We technophiles have an expensive hobby to pursue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cut a few corners. Here are the best ways to save money on tech without taking a step down in quality.
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10. Skip The Extended Warranty
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9. Reconsider The Contract
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8. Don’t Assume Expensive = Quality
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7. Buy Refurbished
If you’re in the market for a new laptop, phone, or other gadget — particularly if it’s a model that’s been out for a little while — buying refurbished is one of the cheapest way to save some cash. Apple is one of the most prominent examples, but it’s worth checking other manufacturers as well.
6. Go Hunting For Deals
There are few things more frustrating than paying full price for tech you could have scored at a discount. Our guide to the best deal sites will help you hunt down the right price at the right time.
5. Wait Until the Right Time
4. Sell Your Old Stuff For As Much As Possible
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3. Hack It For Better Bang For Your Buck
Why pay more for the premium product when you can get its features for free on a less expensive version? Put your DIY skills to work and squeeze every ounce of power out of the cheap version. Overclock your processor and video card, root your Android phone, add extra features to your point-and-shoot or DSLR camera, or beef up your router.
2. Do Your Research
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1. Get Off the Upgrade Treadmill
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