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iPhone X Purchased: Birthday Money and Savings All Spent


He bought the iPhone X. Despite all the advice and all the time to consider his options, he chose what he wanted. And he paid every penny of the purchase.

This is a follow up post to this one. My recently turned 13 year old son has been BEGGING for the iPhone X since it was announced last summer. I mean, he has not let it go. And has asked everyone for a contribution. (And everyone told him NO!)

gymnast with his iPhone X

Gymnast is thrilled with his purchase of an Apple iPhone X and case. He wanted the focus to be on his prize!

Wait 30 Days

According to several personal finance experts, they say to hold off on big purchases for at least 30 days. He was forced to hold on to this dream for over a year.

They also say to pay cash. He had to do this as he had no other option.

And of course, it is always advised that you watch for deals. He was able to get the $1,000 phone for $549 + tax through my business account with Verizon.

All in all, without knowing it, he followed all the expert advice on making such a large purchase.

Not What Anyone Advised

Gymnast has heard feeback from alot of people on this purchase.

  • No way, no one, let alone a teenager needs a $1,000 phone.
  • It’s just a phone. It will just call and text like any other phone.
  • Think of all the other things you could do with that money.
  • What if you break this one too? Since you have broken every other electronic ever.
  • And so on and so forth.

Despite it all, he’s held true to his dream. And he’s worked hard to earn the money. And saved all his birthday money. (He asked for money toward a phone purchase for his 13th birthday.)

To be honest, I don’t know many adults that hold off on dreams that long. Typically by the time it comes around, they have moved on.

Sad but Proud

First, off I am very proud of his diligence and “stick with it-ness.” He’s stood up to just about everyone we know to pursue what he wants. Although, I don’t agree with it in this case, I can’t help but be proud of this characteristic. Standing up for what you believe can be hard, especially when everyone tells you that you are wrong.

While I won’t say he sacrificed a great deal because the bulk of the money came from his birthday. He did work VERY hard for half of it. And he made a wise decision is purchasing a good case first, then the phone.

He spent the month of July in Texas with my parents, and worked in the Texas heat trimming bushes, cutting lawns, painting dressers and more to earn money toward the phone. All this without knowing how much he was earning.

He even earned enough to purchase the back to school clothes he wanted. And while he may be broke now, he is all set for school and is still starry eyed at the phone in his hand.

I know many will disagree with me allowing my son to spend over $630 (phone, tax and case) on a WANT and not a need. But I believe he is old enough to make these decisions with his own money. And I also believe he is old enough to learn important lessons from whatever happens next. For instance, he has no spending money now with two weeks left of summer. He already has other things he wants and he will have to wait. And so on.

If something happens to the phone, well, he will learn from that too. But for right now, in this moment, my teenage son who has suffered a great deal of loss over the last few years is very proud of himself and very happy with his purchase. And that warms this mama’s heart.

Back to School Supplies


It’s back to school time around here. Wow, did summer go by quickly.

This will be our first time ever being involved in all the hoopla surrounding this time of year.

Back to School Clothes

I’ve got open houses to attend, school supplies to buy and well, I’m not really sure what else to expect.

Clothes? I remember always wanting or having a new outfit for the first day of school. But as homeschoolers we have always done our shopping around the seasons ie weather. I would prefer to keep it that way.

Since neither of my two younger kids needs new clothes at this time of year, I think we will wait. They haven’t brought it up so I won’t.

Back to School Supplies

The local stores are already overflowing with school supplies. Rows of backpacks greet me when I walk into the local Wal-mart.

From what I understand, I will receive the school supply list at open house. This occurs one day before school starts.

back to school supplies

Neither Princess or Gymnast need new backpacks, but I’m not real sure what to expect cost wise for the “supplies.” I’m sure the kids will have some specific requests, but I would really like to keep the costs in check.

College Costs Covered

Sea Cadet will be continuing his EMT program at the local community college and living at home. We are all going to drive up in 3 weeks to pick him up and will spend a day with History Buff before we return home. (It will be the first time we’ve all been together in almost 2 years. I’m so excited!)

All of Sea Cadet’s college costs have been covered by grants. And he will be living at home. That takes a HUGE load off financially!

What do you for back to school clothes? Tell me what are the biggest challenges when it comes to school supplies. Frustrations? Guidance for me?