#AtoZChallenge: T is for Tell it, in 6 Words

spending day

Not long ago, I had some cash in my wallet.

TI even moved the Jack In The Box receipts out of it to accommodate it. Money! Like, bills. Not just singles! I felt like buying a 40, now that I knew what one was. I wanted to fan out the bills so you could see some of the 20s and post that effer to Facebook.

I don’t handle good fortune with even an iota of aplomb.

This fact made it difficult – but not impossible – to participate myself in 6 words. Every month, I compile a post called “6 Words.” Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence.

GAD GRAPHICI ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt, in six words. (If you’re on the mailing list but didn’t get the notice, I’m still working on it!)

April 23-30 is Money Smart Week. Tell about something not so smart you’ve spent money on. As in, “Carolina Panthers Super Bowl Super Champs! T-shirt” or “32 pecks of pristine garbanzo beans.”

What’s something not-so-smart you’ve spent money on?

1. Selfie stick. I am so ashamed.

Anne K., of Anne Smiles

2. Timeshare: winter escape! Kids – reality check!

Leslie B., of Ink Interrupted

3. Sun In Hair Lightener—orange hair!

Elle, of Elle Sees

4. NINE pairs of Converse. True story.

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year

5. A white couch for two toddlers.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

6. Cheap furniture looks good – today only.

Andrea M., of About 100%

strawberry patch
photo credit: Strawberries via photopin (license)

7. Backyard strawberry patch … killed by weeds.

Kim, of Protean Mom

8. Mobile roaming minutes during California vacation.

Alison T., of Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops

9. Clothes – tags still on years later.

Penelope G., of Penelope’s Oasis

10. Girly bows for my tomboy dog.

Diana T., of Creating Herstory

11. Disney wallpapers for old-school cell phone.

Dulcinea, of Hodgepodge 4 the Soul

12. Guaranteed fast and easy weight loss.

Mo L., of Mocadeaux

bass guitar
photo credit: Strawberries via photopin (license)

13. Bass guitar before even having lessons.

Clare D., of Clare Dugmore Writes

14. Teenager – surfboard. Used once; total wipeout.

Lizzi L., of Considerings

15. Black suede Nine West hooker boots.

Jenn S., of Jenn’s Midlife Crisis

16. Every time I walk into Target.

Crystal T., of Love More Live Blessed

17. cheap movie on amazon in chinese.

beth, of i didn’t have my glasses on …

18. Any expensive souvenir from Six Flags.

Britt S., of Britt Skrabanek

nokia phone
photo credit: Nokia n97 via photopin (license)

19. Regretful investment in a Nokia phone.

Sally A., of Frantic Fox

20. New mattress. The stuff of nightmares.

Emma, of Me and B Make Tea

21. An ex’s debt, dangit dangit dangit.

August M., of Girl Boner

22. Signed cats up for Pet Harmony.

Bacon T., of Pig Life

23. Front row seats. Eight grade graduation.

Christine W., of A Fly on Our Chicken Coop Wall

24. Lululemon pants had me at hello.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

25. Ten fundraising gift cards – all expired.

Michelle T., of Lipstick and Laundry

26. Caramel cookie. Left on car roof.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

wasted money quote


    1. Ha! Sorry about that LJ. I’m going to move the list over to my other email address because it’s more reliable. So you didn’t master the money game? (He did, I think.)

  1. Oh #16 had me has the floor! All of these are awesome and painfully honest! Great post and thank you for the invite my friend! I love these.

  2. Oh, this makes me simultaneously angsty and excited. Excited because spring cleaning is going on, so I can get rid of the reminders of poor purchase decisions.

    Angsty because… I planted another strawberry patch. D’oh!

    1. Angst and anxiety like to run the same routes, Kim. Have a yard sale so that your poor purchase decisions can become someone else’s treasure.

      Never give up on the strawberries, ging. Never.

  3. Loved participating-thanks for inviting me, Eli. It’s a great way to find other bloggers, too. 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Piglove and commented:
    If you get a chance friends, check out my friend Coach Daddy’s blog. We were asked this month to say something in 6 words that was not so smart that we spent money on. Of course you can only imagine what I said – snorts and oinks. XOXO – Bacon

      1. Every weekend is oink quality, my friend. To quote a line in “The Perfect Storm”: “I want to eat like a pig and sleep like a child.”

  5. I love number five. We had bought this beautiful love seat that was fancy and I adored just a few weeks after having a first child. Needless to say it now has a new home, in a home without little ones. It wasn’t a very practical choice, and looking back I feel a little silly for making it.

    1. A white couch for any kid, right? (Or man. I can scarcely wear a white shirt.) It’s hard to have nice stuff with kids around. Also, anything you like, you have to keep placing on higher shelves as the kid gets bigger.

    1. Turns out, the big cookie was in the back of the car! I changed my six words from the original because I didn’t want to end this post on a sad note.

  6. oh my gosh, it is sad and scary how many of these I can relate to. I don’t have a white couch – but it is buttercream which is still just a beautiful blank canvas to a toddler with a rainbow selection of Sharpies. Oye.
    Love this one. I had so many great laughs .. and much nodding of the head.

    1. Even in Canadian dollars, Rore? To men, buttercream *is* white. Pets like to do a number – sometimes literally – on a couch like that.

      Glad you liked it … easy to relate, isn’t it?

  7. My favorite 6 Words post ever! The variety of contributions makes me feel like I’m not the only one who sometimes has periods of temporary insanity vis a vis the ridiculous use of money. Thanks to all!

    1. Glad you liked it, Mo. I’m a necessary tightwad about money, but yes, i’ve done some spending (haven’t we all?) that just defied logic!

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