My friend Shawn retired a few years ago from a big government job, but now he consults a bit to earn what he calls “stupid money”. It’s not money that he needs, but money that can be spent on some silly, stupid stuff that you might otherwise be too sensible to spend your retirement savings on.
We just spent some stupid money, going to Walt Disney World for an impromptu holiday trip. We love the Christmas season & holiday decorations and Disney does it up big. We’ve never been there at the holidays before and really enjoyed the over-the-top holiday garlands, trees, lights, music, treats, and fireworks.
Where things got stupid is that I snagged a last minute room at Disney’s Deluxe Resort, the Contemporary. For $750 a night / 3x nights. Plus park tickets. I’m sure that’s the most I ever paid for a hotel room and three days entertainment with my own money. It was a childhood dream to stay at the cool, 1970s ‘modern’ hotel connected to the Magic Kingdom by a sleek monorail.
(When I was a kid, I thought in the future we would all live in futuristic buildings with big, glass atriums and integrated transportation systems. It’s a climate-controlled, populist utopia that never quite materialized outside of the theme park business. Elegant monorails, in particular, were beat in the marketplace by boring, ground level light-rail trains and dingy, underground metro systems.)
The trip wasn’t exactly in our budget for this year, but who cares with a little “stupid money” from some corporate board work I’ve been doing? I’ve also upped our charitable giving with this extra income, but it’s fun to also be able to plus-up the end of the year with a spontaneous silly trip like this one.
Do you have some retirement “stupid money” to spend, or plan to? What silly things do you want to spend it on?