Thanks to the current economy most of us are on a strict budget. This can make getting all of the things you want, especially the techno-geeky things, difficult…if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are ways to get around the high cost of technology.
Here are a few of them:
1. Make Sure You Check The Competition
In the world of tech, most people tend to be brand loyalists. One person buys Sony more than any other brand and refuses to go near RCA (or vice versa). Someone else might boast about being a “Samsung Girl.” Try not to be one of these people. Sure you probably prefer one brand but don’t let that preference sway your purchase, especially if there are better and higher rated products out there that you can buy for less money. This is just as true of gadgets and devices as it is of Internet service providers. That’s why it is important to visit every website for internet services in your area.
2. Combine Devices
The days of needing a separate television, DVD player, streaming media device, gaming device and internet device are over. And thank goodness because in addition to being expensive, having all of those devices was such a waste of space and energy! Today you can stream media and Internet through smart TVs as well as through most gaming systems. Most gaming systems will also play DVDs and Blu-Rays as well. If you’re not into gaming, most Blu-Ray players also accommodate streaming media today as well. Try to combine as many devices as possible—your wallet and living room will thank you.
3. Protect Your Devices
Insure your gadgets. Yes, you need to do this in addition to filling out warranty cards. For example, when you purchase through Best Buy you can also purchase an insurance plan that guarantees a replacement device if something goes wrong with yours (including your accidentally breaking it). This way if there is a malfunction or a breakage you can get a new device without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a replacement.
Protect your devices at the “source” too. Power strips were invented for a reason. Take them seriously! In fact, if you want to save even more money, purchase a “smart strip”. These are power strips that can kill standby (or phantom) power—the power consumed by devices even when they are off.
4. Only Buy What You Need
Do you really need the largest cable package with the highest internet speeds? Do you need the biggest data plan? Take a look at what you actually do and what you actually need and go with that. Sure the lure of more! Faster! Bigger! Is strong but resist it! Your bank account will thank you.
For the most part saving money on tech gadgets means denying your inner kid. Your inner kid wants the shiny fancy toys. The adult you knows what you need and what you’ll actually use. Sometimes indulging your inner child is a good thing. When it comes to saving money, though, paying homage to your adult self is the smartest plan you can follow.