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Good and bad ways of spending money

Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 01:06PM
Posted by Registered CommenterPolitical Mammal

To my mind, some ways of spending money are highly virtuous and others are dreadfully appalling. Of course, deciding how to spend money is one of our great freedoms, and my intention in writing about my own biases is not intended to criticize yours.

In my book, the following purchases are good: vegetables, an old house that needs some work, a hand thrown clay bowl of high quality (or unusual found metal sculpture), a notebook computer, yogurt, any power tool, a great book that will be read and reread, outdoor plants or seeds, a lightweight bicycle, a ticket to a soccer game or to a museum, a trip anywhere that has ancient ruins, the basic Legos building blocks, generic ibuprofen, or a rose.

But the following are all bad (even though I may have a few in my possession): soda, a TV (or at least not a second TV), a fancy car, a bar tab, potato chips, a crappy book, a plastic toy, a gun, indoor plants, another shirt or pair of shoes, wreathes, hairspray, any Legos pieces beyond the basic building blocks, or ornamental cabbages.

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Reader Comments (4)

I've just purchased a dwarf lemon tree to aid in my culinary masterpieces. This plant will reside outdoors through the summer months and move indoors at first frost. Good purchase or bad?
May 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
Ruling: two thumbs up on a dwarf lemon tree intended for cooking purposes.
May 15, 2005 | Registered CommenterPolitical Mammal
The kids over in my house have had hours -- and hours -- of happy times with the legos (duplo, the big-sized legos, actually) beyond the basics. Little people figures, boats, tables, chairs. It's something to think about.
May 16, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterEve
Hmm. I may have to consider the non-basic legos.
May 16, 2005 | Registered CommenterPolitical Mammal

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