Are you fond of buying gadgets or are you frugal?

Philippines
June 7, 2010 2:13am CST
I don't have a high-end cellphone. My cellphone is just a simple sony ericsson which I bought last 2006. I have not bought any new cellphone yet after that. I don't have an ipod. The built-in MP3 in my cellphone is enough for me to use if I want some music. I do have a desktop and laptop, but these are low-end brands that anybody could afford. We don't have LCD tv at home, just the usual flat screen tv we bought last 2008. I seem to be frugal right? Yes, I am. I really don't buy things I don't need. I don't buy things out of impulse or out of envy because my friends have it. I buy out of necessity. If you will look at my things, these are like 3-4 years old already. I don't know there something about spending that scares me. I don't like the feeling of buying something out of impulse, but ended up not using it. It's a waste of time, isn't it? Or is it not? What do you guys think?
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@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I think the main reason why I don't have a lot of things or gadgets is not because I am frugal, but rather since I cannot afford to have one. I think there is a big difference between being frugal just because you want to avoid buying things or spending too much versus the fact that I just do not have the money to buy those types of things.
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
You have a point there laydee. So you mean if you have the money, and you can afford to buy, you are not at all frugal?
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@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
No, you start being frugal if you CAN afford to buy them but CHOOSE not to buy them at all.
• Philippines
11 Jun 10
Yup! I agree.
@loniu7 (153)
• United States
7 Jun 10
Ha. It took my several years before i got a cell phone. When i finally did, i didn't know what was hip new at the time, i ended up buying the Razor. right before it got real big. After my expierence with it, i now have a trac, pay as you go phone. It does the job. I must say i love to text, but hate talking on phone. I have a landline so if you wanna talk to me call me at home. Don't get me wrong, cell phones are good in am emegrgency etc... but having the newest latest techno gadgets does not interest me anymore. I paid a lot for that Razor, and it was a piece of crap! Now, my boyfriend on the other hand has to have the newest, latest thing. For example, we have 2 PS 3! one upstairs one downstairs. PSP go, the latest video games. The latest phone! So in our household we break even hahahaha:)
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
I don't have a psp. My husband wants to have one. I let him choose between a new tv and an psp and he chooses psp. I told him to buy it from his bonus in December.
@loniu7 (153)
• United States
7 Jun 10
You know during this economy you should tell him to go to pawn shops. You can find great deals! I like the PSP as you can watch movies, play music even use it as a phone. Sometimes we use it to transfer movies to our ps3. I like Sony products and i have to admit i do like the PS3. It has more versatility than the xbox360.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
7 Jun 10
I am a gadget girl. I have a cell phone with all the bells and whistles, which I get a lot of use out of. Not just phone calls and texting but, I can browse the web on it and, I have a grocery app on it (it isn't and iPhone, it's a Motorola Droid) that I used to make my grocery list on (saving paper and trees). I make voice notes on it so I don't forget things that I need to do later on. I use it all the time. I have a laptop which I use all the time. LOL! I also have an iPod which I get a lot of use out of. I love gadgets. I love modern technology. Anything I get has been researched before buying and, I use it all. I don't have anything expensive that I haven't used enough to have basically made up for the cost. I love anything that will make my day-to-day life easier, from cookware, to cleaning, to communications, to entertainment. I love it all!
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
Good for yah!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
7 Jun 10
i am very frugal when it comes to buying almost anything. i shop at thrift stores and discount stores and don't need to have the latest and greatest.
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
I think I am very frugal since I don't but branded clothes. I buy clothes which I am comfortable to wear.
7 Jun 10
I'm particular with the gadgets I buy. My mobile phone is like 5-6 years old but I immediately buy the latest game console out in the market. When it comes to new TVs, new phones, new notebooks and laptops and things, I don't really buy one just because its a new product. But if its a new add-on to my gaming console, I buy it. I'm not really into gadgets but I am very much into books. My materialism when it comes to books is way up there. I guess there are certain things people splurge on and certain things which they keep a tight handle on their purse for. I don't hold anything back when it comes to food though, my dad told me I can be frugal in anything except food. Although I still have limits when it comes to that.
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
It is never a waste to invest in books. You learn a lot from books, you know.
@megamatt (14326)
• United States
7 Jun 10
I am about as frugal as they come. In fact, I pinch pennies so much, that the imprints of said pennies are permanently in my hand. The latest technology is just not something that speaks to me. Its new and therefore its rather untested for long term use. If something goes wrong with it, then I'll just have to shell out even more money to replace it. So in the end, it is not really worth it. Plus, if I have something that works well for what I need, why would I spend for something that I really do not need. I think some people get caught up in getting new technology, that they overlook what they do have. It is rather sad in many ways. The newest brands does not always mean the best. Especially in this world. So unless the technology is an absolute must, I just stick with what I have and even then, there is some careful thought given.
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
Yes I agree with you. Its sadder when you know people who spends so much money because at the end they realize the bought the wrong size, the wrong model for their use. And then they will buy again and shelf the older stuff.
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
hi aileen, you sure is a frugal one. that's good! nowadays its just a waste of time buying things that we don't really need, its difficult to earn money and there's still a lot of other things that should be prioritized. but of course there are some that it seems that its their fun having new gadgets and having the latest one, it gives them joy happiness...so let them be as long as they have their money to spend... hehe but not me, i am not really that frugal but like you i just buy what i need. but sometimes i do buy out of impulse but just on small items. the cellphone i am using now is just a basic one. haha as long as i was able to send sms and call as well as something to use as an alarm that will be fine. haha its still working and so i don't have plans of buying a new one. maybe if its no longer working that will be the time i will buy another. we do have a desktop & a laptop but the laptop was just given to my husband by his brother in law and its something that he uses for his work and its also not the latest model. our tv is also just like yours and its almost 5 years with us. haha
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
Hahaha. That's cute. I learned from some financial guru, that we don't need to spend so much on things that we do not need. That's one way of starting are financial independence and being debt free.
@jonnifc (1021)
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
i am frugal. i only buy something when i need it. i have 2 cellphones but they kinda old. as long as i can text and call and shoot occassional photos, then they satisfy what i need from them. i didn't even buy them. my dad bought my sony ericsson phone for me but the other one, a nokia, was my dad's old phone. i'd rather spend my money on food and then save for the future. i do reward myself with the occassional trip to somewhere. my rule of thumb is always spend within your means.
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
We have the same point of view. I'd rather spend it on food and occasional trip. I really don't see the need to buy more than one gadget if you really don't use it.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
7 Jun 10
I am frugal. I used to try many of the newer gadgets and half of them did not do what they claimed. I do have an older cell phone. A digital camera for many years. My computer is a desk top. A flat screen TV because our old one quit. Replace what has stopped working, but not until.
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
Yes, that's the dilemma of getting new gadgets, at first we seem to be satisfied with it only to find out that it does not at all claim what it claims to be.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
7 Apr 11
You are definitely doing fine. It is obvious that you are indeed a practical person and very much good in handling your way when it comes to money and things. I had my share of liking different gadgets and I have to admit that I have been impulsive on certain occasions, deciding to buy right away. But this past few years, I have realized that all those gadget and new things will eventually be out modeled in a couple of months. So now, I control myself and just be satisfied of what I have. I only buy things that are absolutely necessary and with practical use.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
30 Jan 11
Personally I think this is the way to go in life. Being frugal where you can unless you can afford it when it comes to appliances, Cell phones, etc. is a good thing. I often think if more people cut back on some of these things then they would not be able to bring out a new item better than the last everytime you turn around.