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Old 03-03-2013, 08:41   #1
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Things you would buy but aren't because of the economy.

If the economy were going strong, I would get a better truck, and new living room furniture.

As things are, I have been limiting spending because there is a lot of uncertainty at work, and jobs are not exactly plentiful.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:18   #2
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:22   #3
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I learned a hard lesson, and I'm glad I did because I was young in life. I worked for my father (family business), the economy tanked and he was forced to close the business in '09 after 20+ years of success and growth. I'm not saying I was living outside of my means during this time, but I was provided a very good level of income for a kid right out of college and didn't think twice to buy the things you have mentioned. Hell I went to the gun shop for ammo, and brought home two Glocks that day.

I was unemployed for the better part of a year, a young college grad with a bachelor's degree to pay for, a mortgage, and a child on the way. I'll just say it changed my whole view on wants vs. needs. It took me a long time (after I got settled in a new career making good money) to ease up a bit and actually buy a new pair of shoes, or a TV.

I think we all need to 'live' and have nice things, have 'wants' once in a while. The only thing I can say is, work hard, save a little bit, and don't use plastic. I 'justify' things a lot more now, hey my truck was paid for but it needed around $1k worth of tires/brakes, etc, and I was spending triple the amount in gas as if I had a car.....so I bought a car with a small payment. If my kids were sitting on a 10 year old couch that was falling apart, you bet I'd buy a new one. But the days of buying the latest and greatest TV just for that reason are over for me!

Take it for what its worth, from a 27 year old that still has a lot to learn!!
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:25   #4
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I'd put an offer into the owner of some land that adjoins my land. It's too small a lot to build on by itself (anbout 1/2 acre, so kinda' useless to him, but if put with my land would be an ideal place to build a 3 car garage. Bad thing is he knows this and he's got me by the short hairs. I'd pay 10K, but he most likely wants twice that.

Guess I'll never know until I ask......
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:41   #5
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:41   #6
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If the economy was better I would buy a Bravia, a dozen OD Glocks, a waverunner and a Mercedes with a trailer hitch, a couple of tablets and a photo dropbox account. Between all of them I ought to be able be an epic thread instead of merely being able to post in someone else's epic thread.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:51   #7
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:54   #8
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I thought he meant discretionary luxury purchases, not necessities and staples.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:58   #9
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I'd probably go ahead and build my Scout Rifle. I can't find a base rifle anyway, but committing to spending $1500-1800 right now would be difficult.

My wife and I are looking at property in the country, if we find something we can agree on I think we will go ahead with that. Since we are miles apart on what we want that is going to be a challenge.
I'd like a new truck but I'm not going to do that unless my Jeep dies or I get closer to retirement.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:37   #10
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I am going both ways. Buying more stuff because prices go up/value of $ goes down. But also not buying stuff that I don't "need".
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:51   #11
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:58   #12
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A newer car for the wife. The 2001 is still running fine though so there's no hurry. Still will not buy new regardless of the economy.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:07   #13
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More range time. Only have shot twice in the last year.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:18   #14
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Looked at a Savage 110BA in .338 Lapua a while back. Did a little figuring and with a proper Nightforce scope and reloading gear it looked like about a 5000.00 investment. This is one place where need really wins out over wants.

I could buy it without worries but the "what for" thought is still there.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:53   #15
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Guns. Not because I can't afford them naw, but I'm unwilling to pay what they're going for in the current market out of principle. When things settle back down I'll start my SBR.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:56   #16
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:05   #17
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:07   #18
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:19   #19
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Looked at a Savage 110BA in .338 Lapua a while back. Did a little figuring and with a proper Nightforce scope and reloading gear it looked like about a 5000.00 investment. This is one place where need really wins out over wants.

I could buy it without worries but the "what for" thought is still there.
You just eliminated about 3/4 of my gun collection.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:32   #21
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:46   #22
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I thought he meant discretionary luxury purchases, not necessities and staples.
you guys asleep? That was hilarious.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:55   #23
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Old 03-03-2013, 13:33   #24
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You just eliminated about 3/4 of my gun collection.
I know what you mean. Six years ago my son and I discussed a .50. By the time we figured everything it just wasn't worth it.

Both of us have gee whiz firearms just because of the fun factor. He has a DE .50 and I have a BFR in 45/70. I still have a thing about Sharps style rifles and have a Pedersoli replica with a 32 inch tube. Lots of fun.

Sons latest is a FN AR. Thought he needed it to go with his FN FAL. Now My wifes Remington 700 titanium in .260 is a whole nother matter.
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Old 03-03-2013, 14:33   #25
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I don't really spend money needlessly, I guess i'm still young enough to be working down my list of 'needs' as far as materialistic things go.

My spending habits haven't changed a bit over the last few years. Eat as little as I can get away with, ration my gas to the bare minimum possible, and acquire the tools and books I need to earn and learn what I need to know.

The only indiscretion I allow myself are cigarettes, and there is no cap on how much I allow myself to spend on them since government at all levels seems to use us to make up budget shortfalls.

Otherwise though, it's all needs. Don't have a tv, or any video games or anything, no movie collection, etc... Don't buy music or cd's anymore. Been a long time since i've been into music.

No toys or anything - run my vehicles into the ground until the cost of maintenance overshadows the cost of replacement.

I guess there are a lot of things that 'I would like' or 'would be cool to have' but I have too long a list yet of things i've determined I need before I can get to that stuff.

So, no, the economy hasn't impacted my spending habits in the slightest.
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