Johnny Cheapskate: Half-price at Powerbooks

I like to purchase stuff but I hate spending a lot for it. Like a t-shirt should only be 200 bucks. There are certain things I just have to spend for, like books. I know that books can be downloaded or bought from a 2nd hand book store but I prefer my books to be fresh off the oven. I like it smelling of cut paper and fresh ink after I tear off the plastic. Otherwise, I should at least know who the last reader was if it's a borrowed book. American Gods was a book I bought from the garage sale and it smelled like a hint of storage, mold and male stranger. The residual energy was giving me rhinitis.

So I was glad to find out yesterday that i can use my Citibank points to purchase from Powerbooks! Half can be taken out of my points so I only need to pay half. There's this one hardcover (The Black Prism) that I wanted to buy but it's above a thousand bucks; thanks to my Citibank points, I get a 50% discount. I was already planning to cut my Citibank Visa; it's scary to have a 184,000-peso limit. What the heck am I gonna do with that?! But with this Powerbooks promo and the other promo where I get free movie tickets for every 1.5K make me think of keeping this card for another few months.

Also: Carpe Diem means seize the merchandise

“Life is what happens while you’re making plans” is how Kulay, my favorite OPM band of all time, would sing it. Work on a perfect now and tomorrow falls into place is how I like to think about it.

There’s a danger to enrolling in my school of thought though. Isaiah 22:13 quips the existential caution, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die” to emphasize the impermanence of life. However, I for instance could sometimes take it differently and simply miss out on the future effect of my current actions. Carpe Diem has evolved a new meaning: seize the merchandise.

Thanks to Horace’s Carpe Diem, I am now a proud owner of a credit card debt that’s probably too big for a 25-year old dude like meself. Get now, pay later, is an American pitfall that I checked out and tripped into. I don’t even like most Americans that much.
 Apparently, this gold card is both my best friend and my worst enemy.

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Mu[g]en said...

Beat that, I know a guy who owns three credit cards and is able to keep himself afloat despite earning just above the average salaried worker. Hahahaha!

Momel said...

Oh this is coincidental. You blogged about keeping your goldcard; I cut off the magnetic strip off of mine. Ah, seriously, I love that Kulay quote on life.

Cheers Johnny Cursive.

Johnny Cursive said...

@Mugen: That dude might be in deep if he's always paying the minimum. It's always better to pay cash right away :P Kaya gusto ko na ma-payoff lahat then just use the card for the points :)

@Momel: good for you! i bet cutting it off was liberating. And kulay is love and funk. Cheers!

jc said...

if you have a lot of online purchases, the credit card is your bestfriend. online ticket purchase, ebay, iTunes store! hehe. and yeah i agree, consume only what you can pay right away.

Blakrabit said...

I agree to the "t-shirt should only be 200 bucks" remark.

oohh.. I'll surely hate the day I'd want a credit card!

Frugal is my middle name. LOL!

Johnny Cursive said...

@jc: yeah onga itunes! tig-sisingkwenta lagi nagagastos ko sa apps :P

@blakrabit: good for you! sometimes di ko napipigilan sarili ko kung gusto ko talaga :P

Manech said...

"I like it smelling of cut paper and fresh ink after I tear off the plastic."

There are books like that on book sales, on second hand book stores. Some really good titles too. Of course, it just takes luck and a little more effort than the usual Fully Booked or Powerbooks, but at least, there's the bargain.

Johnny Cursive said...

@ Manech: Really? D pa siguro ako juma-jackpot. Before I get to the good stuff, my nose will be all runny and itchy from rhinitis :P

Mike said...

Gawd, credit cards really gives you that buying power you never imagined. mine's limit is half-mil. lol! but i will not even dare to use it.

i bet you have a collection of Gaiman's or anything about magic and fantasy? lend me! lend me! lend me! hehehe.

I can now lend you my anansi (even for a long period), but too bad, i cannot trade it. binawi? :D