The $43,000 Question

What would you do with $43,000, Modern Philosophers?

It’s not a trick question, and there are no wrong answers.  I’m just curious how you would spend that amount of money if you had it.

I know it’s an odd amount, and by “odd”, I mean weird or different.  Because we all know that $43,000 is actually an even number.

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Just bear with me.  I promise this will all make sense shortly.  In the meantime, I’d appreciate it if you would fill the comments section with your answers to the $43,000 question.

Okay, I think that’s enough time.

As for me, I don’t have $43,000 handy, but if I did, I’d probably spend it on a few responsible things, blow a little on fun items, and then sock away the rest for a rainy day.

That’s just the way I am.

I’ve been trying to be less frugal with my money, though.  I actually decided to spend some of it on things I’ve always needed, but have put off buying.  You know, because I hate spending large amounts of money, or making decisions about things that cost a lot of money.

For years, I’ve wanted to get new windows for The House on the Hill.  It’s an old house, the windows are somehow older than the house itself, and as a result, it gets cold in the winter and hot during the summer.

I know I could save money on heating oil if I had better windows.  It would also be nice if the entire house didn’t rattle during a wind storm.

So I finally made some calls to get a free estimate on new windows.  Of course, I even had to make stipulations on that decision.  I decided that I could only afford to do the first floor this year, and would see about doing the second floor next year.

But since the estimate was free, I did get all wild and asked the very nice representative to give me a quote on twenty new windows.

And the woman from the company was so nice, very knowledgeable about the product, and extremely patient when dealing with me and all my questions.

By the end of the 90 minutes, I was convinced that I was going to use her company for my new windows, and excitedly awaited the estimate.

Then I almost lost my $%^& when the computer spat out the number…


For twenty windows.

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I had to post that photo to help me relax.  Just typing out that estimate caused my heart to race again, and the anger to rise up inside me.

$43,000 is more than this struggling writer makes in a year.  It’s more than my car costs.

I’d have to live to be 150 to save enough on heating oil every winter for the savings to amount to $43,000.

I bought The House on the Hill for a little less than three times the quote to replace the windows in the place.

I could probably make a pretty decent house out of $43,000 worth of windows, but the major drawback would be that I’d have to stop throwing stones.


I really need to get cracking on finishing my novel and trying to get my TV series made.

I almost blurted out, “Are you @#$%^&* kidding me?”, but I managed to contain myself.  And I’m glad I did because, like I said earlier, the rep was so nice and I realize that she is not the one who sets the prices.

I also felt bad that she had spent 90 minutes measuring windows, answering my questions, and giving her presentation, only to walk away without a sale.

But honestly, I think the company needs to be more upfront with how much their product costs.  Perhaps the website could ask how much a customer is looking to spend on the project, and the site could quickly calculate how many windows that would purchase.

I was very disappointed at the end of the night.  The estimate really bothered me because I was looking forward to making this improvement to my home.  This is why I never get my hopes up.  It also explains why I can’t have nice things.

I am going to call around and get estimates from other companies and contractors.  I’m told that not all windows are made of solid gold and coated in unicorn tears, so I’m hoping that brings the cost closer to what this Modern Philosopher can afford.

If not, it’s back to bundling up inside and thinking warm thoughts through the Maine winter.

How would you have reacted to that quote?  Have you ever been caught off guard like that when looking to make a purchase?  Can I borrow $43,000?


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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18 Responses to The $43,000 Question

  1. davidprosser says:

    For the next quote make sure you’re sitting down.I had a very similar problem over the pond and it was windows too. The firm had an offer if I hade the front done the back would be free so I agreed to a rep coming round. The price was ridiculous and the rep was there for over 5 hours. Wouldn’t take no for an answer, pay a deposit now or lose the offer. In the end I signed up and made him leave. Next day I phoned the firm to cancel and complain about their tactics and cancelled the cheque at my bank.. They’re no longer allowed to do that and there’s a cooling off period if you do sign up.

    • Austin says:

      I was sitting down, but I almost fell out of my chair. They sent a survey afterwards to ask why I hadn’t committed, and I just entered over and over that it was extremely expensive…

  2. cbiz50 says:

    just do it…drinking wine…

  3. beth says:

    I had to get an estimate on two small windows a few years back and was also sticker shocked!

  4. markbialczak says:

    We know we need to replace some but not all windows here, too, Austin, and … you just gave me an anxiety attack with your tale. If I was given that price cuss words would have automatically shot out of my mouth into the quoter’s ear!

  5. The Hook says:

    Brace yourself, buddy… I just paid $37,000 for a new car.
    And at a time when I’ve barely worked for 15 months.
    Emptied out an entire bank account just to be able to drive around, so I feel your pain.

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  8. kristianw84 says:

    No one answered the $43,000 question. I understand the shock over the insanely high estimate, though. Anyway, I thought I’d answer it. If I had $43,000 I’d pay off my mortgage and set the rest aside and add to it so I could put a large down payment on my dream house.

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