Yet another "What should I get with $500?" Thread.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Xander562, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000

    Xander562

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    With Christmas and birthdays now over I have ~ $500 to buy pretty much whatever. I've already got a MacBook Pro so no need to suggest another mac. Some things i've been thinking about

    • Dell 20" or 24" display
    • Nintendo Wii
    • Nintendo DS
    But I'm open to suggestions, which is really what I came here for. What would you get with $500? I'm just trying to spark some thought, so I'm open to pretty much anything! Thanks!:)
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    1. a Wii
    2. a Palm T|X
    3. a full year bus ticket
    4. a full year subscription to local GYM
    5. a plane ticket (round trip) to Austin or Philly
    6. a cheap laptop pc
    7. .....
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Not a Wii because paying $500 for a machine that is $250 is stupid.
    A 24" dell because it's better than 20" and you'll wish you went to 24" very soon.
     
  4. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    Leopard
    A couple of Blue-ray discs if you have a Blue-ray disc player/burner
    Maybe an Apple TV
     
  5. Xander562 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    :p
    Well obviously It'd be for the Wii, a few games, and I'd have money left over for whatever. Com on now, I'm not a COMPLETE idiot.:p
     
  6. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I love my Wii and DS...my Wii more then my DS lite(get the Godfather..its SO MUCH FUN on the Wii)


    Also put a few 100 for 10.5, iLife'07 and iWork '07 wouldn't be a bad idea(that is if you want all those piece of software)


    Or the iPhone...
     
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  9. Xander562 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This is what I plan to do if can't immediately think of something uber-cool that I MUST have.
     
  10. robPOD macrumors 6502

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    24 inch dell or gym membership or a sweet mountin bike or put it towards a car
     
  11. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Step 1: Go somewhere that sells 99 cent tacos.
    Step 2: Buy 500 tacos.
    Step 3: Eat.
     
  12. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    if you can't think of anything that you MUST have, then there isn't anything that you must have. save it for possibly an iphone later.
     
  13. coach z macrumors newbie

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    401k or roth ira account....start thinking about the future and not thinking about blowing all the money you have the second you get it
    -chris
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    haha $500 wont get you much of a mountain bike just so you know
     
  15. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    And he has $15 left to spend on drinks.

    :apple:
     
  16. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Or invest the money, then have enough to buy whatever you want!
     
  17. sionharris macrumors regular

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    AAPL

    but wait until just after the stock split
     
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  20. Chrispy macrumors 68020

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    YES! Invest at least some of that money. You will be glad you did down the road :)
     
  21. clevin macrumors G3

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    Jack in the Box offers 2 for 99c, and Im afraid 1000 tacos will gone bad before anyone can finish them.
     
  22. ready2switch macrumors 6502

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    Only if that includes tax too. Where I live I could only get ~465 tacos (fewer if I wanted drinks).

    Seriously, though, I would save it for either the iPhone or the next iPod. There's got to be something "uber-cool" around the corner in that department. :D
     
  23. Collin973 macrumors 6502

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    A very good suggestion. I have a roth and am saving in it continually. Another good option is a special savings account that offers close to 5% interest (I think ING has one.) I have one through EdwardJones that I didn't know I had, but I've been making really good returns on the money in there. I wish I would have invested in apple a couple years back when the stock price was $10 or so. Now it's up past $80. That'd be a nice bonus!

    An external display would be nice too. If you work with large spreadsheets or something, it makes a huge difference.

    The wii is fun, but you might lose interest in it quickly.
     
  24. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Hm. If you already have a good savings plan (like automatically putting money into a 401k every week/month) and no debt and it's just some fun money I would say go on a little trip! If you have a decent car buy $100 worth of gas and go on a long weekend somewhere fun. Not sure where you can get to by car from your part of CA, but Oregon is really nice, or over to Vegas/the Grand Canyon... lots of choices.

    Or buy a discount ticket to somewhere farther away and catch a concert in a cool city, or see your favorite non-local sport team. There's something pretty cool about flying into Chicago for a Sox game and then going home - it's not like you went to Chicago and caught a baseball game while you were there... you went to Chicago TO SEE A BALLGAME.

    Hire a fishing or sailing charter for the day and take some friends. Go on a canoe or kayak trip.

    Take up a new hobby and buy all the stuff you need for it. Register for a class in something complete useless but fun at a local college (photography, painting, cooking, etc).

    Go out for a $500 meal with your significant other. There's some places that you could do that near you I'm sure.

    There's lots of way to spend money other than gadgets! :) But pay towards any debts first, and make sure you are saving, but otherwise enjoy!
     

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