Times are tough at the moment and you may be struggling to even pay your bills, let alone afford the latest must-have electronics. That being said, whether you need a particular device for professional reasons or you can’t bear to let your kids down when it comes to their preferred devices, there are ways in which you can access the electronics you want with very little spare cash.
From using multiple coupons to scouring Craigslist, to entering competitions, keep reading to find out how you can keep up with the latest technology when you are broke.
Look out for sale events
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, summer saving events to post holiday bonanzas, electronics retailers offer some of the biggest discounts across the board throughout the year.
You can stay informed about your favorite retailers’ sale events by signing up to their email subscription service, following them on social media or by simply regularly checking their website.
Don’t forget to also check the clearance section of a site. Although this is likely to mainly consist of older devices, you never know, you may get lucky and find a great deal on a newer model.
When it comes to coupons and promotional codes, people typically fall into one of two categories. You either can’t get enough of these money-saving tokens or you hate the thought of using one.
If you fall into the latter group, now is the time to change your stance. Coupons, when used correctly, can save you hundreds of dollars when buying new tech, either in-store or online. Plus, if your chosen retailer allows you to stack coupons (use multiple codes at a time), you can save even more money.
In terms of electronics, Best Buy Coupons offer savings, with regular deals such as 20% off cell phone accessories and the chance to earn 2% cashback each and every time you shop.
Who doesn’t love a competition? Especially if you get the chance to win the latest iPhone or games console. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will win but there are ways to increase your chances of being victorious when it comes to gadget giveaways.
Be sure to follow all your favorite tech brands on social media as companies such as Apple regularly run competitions on these platforms. It can also be a good idea to sign up to a free online competitions website that will find you the best online giveaways on any given day.
You also have more chance of winning if you enter a competition where you have to answer a question or, even better, create something yourself such as a short story or a video clip, as fewer people enter these types of giveaways.
Opt for second-hand items
Just because an item is second-hand that doesn’t mean that it is of inferior quality. Furthermore, don’t think that you can’t find the latest models second-hand because there will always be someone who has bought a device brand new and then decided that they don’t like it or no longer want it.
There are several places that you can look to find the best deals on second-hand electronics including Craigslist, Facebook and even local yard sales (although you are unlikely to get new models at one of these).
Pawn shops are also great for finding rock bottom prices on items such as game consoles and laptops.
Purchase refurbished products
If you are looking for a specific item at a fraction of the original cost, then look no further than the refurbished products section of your preferred electronics retailer. You can find all types of tech including smartphones, laptops, tablets, watches, and game consoles.
If you are worried about the quality of these items, you will be pleased to hear that all reputable retailers will ensure that each device undergoes rigorous in-house refurbishment.
Furthermore, many also offer a warranty on these products in the same way that they do brand new ones so you can sleep safe in the knowledge that you are covered if your device stops working.
Let loose in the store
Although not the same as actually owning the latest must-have device yourself, many big, branded stores allow you to go in and test out their products completely free of charge. So, if you can’t wait to check out the new iPhone 12 features but there is no way you can afford to buy this phone yourself, why not pop into your nearest Apple store and have a play?
It can also be worth inquiring about any workshops that they offer to customers, allowing you to learn more about how to use the latest tech without having to make a purchase.
Check out YouTube tutorials
Again, not the same as owning a new gadget but a great way to stay informed about the latest tech without spending a single dollar, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of online tutorials, podcasts and educational workshops online that will teach you everything you need to know about emerging technologies.
As well as following your favorite brands on social media, don’t forget to also subscribe to popular tech experts’ channels for instant access to the latest reviews and demonstrations.
Use comparison sites
If you have some money put aside for a new electronic but you want to make sure you are getting the best possible deal, comparison sites are what you need. Simply Google “electronics comparison site” or “best deals on electronics” and you will be presented with a list of the cheapest gadget prices available.
It is worth noting that you can often find significantly cheaper prices online than in-store so always search the web before making a purchase.
You may want to sign up to your favorite brands email newsletter, as many will send you an immediate money-off voucher that can be redeemed online or in-store, even if it is just 10% off, it’s better than nothing.
Plus, don’t forget to also use a coupon or promotional code, as all these small savings will soon start to add up!