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Big Purchase

June 19th, 2014 at 07:39 am

Our oldest daughter is an artist. She has taken classes at school to learn Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs for which she has earned college credit. She was given the opportunity to borrow a drawing tablet from school this summer, so this moved up our time line for getting her a computer. The original plan was to get one before she left for college NEXT year.

We purchased a Mac Book at the local community college, which has discounted new Apple's computers. They were having a sale and took another $50 off, and the store doesn't have to charge sales tax. Our outlay for the computer was $1239. On Apple's website this would have cost us $1499 plus tax.

This is the most we have ever spent on a computer, but we feel this is a great investment for our daughter, it should allow her to use her graphics programs (which she is purchasing) with plenty power and amazing picture quality. We are excited that she has this tool that may be a key to her future career.

I put the purchase on my new Southwest Rapids Rewards card for which I need to spend $2K to get the 50,000 rewards points worth $500 in gift cards. I also charged the Adobe Creative Suite that my daughter is purchasing for $240, so clearly we are getting REALLY close to meeting that spending goal. In fact, by this weekend we should have that complete since my husband is charging some travel expenses. Easy!

This is our first Apple computer. My daughters use them at school. Are you a die hard Apple computer owner, or do you own a PC?

5 Responses to “Big Purchase”

  1. MissAngel Says:

    I have a MacBookPro that my ex bought in 2006 and it's still going strong. When it finally dies, I don't know what I'll get. I'm not a diehard either way, but I do know that right now, I still need a laptop versus a tablet. I use a PC at work, so I'm flexible on which one I buy, but I am impressed that the laptop is almost 8 years old and still just fine for what I need to do. I've had to buy a new battery twice and upgrade the operating system once.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    The sales person said they really can last a long time...like 10+ years. We made sure to buy one that can be upgraded if needed.

  3. snafu Says:

    I'm a Mac fan, Mac Book for easy, uncomplicated function and now MacAir for lightweight portability. How wonderful to have a daughter with significant interest and skills. I'm sure she appreciates your support that allows her to develop and refine all aspects of her innate talent and interest. Getting $500. in gift cards as a result of using your new CC reduces the cost to $ 739. for a brand new MacBook. Good on you.

  4. Jenn Says:

    We bought our college-bound son a MacBook Air laptop for Christmas 2012. Apple was his preference. We paid $1100 - the most we'd ever paid for a computer too, but it did count as his Christmas gift as well.

    He used it for the remainder of his senior year and took it to college. It's still going strong and it's not had a single issue. Surprising since he carries it everywhere it seems. I think the laptops are more sturdy than ipods and iphones!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I use a PC, but have an iPhone and an iPad. I've thought about getting a Mac of some sort someday, but the cost is just too prohibitive for now.

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