Ready to buy a new phone or computer? Not the biggest fan of the price tag that comes with it? Here are 5 ways you can get your new tech, and not break the bank in the process.
Dying for a new phone? Don’t just sign a new phone plan contract! Often phone companies will try to give what looks like a huge discount on a new phone with a 2 or more year contract. Do the math and check if this contract purchased with the phone is actually cheaper than buying the phone and plan separately. Sometimes the plan you need will be much less expensive than the contract they’re trying to lock you into.
As much as we hate to admit it, we can all be guilty of trying to keep up with the joneses (or in this day and age, the Kardashians). Instead of getting the most popular phone or laptop brand of the moment, make a list of what you need your new tech to do. Then, search for a budget friendly phone or laptop that meets those needs. Make sure to read consumer reviews to help you choose the best bang for your buck!
It may seem obvious, but checking various tech store flyers can be very helpful. Take the time to check your local flyers frequently to see which store seems to have the best deals. Then wait for a week where your dream computer, tablet, phone, etc. Is a price you can afford and buy it then. Sometimes patience really is key.
Often when you buy a new gadget, you will be asked if you want to also purchase a warranty. Read through the coverage before blindly paying the big bucks, often the warranty won’t cover nearly as much as you think it will. Do your research and make sure that it’s worth the extra money, and if it isn’t, it could save you a lot of money to not purchase it.
Don’t buy the latest model:
Buying the newest model can be super tempting! However, latest doesn’t always mean greatest. Instead of buying the newest model, purchase the second to last generation of your new tech. You have the benefit of being able to check user reviews and base your decision on actual performance of the product, not just what is promised by manufacturers.