Scared By Another’s Cracked Phone
My friend pulled out his black iPhone 5 and began typing into his screen. Something appeared askew, different then I remembered it. I glanced over the phone and blanched at a nasty crack along the glass face. Immediately, I thought, “I need a smartphone case.”
As a budding frugal man, self-identified minimalist, and spendthrift, buying a new iPhone 5 was probably financially irresponsible. With nearly $40,000 in debt, the latest gadgets are hardly necessities. My one excuse: I purchased the device before I started this journey to tackle my debt and improve my financial future.
Frugal Without A Case?
I developed a strong focus toward spending cuts (my own austerity) and smart financial moves. My iPhone 5, an homage to a bygone spending era, stuck with me. The phone was purchased, and the reasoning was that I would make this one count – this would last me more than a two-year contract cycle. I wasn’t going to fall prey to the lock-in tactics of major wireless carriers.
Despite this vestige to out of control spending, I left it naked, without a case. Somehow, as I entered the frugal world, it didn’t seem financially smart to buy more. Part of me was right. The other part was scared by what had happened to my friend.
Motivated by fear, I quickly purchased an iPhone case with a special discount (a Lifeproof case, in case you’re interested). Despite the sizable bargain, it was still nearly $40. Admittedly, the swift purchase was motivated by fear. I worried I would soon share a similar fate. But was it fiscally responsible?
A cracked phone can cost hundreds of dollars to replace screens professionally. Even if you do it yourself, you’re looking a supplies and materials that can cost a small fortune. Suddenly, a $40 case seemed far more frugal. Even though I never dropped the iPhone or suffered such consequences, the threat of lost resale value is an important consideration.
Cases are a form of insurance. You’re lessening risk of loses with a smaller investment. With an expensive cost for accidents with these glass-heavy devices, it’s important to protect them. That is, if you’re going to own them at all. Because the reality is that it’s far more frugal to get a cheap, prepaid flip-phone.