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I was going to do a 4th of July post for 4th of July weekend, but I think I’ve come up with something even better. You see this weekend, I took advantage of what’s truly great about this country. I am very opposed to being in debt, spending money I don’t have, etc. This tends to make me totally cheap about things. But for some reason, the one thing I am willing to spend money on is my house, and I recently decided to bite the bullet and get all new windows and doors for the place. I planned on just paying for them out of savings then “paying myself back” over the next few months, but then I was in the Home Depot, looking at the total and thinking, man, sure would be nice to save 10 percent on this! I figured there was no time like the present to get the credit card, save my 10 percent and then just pay it right off. Well what I didn’t think about was the 4th of July special for no interest, no payments for an entire year! Needless to say, I threw out all my beliefs on avoiding debt and was like, woo! free money!

Of course it’s not as awesome as it sounds. You have to spend $299 to get the no payments thing, so the next trip I found myself wandering around picking up random things to make sure I spent enough. $450 trip to buy caulk (ha, caulk) later I think I might have to stop using the card already.  But anyway, it was sweet while it lasted and now I have two new doors and new windows on the way. Here’s some sweet pictures of the destruction.

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Of course I forgot to take an actual before picture, but here is the general concept of what it looked like.

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My local Dennis the Menace came over to help.

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Ripping shit out is cool.

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And here’s what it looks like now. We’re replacing the other window, putting in a little deck, and painting the whole thing, etc.

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Anyway, America rules!