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Old 05-15-06, 11:44 AM   #1
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drinking my money away

Holy mother****ing ****!

I'm bored at lunch... so I logged onto my bank's website and added up how much money I spent on alcohol since the 15th of last month, out of curiosity. Looks like I got about a $400 a month habit. Really freaks me out when I look at it from that perspective. Especially considering that 3 months worth of drinking is equivalent to a custom frame. Or even putting down a hefty credit card payment.

I think I'm going to be sick.
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Old 05-15-06, 11:47 AM   #2
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Doesn't surprise me at all. I bought my first bike with the money I saved after I got my six month chip.
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Old 05-15-06, 11:47 AM   #3
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you're flushing your money down the toilet!
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Old 05-15-06, 11:48 AM   #4
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On the bright side, this might be the wakeup call I need.
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Old 05-15-06, 11:53 AM   #5
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If I saw $400/month, I'd probably have to drink more to forget about the money I've wasted.
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Old 05-15-06, 11:54 AM   #6
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Wow. Do you go out to bars a lot, or just buy the top shelf stuff?
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Old 05-15-06, 11:56 AM   #7
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Don't feel bad. I've saved $3500 bucks since I quit the corner bar last July. It has paid my new gym membership and a nice used toyota for the kids to tool around in. Quitting smokes in March has paid for new bar and stem I needed after hitting a speed bump (not recommended) two weeks ago.
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Wow. Do you go out to bars a lot, or just buy the top shelf stuff?
Lots of bars, lots of Scotch, lots of good beer.
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Old 05-15-06, 11:58 AM   #9
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Heh. I know several people that spend more money on bar tabs. Its quite scary and I'm amazed that they can still walk
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Lots of bars, lots of Scotch, lots of good beer.
Just skip out on the bars. That's where it gets expensive! Much cheaper to buy your own stuff and drink at home with friends. Or out camping.
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Just skip out on the bars. That's where it gets expensive! Much cheaper to buy your own stuff and drink at home with friends. Or out camping.
I thought the only reason people drank was so they had an excuse to socialise with people?
I mean thats the only thing missing from my life.
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Or out camping.
This girl knows what she's talkin' about. Camping...woohoo!
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Old 05-15-06, 12:35 PM   #13
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Just skip out on the bars. That's where it gets expensive! Much cheaper to buy your own stuff and drink at home with friends. Or out camping.
I have tried limiting the amount I drink before, to no great effect. It'll work for a while, but then I wind up at the level I was before. At this point, it would be easier to just quit drinking. I can still go to the bars and all that jazz. I'll just be the one driving everyone home.

And I usually end up spending more on alcohol when I camp... heh...
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I have tried limiting the amount I drink before, to no great effect. It'll work for a while, but then I wind up at the level I was before. At this point, it would be easier to just quit drinking. I can still go to the bars and all that jazz. I'll just be the one driving everyone home.

And I usually end up spending more on alcohol when I camp... heh...

Hmmmm maybe it would be an interesting experiment. Try quitting for one month and buy yourself a nice present with the extra money. See how you feel at the end of it and decide whether its all worth it or not.
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Hmmmm maybe it would be an interesting experiment. Try quitting for one month and buy yourself a nice present with the extra money. See how you feel at the end of it and decide whether its all worth it or not.
And the good news is the present wont kill your liver as much as the drinking
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Old 05-15-06, 12:43 PM   #16
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Hmmmm maybe it would be an interesting experiment. Try quitting for one month and buy yourself a nice present with the extra money. See how you feel at the end of it and decide whether its all worth it or not.
That's a pretty good idea.

It would certainly test my will power with Memorial Day comming up...
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Watching drunk people while you're sober can be quite entertaining. Initially, you'll want to butt in and stop them from the obvious slow-motion train wrecks that they're headed towards, but after you recognize that you can't head them off directly, you learn to be more subtle (like changing the subject), or just let them take their crash anyways.

If you're really creative, you might be able to make some cash on the side via blackmail (I didn't really say that).
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I've been around way too many drunks. It gets old and annoying rather quickly. And I've seen it spiral into things that have nearly resulted in lost lives due to the emotional stabilty of the person under dire circumstances.
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Holy mother****ing ****!

I'm bored at lunch... so I logged onto my bank's website and added up how much money I spent on alcohol since the 15th of last month, out of curiosity. Looks like I got about a $400 a month habit. Really freaks me out when I look at it from that perspective. Especially considering that 3 months worth of drinking is equivalent to a custom frame. Or even putting down a hefty credit card payment.

I think I'm going to be sick.
....mine is close. My body is starting to feel it to.
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I thought the only reason people drank was so they had an excuse to socialise with people?
The only reason I socialized with people was so I had an excuse to drink.
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Lots of bars, lots of Scotch, lots of good beer.

What is your favorite brand of Scotch?
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I'm spending about $200 / month for alcohol, mostly $7 to $10 bottles of wine these days, since I gave up beer in Jan 2005.
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Hmmm...well ep, I know wine snobs who would be drinking only one or two bottles a month if that was their tab. In other words, dollar amount isn't always the best indicator; it's really subjective to say whether or not somebody else has a drinking problem.

On the other hand, most people who think that they may have a drinking problem frequently do. It's just one of those things that doesn't come up much by accident. If you think this is something that you should be paying more attention to, you are probably right. You would be the best one to know.

It would be like bringing home a second pay check if you can make a change. And if you do have a problem, and can deal with it before it really starts to take hold of you, all the better. Once the worm turns with alcohol, it isn't real pretty and there's no upside. Either way good luck with it.
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Cigarettes are worse than alcohol as far as addictions go, IMO.
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