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March 3, 2006 11:09 AM   Subscribe

$200Filter: I have $200 and i want to buy something cool, what should i buy? Also, i live in Dallas.
posted by flipmiester99 to Grab Bag (41 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Canon Powershot A520 4MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom -- best selling digital camera on amazon, only $169
posted by petsounds at 11:18 AM on March 3, 2006


decent haircuts for 20 homeless people.
posted by luriete at 11:26 AM on March 3, 2006


Love the post for homeless haircuts..Hilarious!
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:29 AM on March 3, 2006


Are you kidding? A digital camera beats homeless people any day.
posted by xmutex at 11:30 AM on March 3, 2006


invest it
posted by k8t at 11:33 AM on March 3, 2006


You want to buy something, but can't think of any specific needs? That doesn't seem problematic?
posted by jon_kill at 11:33 AM on March 3, 2006


No Dallas living space could be complete without this $200 gem.
posted by mdevore at 11:34 AM on March 3, 2006


See also.
posted by designbot at 11:37 AM on March 3, 2006


Get an 8 ball. Or just get a half gram and buy a few girls drinks.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 11:39 AM on March 3, 2006


Invest it in an indexed retirement fund.
posted by designbot at 11:39 AM on March 3, 2006


9648 frog erasers. 8 tubes of aerogel fragments. 40 MetaFilter sock puppets.
posted by clockwork at 11:41 AM on March 3, 2006


Open a money market acct. Or alternatively, buy a PS2.
posted by lyam at 11:51 AM on March 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


How about that cell phone for your wife?
posted by orangemiles at 11:54 AM on March 3, 2006


Take your wife out to dinner. Surprise her with the gift of a new cell phone.
posted by Fat Guy at 11:54 AM on March 3, 2006


Metageist.
posted by Fat Guy at 11:55 AM on March 3, 2006


What miles and Fat Guy said. engadget has a mobile site that's full of good reviews for phones.
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:57 AM on March 3, 2006


Fry's Electronics in Plano or Irving. Surely, surely you can find a new toy there.

Or, you could go to Lowe's, buy some paint and primer, and come over to my house in Garland and help me paint it.
posted by TeamBilly at 12:03 PM on March 3, 2006


Dang, no suggestions for an iPod nano yet?

An iPod nano!
posted by smallerdemon at 12:07 PM on March 3, 2006


Buy some odd vintage musical instrument on ebay.
Or go to Bill's Records in Dallas and get some obscure records. Bill needs the money.
posted by zonkout at 12:09 PM on March 3, 2006


Buy a can of sardines and some bread.
posted by sfenders at 12:10 PM on March 3, 2006


Buy me an iPod Nano. That would be very cool!
posted by Thorzdad at 12:12 PM on March 3, 2006


Buy yourself some peace of mind and save it for a rainy day!
posted by hooray at 12:29 PM on March 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


Donate it or save it for later, don't waste it on useless crap.
posted by cloeburner at 12:38 PM on March 3, 2006


A massage?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 12:48 PM on March 3, 2006


like your future
posted by Satapher at 12:51 PM on March 3, 2006


Season tickets to the Dallas Theater Center.
posted by MsMolly at 12:52 PM on March 3, 2006


lap dances
posted by rschroed at 1:13 PM on March 3, 2006


spend a night with your significant other at a nice hotel, the Melrose should be about 250 with tax

or, take her/him out to a fancy dinner and give the rest to these people, they do good work and need all the help they can get
posted by matteo at 1:14 PM on March 3, 2006


Go to your local electronics surplus store/thrift store. Buy something awesome. Like a model of a giant squid, or perhaps a complete set of pirate regalia.

Well, that's what I would do, anyway.
posted by Drunken_munky at 1:48 PM on March 3, 2006


Fill up your gas tank? See what's on your Wish-List at Amazon (or whatever store you keep a wish-list at). Throw out all your socks and underwear and buy new? Go to the gourmet food store and buy the good stuff you normally don't?
posted by JamesMessick at 1:53 PM on March 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


Make someones day. Or two peoples. Or three. On the condition that they tell you something useful that helped others that they did with it. Or make them write you a letter in 1 year. Or buy alot of chocolate and give it to random people on the street. Or buy milk and do the same thing, a la cockeyed.
posted by Suparnova at 2:13 PM on March 3, 2006


JamesMessick: I just want you to know that you just made my day.

I got a work reimbursement check for $400 yesterday (I'd forgotten I was due it, silly me). And I have a metric crapload of stuff on my Amazon wishlist that I'm going to go raid. Thanks!
posted by FlamingBore at 2:13 PM on March 3, 2006


Buy a real kobe beef steak! Thats what I would do anyway.
posted by Suparnova at 2:13 PM on March 3, 2006


Hooker.
posted by justgary at 2:53 PM on March 3, 2006


I'll bet a nickel you've got more than $200 due on a credit card bill. Spend $199.95 on paying that down.
posted by ook at 3:12 PM on March 3, 2006


You want to buy something, but can't think of any specific needs? That doesn't seem problematic?

Isn't that like the American mindset distilled to its essence?


What is this, whineybitchfilter? This is *ask* metafilter. Keep the judgemental bitchiness over in the blue where it belongs.

Don't pay down your credit card. Don't give it to homeless people. That's not what you asked, and those aren't answers.

Get tools to make something cool, or a musical instrument--gifts that keep providing value over time. I waste all my spare change on the newer boardgames that I play with friends--a gift that keeps on giving!!

boardgamegeek
posted by craniac at 3:26 PM on March 3, 2006


Seriously: save it. You save $200 this month, and you've saved more than the average American has.

Of course, if you have a $200 gift certificate, and nothing you want to buy, buy your mother/girlfriend/boyfriend/child/whatever something. You want goodwill more than you want any random "cool thing to buy".
posted by davejay at 4:13 PM on March 3, 2006


Oh, hey, now that I've preached about saving/being generous: craniac has a good idea, there. Buy a "Fluke" ukulele from Flea Market Music. I bought one a few years ago, and now I'm regularly writing and singing songs for my kids, my friends, my family -- much fun to be had, and easy to learn. Not like crap $20 ukuleles you can get anywhere (like Mahalo; I have one and it doesn't stay in tune up the fretboard.)
posted by davejay at 4:16 PM on March 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


Blow it on pony rides.
posted by ryanissuper at 4:59 PM on March 3, 2006


Why go to Bill's when you can go to Good Records? Besides, if Bill needed the money, he would put prices on the records and not treat the store as his personal museum.
posted by kuperman at 5:01 PM on March 3, 2006


Actually there is an invisible price tag on each record that reads "fellatio."

I just got a PSP for my birthday (thanks hun!). It is amazing. If you update to 2.0 (via usb, not auto-update) you can surf the web on it, and there are apps to run emulators. If you liked the 16 bit era of games you would love having a PSP. Also, I had no idea it had the wireless feature. I guess you can 2p games wirelessly with it, but I thought that checking mefi on it was pretty sweet.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 8:52 PM on March 3, 2006


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