GaryS1964 wrote in post #16433879
What elleana said. The money you spent was YOUR money. The money I spent was MY money. We both could have put it in the bank for a rainy day or bought a new couch for the living room or some nice back to school clothes for the kids. Well maybe you could have done the last thing but my kids are adults with kids of their own. The point is you didn't pay $314 dollars for the lens. You paid whatever you charged on your credit card. Same as me and my monitor.
We delude ourselves when we "find" money and then use it to buy something and think it didn't really cost what we actually spent on it. You "found" money in miles you were not using. I came into money I wasn't expecting by serving on a jury and claiming my bonus bucks from one of my credit cards. That "found" money was ours all along to spend anyway we or our wives wanted. It just wasn't in the bank or under the mattress.
Having said that I'm thrilled that you will soon take possession of a great Canon lens. And I'm thrilled that I will soon take possession of a great monitor. I'm sure we both deserve it.
That's just it, I only charged $314, well $614 if you count the rebate, to my card for the lens. The cash reward is or was the banks money. I did not work for it; I only used my CC for things I was going to purchase anyway and got a cash reward for doing so, so in my mind it was not cash out of my pocket, but out of the bank's vault. The bank didn't have to allow me to earn those cash rewards as many CC don't. When I get the rebate, I will get the cash and put it towards the CC. I am very discipline about my finances. Now, if I found the money in the house, then yes, it may have been my money, but in this case, it's the bank's money, in my eye.
I have the lens and it is a beauty. I can't wait to shoot some basketball to see what it really can do - been shooting random stuff around the house for now. Enjoy the monitor.