Friday, December 5, 2014

Secret Subject Swap - December Edition

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

My subject is “Let's imagine that somehow you have come into a large (LARGE) amount of money. How will this change your life? ”. It was submitted by

Here goes:

Let me start by saying that I was not made to be poor. Seriously. I like vacations, and nice things and big houses far too much not to be able to afford them. (I blame thank my mother for that trait.) I've been lucky enough to do a lot of traveling throughout my life, eaten at fine restaurants, worn expensive clothes, had nice jewelry, driven nice cars. The majority of that was funded by other people. Now that I'm a "grown-up" I get tired of not being able to pay all my bills and still have money leftover. I wish I didn't have to check my bank account every time I want to buy something or go out to eat somewhere.

I often wonder what I would do if I won the lottery, or found out I had inherited a large sum of money from a long-lost relative no one knew about. My ex husband got 5 out of 6 numbers once on the Florida Lottery. You're probably thinking: "Wow! That must have been a fortune!" Not so much. It was roughly $5,000. I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. I mean, 5 out of 6 numbers of a $7M lottery and we on'y got $5,000?

Of course, I soon got over that and became overjoyed that we were $5,000 richer. It was perfect timing, too. We were due to go on a 2 week trip to Germany and England to visit some of my family and friends.

On the way to pick up the check, we started daydreaming about what we would have done if we had won the full jackpot. We decided we would give some to family to help with things like paying off mortgages, or getting into a house, or paying off credit card debt etc. Then we would buy ourselves a house and the cars we each wanted. Maybe a boat. Then we would invest what was leftover and live off the interest.

I would like to think I would continue at my day-job, not go overboard on the spending, save for my kids college tuitions etc. In reality, I would probably totally blow through it. I would definitely help out family, but it would have to be a set amount each. None of this paying off mortgages, etc. The hubs and I have pretty large families so we would run out pretty quickly paying off everyone's homes.

I wonder who would suddenly come crawling out of the woodwork once they found out. There's always that long-lost cousin, or person you went to pre-k with, or the guy who bought you a drink at a bar that one time. How do you deal with those people? I mean, you sudden;y have, say $10M and someone asks to borrow some. How do you say no?

Then I think of all those horror stories about people who get hit by a car a week after they win. Or the ones who get murdered by their girlfriend and buried under the driveway of their new house. Seems life gets so complicated for people when they come into money, whether it is a large inheritance, or lottery winnings, or even earnings from a successful business.

Sometimes I wonder if I would be better off not coming into that large sum of money...nah, I'd take my chances...

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  1. Big houses have to be cleaned just like small ones. If I won the lottery I would not buy a mansion but I would do a lot of traveling as well
    Spatulas On Parade

  2. Yup, I'd totally take my chances too.
    But I wouldn't blow through it, just most of it!

  3. I'd probably take my chances too 😉

  4. I love your "nah, I'd take my chances" ending.
    I play the lotto on my birthday. Thus far, no luck.
    If I have trouble sleeping, I get comfortable and focus on one topic. Something where there are many details and lists. It helps slow my brain down, and enables me to sleep.
    The most common thing I think about, is what would I do if I won the lottery.
    I've had a million different answers, but most have common threads. I contemplate different jackpot amounts.
    Most definitely, I would pay off debt, help family and friends, donate to charities, fund Weewee's education, and invest.
    Chad often says it's best I don't win. He thinks I'll be broke in a week from donating it all and helping people. Regardless, wouldn't that be fabulous?!
    Great post!

  5. I often wonder if it is true: more money, more problems. I sure would like to find out! ;)

  6. That's probably one of the toughest questions out there: (how) would money change me? And (how) would it make me happier? As you are saying, becoming rich produces a whole bunch of new "problems", one of them being who you can really trust. I'm not talking about the "long lost friends", but the people you need to build or buy the house, your financial / tax advisor, etc.
    Congratulations on the 5k - taking this trip and making lasting memories are a great, great way to spend it!

  7. I could be a long lost cousin...just sayin... I'd take my chances too....