I won't even pay $5 for a smoothie. But I'm a cheap bastard, not a hippie. (Note: smoothies are for hippies.)
Show me a man who wants to meet a "quality woman" and I'll show you a 60-year-old with visible transplant plugs and a girdle who tells girls in bars that he's 45.
IRA, 401K, travel, sundaes, a car to replace your crummy one--all excellent ideas! But might I suggest giving to charity? You definitely don't have to go crazy with it, but if I had the spare money that this LW has (and kudos to them, btw!), I would definitely be excited to be giving at least a little of it out to worthy causes. If you are already doing this, LW, good for you! And if you don't want to, hey, it's your life and your money!
@RosemaryF What I'm having trouble figuring out is the timeline. Assuming this letter writer graduated college around the age of 22/23, she's in her what, late twenties? That seems fairly early for her parents to have assumed she'll never wed, right? (I MEAN MARRY OR DON'T MARRY AS YOU SEE FIT, LETTER WRITER I HAVE LITERALLY ZERO DOGS IN THIS FIGHT)
Oh my freaking god, to even suggest that someone who has saved a couple thousand dollars a year might need a reality check on not living a joyless life is taking the Grasshopper act to the point of ridiculous. This is what grown up people do. When you have income, you save some of it. This is not extreme behavior. This is garden variety common sense.
@BadUncle: My sister who lives near Santa Fe has a chicken coop and an apiary. Also three dogs, three cats and some ducks. And yes, she is a lesbian.