I had just gotten my birthday money from my grandmother and I begged my mother to take my to "The Wiz" (as in "nobody beats the...") to get the new Green Day album. I paid something stupid like $16.99 for the album, but I guess it was worth it because I still do love it. $16.99 out of my birthday money was a huge amount for me, and in this case it at least paid off. But I can remember countless other times where I spent that much on albums that I didn't even end up liking that much.
It's amazing how much has changed. In 1994 there weren't too many ways that a kid could hear new music: radio, MTV, maybe friends. But now, you can listen to virtually anything for free, so you can avoid making horrible music purchases like I have in the past.
Anyway, I think it is interesting that 15 years ago I paid $16.99 for a new album, and today I just paid $4.99 for the download the day that it was released. (wow. FIFTEEN YEARS!)