under 20. Parents pays for car & insurance
under 20. You pay for everything. (which bank did you rob?:-)
20-29. you pay for everything
This is a discussion on How old are you and How did you afford the WRX? within the Everyday Impreza Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; I'm not at liberty to say but... do the words "multi-state prostitution ring", mean anything to anybody?...
11-13: Mowed lawns from making ~$150/week from spring-fall
14-15: Mowed lawns and worked at a golf course for max legal hours making ~$300/week (during school) - ~$500/week (summers)
16-18: Worked at the golf course for max legal hours, and over the summer got a 40 hr/week state job making ~$200/week (during school) - ~$700/week (summers)
College: Worked 40 hrs/week (630am-230pm weekdays) for the state and 30-40 hrs/week at a restaurant (3-~11pm 5-6 nights/week) on all breaks (~$900/week), as well as 8 hrs/week at the golf course (weekends 530-930am) during the summer break ($1000/week). I would average 2-3 days off the entire summer break.
Currently: Work 40 hrs/week (~$600/week) for the state (no more 7-day work weeks for me YAY!!) while taking a few night courses to finish up my degree.
I didn't have much of a social life growing up, but I did get a good work ethic
I have paid for all my food (if I didn't eat with the family), clothing, and entertainment since I was 11. I am 21 living at home with my parents (paying $400/month for rent, food, & utilities) and I lease an '05 STi ($350/month), pay insurance (~$1100/year), pay for gas ($400-500/month), put ~$100/month into the retirement system, pay ~$50/month for health insurance, and put $400/month into my DCP. There isn't much in the line of modifications (yet), but I pay for them as well.
Last edited by EJ257; 04-19-2008 at 05:44 PM.
Im 22 , I live in the Uk, I saved up for about 3 years to buy my wrx.
This is what Ive spent so far in 8 months ( Ill convert into dollars , 1 uk pound = 2 us dollars).
2003 impreza wrx ( uk spec blobeye version) = $17,000
Insurance per year = $4000
road tax per year = $410
service , cambelt , tensioner, idlers, ferado racing pads and uprated oil pump= $3000
tires- all 4 =$800
and the best bit it costs $120 for one tank of fuel!!
I work my ass off 6 days a week, thats the only way I can afford this car!!
23. Graduated from college with a Bachelor's and a Master's in Mech. Eng. and got a pretty darn good job. Man I wish my parents would have bought me a car, but sadly, I have paid for everything involved with every car I have ever owned (which seems to be quite a few...)
I work in marketing for The Olive Garden restaurants.
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Would it have been nice to have everything given to me growing up? Sure! Most of the friends I had in college didn't pay for tuition, rent, car payments/insurance, credit card bills, etc. - on top of that, their parents would send them $200-300/week for going to the bar. It was tough having to tell my friends I couldn't do something with them because I didn't have the money in my budget, but I wouldn't want my parents to have to work 5 more years past retirement age so that I could be lazy.Originally Posted by jcaputo
There's extra value to working for everything you own:
1). You learn to manage your money at a younger age, and if you ask me, are therefore less likely to run into financial trouble later in life. I spent my money on stupid crap when I was a kid, and was unable to do other things because of it. I learned this at 13-14, rather than 23-24. There were times that I was broke and needed money, and my parents helped me out (if they were in the position to do so), but I paid them back every dime.
2). You will value your possessions more if you had to work for them. Not saying people who are given cars don't appreciate them, but if you have to work for it, you'll be less likely to do something stupid with it. If you are paying every penny on your car, you're going to take care of it.
3). You get a sense of accomplishment when you finally make the last payment and see all your hard work come to fruition into something you can enjoy (e.g., car or house)
Last edited by EJ257; 04-20-2008 at 11:01 AM.
I clean up convenient store toilets that cheeseybacon frequents....
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I put $7K down on my sti and the payments are still at $343/month, between the blood thirsty bank and $200 car insurance(clean record, multi car discount, over 21) and the outragous price of 93oct I am glad to be getting my e5 this month... not that the raise is anything to brag about. Hopefully I can afford it still when i get out this summer and go back to school next winter. I'm going to be sad if I have to say bye bye to the new to me subie.
The toys you can buy from 15 months combat pay almost makes it worth it.
46. I pay and play as I go. $2300+ in new tires and wheels this year.
I have owned my own single home for 12 years (in 13 years it is all mine). It was not until 2001 I finally found a decent job and was able to afford a decent car and the house.