A woman’s husband recently broke his gaming laptop and desperately wants to buy a new one, but she won’t let him because they are trying to get out of debt. Here’s what she had to say.
They needed to manage their finances better
Several months ago, a married couple made a dedicated effort to achieve financial freedom by eliminating their debt. Despite leading a comfortable lifestyle, they recognized the need to manage their finances more prudently. Although their debt was not excessive, they committed to paying it off completely before the year’s end.
It was the end for his gaming laptop
One day, by accident, her husband knocked a glass of water over his gaming laptop after he stumbled over a power cord. The laptop suffered irreparable water damage, and the cost of repairing it would have been exorbitant.
He wanted to buy a new laptop
He had to wait because the woman was quite firm in her decision not to buy unnecessary items. She reminded him that they had agreed to limit “all luxury expenses,” which a gaming laptop most definitely was.
He still had a work laptop
He had a separate work laptop that his company provided, so he could continue to work. And since he didn’t have any other computer-related hobbies, just games, she felt it was unnecessary for him to buy a new gaming laptop immediately because it would set the timeline to becoming debt-free by six months.
The woman let him use her laptop
She also felt that if he needed to browse the internet, he could do that easily from his phone, and even if he wanted to do something desktop specific, he could always use her small laptop, which she only used once a week. However, it wouldn’t be able to handle any games.
He thought she was being unreasonable
So she listed all of the above points to him, hoping that he would agree, but instead, he just said that it was unreasonable for her to make him miserable for a year for no reason. He also said she was being “salty because most of my shopping expenses are cut now” (jewelry, handbags, etc.).
He tried to convince her to let him buy a laptop
He insisted that he “can’t live without a laptop, and I can live without a new handbag.” For him, a gaming laptop was as important as having a phone. He suggested that his wife buy a new phone if she broke hers. However, she had an answer for that. She would buy a new phone, “but NOT a new hot flagship phone, for all the money in the world. Just a decent one.”
They argued over the laptop
The whole thing seemed unfair to her, but her husband insisted that she was being selfish and spiteful. He also said that because she doesn’t control his finances, he could technically go and buy a new laptop.
She asked the internet for advice
A new laptop would not throw them into poverty, and she would not file for divorce over it, but she would be furious with him. Not knowing how to handle the situation, she asked for advice.
One person said, “See both sides here. Maybe a compromise with a refurbished laptop.”
Someone else said, “You think a phone simply must be replaced immediately, but I feel that way about a computer more than a smartphone. I think there is a compromise to be had here—a refurbished gaming laptop or something.”
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