3 simple ways to save a bunch of money when buying a new computer
Looking to buy a new computer? Overwhelmed by all the options available to you? Stressed by the high cost of computers today? In this article, I am going to tell you 3 simple ways to save a bunch of money when buying a new computer
For many people, buying a new computer should not be as stressful as buying a new car. Nor should it be expensive. If you are like most people, and you have a limited budget to buy a computer, you should try to get as many computers as possible for your money.
Here are three simple ways anyone can save money when buying a new computer:
1) Shop around for the best deals.
Sounds very clear. But most people don’t realize that they don’t need the fastest, most expensive computer to be the most “extra”. In fact, if you are already using an old computer, a less expensive new computer will be a big upgrade. If you know a lot about computers, you can learn a lot by shopping around. Ask lots of questions, compare prices, compare features, then find the best price.
Shop at your local electronics store, and find the best deals online. You will be amazed at how much money you can save by shopping around!
2) Establish your “extras”
Most of the computers you will find in the store have a lot of extra software already installed. While this is convenient, it is not always the best way to save money. Plus, while many of these extras look good, you don’t always need them. You can often find great deals by shopping separately for your own software extras (such as word processors, antivirus, popup blockers, spyware removal, games, etc.).
And some of these you can get for free. So before you buy a “fully loaded” computer, ask yourself if you really need all the extras, then shop to see if you can buy a scale-down computer – and get the extras yourself at the very least!
3) Do not purchase the extended warranty
If you are not computer savvy, the extended warranties offered by computer retailers often seem like a good idea. After all, who would want to bother paying for a computer service after you’ve purchased it? But keep in mind that most computers come with a warranty, and most computer problems will occur either early (when you still have the warranty in effect) or much later (when it can be cheaper to buy a new computer).
Nowadays technology has changed very fast. So consider whether the extended warranty is worth the increased cost. And, if you really need an extended warranty, then ask to buy it at a lower price. Not all retailers negotiate a warranty, but some will. And whether you buy an extended warranty or not, make sure you back up all your files periodically, just in case!
If you have an unlimited budget, consider yourself lucky. And if you trade in computers, when trying to keep prices low, make sure you know what you need. At any rate, buying something that doesn’t fit your needs is not a good deal.
Hope you find these tips useful, and happy computer shopping!