Sadly, my computer is elderly. The way I see it, computers age akin to dogs, seven years for every one. Since mine was born in 2005, the poor thing’s ready for Medicare. It is time to buy a new one, but I don’t have the money right now, and I’m pretty sure I don’t have a bailout coming, so I’ll have to put myself on a money diet.
After extensive research (okay, talking with my genius systems-analyst sister) on what product is right for me, I’ve decided to buy an already-built computer, since I know nothing about electronics. I’ve chosen a laptop for its larger screen and bigger and back-lit keyboard. I don’t want it to be obsolete in a year, so I’ll go for the most memory, and I’d like Bluetooth. With all of this in mind, I landed on a Toshiba, probably a Satellite. I’ve also decided to buy from QVC, for excellent reasons, including free shipping and a 30-day return policy. In fact, if I wait until start of the Christmas season, that 30-day return policy will turn into 60 or even 90 days. Can’t beat that! With their 3-year square trade service contract (covers all normal-use mechanical and electrical failures), in all, I’ll need about $900.
Now, since, in the words of Yogi Berra, ”a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore,” I better start saving right away to have enough by November. Here it goes:
1) Since I’m on a money diet and not a fat diet (admittedly, I should be on both, but one thing at a time), I’m canceling my gym membership. Confession, I wasn’t using it anyway. That’s $20 a month, so by November, that’s $140.
2) Years ago I tried an experiment that had very pleasant results. Instead of grocery shopping every week, I cut down to every two weeks. Because I forced myself to eat what was in the house, I saved almost $100 a month! Time to put this plan into action again. Conservatively, I can save $50 every month. By November, that’s $350, totaling $490. I’m more than halfway there!
3) Bye-bye cable TV! Five years ago, I boycotted cable and discovered that, with ridiculously inexpensive retro rabbit ears, I could get 25 channels! I don’t watch most of the channels I pay for anyway, and since a new computer is more important than sitting on my couch watching reruns, cable’s the next thing to go. This saves $50 every month, adding another $350 to my savings, for a new total of $840!
4) Last, with spring in the air, it’s garage sale time! I’ve had Christmas stuff and jewelry boxes and cookie jars in boxes for years, so it’s time to do some spring cleaning and clear it all out.
Now, that should bring me well above the $900 I need for my new laptop. Hey, maybe I’ll take the rest of the money I save and move myself into the 21st century by upgrading my VCR!