Originally Posted by Patch
So far, the politician approach has been working well.
1) Evade. "How much did you pay for that thing?"
- "Oh, it's still a work in progress. Did you get cat food?"
2) Distract. "How much did you pay for that thing?"
- "Hmmm....darn! I forgot to get coffee beans. Oh well, I'm off to Peet's. Want a mocha?"
3) Divert. "How much did you pay for that thing?"
- "What? ....do you think we should do hardwood or just replace the carpet in the hallway?"
4) Answer without answering. "How much did you pay for that thing?"
-"A lot.....probably too much, but I wanted it to be clean for our culinary excursions."
Hasn't been a problem so far.
But to be honest, she never really minds if I get something spendy as long as I actually use it on a regular basis. Purchases that sit around gathering dust make her mad.
Well this is what I do... (or did when I got my i7)
1. Make sure you can afford what you are getting. Nothing sucks like getting something without talking it over and realizing it was a huge mistake when bills come in (I did this with my TV....I'm still hearing about that one 3 years later)
2. Buy things that are easy to hide. Of course this doesn't work in this case, but for me, I bought all internal components. She has no idea what is under the hood, and as long as I keep the bios splash screen disabled, she will never have any idea that my computer isn't the same one that I built while we were still dating.
3. Have said items shipped to a friends house, or make allowances for them to be picked up.
4. Un-box/assemble when the wife is away. I do not work on Mondays, but my wife has 8 hours. This gives me ample time to do everything I need to. If in doubt, allow her to go out with friends, or call in sick (with pay ofc) so you can do this without her knowing.
5. Discard the old boxes and replace them with the new one in the stash you have in the spare bedroom. She never looks in there anyway because she is tired of it being filled with "computer crap" anyway.
Wash, Rinse Repeat.