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OK, this is a little weird for me. I went down to Rockler today just to fondle the merchandise and get over being a little house bound. I've been saving up for awhile with the idea of plunking down cash for a Laguna Fourteen 12 band saw. Well, they had it on sale and had a couple boxed up ready to go. But somehow, parting with those 10 hundred dollar bills seemed like a bad idea. Maybe I'll go down (its on sale til the end of the month) with my truck, but having looked forward to that saw for about a year, it was very strange that I couldn't pop for it, with the cash in my pocket. Hummmmmm.
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I had a nearly identical purchase paralysis over the same item from the same seller! I eventually wound up using the money on more clamps, hole saws, router bits and some emergency repairs.
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I am very good at saving up for a purchase, but then get caught in "analysis paralysis", where I fret over, "is this the best one for me?" or "what if a newer style comes out?" It almost takes the jaws of life to open my wallet. The only consolation is that by the time I put my money down I'm sure it's the right tool at the best price.

The funny thing is I rarely get that feeling buying an 'old' tool. I see something that catches my eye and I have to talk myself out of it.... Like the beautiful, old Rockwell drill press on Craigslist right now... But alas, I don't have room for it yet
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I was given good advice a long time ago when I was getting into competitive handgun shooting, from a true expert who I admired..... "Always buy the gun you just cant quite afford".

In your case, use the thousand cash and top up with plastic to get the next larger model.
your wife will only see the credit card statement and will congratulate you on getting such a bargain.

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It's that niggling feeling that there's better saw or better deal down the road.
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I think you did the wise thing. I always try to use the "24 hour rule". If I think I want to buy something, I make myself wait 24 hours. More times than not, I decide I didn't really want it that bad after all.
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LOL i went by the Big Orange Store the other day, they were having pro appreciation day, signed up for some tools and won a Makita 1/2" LXT hammer drill/driver. I don't have a battery or charger for it, the thing may sit for a year or two before I let go of the funds for it.
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That's why I'm a big believer in using cash as much as possible.
Save up for what you want and when it comes time to part with the dead presidents, you either have a sense of proudness, or decide you really don't need it after all. Cash will sometimes get you a discount.
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Well, Tom, if that "pinch" in you stomach was telling your mind "NO" then pay attention. If it doesn't feel right, then it isn't.

I suspect that your subconscious is telling you that there is a better/different saw in your future. Sometimes we get it into our heads that "this is the one I want" and when you see, feel and handle it just isn't what you really expected. Listen to your head. Again, if it doesn't feel right then it isn't.

These pieces of equipment seem to go on sale every six months or so. Back off for now, and if you're not sure that it IS what you really need or WANT, then wait for the next go-around and deceide.

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It does happen to me...

It seems the longer it took to save up the needed cash, the harder it is to pull the trigger. A lot has to do with not really needing the "thing" while saving up...or just be you need to change them 100's for 20's...

I generally hope for a quick windfall...like doing a job for someone, getting paid and immediately let it loose (Dewalt 735 about 3-4 weeks ago).

And like you, the slow cash that has been building up is still sitting there not wanting to open the envelope and let the moths out...

It's entirely possible that the "guilt" is rising and you're looking around the shop and saying to yourself "you really don't need it, Tom"...or..."Hey Tom, you really need something else instead of that Laguna". To that I say "Turn the lights off...go to Rockler". You've saved for it, you want it, you deserve it...go for it... (in the true spirit of RF members sticking together and helping each other spend money on tools)

Must be a "guy thing"...I don't hear about women having this kind of trouble... (yes, that is a challenge to the members of the female persuasion to chime in)

I'm thinking a united front is in order to help you spend that money without even a hint of guilt...

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