Poll: With an extra $500 a month, I would…

With an extra $500 a month, I would...

  • ...buy more stuff. (7%, 9 Votes)
  • ...pay off my mortgage quicker. (19%, 24 Votes)
  • ...buy a bigger / nicer house. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • ...invest / save. (65%, 82 Votes)
  • ...travel more. (8%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

This poll was active 09.29.2013 through 10.05.2013

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    Dave0 says:

    I would make more upgrades to my boat (e.g. solar panels, new engine, new radar, etc), which I live on, in preparation for our dream of cruising the Pacific Ocean. I’m not sure if that falls under “buy more stuff,” “buy a nicer house,” “invest,” or “travel more.” It kind of applies to all four. :)

  2. 2
    mike says:

    Gosh, this being Seattle and all I’m surprised “Use the money to start or expand a grow operation” is not HIGH up on the list…

  3. 3
    Macro Investor says:

    This being Seattle, what about:

    Panhandle a few hours less.

    Take music lessons so my garage band doesn’t suck so bad.

    Nothing — it all goes toward increased rent and health insurance.

  4. 4
    Macro Investor says:

    RE: Macro Investor @ 3

    Or, you could treat yourself to a medium-sized popcorn at a Mariners or Seahawks game.

  5. 5
    Erik says:

    Go out to breakfast at hectors in kirkland on every Saturday morning and get the protein power breakfast and coffee.

  6. 6
    Blurtman says:

    That’s easy. More guns and ammo for the bunker. Oh, and good beans for the bunker’s Mini Vivaldi.

  7. 7

    RE: Blurtman @ 6

    Cement Walls and Surveillance Cameras Too

    Get your neghbors to share the bunker costs on the property lines.

    Pack lots of beer and coffee [etc] too, it became more valuable than gold and cash during emergency situations.

  8. 8
  9. 9
    Peter Witting says:

    Can I take back “pay down mortgage” for “save” – I just had to call a plumber this morning to look at my 70 year old galvanized pipes in the bathroom….

  10. 10
    mike says:

    By Peter Witting @ 9:

    Can I take back “pay down mortgage” for “save” – I just had to call a plumber this morning to look at my 70 year old galvanized pipes in the bathroom….

    70??? Those suckers have been living on borrowed time for decades.

  11. 11
    No Name Guy says:

    If I were the Seattle City Council and Mayor Schwin McGinn, I’d start up a new, useless social service program with a budget of $10,000 a month, then whine that my budget is being “brutally slashed” to only $500 / month. I’d then ask the suckers, uh, I mean voters of Seattle for a soda tax increase of $15,000 a month so I could give the extra to my crony friends.

  12. 12
    Peter Witting says:

    RE: mike @ 10 – Indeed! Actually, I’ve saved knowing that this time would eventually come. No complaints from me about the quality of this house, that’s for sure.

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