Welcome to money Monday, where I share my highs and lows from a week of money management.
Do you ever feel like life is a series of wins and losses? I’ve totally been feeling that truth in the money realm this last week. You’ll understand why in a minute 😉
Wise Money Management
This week I saved money by purchasing my second-born’s new snow gear with a 30% off coupon.
I love the children’s snow pants and coats from Land’s End. When at all possible, I try to purchase the next year’s needs in the spring, when they go on sale. This year the winter snuck up on me and I discovered that my second son needed new snow gear for this season.
I hopped on Land’s End and grimaced at the price. But then I spotted the 30% off coupon scrolling across the top of the page. Woohoo! This purchase still cost an arm and a leg, but it will last for 2 winter seasons.
Are you wondering why I didn’t purchase a cheaper brand, or just buy used?
- We live in Alaska
- Winter temps range from 30 + above (hard on the snow gear when it’s slushy and there isn’t much snow) to 30 or more below.
- My boys play outside every day. Can you imagine what my house would look like if they didn’t? 😉
- I have 4 boys. That means lots of passing gear down. We’ll wear it out, trust me.
I’ve been a huge fan of Apple since I first laid my hands on our family’s Apple IIc back in the early 80’s. Sleek and smart, the company has sucked me in with its amazing customer service, beautiful design, and incredibly useful products.
So don’t be too hard on me when I confess what I’ve done… pretty please?
Having a smart phone isn’t a necessity. In fact we used dumb phones (combined with discount iPod touches that worked just like an iPhone on wifi) for years. Then, a couple of years ago we switched off a prepaid cell plan and on to a conventional mobile plan.
Now we’re swapping to yet another carrier. The great news? Our unlimited plans cost only $30 per month for our two phones (plus fees). The bad news? We had to get new phones that would work on our new network…
…and we decided to pay cash for them.
We could’ve purchased older models, but didn’t. In fact, we purchased the top-of-the-line variety with all of the storage Apple could muster.
You know what? That purchase doesn’t even make a dent in our savings. So why do I still feel guilty?
Those phones cost more than twice the price of my first car.
More than the price of the car my husband is driving now.
How did you manage money wisely this week?