Tuesday, December 7, 2010

How to Deal With Too Much Money?

One of the most common problems many people are facing everyday is the problem of money. No one is exempted, not even me. The more common, though, is the lack of it.

Now, I was chatting with a friend one time and the topic was about the winner of the recently concluded lottery.
That person (a he or a she) won approximately 700 million pesos (some 10 million USD, I think). We were both wondering...how can that person spend, or better yet, make something out of that huge amount?

Something came up on my mind that time...I was daydreaming of getting hold of an old lamp. Of course we all know that story, so to cut it I rubbed the lamp and a genie came out! This time there are no three wishes, but a proposition that goes like this...

"I am going to give you money. Five hundred million US dollars to be very exact. But here's the deal: you have to spend it, all of it. Do not safe-keep it. Buy anything. Spend it until the last penny. One word of caution though; if you don't consume it within twenty-eight days from today then all the cash shall be taken back...until the last penny, which means you're going to pay for everything with your OWN money."

As I was walking home yesterday I thought of actually doing the entire thing. I went online shopping and here are some of the things I've chalked up...

Budget: 500 million USD
Days to complete: at least 25 days

Apple Mac Pro
DiamondScreen Rear Projection Screen with No Frame - 200" diagonal NTSC Format
Eliese HP-Bw2 5.1 Tower Speaker System
Coyote Point Equalizer E350SI Server Load Balancing Appliance
Waterfall Audio "Niagara" Diamond Glass Floor Standing Loudspeakers - Pair
Technics SL-1200MK2PK Quartz Synthesizer Direct-Drive Turntable (Black) (2 pcs.)
Sony ES HES-V1000 Blu-ray Home Entertainment Server
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera
Canon XH-G1S Camcorder 3CCD HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder
ATN TICASR10PT SR-100 With P/T 100mm Lens 7 Degree FOV NTSC
HP Officejet 6500 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer
Cisco 3845 Voice Bundle - Router - voice / fax module
Gibson Custom L-5 CT Quilt Electric Guitar
Hammered Copper 10-piece Cookware Set - Frontgate
Royal Doulton Precious Platinum 22-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4
Paul Reed Smith Private Stock Custom 24
Henckels Twin 1731 Series7 Piece Knife Set with Block
Budda TwinMaster 10th Anniversary Reissue Hand-Wired Combo
Northland 72SS-SGP 72in Side-By-Side Refrigerator
Sammons Preston T600 Series SportsArt T670 Treadmill
TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller
2011 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG

...all of these for a grand total of...

$570,443.18 (excluding taxes)

Whoa! Not even halfway yet! 

This is actually challenging. I still have at least 25 days to go. There are still lots more to purchase.

How about you, can you make a list of your own?

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