Tempting, ain’t it? Don’t you just want to take a juicy bite out of that one? When it comes to buying smart phones or the latest and greatest of any device, just remember they don’t have an app for guilt removal yet. — BadWitch
Readers Are Spellbound & Perplexed…
Dear GW/BW — Should I get a smart phone in this economy (like, will I use it for work in this if-y time or is or just another personal toy?) to give me an edge in job world? I’m an inside office worker & don’t travel. Ok, I want a video iPhone, dammit! Help me – I’m serious. — Phoning It In
Dear Phoning It In,
You say you’re serious, so I will answer as such. You seem to be asking for permission to make a purchase you are anticipating guilt for. I can also assume from your question, that you have the means (or at least the credit) to accommodate said guilt. I’m co-opting this from a great business author I met (paraphrasing): Guilt is not an emotion but a tool of control, remorse is the emotion.
I love my iPhone unconditionally and can’t wait to upgrade to the latest model. I don’t pretend it helps me with my career — although it’s a strong tool for business utilities more and more every day — but technology is only as good as the hands of the user it’s in. I keep on track with my organization tools, surf and communicate online, play games and do physical training using fun (and useful) apps. No confusion, I remorse-free know why I bought mine: it helps me live like I already do, fun and functionally.
Finally, they call these “smart phones” for a reason. My iPhone is so cool and fun — but mostly easy to use — that I have actually twice forgotten it was a phone (!), too. So use that phrase’s true operative word and decide for yourself WHY you want a smart phone…then PUT the smart in your next phone purchase, darlin’.
Smartly control yourself,
P.S. Guilt runs both ways. If you have money but are feeling guilty to make a luxury purchase, buy the damn thing and keep your guilt to yourself by enjoying it without flaunting it.
Dear Damn It I’m Serious,
First question is your job seems pretty safe, right? This did not really enter your question, so I have to believe this is the case. Going on this premise I have to ask, “Do you know your budget?” Because, if you know what you can and cannot afford, why are you asking us this question?
If you can afford a shiny, new iPhone and the upgraded contract with the ability to still put something away in savings, then decide if you want one and act accordingly. If you know you are stretching your budget to a place that may have you scrambling paycheck to paycheck, what are you thinking? Have you learned nothing from “this economy?”
I’m a little tired of the phrase, “in this economy.” I know, I know, I have used this same tired phrase too many times. I know some of our choices are affected by this economy, but, really, when are we going to get up out of fetal position at the back of the closet, make the changes we need to make and go on about the process of living?
We will have to spend money to get out of this economy. My comment is spend wisely, so you have something to fall back on (savings), and spend according to your heart and beliefs. If you have a favorite restaurant that you want to see after the economic downturn, be sure to budget in some meals there during these stressful times. If there is a favorite store, bakery, print shop, whatever, help them survive by budgeting in some trips there. We are all facing shrinking profit margins. Spend according to your heart.
Pay yourself first. Then support the businesses you know and love. Remember, you will have to spend money during “this economy” if we are ever going to get out of it. Do you need an iPhone? I don’t know? Do you want one? Of course, I think we all do. Should you get one? Well, my dear, as much as I love answering everyone’s questions, I’m going to say some questions are better answered by you and your budget.
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