I can't afford a down payment or a mortgage so I didn't buy. I am seriously considering getting rid of cable TV (if I can keep the cable 'net and phone for less--need to review my contract.) I got a smaller, more fuel-efficient car. I will NOT get rid of my two cats (and if I ever had to, the rescue from which one came has a lifetime return policy, and I would have them take his "brother", too.) I will not go looking to get back into riding until the day comes I can afford it, let alone buy a horse. (Unlikely to ever happen. I do competitive ballroom dancing and that isn't cheap. I may at some point even have to pare that down and/or rent one of my dresses out to help with costs.) My brother makes more than I do and he half-leases because right now, he can't afford to buy (he also is quite fond of his lease boy, even when said lease boy makes a hobby out of trying to bite). My parents don't want any large animals right now, even with space for it.
Woodland--I think I'm scared that the two people you described in your last post exist. And that they were coherent enough to find you in the first place.