I have actually been considering dipping into the "beer fund" to buy some new equipment. Many years ago I started setting aside the money I would have spent on beer. Since I make my own, I'm not spending that money on beer any more
Sneaking a pre processor into the basement doesn't sound too bad. Sneaking a pinball machine in is pushing your luck. I crossed the line trying to bring 3 in at one time without her noticing. Now I am much more careful.
Hey now, don't short your beer making budget. Though a nice conical fermentor could maybe wait a bit longer!