June's stupid life

Spend June’s money

It’s Thursday night, and a train is rolling by, and I’m in my pajamas writing you tonight because I got a notice that I have a meeting early tomorrow.

So here’s my latest quandary. Last year, I didn’t do any freelancing at all. I just got tired of coming home from a day of work to do more work. So I took a year off. And guess what! I didn’t have to pay taxes this year! I did my taxes on the TurboTax, there, and it turns out I get money back, for once!

So, with this windfall, here are the things I’m thinking of doing. I am asking you which thing I should do, but I am not asking you to suggest other things I could do with it. Are we clear? Am I gonna have to put a cap in your ass? If so, will that cost me any of my windfall?

Okay, so I’m getting about $1,200 back. Should I…

Make repairs around the house?

I’ve got a ton of things I wanna do, like replace all the gold doorknobs with something prettier (and that I don’t have to spend 86 hours locking–they’re old) and plastering some stuff that needs plastering, etc.

Buy a new washer?

That washer is from 1902, and it leaks, and shakes violenly like the bed in The Exorcist.

Get a youthful injection?

I’m dying to get my cheeks lifted with a delightful injection that’s supposed to take YEARS off.

Wallpaper my room?

They have removable wallpaper now, and I really want to try it.

So what say you? Which thing should I do? Or should I blow it all off and get new clothes because my current wardrobe is sad? Oooo, or I could join a yoga place. Oh, the possibilities are endless, but did I mention I don’t want other ideas?

Okay, so here’s a poll, my stripper friend. Get up on that thing and help me out!

61 thoughts on “Spend June’s money

  1. I did a front loading washer for like 8 years because it was the cool thing, but I went back to a top loader. Me and my friends have all gone back to top loaders. The front loaders get a mildewy smell unless you keep the door open all the time. Also it only lasted 8 years. These people telling you to go basic are not wrong. My dryer is around 20 years old with still no problems. It was a basic type model.

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    1. The new ones aren’t meant to last 20 years. I have the kenmore dryer basic we got when we got married 44 years ago. Built to last ..the washer lasted till about 2 years ago.
      Won’t see that again. Maybe I am old and grouchy?

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      1. Well I am with you. My mother in law has a washer from 40 years ago. She has to knee it on the front panel to get it to start but she won’t “upgrade”. Smart lady.

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  2. Coincidentally enough, I just realized that they are making easy-peel, self-stick wallpaper and have ordered 3 rolls of a lovely birch tree print for my one bathroom. The bathroom has a black and white vinyl checkerboard floor and I think that paper will look awesome. I’m a little concerned about the steam from the shower making the paper want to self-remove, so I also bought spray adhesive for the edges. The thing I like is that I can do a little at a time if I want, and just quit for the night without a lot of clean-up.

    I’ll let everyone know how it goes.

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  3. See if you can buy a used or scratched & dent washer AND do those home repairs! Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore nearby? If so you might be able to score some great doorknobs, hinges, etc. Have fun!

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  4. I wanted to vote for two things so you need a more sophisticated polling system. I am kidding. But i think it should be something practical (washer) and something fun (wallpaper or wardrobe). Then I think the money goes further (farther?) (more far?) (farthest?). Now I am panicking over the use of the English language.

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  5. I voted for washing machine. But, yes, go middle of the road. The more bells and whistles the more potential for problems. As for those door knobs…I’ve been slowly replacing all the shiny gold knobs in this house via Amazon…you’d be surprised at the selection and the prices.

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    1. Washer here, too! I live in an apartment building with no laundry facilities, and I never fully realized how important a functioning washer within close reach is to your general sanity.

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  6. I voted washer because I could only have one vote. If your washer is that old, it could go flooding at any time and you’ll need even more repairs. Also the newer models use less electricity and probably less water. Under most circumstances, you can never go wrong when you invest in your home

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        1. If you choose wallpaper, be mindful of the “repeat” (how often the pattern is repeated on each strip thingy). Sometimes having lots of door or windows will not allow you to use less paper because you cannot line up the paper properly.

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  7. I installed all new door knobs and hinges . YouTube is your friend. Get a pal to come help hold the doors. Ordered online. Pretty inexpensive. Totally gave my house a new look. (Buy inexpensive cordless screwdriver or drill…I use mine all the time) Consider scratch and dent washer…my refrigerator has a dent where it joins the back wall. Can’t see it. Deeply discounted. You are so pretty, June .

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  8. Now that your credit is better, you can get a Lowe’s Home Improvement credit card and enjoy 5% all the time or 0% interest for 6 months on pricier things.

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  9. I voted for a new washer. If it’s leaking already, it could lead to a flood and then you’d potentially be in need of a new washer plus extra home repairs on top of what you already have. When I bought my house last year I had to buy a new washer and dryer. I agree with everyone else who said to get a basic/no-frills washer. Like you, I live alone, and I don’t go out and get grass stains and bleed from sports so I don’t need extra functions that break. I think I paid somewhere between $400 and $600 for my washer so you’ll have money left over for other things if you don’t need a dryer too! Isn’t President’s Day coming up this month? There will probably be good sales on them around that time.

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  10. Well everyone has already said what I was thinking, new washer and use the leftover cash for home improvement. FWIW, we replaced all of the ugly gold builders-grade doorknobs in our house recently and it wasn’t super expensive – I found some I liked at Home Depot (tip: their website usually has more options than what is in store, and they ship to store for free). They really made a difference in how the house looked.

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  11. I got a new top loading washer (Whirlpool WTW7500GC2). Oh my gosh I love it! I didn’t realize how poorly my old one was cleaning. The new uses so little water, I thought it couldn’t possibly clean, but I was wrong.

    I never have used removable wallpaper. Another blogger had a nightmare removing hers, with wall damage. It probably depends on the surface it’s mounted to.

    No need for face work. You’re so pretty, June!

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    1. I’m with you, I just bought a new washer and dryer yesterday and went in the middle. I hear horror stories about those digital ones. The computers are always problems. Also that can leave more money to do other things. June is you change your own door knobs don’t forget about that damn hidden screw that doesn’t look like a screw.

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  12. I voted for a new washer.

    Do you think that some how each month, that you can squeeze the budget to do a little bit from your list? March: new knobs. April: new dress, etc. May: new plaster job. June: another outfit…..

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  13. I voted home repairs, but I would definitely do the washer first. Like others said, get a nice mid-point top loader. I’d make a list of your repairs, prioritize them based on cost, needs, time frame, and how it affects the structure.

    Include something fun or pretty, clothes, new lock hardware, wallpaper etc. $1,000 to home stuff, and $200 to fun sounds good. Figure out what everything costs, watch for good sales, and you’re on your way. I loved shopping for hardware and fixtures when I remodeled. It’s the jewelry!

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  14. I vote to split it too. I’d go new washer plus home repairs (depending on wallpaper cost maybe that could be part as well). Because you like to be at home and you should enjoy your nest. But do the washer first, because laundromats suck. Although I might enjoy reading about your laundromat adventures. I once ran into an ex at a laundromat while folding my granny panties, which is a cautionary tale, but good blog fodder if it happened to you.

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  15. I voted for home repair, but only after second-guessing my barely first choice of new washing machine. If I could vote to narrow it down to just those two, I would.

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  16. I voted for the injection because I make bad decisions. I just think if you feel better about yourself who cares about practical stuff. And for selfish reasons because I want to know what you’re getting injected and if it’s working!
    But if I’m being more sensible, new washer. I recommend a front loader.

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  17. I’m of the same opinion as Tee above, new washer and use the leftover funds for repairs. Washers are a mess to clean up when they break in the moment and if it’s not already dead, you can shop around for a better price. If you know anyone with a “club store membership”, beg a guest pass from them for appliance discounts. I really hope this doesn’t count as extra advice, I’m worried to post!

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  18. I voted for a new washer because that is something you do NOT want to buy in an emergency sitch. You can watch for sales (Memorial Day weekend) and get yo’self a bargain. Mayyybe even a fresh dryer to go with it. You’ll have plenty leftover for home repairs. My vote is to budget $1000 for washer/home repairs and $200 for clothes. That certainly isn’t a new wardrobe, but you can definitely perk things up for spring. Not that you aren’t perky enough already! You totally are!!
    How fun to have a windfall, even if you have to spend it on practical, boring things, it feels good.

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  19. I couldn’t vote for two, so I voted for home repairs because they can get ahead of you really easy (ask me how I know that), then you have major problems to repair. It doesn’t appear that the repairs will cost $1200. I would also voted for new washer. I agree with Dancer, the basic model have less problems. I thought I wanted one of those fancy front loaders, but after three days of research I bought a middle of the line Whirlpool, top loader with dials and not push button.

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  20. I’m going to vote for washer (like someone said – they quit at the worst time) but I’d like to say also buy some new clothes. You’ve worked hard (or didn’t? no freelance haha) I think you deserve to treat yo’self too!

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  21. I replaced all the door knobs in my house former for about 200 dollars. I would buy a new washer, doorknobs and wallpaper and get a bid for other home repairs.

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  22. Try the doornknobs and locks. Makes a huge difference. I like signaturehardware.com. They can be pricey though. Second choice would be wallpaper, something you can see and enjoy everyday.

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  23. I voted washer. They tend to just up and quit at the most inappropriate times and have been to know to dump a whole cycle of water on the floor or not drain in which a tub full of water and clothes are the result. As a prior home owner and property manager, the best advice I ever received was from a washer dryer repair man. He advised to by the most basic washer for your needs. Many of the parts on fancy machines go out quicker and are more expensive to replace. If that is an option for you you will have money left over to do other things in which I agree repairs around the house are best.

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  24. I think with $1200, you could do multiple things, like new washer, wallpaper the bedroom AND home repairs…good luck and have fun with your windfall!!

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  25. Are the locks hard to use because the key is difficult to turn. Try graphite powder in the key holes. Works wonders

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  26. Whoo hoo! First in line at the polls! I’m like New Hampshire or whoever that is that votes first. ANYWAY.

    I said “home repairs” but if I could have I would have chosen “home repairs AND new washer” because I think you could do both with 1200 bucks. Not that you asked me, but… oh wait! You DID axe me!

    Good luck with the voting! Hope no caps need to be busted!

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