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Old 11-03-11, 11:17 AM
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A little longer leash

So.... my wife recognizes that this cycling hobby (addiction) of mine costs a little money from time to time. Since she keeps the checkbook, I'll check in with her to make sure it won't break the budget if I want to get something for my bike. A couple days ago, she basically declared an allowance for my hobby.... I can spend $X per week (on average) on cycling stuff and she doesn't want to hear about it. Funny thing is that, on average, I don't typically spend that much on the bikes anyway.

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Trying to get there - it may take awhile.
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I had a friend whose wife had him on such a strict budget that on the odd chance she let him play golf, she would call the pro shop, find out how much it was going to cost and give him a pre-written check for that amount. No beer or junk food allowed. Their marriage actually lasted longer than mine.
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Gotta get your lady into riding, then you can upgrade her bike by upgrading yours and handing down parts!
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Old 11-03-11, 12:26 PM
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remind me to reply to this tomorrow. My wife says I only have 30 seconds of "computer time" left today.
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Secret bike account stash. Mine's hidden in an old ....

OH...HI HONEY !
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Originally Posted by Harlan View Post
Gotta get your lady into riding, then you can upgrade her bike by upgrading yours and handing down parts!
I'm working on it. Got her a bike last year, she was kind of enjoying it. Then this spring she had surgery and it kind of got dropped. Trying to get it going again though.

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I have two words for you:

Secret Warchest

I've been married to my honey for 25 years, and the secret warchest has kept me sane and her happy. My rule is to make bikes pay for bikes, so I'll occasionally flip one or something to make a little cash. And wifey doesn't need to know how much. I always keep a couple of hundred dollars in the chest in case I run across an irresistable deal.

The key is that nothing in the warchest comes from the household assets... it would be selfish and wrong to take from the family on the sly like that.

Now I would be silly to believe that she doesn't know that I stash money away... it's simply a fact that women are smarter than us. But in our house we sort of have a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to the warchest.
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This is all funny to me. And neat.
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so you people are saying I should remain single...
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
so you people are saying I should remain single...
Or date a cyclist/active person, then give them a bike.
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As long as there is (semi) disposable income after the bills are paid, my wife and I don't audit each others books.
We're both savvy bargain hunters, so we trust each others judgement. I don't bother her when it comes to shoes, jewelry, housewares. She doesn't bother me with bikes, computers, and tools.

Ironic timing on this topic. Wife's coworker was complaining about her financee yesterday over finances. He couldn't afford to buy her an engagement ring, so she offered her late grandmother's ring for him to alter the setting. 6 months went by....and he just bought a CF road bike for $2,500, half off, what a deal, yadda yadda. That pissed her off to no end and she took back the ring.
My wife told her she did the right thing....save that ring for her own daughter. Also told her it's a guy thing with bikes....boy toys. He apparently already has another bike and rides regularly.
"Why/how can he justify $2500 on a bike?" My wife replies that I have 50 bikes, and at least her fiancee only has 2 in his apartment! Coworker's mouth dropped.

I told my wife that I don't have that many...not even half! She smirked, and we started counting every frame on the property. When I reached 30, my voice quieted, when we hit 43, I tried to steadfastly defend how it wasn't 50.

I quietly offered to prepare dinner last night. LOL!

In my defense, 11 are flips in various stages, 5 are my wife's, some in various stages, 4 are my son's, 2 in various stages, and the rest are mine, (yes, in stages!)

So, don't feel bad. You're not alone, just try to strike a balance.

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Old 11-03-11, 03:35 PM
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"When I reached 30, my voice quieted, "

Thanks, now I don't feel at all bad about having 6 bikes.
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As long as there is (semi) disposable income after the bills are paid, my wife and I don't audit each others books.
We're both savvy bargain hunters, so we trust each others judgement. I don't bother her when it comes to shoes, jewelry, housewares. She doesn't bother me with bikes, computers, and tools.
We've had tight times in the past, so I tend not to spend much without "clearing it" with her, not so much to get permission, as to make sure it won't bounce a check. We bounced some a month or two back; she got a bonus check and paid ahead on bills.... a little too much, and forgot about an automatic withdrawal she set up.
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I have an allowance and a night job I work at occasionally for extra $$$.

As long as I stick to those "assets" and whatever I can make flipping bikes and parts all is good. Sometimes an odd PayPal shows up on the "household" credit card but as long as it's not often it usually flies. Like a bit ago I picked up a really nice Avocet Criterium I saddle and didn't have the $$$ at the time. It flew. My wife likes jewelry (not horribly expensive) and one time she came across a deal, waited to ask me about it, but by that time it was gone. I told her then, "I trust your judgement...if it's a good deal, you like it, and it's not gonna break the bank just do it. I don't want to hear about missed opportunities."

That's transferred to me a little fortunately.

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I manage the money in our house and I never ask for permission, but neither does she. Thankfully, we don't have to watch every dollar and we're both pretty financially responsible (fiscally conservative ) , so we don't have any issues. I originally intended to keep a bike fund, but so far that money always ends up being used for something else, like furniture.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
so you people are saying I should remain single...
Originally Posted by Harlan View Post
Or date a cyclist/active person, then give them a bike.
Yessirr, make it a vintage red import, and you too can enjoy a longer leash.
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Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
I had a friend whose wife had him on such a strict
budget that on the odd chance she let him play golf, she would call the pro shop,
find out how much it was going to cost and give him a pre-written check for that amount.
No beer or junk food allowed. Their marriage actually lasted longer than mine.
It only seemed longer.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
We've had tight times in the past, so I tend not to spend much without "clearing it" with her, not so much to get permission, as to make sure it won't bounce a check. We bounced some a month or two back; she got a bonus check and paid ahead on bills.... a little too much, and forgot about an automatic withdrawal she set up.
Ah yes, that's happened before, a mis-communication here and there.
We're managing to keep our heads above water through these tough times. The good thing is it's understood how the flips help achieve parity with my hobby. Once I move those 11 flips and complete her Schwinn road bike, I'm in good standing and she doesn't care about my bike pursuits.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
so you people are saying I should remain single...
I've been both single and married a couple of times over the years.
Whatever you do, try to be happy within the framework of it.

Wimmen. You can't live with 'em, and yet they smell so good.
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she must be tired of your begging.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
So.... my wife recognizes that this cycling hobby (addiction) of mine costs a little money from time to time. Since she keeps the checkbook, I'll check in with her to make sure it won't break the budget if I want to get something for my bike. A couple days ago, she basically declared an allowance for my hobby.... I can spend $X per week (on average) on cycling stuff and she doesn't want to hear about it. Funny thing is that, on average, I don't typically spend that much on the bikes anyway.

Sweet.
Now is the perfect time to get her a nice present for no reason.

Women.
You can't live with them.
You can't shoot them.
And sheep can't cook.

My bike money originally came from a weekend job I did once in a while, but it's been zero-sum for a while. What goes out, comes in, and that limits it. I find that upgrading components and brands means fewer bikes, but I like that it's getting more concise....

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I haven't outspent any of the money that I have earned on flips and I doubt I ever will.
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See, I don't have the time to invest in flips, not right now anyway. Maybe eventually. I've only flipped a couple, and one of those, I gave away.
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she must be tired of your begging.
Wisdom right there.
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