I’m 46 and single, have $120K in cash and $400K in retirement, and own my home. Should I buy my dream $30K motorcycle?

Dear Quentin,

I’m 46 and single, and I have no little ones. I am at this time obtaining an inside debate as to regardless of whether to purchase a $30,000 Indian motorcycle. It is a want, not a need. 

I have the deed on my home, which is valued at $360,000, and have both equally my cars outright. I have above $120,000 in numerous examining and financial savings accounts, and roughly $400,000 break up among a Roth and conventional IRA on a well known robo-investing platform.

I have lived within my implies my total life, and even though I have an eye for excellent and costly points, I’ve in no way actually set points on credit history and have only ordered merchandise I’ve saved for.


‘I provide in $6,000 per month as a 100% disabled veteran and via a situation I have on the board of a tiny nonprofit.’

I bring in $6,000 per month as a 100% disabled veteran and as a result of a situation I have on the board of a tiny nonprofit. I have no credit score-card debt — or any credit card debt, for that issue — and my healthcare and dental are fully lined by the VA with no copay for everyday living.   

Each and every thirty day period, I finish up with close to $1,500 to $2,000 just after all my expenditures and expenses are paid. A preceding occupation will find the money for me an $1,800-per-thirty day period pension, which is vested and starts spending out at age 55.   


‘Though I have an eye for good quality and pricey items, I’ve hardly ever really put things on credit score and have only bought goods I have saved for.’

Specified my financial debt-no cost status, I could possibly be contributing extra than I at the moment do to my retirement accounts. I have line-of-sight to above $9,000 for each month when I retire just before I issue in minimum amount withdrawals from my retirement accounts, so it is not as massive a problem.

It’s really hard to spend a greenback as a substitute of inserting it in my retirement account with compounding fascination and my time horizon. I could also be performing much more with my checking and savings as my unexpected emergency fund has swelled, and I know I could place some of that cash to perform for me in greater techniques with increased returns.  

Need to I get the bike?

Frugal Bike Lover

Dear Frugal,

Never you loathe it when another person states, “Do you know what you ought to do?” As someone who loathes the phrase “should” when used in reference to other individuals and most likely still uses it far too a lot, I’m unwilling to say whether you ought to do anything at all.

People today who say, “Go for it! Purchase it!” are usually residing vicariously by other folks. What they actually necessarily mean is, “I can get a identical thrill by encouraging you to obtain this overpriced coat, and I really do not have to pay a penny.” So it’s rich for any one to say you ought to or must not buy something. That explained, I’m not a motorbike lover and I have no motivation to experience one. I won’t be living vicariously by you if you do obtain it.

It is not the most effective use of your income. You by now know that. But you are in terrific monetary form for somebody of your several years: You own your have property, you have a near eye on your retirement revenue, and you are cautious about heading into debt. You are a veteran and you have served this nation — and, getting looked up the bicycle in problem, I have to say it is a issue of natural beauty.

I have just one recommendation right before offering you my response. Why do not you attempt the motorbike out for a whilst by renting one ahead of committing $30,000 to it? You can see if the novelty wears off, and if it provides you all the joy and independence you anticipate from this piece of machinery. It will also help you save you the hassle of reselling it if you decide it is not for you.

I have beforehand steered persons absent from shopping for a $30,000 bracelet and obtaining a Tesla TSLA. However, this time is different. For all of the higher than reasons, if you want it, go for it, enjoy each and every minute of it and ride thoroughly. In this case, I really do not want to trip roughshod about your desires. Just do me a favor and put on a helmet. There is cherished cargo underneath.

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