There are some things you just need to have if you’re going to be a fully-fledged member of the modern world. You’ll need a car, for instance, and the ability to present yourself well. And then there’s the matter of technology. Though there are some people that reject technology, the truth of the matter is that if you’re going to work and socialise well, then you’ll need to have things like a laptop and smartphone. And they can cost a lot of money. They don’t, however, have to break the bank. Below, we’ll take a look at a few reasons why your tech might cost you so much, and discuss what you can do to lower the costs.
All the Devices
You’re going to need some technology in your life, sure, but it’s not as if you need to have every single type of device under the sun. You’ll need a smartphone and laptop, but it’s unlikely that you’ll also need a tablet, desktop computer, and all the other little devices that you can buy. If you follow every trend that comes out, then you’re going to run a pretty big bill. Think about what you really need to do with your tech, and invest in devices that’ll help you to achieve those goals.
No technology lasts forever. While your phone may once have been cutting edge, there’ll come a point when it really is worthwhile upgrading to a new device. It’ll open up a lot more options. Of course, some people have a different problem: they buy new devices all the time, even when their old device still works well. If you must buy the latest smartphone as soon as it comes out, then it’s at least recommended that you try to keep the cost to a minimum. There are companies that allow you to trade in mobile phones, which will give you some cash towards the purchase of your new phone. There’s no point keeping your old devices in a drawer when you could get money for them!
Sure, it’s nice to have access to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify and so on, but if you’re signing up for all the streaming services, then you’ll be running a big bill. If you’re not using one or two as much as you could, then look at cancelling your account.
The Wrong Contract
A device won’t necessarily serve you well all on its own. To make the most of the device, it’s likely that you’ll need to have an internet and data connection. The issue is that most people sign up for a contract without really investigating what they need, or whether there are cheaper options out there. You might be tempted to pay for a contract that gives access to 5gb of data each month, but if you’re only using 1gb of data in that time, then you’re leaving 4gb on the table — and yet, you’re still paying for it. Look at your usage, and make any amendments if necessary.