When I was in school, I worked two jobs to pay my bills. During the day, I was a busy barista serving tasty coffee concoctions to thirsty regulars. Nights and weekends, I worked as a waitress at a local Greek restaurant that served garlic-infused Gyros to die for. During this time, a substantial portion of my income was attributed to the tips I received on a daily basis. Needless to say, I always seemed to have at least a hundred dollars cash burning a hole in my pocket. For some reason, that cash always seemed to have an odd habit of “disappearing.”

I know quite a few of my friends who’ve had the same issues. I don’t know what it is, but somebody gets even a twenty dollar bill in their hand and it’s gone faster than you can say “Bob’s Your Uncle.” The same is normally true for most with gift cards; and definitely true with myself! If I get a gift card for Christmas, you can bet that it will be spent by New Years. However, this story didn’t ring so true when I got another certain gift card.

I’ve had a $250 Apple Store gift card safely tucked in my purse for going on three months and I just can’t get myself to spend it. I’ve wanted an iPhone for years and now that my favorite carrier has finally launched the phone, I still just can’t get myself to make the purchase! The constant lure of “bigger and better” things to come has me in a seemingly endless state of shopping purgatory. I’m always waiting for Apple’s next big thing.

The iPhone 5 is rumored to have many new and exciting features, but the only thing I really care about is that they may release a white version (vain, I know)! What about the other Apple users out there? Have you already purchased the iPhone 4? Or, are you waiting for the iPhone 5? I’d love your feedback!

12 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Like the other Matt, I am too going to wait for the 5. A good friend of mine, an economist says that most of us spend what we earn, whether that’s $8000 trips to take the family to Vail $800 for a new phone, or $8 on a falafel sandwich. One of these days, I dream hope to spend it on savings…

  2. Peter Chee
    Peter Chee says:

    I’m definitely waiting for the iPhone 5. I hear it’s a complete redesign and it’s going to look more like an iPad and have better reception than the iPhone 4.

  3. Samantha CR
    Samantha CR says:

    I’m stuck on the same debate. My area is just a few weeks shy of an AT&T merger with my current provider and we’ve already received our new phones, one of which is an iPhone 4. So, I currently have a horrible case of iPhone envy (because it’s my brother-in-law’s, who’s decided to wait for the 5 so it’s gonna get sent back) and “waiting-for-new-latest-greatest” agony…

  4. Greg B
    Greg B says:

    Got a 3G a long while back (about 18 mos seems like a long time). Will switch carriers for various reasons. 4G will seal the deal quickly, will still go 5 without 4G but with some disappointment. Also like the idea of skipping a release, feel like it is a compromise that lets me spend the money without feeling like I am afflicted with the “shiny new toy syndrome”.


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