Here's one: Although I have no restrictions but my own I still casually mention that it would be handy or whatever if I had an xxx which would allow me to do xxx better or more safely.I just say "Gee honey, since I can't work in the shop without a new xxx, I'll get to be with you all day and night!
Very amusing article. There was a period where I was making gobs of money. At the same time, my wife spent at least $12 K on quilting stuff, then she upgraded it and sold the first stuff for a loss. So I just bought the tools I wanted, and later upgraded saws. One afternoon, she walked into the shop while was happily working away and she asked, "are you ever going to make any money with all this stuff?" I replied, "well, about as much as you will with the quilting equipment." End of any resistance to new tools. But I did make sure I accumulated cash and paid in full for every new tool and accessory, so there were no credit card purchases for my stuff. She handles the payments, so she would have noticed.
One day, she said something about liking to have me around, but not underfoot. Then I started making frames for her paintings (she gave up quilting). By now, I probably have $10 to 12 K in my shop, and I am very thankful I didn't wait til retirement to buy that stuff. Even though health is now an issue (improving BTW), I would have missed out on all those years of generating sawdust.