I’ve never been much of a collector of anything. I have never bought a bunch of DVDs, music, or books. But back in my spending days I did have one weakness: sports video games, particularly college football games. This week, NCAA Football 10 was released for the XBox 360. Oddly enough, it was a non-event in our household.
In years past I have done such things as camp out at Wal-mart to buy (charge, that is) a Playstation 2, and take an extended lunch to run to Target the day a football game was released because I was terrified there would be a run on the stores and I wouldn’t have a copy the day it was released. Looking back it seems kind of silly, but at the time it was my one major spending weakness. Had I traded the games in for credits towards new games, or got more play out them, it might have made more financial sense. But, I usually got bored and tossed it in a pile of other old games and went out to buy another.
These days I play college football on my original Xbox, which I’m convinced will one day return as a classic video system much like the Atari and Sega consoles have done recently.
The Frugal Roundup
From Discretionary Spending to Discretionary Thrift. I do look forward to watching the American consumer as the recession ends and spending increases. Have we learned a permanent lesson, or will we fall back into old bad spending habits again? (@The Wisdom Journal)
Wealth Creation: Is it a Myth? A thought0-provoking post from Lazy Man that addresses the question of whether or not the creation of wealth is a zero-sum game. In other words, does your building of wealth cause someone else to be poor? (@Lazy Man and Money)
Frugal Tip: Make Your Own Wine. My grandfather has been making his own wine for as long as I can remember. It’s frugal, and he actually likes the taste of it better than anything bottled commercially. (@Million Dollar Journey)
Bye Bye Dada Truck. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of another dad giving up his “big boy toy” for his family. Reminded me a little of my own story of “amputating” the Silverado. Man, that was painful! (@Busy Dad Blog)
On My Nightstand
Frugillionaire by Francine Jay. This is one of the better “frugal tip” collections I’ve read in a while. I’ve worked my way through roughly the first hundred of the five hundred presented. Lots of good ideas, and more to follow on this one.