While watching video tapes on a VCR or listening to cassette tapes on a cassette deck will probably earn you quite a bit of street cred with the hipster crowd, continuing to use outdated technology likely means you’re missing out on a lot of the benefits offered by modern electronics. If you want to upgrade your home but are working with a tight budget, here are three tips for getting the tech you want at the low price you need.
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Work Seasonal Sales
The popular saying, “To everything there is a season” is very true in the world of retail. There are certain times of the year when technology is at its cheapest. You probably already know that you can score a great deal on television sets, streaming devices, and other entertainment technology starting after Thanksgiving. What you may not know is that you can also get a good deal on these items in the spring, specifically around April.
This is because many of the electronics sold in the US come from Japan, and the fiscal year ends in March for many companies in that country. This means electronics manufacturers are looking to generate as much revenue around that time of year as well as itching to unload old models to make room on the shelves for the new stuff. Incidentally, this is also the time of year when most people are getting tax refunds from the IRS, so stores will often put big ticket items on sale to attract customers.
Before heading out to buy the electronic toy you want, take a moment to research the best time of the year to make the investment.
Use Coupons and Discount Codes
In addition to working seasonal sales, you can increase you savings even more by using coupon codes for monoprice.com when you purchase your home tech. You can find these coupons online using the search engine of your choice to look up either the manufacturer of the item or the store you want to purchase it from. There are also websites that do the research for you and list all the coupons available for certain products in one place.
You can also save money by searching for rebates and package deals. For instance, a computer manufacturer may give away a basic flat-screen television with the purchase of a computer over a certain dollar amount. You can often find information about rebates on a particular item by visiting the manufacturer’s or retailer’s website.
Another good way to save money on electronics is to buy used models from people who want to unload their old stuff so they can get new tech. As long as you thoroughly inspect the pieces and make an effort to seek out reputable sellers, you should be able to find gently used items that work just as well as new ones at a fraction of the cost.
Like buying new electronics, there are certain times of the year when it’s better to buy. Generally, these are the times of year when people are motivated to get rid of their stuff.
For instance, summer is the busiest time of the year when it comes to moving from one place to another. College seniors are graduating in June and moving off campus, while freshman are moving from their parents’ home to college in August. June through October are the most popular months for weddings, and the real estate market starts booming around spring (end of March, beginning of April). If you want to maximize your chances of finding what you want at a good price, shop for used electronics around these months.
It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to upgrade the technology in your home. Mine the Internet and other resources available to you to find the affordable electronics you want.
By Lizzie Weakley