Feb 22 2011

a smart shopper [day 272]

I was asked last night if I ever shopped like a real woman.  I’m not quite sure how I should take that…  Yes?  At least I think so, from what I’ve studied about them.  😉  Seriously, my shopping habits are more like a man.  I have an easier time buying a $500 TV than a $50 pair of jeans.  Big ticket items just seem like more value for the money, I suppose.

In the past, I would go to the superstore places and buy things I didn’t need, buying them only because I liked them.  I never thought long term about them, much of the stuff ending up on eBay or in a thrift store.  I also loved shopping in thrift stores, but I would buy things just because I liked it a little bit, but it was a great deal.  Again, much of this went back to the thrift store.  I would sometimes want to redo a room in the house, and I would go buy things for that room, usually making the Ross-Marshall’s-TJ Maxx-Tuesday Morning run.

This is the only explanation of how I accumulated so much stuff.  In the future, I hope my shopping habits aren’t defined as “shopping like a woman” or “spending like a guy”, but as being a smart shopper.  Maybe this will be the one time people can call me smart without following that word with a smaller 3 letter word.  😉

Feb 22 2011

dell desktop computer [minimalist challenge item #5]

[item] Dell desktop computer, dual processors

[purchase info] Purchased from Dell brand new, custom built, $4,000

[time in my possession] Approximately 10 years

[last used] 1.5 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Recycle

[info] I bought this 10 years ago from Dell, and it was the biggest and baddest at the time.  It’s before dual processors were the standard.  I got a good 5 years out of it for my freelance business.  It’s had many issues, crashes a lot and won’t run anything current.  It costs more to upgrade these than it’s worth.  My only hesitation is getting rid of it was wipping the harddrives, as they had lots of personal files and info.  A pickaxe took care of that.  :)  Bye, bye old Dell computer.  Rest in peace at the electronics recycling center.