PART 1: Think about a financial  decision you made regarding the purchase of a big-ticket item within the  last five years. Provide a summary on the discussion thread, answering  the following questions:

  1. What decision did you make?
  2. How prepared were you to make the decision?
  3. What was your thought process as you were making the decision?
  4. What financial information did you need to make the decision and why?
  5. What lessons have you learned that you will apply to future financial decisions?