I remember back in eighth grade I went to the East Coast on a trip with my class and my mother told my chaperone to make sure that I bought souvenirs because I was “too frugal for my own good”.
It’s a trait I still possess.
As I’ve gotten older I have tried to break the habit and spend money on things that aren’t essentials. January of 2012 I bought myself an iPhone, on deep discount. September of 2012 I bought myself a laptop, on deep discount. July of 2013 I bought myself an iPad mini, and I’m finding myself in a bit of a dilemma.
You see, my phone broke and Verizon was having a deal, so I thought, “Hey, let’s buy an iPhone!” My laptop was out of commission the year before and I really needed one for all the school work that was coming towards me and HP was having a sale so I thought, “Let’s get this decently priced, perfect-for-you laptop!” And then I was sitting around, thinking about things, and thought, “Let’s spend a large amount of money on something you don’t actually need, an iPad!”
I don’t regret it, let me make that clear to you. I’ve been saving up my money and have enough that I can safely purchase myself this and not feel pinched (although I’m going to take it easy the next few months). But it’s the fact that it is a big amount of money, especially for someone who works two hours a week for minimum wage. And every time you spend a lot of money, and for something that isn’t essential or a bill, it’s important to think about your purchase.
I didn’t buy an iPad because I like to be in on the next biggest thing. That’s the complete opposite from me. The only time I know what the fashion trends are are when I bother to stalk the TeenVogue website. I buy things based on practicality and whether they have more pros than cons on the many lists I make when it comes to purchasing.
For the sake of not boring you, I’m just going to say that the pros list was much longer than the cons when it came to buying myself an iPad. Of course, when I found they had minis I became even more excited because it is literally the perfect size for what I want it for.
So yeah, I bought myself an iPad mini. And my brain is crunching numbers and having mini anxiety attacks over the fact that I spent more than $25 on something. And as I start buying things for university I’m sure I’ll be half dead with how much trauma my poor frugal brain is enduring. I’ll keep you posted!
Thank you for reading about my acceptance of my own actions. I hope you are enjoying your Humpday and are keeping it as ‘Inappropriate Wednesday’ as ever! I’m about to see the first of my friends off to university and am getting a bit emotional as she is the first to leave. Only two more months until I’m off to the same fate!
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P.S. The iPad case I bought comes from this Etsy store! $24.99 and free shipping if inside the States!
P.P.S. Who here listens to 5 Seconds of Summer? Can we be friends? Because my new enthusiasm might possibly revolve around four Australian lads…
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