Living in a digital world can get expensive quickly. In addition to the cost of new devices, many gadgets require additional services and purchases that can reach an astronomical amount before you know it. These added costs can make it difficult to keep your spending within your budget, especially if there are multiple family members using the same service plan. Here are some good ways to ensure that you are keeping the cost of your gadgets under control.
Great Discounts Can Be Found For Older Devices
If you want to get a great device, but you not want to pay a lot of money for it, opt for an older model. Older models are often heavily discounted once one or two later models in the line are released, even when the devices themselves are new. When I purchased Samsung Galaxy SII phones for myself and my son, Best Buy was having a promotion where the cost of the devices would be $1 after an instant rebate when you renewed your service contract with your provider for an additional two years. Since I had no intention of switching services in the near future, it was a no-brainer to save nearly $800 on the cost of new devices that did everything that I needed them to do.
Choose Your Service Contracts Wisely
It is important to choose service contracts that provide you with enough that you do not trigger over limit fees but not too much that you are wasting money on something that you do not need. Many people make the mistake of thinking of the cost of their service contract on a per month basis instead of on an annual basis. If the difference in price for two service contracts is $15 per month, you will spend an additional $180 per year for the more expensive contract. You will have to ask yourself whether any additions you get with the more expensive choice is worth the $180 per year you will be paying for it.
Don’t Pay For What You Can Get For Free
One of the great things about the digital age are all the apps available that can be used for entertainment or a wide variety of different tasks. Unfortunately, many of these apps come with charges that can get very expensive very quickly if you are not careful. Luckily, many of the most popular apps are free or have free versions that you can use that do many of the same things that the paid versions do. In many cases, the only difference between the free versions and the paid versions of the app are the number of ads the user sees and hears. You should also refrain from making in app purchases for games, as there are many other free games to explore if you are bored playing the free games that you have already downloaded.