I started my collection back when we still had kids in the house. After a while I would trade some of my comics for store credit and purchase figures, then trade in older figures the same way. Now I mostly purchase online and look for deals. I order the stuff I really want online when it first comes out, then wait until the price goes down on others instead of paying full price. And as long as I can show my boss/wife that she is actually spending more than me it keeps her nose out of my business. One day some public hens from her church were over and she showed them my collection. One made a comment that she would not allow me to have so many figures. My wife told her that I didn't drink, smoke or chase women so she was fine with it. I told the public hen that I saved all my drinking an smoking money to spend on action figures and then tried to charge her a dollar for seeing my collection. As long as you can meet living expenses every month you are going to do fine. Collecting is a fun part of life.