G-man is having a hard time giving up the idea of the computer for the kids for Christmas. We looked into it last night, and it would run us $200-$250 minimum to get them what we would need.
We have $150 left in the Christmas fund (I purposely left a little extra out of the budget, just in case. I was hoping to roll that into the Cat Care fund, but oh well). We do have money in the emergency fund, but it is low because of the recent car purchase (we had to float $300 from the EF to cover the first payment because direct deposit just kicked in and wasn't going to be there in time).
What we found out was that our netbooks have an operating system of Windows CE, which is what is used in a cell phone. The current version of Flash Player isn't compatible. 4 years ago, it would have supported Flash 4....but we are up to Flash 11 at this point. It would take a whole new operating system to make it work.
We kicked around the idea of getting them EACH a tablet or laptop of some sort...but I really can't spend that, or at least Santa can't. We kicked around the idea of getting ONE for them to share, and are concerned about fighting over it.
So I think we are going to have to give up this idea for now.
The back-up plan....I think we are going to get the kids some sort of scooter. EACH will get one. We have just about enough left in the fund to cover this, and once we sell the now defunct netbooks, it will replenish the fund.
Like a few of you said...at least we found out before Christmas morning!!!!!
Oh, and a word on Batteries....we open boxes and make sure the batteries are already in a toy before we wrap it up. We also free a toy from its wire bondage, so as soon as a gift is opened, it is ready to go...no fighting with it!
It is a major disappointment, but this is the best we can do right now.