If you are one of the rare people on this earth for whom money is no object, feel free to skip this article. Far from saving money, I actually want you to spend as much of it as you can. The local economy thanks you. Everyone else might want to pay attention. There is some awesome tech out there that you are having a tough time affording. Unpurchased, cool tech is a tragedy that can be avoided with a little effort.
Of course, the real solution to this first-world problem is that you grow a little self control. Stop thinking that you have to buy every single gadget that leaks onto a fan site. Honestly, your life will be remarkably unchanged if you just don’t buy it, whatever “it” happens to be. Well… enough silliness. Obviously, you have to have it. And you’re going to buy it. Pretending otherwise is just denial. Since we have establish that, let’s look at some ways to save a little money along the way:
Bundle and Save
A store would rather sell you two things rather than one thing, and three things rather than two things. The more they can sell you at one time, the less they have to make on each individual sale. To discourage you from buying only the one thing you wanted, and picking up other things some place else, companies offer bundle deals with substantial savings.
Satellite TV is a case in point. You may be tempted by the large selection of HD channels and fancy DVRs. But, before you make the jump, check for discounts and bundles being offered. For example, Satellite TV at Satellitetv-Deals.com can save you money but not just with coupons. The same provider of TV service will most likely offer telephone and Internet service. If there are no particular offers during the time you check, give them a call and ask. They will most likely have a bundle that can save you more than just purchasing services independently.
Shop Last Year’s Model
You know the difference between Sony’s top of the line TV this year over last year? Neither do I. Neither does anyone, likely, including Sony. Actually, I can tell you about one major difference: Last year’s model is a lot less expensive. And it is a lot better than the one you have. You just have to know where to buy it.
That’s where warehouse stores like Sam’s and Costco come in. One of the reasons their electronics are such good deals is that they almost always carry last year’s model. You can even save money on the current model at such places. If you are savvy, you can save even more than you thought by using warehouse stores to their full potential.
Resell It Like a Ferengi
If you are a fan of the Star Trek Universe (and who isn’t?) you know who the Ferengi are. They represent the logical conclusion to unfettered capitalism and consumerism. They are all about the acquisition of goods and services. As they tell it, the five stages of acquisition are:
From the perspective of a tech consumer who is not made of money, this seems like a pretty reasonable list, especially the last one. If you are going to play the expensive game of early adopting the latest and greatest, you have to have a strong resale plan. Gazelle.com pays top dollar for used, Apple devices. They even pay for broken ones. An iPhone doesn’t have to work to be worth good money towards your next one.
Your carrier likely offers some sort of pay as you go plan so that you can upgrade your smartphone every year. T-Mobile has the most aggressive of these plans, having pioneered the concept in the U.S. All these plans are a form of resale. From this moment, on, you don’t have a junk drawer. You have a resale drawer.
Bundle and save, shop last year’s model, and resell like a Ferengi. If you can’t actually curb your habit, these are a few ways to finance it.