I’ve upgraded a lot in my life, but little upgrades mostly… such as buying slightly nicer fabrics (only natural stuff tends to enter my wardrobe these days).
I still haven’t absorbed the idea that I could very well call a cab or pay for an Uber when I am tired and my feet hurt (nope, still can’t), and I’m even veering off into the deeper end of not taking the metro when I am *ONLY* 8 blocks away from my destination.
(Yes…. For $2.75 I will walk. I see it as exercise AND saving money.)
…but there are some major upgrades in my life that I remember and still look back upon fondly:
A Real Winter Coat
I lived for years with a crappy, cotton, barely-warm winter jacket that looked.. cute-ish.
It did not keep me warm. I FROZE. I froze everywhere I could freeze… and when I finally bought a real winter coat, I thought — Oh. OH. Why did I suffer for so long?
Especially taking public transit the whole time in Canadian winters… :-\
En-Suite Washer & Dryer
When I was renting, a major life upgrade for me was renting a place with an EN-SUITE washer and dryer.
It changed my life, when I had it for a short period of time renting a room in a city I was working in.
I realized how much better it was that I didn’t have to time when the wash would be done, if someone had left a surprise in there (like a red shirt to dye everything), or if a dryer would be available when my clothes were done, or if I had to decide to (after waiting 15 minutes) to paw through a stranger’s dry clothes to put them aside to dry mine, and risk having the dryer door on my clothes ripped open and maliciously left to run out of time when its owner returned to find his/her things on the table in a corner.
Or simply, just having enough money to pay for it, and/or going at ‘off peak’ times to do my laundry to avoid people.
An actual new car (not secondhand)
I upgraded from secondhand, crappy cars my whole life to the other extreme and since I don’t do things half way, I bought an expensive luxury car and I love it.
Driving is now a pleasure, safety is no longer an issue (my heating will NOT conk out while I am with Little Bun in the car in the middle of a traffic-jammed highway), and I really, really am happy.
Well worth the money, frankly.
And only very recently, I am upgrading again to something people take for granted as a part of life but I find very exciting:
Getting my very own cellphone!!
See, I currently share one as a home phone with my partner.
It is only because I have recently decided to upgrade (like.. srsly upgrade) to the most expensive phone on the market because of its portable camera capabilities to snap more shots of things (and of Little Bun <3), that I am doing this.
I am getting with this massive lifestyle upgrade.
I am buying the iPhone XS Max in 512 GB which is about $2000 CAD before taxes.
Some perks I am now getting:
- My very own personal telephone number. #OMG I won’t need to worry about finding a kind Samaritan to let me use his/her phone in an emergency
- Being able to TEXT with ANYONE now — I think .. I have to check for international texts! 🙂
- A 2 GB data plan to use when I am not connected to wifi. Still won’t pay for an expensive monthly plan, so I am taking the cheapest plan I can find and being prudent.
- A great camera from the front and the back with fancy cameras and so on, which are perfect for quick snaps of a high quality nature.
- Wireless charging – I already bought these Wireless Charging Pads – one for the office and one for home and my car already has wireless Qi charging built in so that’s exciting
- Able to use my phone hands-free and connected to the car – I have never done this before, I wonder how well it works!!! This is so exciting, no more headphones required.
I ended up buying a case for it to turn it into a wallet as well. My super minimalist wallet is just the (new) phone, a few credit cards, some money (no coins), and that’s it.
I use this app from iTunes called StoCard to keep all of my cards (I take photos of them too and store it in the app), and I let people barcode the phone to scan for rewards and so on.
I even keep my health card on there, I once went to the emergency with Little Bun when he had a seizure, and she told me that even a photo would have done it to admit me. She let me in on good faith until my partner could come with the health card, but I made sure to take photos of the health cards from then on.