How I’m Going to Buy a New Computer Without Spending a Cent
The other day I was hanging around at Best Buy while my wife went shopping for shoes at DSW (which is the closest place to hell on earth, but that’s a whole different post). As I walked around in there and checked out the new computers, I got a major case of the gimmes.
I want a new computer.
Do I need a new computer?
First of all, my wife and I have a desktop computer that her old boyfriend gave her way back when. This is an OLD computer that has reached the end of the line, all while performing admirably. I even upgraded the machine’s RAM a few months ago and it’s reached the limit of how it can be improved.
The machine I use is a laptop that I bought before traveling to France in 2003. Laptops don’t have as much flexibility when it comes to upgrading, and this one is also starting to show its age. The hard drive is crammed and no amount of trickery seems to speed it up to what I’m used to at work.
In other words…it’s time.
Without Spending a Cent? Explain!
That’s what I’m here for. As I walked around Best Buy, it hit me that the stupid way to go about buying a new computer was to take out my credit card, pick the machine closest to what I want, and buy it right then and there. Worrying about how to pay for it down the line was something a stupid person wouldn’t care about because I’d have my hands on my new computer right away and my life would be so much happier/better/etc.
What I’m going to do is be patient and plan ahead: I’ve started a targeted savings account over at ING that’s specifically for this new machine. The account is starting from $0 and my goal is to save $1,000 as quickly as I can without spending any money from my paycheck. All the money I deposit in this fund will come from the money I make on this blog, any freelancing money I make, and any other extra income I get.
Which means it’ll take WAY too long to get my new computer.
But having a specific goal and a very nice reward waiting for me on the other side means one thing: motivation.
I’ve already put up some books on Amazon that I don’t need and were just taking up space. So far I’ve sold four books and have netted around $25, so I’m on my way.
Not only that, I’m always on the lookout for how I can make and extra buck or two to drop into the computer account. It will probably take a really long time, but the best part is I won’t feel any of the guilt I usually get with big purchases.
Why? Because I won’t have spent a single cent of my paycheck. Now, who’s interested in buying a guitar I’ve played like 17 times and looks brand new? Any bidders?
Oh and also, if you have any tips for making a quick buck or two, let me know because every little bit counts and my computer may not make it much further…