Friday, March 18, 2011

Frugal Tip Friday - guest blogger talks how to be frugal with technology!

Today I'm so excited to have Lauren here with us to talk about how to spend less and get more with technology! Not only because I'm not very techno-savvy but also because she is such an amazing writer and has such a great scoop on this! Not to mention she blogs about online colleges! Thanks Lauren for stopping by and giving us these great tips! 
Hope you all have a great weekend and Happy Frugal tip Friday! - Nikki

           How to Spend Less and Get More with Technology

Technology is a big factor in our modern day to day life. There are entire magazines and websites devoted to discussing technology, and most people love to be up-to-date with the latest tech products whenever possible. However, technology is also expensive and it can be disheartening to needlessly spend more than you needed to for a product or find out that maintaining your technology costs much more than the initial purchase. Luckily, there are ways that you can easily spend less and get more with technology.


One of the biggest technological purchases most households make is a computer or laptop. When it comes time for you to make your next computer purchase, do not simply shell out top dollar for the latest MacBook or Sony Vaio. Instead, take into account exactly what you will need your computer to do.

First, think about how important mobility is for your new computer. Laptops typically come with fewer technological benefits than desktop computers and cost more as well. If you will only be using your computer at home in the office, then consider purchasing a desktop computer. You can get twice the amount of speed and space on your desktop than you would on a laptop for the same price.

If portability is an important factor, conduct extensive research into each laptop model you are considering. Determine what you will mostly be using your laptop for, and look for suitable laptops accordingly. Remember that a name brand does not necessarily mean that the product is better, but also look out for too-good-to-be-true prices because these products could have a short shelf life. In addition, once you have picked a model you like, find out if any electronics stores around you are having deals and specials. Most stores will have special promotional prices around major holidays, which can be a good time to pick up a new computer for a good price.

Cell Phones

It seems new cell phone models are released every month, and it can be difficult (and expensive!) to keep up with them all. When it comes time for you to purchase a new cell phone, consider choosing a phone that is discounted with a service plan. Most cell phone service providers significantly discount the price of new phones if they are purchased with a service contract, typically for one or two years. This means that you can purchase a new phone for hundreds of dollars less if you also sign up for a service contract. As you will likely need a service contract to use your phone anyway, this is a great way to save money on new technology.

Another good method to get the most bang for your buck is to wait a few months after a new phone has been released before purchasing it. Older phones significantly decrease in price as newer models replace them. Remember that most months or year-old phone models still have some of the latest technology and features, so you will still have an up-to-date phone. Even better yet, you will have bought it for much less than those who purchased their phones within weeks of its release. Also, keep in mind that most smart phones require a data plan, so take that additional cost into consideration when you are phone shopping.

When it comes to making sure your dollars go far in your technology purchases, be avid about maintaining your electronics so that they will last you a long time. Keep an updated anti-virus and anti-spyware program on your computer. Though there are several reliable brands you can buy, there are also great programs that you can download for free to keep your computer protected and these programs are legal, too!

For your phone, keep it in a case if possible so that it is more protected from bumps and falls. Avoid dropping it or exposing it to humidity or extreme heat, as this can degrade the intricate computer technology inside your phone. With some precaution, you can truly spend less and get more with technology.

Lauren Bailey is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about online colleges. Questions and comments can be sent to: blauren99

1 comment:

  1. Great frugal tips! I agree about the purchase of phones - don't get the latest/newest/fanciest one so fast! Their prices will drop over time... and besides, you get to read more reviews about the phone and its functionality. :)


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