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While some gadgets can be gimmicks, other pieces of technology are essential to own in this day and age. If you’re looking to buy some new electronic appliances but only have a small budget to work with, consider some of these tips for helping you to spend less.
Know when to repair, when to replace
When something breaks, many of us find it easier to simply replace that item, but there can be times when repairing that item could save you money and be the more sensible option. Collect quotes from repair services and weigh up the costs. It may even be possible to do repairs yourself. There are many online sites where you can buy the parts you need whether you’re looking for wirewound resistors or a new washing machine drum. There are tutorials on sites like Youtube for pretty much any repair job – these could help you to do your own DIY repairs, saving you money on hiring a repair service.
You shouldn’t always repair appliances that are broken particularly if they’ve been constantly failing – this could be a sign multiple parts are wearing out. Old appliances may also be worth upgrading in order to save you money on your electricity bills as many newer appliances are much more energy-efficient (anything over 15 years is probably worth replacing for a newer greener model).
Hit the sales
Electronics stores will often have sales throughout the year, usually when they’re expecting a new line of models in. This could be a great chance to get a discount on a new TV or washing machine or laptop. Big sales such as Black Friday are worth waiting for. There may also be sales around Father’s day on various gadgets.
Shop for coupons
Coupons are another great way of getting discounts. There are plenty of coupon sites where you can get voucher codes to use in stores. Check the expiry date as many of these coupons will only be available to use for a limited time.
Finance gadgets and appliances
It’s possible to hire and loan appliances through finance schemes, allowing you to pay for them in small installments over a period of months. There are companies that allow you to do this with everything from laptops to refrigerators. You may end up paying more in the long run overall, which is the only disadvantage – plus it’s easy to less finance bills pile up by buying multiple appliances on finance.
Get second-hand white goods for free online
You can get many pre-owned electronics for cheap online via the likes of Facebook and Gumtree, however did you know that you can also sometimes get these items for free. Many people are so eager to get rid of their white goods that they’ll offer them for free so long as that person is able to pick up the appliance in person themselves. These are unlikely to be in top condition, however when you consider that you’re getting it for free that doesn’t really matter.
Weigh up warranty costs
Many sellers like to offer extended warranties – this covers you for repairs/replacement if the device breaks. Rarely are these warranties worthwhile, however if you have a bad track record for breaking gadgets such as laptops and phones, you may be able to justify these warranty costs.