Budgeting & Buying

This is going to be a tricky one. Assuming that I am still living at home when I turn 24, then I’ll have a bit more money to spend for “want” items. I’ll update this accordingly as my financial situation changes (i.e. if I get a job).

Items I want that will improve my life in some way:

  1. A smartphone. I have been looking at the iPhone 5, but I’m also open to the Samsung Galaxy series. My primary uses for the phone (apart from texting and phone calls) are:  the calendar, Google maps and GPS, a running app, Instagram, Evernote, and others. Cost: $400-$650
  2. A new laptop. I’m not going to jinx myself because my five-year-old Gateway is still chugging along pretty impressively. But the fact is that my laptop is old and has been off the warranty for years. So, if something goes wrong, I’m going to have to find a replacement. Hopefully I have another year with this gem, but the need for a new laptop is inevitable, so it belongs on my list of big purchases. Cost: $800-$1000
  3. A blender. And I’m not talking about any blender. I have my heart set on a real, high-powered professional blender either from Vitamix or Blendtec. Smoothies are one of my favorite things in the world and having a great blender would motivate me to drink perfect green smoothies. I would also use the blender to make peanut butter, hummus, ice cream, and more. $350-$450
  4. A stand mixer. I’m eyeing a KitchenAid. Really, I have been eyeing one for a little over a year. I want one for making different types of breads as well as royal icing for cookies. Cost: $250-$350
  5. Running shoes. I mean a good pair that will serve me well in my running and other exercise endeavors. Cost: $50-$150

I can reasonably afford 1-2 of the items from the list in my current financial situation. If a job works out and I’m still living at home, then I should be able to make all purchases this year.


7 thoughts on “Budgeting & Buying

  1. I use a Vitamix blender, and while it cost significantly more than your estimate – it has been worth every penny. I practically live on smoothies, granted mine are far from perfect… I throw in as many greens and vegetables as I can fit, add concentrated super-greens, and a scoop of BCAAs. Amazing nutrition, less than appealing taste.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Joshua! That’s very helpful, albeit disappointing that it costs more than I thought. I’m a huge fan of smoothies, but I’ve never actually had a green smoothie before. I would really like for them to be a regular part of my diet, though. My fear is that I’ll buy a cheaper blender that doesn’t blend the greens as smoothly and I’ll get turned off from green smoothies altogether! I’ve been asking around and most people seem to swear by the Vitamix and say it’s worth the $$$,

      1. The one I purchased was the newest model available for the professional series, and by no means essential. The only real differences that matter (to me) are it has a larger volume, and it has pre-sets for various types of preparations.

        I have tried a regular blender, a $50.00 one from a department store to be more clear. Miserable failure, it couldn’t even crush ice.

  2. I agree with Joshua that a Vitamix blender is worth it. I’ve had one for a year and now I don’t know what I would do without it. I bought a refurbished Vitamix, so it was a little cheaper than new, but it seemed just like new when I got it. Vitamix sells a lot of refurbished blenders on their website. Celeste 🙂

    1. That’s good to hear, Celeste! I would definitely opt for one of the refurbished models if/when I purchase mine. I know someone who bought a used Vitamix at a garage sale and it still works beautifully years later.

  3. Wow – I can’t believe a KitchenAid is only $2-300 over there?? It’s AUD700 here which is double the price. What an outrage! Australia is known to be an expensive place to live though 😦

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