My TV is getting ready to go out. It's an older style TV and the audio/video outputs are going out. I have to have those for my DVR to work.
I need a new computer for work and school. I am currently using a Netbook that works good but I need something with a disk drive and that won't crap out when I absolutely need it. I don't see this Netbook lasting another year. I bought it used in the first place.
My birthday is in January and I am buying myself a new phone since it will be the only gift I get.
Ya know...you don't HAVE to spend all that money right away. There are other, better things you can do with it.
Save it. The whole thing. Use it as a supplemental income - if you're short on a bill one month, or can't buy food or diapers another month, take some of that money out of savings. This is a great way to keep yourself in good financial standing throughout the year. It's much smarter and more responsible than just buying a bunch of expensive crap that you don't really need.