As we’re sure you’ll agree, technology is absolutely amazing. Whether it’s the mobile devices and home entertainment you use in your day-to-day life, or gimmicky little gadgets to make a camping trip more enjoyable, tech has a massive range of uses and applications, whoever you are. The one downside to technology; it isn’t cheap! If you’re hemorrhaging money due to your love of tech, here are some great ways to make it more affordable.
Save on your Internet Bill
The internet is a staple of modern life these days, and providers know that consumers will pay through the nose for good service. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can give yourself some wiggling room in the stranglehold these big corporations have on web connectivity. There are a number of smaller, alternative internet providers popping up around the country. Though they’re not all great, there are some that will offer bundles and perks you simply can’t get through the big players. You may want to self-audit how much you use to see if you’re paying for greater bandwidth than is necessary for the household. Sometimes, you can even threaten cancellation with your current provider over the phone. In many cases, they’ll be willing to lower your monthly bill in order to keep you as a customer.
Know when to buy Computers, Mobile Devices, TVs and the Rest
While waiting for prices to depreciate on a lot of consumer electronics products can be pretty futile these days, there are many times of the year that are better than others in terms of finding price reductions and sales on a lot of tech. Computers, for example, are better to buy right in the middle of summer. This is because it’s when processor manufacturers are busy unveiling their products for next year. Devices like cameras tend to be much cheaper after the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which occurs in January. Unfortunately, televisions are barely ever touched by dependable seasonal fluctuations, and you’ll just need to keep an eye out for the big sales. However, prices do tend to drop as soon as any new feature, for example concave TVs, starts to hit the shelves.
Sell your Old Stuff at the best Prices
You may be reading this because you always want the latest and best in technology. If you’re one of these people, you probably find it pretty frustrating that almost as soon as a new piece of tech hits the market, another one starts making a buzz on all the gadget journals and hurtles towards release. One good way of supplementing your buys is taking good care of your current electronics, and selling them privately through platforms like Gumtree. Provided that you keep them in a good condition, and hold onto any original packaging and accessories, you can get some surprisingly good prices for your gadgets and electronics by selling directly to other people. Just don’t go to a pre-owned electronics store. These places need to turn a profit, and will usually give you a pretty poor price for anything that you bring in.