I got myself a nice little one bedroom apartment in Chicago in the Lincoln Park neighbhorhood. I went out and got the basics: bed, sofa, coffee table, lamps, dishes, etc. Naturally, being a post-college yuppie, I went to Ikea ("Like so many of my generation, I succombed so the Ikea nesting instincy." - Fight Club) I was a little appalled at the expense of furnishing my little apartment, but I laughed when I realized that all of that cost less than the Chanel bag I was carrying. Does this ever happy to you? You talk at the cost of something, but it's considerably more "reasonable" than a $1K+ bag? P.S. Come visit me in Chicago! I have a sofa-bed!