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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.