I don't have all that much play money. I do what I can to save up and purchase what I can afford. Unfortunately, the play money pot is raided every time there is an emergency. But that is another story for another time.
For the past year, I've been focusing on purchasing more ammo so that I could practice more. (I've also spent some money on some more firearms, but that goes without saying.) So I've had every thing planned out on what I'll purchase and when I'd approximately have the money.
So, in February I had planned on making a large purchase of 5.56 ammo. Just a few days before I was to get the final bit of money together there was the announcement that the ATF was taking action on the Green Tip 5.56 ammo. Even Walmart jacked up their prices on 5.56. I couldn't afford it at a reasonable price, so I just didn't bother. I did use a portion of the money for pistol ammo, and the other portion was used to douse a family emergency.
Today the ATF announced that they were going to review their policy. Maybe ammo prices will go down. But I'm sure that the prices will stay stupid for a few months anyways. It's not like I've had any luck finding time to go to the range this year so far, so I should not stress.