I'd prolly start off with the same thing that CaptainSwab would do. Then I'd proceed to buy all the hats I could find that I liked and decorate my room with them and actually wear some. (I really like hats.) And then I'd buy a bigger house for my family, away from the creepy neighbors we have. Then I'd sit there, wonder what to do, and eventually give it to charity after I decide I didn't really want the money anways.
I would buy a new house (I live in a town where the average house is $1.2 million, so that would eat up a huge chunk), travel for a couple months with my husband, buy a new car, give some to family & friends, and then invest/save the rest. (I think my goal would be to reserve around $5 million for saving because the interest would produce a good chunk of change)
I guess that's all. And of course give more annually to my favorite causes.
I would faint. Then giggle madly for a day. Then pay off all debts, buy a HUGE property somewhere and set up my dog rescue facility. I would invest a lot of it so I could spend all my time looking after the dogs. I would help out my family and friends. I would also set up a native wildlife caring facility. Of course, I would plan so I knew how much I had left... I think I would also go out of my way to help lesser known causes... ones who receive less money.
I would reward everyone who is my true friend and people who have done something really nice for me in the past. I would pay off all my friends' student loands, then I would build a cabin in the boreal forest. I would travel lots, and give money to charities, as long as they could prove to me that the money would be put to good use. I'd give money to environmental orgs especially.
I'd also buy and entire new wardrobe with a few fancy ball gowns.
I would save (most of it) it till i'm an adult and then set up a no-kill animal sanc. somewhere in the Rocky Mountains i guess. Extra money i'd put towards preservation of natural environment and to stop people dumping industrial waste.
1.) House - Get my own house built. I already plan what to have. the basement would just be a huge maze! It'd be cool to have people lost in my basement. The ground floor would be normal, but with a fabulous kitchen, full of great kitchen stuff, but not very different from a normal house otherwise. The first floor would aslo be similar to a normal house, what with bedrooms and such, and the third floor would be a freakshow. Every room would be different. In one room, everything would be white, and there would be a single painting, about the size of a door, and the painting would be of a man trying to climb out of the painting!!! And in another room ,everything owuld be on it's side, and you'd enter through the floor, facing the ceiling, wth walls going all around the room, on the floor and on the ceiling and the other two walls!!
2.) Music - I'm a bit of a budding musician, so I'd get all those fender and gibson guitars that I really want.
3.) Monopoly - Play monopoly with real money.
4.) Cars - Buy an environmentally friendly car, and enter it into the next gumball rally!
5.) Business - Set up a vegetarian restaurant in Blackpool. I'd call it "Loki's Carrot Ranch"
6.) Try to spend it all within thirty days, leaving no assets, just to see if it really is as easy as it was in that movie.
I'd quit grad school, go to the Hawaii Island and build a farm with WonderRandy (that guy's already there!). I'd grow avocado, papaya, mango.....And I'd donate part of it to improve public schools in Hawaii (many are bad bad bad now).
If I still have leftover, I might set a yoga center and accept girls of all ages who have eating disorders. The programs will be affordable for regular people and I'd sue insurance companies that refuse to pay for ED patients.
I would pay off our house totally and do the rest of the repairs/remodles that still need doing.
Pay off my in-law's place and SECRETLY put about $50K into their account (but tell the bank to tell them that it was no mistake. Otherwise, they would try to give it back thinking it was a bank error).
Buy a new vehicle each for hubby and me. Both would have 10-pack cd's, many "bells and whistles" included and would be "hug yer bum" comfy (as well as being enviromentally friendly).
Set hubby up in the business that he's always talked about wanting to do.
Buy a new wardrobe of clothes for me and hubby.
Bring in a chef 2-3 times a week to cook veg*n meals for us and bring in a maid to help me with housework.
Bring in financial expert to help me keep the money going and growing.
Each year (or maybe several times a year), I would secretly give to the charities that I want to help out the most. I say "secretly" because I wouldn't want anyone to know how much I really gave and wouldn't want to be treated special just because I gave that much.
Other that that, I would live just like I always do and wouldn't flash my wealth at all.
I would buy about 15 acres of land and either rennovate the existing house or build a new house on the land--it would be the greenest home ever! Then, I would adopt lots of coonhounds from the shelter and have a hound sanctuary. By lots, I mean about a dozen or so because any more than that and I don't think I could provide them the attention and care that they deserve.
I'd also buy a gas-electric hybrid car and put money in trust for my cousins to go to college.
I'm sure I'd spend a decent chunk of change doing all the things that money and/or my office job have prevented me from doing to myself--i.e., more tattoos, color my hair funny colors again (I do miss the purple hair).
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