Living the Life of Luxury—From Hot Wheels to Jet Skis

So you want to roll like a player — but you don’t have the high-roller wallet to back it up.

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Well here’s a news flash: You can afford that lifestyle.

From expensive cars to luxury watches and jet skis — you can have it all. All you have to do is snap out of your herd mentality, shopping at big-box stores and strip malls. And shed the notion that buying something second-hand means you have to look like a homeless artist.

[Not that there’s anything wrong with that.]

And with the recession, and 15 million people still out of work, there are more people selling luxury goods now than every before.

If you know where to look, it’s all there for the taking. It’s like finding a stock that’s poised to take off: Do your homework, strike when the iron’s hot — and you can get a pretty big bang for your buck.

The first step, most pros say, is to start thinking — and shopping — like the zip code you want to be.

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