My next big purchase
So at work, I just got the Adobe CS5 upgrade. Let me tell you – IT IS AMAZEBALLS. I wish I had time just to play around with it and figure out how all the new features work. But I’m just so swamped at my job, it’s just kind of status quo as far as design goes.
Which brings me to my next big purchase: a new personal computer. I’ve been mulling over another iMac desktop or taking the plunge and getting a Macbook Pro. The iMac is the best value for my money, which is why I originally bought an iMac 5 years ago. But now I think I want the portability of the MBP. I want to be able to take it with me when I meet clients (so much better and more professional than carrying around a USB stick or a burned CD), take it traveling (or when I go home), and have the option of using a computer on my bed or on the couch. Being chained to my desk sucks. PLUS a desktop computer takes up too much space, and in our house – where space is always at a premium – it’s best to have a small computer footprint.
So my plan is to wait until Apple has one of their “back to school” promos where you get a free iPod when you buy a new computer (I have a current student number, but I’m not registered for any classes yet). So I’ll get the education discount, sell the iPod to offset the cost of the new laptop, then sell my iMac.
As for the smaller size of the laptop screen (15″ or 17″ compared to my current 24″ iMac), my dad has a couple of flat screen computer monitors I could possibly use to hook up to the laptop when I want to have a bigger screen to do intense design work. But a really nice 24″ monitor can be found for about $200-250 these days, so I’m not worried about the cost of a screen.
I think after the $$ I would get from selling the iPod and my iMac, I would still have to come up with about $800-1000 for the MBP. This isn’t an immediate purchase, but it’s coming up quickly. If I can save up the money by the fall, then I’ll buy the new laptop this year. Otherwise I’ll have to wait until next year. Which isn’t exactly ideal, but I could do it.
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.