My recent purchase of a Samsung HD1080p 32" LED TV, a Sony Blu Ray player and a Pioneer sound system surprised quite a few friends and even my family members. Considering that my last TV was a Chimei 26" LCD HD Ready TV bought three years ago at $688 in Carrefour, you can imagine why. Have I become extravagant? I hardly think so.
Three years ago, it would have easily cost two times of $688 to get a 26" LCD HD Ready TV from Sharp or Sony. I decided I did not need something branded then and settled for Chimei which served me quite well in the last three years. Some friends commented that it was too small for my living room and some said the definition was poor. Most just went "What is a Chimei?" and some even made puns out of the name. Terrible. However, I thought it was OK. I mean I had no problem with news, documentaries and DVDs on my Chimei. Then, why change?
I saw what the LED TV was capable of delivering during one of my visits to the malls and I also found the Samsung aesthetically pleasing compared to the Chimei. You don't find these arguments convincing, do you? If you are a regular reader of my blog or if you know me very well, yes, you would not be convinced. The most important reason was that the price was not even two times of $688! Great technology at a great price! It is never a question of affordability. It is always a question of value of money. I decided to pamper myself which is something I rarely do.
So far, everyone who has seen my new TV only had good things to say about it. I am only human and it feels good to have positive reinforcement from others. Things are so different from those Chimei days. This is a positive spinoff that I did not anticipate.
To some people, it seems that I have changed. Well, maybe a little. I don't think I have changed much. I am still the pragmatic me but I have to agree that I have become less tight fisted in the last one year.
I told a friend who visited recently that watching Blu Ray programs is such a joy. Images and sounds are crystal clear on the new TV. Sometimes, I would just switch it on, watch for about ten minutes, switch it off and go to sleep, feeling happy. Money spent on anything which contributes to a general sense of well-being and happiness has to be money well spent, don't you think?
Money management: Needs and wants.