The other day, I realized that my computer is almost 7 years old. In technology time, that’s like referring to James Buchanan as one of our modern day Presidents. This computer is so old, that I almost can’t watch video on it anymore. Which is a problem, because I love television and movies. Even though I’d like to replace it, I don’t need to right this second, and I’m fine with that.
I have old stuff when I can afford new stuff, but I don’t even feel like buying new stuff. (!!!)
This is a first. My purse is getting beat up and looking a little shabby. Meh. I thought about getting myself a sweet birthday present after I am debt-free like an iPad mini or a DSLR camera but then I thought, Nahhh, I really don’t feel like it. I don’t want anything really, just time to hang out with people and have a good meal and I’d call that a celebration.
When I started this blog, I thought I wouldn’t be able to get out of debt because I would always want to buy things. I like fashion. I love picking out that one cool piece and pulling it off. But everything is relative. My focus has changed. New things are nice. I probably will have to replace my computer within the year. But in a bizarro parallel life, I would have had a new Macbook Pro at least two years ago by now, I’d still be wearing the latest, trendiest stuff and I’d still feel a little anxious every morning because there was always another bill looming.
After a few years of not having the latest stuff, you can pick up a few good habits that will keep you financially comfortable. Buy stuff lightly used. Wait for the off-season to buy sports gear and camping equipment. Don’t give in to the urge to immediately replace something just because it’s starting to show signs of wear. Think of it as a badge of honor.