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Spend, Spend, Spend

December 16th, 2012 at 04:21 pm

That's the theme over here!

**No doubt that winter is our murphy time. Though usually it starts in January. (Our last few Januaries were kind of insane - more on the medical side though). Of note, a computer broke (an unused one we don't plan to replace or fix at the moment). The vacuum needed more duct taping in other places. HA! More flamed duct tape... It's getting fancier by the minute. Wink

The worst is dh's beloved TV. Another high-end, well researched TV craps out after about 2.5 years. I am disgusted from an environmental standpoint (it's the technology, plain and simple. If you want something good - you can have good for only 2-3 years, apparently). We went round and round on this (discussing different strategies and so forth) and the latest is that we pre-ordered a TV from amazon. It is out of stock and so ships in 4-6 weeks. It is a 2013 expense. In the meantime we will consider other options. Dh seems resigned to the fact that what he wants is not long lasting, BUT his new strategy is to go with a bigger "TV" name brand. So we ordered a Samsung. I didn't think that Sony was a bad TV brand, but whatever. Might as well try something else. *I* actually pushed more for cutting our losses while we can maybe get some money for the old TV. & frankly, Dec or Jan is one of the best times of year to get a deal on a TV.

Definitely no final decisions. Of course the TV has been totally fine since we ordered a new one. HA! (But now we know it has serious issues and is on the fritz - so kind of a ticking time bomb).

I feel kind of *shrugs* about it, probably because we went so modest for Christmas. I am extra thankful about that now. We can easily afford it. So as annoying of an expense it is, it is probably the first time I felt we could really afford to buy a TV. So it's an interesting dynamic that it isn't annoying me at all on a financial level, though it is absolutely ridiculous to replace a TV every 3 years on average. I honestly have no trouble spending money that we can afford to spend though. & dh asks for little but having an awesome TV. It's what he wants - so it is what he gets. Just hoping whatever we do, the next one lasts a little longer...

{In contrast, I did not fully agree with these last 2 TV purchases, so they pissed me off more}.

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**In smaller spending news, I added my sister to the Christmas list. I saw something I thought she would really like AND she sent us a pile of gifts (which is unusual, but she just got a promotion and seems to be doing better than past years). So, spent $20 on her. I ordered some homemade items on Etsy and had them shipped to her. Easy Peasy!

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**After the first of the year I will be getting the kids' passports. Plans are starting to take shape for their European vacation this summer. The short version is that MIL wants to take all her grandkids "anywhere in the world, of their choosing" for their 10th birthdays. BM has chosen England. We have made it official. (She has been talking about this for well over a decade, before BM was even born, and so she must be SO excited that the day has come. & she also has 4 years of travel ahead of her, with four close-in-age grandchildren!)

I am extra pleased that MIL said that BM could invite his brother or cousin. So dh, the kids and I had a very serious talk about it last night. We wanted to strongly encourage the kids to invite each other on their trips, and thankfully they readily agreed.

I have a friend whose MIL did the same, but who passed on before she could take all the kids. It kind of ended up a disaster in her family. So, our take is kind of not to worry about my nieces, but I am so relieved that MIL offered to take both kids, so it kind of covers the worst case.

& finally, I think that BM will have so much more fun with his brother. I am sure he would have a great trip anyway, but to take his brother is just icing on the cake!

& hell yes, I am jealous! Big Grin

5 Responses to “Spend, Spend, Spend”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    It's awesome that your MIL wants to do this for your kiddos! What lucky kids they are. Smile

  2. twest Says:

    Wonderful that your kids will get to go on such a great trip so young!

    I know what you mean about the TV. We just had ours go out and we only have had it for a little over 3 years. It is so frustrating. We have already bought our new one. I feel blessed that we had extra money to buy the new one but "man they don't make stuff like they use to"

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Isn't funny how "in" duct tape is instead of the stuff we used in gun metal gray?

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    We've been super happy with our 42" TV (Panasonic). We bought at Costco and I have seen our same model go down in price to a bit under $500. I have been tempted to buy a "back up". I won't because we don't have the money, but I've been tempted. Wink
    The trip for your kids sounds amazing, I'd be jealous too. Big Grin

  5. Jerry Says:

    I have wondered about the viability of a lot of this new technology, too. We have an old television that has to be at least ten years old, and it leads to no problems whatsoever. It isn't sexy, it isn't thin, and it definitely isn't HD, but it offers some insurance of not breaking down every couple of years, at least!
    Jerry

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