OK, so I just inherited a modest sum of money ($5,000) from an uncle. I've never inherited money before, but I can't help feeling a little guilty and sad about the money. I mean, it's a poor tradeoff for having my uncle here, you know? Plus, I know how hard he worked for that money and how much it must have taken to preserve it (there were six nieces/nephews who each got 5K for a total of 30,000). He spent the last few years of his life in a nursing home and the end was filled with hospitals and hospice care. He had to sell his house several years ago and everything in it to cover the bills. When I found out he had left me this money, I figured there wouldn't be anything left -- I was just flattered he thought to remember me-- so I was blown out of my tree to find out that somehow through all those expenses he had managed to hold on to that money so it could be passed on. I don't know all the details of his insurance, social security, medicare, etc. so I don't really know how bad off he was financially at the end, I only know the bits and pieces of the story that point to his having to go through everything in order to keep his place at the nursing home (If nothing else his story serves as a life lesson for what can happen if you're not prepared for a lengthy old age -- he was 90 when he died and would have been OK if he had died at 85 so it never hurts to save just a little bit more in case you outlive your money). Anyway, now I'm trying to decide what to do with the money. Currently it's sitting in my ING account until I decide. We have no debt other than the house. All upcoming vacations have already been saved for, we have over a years worth of expenses liquid, and are on track with 401K's and IRA's to have over $3M by age 62. Both cars are in good condition and won't need to be replaced for several years. There are no home improvements we need to make or appliances in danger of failing. So there are no "obvious" uses for the money. However, I would like to buy a new mac laptop (to replace my "vintage" 1998 iBook) and some professional design software. Currently there is no practical "need" for these things. My iBook works (although it won't run many moderna applications) and the software is basically for my learning only. I do some graphic design work on the side and would really like to learn more professional tools so that I could, maybe in future, take those skills to the job market if I need to (right now freelance writing pays the bills, but I figure it never hurts to have a plan B and since I enjoy graphic design it seems like a logical plan B). The laptop would also be used with my writing business, but I get by fine with what I have. To do this would take about 1/2 the money. The rest would be invested with some of our other funds. But these are sort of "dream" items -- not necessary or even terribly practical. I feel a little guilty thinking of spending the money on something "frivolous" when I suspect that I got this money because of great sacrifice on my uncle's part. I feel like I should do something important or useful with it -- not buy something that basically amounts to a learning tool with no current practical use or an unnecessary upgrade. I don't know if I'm really looking for advice here or just thinknig out loud, but if any of you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear them. For those who have inherited money, did you feel this way or am I just nuts? Thanks for listening.