Now, you know as well as we do that we’re going to find ourselves spending more than we’d like to on technology. And that’s completely fine because there’s never been more cool stuff to invest in than right now.
However, all this technology does come at a cost and, well, there are other things we need to buy too, like rent, food…the occasional beer. You know the score. That’s why we’re on hand to keep your technology expenses to a minimum.
Everybody wants to be the first in line to get the latest Android device or Playstation, but hold right there a second, buster, because the people first in line are also going to be the ones with the biggest bill. There’s no logic in spending more than you can afford just so you can be the first person to pull out the new iPhone at a party.
So hold off on buying as soon as a product comes out; it’ll still be just as good when the initial rush has died down and has become a little bit cheaper. Plus, if you always go for the latest phone or gadget then your current phone is probably still pretty fantastic….
Avoiding the third party knock off products and making sure you’re actually buying quality, official products might not seem like it’ll be saving you money (because they’re more expensive), but they are actually are – as a preventative measure.
It’s crucial to realize that products that haven’t been officially endorsed by the manufacturer might be doing more damage than good. And having to replace your technology really will make your bill grow larger.
You’re eyeing up the latest device, but your current device is still pretty spectacular. What do you do? Do you take the hit and buy the latest, or do you quell your desire and wait until it’s a sensible time to buy the new device? Well, there is another way.
You can “trade up”, as in sell your current device and make up the difference to get the latest one. Many technology stores allow you to trade in your device, but you’ll get more money if you sell it privately online or locally. And on that note, it’s also worth looking through your old drawers to see what other devices you have to sell.
If they’re old you might not get too much, but if you have a sizeable collection then you might just have enough to make up the difference to buy the new device.
Opt for Refurbished
If you’re not so concerned with buying what’s new, but rather what’s good, then you could do far worse than looking at refurbished products. These items are technically used, but they’re been restored by professionals to the point where they’re basically like new.
In any case, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a refurbished device and a new one (besides possibly a few scuffs), and you’ll save a huge percentage of the cost of buying new!