Just got my 655VW-DS71 on Lay Away! Going to spend almost $2,000. Was it a good idea? I mean, I need it for school and will slowly be paying it off with scholarships and grants, but this is months down the road... and school for me starts June 19th. Any tips for student loans or anything as such so that I can start using it now and not a year from now lol? Also I purchased a three year warranty as well, does it start the day I get the computer from lay away or the day I start lay away?
Lay away is pretty much a savings account without the interest accrual as I understand it. That being the case the sale transaction shouldn't occur until you've saved enough to buy it (and that would be when the warranty starts).
Whether it's a good idea? Financially I've never thought layaway makes much sense. The only people it benefits are those with impulse spending problems by keeping the money out of reach. You can always save your own money in an interest bearing account or investments until you have enough so at least you get something in the mean time. However, with the current interest rates on savings and even CD's the profit would be minimal.
Another option is to apply for a line of credit. You will end up paying more for carrying a balance on a normal credit card but if you can get one with 0% for x months and pay it off before x months is up then it costs you nothing and improves your credit rating.
And if you don't have good enough credit to get such a deal then I would recommend starting. Apply for any credit card no matter the interest rate and use it for all of your purchases, making sure to pay it off in full every month before you get charged interest. I wouldn't do this for the laptop though unless you can pay it off immediately; the interest rates offered to people without credit are terrible and you will pay a ton for carrying a balance. Then next time you apply for a line of credit you can get a better deal.
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The Lay-Away Ideas is a good one and I use it all of the time but it's mainly geared towards Students and People that are Middle Class or Lower, Like Myself. I wouldn't have this System I'm Typing on now if it weren't for a Lay-Away on the Mobo and Memory.
Just for thought. You could pack away the same amount over the next year in the amounts and when you planned on paying the 'layaway' and then get the best 'deal' you can with your $2000 on your targeted budget day. This way you wont be paying $2000 for year old technology (by then) and may even be in a buyers market(cheaper) for the G55 with the advent of say G57 or something...Best of Luck.c.