Published on September 26th, 2018 | by James Simpson0
Reducing Tech-Related Costs on a Monthly Basis
There are certain things in life that we genuinely have to fork out for. These can include our home (which provides us with shelter), energy bills (which provide us with heat), and grocery shopping (which provides us with sustenance and nutrition). Without these things in our lives, we literally wouldn’t be able to survive and live a good quality of life. However, there are other things in our lives that we need to maintain contact with others and allow ourselves a certain amount of entertainment. It’d be great if these things came for free, but unfortunately, they generally come hand in hand with a relatively high price tag. The good news is that there are generally ways to reduce these expenses. So, let’s take a moment to look at a few and determine a variety of different methods that we can employ to keep costs to a minimum!
Let’s start with the very thing that keeps many of the following devices up and running at all times while you are in your home – a reliable internet connection. While you are in your home, your phone is likely to be connected to your home internet connection, your tablet is likely to be connected, your laptop or desktop computer may be connected, and a whole host of added extras, such as speakers, virtual assistants, and even televisions may be linked up too. Now, the majority of us tend to take on the first broadband provider that presents itself to us. But it’s important to browse around and compare different options that are available to you. You don’t want to pay a company more for the same service that one of their competitors is offering you at a much lower price. If you find that you prefer a particular service, but have found a cheaper deal elsewhere, ask them to price match. Nine times out of ten they will agree for the sake of maintaining a loyal customer.
With Apple’s announcement of a new iPhone, many of us may be considering an upgrade on our phone contracts. But you should ask yourself whether you really need an upgrade. Sure, you should upgrade your phone when your old one really isn’t up to date with current tech trends and developments. But if you have the last release and the new release isn’t actually all that different, you might as well save yourself a whole lot of money and wait for something completely new to be announced before you part with even more cash! Otherwise, you could find yourself stuck in a never ending cycle of upgrading your phone each time you finally pay your contract off.
The majority of us have our phones insured through companies that are recommended to us while we take our contracts out. Now, phone insurance is definitely something that you should sign up for when you have a relatively expensive smartphone. It can ensure that you are issued with a replacement should your phone be lost or stolen, and it will cover any repairs should your phone become damaged. We are all well aware of how costly replacement smartphones and repairs can be nowadays. However, it’s good to bear in mind that most companies selling phones benefit from recommending particular insurance packages. They are likely owned by the same company or are receiving some sort of commission. Instead, take the time to browse the market before purchasing your new phone. Then you can find the best option and sign up as soon as your phone is in your hands. If you already have your phone, don’t be afraid to switch insurance providers.
Sure, you could go without broadband, a smartphone, and phone insurance, but nowadays, who’s really going to do that? It’d become nigh on impossible to keep up with work and social commitments alike! Instead, just figure out how to reduce costs incurred through these things. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to minimise your outgoings. Those mentioned above are just a few and should hopefully get you started out in the right direction!