Do you get excited before Apple keynote events? Or mark your calendar months ahead of a new game console release?
Whether you’re a certified gearhead, or just love having the latest cool tech, one thing's for sure — staying equipped with the latest gadgets can get expensive. But if you want to stay plugged in without blowing a financial fuse — try these five clever ways to save on electronics.
1. Get Honey
Honey is a free browser extension that scans the internet for every working coupon code while you shop online. Then at checkout, it applies the best deal to your cart automatically. More than 10 million people already use Honey, and for good reason — it works on over 37,000 sites. Watch how Honey saved almost $50 on a pair of high-end BOSE headphones from Best Buy.
2. Purchase refurbished items
Don't be afraid to buy refurbished devices. They’re often returned for reasons other than mechanical issues. Be sure to buy factory-certified items that carry a manufacturer’s warranty, just in case something goes wrong.
3. Take care of your old stuff
If you take good care of your current gadgets, you can sell them for more when it's time to upgrade. The more money you get back, the less you'll spend on the next “Big Thing”.
4. Get the previous model
When a new product goes to market, it’s common for a company to put the previous generation on sale. While older models may lack the “cool factor” current models offer, buying the older item could save you some cash.
5. Don’t assume expensive equals quality
Skip the expensive cables, and other overpriced products that don't work any better than less expensive versions. Often times, the less popular brands are just as good for a fraction of the price.
And there you have it. Follow these 5 tips to avoid breaking the bank on new electronics, and remember—get yourself some help with Honey. It'll be the best decision you make this year.