Sunday, February 10, 2013

Boys and their toys

Mr. RK and I have a completely different take on electronics. I hate spending money on them, and I could care less how many RAM/GIG/etc. the computer has, how many megapixels a camera has, etc.
(I mean, when we met, I was using dial-up internet, and this was 2004.)

Granted, I'm a bit enamored of the convenience of the newest, highest speed internet he insisted on getting, as well as the smart phone.

However, suddenly I am sitting in front of a new computer monitor so huge I am tempted to ask if Mr. RK is feeling insecure, and a new computer that I can't tell is any different than the last one.

My idea: Use a computer - or other electronic appliance - until it breaks, then see if we can fix it. Only buy a new (cheap) one if we absolutely fucking have to.
Mr. RK: "The new computer monitor has much better color saturation!"
Me: "WAT?"

I think I would feel better if I came home and found him installing a home movie theater, because the monitor is freaking big enough for that. I guess size matters.

On the other hand, I have no qualms about plunking down money for books (although I usually buy them at our local used bookstore), mochas (yum), or running shoes (this is going to affect how my legs look, after all.)

What do you hate spending money on? What do you not think twice about?


Birdie said...

I hate spending money, period. I lived in poverty for so long it is hard to break the habit. One thing I do spend money on is books!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I don't like spending money needlessly on status symbol items. That's why I drive a Toyota and not a BMW. A Toyota gets the job done so why throw away more money simply to impress people?

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I am only interested in spending money on things that make my life easier or better---regardless of what other people may think. If it has to do with my creativity and I feel I can afford it---I will get whatever it is. I have never been interested in so called status symbols. Electronics of sorts have always been important to me---ways to hear my music better; a better camera, etc.,etc. AND, if I like something I don't change it just to have the latest NEW thing. I am loyal to my TV and my CAR, and even my Stereo System...(lol)
When I was still physically able to paint and draw, etc....My favorite store was THE ART STORE....I still have enough supply's of all things Painting and Drawing to last for years!

It is a really interesting question that you posed, my dear....Thanks for making me think this one out!

Betty Manousos said...

i hate spending money on cloths. i really do.

i love photography so i will skimp on other things purposely so i can be able to upgrade my photography equipment.

have a great week ahead!


Lynn said...

I am like Betty and hate clothes shopping - I buy them online when I have to.

I'm with you on computers - the last one went from 2003 until 2011, when I finally replaced it. And then I hear that I could have just added memory to it. Oh well - it's in the closet I didn't reorganize this weekend, so there's still that option. :)

Granny Annie said...

I used to be a techie but am new inventions are rapidly passing me by. I still love office supplies and art supplies but what I spend money without qualms is on new wigs.

Granny Annie said...

Now let us ponder my poor and senseless sentence structure in the above comment. No, I do not drink this early in the day.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I hate spending money on clothes. It only has 3 holes in it? Then it should be good for a few more years.

Meanwhile, I love upgrading my computer. I need to be able to see a video game character's pores when I'm gaming. Otherwise it's just not even worth it.

LL Cool Joe said...

I hate spending money on car repairs. Any repairs. Things like having the boiler fixed, or the roof done. Oh and having the windows cleaned. Isn't that the biggest waste of money ever? They clean the windows and 2 hours later it pisses down with rain.

Rock Chef said...

Both of my sons have multiple (2 and 3 respectively) 24" monitors on their PCs. My daughter likes her laptop but often runs it through her 32" TV, especially for games...

I guess the big thing I hate spending money on is extended guarantees for electrical goods. I mean, it is covered for a year already. If it is going to go wrong the chances are that it will happen in the first year. I have never had anything go in its 2nd or 3rd year, ie the time that is covered by the extension.

What do I not hesitate to spend money on? Stuff the kids "need", generally!

Cheryl said...

Let's see what do I like to spend money on...I do love new and better techy things. I just had a wall mounted LED TV put into my home office. I may never leave the room unless I have to eat or potty.

I like buying things for my house as well. New furniture makes me happy.

Ileana said...

Oh, size does matter, but what would Mr RK know about THAT?! lol

So anyway, yes, I hate to spend money on gadgets. Like potato peelers and banana slicers and all that crap. I for one use a KNIFE...I'm creative and I can cut anything with a simple KNIFE. I don't need fancy kitchen appliances. They take up room and drive me INSANE!

Like you I will spend money on coffee, a good meal and of course, wine but the wine doesn't have to be pricey to be good.

Loved this post, chica. It was a feel-good one and the kitty made me smile. :)

Riot Kitty said...

Very interesting answers! Thanks, everyone, I like learning more about all of you.

DWei said...

I hate spending money on University related things.

I never think twice about buying stuff for other people.

Darth Weasel said...

I like spending money on childish pursuits...a variety of wargames, biking, racquetball...but also on dinners with friends, etc.

I hate spending more money than needed, though...I would almost always rather go to McDonalds than to Red Robin, for example...yeah, the food at the Robin is better...but 3 - 4 times as good? Eh, I guess it is all about the people

G. B. Miller said...

I normally don't like spending extra money on food when I go out to eat, no matter what meal I'm partaking in.

And unlike most people when they go on vacation and spend money of the wazoo, I actually come home with extras, because, Perish The Thought!, I work with a budget.

And stick with it.

The only exception to the meal thing is if I'm supporting a local business. If the food is exceptional, I'm willing to pay extra dollars for it.

Which is why I'm not willing to pay $9 for a burger at Red Robin. I am willing to pay $6 at a local speciality restaurant because everything is locally procured and produced.

DWei said...

Oh and Red Pockets are literally red envelopes with cash in them given to kids.

I guess I'll always be a kid to my parents and Grandmother. :P

Riot Kitty said...

Interesting stuff! And DW, thank you, I was wondering about Red Pockets.