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?
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?