We Caved…

Today we opened one of our sealed pots.  I know, I know, we weren’t supposed to open any until December 3rd according to SFT’s Challenge.  We caved and here’s why:

A little while back I updated you on our progress and let you in on what we wanted to buy with the money.  Turns out that Amy isn’t ready for that particular camera right now.  With tending to 6 children and being so busy, Amy felt she didn’t have the time or the energy to learn how to use a SLR.    Eventually she would like a DSLR, but she was very happy with the Canon that was stolen back in 2010.  All she wanted was a comparable camera to the one she had, a digital point and shoot.

Today we got to talking about all our holiday plans, and Amy was lamenting that she didn’t want to go through another summer with a camera that she despises.    We have figured out the issues with the Nikon, but ultimately we still aren’t particularly happy with it.  Amy had about $200.00 in her savings account.  I looked up at our sealed pots and thought that this was something we wanted, something that the money was actually intended for (a new camera) and made the decision that we would open our first sealed pot.

We took it to TD Canada trust, who has a free Coinstar machine for customer use.  There was $214.14 in the pot.  Along with Amy’s $200, we had $414.14 in order to purchase the camera she wanted.  Best Buy had it on sale this weekend for $349.00 (down from $429.00).  We went to the store and purchased this:

 Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Amy is over the moon and can’t wait to use it (waiting for the battery to charge).  I am happy that she is happy.

We still have the 2nd sealed pot and are still working on it and will continue to add money to it until December 3rd.    Now we have to figure out what we’re going to do with it!  The kids want this for Christmas:

XBox 360 with Kinect

Since we were able to save $214 from December 3rd to March 24th, I think we’ll be able to make it!

I don’t even feel a single second of regret!

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12 responses to “We Caved…

  1. Congrats on the new camera! I’d have done the same thing, and enjoy it now, than to not enjoy the pictures taken all summer long. It’s the same difference really AND you caught the sale. :O)

    As for the XBox 360 with Kinect. Check the games that you can buy for it and see if you still want it. Most games are geared for older kids. Your two boys may fit that bill by now, I dunno. I won this exact console (though had to buy special glasses to fit over the eye thing in the picture cause it’s made for BIG rooms. glasses help it work in smaller rooms (ie you’ll be spending more than you expect). My two kids only play Kinectimals (sp???) on it and rarely. Wii is what they still play all the time. We’re very glad we didn’t spend money on the thing, (just the glasses), cause it’s not worth it to us at all. Very possible you guys will love it, just letting you know to check the game choices out there to make sure you really want it. :O)

  2. Don’t feel bad about cracking it open. I did with mine and used the loonies and twoonies to buy groceries with in May. I gave the pennies to my nephew for school and the dimes and nickels went to a friends daughter who was fund raising for school. I did save all the quarters…

  3. Life is so much better with a camera you love. I have the cannon xti, Dan got it for me when Angus was a baby. I have taken more than 14,000 images so far. Happy snapping Amy!

  4. I have this camera, and I love it! She will definitely enjoy it!!

  5. Isn’t that the beauty of the pots though? to save up a surprise amount to use towards something just like your lovely new camera. It will take pics of some great moments.

  6. Life is too short to be with a camera you don’t love!! 🙂

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