So I've been reading journals for a while and I notice an awful lot of people talking about making what I consider rather big-ticket purchases such as expensive PDAs like the Zaurus ($500), new laptops ($1500+), etc.
And they talk about them like they're at least somewhat impulse buys. "Sure, I have a laptop but that one year newer model is irresistable."
So how the heck can they afford this? I made a fairly good income last year (more than $50k but less than $100k) but I _still_ have a lot of debt to deal with. Part of that debt is because I got married last year and my wife had been a full time student almost all of her life until last April, and had racked up a bit of credit card and student loan debt. The other part is because until recently we ate out a lot, bought lots of DVDs, and so on.
But I never bought really expensive items without serious forethough. The last big purchase I made was a DVD player back in the fall, and that was under $300. Before that I had bought a new desktop for under $1000 back in the summer.
So what are these people doing that I'm not?
Maybe they have very low expenses cause they live in shack and pay no rent. Or they never eat out cause I know that can burn through serious cash. Or maybe they're just racking up credit card debt like crazy.
Hey, crazy impulse buyers (you know who you are), tell me what you're doing that lets you have that much available cash for "pleasure" purchases. If there's a way to do that I'd be happy to know what it is.