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    I guess it would depend on how large my debt is but definitely a portion to paying that off. Do you have a healthy emergency fund? I would also spend a little portion on something that makes me happy or if you prefer...makes someone else happy.

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    Personally Iíd put it all towards debt, but then Iím debt averse. In my case I would use it to buy the new furnace Iím planning on replacing since I have no debt but the mortgage.

    But in your case Iíd do as others have suggested. Splurge on something for yourself thatís $50-$100 and use the rest for debt. Maybe make it a big celebration like an expensive meal you normally wouldnít splurge on (home cooked or restaurant, whichever is your preference).

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    In my case, truthfully there is very little I want so I would probably save it, maybe help my mom a little, maybe spend $200 max on something for me, but again there isn't much I want.

    Maybe make it a big celebration like an expensive meal you normally wouldn’t splurge on (home cooked or restaurant, whichever is your preference).
    I like this idea.
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    Found money---pay down the debt some, but do splash out a bit on yourself. I'm sure the giver would wish that for you.
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

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    I read the article posted, and like the 80 - 20 rule. That's a lot of money to play with for funsies.

    However, if the $2000 is enough to eliminate a level of debt, I would then Dave Ramsey / snowball the financial allocation that paid that debt and really use the power of your windfall money.

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    I agree with taking *a little* for a personal splurge, but then putting the rest towards debt and/or savings. BTW, congrats!!! That must have been a nice surprise!
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    Thank you everyone... I think I'm going to do a combination of what you all have suggested: Put 1500 towards debt, put 500 in savings, and set aside 500 for something: I'm wavering between an arbor for the path to my garden, or a dinner at a nice restaurant when my brother/SIL come. Since they told me they are visiting in September, I've known that entertaining them will blow my monthly budget, so I would be able to cover that and not worry about the overage.

    But I'm dreaming of the cedar arbor, covered in clematis.


    ETA here's the one I'm thinking of: https://www.gardeners.com/buy/westwo...8aAtgNEALw_wcB

    $360, so I could still put $140 towards the meal. And if I find a cheaper arbor, I can put even more towards the meal.
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    I vote arbor for 500. And use all of it because clematis are so expensive!! Look at this beauty:

    https://www.springhillnursery.com/pr...YaAkLtEALw_wcB

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    Well, the arbor with Clematis would be nice that’s for sure.


    Oh my, I have a lot to say about Clematis!


    https://www.brushwoodnursery.com/


    I have been buying my clematis plants from this specialty grower for years. I recommend buying ones that bloom at different times. I also recommend buying something besides the big giant 6 inch flowered ones Tho you need a couple of those and they are stunning.


    Many years ago I went to a garden where the owner had a few small flowered clematis. From that day forward I fell in love with the tiny ones. I will tell you “princess Diana” is absolutely stunning! And man is it tough! I just moved mine this spring from St. Louis to Hermann and it took the move like a champ.


    I also have a small blue one that’s just getting established, moved from St. Louis to Herman so I hope it makes it.


    I have had a yellow one, small flowered, that was charming. Unfortunately I killed it with Roundup, I’m an idiot.


    And then, I tried one of the bush type ones and while it grew very well, it just irritated me because all it did was flop around. So imagine a 20 inch tall thing spreading and flopping. Did not like that at all and it had to go.

    Then, there is the lovely wild white clematis that here blooms in late August. It seeds itself and comes up all over my garden. I pull out 90% of those volunteer plants but I keep a few around because they are ethereal, light,frothy, and not too annoying.

    Thank you for coming to my Ted talk about Clematis.

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    Catherine: Congratulations! I am also a fan of the splurge at least a little bit strategy.
    We had a cedar arbor, but it needed to be stained frequently and it deteriorated, and we finally took it down. We replaced it with this, and we liked it enough that we've bought a second one. Same company, much cheaper, and when it's covered with clematis, you can hardly see it anyway.

    https://www.gardeners.com/buy/jardin...ch/38-690.html

    They also not infrequently will offer a sitewide % off deal, so if you aren't in a hurry, you can probably get a deal on whichever arbor you choose.

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