This is a no brainer for me.
As a typical middle-child most of the things that I had as a teenager were hand-me downs.
I hated it. As a teenager you don’t really understand about the value of money, all I knew was that I didn’t want somebody else’s cast offs whether it be clothes, music and furniture.
I haven’t changed in the slightest. I don’t mind having second hand things for the house as I’m not particularly house proud. It doesn’t bother me if my table and chairs are new or not, or if my washing machine is a couple of years old.
However, personal possessions are a different kettle of fish for some reason. It is a standing joke in my home that I always have the most up to date phone and then there is a pecking order in how they are passed down. Husband first, then onto kids. Although the past year has seen them purchasing their own phones, and I still haven’t managed to upgrade to an iphone 5 yet.
I don’t think I would ever buy a second-hand laptop as firstly I am slightly OCD when it comes to putting my fingers on the keys where other people have been typing. Secondly there is something nice about having new goods. I always feel a sense of pride everytime I make a big purchase that I have worked hard to buy it so should be able to enjoy it.
Of course if money was really tight then I would have to change my approach somewhat but for the time being I will carry on enjoying nice, new goods.
What does everyone else think about the subject?
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