Despite making a promise on August 31st to buy nothing this September, I broke down and went to the Apple Store. I bought a 13-inch Apple Macbook Pro yesterday.
You see, I was tempted by two things. 1) The Apple Store’s promotion of getting a free $230 i-Touch with every notebook purchase, and 2) Steve Jobs is back in San Francisco this week to address new product launches!
Excuses To Splurge At The Apple Store
- I have been looking for a new laptop for two years now given my current 12″ i-Book is a hand me down from my wife. It’s got only 512megs of RAM, a 20 gig hard drive, a sticky space bar, and is slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter!
- My wife, on the otherhand, has a shiny 1-year old Macbook I bought her for Christmas. Clearly, I am a little bit envious.
- I walked down aisle 7 at Walgreens and a Loreal shampoo bottle told me, “Because you’re worth it!”
- Nobody really buys me anything for my birthday and the holidays except for my wife. I take it back. My mom got me a nifty plastic cube with a clam in it last winter. I think she found it in an old cupboard. So who’s going to buy me anything? Cue the violins!
- Furthermore, $1,450 really isn’t $1,450 once I get my $230 rebate in the mail for my i-Touch. I can then sell the darn thing on Craigslist for $199 and bring my total outlay down to $1,051!
- Besides, how am I supposed to be a prolific personal finance writer on such old equipment anyway? I can barely do any editing on my 12-inch screen. Oh, the justifications of spending come spouting out now, and I can’t help it.
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There Is Hope
Despite all my excuses, all is not lost. From our previous article, “Controlling The Urge To Splurge,” we suggest a novel way to satiate all desires without going broke.
I’ve got time to atone for my sins. Apple has a two week return policy, and I’m going to let the beautiful packaging stare at me everyday on the bedside table until Mon, September 21st.
In the next 14 days, I will ask myself: “Do I really need a new computer since we already have two?” “Will a new laptop motivate me to write better?” “Can I afford $1,450 bucks if I’ve already locked away all my month’s disposable income to my other banks?” “Am I not breaking my promise to myself and to the community?” “Am I so weak as to not go for another several weeks without buying stuff?” Finally, “Will Steve Jobs be announcing an even better product just in time for the Holiday Shopping season?!”
Readers, I need your advice. At the end of two weeks, when my return policy is up, should I, or should I not spend the money? I’m just excited that Steve Jobs is back and healthy! Inspire us Steve! And if you announce a cheaper, faster Macbook Pro, do me a favor and do so within the next two weeks!