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

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    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 radcen View Post
    Perfect example of "Be careful what you wish for...".
    I HATE cleaning and put it off when I can - so I'll never have a big home. . . and so forth - there's some logic behind my decisions
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Yea, but I think we even complain about the ''good'' things we wish for, but it doesn't mean we don't want it. How many people pray or wish for for a specific job, then 1 yr into it start finding things to complain about? How many people pray or wish for ''that special someone'' to come into their lives, only to complain about their annoying habits yrs into the marriage. How many ppl buy new vehicles and complain about trying to always keep it clean or money they put into it, and how many ppl want a specific house and find things to complain about? When I get like that, I check myself and count my blessings.

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

    A car is just something to get you from place to place. A nice house is so much more important.
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Doesn't the fact that the average 'nice house' is much more valuable than the average 'nice car' factor into anyone's decision? Going in that direction, not having a 'nice house' can make a tricky to keep a 'nice car', anyway.

    Nice house is the gift that keeps on giving.
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Our home is very modest, but it's paid for and has some acreage. Our cars both have over 100,000 miles, but they run well and hubby does all their mechanical maintenance. We don't owe anybody anything, and that's the most important thing to us.
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    A car is just something to get you from place to place. A nice house is so much more important.
    Both should provide relative comfort and security.

    Personally, I think it's odd that people compare themselves to each other based on cars. I am often sorry for people because they have a nice car. Do they have to spend a lot of time in a car? Do they have to make payments on that car? Do they derive a sense of self worth from their car? If any of those things are true, feeling sorry for them is justified. If someone has plenty of money to stroke a check for a nice car, but they don't know how to spend their money in ways that are truly satisfying, I would also feel sorry for them.

    If someone has never owned their own car, but always has to make payments, there are plenty of reasons to feel sympathy for them.
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    Re: Would you rather have a nice house or nice cars(s)

    All I want in a car is reliable transportation. I want it to start when I turn the key, go when I hit the gas, and stop when I hit the brakes. I want it to get me back and forth to work, where I make money to pay for my home. It will depreciate in value every time i drive it, so it's no investment.

    A home is another matter entirely. Warren Buffett's best advice is to "own the roof over your head."

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

    I've lived beneath my means my entire life. Drove older cars...tiny cars...lived in very modest (but nice) homes...never pay attention to status of any kind. It's served me well. Still have the very modest home...3 BR, 2 BA ranch; one-car garage (shoulda' bought a 2-car; that was a mistake); no family room. I do drive a nice car now, though...real estate kinda' leads one in that direction.

    Only thing I do that is a real splurge/treat is to always valet my car and pay extra to have it left right out in front.

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

    Both a house and car are depreciating assets, but a car depreciates faster, generally speaking.
    I rather have a nicer house, not too opulent, a decent car and put the rest of the money in the bank.

    Who cares what our teens think, they don't pay the bills and they get an opinion on it, only when they start forking over some cash.
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