Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dumb Things To Do During A Financial Meltdown

1. Start a big home improvement project.

2. Drop several thousand dollars on your sick cat.

3. Open your 401(k) statements.



Guilty.

17 comments:

LL said...

You never actually believed that your 401K would be there when you retired... did you? There's a reason they set those things up to where somebody else is in total control of them once you give them the money, and it ain't for your best interest.

Sunshine said...

Color me guilty too, except for the cat. lol

JennyLu said...

Awwww ((((hugs)))

Take some pictures, it will get u outside and the sunlight will make u feel better

also, guilty

Dave said...

Yeah, but the couple of thousand is money that the Vet can see go down the tubes in his or her retirement account.

fermicat said...

ll - yes, thus the monthly contributions by me and my employer. It is social security that I don't believe will be there for me.

sunshine - you're spending the cat/vet money on the kids, I'd bet!

jenny - hug accepted, and pictures are sure to be posted soon. Poor Silvio looks ridiculous with the e-collar and shaved butt region.

dave - good one...

JennyLu said...

now now, keep the pictures clean, we don't need TOOO much detail on the shaved region! E-collars are always a blast! Put some tin foil on his ears first, hell he is already humilated, whats a little fun? Reference one crazy summer with demi moore and the dog from mars. Sigh.

Jeni said...

Aside from the shaved butt region and other contraptions they've put on Silvio (to protect his special regions ya know) how's he doing otherwise? Hope all goes well for him and he heals up quickly, bounces back to his old self then.

tiff said...

I refuse to do #3. My heart doesn't need to be broken, yet again.

trinamick said...

That's one good thing about being broke. You have nothing to lose.

fermicat said...

jenny - I took a few pictures tonight. Will try to work them up for a post soon. No kitty porn, though. I'll blur out any scary bits.

jeni - still drugged, so doing OK. It is going to be a long two weeks with that e-collar...

tiff - good plan. I wasn't going to look, but then I figured what the hell? I know it is bad, so why not?

trina - yeah, but you dumped your debt, which is a great help. I know I sleep a lot easier since i did that, even in the present uncertain times.

TheWriteGirl said...

Never, NEVER open those statements! That's one lesson I learned from the last recession. Just keep telling yourself "this is a long-term investment" and stick the envelopes in a drawer. That's the way to deal with it.

JennyLu said...

dumped your debt... what does that mean?

fermicat said...

thewritegirl - I enter the data into Quicken, so I have to open them at some point.

jenny - poor choice of words. "Paid it off" is more accurate.

magnetbabe said...

Dropping $$ on your sick cat isn't a dumb thing to do, its the right thing to do that just makes you feel sick having to do it. Silvio is so lucky that he was chosen that day you went to the shelter. In these tough times, he could have easily had an owner with no other choice but to give up on him.

fermicat said...

magnetbabe - true. But we could have put it off, although those catherizations are also expensive.

Kathleen said...

I opened my 401(k) envelope the other day as well - so I feel your pain. I almost threw up, it was so appalling.

fermicat said...

kat - and the worse thing is you know they got pummeled even more since the statement was printed. I won't be checking on the value or anything. Will just wait and wince again in January.