What I would do with a windfall

If I gave you £100 (or equivalent currency) right now to spend on non-essential things, what would you buy? Would you get a lot of little things or one expensive thing?

My friend was telling me that she and her husband save a little money every week and put it away for the January sales. Then, they split the cash, head in opposite directions and meet up later. He has always splashed out on one item, such as a really nice jacket, whilst my friend has about fifty bags on her, from various different shops.

If you are being frivolous, does bargain hunting matter, or is getting something you really want more important?

After giving it some careful though, I decided that I have such a short attention span, I would rather buy lots of things. In fact, I even decided what things I would get:

  • A set of 4 tumblers from The Green Glass Company (£20.41 as converted by Google and not counting shipping)
  • Lucky Charms and Pretzel Flipz from American Soda (£11.29 including shipping)
  • The Counting Money Jar (£14.99 as featured on STYA previously)
  • Red Bull Racing jacket (£35.67 as converted by Google and not counting shipping – I don’t have a favourite team but this does look nice and snuggly warm)
  • Hearts & Bones DVD (£13.98 – because even though we don’t have a DVD player, I looooved this show and somehow I don’t see it being available on iTunes anytime soon)

That gives me a total of £96.34, give or take the odd shipping charge.

I’m interested how you would approach a £100 windfall, and I’m also curious to come back to this list at a later date and see if I splashed out on any of the items, or if my feelings towards it have changed.

16 thoughts on “What I would do with a windfall

  1. I am having a similar problem at the moment because it is my birthday at the end of the month and I cannot decide what I want.

    There are no DVD’s or CD’s worth getting that cannot be rented or bought on iTunes, there’s no point getting me video games because I don’t play ’em enough and I hate boring everyday stuff as presents.

    Yet all I can decide that I want is a new office chair and a pair of slippers. That would take up a large chunk of the £100 so fill the rest with beer and good times 😉

  2. Yet all I can decide that I want is a new office chair and a pair of slippers. That would take up a large chunk of the £100 so fill the rest with beer and good times.

    Ooh, I forgot about alcohol! Hmm, I think Lucky Charms outweigh wine for me 🙂

  3. My current wishlist at Waterstones comes to £95.94 so I guess I’m spending it on books including Peter Ackroyd on Venice and Danny Baker & Danny Kelly on Football Debates.

    If I didn’t buy books, I’d get one of the latest Kipling bags which are far too expensive for what they are but I love them anyway.

    So my answer is either 8 books or 1 handbag.

  4. I think I’d be more likely to go for one big item. The only problem being that everything on my current wish list is well over £100! I’m currently eyeing up: Nikon D3000 DSLR, a new road bike and a BBQ.

    If I ” only” had a £100 I think I treat myself to a bit of pampering; haircut, pedicure and/or massage.

  5. Well 100 British pounds is currently $172 and 83/100th Canadian Dollars. Not too much to go crazy with a blowout so here goes:

    1) The 4 books that are my Chapters Online Wish List comes to a total of $49.88.
    2) The gal wants to see a special exhibit at the Toronto Museum (Better known as the Royal Ontario Museum) Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are there and the museum itself has been expanded. $56.00 for two adult tickets. (Have until Janaury 3rd, 2010 to do this)
    3) Transportation cost (car/parking/subway or bus/subway to forfill step #2 will set me back $48.00.
    4) $18.00 will be spent the next time The national lottery is over 20 million Canadian Dollars.
    5) $0.75 will be spent on 3x $0.25 gumballs at the local supermarket.
    6) $0.20 will be spent on 2x $0.10 25 shot shooting gallery video game at local hot dog stand. Loser pays for the lunch purchased at said Hot Dog Stand.

    Thus exhausts my winfdall.

  6. “So my answer is either 8 books or 1 handbag.”

    That is basically me. Although I’d probably end up going with the books!

  7. I am having a similar problem at the moment because it is my birthday at the end of the month and I cannot decide what I want.

    same! only that it’s in a few weeks… i’d love a Brawn GP Jenson hoodie cause they look so lovely and warm but what else i’d want to buy i don’t know, probably some camera stuff or something 🙂

  8. I like this question… I think it depends but I would rather go for 1 or 2 big things because then you know what your saving was for.

    But what would I get? I may have to come back to you on that one…

  9. I like this question… I think it depends but I would rather go for 1 or 2 big things because then you know what your saving was for.

    That is true, especially if you have something in mind and are therefore kinda saving up for it.

  10. That is true, especially if you have something in mind and are therefore kinda saving up for it.

    Actually I think that’s the difference. In the example of your friends who go out shopping after saving all year I think I’d buy one big thing. But if it was a windfall it might well mean me getting several smaller things.

    But now I know my answer… Half a Kindle 😉

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