Originally Posted by cerbie
Sounds to me like you're going in way too much, too fast, and your parents are right, even if maybe a touch overboard. That's even discounting the FS thread info. With only $600, even at 16 (no living costs), an iMod is quite excessive all by itself.
Try maybe spending half on audio stuff--total. If you must spend it all, at least make it music. I can never spend as little as I plan on CDs...
I think this is very funny considering Ive probably spent 12 to 14 times net as much on audio at the same age (I have made some of it back). Being a teenager in a middle class family is a luxury that should be taken advantage of for precisely this reason. You have very little expenses, and you can use your money to pursue your passions, an opportunity which you will not be granted later in life. Seize it!
I've been in your shoes, although I suppose my parents are a bit more understanding. I had a big blowout with my mother about spending gift money and it ended up with me getting a job, several jobs actually. They're attitude is that if I EARNED it, its my money, and my money to waste. My father can empathize with the hobby and while he enjoys it I dont think he could rationalize it to himself. My mother on the other hand, (who is now half-deaf due to a brain tumor) thinks I am TOTALLY nuts hehe.