If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

Posted by Mrs Money on July 3rd, 2009

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mouse.jpgIf you give a mouse a cookie, he will want a glass of milk. When you give him that glass of milk, he’ll probably want a straw. I know when I was a young girl this was one of my favorite books. If you haven’t heard of it before, basically the moral of the story is that once you get one object, you’re going to want another bigger and better thing to go along with the first object.

Such is the case in the search for a new HDTV. Mr. Money has wanted a new television set for awhile now. Every time we go in Costco, the bright and shiny new tvs always taunt him. Lately, since we’ve paid off our student loan, I’ve thought about saving up some money to purchase something that we want. I’ve done a little research about the tvs, and although they are shiny and beautiful, they are also much wider than the old television I bought at a discount when I worked at RadioShack seven years ago. Unfortunately, that also means that we’d need a new television cabinet to hold that new tv.

The furniture we have in our living room right now wasn’t super expensive (we actually bought it at Walmart almost five years ago), but it’s solid wood and is the style we like. I really don’t want to have to buy new furniture when the stuff we have is working well. So that poses a problem. I vote we keep the old tv until it dies (eco friendly) and then we’ll go from there. A new tv isn’t a need, and we’ll be able to save that money instead.

It is interesting to me how this all works. We’ll start with a new tv, have to buy a new tv cabinet to hold said tv, then we’ll want to upgrade our dvd player to Blu Ray, and then we’ll want to buy more dvds, etc. It could never end.

Have you had a “give a mouse a cookie” situation?

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3 Responses to “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie”


  1. devil says:

    Good luck to you on this one…really.

    I went ahead and bought the huge, fancy TV just to shut The Husband up. We used 0% financing for a year (paid off in 9 months, just to be safe) and he had to BUILD the furniture for it (looks great – custom job). We didn’t go Blu Ray because I just plain dug in my heels at that nonsense. ‘Course I may cave in down the road.

    TVs are really, really important to most men so you may want to get your financial ducks lined up for this purchase. Eventually, he’ll probably wear you down.

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  2. Miss M says:

    We bought a flat screen a few years ago when the inputs broke on the old one, yet already Mr M is talking about upgrading! Men and their toys, they are never satisfied. Too bad you’ll also have to buy a TV stand, we have one of those small sit on top kind that can hold almost any size. Good old Ikea, I swore I’d stop buying furniture from there once I got out of college, it still hasn’t happened.

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  3. Mrs Money says:

    @ devil- I will just wait and see how things pan out. I know a tv is important to him, but it’s a lot of money to me; plus all the clutter and stuff that comes with it.

    @ Miss M- I love Ikea! We thought we would only buy real wood furniture since we got our house but I realized how expensive it is! I’m trying to thrift things and refinish them myself!

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