There are 3 things you can do with money, Spend it, Save it, and Give it away. Intentionally Giving it away is the most fun you can have with money but spending can be fun too. I guess you could use it for kindling or wall papering a bathroom but let's not go there.
My favorite way to buy new things is with proceeds from selling old things. This way I get the shiny new object I wanted and do not impact the family budget cash flow. We did this over the weekend and sold a white macbook and a ski outfit to be able to purchase a new Ipad with cash and still have enough leftover to buy a large Mcdonalds diet coke and small fry on the ay home. Things to consider: When you buy something new ask yourself, "Will I want to sell this someday to fund the next purchase"? If the answer is yes, open it carefully, original packaging enhances the value significantly. Keep all the documentation etc. If it's clothing keep the tags, put them in a ziplock bag and label the bag with a sharpie. In our basement I have a shelf of original packaging waiting to be reunited with it's contents and find a new home. I've been using Craigslist more as of late as Ebay seems to have gotten really expensive. I don't meet buyers from Craigslist at my home, I meet in the lobby of Kensington or some other public place. Have some fun with this, I know I do. dave
Dave Smith is part of the KCC finance staff and a Dave Ramsey Certified Coach.