What splurges have you made that were worth the money?

Having been a Braves fan my entire life, I've decided to splurge on World Series tickets for the upcoming 3 games. In total, it looks like I'll be spending around $10k.

From previous threads on here, the common "splurges" are weddings, wedding rings, and vacations. I've always been one to buy quality things that I'll use a lot (new fully loaded car, custom mattress, etc.) but am pretty minimalist in everyday life. I've never gone on a vacation I've had to pay for myself, but luckily my family vacations have been to some pretty cool places.

The way I see it, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the memories I will make from attending the games will be with me until the day I die. It's not like $10k is my entire life savings (hell if you've read my previous posts you'll see I lost $100k+ on GME), but it's still a large amount of money.

A problem I've identified (that's been an issue for me for the past 6 years or so) is that I don't really feel anything emotionally. I think it stems from the realization I had after my injury that I won't become a Major League Baseball player. This had been my dream my entire life, and I haven't really been able to find a replacement. Serious consideration has been given to joining the military, but everyone I've talked to has advised against it, especially with what's going on today. When I go to Braves games, I feel something emotionally. I get that knot in my throat that's uncomfortable, but it's feeling something. Similar to driving with my eyes closed, it reminds me that I'm alive.

To conclude my Ted Talk, I believe this is one of the best investments I can make with this $10k. The ROI is I get memories I'll have until the day I die. Now, I'd like to hear about some of your splurges (both good and bad experiences).

WSO Elite Modeling Package

  • 6 courses to mastery: Excel, Financial Statement, LBO, M&A, Valuation and DCF
  • Elite instructors from top BB investment banks and private equity megafunds
  • Includes Company DB + Video Library Access (1 year)

Comments (273)

Oct 24, 2021 - 11:32pm
Drumpfy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Crazy Russian girl obviously.  When COVID hit and travel to both countries was banned we went from country to country for quite some time, it was a lot of fun.  Now I'm stuck in a sweaty CS masters that is not remote but I am def aiming to get back out there

Oct 26, 2021 - 5:55pm
Malta, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Georgia Tech OMSCS? I'm debating between that, UT Austin, UIUC, Vanderbilt, and Rice

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
Oct 24, 2021 - 11:47pm
MyNeckHurts, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My movie-accurate Anakin Skywalker lightsaber. I also bought Darth Vader's. I plan on getting Luke's and potentially Kylo's. We'll see. 

Learn More

300+ video lessons across 6 modeling courses taught by elite practitioners at the top investment banks and private equity funds -- Excel Modeling -- Financial Statement Modeling -- M&A Modeling -- LBO Modeling -- DCF and Valuation Modeling -- ALL INCLUDED + 2 Huge Bonuses.

Learn more
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 25, 2021 - 3:25am

Very stupid purchase but I dropped 4,500 on a VVS grill. Looks good in the clubs - gotten many compliments on it. Being in LA helps.

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:08pm
Synergy_or_Syzygy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I own a Weber myself... oh, that type of grill. Dad-mode deactivated.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
  • 3
  • Anonymous Monkey's picture
  • Anonymous Monkey
  • Rank: Chimp
Oct 26, 2021 - 7:15pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

🤝 Respect on that purchase 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Nov 13, 2021 - 4:59pm

This is super dope. Im curious does it retain value? As in if later if you find it tacky have you thought about what you could get for it / what would the value be melted down? Really the difference is the price you pay for it

Most Helpful
Oct 25, 2021 - 9:51am
Bizkitgto, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ski Boots. Go to a proper boot fitter with a good reputation, be prepared to spend 2+hrs (or more) getting fitted. Forget what brand or color you want. Don't even think of buying that awesome pair of boots because they are 20% off online. Footbeds matter, get them, if your feet are odd shaped (high arches, etc) - get custom footbeds. Also, be honest when you're asking how aggressive you ski, if you mostly stuck to groomers, be honest, you don't want a super stiff boot if you're a casual skier. Try to do a little research before you go in, and if you really don't know what you are talking about - tell them. Also, Grip-Walk seems to be the standard nowadays so see if you can get those soles. Even if you don't ski that much, a good pair of boots can last you 10+ years. When I travel, I always bring my boots in my carry-on, you don't want to lose them!

Like the old saying goes: "date your skis, marry your boots". 

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:07am
Ricky Sargulesh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+1.  finally got some high end custom fit boots recently and they're so comfy I don't even need to unbuckle them when I go to the lodge for lunch.

For skis, most high end rental packages are about $60/day or can be purchased for ~$800 in offseason sales, so if you're going to ski often I still think its better to buy, but if you're going on 1 short trip per year then renting is better for sure.

Array
  • 1
Oct 25, 2021 - 2:50pm
Wawiag, what's your opinion? Comment below:

+1 as well for custom boots and custom footbeds. I would add high performance bindings - I got rid of my crappy bindings and got Look Pivots, and they elevated my skiing in a major way. Now the mountain is my playground 

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:49pm
Big Chimp Sht 68, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Are there good boot fitters in NYC or something you need to do around the resort?

Oct 26, 2021 - 9:51am
Bizkitgto, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are great boot fitters everywhere, just make sure to go to a shop with a good reputation. Resorts trend to have kids pushing rentals, so maybe stay away. Check out a few ski shops before committing. Ski towns will have great places for boots, just ask around town. I got mine in Jackson, not NYC so I can't really comment. 

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:54pm
Kung, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've been thinking about this and you may have just convinced me, my trip is mid December, do you think that'd be enough time to get those made? I have no clue how long something like this would take.

  • Prospect in IB - CB
Oct 25, 2021 - 10:26am

Wondering about this as well. Thinking of buying courtside tickets to a nba game (~1.3k per seat), but I'm worried I'll regret it

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:51pm
bands_bands_bands, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Courtside is so sick. I sat courtside at the staples center and it was a totally different experience than being higher up. You're literally feet away from the players and can hear everything they're saying. All the big plays are crazy up close, especially dunks. Also they had a private buffet with literally any food you could imagine and you could take as much as you want.

  • Prospect in IB - CB
Oct 25, 2021 - 1:24pm

Yeah but is it still worth it when the lower bowl tickets are still somewhat close to the players and only $80? Im not sure I can justify that much of a difference

  • Investment Manager in HF - Other
Oct 25, 2021 - 11:15am

Splurges that were worth it (for me at least):

Condo (but this is pretty standard)

vacations/experiences: lots that come to mind, but I'm a big foodie so a few trips to Europe for 1 or 2 nights for food and hanging out with friends, few weeks hiking in South America, sailing around the Mediterranean for a week, soccer games in Brazil (crazy atmosphere), etc

borderline worth it: car 

not as worth it but still enjoy a bit: watches 

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:17am
Memberberries, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Years ago when I was a partner in a mortgage bank, I was trying everything in my power to make things work. Our pricing was garbage compared to competitors, so to entice my friend at the time to refinance with my company, I invested $22,000 into his friend's Chinese solar company. That money was never seen again and my friend still didn't refinance with me. That's what desperation looks like. 

Array

  • 11
Oct 25, 2021 - 3:25pm
Memberberries, what's your opinion? Comment below:

We are not. But not because of this stuff. 

Array

  • Intern in PE - Other
Oct 29, 2021 - 7:16pm

god you got cucked.

  • Senior VP in AM - FI
Oct 25, 2021 - 11:21am

I'm a dodger fan...was at game 7 vs the cheating Astros and game 5 against Boston. Both were brutal...but the risk was worth it especially for game 7. It was kinda cool being at a game that determined the champion but otherwise it sucked. We stayed to watch the ceremony for both teams as bitter as it was because we felt it was part of the experience. Big risk big reward going to high stakes games. 

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:45am
Memberberries, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I feel like the only way I could enjoy the experience of a $3,000 ticket is if I had more money than I knew what to do with. Otherwise, I'd be stewing in bitterness over the cost the entire time. 

Array

Nov 17, 2021 - 6:10pm
Troy McClure, what's your opinion? Comment below:

c'mon let us know how much. If you could afford it and it was fun, it was money well spent, regardless of how much it was

Array

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:58am
BigBalls2000, what's your opinion? Comment below:

High end road bike with Zipp 353 NSWs. About 12k and worth every penny. Much more enjoyment from it than all the dumb money spent on sleds and Hermes cape code belts.

Oct 25, 2021 - 1:56pm
Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:08pm
TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I picked up a Yeti SB140 mt bike over the summer....totally worth it.

  • 5
Oct 25, 2021 - 6:27pm
msdixie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You running tubeless on the Zipps? 

That's a hell of a bike you have

Array
Oct 25, 2021 - 12:22pm
Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

2010 E92 M3. I have been obsessed with cars before I became interested in money. From time to time I regret it because of how frugal I am, and it is objectively an expensive, superfluous purchase. If I were wealthier I would plan on keeping it forever, but realistically I see myself selling it for a mortgage when the time is right. 

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:47pm
johnny-mnemonic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Have always seen this as the generation of M3 to get. How does it drive? I have a foxbody that I cannot realistically keep driving daily.

Oct 26, 2021 - 1:14pm
nessy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The E92 M3 is a phenomenal car and one I have always wanted. My fav car of all time to be honest.

I recently purchased a 2018 M2 - gotta say although the payments are hefty (for myself at least...), the joy I get from driving and even looking at it everyday is unbeatable. Just wish I made more money so wouldn't feel guilty having it. Drove the last car for 7 years and am hoping to get the same out of this one.

Oct 26, 2021 - 3:11pm
Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I love it! I looked at M2s but they were out of my price range. Had I factored in all of the preventative maintenance, the cost variance would've been marginal. The M2 is the only good car BMW has made since 2013 IMHO. When M2s came out from 2016-2018 they were actually reasonably priced, under 60/70k all in iirc. Even now, a used one with an extended warranty can be a great purchase. I have heard insane things about the 2021 M2 comps, but at 100k you can afford a better performance vehicle. If I had 100k to spend on a track car that could also be used as a daily, I would get the C8, spec it out, and still come in at 100k after taxes. My Dad actually is going exactly that with a 2022 model, and I am jealous. I would love to take some side by side photos of our cars. 

I know exactly what you mean about loving to just look at your car. Last night I went on a late night grocery run and my car was dirty and rained on, but it still looked better than any other car I've owned sitting in the middle of the grocery store parking lot. 

I will say that I pulled the trigger on the M3 too soon, due to FOMO. I heard they (alongside all other "semi-rare" NA v8s) were going to skyrocket in price because the demand would spike due to changes in production (e.g., increased emissions standards leading to smaller engines, more turbos less NA, etc.). With so few E92 M3s in decent condition and relatively low milage available at the time of purchase, I had to roll the dice. I bought the car after paying off all my debt but wasnt saving as much as I wouldve liked. All in costs (car payment, insurance, garage space, and gas) is around $855. It helps that I live with roommates and pay $1200 in rent. Because of this, I sometimes regret my purchase, just because I am again strapped for cash. I still can contribute healthily to my investment accounts (as much as I did pre-purchase), but need to carefully monitor all other spending (e.g., food / travel / trips / anything that is not a day to day expense). 

But never the less, I would have hated myself if I let a great opportunity slip through my fingers, and made it happen. I found a reasonably priced M3 less than 400 miles away, made an offer, and got shot down. Later the sales manager reached out to me and said we would come within $1000 of my offer if I bought the car before EOM (6 days left in the month). I jumped in the car two days later with my best friend and cruised up to MN to make it happen. 

Hope you get at least 7 years on your M2 and it is everything you hoped it would be. Once your warranty runs out, you should consider making a few performance modifications (if you're into that sort of thing). It will objectively decrease the value of your car, but may substantially increase the enjoyment you get out of driving it. 

If you like the E92 a lot, check out wettm3 on youtube (despite the awful name), who has a heavily modified M3 in space grey (same color as mine). He has a $6,000 custom titanium exhaust and it make the NA v8 sound like a v12 or a jet engine. 

Edit: added some additional details

Nov 24, 2021 - 12:30am
K-Peezy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not an M3, but it's my E34 M5 for me (the version in the movie Ronin for those wondering). Proper four seat layout, S38 3.6l engine, Canadian car so a euro-spec in the US (even with the km/h speedo and some bunk ass built-in car phone!). Only Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde issue is the gas mileage - 13ish mpg in the city, but 33 cruising at 80mph

Nov 24, 2021 - 7:46am
Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The E34 is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, better than the E36 I think. 

Regarding the gas mileage, for what it's worth, mine isnt much better than yours. I daily drive mine too haha.

I hope to see your whip cruising around some time, I dont think Ive ever seen a proper E34 in person. While Ive lost count of how many E36s Ive seen, E34s are hard to spot in my area. 

Dec 4, 2021 - 9:56am
Ed Wuncler III, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This.  I splurged on a 2013 E93 M3.  One of my favorite things I've ever driven (only comparable to the 2014 Mercedes SLS), and had the chance to buy one at a steal.  Was pretty well trashed when I bought it, but, mostly recoverable (needed a new oil pan, new brake rotors, 2 new wheels, 4 new tires, new hydraulics for the top, and the interior was rotted out / needed some major rehab).

Even after rehabbing the interior, it was never going to feel 'luxe' again, but man did that thing drive.  I got it to 155 (close to maxed out) on an empty highway, and drove it way too fast on some of the best, windiest, roads in the country.

Then I got caught in a surprise snowstorm.  Screwed the transmission.  Totaled.  Still worth enough to cover a lot of what I put in, but, I miss her...

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:23pm
Deo et Patriae, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My biggest splurge that was worth the money was a Steinway & Sons grand piano (Model B, which is just under 7 feet long).

Few other things in life give me greater joy and satisfaction than playing the piano.

One day, if I have the balance sheet (plus a house big enough for it), I would love to own a Model D (concert grand piano which is just under 9 feet long)

  • VP in IB-M&A
Oct 26, 2021 - 2:27pm

This dude has flexed so hard on WSO over the years that it genuinely hurts.

First it was his HBS chronicles/AMA and the legacy stuff about his dad being classmates with Jamie Dimon and Seth Klarman, then the post about buying paintings from the Dutch grandmasters for his family's personal galleries (and also lending the paintings out to major museums), and now the ~$100K piano he put in his apartment. Goddamn!

Oct 27, 2021 - 3:05pm
Deo et Patriae, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This dude has flexed so hard on WSO over the years that it genuinely hurts.

First it was his HBS chronicles/AMA and the legacy stuff about his dad being classmates with Jamie Dimon and Seth Klarman, then the post about buying paintings from the Dutch grandmasters for his family's personal galleries (and also lending the paintings out to major museums), and now the ~$100K piano he put in his apartment. Goddamn!

Flexing, I Guess?

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:28pm
NoEquityResearch, what's your opinion? Comment below:
kootcapital69

A problem I've identified (that's been an issue for me for the past 6 years or so) is that I don't really feel anything emotionally.

Ummmm...for you, I think the answer is counseling services....

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:34pm
Jerome Powell, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Lmao was waiting for someone to say it like he's driving with his eyes closed I don't think a DJ41 is gonna do the trick

  • 1
  • Associate 1 in AM - FI
Oct 25, 2021 - 12:34pm

Spent £9k roaming Europe and North Africa. For a whole month I was just moving from one country to another, staying in top notch hotels and filming everything in sight.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 27, 2021 - 12:48am

Solo trip? How did you go about planning it? What were your favorite spots

Oct 25, 2021 - 1:30pm
Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not sure who you have been talking to who advises against the military.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • 1
Oct 25, 2021 - 2:18pm
PEarbitrage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

High end computer monitors and a standing desk.  1000% worth it.

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:49pm
johnny-mnemonic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Agreed I would splurge on a garage down the line. Have you seen those 'car apartment' neighborhoods? They're all this type of garage plus a studio apartment in the loft.

Oct 26, 2021 - 9:47am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah those are popular in Texas and I checked out a couple. The thing is that financing on those is just about impossible to get since they're not really residential or commercial. You basically have to have the money outright or you'll never find a bank that will loan against it. 

*
Oct 25, 2021 - 3:20pm
bl00211, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Braves fan here as well. Been looking at tickets but can't bring myself to pull the trigger yet. Based on current ticket prices, its cheaper to fly to Houston and go to both games 1 and 2 than stay here for any of the weekend games. 

Oct 25, 2021 - 5:34pm
Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The fact someone leaked the A-list code is bullshit. I have tickets for Friday but had to go buy Sunday tickets from VividSeats. Paid over 3x what they were listed at in Ticketmaster. Something needs to be done about online tickets - paying $400 in fees for a $1k ticket is bullshit

Oct 25, 2021 - 3:42pm
thebrofessor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

buy em and don't look back. read up on "die with zero" by bill perkins. the amount of memory dividends will get you so much more enjoyment. what's money for if not for acquiring positive live experiences? 

mine are always related to experiences like travel. I imagine I'll have more than just travel if we have kids, but for now I remember the experiences way more than I remember which stocks did well in my PA

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:47pm
Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

- Wahoo Kickr - indoor cycling trainer - $1000

- Garmin Fenix watch - $950

These two have been game-changers with me. I use a Wahoo Tickr chest HR strap for all my activities. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • 1
Oct 27, 2021 - 4:15pm
MonkeyNoise, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I got a Garmin Fenix as well after being on the fence for a long time (I'm frugal as hell). Love the watch though, and worth it alone for the data tracking.

Dont get me wrong I was fit before the watch. But being able to measure run pace, swim pace, steps, heart rate, V02 Max, etc. allows you to do a far better job improving it. I like backpacking as well and the GPS feature is very cool where a smart phone would fail.

Always recommend 

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:56pm
johnny-mnemonic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Been getting into watches and I'm curious: those of you who own grail pieces like a Lange, Vacheron, Patek Philippe etc., do you still enjoy wearing it? I love the mechanics of watches so I am trying to get a serious piece at some point. 

Oct 25, 2021 - 10:30pm
CuriousCharacter, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've got a Patek Nautilus, and everything about it (the fit, the weight, the look, the size) is pretty much perfect.

It's an amazing point of conversation when someone in the know spots it, but it's very understated so I don't get gawking idiots constantly asking about it...

I fucking hate wearing it though. I'm so paranoid that it's going to fall off my wrist, or that I'm going to get robbed for it and I'm going to be out 100 grand.

  • 1
  • Intern in IB - PubFin
Oct 25, 2021 - 10:38pm

Out of curiosity, isn't there insurance or something you could get for a watch like that? I only ask because I got myself a Longines not too long ago for my first "real watch", and for a while I was super paranoid about it even though I got it for under $2k lol. I can't imagine wearing something worth six figures on my wrist and not having that thing insured out the ass.

Oct 26, 2021 - 3:11pm
Kung, what's your opinion? Comment below:
or that I'm going to get robbed for it and I'm going to be out 100 grand.

Luckily a Patek isn't likely to get you robbed on the street since I doubt most people who would do that aren't even aware of what it is. I've been big into watches for a while and have always said the difference between a Grand Seiko and a Rolex is that the Grand Seiko won't get me stabbed after dinner in the city.

Oct 26, 2021 - 11:00am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What is a grail piece nowadays anyways? All watches are impossible to find, so it seems that anything can be a grail, just getting any nice watch is an achievement. 

I bought a Rolex Daytona in Summer of 2020 when watches were hard to find but still before it got really crazy. I love it and I am disappointed when I don't have an event where I can wear it. If anything, I stop myself from wearing due to safety issues or whatever. Definitely no regrets in getting it and worth the money. 

*
  • 2
Nov 9, 2021 - 4:42pm
BRE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Don't own any of those grails but own a vintage 1675 GMT worth about $20k. Own 3 other watches that total another $20k between those.

LOVE wearing them but lately have found myself falling out of love with my newer pieces and more in love with my older pieces. I may trade out of the two newer ones to get another vintage Rolex.

If you need insurance to cover a higher value, get an appraisal at that higher value or get the Hodinkee insurance which I believe covers secondary market value, albiet you do pay a higher premium for it. Personally I got my pieces appraised and got Jeweler's mutual to insure the appraised amount

Oct 27, 2021 - 2:41pm
jarstar1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Do you sharpen them yourself? I've been meaning to buy a nice chef's knife but I don't know how to sharpen knives and I don't want to learn the wrong technique trying to following some youtube video. I've been looking for classes where I can go in person and learn but there don't really seem to be any.

Oct 26, 2021 - 11:39am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I agree with this too. I don't have anything "exotic" so I wouldn't call them a big splurge purchase or anything like that, but there haven't been any guns & ammo purchases that I have ever regretted and it's hard to lose money on most of those purchases. 

*
Oct 26, 2021 - 3:07am
GridironCEO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Tinder Plus, Bumble Premium, Hinge Premium, all in the same month.. this isn't counting the dozens of "boosts" I've paid for so that my profile is actually seen by a girl not holding a fish or a trump hat in her pictures. I got tired of matching with "if you can't handle curvilicious plus sized women, then swipe left." I knew once Apollo invested in some of these apps and the VC money started progessing towards later stage growth apps that needed to see a profit that things would change. But in all honesty, the amount of action and dates/matches these purcahses got me were completely worth it... and if your're like "fuck that I'm a hot gut and am 6'3'', I match with dozens of women a week" well great congratulations, but what if $20 a month could double that and increase your chances of getting laid on there 10 fold?!?!

We're not lawyers. We're investment bankers. We didn't go to Harvard. We Went to Wharton!
  • 19
Oct 26, 2021 - 9:07am
Masterz57, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ha interesting example - I too have spent on some of these things (and I am a 6'4 good-looking guy who gets matches anyway).  To me the right way to think about it is: you spend ~$80 on first dates in NYC (2 drinks a person at a good cocktail bar).  If you're going on 5 dates a month (very low # for me), that's $400 a month.  Why not spend ~$50 on the apps to make those dates substantially higher quality?  It's like a marketing funnel - you're paying for higher quality leads.  

  • 5
Oct 27, 2021 - 2:22am
Kevin25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

it's all true, but at the same time, don't you think that it's fucked up that you need to spend money to just be shown to girls? you encourage Tinder and others to get even greedier. it is fucking comical that they have super-hyper-boosts now. they started with free app, then introduced tinder plus, then tinder gold, then boost, then super boost. like wtf is that. why the fuck do I need to buy a super hyper mega boost every day just to be visible on a fucking dating app?

Oct 26, 2021 - 11:40am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:
GridironCEO

Tinder Plus, Bumble Premium, Hinge Premium, all in the same month.. this isn't counting the dozens of "boosts" I've paid for so that my profile is actually seen by a girl not holding a fish 

Fawk that's funny! And I totally understand where you're coming from :)

*
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Oct 26, 2021 - 8:19am

$2k cigar fridge and a bunch of cigars that i buy regularly

Oct 26, 2021 - 9:08am
Masterz57, what's your opinion? Comment below:

$2-3k almost every year on a big party of some sort (birthday, holiday, etc) - open bar at some spot (bar, brewery, etc) for 30-40 friends.  When you get older and your friends marry off and start having kids, you will have very, very few chances to get everyone together in one place.  I have never once regretted the cost.  

  • 7
Nov 3, 2021 - 11:00am
Masterz57, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No kids.  First reason - I'm not married, and would never (intentionally) have kids outside of that kind of relationship.  Second reason, I don't have a strong desire to have kids, so if I have them it will be because my partner wants them.  

Oct 26, 2021 - 11:16am
Peg Leg, what's your opinion? Comment below:

-High end sports equipment (golf and skiing in particular) and trips to some of the best spots to ski/golf. 

-Weekend trips to Florida 2-3 times a winter to recharge and golf

-Mid sized sailboat. Probably used it 10 weekends last season. Went to the vineyard, plenty of room for 3-4 friends etc. totally worth it. 

-Lots of travel other than the above. Europe every summer for 2-3 weeks. SE Asia/Australia in late winter.

Looking into a really nice place to live, but not sure if I'm relocating so that's on hold for a bit.
 

Oct 26, 2021 - 11:44am
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I like the golf suggestion. I was fully fitted for a set of Ping irons about 8 years ago and that was (quite a bit of) money well-spent, will absolutely increase your enjoyment of the game. 

*
Oct 28, 2021 - 10:51am
Peg Leg, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Most of the time I travel with a buddy or two. Did a lot of trips with girlfriends over the years. Favorite places in Europe would have to be Greece, Italy, Croatia for Summer time. I spent 2 weeks in Croatia this Summer and it was incredible.

Oct 28, 2021 - 11:00am
Peg Leg, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nope, I'm down in NY, grew up in Jersey and just crossed the river lol. I've been mulling over relocating to the DC area for a couple years since my business is kind of split between here and there.

Oct 26, 2021 - 12:16pm
teddythebear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm a pretty frugal person, but I bought a Porsche. It was about $25K more than another car I would have bought, but I drive my cars for at least 6-7 years so felt like it was worth it. Learning how to do my own oil changes to cut down on expenses, but its a bit difficult on German cars. I don't spend much money elsewhere. Heck I often cook just to save on dinner.

Array

  • 3
Oct 26, 2021 - 4:29pm
SafariJoe, what's your opinion? Comment below:

teddythebear

I'm a pretty frugal person, but I bought a Porsche. It was about $25K more than another car I would have bought, but I drive my cars for at least 6-7 years so felt like it was worth it. Learning how to do my own oil changes to cut down on expenses, but its a bit difficult on German cars. I don't spend much money elsewhere. Heck I often cook just to save on dinner.

Doing your own oil changes? WTF!!!!

SafariJoe, wins again!
  • 1
  • Associate 1 in IB - Cov
Oct 27, 2021 - 7:11pm

Which Porsche? New or used?

  • VP in IB - Gen
Oct 26, 2021 - 1:57pm

Things that have been worth it:

1) Solo trip to Ibiza in my younger years and other luxury trips / vacations ($20-30k each)

2) Older model Porsche 911 Turbo S and GTR - both around $70k used

3) Modest collection of firearms

4) PSA 9 1st Edition Base Set Charizard ($35k) - connection to my youth and an alternative investment :)

5) Relatively high-end watches - $30-50k each

You work hard to live your life on a different plane both during and after your working years. Enjoy some spoils of victory along the way, as you never know what tomorrow might bring.

  • Research Analyst in HF - Other
Oct 26, 2021 - 3:47pm

How young is younger years? Early 20s?

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:31pm
martin47, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When I got my second IB bonus, I spent ~$20k on art. Some good pieces, some bad pieces (would say ~$10k of the ~$20k was worth it, bought one or two pieces that I absolutely adore). I think it was definitely worth the experience, because now I'm much smarter about how I approach art buying/procurement. My standards are much higher and there is a lot of garbage that I certainly would have bought 2 years ago that I wouldn't think of buying today.

All in, I've also dropped ~$10-20k on women (use your imagination here). Wouldn't take a penny of it back haha.

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 26, 2021 - 2:46pm

Foursome with three high end girls for six hours. Just an experience and wouldn't do it again. Was worth it though

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 26, 2021 - 4:12pm

Minus et exercitationem quod dolor et placeat dignissimos. Blanditiis reprehenderit officiis asperiores tempora quos eveniet dolorum. Quod ut aut iste voluptatibus qui numquam. Est pariatur quas cupiditate et laborum vitae. Voluptatem inventore quae alias aspernatur vero impedit nemo.

Earum odio adipisci voluptatem et. Porro enim a iure provident ut. Quae sit et fugit.

Consequatur aperiam minima expedita et in blanditiis iste. Nihil ut et quo et nemo. Sit consectetur molestiae illo error occaecati quo et.

  • Analyst 1 in Acct - Audit
Oct 27, 2021 - 12:39am

Et voluptatem eligendi perspiciatis nihil. Quas unde eum doloremque quo. Quidem qui minima voluptatibus quos dolor et. Vitae aut incidunt ea modi officia. Molestias fugit iste dicta similique et aut. Qui eligendi et ut et. Molestiae ab minus voluptates consequatur.

Sed minus sit veniam. Et placeat numquam quo rerum. Excepturi ab quia non.

Funniest
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 27, 2021 - 12:52am

Tempora tempora architecto expedita. Assumenda consequatur tempore aut exercitationem.

Illum veniam qui doloremque voluptas qui magni. Magni porro voluptatem eius et. Cum labore minus sunt dolorem voluptatum voluptas.

Enim in non a aliquam eos sunt. Enim velit fugit a distinctio et eveniet consequatur. Minus cupiditate aut dolorem accusantium. Aliquid architecto unde totam praesentium dignissimos officia veritatis.

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:50pm
chzzzzDys, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Aliquid excepturi debitis deserunt necessitatibus maxime. Ipsam sed dolore sunt doloribus nulla repellendus distinctio. Architecto inventore necessitatibus autem quos enim consequatur qui. Repellat incidunt cum quia.

Et reprehenderit mollitia dignissimos officiis. Sunt tenetur quasi ipsa eligendi consectetur quasi. Dolorem illo est iste voluptatibus.

Oct 26, 2021 - 5:50pm
Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Itaque tenetur enim repellat perferendis in. Quisquam vel consectetur unde qui cumque sed dolores. Doloribus officia quaerat officia est fuga.

Velit vel minus sit consequuntur voluptatibus rerum laboriosam. Dolorem ea explicabo soluta aut. Laboriosam ex eos asperiores voluptas et accusantium. Non beatae quasi voluptate.

Praesentium voluptates voluptas nobis voluptatibus ad. Repellat itaque error voluptates voluptatem eveniet omnis. Odit laudantium neque in neque quia.

Oct 26, 2021 - 2:57pm
acardboardmonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Illo rerum quos rerum repellendus dicta accusantium. Aperiam delectus sit corporis. Et omnis non reprehenderit quo. Facere qui voluptas error hic dolorum sed.

Commodi tenetur illum et placeat. Quasi laudantium atque non perferendis quaerat ipsam. Laboriosam possimus iusto totam eum velit sed veritatis voluptatem.

Doloremque voluptas repellat vitae libero enim numquam assumenda voluptas. Enim esse quia sunt magnam deleniti dolor. Et sapiente laudantium ut non unde. Illum facilis consequatur nam. Consequatur et sequi atque in nesciunt voluptate.

Oct 26, 2021 - 3:13pm
CanadianEnergyBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Voluptatibus porro facilis qui. Itaque consequatur id suscipit ea et sed ut. Tempore quos voluptas nam modi cumque. Magni debitis a quod voluptatum voluptatem. Dolorum iste fugit quam deserunt unde qui animi.

Et sunt reiciendis neque non voluptatum est repudiandae. Facere aut nihil fugit blanditiis debitis aut.

Quidem sequi facilis cumque culpa quae. Laboriosam voluptas veritatis fugiat modi reiciendis voluptas veniam. Repellendus possimus at veniam quo id.

Start Discussion

Career Advancement Opportunities

May 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲03) 99.6%
  • RBC Capital Markets (▲07) 99.2%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲02) 98.7%
  • Lincoln International (▽02) 98.3%
  • Houlihan Lokey (▲07) 97.9%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

May 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲12) 99.6%
  • Rothschild (▲02) 99.1%
  • Truist Securities (+ +) 98.7%
  • Greenhill (▲06) 98.3%
  • Houlihan Lokey (▲07) 97.9%

Professional Growth Opportunities

May 2022 Investment Banking

  • Jefferies & Company (▲04) 99.6%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲06) 99.2%
  • RBC Capital Markets (▲09) 98.7%
  • Lincoln International (▲02) 98.3%
  • Houlihan Lokey (▲06) 97.9%

Total Avg Compensation

May 2022 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (9) $661
  • Vice President (36) $393
  • Associates (181) $246
  • 2nd Year Analyst (109) $161
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (17) $156
  • 1st Year Analyst (349) $148
  • Intern/Summer Associate (74) $147
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (272) $91