Quoted from vid1900:
You've got to think these things through.
If you get fixed, you lose $1100 a month in sperm bank money.
I can't imagine all sperm is equally valuable?
Funding comes from solid financial decisions the wife and I have made since college. We bought a double wide trailer as our first home when everyone else was buying stick built at the top of their budget. We were able to save for 30% down on a home that was below our means of living once selling the double wide. Put one paycheck a week, tax returns, and any bonus money in a different bank than the day to day spending accounts. This is also how we work up our budget so we live essentially thinking we make less money. Pay for as much stuff with cash as possible (no credit card debt, no car payment, no loans on toys). I'm sure their is a better way to have your money work for you (investing, etc.) I am just fairly conservative when it comes to finances and this has worked for us.
Also, we have two kids that are expensive as hell and wouldn't trade it for anything.
its funny, I collect retro videogames BIGTIME....Im talking about historical items like DEV kits, NES TVs and big ticket items and I get so tired of that community at times saying how they found a Nintendo sealed box set, with ROB the Robot, and 56 games for $3 at the "local good will". when i got interested in BP, I hav NO IDEA how expensive they were, I was thinking $5-600 per machine! basically, we just started a new House cleaning business just to use those funds for upcomming machines.
I don't take vacations. Not one to drink. Rarely go out. My vices are working out and collecting pinball. So much so that I am selling of my guns/reloading/casting equipment because I do not use it.
Now, in the past I flipped machines and built up that way. Now, I tend to sit on things for awhile. The real exception is that I will be having to sell my soccer kings. Committed to buying it and ended up buying a massive arcade game that ate up 3 slots for pins so out of room.
Quoted from Monk:
Put one paycheck a week, tax returns, and any bonus money in a different bank than the day to day spending accounts.
This is a really strong technique. What we did was setup an account that us used for all of the bills, mortgages, etc. it gets enough direct deposit d to cover all of that with some cushion and most of the payments out of it are automatic.
The remaining from our checks goes to our respective fun accounts which we use for travel, eating out, and of course pinball.
Anyway it amazed me how much simpler it became to manage it all and have safe to use fun money once seperating fun from essentials into seperate accounts.
I quit smoking.....oh wait, never smoked.
I quit gambling....oh wait.....
I quit mainlining heroin.....oh wait....
Hmmm, not so hard to save a little extra when you don't do stupid shit.
Half of the pins I've had were longterm loaned to me with the promise of fixing and shopping them. Turns out lots of people were willing to take me up on that offer.
Other times I have used a low-interest line of credit to buy a machine and then slowly pay it off over months. This has been very low-risk since pins are basically a liquid asset around here.
I was mowing my aunts yard and someone stopped and said, do you have a lawn service. I looked at my truck, looked at my mower, and said sure, what's your address?
Five years later, and two trucks that's how I fund 100 percent of our pins. I have traded machine for machine but all funds come from people's yards.
You can make a ridiculous about of money walking or riding a mower.
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