Perhaps it is just the economic climate, but everyone seems to be looking at where they can cut costs. One place people overlook where they could cut costs is in their computer habits. There are many little money sinks here and there which can add up to some really big dollars in the long haul.
2. Printer Ink
3. Text Messages
4. Brand Name Components
5. Video Games
The biggest is looking for and making use of deals. By getting a game with a decent preorder bonus or discount, you come out ahead. However, by pre-ordering you prevent yourself from seeing reviews, so there is the chance of getting a dud game.
Another option is to wait for the game to go on sale after it releases. The video game market moves very quickly and games will drop in price or go on sale within a few months of it releasing. This also gives time to find reviews and understand what the game is about and if you will enjoy it. That is assuming that you buy your games at all. No, I don't mean pirate your games. By renting your games or getting them on loan from services such as Gamefly, it becomes really cheap to play the latest console games. Then, if you really like a game you can either buy it though them or pick it up elsewhere.
The final option is to buy games used. While this doesn't jive well with some publishers, you're able to save a great deal of money by just getting games used instead of new. The problem is that some games reward first time buyers via free downloadable and/or multiplayer content that someone who bought a used copy would have to pay to gain access to. So, you may have to do some research on that front.
6. Extended Warranties
For mobile devices, laptops and phones, more often than not extending the warranty is a worthwhile investment. Mobile devices take far more abuse than their home-bound counterparts, There is always the danger of a mobile device being dropped, banged up, or otherwise damaged. If the warranty covers accidental damage, you will be fine should something unfortunate happen while out and about.
For home bound items, it factors more into how likely it is for the item to break. When you look at reviews, take note of failure rates. Is the company well known for making quality products? How often does reviewers say the product is breaking down and for what reasons? The answers to these questions will tell you if an extended warranty is a money waster or a money saver.
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