$1000 on 6 laser hair removal treatments… did 3 treatments, then they had to move store fronts and my life got busy… then I got pregnant. Leg hair is definitely still there (though mostly sparser) and getting a boost from the pregnancy hormones. Hopefully the place will let me do the final three after the baby is born… but I haven’t gotten around to calling them to ask. On the plus side, I can now shave with an electric razor without going crazy, so that’s something. (Worth $1000? Probably not…)
$1000 on trees. That mostly died for weather related (and thus not covered) reasons. I especially weep for the beautiful willow.
I could have just put that money towards the mortgage… and then I wouldn’t have felt the need to spend it! But I didn’t know, couldn’t predict the future. If the trees had worked out that would have been awesome and would have cut down on water and air conditioning bills. Some of them may yet survive, but we won’t know until Spring.
Another semi-monetary regret: Letting the crazy dentist fill my cavities instead of switching beforehand. I just didn’t realize how crazy she was. My teeth seem to have adjusted but I really ought to see a new dentist to make sure everything is ok.
While we have the magic crystal ball out… the retirement investments didn’t do as well as putting that money towards the mortgage would have. Though probably once taxes are considered it’s a wash. If I had a crystal ball, obviously I would have invested in some little known stock that killed this year, and then sold it. But one doesn’t have a crystal ball, so one uses index funds instead and the stock market was pretty flat overall, despite its ginormous daily swings. It’s swung up recently though…
Have I learned anything from this? Probably not. It’s reinforced my “laziness is good” feeling. Normally I don’t do things like laser hair removal or home improvement. If it’s broke we fix it, but if it ain’t broke we don’t generally try to improve things. For the next few years we may go back to that philosophy. Even with vertical blinds.
Do you have any money regrets?