Anyone else have the Barenaked Ladies song playing in their head? No? Well, here you go:
You're welcome. :)
This week on Romance Writers Weekly, we get to dream – and dream big! Leslie Hachtel asks:
If someone handed you a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Did you join me from J.J. Devine? I hope you left a comment on your thoughts of how she'd spend her money!
My mom calls extra money that happens to fall into your lap "mad money." You're not supposed to spend it on essentials – you're supposed to splurge, or buy something utterly ridiculous. Once she found a twenty-dollar bill, and bought this amazingly ugly jumpsuit with big baggy pants and a florid print. It made us all smile to see her in it. I guess that was the point!
I wish I could be as creative as the BNL with their million dollars, but I'm too boring for that. I'd probably do what most people would – pay off debts, make sure some was invested wisely, shared with family and charities.
But then? The rest would be mad money. And that might be the hardest to spend of all.
The thing is, I'm not much of a shopper. Retail therapy is not something I engage in. If I need something, I shop around, then buy the best I can at the best price. But I've never been the type to go to the mall on the weekend just to by things. And I've always been torn over "need" and "want." Yes, I "want" nice clothes and sexy shoes and elegant bags (LOTS of shoes and bag!) but do I "need" them? No.
So, the first thing I'd do is take a certain amount of mad money and hire a personal shopper (maybe Stacy or Clinton from What Not to Wear? I used to love that show) and have them outfit me with a complete wardrobe. That would take the stress out of it for me!
You might wonder why I didn't pick buying books as my first mad money spend. That's because, while I'm getting that new wardrobe, I'm also building a sunroom onto my house, and I am outfitting that sunroom with shelves. Then I will be buying books to fill those shelves. I'd buy first editions of my favourites, because I'd love to be able to collect valuable books, and be sure to fill the holes in series I already own but don't have a complete set of. I'd search for the bindings that match the ones I already have, even if the ones I own are in paperback, because I like sets to be seamless, and the books I already own I love, even if they are tattered and torn.
Travel would be in there somewhere, too. I'm very luck to have already visited many wonderful places in the world, but there are so many more to discover.
Now all I need is someone to give me that million dollars!
I wonder what Jenna Da Sie would spend her money on! Hop on over and see!