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Major Purchase, Minor Freakout - CN at bottom :)

Hey ladies! Can I please be talked down a bit? I just bought a new computer and the dollar amount is freaking me way out!

My old laptop, the 7-year-old iBook, needs replacing. It's not as fast as it used to be, and it's old enough that it doesn't meet the minimum requirements for Netflix to stream on. I need something that works faster and is a little more reliable for work, since I do work from home about half the time. The battery/charge situation has been acting funny, and I'm thinking buying a new battery will fix it (you're supposed to replace the battery every 2-3 years I think, and I still have my original). However, that won't fix the fact that I'm just plain out of date, even if this little guy still does get the job done in terms of browsing.

I wanted another Mac for sure--I've had this one a long time and have been very happy with it, especially with all the free tech support in the Apple stores.

I have been wanting to upgrade for about a year now, and didn't think I'd get approved for financing, which was the only thing holding me back on pulling the trigger. The other day, I was telling my boss this. The conversation started because he'd told me he really preferred I use Firefox instead of Safari, since the booking system we use is intended for Firefox. I told him I was kind of leery of downloading another browser. Last time I tried, it ran sooooooooo much slower than Safari.

Remembering this, today, on a whim, I decided to re-apply for financing, and got approved. I also got $100 off because I still have an affiliation with a university, so, boom, educational discount.

So...I pulled the trigger. I talked it over with BF, and he's okay with my contribution to rent and utilities remaining the same for awhile (he owns the house, bought it before he met me) so that I can pay this thing off during the one-year interest-free promo period. I'll have to be careful, but I can swing it. Plus, once I get all my files transferred, I can probably sell the iBook on eBay for around $200 and put the money toward the card balance, so that'll help.

Only thing is, MacRumors says a new MacBook Pro will come out soon-ish, and I'm worrying that I should have waited to see what the new model was like. On the other hand, I really did need to upgrade...

Please, someone, tell me to stop freaking out and just be excited and happy about a new laptop being on its way to me!

CN: I financed a new lappy today because the old one wasn't fast enough and I needed something more reliable to work from home on. I'm freaking out a little over the dollar amount and the fact that the new MacBook might come out soon and be better.

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    lilphillips14lilphillips14 member
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    edited December 2011
    Stop freaking out! No matter when you purchase from Apple, something newer and "better" will always come out. So be happy with your pretty new MacBook (I love mine) and skip through the happy Apple forest at being able to upgrade! Yay for an upgrade!

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    edited December 2011
    Every single time I have bought any technology something new/better/more shiny comes out right after.  It drives me nuts.

    I think that a new computer is a great idea if the old one isn't reliable anymore.  I bought the laptop I'm using right now two years ago since the one I had was just not working well enough for school anymore.  I have an HP but most of my friends have Macs and I've honestly never heard them say a bad thing about it.  Apple comes out with new stuff so often I can't even keep up.

    Selling the old computer is a good idea too.  Mine is still kicking around here somewhere but I bet I wouldn't even get $10 for it its so terrible.  

    So I say yay, congrats on a new laptop!  I freaked out after I bought mine too as it pretty much maxed out my student visa card.  But it was the best decision I could have made at the time.  
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    wink0erinwink0erin member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_major-purchase-minor-freakout?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:54b85ebb-0757-4456-9575-c3af41e8595cPost:f5c892b4-5771-4dda-adb5-f7fb6d3cb972">Re: Major Purchase, Minor Freakout</a>:
    [QUOTE]Stop freaking out! <strong>No matter when you purchase from Apple, something newer and "better" will always come out.</strong> So be happy with your pretty new MacBook (I love mine) and skip through the happy Apple forest at being able to upgrade! Yay for an upgrade! And now, a Youtube video: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nr8hPnZfMU&ob=av2e" rel='nofollow'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nr8hPnZfMU&ob=av2e</a>
    Posted by lilphillips14[/QUOTE]<div>
    </div><div>THIS! I bought a macbook a few years ago and I love it. Something better came out within a few months and I was thinking "UGHHHH WHY DIDN'T I WAIT!" But then I remembered I desperately needed a laptop and I really love my Macbook (even years later!)

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    peekaboo2011peekaboo2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    Quit freaking out.  You've had yours for 7 years, it's not like this wasn't coming.  :)

    And besides, last time they upgraded the OS to Snow Leopard, as long as you had Leopard it was like $10 to upgrade.

    My advice, be excited and quitcherbitchin.  Love you, mean it.
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    AudgiePodgeAudgiePodge member
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    edited December 2011
    Don't worry about it.  You'll go broke trying to keep up with (Apple's) new shiit.
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    alanna91alanna91 member
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    Well for one you were long overdue for a new laptop! Technology changes so much in the course of seven years, you're going to be in awe with what your new laptop can do.

    Whenever I make big purchases I just tell myself that once I actually have the item I bought I will be happy I bought it and won't regret anything. Have you ever bought something and a month later thought "I really wish I didn't buy that!". Well, maybe. But I don't think you'll feel like that with your laptop.

    If they do end up coming out with a new laptop, then buy that! You could probably sell the one you just bought for a pretty penny, especially since it's new!

    Have fun with your new computer :)
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    sparkles88sparkles88 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_major-purchase-minor-freakout?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:54b85ebb-0757-4456-9575-c3af41e8595cPost:1864e475-bd92-4b27-a543-708f4e9e27ac">Re: Major Purchase, Minor Freakout - CN at bottom :)</a>:
    [QUOTE]Don't worry about it.  You'll go broke trying to keep up with (Apple's) new shiit.
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    marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    Heh. Thanks, you guys. I'm pretty excited. I'm sure I'll be happy when it arrives. And if I'm not, alanna, you're right, I could make back a lot of what I spent if I decided the new one was sooooo much better. I did get $100 off to begin with, so I'm already doing okay.

    Peek--thanks for the tip on the cheap upgrade to the newer OS! I hadn't even thought about it.

    Lilphillips--OMG. I hadn't seen that video before. Thank you--now I will forever see my new laptop as a sexy Beyonce coming out of the pool wearing an elaborate gold swimsuit. My old iBook is named Blanche...I may have to name the new one Beyonce now. LOL. Cool
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    lilphillips14lilphillips14 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_major-purchase-minor-freakout?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:54b85ebb-0757-4456-9575-c3af41e8595cPost:6261e163-fb4c-469f-96c7-3db76cca9505">Re: Major Purchase, Minor Freakout - CN at bottom :)</a>:
    [QUOTE]Lilphillips--OMG. I hadn't seen that video before. Thank you--now I will forever see my new laptop as a sexy Beyonce coming out of the pool wearing an elaborate gold swimsuit. My old iBook is named Blanche...I may have to name the new one Beyonce now. LOL. 
    Posted by marleylikeair[/QUOTE]

    <div>Blanche...and Beyonce. I feel like that's a perfect Upgrade laptop name!</div>
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    cu97tigercu97tiger member
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    Also, keep in mind that if you use your laptop for work, and you itemize deductions on your taxes, you can probably write off the cost of the laptop. I did that back in 2007/8 when I bought mine. So that's a great perk :)
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    motoLynmotoLyn member
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    edited December 2011
    7 years! Sweet baby cheebus!  Yeah stop freaking out and enjoy it.  Hahahaha I know what you mean though by freaking out.  I had the same reaction last night when I pulled the trigger and bought a new Nikon DSLR.  I had serious thoughts about taking it back and buying something cheaper and not as nice.  But FI told me that I had deserved it since I had sold all of my moto gear to get money towards this camera and still FI had to put in a couple of hundred extra so I could buy it. 

    You sure waited long enough, and now you need an upgrade especially if it is work related.

    BUT I know you're going to be like me and once you get your hands on it, and play with it you are going to LOVE it.  I can't  wait to take the camera out this weekend camping and take some photos. 
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    edited December 2011
    Stop freaking out. An apple is worth it. :)

    On a side note, I had the same thought that I would sell my old lil mac from circa 2004. No luck. Not one offer above $50. So here it sits, on my desk, as my "backup" computer.
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    edited December 2011
    Aple comes out with an upgraded model like, every six months :P The upgrades will be tiny, I'm sure you won't miss them. Heck, my MacBook came out two years ago and it's still way better than most of the computers I see friends getting. Enjoy it! :)
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    marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    Thanks, y'all. I'm calming down a little...especially now that I have named the new one Beyonce. :) Lyn, are you enjoying your Nikon? I've been thinking about taking a photography class sometime. I'm the worst photographer and would like to be better.
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    motoLynmotoLyn member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_major-purchase-minor-freakout?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:54b85ebb-0757-4456-9575-c3af41e8595cPost:2459a0e5-f4ab-407e-99a7-f86f252aae6d">Re: Major Purchase, Minor Freakout - CN at bottom :)</a>:
    [QUOTE]Thanks, y'all. I'm calming down a little...especially now that I have named the new one Beyonce. :) Lyn, are you enjoying your Nikon? I've been thinking about taking a photography class sometime. I'm the worst photographer and would like to be better.
    Posted by marleylikeair[/QUOTE]

    marley I missed my Nikon, my EX gave me one for Christmas and when we broke up he took it, the a$$ clown had the audacity to come to my new place and demanded it from me.  I gave it to him cause I didn't want him to cause a scene.  Ever since then I could never justify getting another one on my own.  So I got to borrow a DSLR from a friend once but then had to resort to getting a point and shoot camera which in the end didn't give me the photo quality I wanted.  So when I was clearing out the garages and selling motorcycle gear that I didn't need anymore the money I made from the sales was either going to buy me a new Asus tablet or a DSLR.  The DSLR was more expensive but the camera was going to get the most use out of.  I already have a macbook pro and a lap top.  Two lap tops and a tablet seemed excessive. 

    I was thinking of taking a summer photography class, but for me it trial and error and messing with the shooting options to see what the camera can do.  I need practice before my big trip in November. 

    I hope you're enjoying your apple.  I love my macbook pro but I'm so used to PC. 
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    deburnindeburnin member
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    Don't bother trying to keep up with the latest Apple gadget... BF works at an Apple store and as soon as the iPad 2 came out people were talking about the iPad 3... Definitely don't wait over rumors.
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    edited December 2011
    It's impossible to keep up with the newest electronics, but I'd say that if you have had your old one for 7 years, that getting a new one was just kind of an investment. I agree new purchases like that will cause a littlle bit of sticker shock, but it isn't like you just bought your old one a year ago.
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