They say spenders often marry savers. I believe that. Every person I have ever dated was a big saver. And I used to be a Big. Spender.
I would spend every last dollar I had on gadgets and stuff I didn’t need and make terrible financial decisions. Examples! In 2016 I bought my current wallet which cost me $120. In 2013 I bought the original Microsoft Surface Pro for an astronomical amount (to poor student me) and barely used it before I sold it at a huge loss. In 2009 I bought an $850 prebuilt desktop PC that did not work out of the box and never even tried to return it. I have bought 8 phones since 2015 (LG G3, Motorola Moto X, iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone SE, Google Pixel 2, iPhone 8, and another iPhone SE) (not a joke). In the Summer of 2015 I spent over $50 in bars almost every night. You get the gist.
A couple of months ago I decided to declutter my house and get rid of most of my stuff (thanks, Marie Kondo). I wanted to live a simple, elegant, minimalistic lifestyle. It’s going great. Instead of throwing everything in the trash, I have been trying to donate, sell, and trade-in some of my old possessions to soften the monetary blow. And this week, I made my favorite trade so far and got a 2018 iPad from the Apple Store for a grand total of $1.10, which I thought was a hilarious transaction.
I took advantage of the Apple GiveBack program, which I knew for sure worked with all fairly recent Apple devices such as my iPhone 8, but I was surprised to learn Apple would also take my Samsung Galaxy S7. They gave me two Apple Store gift cards, one for each device I traded in, which I immediately used towards the purchase of the iPad. I’m sure I could have sold the iPhone 8 for a little bit more on eBay, but the amount of time and effort it would take is not worth the few extra bucks in my opinion. This process was completely hassle-free and really quick. I was in and out of the store with my iPad in 25 minutes.
Now, I do not own a laptop, and I have an old gaming PC I do not really use anymore (in fact, it’s in storage right now). I borrow my girlfriend’s 2012 non-retina MacBook Pro when I really need to use a proper computer, but for the most part I have exclusively been using my phone and my Apple TV for the past few months. I thought it was time for me to have my own computer again.
I knew I wanted an Apple product because I find Windows 10 to be a disgustingly disorganized mess of an operating system, and I knew I wanted something portable. At the time of writing, the least expensive MacBook you can buy in Canada costs $1,499 and I do not have that kind of cash just lying around. I decided to make a financially sound decision and go with the 32GB Wi-Fi 6th generation iPad (the most recent non-Pro iPad), which would end up costing me $1.10 with my trade-ins. I did not get AppleCare or any accessories at the store, but I am going to get AppleCare, a smart cover, and the Apple Pencil in the coming weeks. I will, of course, write about it and let you know how it all goes.
I have had the iPad for two days now and have been using it as my main machine, to the point of almost not having to interact with my phone at all. I already have some thoughts about it, but I want to use it for a bit more before I share my thoughts on the experience. I will also share some nifty tips and tricks I have found in my readings, and yes, I am the type of person who reads the 400+ page iPad User Guide from Apple.