I have no rent. I have no mortgage. I have no car, and no utility bills. I have no debts from credit cards, student loans, or hospital visits. I have no children, no spouse, and no pets. I have very few financial obligations in general. I am not a spendthrift. And our COLA just went up to 70%.
This is how I justify spending $700 on an antique lacquer table over the weekend in Kyoto.
To my credit, the original price was about $1050 -- my friend Catherine talked the storekeeper into bringing it down. It's good to go shopping with the american representative for commerce and trade.