Originally Posted by W2R
Again, I was glad to discover that the expense of buying new tires this afternoon was much lower than I had expected. So, I probably won't have to cut back much if at all.
I thought you were way way under any reasonable withdrawal rate, were you really thinking you'd have to cut back? Maybe I'm thinking of someone else. If not, it's your business, and I don't have any problem if someone wants to be really conservative with having enough, but having way more than enough and fretting over a set of tires doesn't seem any fun to me. I have more than enough (not way more) and I just shrug off an expense like that.
As for the new car, well, it is always in the back of my mind. I'm not ready for one yet, though, so maybe it was about half tongue in cheek. My Venza only has 22,000 miles on it.
After checking online I didn't see any other car that I'd rather have. The latter is a good exercise for me, so that if/when I actually NEED a new car, I have some idea of what I might want. Not one car made me drool this time so I'm glad I didn't really need to buy one.
I do the same. For years I didn't see anything that really brought me more than my 04 Honda Pilot, but I had a couple ideas of what I'd get just in case. Good thing since it became an urgent need when I had my wreck. I think about that less since my Forester is so new, and I suppose I'd just get another one of those or an Outback if I had to.