Some people don’t “get it”: the pleasure of riding a responsive, light bike is worth paying for (and so is a pizza). There are a lot of stupid ways to spend money, but spending it on something you truly enjoy and that improves your mental and physical well-being is not one of them (provided you actually ride it).
Don’t judge value by the amount of glitzy crap you take home from the mall, or what other people think; judge it by how happy you are with your expenditure a year later. Some people never figure that out, so they’ll always spend no more than $300 on a mediocre wheelset (or even a whole bike!), then never use it because it’s heavy, slow, and unresponsive!
Always have dessert first, because tomorrow you might be hit by a bus. And if necessary, eat beans and rice for 6 months so that you can afford the bike or wheelset you’ve dreamed of. (Or whatever else turns you on).