This year, I started to save money and I've decided to use the money I save and get myself something nice for a change. It's between a car and a phone.
I keep hearing from my dad that everything about a car is expensive. However, out of all the people I know, it seems that they have no trouble with paying for their car. I'm a bit skeptical, honestly but I'll believe my parents...for now. I've been asking for rides from my friends and I hate doing that because if no one's available, I'm stuck. Getting a car means I go by my own rules. I'm not crazy, so a decent used car is good enough for me.
Then, there's getting a new phone. With being social at school, I get a ton of text messages on a daily basis. Sometimes, especially with group texts, I cannot reply to a group of people, but to individuals. There are ways to bypass this, but the more common ones all involve using apps. I have a basic phone...so this would mean I would need a smartphone...which also equals more money. The phone I have now is about 3 years old or so and is breaking apart. It doesn't close all the way (it's a flip phone) and charges weirdly, but can be fixed if I plug it is just right.
The way I have my money management, I can save $200 per month going towards 1 of these items. I haven't even factored in my parents' help in either one only because I don't want their help in ANYTHING since they keep telling me not to use my money on anything outside of school.
I'm really leaning towards a car. I've heard the good and bad of both but I don't know which I should work towards.
If it helps, I'm in college and I have a year or year and a half left.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!