to never, ever play with it.

CakeBeret, that story makes me so sad for little you!  That is a really mean thing to do to a child under the guise of "gifting" - yeah, great gift of disappointment and frustration.   :(  I think you should go right out and buy yourself the sparkliest, prettiest special edition Barbie you can find and play with her to your heart's content.  (No, I'm not an adult woman who owns 2 special edition Barbies (not in the box), why do you ask?)

My mom frequently failed at gifting, but I've gotten over it. ::) I do believe I will be buying some pretty sparkly Barbies for Toys for Tots this year though, kudos to whoever brought that up.
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Post by: lowspark on September 18, 2013, 08:51:33 AM
I haven't spent money on this... yet... but has anyone seen one of those "breakfast stations" that combines a coffee maker, a hot plate to make eggs, and a toaster oven? I want to know if those really work. Its multi-tasking, yet still specific, nature mesmerizes me.

To me, this kind of thing is actually worse than a one-use item. Because... when the coffee maker part of it breaks (for example), you gotta buy a new coffee maker but your still stuck holding on to the old broken one since it's connected to the toaster oven & hot plate. Or you replace all three when one breaks which is pretty wasteful.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 18, 2013, 09:19:23 AM
I love the "stash" idea! In that case, I have a stash of notebooks to write future stories in. Thanks to some recent sprees (not sure I've ever spent over $100 at Target before) I have enough to last me... um, yeah, probably forever. Now, notebooks might sound inert in some ways, but I like to get them out and look at them and feel the paper and think about using them, and that makes me happy.

So, okay, $100 on blank notebooks at Target might be a little embarrassing, but I think as long as I don't do it again I should be okay... It would be a lot worse if I bought them and didn't have anywhere to put them in my tiny apartment, which may be the case if I do it again.
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Post by: Mel the Redcap on September 18, 2013, 09:41:07 AM
I love the "stash" idea! In that case, I have a stash of notebooks to write future stories in. Thanks to some recent sprees (not sure I've ever spent over $100 at Target before) I have enough to last me... um, yeah, probably forever. Now, notebooks might sound inert in some ways, but I like to get them out and look at them and feel the paper and think about using them, and that makes me happy.

So, okay, $100 on blank notebooks at Target might be a little embarrassing, but I think as long as I don't do it again I should be okay... It would be a lot worse if I bought them and didn't have anywhere to put them in my tiny apartment, which may be the case if I do it again.

I have two shopping-related weak points: craft supplies, and stationery. I didn't mention them in this thread before because I regret NOTHING.  >:D

(pssst: 360notebook.co.za . Zequenz notebooks. Awesome things.)
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Post by: Lynn2000 on September 18, 2013, 09:46:35 AM
I love the "stash" idea! In that case, I have a stash of notebooks to write future stories in. Thanks to some recent sprees (not sure I've ever spent over $100 at Target before) I have enough to last me... um, yeah, probably forever. Now, notebooks might sound inert in some ways, but I like to get them out and look at them and feel the paper and think about using them, and that makes me happy.

So, okay, $100 on blank notebooks at Target might be a little embarrassing, but I think as long as I don't do it again I should be okay... It would be a lot worse if I bought them and didn't have anywhere to put them in my tiny apartment, which may be the case if I do it again.

I have two shopping-related weak points: craft supplies, and stationery. I didn't mention them in this thread before because I regret NOTHING.  >:D

(pssst: 360notebook.co.za . Zequenz notebooks. Awesome things.)

EVIL!!!
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Post by: cwm on September 18, 2013, 10:09:19 AM
I love the "stash" idea! In that case, I have a stash of notebooks to write future stories in. Thanks to some recent sprees (not sure I've ever spent over $100 at Target before) I have enough to last me... um, yeah, probably forever. Now, notebooks might sound inert in some ways, but I like to get them out and look at them and feel the paper and think about using them, and that makes me happy.

So, okay, $100 on blank notebooks at Target might be a little embarrassing, but I think as long as I don't do it again I should be okay... It would be a lot worse if I bought them and didn't have anywhere to put them in my tiny apartment, which may be the case if I do it again.

If I had that much in notebooks, I'd be set for life. I go through old notebooks to find fragments of fanfiction or poetry that I've written, or just to read old random journal entries, and it's always amazing the things I've written. I was actually really sad the other day because I thought I didn't have any blank notebooks to help me study with, and lo and behold, I found two! (As well as a great deal of old fiction that is begging to be uploaded and finished, but that's beside the point.)

As soon as this dingdangity test is over, I have a feeling I'll be working on fiction for a while. Which is good, my muse is coming back.

ETA: I joined Mary Kay for a while. I didn't do it to make money, I did it to get cheap makeup for myself. And you know what, it worked! I made back about half of the initial buy-in cost, which still left me with a ton of product for less than half the price it would have cost me to buy it, so I'm counting it as a win. Also an abject lesson for the future that I am not designed to be in sales.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Carotte on September 18, 2013, 11:01:30 AM
Shouldn't have been an embarrassment but a combination of circumstances made it that the drum set and (pricey) cymbals I had bought spent more time in their boxes than out and being played.
We moved into an apartment with paper thin wall so I felt bad playing them. I had a pet rat at the time so I didn't want to sell them and buy an electronic one (for fear of the roddents weird appetite with cables  ::)).
I should have just sold them right then, and not 6 or 7 years later since the price of my drum kit plummeted meanwhile.
And it took a lot of room during that time!
Finally sold them and must have recouped close to 50% of what I had paid. 
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Post by: Missy2U on September 18, 2013, 11:14:42 AM
I haven't spent money on this... yet... but has anyone seen one of those "breakfast stations" that combines a coffee maker, a hot plate to make eggs, and a toaster oven? I want to know if those really work. Its multi-tasking, yet still specific, nature mesmerizes me.

I saw one on The Price is Right just yesterday (I think)!!  I thought it was really cool.  But then again, I ALMOST bought this. (http://teamtoasters.com/green-bay-packers-toaster/)  I just couldn't pull the darn trigger though.  And I don't particularly like toast.  Unless it's Rye toast in which case it would kind of make this moot since you wouldn't be able to see the logo on rye toast I don't think.  The husband and dog like regular white toast though - but I just couldn't justify a husband/dog speciality toaster.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 18, 2013, 02:16:40 PM
I haven't spent money on this... yet... but has anyone seen one of those "breakfast stations" that combines a coffee maker, a hot plate to make eggs, and a toaster oven? I want to know if those really work. Its multi-tasking, yet still specific, nature mesmerizes me.

To me, this kind of thing is actually worse than a one-use item. Because... when the coffee maker part of it breaks (for example), you gotta buy a new coffee maker but your still stuck holding on to the old broken one since it's connected to the toaster oven & hot plate. Or you replace all three when one breaks which is pretty wasteful.

I was thinking the same thing. If one thing it breaks, more than likely you can't fix it, so your're stuck, and have to buy a single use item to replace that part.

Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 18, 2013, 02:29:15 PM
I haven't spent money on this... yet... but has anyone seen one of those "breakfast stations" that combines a coffee maker, a hot plate to make eggs, and a toaster oven? I want to know if those really work. Its multi-tasking, yet still specific, nature mesmerizes me.

To me, this kind of thing is actually worse than a one-use item. Because... when the coffee maker part of it breaks (for example), you gotta buy a new coffee maker but your still stuck holding on to the old broken one since it's connected to the toaster oven & hot plate. Or you replace all three when one breaks which is pretty wasteful.

I was thinking the same thing. If one thing it breaks, more than likely you can't fix it, so your're stuck, and have to buy a single use item to replace that part.

Had not thought about that... Of course I only drink coffee at work and I don't even really like eggs, so if I had spent money on this, it would not only be embarrassing, but a possible sign of mental breakdown, I think! I just really want it, though. Maybe I should buy some more notebooks instead...
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 18, 2013, 03:07:43 PM
I haven't spent money on this... yet... but has anyone seen one of those "breakfast stations" that combines a coffee maker, a hot plate to make eggs, and a toaster oven? I want to know if those really work. Its multi-tasking, yet still specific, nature mesmerizes me.

To me, this kind of thing is actually worse than a one-use item. Because... when the coffee maker part of it breaks (for example), you gotta buy a new coffee maker but your still stuck holding on to the old broken one since it's connected to the toaster oven & hot plate. Or you replace all three when one breaks which is pretty wasteful.

I was thinking the same thing. If one thing it breaks, more than likely you can't fix it, so your're stuck, and have to buy a single use item to replace that part.

Had not thought about that... Of course I only drink coffee at work and I don't even really like eggs, so if I had spent money on this, it would not only be embarrassing, but a possible sign of mental breakdown, I think! I just really want it, though. Maybe I should buy some more notebooks instead...

I'd go with the notebooks.  I'm also addicted to buying journals. 
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Post by: padua on September 18, 2013, 04:46:34 PM
an immersion blender. never used it.

my mom gets suckered into buying things all the time. her latest purchase was this:
http://www.fitnesssuperstore.com/Power-Plate-Pro5-p/61ngg3100.htm?gclid=CL74zMj11bkCFSU6Qgodi0YA7Q
she bought it at a fair, because it's supposed to 'vibrate the fat away without having to exercise.' i think she's used it twice. very expensive mistake.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 18, 2013, 05:39:12 PM
an immersion blender. never used it.

my mom gets suckered into buying things all the time. her latest purchase was this:
http://www.fitnesssuperstore.com/Power-Plate-Pro5-p/61ngg3100.htm?gclid=CL74zMj11bkCFSU6Qgodi0YA7Q
she bought it at a fair, because it's supposed to 'vibrate the fat away without having to exercise.' i think she's used it twice. very expensive mistake.

My sister told me she bought one of those and I laughed myself silly. I reminded her of our moms friend who had one of those 1960's era vibrating belt machines.

But I love my immersion blenders.
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Post by: Sirius on September 18, 2013, 06:11:37 PM
Pens.  I've got more pens than I do money or good sense.  Different colors.  Different types.  But pens.  I've also got a bunch of blank notebooks and a lot of blank diaries.  Rereading old diaries can be very interesting or very depressing.  I had one year where I wrote up three diaries because it was the only place I could safely tell the universe what I thought of the guy who dumped me for another woman.  And what I thought of the other woman.  Very therapeutic to come up with new adjectives.  Of course, once I met MR. Sirius I largely forgot the other guy existed. 
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 18, 2013, 07:43:36 PM
Pens.  I've got more pens than I do money or good sense.  Different colors.  Different types.  But pens.  I've also got a bunch of blank notebooks and a lot of blank diaries.  Rereading old diaries can be very interesting or very depressing.  I had one year where I wrote up three diaries because it was the only place I could safely tell the universe what I thought of the guy who dumped me for another woman.  And what I thought of the other woman.  Very therapeutic to come up with new adjectives.  Of course, once I met MR. Sirius I largely forgot the other guy existed. 

I buy pens like they are water and still can't find one when I need it
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Post by: katycoo on September 18, 2013, 08:03:33 PM
I used my immersion blender all the time.  Its my jug blender that never gets used.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Thipu1 on September 19, 2013, 09:45:34 AM
Pens.  I've got more pens than I do money or good sense.  Different colors.  Different types.  But pens.  I've also got a bunch of blank notebooks and a lot of blank diaries.  Rereading old diaries can be very interesting or very depressing.  I had one year where I wrote up three diaries because it was the only place I could safely tell the universe what I thought of the guy who dumped me for another woman.  And what I thought of the other woman.  Very therapeutic to come up with new adjectives.  Of course, once I met MR. Sirius I largely forgot the other guy existed. 

I buy pens like they are water and still can't find one when I need it

Oh, pens! I currently have two stockpiled sets of a German type that are hard to find, a bag of assorted types (about 30 in there) and a bin of 100 fine line markers that only cost 10 USD.  What pen freak could resist that? 

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Post by: poundcake on September 19, 2013, 10:01:02 AM

I'd go with the notebooks.  I'm also addicted to buying journals.

Oh God yes. And I'm not even ashamed. I have a huge stash of unusual notebooks from different countries. I like to get odd kid-notebooks from foreign places, too. And why not? They don't go bad, and I have my next three journals lined up and waiting for me.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 19, 2013, 11:58:10 AM
Not embarrassed about my office and school supply stash at all!
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: siamesecat2965 on September 19, 2013, 05:40:45 PM
Ahem. Just purchased tonight. a fourth drying rack. yes, you read correctly. i had one that was awesome, and i tripped, fell on it, and broke it. Got a replacement but not anywhere near the quality. had a second one i had gotten for chrismast one year but the design didn't work too well.

so i bought a huge one, spending a lot of money on it, but justified it, knowing i put maybe 1/4 of my stuff in the dryer and hang the rest.

so on a lark, looked online, and whadda ya know. foudn the same one. only almost double the price. Gulp. but foudn a coupon code, free shipping and voila, its mine. i really don't know though where it will go in my small apt! hahahahaa
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Post by: ladyknight1 on September 19, 2013, 06:07:27 PM
My husband desperately wants a heavy duty ironing board and a industrial quality sewing machine. We have nowhere to put them!
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Post by: Carotte on September 19, 2013, 07:09:41 PM
Ahem. Just purchased tonight. a fourth drying rack. yes, you read correctly. i had one that was awesome, and i tripped, fell on it, and broke it. Got a replacement but not anywhere near the quality. had a second one i had gotten for chrismast one year but the design didn't work too well.

so i bought a huge one, spending a lot of money on it, but justified it, knowing i put maybe 1/4 of my stuff in the dryer and hang the rest.

so on a lark, looked online, and whadda ya know. foudn the same one. only almost double the price. Gulp. but foudn a coupon code, free shipping and voila, its mine. i really don't know though where it will go in my small apt! hahahahaa

Oh, that reminds me we have one, never used, in the back of a cupboard. We got caught by Ikea-oh it's so nice-frenzy, we needed (and still do) a new one, but it never crossed my mind to watch out for the actual size, new one is too big to fit (by barely one or two inches) , and I haven't found anyone who needs one yet.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: Lynn2000 on September 19, 2013, 08:14:49 PM
Let's start a pens/notebooks/office supply thread so I can get new ideas for things to buy and then be embarrassed about... ;D
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Post by: Snooks on September 23, 2013, 03:55:23 PM
Just remembered one, although I didn't spend money on it.  Put a game on our wedding registry that requires four players - guess who doesn't have enough friends to play it?
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: rose red on September 23, 2013, 04:18:02 PM
Since this thread started, I've been racking my brain trying to remember if I ever brought anything embarrassing.  I've brought things I regret, but nothing I'm embarrassed about.  Until I suddenly remembered I brought the Eggwave.  The egg shaped plastic container to make hard boiled eggs in the microwave.  A while after I got the things, it occurred to me I could have used any microwavable container.  And anyway, hard boiled eggs taste better when actually cooked in a pot of water on the stovetop.
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Post by: portiafimbriata on September 24, 2013, 11:05:58 AM
Uh...these:

http://dtpmhvbsmffsz.cloudfront.net/posts/2013/03/12/513ff14a8ae4a005350147ea/m_513ff158df13a44dcd01d529.jpg

Every time I go to wear them I say "you are 35 bleepity years old - a wee bit long in the tooth to go teetering around in shoes best suited for a 20-something clubber!" (I don't actually believe this - I guess I'm just not brave enough to go for it). Thus, they remain in my closet - unworn.
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Post by: CakeBeret on September 24, 2013, 11:12:01 AM
Uh...these:

http://dtpmhvbsmffsz.cloudfront.net/posts/2013/03/12/513ff14a8ae4a005350147ea/m_513ff158df13a44dcd01d529.jpg

Every time I go to wear them I say "you are 35 bleepity years old - a wee bit long in the tooth to go teetering around in shoes best suited for a 20-something clubber!" (I don't actually believe this - I guess I'm just not brave enough to go for it). Thus, they remain in my closet - unworn.

I wouldn't think twice about seeing those on anyone!
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Post by: PastryGoddess on September 24, 2013, 11:22:17 AM
Uh...these:

http://dtpmhvbsmffsz.cloudfront.net/posts/2013/03/12/513ff14a8ae4a005350147ea/m_513ff158df13a44dcd01d529.jpg

Every time I go to wear them I say "you are 35 bleepity years old - a wee bit long in the tooth to go teetering around in shoes best suited for a 20-something clubber!" (I don't actually believe this - I guess I'm just not brave enough to go for it). Thus, they remain in my closet - unworn.

I think you're fine.  Put them on and strut
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Post by: lowspark on September 24, 2013, 11:22:52 AM
I agree. They are cute! I think you should wear them. I'm way older than 35 and would have no trouble wearing those.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on September 24, 2013, 11:23:39 AM
Since this thread started, I've been racking my brain trying to remember if I ever brought anything embarrassing.  I've brought things I regret, but nothing I'm embarrassed about.  Until I suddenly remembered I brought the Eggwave.  The egg shaped plastic container to make hard boiled eggs in the microwave.  A while after I got the things, it occurred to me I could have used any microwavable container.  And anyway, hard boiled eggs taste better when actually cooked in a pot of water on the stovetop.
This reminded me of my DH buying those stupid Eggies. You crack an egg into a plastic thinging shaped like an egg shell and then boil it like you would an egg in it's shell. Seriously, an egg comes with a perfectly good container for cooking, why add an extra step.
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Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on September 24, 2013, 11:38:39 AM
Uh...these:

http://dtpmhvbsmffsz.cloudfront.net/posts/2013/03/12/513ff14a8ae4a005350147ea/m_513ff158df13a44dcd01d529.jpg

Every time I go to wear them I say "you are 35 bleepity years old - a wee bit long in the tooth to go teetering around in shoes best suited for a 20-something clubber!" (I don't actually believe this - I guess I'm just not brave enough to go for it). Thus, they remain in my closet - unworn.

My grandmother, who is most certainty older then 35, cheerfully rocks 4" (and sometimes higher!) club shoes (often in animal print, or gold, woman loves her gold). So I saw you slip those bad boys on and own it!
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Post by: Carotte on September 24, 2013, 11:52:31 AM
Since this thread started, I've been racking my brain trying to remember if I ever brought anything embarrassing.  I've brought things I regret, but nothing I'm embarrassed about.  Until I suddenly remembered I brought the Eggwave.  The egg shaped plastic container to make hard boiled eggs in the microwave.  A while after I got the things, it occurred to me I could have used any microwavable container.  And anyway, hard boiled eggs taste better when actually cooked in a pot of water on the stovetop.
This reminded me of my DH buying those stupid Eggies. You crack an egg into a plastic thinging shaped like an egg shell and then boil it like you would an egg in it's shell. Seriously, an egg comes with a perfectly good container for cooking, why add an extra step.

Well that sounds pretty stupid, even more than being a good container for cooking it's the best container for storing a boiled egg! I usually boil a few at a time and might store what I don't eat right away in the fridge for one or two days.
So unless you have a bunch of eggies and don't mind not being able to use them..
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: portiafimbriata on September 24, 2013, 02:02:48 PM
Uh...these:

http://dtpmhvbsmffsz.cloudfront.net/posts/2013/03/12/513ff14a8ae4a005350147ea/m_513ff158df13a44dcd01d529.jpg

Every time I go to wear them I say "you are 35 bleepity years old - a wee bit long in the tooth to go teetering around in shoes best suited for a 20-something clubber!" (I don't actually believe this - I guess I'm just not brave enough to go for it). Thus, they remain in my closet - unworn.

My grandmother, who is most certainty older then 35, cheerfully rocks 4" (and sometimes higher!) club shoes (often in animal print, or gold, woman loves her gold). So I saw you slip those bad boys on and own it!

Y'all are probably right, no one would think twice about seeing 6" metallic wedges in today's day and age. I'll just use the "past Labor Day" excuse now  ;D
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: lady_disdain on September 24, 2013, 03:44:41 PM
Since this thread started, I've been racking my brain trying to remember if I ever brought anything embarrassing.  I've brought things I regret, but nothing I'm embarrassed about.  Until I suddenly remembered I brought the Eggwave.  The egg shaped plastic container to make hard boiled eggs in the microwave.  A while after I got the things, it occurred to me I could have used any microwavable container.  And anyway, hard boiled eggs taste better when actually cooked in a pot of water on the stovetop.
This reminded me of my DH buying those stupid Eggies. You crack an egg into a plastic thinging shaped like an egg shell and then boil it like you would an egg in it's shell. Seriously, an egg comes with a perfectly good container for cooking, why add an extra step.

Two - you have to wash the thing afterwards as well.
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: KimberlyM on September 24, 2013, 04:11:48 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh

I'll match your Milli Vanilli and raise a Billy Ray Cyrus... :-\
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 24, 2013, 04:40:48 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh

I'll match your Milli Vanilli and raise a Billy Ray Cyrus... :-\

Well at least the sounds coming out of Billy Ray Cyrus' mouth are somewhat on key....ummm...uh
...why am I defending that man?  I'm just gonna go sit in the corner now
Title: Re: Embarrassed I spent money onů..
Post by: mumma to KMC on September 26, 2013, 12:44:45 PM
Embarrased that I spent my hard earned money on....

 Milli Vanilli Concert tickets: 4 of them!!  ??? D'oh

I'll match your Milli Vanilli and raise a Billy Ray Cyrus... :-\

Well at least the sounds coming out of Billy Ray Cyrus' mouth are somewhat on key....ummm...uh
...why am I defending that man?  I'm just gonna go sit in the corner now

The first concert I ever attended was a Billy Ray Cyrus one......hide me. I don't even think I've ever told my dh that one, I'm so ashamed by it. :)

I didn't pay for tickets though, it was a date. My bf at the time thought it would be fun to go to. It was horrible actually. He didn't sound like what he sounded like on the album for starters, but what I really remember was as soon as he hit the stage, everyone stood up to dance and sing along, so I stood up, so I could see. The women behind us started yelling at me for standing. I was 16, quite shy, and very embarrassed by that, so I sat down...and spent the rest of the night staring at the jeans pockets of the people in front of me. It was awesome.