I don't make a ton of money - but I make enough to buy stuff pretty much whenever I want it. This leads to trouble because I'm like "Oh, $75...ok," "Oh, $100...ok." Last month I saw a great deal on a Maschine for $350 and I was like "oh...ok." The month before that I bought a Kontrol X1.
It's a problem not because I can't afford it, but I just don't keep track of what I spend. And then I'm always like "damn, where did all my cash go?" It's not like I'm buying a lot of cool or useful stuff: furniture, clothes, etc....I'm going out to eat, spending money on the weekends going out, living a nice lifestyle.
At the end of the day I don't feel too bad, because I save 10% pre-tax, and pay all my bills and insurances...but damn. Life is expensive these days...especially when you're married and the only one working.
You already know what I think man
But straight up. Budget your money, buy the gear you need and what you can learn to use well instead of buying whatever looks fancy. Also...Save so you can go part time and producing music all day That's my plan after I finish my study
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Well I ended up getting Morphestra and thought "Kay, now I'm good...." now NI is telling me that there is 50% off of Kontakt and 10 other libraries.
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hehe, I just did the ni deal to get funk guitarist, btw you can get an extra 30$ off by going here, http://www.native-instruments.com/en/specials/mpv-hub/
definitely ends up with some no-brainers at that point
you are not the only one. i do that all the time.
as for tips on how to not do this, when you see something on CL or whatever and think "OH MY GOD I HAVE TO HAVE THAT" do not, i repeat DO. NOT. google the item and read all about it and look at pictures and ESPECIALLY dont look at its retail price because then you'll become more obsessed with it and when you see the retail price you will ALWAYS tell yourself "oh my god, this is SUCH A GOOD DEAL! I HAVE TO BUY IT!" even if its not really that great of a deal.
also, you know those prepaid visa cards? each month, load your rent money onto that card, and you wont buy shit off CL with your rent money since its not cash. if you REALLY want to and cant control yourself you will find a way to spend that rent money, but it makes it a lot harder.
Last edited by Archon; 07-01-2012 at 02:15 PM. Reason: adding another tip.
I work 60/hrs a week under the sun, so everything I buy I research the shit out of it before. Most of the time I say no, unless I really need it.
For instance, I just bought a 2011 13" MBP for $1k on Ebay, fully loaded, warranty and apple care. What did it replace? A 2006 MBP 17". This recent large purchase is justified I believe.
I almost bought Massive because it was on sale, but decided not to because I have pushed my production skills that far yet.
By doing this I've dropped just under $10k into my savings since April. Granted I do still live at home, but I pay all my own bills and toss $600 a month to my pops to help out.
New shit is nice, dont get me wrong, but I also know how hard it is out there to make decent money.
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wow, I just bought the Access Virus TI2 desktop. Thought about getting the Arturia Minibrute, but what the hell.
Been going through some presets now. Sounds like money well spent.
Just bought Yamaha mg mixer and hs50 monitors for my mpc , probably a korg monotribe is next then need to consider room treatment before going for a Moog or something
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