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Money Matters

Monday 11th February 2008

Since buying my Eee last week, Ive been thinking back to other gadgety goodness I’ve indulged in over the years. And it got me thinking about money, and how my attitudes towards it have changed.

The reason I got from gadgets to money is that you generally need the latter to acquire the former (unless you steal them, i guess). I was thinking back to about 5 years ago, when I really wanted a PDA* (for pretty much no practical reason, I may add). These things can cost anywhere from £75 to £300, depending on how much you’ve got to throw away. And at the time the one I wanted was about £90 (it was a Handspring Visor, by the way, and as an aside How did Palm and Handspring throw away the PDA market? At the time their products were demonstrably better than any Windows-based effort, but now Handspring doesn’t exist and Palm is just making a complete hash of things. I digress…). I remember that, at the time, £90 seemed like a huge amount of money to throw away on a gadget, mainly because I didn’t have it. I did get some money together eventually, and got the PDA (which I played with for a few months before burying it at the bottom of a drawer…), but it still felt like a huge amount of money.

Somewhere along the way, my idea of “a vast amount of money” has changed somewhat. Obviously, I have access to more money now thanks to things like loans and overdrafts and a job, but even so, when I bought the Eee last week I spent over £200 almost on a whim, because the display model was ever so shiny…

I really notice the whole perception-change thing at work. I work in a bank, and the way you look at money there is somewhat skewed. When someone wants to withdraw, say, £100, I think “pah, only a hundred? Take out a thousand, you wimp”. Never mind that its just over twice what I earn in a day… You can sit with £1500 sat in your till and think to yourself “good, thats not much, I’m fine”. At the end of the day there can be tens of thousands of pounds on the floor waiting to be counted, and you don’t really think of it as “a lot of money”. Actually I kind of disconnect completely with the concept of money when I’m at work; I don’t think “that’s £5,000 there it can buy me a nice car and insurance and a year’s running costs”, I just think of it as, well, just a number, really. It’s slightly odd, now I come to think of it, although probably good to stop temptation…

Once again I’m not sure where I’m going with this, so I’ll leave it here. After people saying the last entry was “damn good” and “interesting and worthwhile”, it feels as if theres some sort of pressure to keep writing to a high standard… I don’t generally think what I write is that good; I write loads of things only to get halfway through and think “what the hell are you on about? This is crap”. I must’ve written the last entry at least a couple of times in the past and never posted it… Ho hum.

* If it wasnt clear before, that really marks me out as a geek…

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4 Comments:

hannah

Tuesday 12th February 2008, 4:23 pm

Ahh money. Let it be made obvious here that I have no grasp on my own money – which actually isn’t my own money.
When I was little £5 was a huge amount and now it’s practically nothing. I guess that suggests I’m far too cushy and have money at my disposal often. Thinking about it I do really…before Uni I didn’t really have money so it meant a lot to me and now with loands and grants and all that jazz it means so much less to me. I find myself buying copious amounts of ‘things’ that most of the time I have no use for but buy them because I can. It’s hard to understand the value of money when you’ve got some.

aiusepsi

Wednesday 13th February 2008, 12:56 am

I know what you mean. Especially with the proliferation of electronic money. A good chunk of the transactions I make every day involve no actual physical currency changing hands. And people are figuring out ways to make me hand over even less physical money in future. Which is good, because coins are irritating.

It was weirdest buying my EEE. Walk into a shop, hand over a piece of plastic, type in some numbers, get a computer and a piece of plastic back. It just felt, somewhere in my primitive monkey brain, that I wasn’t really spending money.

And I wouldn’t worry about it, every blog post I’ve written lately is pretty crap, heh.

Lucy

Wednesday 13th February 2008, 4:28 pm

“And people are figuring out ways to make me hand over even less physical money in future. Which is good…”

It’s bad, bad, bad, it’s horrible! Right from the minute that my first student loan cheque in, I realised that I was never going to keep tabs on my money if I didn’t spend as much of it as possible in cash. That way it’s very tangible – at the start of the day I had a ten-pound note, and now I only have 53p in change.

The one flaw to this system is internet shopping – you have to pay by card, and unfortunately I seem to be able to remember my card number without even getting the bit of plastic out…

Lucy

Wednesday 13th February 2008, 4:29 pm

^went

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