What should I get with $600 earmarked for technology?
November 13, 2012 11:12 AM Subscribe
You have $600 to spend on 'technology' and if you don't spend it by Christmas, it will go away. What do you buy?
posted by JoannaC to Technology (53 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I have been collaborating with the boyfriend this year on a long-time tradition of his: the holiday tech jar. He started this with his uncle when he was a kid and it is tradition. All year long, you drop all your loose coins in the jar, then you go on a Christmas tech spree and buy whatever gadgets you want. The rule is, though, that you MUST spend it all---I suggested we moderate ourselves and put some in the vacation fund, and I was told that this is found money and it must according to tradition be spent on technology and if I don't spend it all, he'll take what's left and start buying video games :)
So...what to buy with my $600? So far, this is my plan:
- Use $100 to get out of my current cell phone plan and onto an iPhone
- Debating between an iPad Mini and a Nintendo 3DS
- Not sure beyond that
The iPad Mini is definitely more a want than a need. I have a full-dize iPad I use for work. For personal use, I prefer the form (and weight) of the Mini but I do have a full-size one already. I am thinking I could get the Mini for non-work use and then just stop upgrading the big one. If I want to stay on the upgrade train, the Mini will be the cheaper device to maintain.
I also have a Nintendo DSi that is perfectly fine, but since many of the new games are coming out for the 3DS I thought it might be worth the upgrade so I can continue to get new games.
So, is there any brilliant idea I have not thought of? I don't need a new computer (perhaps with next year's jar money) and I am not sure if there is anything smarter/better than the Mini or DS I could get.
I'd like to spend the money on something like a vacation, but we do have savings for that and I have been told that this is not what the jar is for. He is very attached to this tradition and if I want a share of it, I have to play by the rules :)
The iPhone is a for sure. Everything else is up in the air. So...$600 to spend on tech, and you must spend it all. What should I get?