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One thing I could suggest is that you do what I did and buy a harpsichord :) Of course you have to love baroque music and be modestly proficient on keyboard instruments, otherwise there would be no point.

What one school of thought on this board has sought to emphasize is that LBYM is not stinginess, it's about focusing your spending and understanding your personal goals.

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For me, the harpsichord decision was pretty easy. I had the money, and I had been looking at kits for at least 10 years. But I am not handy, and trying to build one myself would have resulted in an expensive piece of useless junk. The decision at the time was harpsichord vs. new car, and the old car, while tired, still got me to work.

Needless to say, the old car started putting out white smoke and needing a quart of oil every 200 miles, about 4 months after the harpsichord was delivered.

So when it was all over, I had a harpsichord and a new Renault Alliance. That was right for me. Another person would have preferred no musical instrument and a BMW. That's fine too, but it wouldn't have been fine for me, because cars for me are just transportation and not an attempt to express my personality or to demonstrate my riches. The music, on the other hand, is very important, for now I can hear Bach and Scarlatti as they might have heard it themselves, just less competently played.

As for how you get to have enough disposable cash to make either sort of decision, the tips on the board can help -- some. Obviously, clipping coupons is not going to put you into a BMW anytime soon. But they might pay for a special birthday meal, or tickets for the children to see "The Lion King" if it goes on tour, stuff like that.

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