Saturday, as I sat down to check my email, the screen on my laptop began to flicker. Eventually, the entire screen turned a ghostly white and I could barely make out what was on the screen. Quickly, I hooked my laptop up to an external monitor. I plugged an external hard drive into one of the USB ports, and began the process of backing up all of the data on the laptop.
As I type this, the laptop is still functioning, but its screen is almost useless. I can see just enough to enable the use of the external monitor, but that is about all. So, I have ordered a brand new laptop, something I have been meaning to do for a few months.
I purchased my old laptop a few years ago. It is a Toshiba and when I purchased it, I paid very little for it, because it was a refurbished model. It served its purpose and I’m actually surprised that it lasted as long as it did. I use it everyday as do my wife and kids. But, with a dying screen, its not really useful as a “laptop” anymore. So, I’ll probably just put it in my daughter’s room, attach it to the external monitor, close its lid, plug in a keyboard and a mouse, and let her use it as a “desktop” until it finally bites the old bullet.
I don’t have a budget category labeled ‘New Laptop’, but I do have one labeled ‘Furniture And Appliances’. This category is for designated funds, to be used when I purchase a new piece of furniture or an appliance. Instead of dipping into my emergency fund, I simply chose to use money in the ‘Furniture And Appliances’ category to purchase the new laptop.
As a side note: The money in the ‘Furniture And Applicances’ category is actually in the same ING Direct Account as my Emergency Fund. But, on paper, (actually on spread sheet via the You Need A Budget budgeting software), the money is in two different ‘places’.
I purchased an IdeaPad Y510. It should work well as a general-purpose laptop. Plus, it has a nicer-than-most sound system, for when I want to watch a DVD or listen to my favorite Podcast.