I know that's not an entirely polite question to ask, nor is it anyone's business, but my curiosity has been piqued by a few of the "what plane should I buy" and "can I afford...." threads. Folks finding out from lenders just how much the lender is willing to loan. Lots of, at least to me, fairly big budget planes being bandied about and under consideration. I'll go first, in a circumspect manner, and will certainly understand if folks reply in similarly vague fashion... or not at all. I know it' none of my business, and giving clues to one's net worth in a public internet forum probably isn't a wise thing to do. I own a '65 PA28-140. Have brought its value, through renovation and upgrades, to maybe low $30Ks. I could afford to buy a plane that cost a few times that amount without financing, and maintain, insure, and fly it, without severely impacting my retirement savings (currently 60 years old and retired from "day gig," but still active and earning the odd sheckel when nice gigs show up) or our current household budget/lifestyle. However, at that point, the plane would be a significant amount of our net worth. Right now, it really isn't, so there's zero financial stress with aircraft ownership. I realize that for many people even a $30K airplane is still a dream; it was for me for decades, and I am very grateful for the blessings I've had in life. For those who individually own airplanes worth six figures, especially those whose first digit is 2 or higher, is it typical for that plane to have a similarly small impact on your (and your family's) budget and net worth, or is the plane a high enough priority that major sacrifices and/or risks are part of ownership? I guess that's the real question. I'd love to buy a really nicely equipped Tiger, and can probably afford to....just not sure I can psychologically justify that percentage of financial emphasis on aviation, much as I love it. I hope I haven't offended anyone....please accept my apologies if I have. Just been chewing on this a while, and was hoping some of you would be willing to comment. PMs are fine.