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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #250 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 23:46:49 »
I just use my paypal account as a buffer for all my "acquisition disorder" items. I make things, sell things, and buy things all separately from my bank account. It helps keep my fun money and my life expenses isolated. Also not growing attached to things helps. I have my 'must keep' items but generally everything has a price tag. Half the fun is gone once something is complete for me.
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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #251 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 07:53:21 »
I just use my paypal account as a buffer for all my "acquisition disorder" items. I make things, sell things, and buy things all separately from my bank account. It helps keep my fun money and my life expenses isolated. Also not growing attached to things helps. I have my 'must keep' items but generally everything has a price tag. Half the fun is gone once something is complete for me.


Yet, you basically have a cognitive dissonance disorder in regards to your finances, or worst, you are a finance bi-polar individual.  :p

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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #252 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 20:45:12 »
I just use my paypal account as a buffer for all my "acquisition disorder" items. I make things, sell things, and buy things all separately from my bank account. It helps keep my fun money and my life expenses isolated. Also not growing attached to things helps. I have my 'must keep' items but generally everything has a price tag. Half the fun is gone once something is complete for me.


Yet, you basically have a cognitive dissonance disorder in regards to your finances, or worst, you are a finance bi-polar individual.  :p



yeah. I'll own that.

I guess I do kind of rationalize it as a way to be financially irresponsible but with out the dangerous repercussions of impacting your lifestyle budget (bills, expenses, etc). Which I will agree, is definitely on the cognitive dissonance spectrum.
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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #253 on: Mon, 19 March 2018, 14:34:51 »
I'm pretty new here, but I can relate to how easy it is to overspend.  Going from just being able to wait for off-the-shelf stuff to go on sale, to an environment of constant extreme scarcity ( like gasoline in Mad Max levels ) is a tough change of mindset, at least it was for me.  FOMO is real, especially if you ( like me starting out ) don't really have a clear understanding of what you like/want. 

I spent through my xmas bonus pretty quickly but have since moved to a different save/spend model:
 
1. make a plan for the next keyboard project/keycap set/other I want to work on
2. save money specifically earmarked for keebs, only after all other bills & savings are done
3. wait a month ( to make sure no new unexpected costs come in )
4. This is the hardest part!  Look for something to spend on that satisfies #1, and only #1
5. if nothing comes up for #4  ( big if, I know ), return to #2

Anyway, we'll see how long this plan lasts, but it seems wife-friendly so far  :)


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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #254 on: Mon, 19 March 2018, 16:54:00 »
It's not that simple, when you're looking for something so rare that it might pop up once in a few years and perhaps never again.

I'm kicking myself for missing one unique build three years ago, when I wasn't sure about the size of my financial buffer. The thing is, I would have been fine, even benefit from itů it won't show up again and will take weeks of work to replicate.

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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #255 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 13:08:25 »
I've been looking for a Space Cadet for years, and one finally popped up on eBay. It's much easier these days to say "No, $2000 isn't worth it for a keyboard", but the chance sof another Space Cadet popping up on eBay in the next three years is minuscule at best. I have to admit though, it missing a key made it even easier to say no.
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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #256 on: Tue, 20 March 2018, 13:29:20 »
I have to count myself lucky as I'm not so much collection-focused, so I don't look at rare and vintage items the same way as others.  Having particular builds or projects in mind makes this hobby much less spendy than it could be.

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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #257 on: Wed, 21 March 2018, 09:39:50 »
I have to count myself lucky as I'm not so much collection-focused, so I don't look at rare and vintage items the same way as others.  Having particular builds or projects in mind makes this hobby much less spendy than it could be.
Funny you mention this, what I had in mind was an ergonomic keyboard that I'd actively use.

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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #258 on: Wed, 21 March 2018, 10:18:34 »
I have to count myself lucky as I'm not so much collection-focused, so I don't look at rare and vintage items the same way as others.  Having particular builds or projects in mind makes this hobby much less spendy than it could be.
Funny you mention this, what I had in mind was an ergonomic keyboard that I'd actively use.

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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #259 on: Wed, 21 March 2018, 10:31:43 »
I have to count myself lucky as I'm not so much collection-focused, so I don't look at rare and vintage items the same way as others.  Having particular builds or projects in mind makes this hobby much less spendy than it could be.
Funny you mention this, what I had in mind was an ergonomic keyboard that I'd actively use.

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But doesn't it usually cost more to make something yourself than buy something a megacorporation has amortized? 🤔

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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #260 on: Wed, 21 March 2018, 10:48:32 »
I have to count myself lucky as I'm not so much collection-focused, so I don't look at rare and vintage items the same way as others.  Having particular builds or projects in mind makes this hobby much less spendy than it could be.
Funny you mention this, what I had in mind was an ergonomic keyboard that I'd actively use.

Quit the Beast while ya'll are ahead..

Tp4 only browses Home improvement tools these days..

Functional above all else.




But doesn't it usually cost more to make something yourself than buy something a megacorporation has amortized? 🤔

Said amortized items usually don't have quite the resilience of one-off products and custom things are able to be personalized to your exact needs.
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Re: Unhacking the wallet
« Reply #261 on: Thu, 12 April 2018, 05:20:09 »
omg, I just bought a GON! Help me!

And yet, I somehow feel ok. Everyone needs a Korean keeb, right? Right?