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Help talk me down -- I want a big screen TV

post #1 of 37
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We have one tiny CRT 11 inch TV -- pink and purple, Disney princess style. The picture is bad -- so bad we have to sit just a couple of feet away from it to see anything.

I am obsessed with getting a big screen TV with our tax refund, instead of socking it away or paying off debt.

Lets see -- I could pay down our car note or get a functional TV set.

Hmmm....

see what I mean? Talk me down!
post #2 of 37
You could probably get a bigger (not wide-screen, maybe, but bigger & better than what you have) TV on Freecycle and not have to think about touching your refund!
post #3 of 37
There was an article in our paper just yesterday or the day before about how loads of tvs are being donated right now to good will and places like that, because lots of people are upgrading to digital hi-def sets in anticipation of the tv signal switch. You can probably find a great deal on a bigger, nicer tv than what you have without breaking the bank if you look around at local thrift stores.
post #4 of 37
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Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
You could probably get a bigger (not wide-screen, maybe, but bigger & better than what you have) TV on Freecycle and not have to think about touching your refund!
Yep. Or at the very least cheaper on craigslist.

Don't do it!!!
post #5 of 37
I bought an "old" tube TV (not HD ready) at the thift store for $20 on Saturday and it came with a remote too.

I want a flat screen TV, just don't want to pay the price when a $20 TV will do the same thing.
post #6 of 37
I'd just go with Craigslist.

With Freecycle, the TV is probably broke somehow or older than time itself.
post #7 of 37
We have a super big screen and I love it. No reason to go to the movies when we have a 73 inch screen in the media room.
But we waited until we could really afford it.

Definitely look on craigslist for a decently working tv. We are about to post 2 pretty large but not flat screen tvs for sale (DH just needs to upload the photos) and we won't be asking for very much money. I think one is 32 inches and one is 26. They are those big heavy old tvs but they still work. The larger one we are going to try to sell with the matching armoire, so hopefully we will get some money for the furniture. The other tv, I'll probably ask for $50, but if I find someone willing to pick it up I'll probably let it go for free.
post #8 of 37
Urgh. We bought one when we sold our last house and made a nice profit, and that TV has been a stinking anchor. I don't watch TV that much in the first place, but DH does. Anyway, the problem is that it's super expensive to repair (we got the warranty extended and have used the heck out of it, thank goodness the repairs have been covered). Also, it is so massive that it fills up our living room. In retrospect, we should have got a smaller, wall-mounted version so that we could have that space back in our house.

What about a 32-incher?
post #9 of 37
Definitely check out thrift stores. We found a very nice 27" TV at a local Goodwill for $36. We've had it for amost a year now and it's still working great.
post #10 of 37
Another vote for Craigslist!

You don't have to give up on your dreams entirely, maybe just modify what you want to fit your budget. There's got to be a happy medium somewhere.
post #11 of 37
Your car loan costs you more in interest the longer you keep it. TVs on the other hand keep going down in price as newer/bigger models come out. It definitely makes more sense to put the money towards the loan.

Did that help?
post #12 of 37
Is your car loan your only debt? If so, and it's a reasonable amount I'd buy a small (not huge!) tv on sale and then put the rest towards the car. But if you have other debt I'd get a super cheap or free one somewhere and pay down the debt.
post #13 of 37
With a 11" tv, anything bigger will seem huge.lol Not sure how much of a refund you're expecting but for a $200-$300 you could get a decent small widescreen that will seem huge. the smaller the room it goes in the smaller the widescreen you need.
post #14 of 37
I would try CL definitely-we just bought a y/o 32 inch flat panel for $250, and it is great-we really do love it, it wasn't the exact TV we would have bought, but the price was right and it ended up being our Christmas present from DH's bonus.

Go on CL and click on electronics is you area-I bet there is one on there. Our CL has a couple nice ones on there right now.

Also as other said checking out the thrift stores, my SIL just got a 27 inch TV and VCR for free at our local senior center. They needed a VCR for all of her children's movies. Got it for free.
post #15 of 37
I'll ditto the craigslist/freecycle suggestion, and just but a digital converter.
post #16 of 37
I would definitely get another tv in your situation-but you don't need a big screen!
post #17 of 37
Just think how goooood it will feel to pay off that car early!
post #18 of 37
Don't buy new right now. With the Super Bowl coming up soon, people are dumping their old televisions and buying bigger/better/newer ones so you could pick theirs up for pennies on the dollar on CL

If you are set on buying a new one, I'd go soon because of the amazing SB deals. Also, how big? Make sure you scale to your room.

I know it's not helpful, but we love our big t.v. :
post #19 of 37
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Originally Posted by ChattyCat View Post
There was an article in our paper just yesterday or the day before about how loads of tvs are being donated right now to good will and places like that, because lots of people are upgrading to digital hi-def sets in anticipation of the tv signal switch. You can probably find a great deal on a bigger, nicer tv than what you have without breaking the bank if you look around at local thrift stores.
This is totally true. Our Goodwills generally charge $20-$30 (at most) for a decent-sized television.

Every so often, dh angles for a bigger TV (ours is either a 25 inch or a 27 inch - can't remember), but I just don't want the television to be the focal point of the living room. I'm completely happy with the one we have.
post #20 of 37
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Originally Posted by pumpkin View Post
We have a super big screen and I love it. No reason to go to the movies when we have a 73 inch screen in the media room.
But we waited until we could really afford it.
: we too really love ours. and while i won't apologize for that, i will say to look around for the very best deal you can find.....and there are plenty out there with both super bowl so close and the deadline for the hd conversion. and if you really can't afford it right now, then definitely check craigslist. i don't remember what it was like to not have an instant movie theater right in my own home. we are huge movie buffs (kids included), and we host a ton of football "game nights" and "movie nights" with our bible study, so for us it has been a wonderful investment!
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