The Motley Fool isn't all about money, money, money. Spend a little time in our discussion board community, and you'll discover thousands of conversations going on about all kinds of topics.
For example, on our Living Below Your Means discussion board recently, there was a discussion about guilty pleasures, as Fool after Fool made embarrassing confessions.
Here are just a few examples:
- RosemarysBaby professed a love for McDonald's
(NYSE:MCD)Chicken McNuggets. "Yeah, they are chopped and formed and deep fried, and I love 'em."
- Impolite cited the Disney
(NYSE:DIS)classic Mary Poppins. "I watch the movie, reciting it word for word (every character, song, etc.) three times a year or so."
- ROTJob said: "I just signed up for a painting class at the local art museum, even though I am unemployed and can't really afford it."
- BlahblahblahDuck admitted to spending a lot of time on... "real estate sites like realtor.com, unitedcountry.com, rentnet.com. Just mostly seeing what it's like to live in other parts of the country and how affordable or unaffordable some places can be."
- Slowlrnr confessed: "Bouncing like a maniac on our trampoline. I KNOW the neighbors think I'm crazy."
- Polarg noted: "Knitting (my friends really have no idea how much time or money I devote to this)."
- MaestroCindi reported: "At the hair salon or doctor's office, I always reach for the People magazine first and hope the wait until the nurse calls my name is long enough for me to get through the issue... Yet I would never buy an issue."
- Watashi13 confessed: "I always eat the entire pint of Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk in one sitting, so my wife won't know I bought it."
- Eblover offered: "Starbucks
(NASDAQ:SBUX)caramel macchiato (only once a week!)"
- Zuwi, meanwhile, enjoys "yellow cake mix. Not the baked cake, just the mix."
- StockGoddess noted: "Survivor and The Amazing Race nights on TV."
Of course, since we are Fools, some of us surely have financial guilty pleasures, too -- such as watching CNBC or listening to The Motley Fool Radio Show (perhaps when we should be doing something less... fun). I would hope that few of us buy too many lottery tickets, but many of us probably do buy one or two now and then. (Have you played the Fool's lottery, by the way?)
Another financial pleasure that shouldn't generate much guilt is looking for stock and mutual fund ideas in financial periodicals. You may feel guilty about the cost of some of them, but look at it this way -- if you're paying $100 or even $300 for a subscription and you're introduced to a stock that doubles your $3,000 investment, you'll end up way ahead of the game. We've got a sweet suite of newsletters worth checking out -- and you can even do so for free. You'll get to see which investments our analysts have recommended lately.
Finally, consider yourself invited to share your guilty pleasures on our discussion boards -- or just pop in to see what other people are confessing.
Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian does not own shares of any companies mentioned in this article. But she likes to read People magazine, too.