No Luxury These Days

Erin said her computer died, and it's how they manage their money and do their budgets. Do they dip into the emergency fund to fix it? Yes, but Dave offers some buyer beware advice.

QUESTION: Erin from My Total Money Makeover said her computer died, and it’s how they manage their money and do their budgets. Do they dip into the emergency fund to fix it? Yes, but Dave offers some buyer beware advice.

ANSWER: Yes. These days, a computer for a lot of households is not a luxury. It is something you use to operate your household with. It used to be considered a luxury.

Now, upgrading to the biggest, baddest, coolest thing you’ve always wanted is a want. A basic computer to do the things you talked about is your need. Keep it very calm there. That’s where you want to stay.

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