This post comes from OnSugar blog The Frugal Geek, where reader Toddie blogs about indulging her gadget obsession without breaking the bank:

So what do I currently own that I have been willing to spend my hard-earned dollars on?


Granted, this isn't exactly what one would call a "budget" item. But it has been worth every penny. When my prior phone contract ended, I was spending close to $50 a month for a phone that had no data plan, and whose only bells and whistles were a pretty nice calendar and contacts list. So yeah, I'm willing to spend $30 more a month for a phone that has become nigh indispensable to my daily life. Watch for a post soon on my favorite iPhone apps.

Flip Video Ultra

I found a refurbished Flip Ultra for $70. Consider the following. The video camera we owned prior to the Flip (and which my husband still prefers, frankly) gets dragged out on rare occasion — the recitals, school programs, etc. Once I got the Flip, however, it's so portable that I use it to tape pretty much all the time. The kids riding bikes out in the alley? Check. Opening presents Christmas morning? Check. I love that you can send video postcards through the Flip website; it added an easy and fun way to send out Christmas thank-you notes.

To see the rest of her list (and find out what her favorite gaming console is), head on over to The Frugal Geek. Create your own OnSugar blog, and you may not only see your posts featured on GeekSugar like Toddie's, but you'll also be entered to win an iPad just for blogging!