I was tempted to use my credit card four times this month, despite my pledge to spend only cash. None of the purchases were hard to push off or say no to. (I also put off purchasing airfare and making a hotel reservation for a blogging conference in July.)
1. A letter from my Alma Mater asking for money prompted me to pull out my credit card. Then I remembered my self-imposed ban. The letter is in my queue for May.
2. A coupon to renew my BargainBabe.com domain made me seriously consider breaking my credit card ban to get the discount. But the URL does not expire until June, so I can re-up in May.
3. A deal for a haircut (which I’m in need of) and hair coloring (which I’ve been contemplating) for $95 (orig. $225) landed in my inbox via SocialBuy, a new Groupon-type site for Los Angeles deals. I’m glad I passed, however, because a few days later I got a recommendation for a woman in Glendale who gives cuts for $20. My appointment is next week. (Full disclosure: SocialBuy’s founder is a friend of mine and is helping me improve my site).
4. Last year I forked over a whopping $400 over carelessly losing my iPhone. Ouch. A friend told me insuring an iPhone is super cheap, and indeed AppleCare costs $69 for hardware and software support, battery fixes, and phone support. The policy lasts for two years from the purchase date, so if I buy it in May I’ll get 19 months of coverage, which is less than $4 a month. The policy does not include damage from negligence, loss, or theft, however, so I may pursue other policies.
Frankly, I’m surprised that not a single purchase that required a credit card came up in April. I fully expected to confront 2-3 transactions that required credit. Is credit necessary after all?