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Today I was thinking about something, that actually struck me as quite amazing.

The fact that I have as many board games as I do is astounding considering that I haven't spent a dime of any money that I've made in my adult life on any of it (unless you count the few that my wife has given me on special occasions as presents). You see, me and my wife are savers. We don't spend a lot of money, and we are able to have a nice life because of it. So how was I able to get thousands of dollars worth of board games? I have my childhood self to thank for that.

You see, I had a pretty good lunch money scam that I ran on my parents. If lunch was 2 dollars a day, I told them that it wasn't enough, I wanted to get extras, so I'd get 3-4 dollars a day. Each day I would pocket a dollar or two. I would use this money to buy pokemon and magic the gathering cards. I'd sometimes sell cards to other kids, trade up, buy for cheap and sell for more, I had an empire going. After awhile the interest died off, and I had an extensive mtg collection that sat and collected dust. Years and years later, I got into modern board gaming. I had actually checked out the local MTG scene, but I decided that I would rather play a variety of games.

I wanted ALL of the games, but there was no way I would be able to get my wife to let me spend money on it. My magic cards, however, were my childhood memories, and by parting with those, I could buy whatever I wanted. I now realized the value of cards that I had acquired as a child. My wife was ok with that money going towards games, since I was parting with something that was already mine.

Today it fully hit me, that as a child, I literally used some extra lunch money to make investments that payed off for thousands of dollars, and benefited me as an adult. That money is just about gone, but I'll have quite a collection by the end of it. Now I'll have to resort to trading games I already own but don't like much if I don't want to wait for christmas or my birthday cry. I thought someone else might find it amusing how much of an entrepreneur little me was.
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Today I was thinking about something, that actually struck me as quite amazing.

The fact that I have as many board games as I do is astounding considering that I haven't spent a dime of any money that I've made in my adult life on any of it (unless you count the few that my wife has given me on special occasions as presents). You see, me and my wife are savers. We don't spend a lot of money, and we are able to have a nice life because of it. So how was I able to get thousands of dollars worth of board games? I have my childhood self to thank for that.

You see, I had a pretty good lunch money scam that I ran on my parents. If lunch was 2 dollars a day, I told them that it wasn't enough, I wanted to get extras, so I'd get 3-4 dollars a day. Each day I would pocket a dollar or two. I would use this money to buy pokemon and magic the gathering cards. I'd sometimes sell cards to other kids, trade up, buy for cheap and sell for more, I had an empire going. After awhile the interest died off, and I had an extensive mtg collection that sat and collected dust. Years and years later, I got into modern board gaming. I had actually checked out the local MTG scene, but I decided that I would rather play a variety of games.

I wanted ALL of the games, but there was no way I would be able to get my wife to let me spend money on it. My magic cards, however, were my childhood memories, and by parting with those, I could buy whatever I wanted. I now realized the value of cards that I had acquired as a child. My wife was ok with that money going towards games, since I was parting with something that was already mine.

Today it fully hit me, that as a child, I literally used some extra lunch money to make investments that payed off for thousands of dollars, and benefited me as an adult. That money is just about gone, but I'll have quite a collection by the end of it. Now I'll have to resort to trading games I already own but don't like much if I don't want to wait for christmas or my birthday cry. I thought someone else might find it amusing how much of an entrepreneur little me was.


So you're celebrating the fact that you were able to lie to and cheat your parents successfully for years. Yay?
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Crikey. Can't imagine lying outright to my folks for extra money personally, but I suppose I didn't always spend my lunch money/bus fare on what it was given to me for...
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This made me laugh. I'm not sure I'd categorize you as an entrepreneur either. Maybe closer to some sort of scam artist? But hey man, if the entrepreneur label helps you sleep better at night.... whistle
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Iridium192 wrote:
Today I was thinking about something, that actually struck me as quite amazing.

The fact that I have as many board games as I do is astounding considering that I haven't spent a dime of any money that I've made in my adult life on any of it (unless you count the few that my wife has given me on special occasions as presents). You see, me and my wife are savers. We don't spend a lot of money, and we are able to have a nice life because of it. So how was I able to get thousands of dollars worth of board games? I have my childhood self to thank for that.

You see, I had a pretty good lunch money scam that I ran on my parents. If lunch was 2 dollars a day, I told them that it wasn't enough, I wanted to get extras, so I'd get 3-4 dollars a day. Each day I would pocket a dollar or two. I would use this money to buy pokemon and magic the gathering cards. I'd sometimes sell cards to other kids, trade up, buy for cheap and sell for more, I had an empire going. After awhile the interest died off, and I had an extensive mtg collection that sat and collected dust. Years and years later, I got into modern board gaming. I had actually checked out the local MTG scene, but I decided that I would rather play a variety of games.

I wanted ALL of the games, but there was no way I would be able to get my wife to let me spend money on it. My magic cards, however, were my childhood memories, and by parting with those, I could buy whatever I wanted. I now realized the value of cards that I had acquired as a child. My wife was ok with that money going towards games, since I was parting with something that was already mine.

Today it fully hit me, that as a child, I literally used some extra lunch money to make investments that payed off for thousands of dollars, and benefited me as an adult. That money is just about gone, but I'll have quite a collection by the end of it. Now I'll have to resort to trading games I already own but don't like much if I don't want to wait for christmas or my birthday cry. I thought someone else might find it amusing how much of an entrepreneur little me was.


So you're celebrating the fact that you were able to lie to and cheat your parents successfully for years. Yay?
He could have grown up to be Elon Musk with that skill set!

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You could always start at the bottom again - "Honey, I need $2 more to get some extras at lunch!"
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Savviness would require that you did it on purpose, using your investment skills intentionally. You just scammed your parents and the stuff you bought because you wanted to play with it just happened to go up in value incidentally.
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motoyugota wrote:
Iridium192 wrote:
Today I was thinking about something, that actually struck me as quite amazing.

The fact that I have as many board games as I do is astounding considering that I haven't spent a dime of any money that I've made in my adult life on any of it (unless you count the few that my wife has given me on special occasions as presents). You see, me and my wife are savers. We don't spend a lot of money, and we are able to have a nice life because of it. So how was I able to get thousands of dollars worth of board games? I have my childhood self to thank for that.

You see, I had a pretty good lunch money scam that I ran on my parents. If lunch was 2 dollars a day, I told them that it wasn't enough, I wanted to get extras, so I'd get 3-4 dollars a day. Each day I would pocket a dollar or two. I would use this money to buy pokemon and magic the gathering cards. I'd sometimes sell cards to other kids, trade up, buy for cheap and sell for more, I had an empire going. After awhile the interest died off, and I had an extensive mtg collection that sat and collected dust. Years and years later, I got into modern board gaming. I had actually checked out the local MTG scene, but I decided that I would rather play a variety of games.

I wanted ALL of the games, but there was no way I would be able to get my wife to let me spend money on it. My magic cards, however, were my childhood memories, and by parting with those, I could buy whatever I wanted. I now realized the value of cards that I had acquired as a child. My wife was ok with that money going towards games, since I was parting with something that was already mine.

Today it fully hit me, that as a child, I literally used some extra lunch money to make investments that payed off for thousands of dollars, and benefited me as an adult. That money is just about gone, but I'll have quite a collection by the end of it. Now I'll have to resort to trading games I already own but don't like much if I don't want to wait for christmas or my birthday cry. I thought someone else might find it amusing how much of an entrepreneur little me was.


So you're celebrating the fact that you were able to lie to and cheat your parents successfully for years. Yay?


Ha! I didn't even think of this kind of point of view. Quite honestly, my parents are horrible people, and my upbringing was under quite some horrible circumstances, so my thought process doesn't really account for them in any way. I figured people would just think it's funny to see how something you do as a child can roll over to have such an impactful effect on your future. I now see the imminent derailing of the thread coming haha.
 
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I'll just go back to my corner now and stop trying to make amusing posts. I'm obviously outside of my skill set here.
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You could always start at the bottom again - "Honey, I need $2 more to get some extras at lunch!"


OP clearly needs to set up a 2nd, personal bank account that his wife is not on. Then set up company direct deposit to route $50 per paycheck into it.
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I'll just go back to my corner now and stop trying to make amusing posts. I'm obviously outside of my skill set here.

Based on the tone, I'm assuming that a lot of responders here don't have children.

The entire goal of children seems to be to foil the well-laid plans of their parents, with no ill intent. I think it's funny, and also a decent story of how "childhood antics" actually amounted to something later in life.
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The entire goal of children seems to be to foil the well-laid plans of their parents, with no ill intent. I think it's funny, and also a decent story of how "childhood antics" actually amounted to something later in life.


Hunh. Children = cats.

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Of course, it all makes sense now!

I'm blinded by the light of logic!

 
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haha. Don't take it too hard Bryan. I think we're all just having a little fun at the expense of your early age sneakiness ninja
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I'll just go back to my corner now and stop trying to make amusing posts. I'm obviously outside of my skill set here.

Well, I thought it was pretty funny.

As a parent myself now, I also strongly suspect that yours knew what you were up to.
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jfadams wrote:
You could always start at the bottom again - "Honey, I need $2 more to get some extras at lunch!"


OP clearly needs to set up a 2nd, personal bank account that his wife is not on. Then set up company direct deposit to route $50 per paycheck into it.


What a preposterous idea! (starts filling out the paperwork)
 
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Bryan, as the parent of two children who are now grown, I delight in tales of other people's children taking them for a ride. My son would use his lunch money to buy candy on the way to school, then sell it at a premium once he got to school. He used those earnings to play poker, and made a killing at that. We finally caught on and quit giving him money, but by then he had such a successful enterprise that he didn't care if he got the pittance we were handing him.

I'm just glad I wasn't the only parent who got swindled by a clever kid.
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considering that I haven't spent a dime of any money that I've made in my adult life on any of it (unless you count the few that my wife has given me on special occasions as presents).


Wut?

Iridium192 wrote:

You see, me and my wife are savers. We don't spend a lot of money, and we are able to have a nice life because of it.


That seems like a bit of an oxymoron.

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You see, I had a pretty good lunch money scam that I ran on my parents. If lunch was 2 dollars a day, I told them that it wasn't enough, I wanted to get extras, so I'd get 3-4 dollars a day.


I have a great idea! I'll tell you at the end.

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there was no way I would be able to get my wife to let me spend money on it.


SUPER WUT?

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My wife was ok with that money going towards games, since I was parting with something that was already mine.


That's mighty nice of her!

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I thought someone else might find it amusing how much of an entrepreneur little me was.


What I find most interesting is that you seem to have lost your entrepreneurial abilities.

So here's my idea.

Why not tell your wife that whatever you spend on lunch isn't enough. Or if she makes you brown-bag it, tell her you decided you really need one more coffee to get through the day. Then take that money and save it for board games! Ingenious!

Edit: The idea was already had. But still, that's TWO people who think its a good idea!

 
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As a parent myself now, I also strongly suspect that yours knew what you were up to.
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Iridium192 wrote:
I'll just go back to my corner now and stop trying to make amusing posts. I'm obviously outside of my skill set here.

Well, I thought it was pretty funny.

As a parent myself now, I also strongly suspect that yours knew what you were up to.


That's just what I thought! It's possible they had no idea where the cards came from, but they had to notice a big collection like that.

If only my childhood self hadn't blown my extra bucks on stickers and R.L. Stine books, I could be rolling in games.
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Iridium192 wrote:
I'll just go back to my corner now and stop trying to make amusing posts. I'm obviously outside of my skill set here.

Based on the tone, I'm assuming that a lot of responders here don't have children.

The entire goal of children seems to be to foil the well-laid plans of their parents, with no ill intent. I think it's funny, and also a decent story of how "childhood antics" actually amounted to something later in life.
Exactly. Being a parent I would totally pretend not to know of the scam. I would only confront the little scammer if she (mine is a daughter) started to complain about the size of her allowance. Because we would both know that her "net allowance" was higher than the official amount.
 
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