Technology can be an expensive habit to pursue, whether it’s for work or fun. There are a number of ways to upgrade your technology without having to lower your standards for quality. Here are four ideas to help you update your toys and retain a little pocket change at the end of the day.
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Avoid Extended Warranties
They serve to increase the cost of your product, and aren’t usually worth it. On the other hand, if you’re the clumsy type and have the notches on your belt buckle to prove how many times you’ve broken a tech toy, go for the extended warranty. In any event, you can set aside a cash savings fund for your personal gadgets to use for an emergency.
Find a Better Contract
It’s smart to buy a new phone or tablet at the start of a new contract as there may be big discounts offered. However, make sure you’re not locked into a contract for more years than you want. There are some tech gadgets that offer prepaid plans as an option. Prepaid plans can definitely save you money over the long run while providing the technology that you need and want.
Consider Buying Refurbished
There will always be a number of people who enjoy unwrapping a shiny, new gadget. However, there’s an entire economy of refurbished tech gadgets that have been on the market for a little while. Buying refurbished is an excellent way to save some extra cash and purchase technology new enough to get the job done. When you purchase a refurbished product, make sure it’s from a reputable dealer or directly from the manufacturer. These products should still have the "factory certified" label.
Sell Your Used Video Games
Are you sitting on top of a pile of video games that you’ll never play again? Selling video games is a great way to make a little extra cash and to get rid of some of the clutter that they might create. There are several venues over the internet or local stores that you can take and you’re your video games. There’s always someone out there, like you, looking to find a bargain or discount when buying the toys they love.
Research is your key to saving on new technology toys. You never know what deals are available without doing research beforehand. There are online reputable websites that allow you to compare prices, for a product, from numerous stores at a glance. Being able to comparison shop is good because it keeps manufacturers on their toes. They know they have to keep their prices reasonable to compete.
By Lizzie Weakley