Updated on 07.31.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Games and Drinks Edition

Trent Hamm

For some reason, three people have contacted me within the last day or two asking me for suggestions on how to deal with drinks and snacks when playing board or card games with friends. They do make a mess.

If we’re just playing a game with an ordinary deck of playing cards, I don’t sweat it. However, what we often do if we’re playing a board game or a card game with special cards is simply set up a side table or two adjacent to the main one. We simply ask that beverages and snacks stay on that table. In fact, with close friends, we’ll sometimes use a chair or something else more convenient for this.

It’s a great little step to prevent someone from saying “Oops…” and ruining a $30 game.

The Generation Gap I’ll completely agree with the idea that many people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies have a vastly different perspective on pensions and retirements than I do. I simply do not have confidence that they’ll exist when I’m old enough to use them. The numbers just don’t add up. (@ canadian finance blog)

It’s Not Too Late to Change Your Habits It’s never too late to change their habits. It just gets harder to change them over time. (@ zen habits)

Simple Ways to Wake Up Ready to Face the Day Most of these actually work. I tend to be a morning person, truthfully. My focus is much better in the morning hours. (@ dumb little man)

The “No Spend Day” Challenge I found that doing this regularly made it feel more and more routine and normal, (@ frugal dad)

Loading Disqus Comments ...
Loading Facebook Comments ...
  1. Michelle says:

    Regarding how much you spend on food: if you don’t know how anybody else is spending their money, how can you know that the reason you fall into a certain bracket is because you buy organic or more fresh produce?

  2. valleycat1 says:

    Re how much you spend on food: Trent doesn’t comment on which earning quintile they are in, just where they fall as far as food costs. And since his is a family of 5, his food expenses are going to be higher than ours for a household of 2. But then again, his expenses would be less than a lot of people with a household of 5 since his family doesn’t eat out all that much.

    The only usefulness of this chart is to try to figure out which quintile your household income level falls in which isn’t obvious since they give no dollar figures) and then see how your food costs compare to others within that quintile. Ours are much lower than the probable earnings quintile we are in.

  3. valleycat1 says:

    An alternative games/food & drink option is to take snack breaks rather than keeping them at hand. That also keeps the game pieces cleaner.

  4. T'POL says:

    People actually asked THAT? Wow…

  5. Jen says:

    For some reason, that story sounds made up again. Also, it must be a blast hangin’ with Trent.

  6. Johanna says:

    Sounds like the time that “several people” asked him whether he believes in ghosts. The heck?

  7. Kevin says:

    No one has ever asked Trent this question.

    That said, my suggestion – and I’m not a blogger – would be napkins.

  8. jim says:

    valleycat, the article does give the dollar values for the income quintiles. Its not in the chart but lower down in the body of the article.

    Lowest 20 percent = less than $24,000
    Second 20 percent = $24,000 – $46,000
    Third 20 percent = $46,000 – $70,000
    Fourth 20 percent = $70,000 – $93,358
    Highest 20 percent = $93,358+

    The # of persons in the households also varies for the different income quintiles.
    lowest 20% = 1.7
    second 20% = 2.3
    third 20% = 2.6
    fourth 20% = 2.9
    highest = 3.2

    Course its still only vaguely interesting to compare your spending to average household spending.

  9. Mister E says:

    Perhaps breaking for snacks is the answer, or else choosing relatively neat snacks.

    In my eperience, most adults can handle a beverage with minimal risk of spillage, so I would have to say just let your friends keep their drink at hand. Depending on number and type of beverage I suppose, but Trent’s board game parties sound about as wild and crazy as reshelving books at the library so I don’t think that’s the issue.

    Setting up a side table or two seems like overkill.

    What an odd thing to ask.

  10. lurker carl says:

    Can’t wait for game night so the 3 kiddies can scream and run around in a 40 degree house eating breakfast burritos with black beans and rice. I know Johanna isn’t going to babysit!

    Can’t wait for the pictures. Woot, woot, watta party.

  11. Wes says:

    I can’t believe some people must have snacks and games to have a good time. :-)

  12. BirdDog says:

    How do you handle bathroom breaks on board game night? Toilet paper limits? Send them down the street? Good grief, why not just say, “here are some interesting things I found on the web this week.” instead of some pitifully boring backstory.

  13. Tom says:

    how can you know that the reason you fall into a certain bracket is because you buy organic or more fresh produce?

    I think he means that he pays a premium for those items (ie, organic bananas cost $1/lb instead of $0.60 per pound for “regular” bananas), and he believes his spending would shift down a quartile if he didn’t purchase those foods.
    Produce, per calorie, is more expensive than a lot of other foods, but I don’t find it particularly more expensive by volume. At least there are strategies to not spend an arm and a leg on it by shopping sales and whatnot.

  14. elderly librarian says:

    I am waiting eagerly for the LurkerCarl-Wes-BirdDog blog! Too funny.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *