glad someone is spending money.
Because, as morydd pointed out, "the whole idea of having good finance habits is to be able to afford the goals you set for yourself."
It's okay to spend money on things that you want, but don't necessarily need. In fact, that's the whole point of getting ahead, isn't it? So you have the freedom to make these sorts of decisions. All too often the knee-jerk reaction to a question is for people to criticize the desire to buy the product in question as opposed to answering the question or holding their tongue.
Besides, consumer spending is the driving force behind our economy.
It was more of a "why do you care whether people are spending their money or not" but I get your point. Just don't love the implication that if people aren't spending money they're dumb.
If you want to buy something and you have the resources to do it, great. But if you don't want to use those resources, that's great too.
look, all our savings would be useless if people weren't spending money. spending is what keeps the economy going, or did I miss economics 101? even debt keeps the economy going. nickel understood exactly what I was talking about, and is far more brilliant than i for extrapolating. there was no implication of "dumb" in my statement, except the fact that people in the pf world are indeed very quick, as nickel pointed out, in criticizing the desire to buy want stuff. there is nothing wrong with it, and as kick_push pointed out, he felt it was a responsible purchase within the framework of his budget and goals. nickel then posted that there would be many posts "questioning the wisdom of such a purchase". To which, I responded "glad someone is spending money", to which, nickel completely understood the context. so to open myself up for criticism some more over my frivolous spending, I have:
an $18k watch in addition to a five other watches that I paid $50k
a stereo system that I paid around $70k
a new BMW 325i that I paid around $45k after taxes
assorted montblanc, waterman, and pelikan pens that I paid around $8k
every motorola **zr phone out there
several $900 pairs of shoes
several suits that cost $700 or more
several charvet shirts
a 17" sony tv
ok, so I am 37 and only have $1.7million in the bank, which means there is plenty to criticize for buying all this "wanted only" stuff.
pf101, it seems that you take my statements personally for whatever reason when they are not direct toward you. if you have an issue with me, i really don't care. i do care that you are so defensive about my statements, despite never ever being personal (now i'm a sensitive guy and feel that you've hurt my feelings on several occasions with personal assaults), which indicate that perhaps you need to do some self-actualization rather than get all hot and heavy over everything that I post. This world and the blog isn't all about you, nor about me however much i like to call out mirror, mirror on the wall...
kick_push, congratulations, I hope you enjoy your purchase. i've been on the fence about buying a flat panel for 4 years now and had found some kind of excuse to not buy one: namely that it was a want purchase rather than a need so money went elsewhere. when i return stateside, i will buy an LCD as well. i probably will go with a monitor rather than a tv, since i have no need for an internal tuner and generally speaking monitors are multivoltage which given that i move a lot around the world, is a definite necessity. of course pro monitors tend to cost more and i'll have to pay extra for speakers, but they do tend to be better on the whole...at least for now. good thing the technology has increased quickly and prices have dropped dramatically on lcd's. and of course, lcd's consume less power than plasmas which will help with energy cost savings.