I've been wanting my own laptop forever really and since this summer I've decided I want to get a mac. I've decided a refurb White MacBook (From jan 09). Now the only problem left is convincing my parents (and probably grandma too) that me buying the MacBook is not just for the novelty of it or that I'm just going to huddle in my room all day on it all the time. I do spend a fair amount of time on the computer each day and I'm getting into programming, one of the reasons to get a Mac is so I can try to learn iPhone programming. I would use this computer for school quite a bit too because I'm in a game programming and development class. And once I leave high school (Grade 12 next year) I'd use this computer for university. But my grandma is the one who set me up with the bank account years ago and has put quite a bit of money into it. About 25% of the $1150 in there now is from relatives in Norway and the rest is just random deposits. How can I convince everyone that this computer is not just a waste of money? I only recently got actual access to my bank account too so I don't want them thinking I'm just spending the money for the sake of spending it. I also plan on getting a job very soon so the money would be "replaced" in a few months. I do have enough right now in total to purchase the MacBook I want. I probably have too much info in this post... but how should I approach asking my family if I can buy this "investment for my future"... after all it is my money right?