With the new degree and job, the purse strings are finally easier to loosen without feeling guilty. I was finally able to replace the AR that was stolen a long time ago, and got the kids an 870 youth combo. I got those 'cause I wanted to, and they filled a hole in my "needs" list.
Well, I had a friend offer me a pair of SS Vaqueros with rigs for $500 total, and another friend offer a Mosin Nagant carbine in nearly new condition for $100. I wasn't in the market for any of those, but I figured I'd be able to sell them at a profit without much trouble if the need ever arose. At least that's what I told my wife.
And yes, I have started doing more traditional investing, as well.