Paycheck Friday: Purchasing Suggestions For Your Perusal

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It’s Friday! Maybe you just got paid. You could use that money for boring stuff like bills, rent, and food, or you could act like a wonderfully impulsive consumer and spend it on any number of products. Here are some ideas to get you started based on your taxable income bracket.

10% ($0 to $8,375)


Bacon? You love bacon! But you don’t have bacon money. What do you look like, some sort of bacon baron? You do have access to free water—sink, hose, toilet, but not bottled—which means you can budget $3.50 for these effervescent bacon-flavored tablets. They turn any glass of water into a delicious glass of bacon water. Mmm-MMM!

15% ($8,375 to $34,000)

79565By now, you’re probably making enough money to move out on your own. Things are going to be tight for a while, but you don’t want to skimp on furniture and lamps.

This $30 Lightsaber Wall Sconce seems like a downright steal. It’ll make your place look awesome, it features the famous sound effects and gentle hum from the movies, and it has its own remote control. Classy.


25% ($34,000 to $82,400)


What a commute you have! Your car serves as a dining room and communications center all in one, so why not turn it into a masseuse’s office as well? Nothing could possibly go wrong as you’re lulled into a deep, restful half-sleep by the $50 Powered Neck Massager attached to your seat.


28% ($82,400 to $171,850)


Ice cubes. Pah! Leave cubed ice to those of a lesser socioeconomic status. You promised yourself that when you reached the $82,400 salary mark, you’d only use "perfectly seamless ice balls" to chill your drinks. This $204 Ice Ball Mold will let you painstakingly freeze one perfectly seamless ice ball at a time. If there’s a faster way to make ice, I’d like to hear it.


33% ($171,850 to $373,650)


As a Star Wars fan with money, you’re not simply content with $30 lightsaber wall sconces—though having hundreds of them placed all over your grand estate isn’t out of the question. You need a $1,000 TIE Fighter Replica that won’t ship until March 2011. There’s no mention of whether this thing is life-sized or not, so let’s just assume that it is and clear a spot for it in the garage.


35% ($373,650 and up)


Any yo-yo enthusiast will tell you that you don’t want to cut corners when buying your first yo-yo. Whether you’re dedicated to the sport or not, you really should have this $5,000 yo-yo just to be on the safe side. It’s handcrafted and requires a six-month lead time. No problem.

Awww, but you have to pay for shipping from Japan. That’s a deal breaker.

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