“Every luxury must be paid for…” ~Casare Pavese
Ok, so maybe the title is a little intense and I may be acting a bit like a spoiled child here but before we get into the story and you are absolutely repulsed by my tantrum…understand that a) most of this revolt was going on in my head where outside I was as cool as a cucumber and b) I did come to my senses.
Since making the decision to leave my job as a book publicist where I was making money to go to law school where I would accumulate debt for the first time, I have been faced with many decisions where I must put the luxuries I’m used to behind. It’s not huge earth shattering things but these are things I have gotten used to and giving them up makes me feel like I am moving backwards. I know, I know, it’s not true but I’m just being honest when I say that although in my heart of hearts and in the corners on my mind, I know I’m moving in the right direction, sometimes it all seems overwhelming and I pause hoping I made the right decision.
When I quit my job to go back to school, I knew I’d have to give up my fancy laptop, brand new blackberry and any disposable income I might have and buckle down. Time to go back to living like a college student, eat Ramon noodles and drink cheap beer. I just didn’t realize how much I had gotten used to these simple luxuries.
The phone was my first order of business. I had a company blackberry with an unlimited plan. I figured I’d just switch the name and keep it. I love being able to check my emails, send tweets, update facebook and feed my social media addiction whenever I want to. Well…turns out it would cost around $130 a month. That’s more than my family pays for 5 lines. After doing some research, I just felt like I couldn’t justify paying twice as much for my blackberry when I should really be saving money.
So…last night, on that cold dark dreary night I turned in my smartphone. I went in, told them the plan I wanted, the phone I would need and gave them the blackberry to switch my contacts. The guy commented on how easy I was making it for him. I just knew I had to rip off the band-aid. If he asked me if I wanted to new blackberry or smartphone I was afraid my resolve would weaken. He switched my contacts and my number and said it was just a matter of time.
“How much time do we have,” I asked as I looked down at my faithful blackberry.
“Well,” he said, “You could have up to 24 hours but as things start switching, the blackberry will do less and less. You may have less than three.”
A death sentence.
The death of the blackberry.
I whispered my goodbye and tucked it into its box hoping to make its last hours as painless as possible.
Today “eric” came to work with me today but by the way he’s hiding in my purse, I think he knows he’s not wanted 😉
I’ll miss B. But there is a time for everything right? Do I really need a blackberry in school? No. I will have plenty of time after I graduate for that.
Now I’m facing the same thing with #2 on my list…my computer. I had a snazzy macbook pro and fell in love. My trusty HP from my undergrad days is on its last leg (when did I all the sudden become a technology morgue??) and it’s time for a new one. I want a mac. Consumer Reports isn’t helping by telling me it’s the best thing out there. But the sticker price is making me think this one out. I know it’s the age-old question…mac or pc but I’d love your opinion. All of you are working professionals who also reign in the blogosphere. Should I go cheaper and break down to get a pc? Or is this worth the extra money?
Like I said in the beginning…I know I sound like a spoiled brat. When it comes down to it though, I’m happy to give up these things if in the long run I can save some money by decreasing my bills. I just miss it and want to make sure I’m cutting the right corners.
What do you think? Do you give up some luxuries now to save in the long run? Is so, which ones?
Is there a luxury you would absolutely not give up?