Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
When I moved out of the crime ridden ghetto into this much quieter neighborhood I made myself a promise. I would rid myself of all the years and years of accumulated STUFF. I promised I would not be afraid to throw away something or be worried I couldn’t replace it. Hoarding broken and useless stuff is common among the poor. I may be an expert at being poor but I’m determined not to look poor any longer. I’m determined my home will look thrifty but not ghetto anymore.
I’m tired of broken, rigged up, and glued together STUFF. I want NEW stuff. Ok, I know I can’t afford everything new but that doesn’t stop me from wanting new things. I have a lifetime’s worth of thrift store finds, yard sale items, road side rescues, and other people’s discarded furniture. I ask myself, isn’t it time I got newer used STUFF? I’m not opposed to having used furniture but even that can only last for so long. Eventually things need to be replaced with newer used and repaired things.
When I found this bargain, not long after I moved into my house, I jumped for it. A brand new, in the box, computer desk from a clearance sale. I got it 50% off for $54 and I had a gift card for $20 bringing my final cost to $34. I was so excited! This means I can move the grey fold up picnic table currently being used to storage or for some other purpose.
I found the desk very near the same time I was given a newer used computer as a housewarming gift from a friend. Both the computer and the desk just sat in their boxes over the last year as I went about my daily work of quilting. Because the quilting machine is not working I’ve got time to do some organizing. So; last week I decided to let the a computer guy help get the smaller computer working because it will fit the desk better. I wrote about that in my last post. Well just look at what I have now. Yes, that’s two computers and two monitors setting on a gray fold up picnic table. I shudder to think how much electricity this set up is using.
When I want to write a blog post I plug up the computer and monitor on the left. If I want to add photos to the post I must unplug that computer and monitor; move to the other computer and monitor and plug them in. I upload the photos from the camera to that computer and then upload them to my blog photo library.
Now unplug that computer and monitor; re-plug the others again and finish writing the post. All my business files are on one computer and can only be printed by that one because the printer doesn’t work with the other one.
He did put copies of all my photos onto a tiny little thing he called a jump. Or was it a flash? Anyway, he ran out of room on it so the business files are still on the first computer. Oh, and I can’t forget that I have a third computer without a monitor, mouse, and keypad. Its wifi enabled just in case I want to work on a computer in another room. In which case I’d have to move a monitor, mouse, and keyboard back and forth from room to room.
Now seriously, does this computer set up look totally ghetto or what? Does it look like I’m getting rid of STUFF? Don’t misunderstand, I’m grateful that the man did what he could to help me. Its not his fault that all the computer things I had were really old and won’t talk with each other. This will be the set up until I’m able to figure out exactly what I need in a computer and printer or where I’m going to get one.
I’ve never actually bought a brand spanking new computer before. I’ve always accepted other people’s discards. I’m thinking Amazon might have something close to new that would work for me. However; I don’t have a clue about what I need to look for or how to find a good bargain. I could go to a store and ask but they are “selling” so how can I be sure of getting only what I need and not being sold their top of the line commission sale? What would a good low to mid range computer cost? The only thing I know for sure is everything should be wifi enabled and to talk with each other. If I get a wifi computer does that mean I can get rid of the black box thing I rent from ATT? Is it possible I can buy a wifi thing and stop renting one? Should I go to some computer repair places to ask about used ones? Maybe I should wait for the Christmas sales? Or look for an off to college sale? Hmm… a list of requirements and some internet research seems to be a logical path. It will be much easier and faster than taking a bus to look.
Well, this is the first post on my ghetto set up computers. Hope it goes through ok. Any advice for me would be greatly appreciated.