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Old 10-13-2010, 12:29 PM   #41
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............. I am "able" to drive 20 mph faster than most people on the highways when the snow is on and haven't come close to "losing it".............

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Old 10-13-2010, 12:32 PM   #42
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Coming a little late to the party, but there is nothing wrong with indulging a long-held desire for a sports car if your budget won't be the worse for it. Delayed gratification is a practice for people who have no self-control and/or self-awareness. If you've lived a life of frugality to ensure ER, then you have enough discipline to know whether buying something would not be in your best interests.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:26 AM   #43
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You need a couple of kids (I didn't notice them mentioned in your OP) and you'll have no time to have frivolous thoughts... Well, actually we do manage to get a silly idea here and there, but if we die prematurely $$ will be left to kids.
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:05 AM   #44
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For me, the car was a corvette. I resisted, and paid the house off. But, boy was it hard! What did it for me was working out what the $53k odd plus interest would become if invested over 15 yrs with a 7% return (the 15 yrs was my ER target at the time). It was a chunk of change, and that woke me up a bit. I realized it might easily be the difference between being ER'd in time for the last year or two of my oldest son being in high school, versus after he was already away at college. That woke me up a lot more. That, and I realized that as much as I loved the car, eventually the thrill would wear off. So, I passed on it, though I still have some twinges now and again.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:33 AM   #45
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What Brewer said.


BTW, your sports car was my boat back in my 30's. I made it a point to look for the right deal. That way when the boat turned from enthusiastic hobby to unneeded expense (after several years)... I was able to recover the cost of the purchase. That temporary hobby cost me up keep, insurance, and dock fees for several years. I do not regret it for a minute! But as they say: the best days of a boat owners life are the day they buy it and the day they sell it!

Another story. BIL's buddy (pushing 50) wanted an early 70's muscle car. He has had it for about 4 or 5 years and not it has run its course. He is unloading it. Hopefully he looked for the right deal so he can recoup his investment.

In the end this thing will runs its course... but that is ok and certainly not a reason to avoid buying it.... just take your time and look for the right deal!
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:54 AM   #46
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well...it's cheaper than a divorce...but it's right up there with a boat.

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well...it's cheaper than a divorce...but it's right up there with a boat.

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Not if you let her drive it.
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