I figured it would be awhile before I could jump into the new generation of consoles (XBox One and PS4) ever since they were released about a year ago. I was able to get a Wii U thanks to my wife's retail job, so that part was taken care of. Also, that was not the best idea in hindsight. More about that some other time.
Anyway, I didn't think I would be able to get one or both of the others this year, until my wife mentioned that she didn't want that to keep me from getting a review copy of something. We had some extra Paypal money, and if something panned out, I would get more. I would use it to get a PS4, and use something else to get an X1.
The plan for the X1 was pretty simple. Get two mover's coupons, use one to buy a prepaid Visa gift card, taking that down 10%. Then buy the console and use the second coupon, taking it down 10% again. So total for the white X1 would be 320+ tax or so. Good deal.
The thing for the extra Paypal money to get the PS4 fell through, so that option was off the table. Sucks, but at least I could still get one of the new gen systems.
Or could I? Two days before my coupon was valid, they changed it so it could no longer be used on a Visa gift card. So that's $40 that I wouldn't be able to save. Bad, but I might be able to recover from it. Well, until the other shoe dropped.
The next day, I get a letter in the mail. It has a speeding ticket from when I went to the Post Office to get the mover's coupon. That was pretty much the last nail in the coffin. So on top of not getting that extra $40 off, I might have to pay a $200 ticket. The universe definitely took a dump on my that time.