What to Buy

  1. Well Im graduating in May 2007... And I have a long list of what to buy...

    Since this is my First real Job... And considering my job now as a waiter only brings in about 100 bucks a week...

    I was just wondering what is everyone else going to buy... Or what did you buy when you got out of school...
    Last edit by shaazzaamm34 on Oct 30, '06
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  3. by   TazziRN
    Quote from shaazzaamm34
    Well Im graduating in May 2006... And I have a long list of what to buy...

    Since this is my First real Job... And considering my job now as a waiter only brings in about 100 bucks a week...

    I was just wondering what is everyone else going to buy... Or what did you buy when you got out of school...
    Um....I'm going to assume you mean May 2007?
  4. by   shaazzaamm34
    yup... my bad... May 2007
  5. by   SillyLilly
    I wish I would have bought a cute nursing related tshirt shirt to wear to my lil graduation party.

    I didnt really buy myself anything interesting though! I got my littman around that time, but thats about it.
  6. by   vrhodes
    I am graduating in December 2006 and I have bought myself a nice pair of comfy work shoes, as well as a new home (!!!) to celebrate finally earning some real money!
  7. by   slou!
    I know I am going to have a big big problem with this! I have a huge problem with shopping! I am only freshman so I have 4 years to go! I am already planning on what I am going to by myself when I am done my first semester I am thinking if I do really good, I am going to buy myself something. But if I'm not doing as well as I want to be doing, I'm not treating myself to anything! I am thinking it will be a premium subscription to this site I am on it enough, and I am just a pre-nursing student!
  8. by   AuntieRN
    I graduated 8/10/06 and I just bought my self a 2006 volkswagon convertable bug. Red with a black top. It is what I always wanted. I started out looking for it the day I found out I passed my boards. This was my big purchase to reward myself. I have bought nursing related Tshirts, a few pairs of shoes (I am a shoe freak love shoes) and a few other little things.
  9. by   mamason
    If you're about what to buy for your first nursing job, well, then I would suggest a good stethescope, good comfortable shoes, and good quality comfortable scrubs that you can mix and match. If you're talking about treating yourself for all of your hard work, well, my friend and myself took a trip to St. Pete's Beach and went shopping and did a little celebrating. We split the costs 50/50 and really enjoyed ourselves.:spin:
  10. by   llg
    It sounds as if the previous posters are being pretty reasonable about what they plan to buy. So, this is not meant as a criticism of them.

    Be careful about rushing out and buying a lot of "things" in those first few years after graduation. A lot of people feel that they are "entitled" to luxeries after working hard and accomplishing something -- luxeries they can't afford. They end up buying more than they can afford and end up in debt. They think they are buying themselves a reward, but they end up buying themselves years of financial obligations and hardship as they dig a deeper and deeper financial hole for themselves.

    Celebrate a little by all means. But don't forget to start paying off any school debts right away and don't forget to save a portion of each paycheck for later. Participate in your employer's retirement plan and take whatever matching funds you can get. In other words ... don't forget to buy yourself long term financial security while you are shopping.

    Good luck, everyone !
    llg
  11. by   carolCCRN
    AMEN, llg! Most people spend more than they make, and creditors are more than happy to extend loans to nurses. I don't want to be a wet blanket, but I have so many nurse friends who are working overtime to dig themselves out of trouble they've gotten into. Enjoy yourself and take advantage of the retirement or savings plan your employer offers. I wish I had done it sooner.
  12. by   Multicollinearity
    Excellent advice from llg. I personally choose to take on debt only for a home or education. Nothing else.

    When I graduate I plan on indulging in two things. A Dyson vacuum cleaner, and a Cooper Mini car. By the time I graduate there should be plenty of used Cooper Minis that I could pay cash for. I'm so smitten with the Mini that when I see one my heart beats faster. A friend said I started "speaking British" when I sighted one the other day, LOL. I am so weird.

    http://www.autoinsidernews.com/wp-co...-cooper-sm.jpg
  13. by   sweetnnurse
    :yeahthat: Great words of wisdom! As always i am taking notes.




    Quote from llg
    It sounds as if the previous posters are being pretty reasonable about what they plan to buy. So, this is not meant as a criticism of them.

    Be careful about rushing out and buying a lot of "things" in those first few years after graduation. A lot of people feel that they are "entitled" to luxeries after working hard and accomplishing something -- luxeries they can't afford. They end up buying more than they can afford and end up in debt. They think they are buying themselves a reward, but they end up buying themselves years of financial obligations and hardship as they dig a deeper and deeper financial hole for themselves.

    Celebrate a little by all means. But don't forget to start paying off any school debts right away and don't forget to save a portion of each paycheck for later. Participate in your employer's retirement plan and take whatever matching funds you can get. In other words ... don't forget to buy yourself long term financial security while you are shopping.

    Good luck, everyone !
    llg
  14. by   Antikigirl
    Nice steth, new shoes, fuzzy comfy socks, new scrubs, fun earrings and hair stuff, and lots of bath supplies for a nice soak after a rotten day! LOL!

    For grad I chose to get married that day instead, so my fellow students pitched in and got my hubby and I matching Cadeusis tattoos which was so cool (I like tattoos but I only have that one). I thought that was very personal and special and reminds me of my friends even 7 years after school and will for the rest of my life! (mine is on my scapula so you can't see it unless I wear a swim suit or what not).

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