I bought a netbook a while back which was easily justified by my recent foray into blogging, or was it. But that made me think about how we always seem to justify our indulgences. My netbook wasn’t necessary because I have my desktop PC which I could have used to write.
Most recently, as in Sunday, I bought the ultimate indulgence an iPhone 3GS. Don’t be too jealous it cost me $217 with tax to pick up this fancy brick. The question though is how, or even better why did I justify this obvious indulgence. When we sidestep our plans at debt reduction or saving we always attempt to justify it some way that makes us believe it is ok because…fill in the blank. I have outlined my thought process for the purchase here and looking at what I wrote I can already see where I am trying to convince myself that this was a valid thing to do with my money.
Lets start with the fact that I am a geek and I love gadgets so I have been patiently waiting for the iPhone to mature to a point where I thought I might actually find use in it. Second, this blog is a lot of work and trying to keep up with everything when on the road, travelling, or working is difficult and I wanted a way to improve my ability to communicate as well as my ability to organize.
I was able to pay cold hard cash for the phone, nothing on credit and it was saved up out of my “blow” money.
Having a more advanced phone would allow me to be more organized.
Being able to carry Evernote with me allows me better keep up with ideas for my blog.
It is kind of cheaper than a GPS, and is a GPS (without the voice turn by turn)
I can use it to manage my todo lists no matter where I am
After cancelling my wife’s personal cell the monthly cost is roughly the same (she hasn’t turned it on in two months)
Why I shouldn’t have
I didn’t need a new phone, my old one still worked
I should be focusing my excess funs towards debt (I still have that pesky student loan and $217 is almost two payments)
If I was out of debt I should be focusing on increasing my savings
I didn’t need a new phone
Why it is ok, sometimes (AKA Further Justification)
I applaud gazelle intensity and love the quote from Dave Ramsey “Live like no one else so you can live like no one else.” But seriously I am alive today, here, now and I want to enjoy it at least a little bit. I am going to have a second child soon and before I know it my “me time” is going to be even smaller than it is now. I don’t want to spend every day pinching my pennies to try to make a quarter.
I took this opportunity to do something for me that I wanted to do. Everyone needs to have fun every once in a while. Like most vices, when done in moderation it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I added this heading and then realized all I am doing is piling on the justification to make myself feel better about it. I have had my iPhone now for two days and I love the thing. It is great and the Apps you can add, if used for good, can be great to improve your productivity.
My son has the best answer to the question Why? and I think I am going to use it from now on. So when people ask me “Kyle, why did you buy an iPhone?” my simple response will be “Because I did.”