#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. Nikki says:

    Oh. This made me ache. Hugest hugs ever Eli.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s okay! Everything will be okay.

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Tony Robbins’s Money, Master the Game.

    All of the other things sound much funner. Good thing I didn’t get the invite. 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.)

  3. Glad to see I am not alone in spending money maybe not as wisely as I should and thank you for including me once again.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      No, Janine, we all toss away money in ways worthy of six words!

  4. Lyn says:

    Good variety in this lot, Eli 🙂

  5. Kisma says:

    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.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      No. 16 makes me miss Target! Lots of good stuff here. Glad you were part of it! Some day, we’ll get back to the 80+ we used to have around here for this.

  6. Piglove says:

    I love these my friends. Thanks for asking me to participate. We’ve all been there – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I knew you’d bring it piggy-style, Bake.

  7. What a fun installment! Loved weighing in. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks August! It was great to have you in it.

  8. candidkay says:

    Quinoa crusted pizza was totally ptooey.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I would have bet money on it, Kay.

  9. Oh my gosh, so many of these made me LAUGH!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      This list had it that way, didn’t it Penelope? Glad you were in on the mess.

  10. Kim says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  11. ksbeth says:

    #12 is something i can really identify with. loved these, and thanks for letting me be part of the mischief.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      If only it was that easy, beth. And mischief is the ideal way to describe all of this.

  12. Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™ says:

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

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for coming along for the mischief, as beth called it. There are som excellent words being strung together on blogs behind these links, too.

      1. Hodgepodge 4 the Soul™ says:

        Yes there are. I’m enjoying visiting them.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I hope you’ve seen a little traffic come your way, too.

  13. Piglove says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re the pig, Bake! Thanks for the shout out, and for getting your snout into this month’s post.

      1. Piglove says:

        Thank you my friend for the invite. I really appreciate that! Have an oink of a weekend okay. XOXO – Bacon

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        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.”

      3. Piglove says:

        Amen to that my friend… no what?! Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  14. These are so funny! Thanks for bringing the smiles, Eli! Off to rock my Converse…

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked the list, Meredith, and thanks for doing your part. You should write a post about the Cons …

  15. anaiminghighwife says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  16. Awesome list!!! I could relate to so many of those!!
    Mine would be my motor bike.
    Unused motor bike… Bali was fun

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Julie! These hooligans really brought it. Love yours!

  17. christine says:

    So many lovely things get lost or ruined after being left on the roof of a car… 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

  18. Rorybore says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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?

  19. mocadeaux says:

    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. Eli Pacheco says:

      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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