I started out about 20 years ago on the cheap stuff, a penny bag here and a penny bag there...
I would scrounge up every bit of money I could find and hit the flea markets to find that next fantasy raw coin. I stayed an occassional "user" for about 18 years. Then the addiction hit full force - I found eBay. Just like the rest of us, I went straight for the hard stuff, for me anyway.
You see, I collect small cents, mainly Lincoln Proofs, but am now beginning to spread my wings into other areas. Now that I have found the Collector's Society and they make it oh so easy to join the competitive world of coin collecting, I am in deeper than ever. I have started buying the biggest bags my pocket book can afford at any given moment.
Oftentimes this gets me into a great dilemma. Why take just last night when I told my wife how much I'd spent on a 1989 NGC Lincoln PR70RDU a couple of days back, she about lost her mind and almost killed me! Seriously though, this "habit" is very addicting and NOT for the faint at heart.
If anyone else finds help, please share with the rest of us!