Sunday, October 01, 2006

On Being Rich

My annual salary + approximately $12,000 = what Oprah makes in one minute.

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA and a billionaire, drives a 1993 Volvo.

If I were rich I'd keep my car (2002 Honda Accord) and buy another one in case I get a flat tire, which happens to me every five seconds. I'd never in a million years spend money on a luxury car. That's such a waste.



Blogger Caroline said...

Yeah, or be like my parents and buy a Mercedes SUV in 1998 and never buy another new car for the rest of your life.

I think that's great that guy drives a 1993 Volvo!! Hey, if its still running, thats all that matters. Besides, w/that kind of money you could buy real estate or travel instead.

I looked at cars online b/c I'd need one in New Orleans if I live there, and I really liked the Accords, the Corolla's, and the Jetta's. Give me either one of those 3 and I'll be happy! :-)

10/01/2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger pog mo thoin said...

I just spent almost $1000 bucks on "fixing" my VW. I hate cars and would give up the miracles of medical progress and indoor plumbing if someone could turn back time and make them go away.

10/01/2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger Saule Cogneur said...

This is totally random, but I wanted to tell you I recognize your blog header. I called my old blog, "Heropsychodreamer."

Rock on.

10/01/2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger defiant goddess said...

I heard something like this recently:

If you have $12 and you buy something for $4, you have $8 left.

If you have $12,000 and you buy something for $4, you still have $12,000 left.

And that's the difference between rich and poor.

10/02/2006 12:10 AM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

i, too, would not drive a luxury car. i'd buy a 1967 mustang fastback...

10/02/2006 6:31 AM  
Blogger J. said...

I heartily agree--last car I bought was less than half what my neighbors paid for theirs around the same time, yet our uses for our cars are identical and aside from it having a more expensive "look", there's little difference in the functionality of the two vehicles.

Of course, I have no payments--they do.

And, btw, (python fans imagine a voice from the "four yorkshireman sketch here) "We used to DREAM of owning a 2002 Honda Accord--luxury, pure luxury"


10/02/2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger March to the Sea said...

i am not a "car guy" really but if I was crazy rich I always wanted to have 3-4 cars..each would serve a purpose.

1) Fast exotic car.
2) SVU type thing to get to the mtn condo or lake house
3) the luxry sedan for "nights out"
4) something old to "restore" with all my free time.

Funny thing is I always say "if I didn't have to drive I wouldn't".

10/02/2006 1:26 PM  
Blogger Gina Marie said...

The Swedes love the IKEA guy, because he is so humble. They boast about it him all the time. "You know that the guy who invented IKEA wears bum clothes and drives an old car?"

And he comes into the stores and talks to the employees. Good for him, but if I had his money, I'd buy a pretty red dress.

10/03/2006 4:28 AM  

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