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Old 10-14-2009, 01:44 PM   #21
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Yeah, it's right up there with "Nothing", "Fine", and "Whatever you say, dear"...
Followed eventually by the sound of "I told you so."
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:10 PM   #22
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by CATAMAN View Post
I need a little help on a LBYM issue that has come up. My DW and I have been thinking about buying a vehicle.

Is there room in the LBYM lifestyle to treat yourself with things like automobiles or is the save, save, save mantra where I need to be?
I think the key question is "Why are you trying to LBYM?". Is it an end in itself? or are you saving for something in the future?

To me, it's thinking about the future. If you think you won't be able to afford the necessities of life in the future, than passing up a "nice to have" today makes lots of sense.

If you are in a position that you are saving so you can afford "nice to have" in the future (where NTH may include retiring a few months earlier), than it's just a tradeoff between the enjoyment you'll get from the NTH in the future vs. the enjoyment of the new car today.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:59 PM   #24
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(Our current car is adequate for our needs).
This says it all, IMO.

We all have different values when it comes to expenses, so some of us may value driving a new/nice car and feel fine with spending money on that, while others might not but would not blink at spending money on airfare to visit foreign countries etc.

To me, a car is just something to get me from point A to point B. I would not spend money on a new(er) car if my current car were adequate for my needs.

I also find that when I spend in line with my values, I don't usually have any regrets, either before or after the purchase.
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IMO, the answer is dependent upon how comfortable and happy you both would be about the purchase. It has nothing really to do with LBYM lifestyle. LBYM is a means to an end (security, comfort, happiness, and whatever it is that you need out of life).

If you BOTH would be get enjoyment out of the purchase and it lets you BOTH sleep at night (not agonizing about it), then it would seem like the right thing to do. If not , then ?

... another thought .... LBYM is not a religion ...
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