Home technology can be incredibly expensive, especially if you like to keep up with the latest digital solutions. It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to pay an arm and a leg to stay on top of the latest home tech trends. Luckily, there are many ways for you to save money when comes to technology for your home. Today we will be looking at 5 of them.
When you buy a new digital product for your home, don’t buy the extended warranty. Opting for an extended warranty or other forms of insurance can increase the cost of your product and are generally not worth the added expense. If you buy a product that is pivotal to your income or your family’s daily activities, it may be a better option to open your own extended warranty fund or designated bank account.
These funds will earn interest and you will still be able to replace a product without paying a lot of money that you didn’t plan on. When your products don’t break, you’ll end up having a nice little nest egg.
Use a VPN
A Virtual Private Network or VPN is one of the best ways to save money. This is an online security solution that hides your online identity and location. This is especially helpful when it comes to streaming applications that provide you with content like movies, sport, live entertainment, and TV shows.
Finding the best VPN for your Fire TV or Firestick can be incredibly beneficial, not only to your security and range of options but also in terms of saving. The price you pay for content may depend on your geographical location, but since this information is not available to service providers, it can help you get the best possible price.
Compare Quality and Price
Don’t assume that a high price tag is indicative of the quality that you can expect. There are many products available that will do the job just as well as expensive branded or flashy ones. This is especially true when it comes to products like HDMI cables, chargers, and power packs.
Before buying, do some research on the quality of moving parts and components and make sure that you’re not paying a premium for standardized products. Sometimes you may find that you are paying double the price, just because an item is branded or cosmetically enhanced in one way or another.
The compulsive need to upgrade your devices can take its toll on your finances in the long run and, most of the time, it’s just not necessary. When you have had a smartphone or PC for some time that is still in a working condition, upgrading its software and protective accessories may be more than enough.
If your current device is defective or if built-in features like a camera or touch screen are outdated, it may make sense to buy a new device, but if you’ve had your device for a year or longer, keep it. It comes down to functionality. If you can go through your day without running into issues with a device, don’t upgrade.
Sell your old stuff
Buying new tech for your home can financially be less crippling when you sell your old technology. Do a little bit of planning and try to buy one new product in the place of two old ones. For example, a smart TV with a streaming service can replace your old TV and cable subscription. If your old tech in a working condition, you may find it easy to advertise them on social media or online buy-and-sell sites. Even Facebook has groups for selling and has replaced Craigslist and other services for where you can sell items you don’t need anymore.