Thoughts

Buy less and make it last

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Day
5/100
Reading Time
2 mins
Word Count
320 approx.
Preface

In short, “Buy only what you need, not what you want”. I realized the less you buy, the more you might find satisfying.

I’ve been using my old MacBook Pro 15″ since Dec 2010. That’s 11 years. It’s close to unusable and I’ll have to move on. Earlier this year in February, I bought a new MBP 13″ M1 to replace it. The new machine runs everything so much faster. It can launch anything almost in an instant. However, I hate the Touch Bar. It’s useless but a stupid gimmick. Also, I miss MagSafe a lot. Despite that, it’s more than enough for an amateur designer.

My original plan is to get the 14″ just because it looks way cooler. I’ve waited for a very long time for it to finally came out. But I asked myself do I ever need such processing power to write HTML or using Sketch? To buy this beast just to browse the internet? Apparently, I couldn’t find any reason.

After some struggling, I’ve made the decision and went for purchasing the 13″ instead and upgrading it from 8GB to 16GB. I’m so glad I made the right choice. It wasn’t about the price tag it wears. The old MacBook Pro 15″ i7 cost me quite a fortune back in 2010.

Sometimes, you want to buy something doesn’t necessarily mean you need it. Say, you want the new iPhone XX Pro Max? Sure, go get it. It’s all yours. Thing is, it’s more than enough if you pick the standard, less cool version. It works just fine.

To be fair, I admit that high-end products gives a “premium” feeling. But remember, don’t just fall for how cool it looks or find yourself trapped in the illusion of “it’s just better”. You’re not going to show-off, rather, choose what you need only and be happy with what you got.

The new machine does everything nicely. I’m happy with it. I plan to use it as long as I could.

Keep things simple. Make it last.

This is #Day5 of #100DaysToOffload.