Can I justify a tablet?

For the past few months, I have been contemplating a tablet computer. I have looked at them, played with them and talked to other people who use them. I have done research on different models to see what they can do. Now, Jeff has decided that he wants to get me one for Christmas… I am torn.

There are a lot of things I could do with a tablet that would make my life so much easier. It would be extremely helpful for bringing documents to meetings and taking notes with clients and in board meetings. It would allow me to get many of my magazines in digital format, clearing up a lot of clutter in my house. I could use it to write notes for my classes and bring the tablet to class when I teach. It would also be much easier to use than the laptop for storing and using recipes. I could even see myself writing blog posts and working on my novel (yes, I’m writing a novel) while waiting for appointments. There are certainly a lot of uses for a tablet that make it much more convenient that carrying a laptop around with me. Plus, I have a bad back and am not supposed to carry my laptop around with me.

There is also one huge con… the price. The tablet pictured above is a Samsung Galaxy which will cost me about $500. My other issue is that I always get the new technology in the house. Poor Jeff gets my hand-me-downs. When we get a new computer, it’s generally for my business and Jeff gets the old one. It would be nice for him to get the new toy productivity device for once. He has stated that I am the wife and I should get the new toy productivity device (he’s such a good husband).

It’s not that we don’t have the money. We actually saved up a bunch of money for vacation but due to our busy schedules, we aren’t going to be able to go. We’ll still have money left in the fund. It’s just the idea of spending that much money. I’m terrible about big purchases for myself. I was willing to drop $450 on a leather coat for Jeff (luckily we found one for 70% off that price), but I would never dream of spending that kind of money on myself.

Jeff has given me a week to decide if I really don’t want the tablet. I could use any and all advice on this one. I’m out of my frugal comfort zone. HELP! Also, if you have a tablet let me know what you think of it. Was it worth the money? How has it made your life easier?

Awesome computer deals for the holidays at TigerDirect.com

Computers are one thing I do not skimp on. Between my accounting business, teaching, and all the web work we do, we need good computers. We have ordered our last three computers from Tiger Direct. I’ve been thrilled with all of them. They have some great deals for the holidays so if you are in the market for a new computer, you should really check them out. This sale ends 11/20/09 and most of the deals come with free shipping.

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SAVE $80 – FREE SHIPPING – Samsung Netbook Intel Atom 1.6GHz 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD 10.1″ WSVGA WinXP Home 6-Cell $299.99

SAVE $20 – FREE SHIPPING – Toshiba Mini Netbook Intel Atom 1.66GHz 1GB DDR2 160GB HDD 10.1″ WSVGA WinXP Home $329.99

SAVE $20 – FREE SHIPPING – Gateway Notebook Intel Core2Solo ULV SU3500 1.4GHz 2GB 250GB HDD 11.6″ Vista Premium $399.99

SAVE $70 – FREE SHIPPING – Acer Extensa Notebook Intel Celeron 2.2GHz 3GB 250GB HDD 15.4″ WXGA Vista Home Premium $429.99

SAVE $20 – FREE SHIPPING – Acer Aspire Laptop Intel Pentium DC 2.1GHz 4GB 250GB HDD 15.6″ Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $499.99

SAVE $20 – FREE SHIPPING – MSI Notebook Intel Core2Duo T6600 2.2Ghz 4GB 320GB 16″ Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $599.99

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SAVE $2100 – FREE SHIPPING – HP Compaq 8730w Notebook Intel Core2Duo T9400 2.53GHz 2GB 160GB HDD 17″ WUXGA XP Pro/Vista Business $899.99

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Unplugged

For the last few days, I’ve been unplugged. Very little computer, infact none on Monday at all. It’s amazing how much you can get done if you stay off the computer. Work is caught up, dishes are done, lawn is mowed, laundry is done and a lot of studying has been accomplished. I also started cleaning out the basement.

About a week ago, I set my computer to hibernate. My old computer was set up for this but I’m just getting around to it on the new computer. I have it set up to a Smart Surge Protector so when my computer goes into sleep mode, all the stuff plugged into the same strip turns off as well. I’m trying to save power over the summer since the AC eats up a lot of power.

Saving electricity has had another benefit: saving time. When I walk into the office and see the computer off, I don’t want to turn it back on. When the computer is on, I’ll run in and check my email or check the news. When it’s off, I won’t bother. Over the past few days, this has saved me a lot of time at the computer since I always seem to get caught up in other things once I sit down.

I’m planning to get some work done today and unplug tomorrow as well. Try it. You’ll be amazed how good you feel and how productive you can be. As a blogger, I shouldn’t be giving you this advice but we all need a little time away. Just make sure if you do hit the computer, you hit my site 🙂 kidding, kinda.

My deal of the month: Buying a new computer

I really needed a new computer for my office. The one I’m currently typing on is eight years old. It’s been a great computer with few problems but it’s on its last leg. So in comes my deal of the month. This actually counts as the deal of the month for March since I ordered it Tuesday.

Notice that it’s not a big brand name. I purchased a server from the same company about a year ago and I love it. I have been really happy with this brand and the company I ordered it from. The big names are more expensive because they do a lot of advertising.

Notice it has no operating system. You would have to purchase that separately but my business owns Windows XP licenses so I don’t need to purchase an operating system. If you needed the operating system you could add it for $95.

It does have 4GB of RAM. I generally have a lot of applications open at one time so I like all that RAM. The video card is integrated, which means it’s not separate from the processor. I might upgrade the video card but I’ll see how it goes right now.

My husband’s computer which is also about 8 years old is still running well so he is going to take some of the parts out of my old computer to upgrade his. I’ve got RAM, a hard drive, a newer power supply and video card which he will put in his computer. The fan and the video card are only about a year old. When we are finished, we’ll have two pretty rocking computers for about $330. Not two bad, right?

On this computer, I did not buy the extended warranty. It was only $300. The one year extended warranty was $50. I didn’t think it was worth it. When I bought my $1,300 server, I got a 3 year 24 hour in-house emergency warranty for $300. This is my server we are talking about. I need that thing up and running during tax season. I do have a backup system I use for the server, which you should definitely check out. It’s called Carbonite Online Backup. For less than $55 a year you can back up all your files. It completely saved me a few years ago when my laptop crashed a few days before the tax deadline. I was able to get all my files and get back up and running fast. They also have a free trial. So worth it.
My computer should arrive today. I’m so excited. My husband is going to get it all set up over the weekend. Hopefully, the next post will be from the new computer.

EDIT: I completely forgot. When I bought the computer, I went through mypoints.com, which I have been a member of for a while now, and got 600 points on my account. I now have enough for a $50 gift card from one of a ton of stores listed on the site. I’ve been saving up for a little while. I wonder what store I’ll get my gift card for. Any suggestions?