After much debate, I walked over to the Apple store and returned my oh so sweet Macbook Pro laptop. Today was the last day until the return policy on the laptop expired.
I actually felt a little bit sad, because I got to see the laptop when the store clerk cut open the sticker to make sure I wasn't returning a couple cement blocks instead. I'd resisted opening it myself for so long!
Why I Returned A New MBP Laptop
I really would have enjoyed using that shiny new MacBook Pro laptop. But, I feel I made the right decision to return it.
My reasons to return it were quite simple
- No reasonable bids came in for my 8GB, iPod touch for $199 that I got for free. The day after Apple stopped their promotion of a free iPod with every Macbook purchase, they lowered their price from $239 to $199! I didn't change my pricing on Craigslist fast enough, so it was a little too late to negotiate.
- My guest post failed to get published within two weeks at a large personal finance site. I made a submission which was immediately responded to and accepted the very next day. It took me several hours to write 1,350 words, and several more hours to edit. Although they confirmed receipt of my 2nd draft, it's still in the queue. At least I got a nice $10 gift card at Amazon! :)
- My cash flow cannot afford $1,465 for September because a $1,700 bill is coming due for a couple airlines tickets I purchased at the end of August. I try to only buy stuff through cash flow, and never touch savings. Otherwise how will I ever build a big enough nut for retirement? Going into revolving credit card debt is NOT an option and never will be!
- I made a promise not to buy anything in September and feel guilty breaking a promise. With only 6 more days left to go for the month, I need…to…stand…strong…and fight the spending addiction! I wonder if this is how a recovering addict feels, where every day of non-use, and in my case non-spend, is a victory? It feels good to go 24 days in a row without buying anything other than food!
- Finally, my wife actually fixed my old iBook G4! Its speed is as good as new thanks to several updates and clean ups. Too bad the battery life still only lasts 25 minutes.
Optimize A Laptop Before You Buy A New One
I am one of the biggest computer morons on earth. One time, I think i started panicking when the computer wouldn't turn on. Then I realized it was out of battery and wasn't plugged in :)
I get so frustrated trying to fix things myself. Thus, I'd GLADLY pay some person $100 bucks an hour to fix a bug, or a slow internet connection. It's just hard to trust every shady ad on Craigslist. Thank goodness for my wife, and her patience!
The Wife's Simple, Free Tips For Optimizing Mac & Browser:
- Delete cookies – Safari menu, Security tab, Show cookies, Remove All
- Close browser windows and tabs when done
- Empty cache – Safari menu, Empty Cache, Empty
- Secure empty trash – Finder menu, Secure empty trash
- Shut down computer 1-2 times week – Apple menu, Shutdown
- Run software update – Apple menu, Software Update. Adjust the scheduling frequency in System Preferences,Software Update
- Keep firewall on to restrict incoming access – System Preferences, Security, Firewall
- Run antivirus and malware / spyware removal software
- Manually put your computer to sleep from the apple menu instead of just closing your laptop. Helps battery life.
- Remove the application icons from the dock if no longer in use by dragging icon to trash
- Run disk utilities once a quarter – Finder, Applications,Utilities, Disk Utility
- Move any files on the desktop into the documents folder
- Keep at least 20% of your total hard disk free of space. Once less than 10% hits, everything slows down drastically.
- Turn airport off whenever you're not surfing – Airport menu, Turn Airport off
After two weeks of temptation, I had to let the babies go. It's interesting to note that over this time period, the laptop and iPod got buried under a mountain of clothes, papers, and new shoes.
The clutter syndrome was in full effect! I'm disappointed not so much by the fact I'm not typing to you on a new computer. Frankly, it feels good to get $1,450 credited back on my card. It's just disappointing I failed at achieving all my mini-goals to justify the purchase. C'est la vie. Maybe next year!
If you have a big purchase to make that you're 100% sure about and can afford, make sure you buy it with one of the best rewards credit cards. There are a lot of fantastic offers today from cash back, miles, to travel rewards. Might as well get rewarded if you're going to spend anyway!
“Slicing Through Money's Mysteries”