Technology is great. It also isn’t cheap. If you want to live above and beyond society’s baseline it often requires hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year. Automobiles, internet access at home, and gadgets are just some of the tech which hinges on a user’s ability to pay for it, typically in month-to-month subscription form. When much of modern success is determined by the ability to be somewhere, connect to others online, and be connected anywhere there becomes mounting pressure to maintain your tethers to technology at all cost.
If subscriptions and car notes are the price we pay to try and make our lives better we ought to at least try and pay as little as possible, right? Here are some quick tips how:
Just about everyone is paying for internet access these days, and the major providers know it. Fortunately for consumers there are a few things which can reduce or eliminate the stranglehold placed on their web connectivity by monopolistic corporations:
-Alternative internet service providers are popping up across the map willing to offer perks and bundle options the big boys haven’t offered in years.
-Self-audit usage to see if you’re paying for more bandwidth than is necessary for your household. Varying work or school schedules among roommates or family members may mean accounting for four connected devices at once isn’t required to keep everyone happy.
-Suggest going to another company such as an aforementioned alternative internet service provider in your area. Chances are your current provider will be willing to lower the monthly bill. With that said it’s only a temporary solution: within nine months or so the charges creep up again and the cycle continues.
Cars are some of the biggest bank account drainers in our lives. They’re convenient and depended on for everyday life processes but depreciate over time, making them a tricky purchase and aggravating piece of technology to own. However there are ways to reduce the amount of money your car costs you over the course of its life:
-Stick to scheduled maintenance. Bringing your car into the shop for regular oil changes, tire rotations, and general inspection is by far the single best way to maintain its value in the long-run. While it costs money in the short-term car maintenance will lead to a higher resale value when it comes time to part ways or enable the owner to go longer without having to buy another 10 to $30,000 piece of technology.
-Buy for reliability not style. Novice car buyers immediately look to color, amenities, and other attributes which overall aren’t indicative of a vehicle’s ability to do its job. Built-in display and seat warmers don’t matter much when a car isn’t starting. Research to find vehicles in your price range with highly-regarded engines built by a company with a reputation for building reliable automobiles.
-Make a habit of shopping for new insurance every six months. Similar to finding the best rates on your home internet, getting the best rate on your auto insurance calls for shopping around in search of less costly alternatives. Doing so twice a year keeps rates low by drawing the lowest bid from insurers.
Computers, Cameras, and TVs
Waiting for prices to drop on gadgets and gizmos is a bit futile considering the time it takes to see significant savings versus the rate of becoming obsolete such products experience nowadays. With that said there are certain times of the year which are better than others in terms of finding sales and price reductions on particular technology:
-Computers for example are good to buy in the middle of summer when processor manufacturers are unveiling next year’s product.
-Cameras have a tendency to be put on sale soon after the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January.
-Televisions are least-affected by seasonal shifts in price, instead their cost shifts with how old the model is getting.
Whether it’s access to the Internet, a means to travel long distances in the shortest amount of time possible, or the tools and toys making life easier and more exciting, technology is a nifty and oftentimes necessary part of modern life. It’s also the sector to which much of our hard-earned money must go. With that said, the prices we pay for tech aren’t set in stone. Cheaper approaches to technological access can be easily found for those willing to look.