I don’t know about you, but I have those moments when I get so distracted easily by shiny – and not-so-shiny – gadgets. I guess it’s even fair to say that those moments do happen regularly.
That should not be an issue if the gadgets didn’t cost too much. Or if I were rich. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
If you’re just like me, then you are probably always on the lookout for sales, promos, and deals that will bring those babies right into your arms without you having to be in debt for the rest of your life.
The bad news is that there will always be some device that you’ll want. The good news is that you can always find great deals and ways to save some money. Let me share three tried and tested tricks that help me in this matter.
Look for coupons/deals
If you think that coupons are for mommies and grandmas, think again! If you think you’re smart, then you ought to be a regular visitor to sites such as Cheapsally.com coupons, where you can find all sorts of deals to help you save money. This site is perfect if you are tech enthusiast because it covers stores such as Best Buy and Target.
And, even if you save only a small percent for each purchase, those little things add up in the long run! At the end of the year, you can even justify buying that extra little thing you want because of the savings you’ve made!
If you’re the type who queues up in the heat or cold just to be one of the first to get the latest iPhone, your finances are probably doomed. Unless, again, someone’s got your financial back.
When it comes to acquiring gadgets, the key is to be patient really. I don’t mean Yoda-level patience. Just enough to wait till the prices drop a little. Enough to wait for a sale or promo.
A little patience goes a long, long way.
Sell your old device and upgrade
This is my favourite “technique”. Take for example what I recently did with my MacBook Air. I had bought my old one mid-2011. As we all know, Apple released new MacBook Airs this year. I didn’t immediately go for the new one, but what I did was sell the 2011 MBA a few weeks ago. It was only a year and several months old and in very good condition.
The money that I got from that old MBA, I used to pay for the new MacBook Air with bumped up specs. This way, I got a new device without having to pay too much for it!
It goes without saying that this can be applied to many other gadgets as well. If you take care of your gadgets, this method will save you a lot.
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