Up until May last year I was an electrical engineer in The Netherlands, monthly salary was about a 5D2 + 24-70 prices. 1/3 of my salary went to rent, a lot got saved, and I managed to not buy too much expensive gear (mostly Soviet MF primes off ebay), but when I left there I bought myself a 70-300L present (and got nice 19% duty-free too).
Then for the next 6 months I was in Australia, living on the pittance they call unemployment benefits (which they wouldn't even pay me for the first 12 weeks, said I had too much in savings, I almost bought a Leica M9 out of spite).
In that time, thankyou Australian Taxpayer, I managed to get the Samyang 35/1.4, EF 85/1.8, EF 100/2.0, 430EX, Takumar 50/1.4, a set of 3x Zeiss Pentacon Six primes (for about $300), a CPL for each size-lens (B+W Käsemann, Hoya HRT, Heliopan) instead of the junky Fujiyama i picked up in hong kong with step-rings, and a Lowepro 450AW.
Only 3 weeks ago I finally got a job, monthly salary in the order of a 1D4 with a 100L macro, and i've already celebrated by spending about $900 on a nice Vanguard tripod, A-S ballhead, Kirk L-bracket and plates for a few lenses.
But now I'm trying to save for a house deposit, and the missus is getting a bit suspicious about the still-growing pile (yes, a literal pile) of lenses after I promised I'd stop buying them and save for our house...