Jun 12 2008

My favorite splurges

I don’t often spend money on things. It’s not that I’m against it–it’s just usually, there’s nothing I want to buy. But there are a handful of things I’ve bought over the years that I’m really glad I spent the money on.

Here’s my top splurges. Wait a sec, they might be my only huge splurges, actually. These are non-necessities that cost $200 or more.

1. My Garmin GPS device. I forget exactly how much we paid for it, but we got it used on eBay for $200 or so. Pittsburgh is a really difficult city to navigate if you don’t know what you’re doing, and even though I had an awesomely detailed book map of the city, it just wasn’t cutting it. I ordered the GPS, but FedEx didn’t leave it at my door since I wasn’t home. I got ridiculously lost trying to find the FedEx facility, but I was able to find my way home thanks to my GPS!

It doesn’t always work. Sometimes, it loses its satellite connection. Other times, it’s just dumb and has me drive through a parking lot instead of a street. But for the most part, I really do love it. It’s handy for finding restaurants, random points of interest, gas stations, and it’s good for when we hit the road. I use it several times per week.

2. My desktop computer. I bought it the summer before freshman year in college. I had it built for about $700 or so, and also bought a $400 LCD monitor (those things are super cheap now, arg!). I paid for it with my earnings from my first part-time job. It was an advanced computer for its time, and I haven’t needed to upgrade since.

3. Our honeymoon. Shane and I went on a seven-day cruise to Alaska for our honeymoon. It was the most incredible trip we’ve ever been on! We can’t wait to go on another cruise someday. At about $750 each (plus airfare, plus hotel in Seattle), it was worth every penny. The only bad part: We financed the entire trip on a credit card. Yeah. Really dumb and could have been a disaster. We paid it off, and will never vacation on borrowed money again.

4. My camera. I really enjoy photography, and have always wanted a good digital SLR camera. We waited until we had the credit cards paid off and could pay for it with money we actually had. It took some discipline, but it was totally worth the wait. I ended up getting a Nikon D40x on eBay, and it came with some helpful accessories. I also bought an additional lens. Overall, it cost about $800. It’s expensive, but the photo quality really is great. Can’t wait to take it on vacation someday, and it’ll be really great to have once Baby comes along!

4 Responses to “My favorite splurges”

  1. Haha, we have a lot in common — two of my favorite things are my Garmin navigator and my Nikon Digital SLR (D50)!!! And even weirder, I went on a cruise to Alaska with my family last summer. The Nikon was PERFECT for the trip — I came home with so many amazing shots, and I can’t wait to take pics with it all over Europe starting next week. I am definitely willing to compromise quality for some things, like DVD players and printers, but nothing can beat having a great camera. And that Garmin has definitely gotten me out of trouble multiple times…though it has also gotten me into trouble a few times when it’s lost signal at terribly inconvenient times or given me wrong directions. But I just recently updated it, so hopefully that helps! Though I’m a little annoyed — my dad got it for me for Chanukah a few years ago because I’m so directionally impaired, but he just got himself one last year and it’s so much sleeker and not clunky at all. Once this Garmin dies, I’m definitely going to get one of the newer, smaller, and hopefully better working one.

  2. That’s too funny!

  3. I got a Nikon D40x last summer and I love it. :-) I think you’ll love it too!

    ashley @ twentysixcats’s last blog post..back online

  4. I bought a Nikon D40 last December and it’s head and shoulders above my old p&s! I’m loving the pictures that come out. It was expensive (I got a zoom lens as well) but I truly love taking pictures with it. I only wish I had more time to use it.

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