Many people posted that they couldn't afford a premium rod or reel in the
several threads regarding their value. I would offer the same advise I give
to my son, nieces and nephews, and even my wife:
1. If you smoke, stop, and put that money in a jar.
2. If you buy Starbucks, stop, and put that money in a jar.
3. If you snack, stop, and put that money in a jar.
4. If you have a dollar in your pocket, put that money in a jar.
5. Put money in a jar on a daily basis.
If you only put $1/day in a jar, you can buy a premium reel and line for
Christmas 2009. $2/day will get you the best rod from Sage, Winston, Orvis,
by December. When my son joined the USAF 2 1/2 years ago, I suddenly found myself not having to give him $5 here and there, and started stuffing
it in the mattress (a home safe, actually), and during that time, the savings
really added up to quite a bit!
My wife and I make a decent wage, but we can go off budget and spend
everything we make during the year. These past two years we've really
enjoyed staying on budget, and were able to buy some really nice stuff.
During the first two weeks of January 2008, my wife and I wrote down everything we spent over $1 on a piece of paper. It was amazing to see how fast $5 and $10 can add up to several hundred dollars! I began deciding what
to have for dinner based on what was on sale at the local supermarket. We
use a bonus club card at the grocery store, and it keeps a record of your savings for the calendar year. We saved over $1,100 in food for 2008! Yeah,
my wife wanted London Broil when chicken was on sale, but she caught on
quickly enough: she doesn't cook...LOL!!!!
So there you go....no excuses not to have what you want at the end of this