Comments on: The Secret to Happiness: Drink Wine http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/ One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.11 By: Bryan http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-381 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 01:13:50 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-381 I agree Holly. I know for you and Greg, you both like to travel. You are able to do this creatively with travel hacks, points, miles, etc. I am guessing that there may be some out-of-pocket costs that might not be covered. For you that is OK! Others might question why spend so much on experiences when you could buy things instead.

BTW – we feel the same way about travel and it is a significant part of our budget. 🙂

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By: Bryan http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-380 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:54:22 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-380 DP,

We too were spoiled with great wines in the SF Bay Area. We had the “free memberships” with two wineries where we received a discounted wine shipment each quarter. The wine tasting were no cost to us when we went into the tasting rooms.

This last Saturday night we attended the first private event for us after joining this special wine club. It was really awesome to have a full dinner paired with great wines. All of it “free”. The wine maker spent some time talking with Dianne and I, thanking us for joining this club. We mentioned that we have noticed a marked improvement in his wines over the last 5 years. He agreed! What a humble and dedicated wine maker and owner.

We are glad we joined! 🙂

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By: Bryan http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-379 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:46:38 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-379 It seems like everyone has their own thing that is important to them and they can find a way to justify thee expense. I have to tell you, I still do the math calculation on each purchase, while Dianne spends more time enjoying the wine! 🙂

I know that for us, we have saved thousands of dollars by buying used cars and driving them for years. Friends and family we know find driving new or newer cars more important to them then other aspects of their lives. It just goes to show how different people are.

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By: Holly Johnson http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-378 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:17:40 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-378 Hey, I don’t blame you. This sounds like hobby spending to me. A lot of people play a sport or run expensive marathons, scrapbook, etc. Why not wine? =)

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By: DP @ Someday Extraordinary http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-377 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:17:09 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-377 Can’t argue with this one! I can see making a similar move in the near future. I have the same problems as you’ve had, though: I lived in Northern California for 7 or 8 years and was spoiled by the fantastic, easily accessible wines. I’ve tried them everywhere I’ve lived since then and continue to have my hopes dashed. The wineries and, especially the wines, are subpar compared to Napa and Sonoma – but beggars can’t be choosers! Enjoy and don’t let the upfront cost come back into your mind!

-DP

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By: Abigail @ipickuppennies http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-376 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:06:19 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-376 Yeah, it’s a lot, but everyone has something he/she prioritizes enough to “overpay” in other people’s eyes. For us, it’s convenience food and date night. For you, it’s wine.

Tim and I joke about how much money we’ve saved by not liking coffee or wine. But seriously, it’s got to be tens of thousands of dollars at this point.

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By: Bryan http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-375 Sun, 08 Nov 2015 16:41:34 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-375 Luke,

You nailed the biggest challenge I have: my life has become a big math equation. I seem to evaluate decisions from a numbers/money perspective first, then jump to some decision when the emotional elements of the decision begin to overwhelm. You did an excellent job describing the emotional and non-logical aspects of our decision making very succinctly in your recent 5-part series which I really enjoyed.

I had a great time on my vacation, feel rejuvenated, and ready to face the challenges of work on Monday. Thanks for asking! 🙂

Take care – Bryan

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By: Luke Fitzgerald @ Financially Fitz http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-374 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 12:06:04 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-374 Great example on how our lives aren’t just one big math equation. Sometimes things that don’t make much economic sense make a while lot of life sense! 🙂

Hope you find the ROI is worth it, like I’m sure you will. Also hope your vacation was great!

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By: Bryan http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-371 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:22:25 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-371 Thanks Young! I know that you and your husband are close in age to us and can appreciate the difficulty in making some of these decisions. We are frugal in many aspects of our lives that help justify (at least to us) why we should join something we enjoy.

It is a double whammy when you have a blog that is focused on getting to FIRE and then you write an article on joining a wine tasting club and purchasing expensive (at a discount) wines. What the heck! 🙂

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By: Bryan http://www.justonemoreyear.com/the-secret-to-happiness-drink-wine/#comment-370 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:19:14 +0000 http://www.justonemoreyear.com/?p=925#comment-370 This was all about living for us and why we made the decision to join the wine membership. It is easy for me to get into the mode of saving every penny. Then I swing back to the YOLO lifestyle when I become fearful that life is too short. Somewhere in the middle is the balance! I wonder if I will every find it? 🙂

Yes, the food is awesome! Tomorrow we are going a “free” event for wine members that includes some tasty snacks, delicious wines, and a scheduled 15 minute neck massage for both Dianne and me. I do suspect they will extract some money from our wallets at some point. I have been out of state for the last two weeks so this should be a fun event.

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