“You know, upcoming employment means I could afford a new car payment. $5k down, $350 a month, that sounds not too bad. Plus, Mazda3! And it’s new! Nothing could go wrong with that!”

“But wait, Chevy makes a hatch too! And it’s diesel! And it comes with a manual! And it would cost about the same! That seems like a good idea!”

Or I’ll just buy a used thing to drive until I pay off my student loans, because an extra $300 a month towards that would be a very wise idea. I hate this damn dichotomy of responsibility and recklessness. But a new car sounds awesome.