We need a new iPod.
I scoffed at Tim the first hundred times he insisted this. That was mainly because he was pointing to the huge cracks in the screen, courtesy of our tile floor and a one-time bad grip. Contrary to his claims, I’ve yet to experience any problems with the touch screen’s sensitivity.
But now I am noticing other problems. Mainly it’s so “old” (3 years, but tech years are approximately the same as dog years) that it can’t upgrade anymore.
That wouldn’t be a problem, but all of our apps keep upgrading. Which means we can’t use most of our apps. The final straw was when we had to remove our banking app. Seriously?!
We are currently able to use the iPod in three ways: games, an e-reader and surfing the Internet.
We have portable gaming systems, so the word game I used isn’t really a compelling feature.
The e-reader has been admittedly useful in the past week or so, as I’ve discovered the Phoenix digital library.
And you really only surf the Internet on an iPod when you’re too lazy to get up out of your chair and use the computer or, at the least, a tablet.
Those three factors really don’t add up to the functionality you expect in advanced technology.
I did spend some time consider whether we need a new iPod at all. But it’s been very useful for Tim. He mainly uses it as his brain. He can make notes, set alarms, etc.
It’s also been a great sanity saver as a cheap white noise machine at night. (I’m just waiting for that app to get upgraded out of usability, too.)
Thew new iPod will also let us have full functionality for the digital library. Currently — surprise, surprise — our current iOS can’t support one of the two major book formats.
And, arguably, with a camera function it’ll officially squash any argument I could make for a smart phone. So there’s that.
Point is, I spent part of the afternoon doing some comparison shopping. With Apple products, there isn’t much you can do.
But I did find that Best Buy is automatically doing a $15 discount at the moment. Plus we’ll get 3% cash back through Mr. Rebates.
The second bit of spending was through Groupon.
The graffiti on our cinderblock wall has been annoying me since we moved in a year and a half ago. I tried Graffiti Off and a wire brush and succeeded only in smearing it.
So I paid $89 for 2 hours of handyman service, which includes pressure washing. There’s still a ton of other yardwork that needs to be done, but a non-tagged wall will help change my mindset immensely. Once again, cash back sites save the day (or at least a little money) through Ebates at 6% cash back.
All of this is possible, of course, because we now have a Capital One savings account. The only downside to this huge blessing is that I now have a zillion projects I want to do… and no desire to deplete our savings by a dollar.
Clearly, I’m getting over that somewhat with these two recent expenses. Still, I just need to find a balance between my desired projects and my desired account balance.
Stay tunes for the hijinks that will inevitably follow those attempts.