As many of you know, my birthday was just a few weeks ago. And although I am 36 years old, I am still considered a baby in our extended family, as we have many people in their late 80’s and 90’s still chugging along. Because of this, I still get cards with money in them like I did when I was 15! Believe me, I get crap about it from friends but who am I to complain? Most years I try to put that money towards good use – paying off a credit card, investing it for retirement, etc – but this year is different. I am going to spend my birthday money on myself.
Because we don’t have credit card debt anymore, my medical bills are mostly paid off, and I have been doing my best to put money aside for the future, I have decided to spend $250 on things that I have wanted for a little while, but did not have the money laying around to pick them up. First up, a Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder for making web videos. Between family members wanting to see home videos of us from afar, to starting to videoblog projects and adventures over at my other site, this small efficient video camera will come in handy. When you are done shooting with it, you just plug it into a USB port on the computer and it spits out a YouTube-formatted video (or whatever format you want). Pretty cool.
The other thing I looking into is the new set-top box from Netflix and Roku that streams my Netflix movies right to my TV, for no additional cost on top of my monthly service. Sure, it’s not perfect yet, and not every title is available, but I just logged into my Netflix account and saw that 9 movies in my regular queue would be available for instantaneous viewing. I am sure we could get double the amount of movies in every month with this box, taking full advantage of our subscription.
While neither of us spend money on ourselves too often, it sure does feel nice to be able to do it once in a while. And with birthday money, it’s almost guilt-free! Do you ever come into some money that you spend on yourself guilt-free? If so, let us all know about it!