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  • I'd rather have a nice house

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  • I'd rather have a nice car

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  • I'd never drive around in a vehicle that was 10 yrs old

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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    my house is 41 ft long and 13.5 feet wide. it floats. my car has 137,000 miles on it. i'm good.


    We bought a used small house boat and set it up on a lake in NM back in the day. it was like 10 of us who went in on it. We called it "the stabbin cabin"
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    We bought a used small house boat and set it up on a lake in NM back in the day. it was like 10 of us who went in on it. We called it "the stabbin cabin"
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    I was mortified by my parents cars at various times in my childhood. Even got in a fight with some 8th graders when I was in 6th grade because they were talking smack about it. I recall seeing a cute girl from a class and then our parents parked next to each other...ugh. Can't be helped, that sort of **** is important when young. No need for luxury, but average at least was what I wanted growing up. Just average, nothing great, nothing absurd.

    We have a similar situation at home now. I want my wife to upgrade her wagon to better match my car and our neighborhood. She's putting up a fight but then her car is only about 5 years old and in good condition...
    My entire childhood and my twenties were spent in about the cheapest cars in existence. These days, I have no qualms now about driving in a nice ride that I enjoy getting into and driving every single day.

    The poll can be misleading only because the difference in cost is so great. I'd much rather take $10K out of the house and put it into the car. $10K difference in a house means nothing, but in a car it can be a huge difference.
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    We bought a used small house boat and set it up on a lake in NM back in the day. it was like 10 of us who went in on it. We called it "the stabbin cabin"
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    I want comfort and utility in both - I'm not out to impress anyone.

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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mach View Post
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mach View Post
    I was mortified by my parents cars at various times in my childhood. Even got in a fight with some 8th graders when I was in 6th grade because they were talking smack about it. I recall seeing a cute girl from a class and then our parents parked next to each other...ugh. Can't be helped, that sort of **** is important when young. No need for luxury, but average at least was what I wanted growing up. Just average, nothing great, nothing absurd.

    We have a similar situation at home now. I want my wife to upgrade her wagon to better match my car and our neighborhood. She's putting up a fight but then her car is only about 5 years old and in good condition...
    My entire childhood and my twenties were spent in about the cheapest cars in existence. These days, I have no qualms now about driving in a nice ride that I enjoy getting into and driving every single day.

    The poll can be misleading only because the difference in cost is so great. I'd much rather take $10K out of the house and put it into the car. $10K difference in a house means nothing, but in a car it can be a huge difference.
    YEA, ppl say they aren't out to impress anyone, but how true is that? Would you (general) feel confident riding around in a pinto? I do think we are all materialistic to a degree.. You felt exactly how my son feels, but he doesn't see the other side. He doesn't realize both his dad and I would rather have money in the bank to cover emergencies, or use for things like... idk buying them clothes... going out etc. Having another car payment would make things tight. To be honest I would LOVE to replace it, and yea even I feel a bit insecure driving it (it wouldn't look bad with a new paint job) but as I mentioned, we'd rather have the money as a cushion rather than buy a new vehicle to save us ''the embarassment''.

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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    YEA, ppl say they aren't out to impress anyone, but how true is that? Would you (general) feel confident riding around in a pinto? I do think we are all materialistic to a degree.. You felt exactly how my son feels, but he doesn't see the other side. He doesn't realize both his dad and I would rather have money in the bank to cover emergencies, or use for things like... idk buying them clothes... going out etc. Having another car payment would make things tight. To be honest I would LOVE to replace it, and yea even I feel a bit insecure driving it (it wouldn't look bad with a new paint job) but as I mentioned, we'd rather have the money as a cushion rather than buy a new vehicle to save us ''the embarassment''.
    It is not uncommon for people's priorities to change when they have to start paying for them themselves.

    *cough*... teenager to young self-supporting adult.

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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Well my husband and I like certain materialistic things and we balance that with practicality and affordability.

    I'm a penny pincher and a money saver but I like to cut lose and just have fun sometimes - the sportscar lets us do that and doing home improvements lets me improve and specialize our living area to suit our desires and much less so our budget.

    My sister was so much more concerned about the type of neighborhood she lived in and the size of the home than anything else - they didn't care about their backyard at that time or the fact that they had several flights of stairs. All these years later they're sort of stuck with their decision and what does she complain about? All the time she gripes about the size of the house (it's a lot to clean) and the stairs (it's a lot of climbing and dangerous for smaller kids) and the size and type of yard (too hilly for the kids to play on).

    BUT! They live in a ritzy neighborhood. Kind of sad, really.
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    If you had to choose that is.

    We have a nice house in an affluent neighborhood, but one of our vehicles is ten yrs old, and isn't the prettiest thing to look at. My oldest seems to be embrarassed by it, but you know what I tell him? ''Shaddup, it's paidfor''

    He basically thinks we are poor b/c we ride around in a ten yro vehicle. Teens

    I asked him if poor people live in a 3500 SQFT house in a nice neighborhood. Hence my poll question....
    this may be a bigger issue than you realize
    the behavior you model may be the behavior - and values - your children adopt
    i say that because my wife and i encountered this not too many years back, when the kids were in high school
    we live in an affluent neighborhood, but in one of its smallest homes. we bought were we did because it was a wise investment and a location in one of the nation's premiere public school districts. my kids would go to other students' homes and return dismayed that we did not have an elevator, man cave, wine room, theater, sauna, maid's quarters, etc like those of their friends' parents
    what made it worse for my kids was that i would hold onto cars that i bought and liked. so i had an old 2002, t-bird super coupe, and '83 silverado in addition to my wife's 4 runner and my m3 daily driver
    this was one of the few things where i was ever disappointed in them. compared to most, they were living in an upscale middle class lifestyle. but they wanted us to sell the house and upgrade. they expected new cars to drive (like their friends). while we could have accommodated them, there was no reason to do so. our home was unencumbered. we owed no debts. and we had everything we needed. but there was no way we could ever compete with those joneses who were in the 1%. and here is my point: we didn't try
    as it turns out, my kids, now on their own, have adopted our views on financial prudence. my eldest banks 2/3 of his now substantial income. my daughter just graduated from college and in her first 'real' job, now invests 20% of her wages. they learned to pay themselves first, in the form of savings
    and since the financial meltdown, many of those families in those swank homes are no longer living in them. those equity loans, taken out to buy all of the frills, the ones my kids pined for, could no longer be repaid in today's economy

    do your kids a huge favor and buy what you need, without any regard to what they want. with any luck, they will be able to learn for themselves from your fiscally sound practices
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