I have a confession to make fellow debt wranglers. This week I was overpowered by my emotions. Not just any emotions, but my emotional desire to fulfill a want. I wanted something so bad that I decided to just do it. I feel better already just talking about it. So, here is what I did…..
On Wednesday, I pulled out my AMEX Blue Cash Preferred credit card and purchased the new Google Nexus 10 from Staples.com.
Ok, don’t get upset with me because I made a frivolous (not my words, just using what you are thinking) purchase. I have been stewing over the decision for well over a month. I am not one that will just go out and purchase something big without mulling it over(well, not any longer), so I like to make sure that I either want or need the item. Actually, I usually make sure that I need the item. In this case, I really WANTED the Nexus 10 tablet. I have no need for it because I own a perfectly good laptop, but I really just wanted it.
I Didn’t Need it, I Wanted it!
What! You didn’t get an iPad?
There have been many people that asked me why I didn’t get an iPad. The main reason is that I am a big fan of open source technology. I think it provides a bigger opportunity and allows more creativity to flow through. Since Android is a free development platform, I choose to support it. I have worked at many organizations that have tried to develop for Apple and they are a true nightmare to work with. I think the iPad is an awesome piece of technology, but I just don’t like how Apple beats up developers and keeps such a tight lock on development. They are now acting just as they did when Microsoft beat them in the PC war and almost put them out of business. Either way, that is my reason for not getting an iPad.
Picking a Want over a Need
I am a big advocate of making sure you know the difference between wants and needs, but I also want to make sure that people fulfill their wants once in a while. I knew that I didn’t “need” the tablet, but I sure as heck “wanted” it. I wanted to spend my time in bed while my wife and son are sleeping and just scour the interwebs. This will allow me to step away from the computer desk and wind down when I am in my comfy bedroom. When I am done amusing myself with the latest NFL bad lip reading video on Youtube, I can just shut down my tablet and go to sleep. Aww, technology, how I love thee!
Just for your enjoyment, if you haven’t seen it, here is the NFL bad lip reading video…..Just great!
You paid with Plastic! How dare you…
Yes, I pulled out my credit card for two reasons. One, I was ordering online and I try to not use anything but my credit card with online purchases. Yes, it is a well known website, but I don’t care. Second, even though I have the money to purchase the tablet, I wanted to get my sign up bonus from American Express. I mean, why not take advantage of $150 for free? I am not currently paying any interest and I will pay it off before the bill is even due. These are the reasons why I used plastic instead of paper for this shopping trip.
So there you go, I let my emotions get the best of me and went ahead and fulfilled a want of mine. I don’t feel bad about it, but I wanted to let you know that no one is perfect in this world. We all have desires and dreams. Once we understand our financial positions, we can start to fulfill them, but just don’t get carried away.
So readers, have you ever just let your inhibitions go and fulfill one of your wants? How quickly did you let your emotions get the best of you?