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Subject:  Re: When can I start buying toys???? Date:  7/13/1998  3:51 PM
Author:  JMolnar Number:  4400 of 78168

I agree that it's important to strike a balance - you need to save for your future financial security, but you should also enjoy life now, too - after all, it IS very short.

Anyway, here's an idea you might want to consider: find a friend or two (or three) who would partner with you to buy the boat. My family did this when I was a kid - we bought a little 16' sailboat with two other families and divided up the weekends among us. Of course, this strategy requires the right partners, but it worked out well for us. We really enjoyed the boat and yet we were able to split the operating costs (insurance, mooring fees, etc.) and maintenance (the yearly fiber-gla