To Foxhound: "If you all must know. I bust my ass in a pizza joint to purchase my things."
That's heartening to hear. I know of a particular forumite who regularly post his purchases for all to see as an ego-stroke. We are talking bespoke shoes from Bestetti, on top of Lobbs and Cleverleys, bespoke suits from Saville Row, Chan etc on a close to monthly basis, customised cufflinks with Burmese jade, Audemar Piguet watch, ties from Marinella etc. The total costs of his purchases exceeded by far any possible range of employment incomes for someone in his position (a recent graduate with degrees in some communication/political shit).
The main message is that for you (and other younger members just out of uni), your main asset= a long time horizon in which you can compound your savings. Just simple mathematics, $10 invested wisely at a compounded rate of 10% per annum will double roughly every 7 years, so your $10 becomes $320 after 35 years. Up the return rate to 18% per annum, and your $10 saved today becomes over $10,000 in 36 years. I can assure you that none of your normal SF items will appreciate in price at that rate.
Save some of it, dont blow it all. Even the best shoes will look shabby after 35 years.
Forgive my ignorance, but short of extending a line of unsecured credit and reaping the interest from suckers, or some lucky speculative stock market work, how is 18% p.a. consistently achievable?