Married Finances: New laptop?
T wants a new laptop.
Specifically, he wants a MacBook Air, but that is almost beside the point. This is not meant to be a Mac vs. PC debate. Let’s just say he wants something small and portable, yet with standard laptop processing power (he needs processing power for work). All the options are roughly in the same price range as a MacBook Air.
He’s had his laptop for 6 years, but there is nothing wrong with it. It’s just older, bigger, and heavier. He travels (for work) with his laptop maybe about 5 times a year, and he wants something more portable and also, something that is in line with what his peers have.
My opinion on this? He should wait until next spring/summer. He doesn’t have his plans for next year lined up yet. This isn’t to say we are worried he won’t find a job. The worst case scenario is that he’ll work at the company he worked at this summer for a really pretty great salary. However, if we have to move, I really don’t know what kind of impact that will have on our lives, financially and otherwise. The job market is still not great, and even though I think my resume and skillset are solid, I’m realistic about the economic conditions. I guess I just want to know our future before investing over $1000 into electronics. Especially since his works just fine, and most days, he works from home and there is no need for a super lightweight laptop.
I’ve given my opinion to him, and he’s tried to change it. But I told him he doesn’t need to change my opinion. He can still get the laptop now if he really thinks it is worth it. I’m leaving the decision up to him (and really, I expect him to buy it). I’d prefer he waits, but I give him the right to make the decision himself.
I reserve the right to say “absolutely not” to a purchase (this applies to both of us), but in most cases, that isn’t necessary. This isn’t an “absolutely not” type of choice, but I just would be more comfortable with waiting.
He also has been BEGGING me to ask what you all think. Everyone seems to be such Apple fans and shopping enablers, so I think there is no way you guys won’t be on his side! But I’ll still ask! Should he get a MacBook? A PC? Or nothing at all? And how do you/will you handle disagreements about major purchases as a couple?