Dumbest question ever (from someone who has never bought a new computer and the one used transaction occurred in the mid-'90s): how do you transfer all of your stuff to a new laptop?
I would ask this on Facebook. My laptop, which is maybe only three years old is starting to make me nervous. The fan keeps blowing like it's overheating and it has been crashing, things I've never dealt with myself. I'm thinking I should at the very least back up the computer somehow in case it really does die suddenly. And sadly, I managed to reach the limits of my savings and I have no idea how. I may have to give up my fantasy of renovating the kitchen in any meaningful way. Just doing cosmetic things like having the cabinets painted, buying new hardware, installing a new light fixture and having the white spaces wallpapered will be at least $1,500 and probably more. The range I want is $2,400. I gave up the dream of the $4,000 mauve Bluestar months ago. I bought a low end, no frills whatsoever $450 fridge last week and that I'm afraid is the beginning of 2015's theme of lowered expectations. So, forgoing any new countertops, backsplashes and dishwasher installations, I'm still looking at $4,000 minimum. I planned on using a new 0% interest credit card and paying it down over the 12 allotted months, except that contractors like the painter and wallpaper person are squirelly about not taking cash.
Could that–or even half of it–be better spent on a kick ass vacation? I didn't even leave the country in 2014.
The other thing I would post on Facebook:
Toying with going to Vegas–or even just Atlantic City–for Presidents' Day Weekend. Who's in?
No one would actually be in. The friends who would be up for short-notice travel don't have the money and those with disposable income wouldn't go. I'm only 25% serious about this, but was genuinely toying with the notion of Las Vegas or the Caribbean or even some random relatively nearby underdog city like Pittsburgh or Cleveland and staying somewhere nice. I think that's what got me started on the middle-aged lady charming men in a hotel bar scenario in the first place.