Ok readers. I need some advice. So many of you have been wonderful in the past to offer me words of wisdom. I'm asking for you to please send me a comment telling me what you would do if you got $500 that you weren't expecting.
Here's why I'm asking:
Ben spent all day on Saturday working for his grandma. It was backbreaking labor (literally) and he spent almost 12 hours clearing out the dead trees around her mountain cabin. As payment, she gave him $500. And since our budget is tight right now, its been months since we've had any sort of money to spend on fun things. The money is literally burning a hole in Ben's pocket. Although he earned the money, he wants to spend it in a way that the whole family can enjoy.
Yesterday, he kept asking me what he should spend it on. My immediate reaction was that he should buy a road bike. He's been wanting one for months. Recently, my brother offered to sell his to Ben for the price of $500. That seemed like the most likely way to spend it - like it was meant to be. But Ben doesn't want to spend it all on himself. So, I offered some other suggestions, such as:
a) put it in our money-market account and save for a rainy day
b) make an extra large mortgage payment
c) buy light fixtures for the basement we've been trying to finish for months
d) go golfing
e) buy some new clothes
He didn't like any of my suggestions. He asked what I would spend it on (not counting boring ways like paying bills or saving it). I told him that I would buy Gracelin a bed (right now she sleeps on just a mattress). So, that is now what he wants to buy. Only now I feel badly - that was my "dream" scenario - not what I really think the money should be spent on. Ben's dream is an xBox 360.
Needless to say, we've reached a stalemate. In fact, our debate got quite heated last night. I really wish he'd just do whatever he wants with the money, but somehow I have to be involved in the decision. So, that is why I am asking for help. Please take a second and post where you would spend an extra $500 that you weren't expecting. Give me some great ideas! Thanks in advance!