7 Things You Shouldn’t Be Wasting Money on in 2017

New year, new you. As 2017 rolls in, people are drawing up resolutions left and right to start the year on the right track.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is trying to save more money. Hence, it might be time to rethink your spending habits and check if you’ve been guilty of buying any of the following:

  1. OEM Cartridges

OEM Cartridges No Longer Are Your Only Option for Replacement Ink

It’s a common misconception that new and original beat recycled any day. Fortunately, this is rarely true. For printers, some people swear by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cartridges because they are completely compatible with their unit. However, not only do these cartridges cost more—they are also not the best option for the environment.

Choose remanufactured ink cartridges instead. Not only are they compatible with their printer models and offer the same print quality at a lower price. They also make use of recycled parts, enabling you to save money while saving the environment.

  1. Warranty Extensions

Don’t be fooled by the appeal of the ‘extended’ value from a warranty extension. The more important thing is to find out exactly what the warranty will cover.

Unless your warranty will cover more than just basic repairs, it might be better to save up for your own repair fund and skip out on warranty extensions.

  1. Microtransactions for Mobile Games

Microtransactions or in-app purchases were once a way to access substantial extra content or features in free apps. In some cases, this can actually be a valuable aspect, but in others—such as in mobile gaming—it might not affect your user experience that much. Common examples are premium subscriptions that only offer to remove ads.

Remember that a microtransaction is worth it only if you’re really getting a substantial add-on to your game, not just an excuse to pay for something you could get for free.

  1. Expensive HDMI Cables

People get fooled into the idea that expensive automatically equals better. But there are some things that you can get at a cheaper price without sacrificing quality. HDMI cables are one of these.

If you’re being sold an HDMI cable for more than the average store price, it’s probably not worth it. Don’t get sucked into the hype and opt for standard-priced HDMI cable wires.

  1. Cable TV

Speaking of cables, cable TV is one of the more surprising things you actually won’t need in 2017. It might have been relevant a few decades ago, but today, new technologies have already replaced it. All your favorite TV shows and the newest releases can easily be streamed online, at a cheaper price.

  1. Pre-ordered Items

Ordering online isn’t bad. But there’s a possibility of buying a defective item, since you have no means of checking it prior to purchase. This risk is even bigger when pre-ordering gadgets online, especially those which are not yet available in local brick-and-mortar stores. Some unscrupulous online retailers may actually post items that are

  1. 3D Movies

3D movies can be quite an experience. However, these visual effects can get really old pretty fast. While there are certainly some movies worth splurging on, it’s not worth it to pay for this perk all the time. After a careful reexamination of what you’re watching in theaters, you’ll find that these deserving films are actually very few in number.

Saving money from the start of the year is more than just putting cash in the bank. It’s actually cutting back on your expenses. This 2017, clear out your closet and save up by preventing yourself from falling into these buying traps.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.
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