I'm trying to raise money for a laptop and it's nigh impossible. It's like trying to catch up with a bus I missed (or more accurately, an ice cream truck I missed). It seems every time I get a little money to put in the virtual piggy bank, something crazy happens. We need a new tire. We have a trip to the ER. My son just has to have his insulin (<-- joke).
We're totally opposed to using credit cards anymore. A stress-free life and the use of credit cards are mutually exclusive in our household. So option A for most Americans buying a laptop is out. And option B is out for us, because I wouldn't make it as a stripper. And when you eliminate all the other options (because they involve stealing, cheating, or selling drugs) that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for saving.
I guess what I'm really trying to say is... does anyone want to buy a 16 year-old trumpet? It's beat up and tarnished, but no one's used it in 14 years. And I'm only asking $900! (<-- also a joke... you can't have my trumpet)