His finances are none of my business (not yet anyway), but it led to us talking about how I want a new ipod (all I have is a shuffle and I'd love one that can hold more of my music), but that I am going to wait until my laptop dies and then hope that Apple is offering their free ipod deal.
He pointed out that they only offer that at back-to-school time (now) and said, "Why don't you sell your laptop now and use that money towards a new computer and the free ipod?"
At first I scoffed. My plan is to run my current laptop into the ground and then get a new one only when I have to. This seems reasonable to me in that it's not running out and buying something new when what I have is functioning. But, he made a valid point that if I do that, I'll get no money for my laptop and will have no guarantee that I'll get the ipod thrown in.
He said I can probably get $400-$500 for my laptop online (I'll have to do more research on that), which I could put toward a new computer. I am still leaning way towards my original plan. But, he makes a valid point. And I could use my summer school money in September to buy a laptop debt free. Or I can use that money to pay two extra payments on my car. So I'm going for gazelle-like intensity toward my debt and praying that my laptop makes it to next summer.
But, what do you think of this point? Is it better to sell my laptop while it still works or run it into the ground, knowing I got all the use out of it that I could?