Will you reserve something for decades?

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kenny1999

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When you see something for real deal, yes, it's real deal, probably once in a life time, you always know the price, and you know you are saving more than 50% of the normal price you can find. Will you buy a lot for reserve? The real problem is it is not something that can be consumed quickly, one item can be used for at least 5 years in my experience, even used daily and heavily and there isn't necessary to use more than one item at the same time. In other words, getting so many of them means I am probably going to keep those items unused for decades. It is a hard decision because it is going to be of no cost to keep those items because size is negligible, they won't go bad over time, and thieves won't even steal it. What do you think?
 

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Can you spare the cash for the investment? Will it do unpleasant things to your budget to spend that money now? If you can afford it and it won't hurt your budget and the item won't deteriorate with time, then sure, I would go ahead and get it. Well, assuming that it is something I want and have a use for. If it's a bargain on something that you wouldn't otherwise buy, then it might just be costing you money that isn't doing you much, if any, good.
 

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Can you spare the cash for the investment? Will it do unpleasant things to your budget to spend that money now? If you can afford it and it won't hurt your budget and the item won't deteriorate with time, then sure, I would go ahead and get it. Well, assuming that it is something I want and have a use for. If it's a bargain on something that you wouldn't otherwise buy, then it might just be costing you money that isn't doing you much, if any, good.
I forgot to mention another problem, that is, it is not a small amount of money, it is not affecting my life though. However, you can imagine, it's like I am now paying $10000 for a single time for all these items in return for saving about $10000 over a few decades, if not a life time. Is it better to spend $10000 for one time now or to spend probably $20000-30000 in total over a few decades evenly? Inflation is already taken into account.
If I take the former choice, I am going to pay $10000 in full now. If I take the latter choice, I am paying less than $2000 now.
 

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If it is a "real deal" on something we use, yes I stock up. Dried beans, dry pasta, paper goods (especially facial tissues since it is the sneezin' season), canned goods I don't can myself. I have never bought something just because it was on sale. Having an adequately stocked pantry or even an overflowing pantry is not a bad thing.
 

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If it is something you use now, then I don't see a problem....but if it is something you'd like to see yourself using but you don't at this point, then no.
I can't imagine what you could possibly want to buy for $10000.
I buy whole grains and honey in large amounts, because we already use these things every day and they will last in terms of shelf life. I stock dried beans, rolled oats (shorter shelf life), flour (shorter shelf life).
We're talking about having hives for bees. We've been talking about it a long time. Taking it slow, joining a beekeeping group, getting used hives, building a small enclosure to buffet them from the wind. I could spend $1000's on starting, or I can take it slow and build on it year to year.
 

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It is a consumable? that takes you 5 years to consume? I would probably get a 2nd one but not more than that. Savings of 50% means you would be paying the full price of 1 but getting the 2. So to me, that's a good deal.

So now, in 10 years are you still even going to want to consume it? Are you talking foods? Tastes change over the years. Are you talking non-foods? Preferences in surroundings also change over the years. Will you still want whatever it is?

Nothing good about spending thousands on something (edible or not) that you suddenly develop an aversion to. There might be wiser things for you to invest your money in.
 

kenny1999

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It is a consumable? that takes you 5 years to consume? I would probably get a 2nd one but not more than that. Savings of 50% means you would be paying the full price of 1 but getting the 2. So to me, that's a good deal.

So now, in 10 years are you still even going to want to consume it? Are you talking foods? Tastes change over the years. Are you talking non-foods? Preferences in surroundings also change over the years. Will you still want whatever it is?

Nothing good about spending thousands on something (edible or not) that you suddenly develop an aversion to. There might be wiser things for you to invest your money in.
Not food, I don't think there is any food that I can stock it up for decades without going wrong.

Sorry it's a little bit embarrassed to tell what it is, because I do not want to attract any unrelated or impolite comment. I don't want to give any chance for any troll.

I will certainly need it, it's a necessity. I have been using it daily for 10 years non-stop. I am not sure if it's defined to be consumable, but my experience is that it is going to break or fail every 5 to 10 years of daily use.

In fact, it's not medicine or medical device. I can still live without it totally.

After all, I have now made up my mind to go for half of the items, and thus money spent, I was expecting to stock, to reach a compromise in the imperfect world.
 

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Kenny, you have to go with your feelings. Right or wrong, but what's right for you. I think whatever decision you make will make you happy in the end, or at least it should! LOL, hope we were able to help.
 

blissful

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@kenny1999 you made a logical decision, a compromise of sorts. Sounds great.
For me, feelings aren't logical. I might really want to buy 4 million lottery tickets, wouldn't that be exciting and fun, but my feelings then change to, no not really, it would be a waste of money. I might then, buy 3 tickets instead after thinking about it for a while.
 

kenny1999

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@kenny1999 you made a logical decision, a compromise of sorts. Sounds great.
For me, feelings aren't logical. I might really want to buy 4 million lottery tickets, wouldn't that be exciting and fun, but my feelings then change to, no not really, it would be a waste of money. I might then, buy 3 tickets instead after thinking about it for a while.
I have already lost my passion for buying lottery tickets. I have never got any price. It's a waste of money to buy even 1 ticket.
 

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