Sounds impossible, right? How can you save time, money, and your marriage for less than $300!?!
Well, it is possible… Let me introduce you to my new friend – Mr. Garmin, also known as a GPS system. I first met him last year when my coworker was going on a long road trip and did some research. A couple days later he decided on the feature rich Garmin nuvi 780, which was one of the better GPS systems on the market at the time. He bought it, then told me about all the features. I was hooked.
I had been wanting a GPS system for months, and was planning on buying one. However, I got word not to buy one before Christmas. So I put my dreams of saving time, money and my marriage on hold. Thankfully my wife and I have a strong marriage!*
Christmas arrived and I received a very nice Tom-Tom. It was a quality GPS, but it didn’t have all the features the Garmin had, and most importantly, it didn’t have the larger screen. My parents, being the wonderful and cool parents they are, told me to go ahead and exchange it for what I wanted. I’m not normally one to exchange Christmas gifts – after all, a lot of thought went into it. But… I had to make an exception this time.
Just check out the Garmin nuvi 780 features:
- 4.3 inch screen
- Blue tooth for cell phone
- mp3 player
- FM modulator
- anti-theft feature
- 3D or 2D display
- MSN Direct real time updates (traffic, weather, gas prices, news, stocks, movie times, etc.). It comes with 3 months free, after that it is $5 per month, or you can buy an annual or lifetime subscription.
- Everything else you will find in a quality GPS system: turn by turn directions, street names, area attractions, restaurants, displays speed zones, and much more.
How much does it cost? This particular model is a steal right now – it started off at over $600, and can now be had through Amazon for around $240. I also bought the friction dashboard mount for $30. In some states it is illegal to mount items on the windshield. And the friction mount is awesome – it doesn’t even slide on hard turns. (Just a note about price: this model has been dropping in recent weeks. I believe it has been discontinued for a newer model, but this one works fine for me. You can always buy updated maps and get software updates.).
I’ve enjoyed using this GPS system and I’m excited because even though I’ve had it for a couple months now, I get to take it on my first long road trip this evening. I’m looking forward to it!
Do you need a GPS system?
If you do a lot of driving, or if you are new to an area, then I think having a GPS system is a good idea. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get one, and now that I have one, I can’t imagine going without. I plan on taking it with me on every long drive, even if I know the way, and it’s small enough to toss in a suitcase if we fly somewhere and need to rent a car. Oh, and you can save three of the most important things: time, money, and your marriage.
What are you waiting for? Go buy a GPS system!
*My wife and I don’t actually fight about things like directions, but if you do, then a GPS is definitely for you!