I've been a part of the labor force for about 10 months now, and I just received my first raise earlier this week. It was a pretty significant one. Now after the chunk I'm putting into savings and taking care of rent and the necessities, I've got a bit more disposable income than before. Suddenly, a number of things on my wishlist are within reach, but I'm not sure what to prioritize.
The options I've come up with are:
- Television- I still don't have a television, five years after graduating from high school and going off to college, which means I don't have a good way of getting cable or a dedicated screen for my Xbox. However this might not be the best option until I've taken care of this next one.
- Couch- I've been living on my own without any roommates for a couple of months, but I haven't gotten around to getting a couch yet. Having somewhere to sit if I have company might be nice.
- Speakers for my PC- I also have never gotten a pair of proper speakers for my computer. I'm always using headphones. That's fine when I'm within six feet of my desk, but if I want to lie in bed and listen to music, or play Dance Central I don't really have any good options. I've had my eye on the B&W MM-1s for a while. Maybe now is the time.
- Nicer violin - I've been fiddling around with the same high-school-student-level violin (~$300) for about eight years now and I've played since I was in fourth grade. I'm more than ready for an upgrade. A decent violin would probably run me around $2000.
- PS VITA - I have never owned any PlayStation product, so a Vita would allow me to play a number of games I never could before, not the least of which are the Persona games. I also really want to play Sound Shapes.
- Burr grinder for coffee - Will Smith swears by them, and freshly ground coffee would be a nice luxury on early mornings.
- A Blu-Ray player and some Blu-Rays - Because not everything is on Netflix.
Obviously these options have wildly different price tags. Some of them will take a month or two of saving before I'm comfortable dropping that sort of change. Something like the burr grinder I could order most any time, though it would delay the other things on the list a bit. Any thoughts? If you had some disposable income, what would you spend it on?