Our homes and offices are filled with tech, gadgets and appliances that we wouldn't want to be without. From day-to-day appliances such as kettles to items which entertain us like TVs and games consoles to luxury goods like coffee machines. Increasingly, with the move to home working, our homes are also filled with the tech that enables us to work from home too. We're surrounded by these electricals that help us in day-to-day life.
Unfortunately, these items aren't cheap. The electrical goods that we use daily come at a cost. A latest release smart phone or tablet device can cost in excess of £1,000. Even once you've bought them, there's running costs, maintenance and repair bills to consider. Worse still, few of these goods last more than a couple of years and even with care, will need upgrading or replacing at some point as they reach their end of life or newer models enter the market.
You might be happy to live without some items, while you save up to buy the product that you want. Others have a bigger impact on your daily life and living and working without them would be almost impossible. For these, you might prefer to find ways to save so that you can buy them now, instead of waiting. Here's a look at some of them.
Look for discount codes
Discount codes like those at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk are a fantastic and super simple way to save money on electrical goods. If you know where to look, discount codes are available all year round, and some are even accepted with other discounts or on sale purchases. Just make sure you read the T&C's, and that you understand how much you need to pay.
Avoid creating a false economy
It can be tempting to save money by buying budget tech and electricals. But, in most cases (but not all) these won't last long, won't work as well or offer the same functionality, and will need repairs more often. When buying electricals, try to think of them as an investment, using discount codes and other savings to buy higher quality products which will last longer, and so cost less in the long run.
Do without luxury features
That said, the cost of even high-quality appliances can vary massively, even within the same brand or store. This is primarily due to the added features. Ask yourself what you really need. Do you really need a top of the range or the very latest computer or smart phone? It's often possible to pick up some great deals whenever new models are released as retailers discount the older models - which in some cases may only have been released a few months earlier. If you can do without the latest or additional features or options, it's a great way to save cash.
Trade-in old appliances
Many brands and stores give you the option to trade in your old appliances or recycle old tech, in return for some money off their replacements. They'll often accept trade-ins even if the appliance is damaged or no longer works.
Sign up for newsletters
Signing up for newsletters can be an incredibly easy way to get a discount code, or to get a heads up on future sales and offers. If you are worried about your inbox filling up, set up a new folder just for newsletters to keep everything organised. But, if you do get discount codes, make sure you check the expiry dates.
Shop the sales
Gone are the days when we all looked forward to the January sales with eager anticipation. Now, there's black Friday, cyber Monday, end of season and mid-season sales. Many shops have a sale every six to eight weeks, so if you can wait a little while, you can make some great savings. You can save more in the sales by buying out of season stock, which companies often reduce more heavily, as they are keen to sell.
Make the most of price matches
Many big shops offer a price match service. This means that if an item is on sale, or cheaper, in another store, they'll match the price. Some stores seek out matches themselves, and immediately reduce costs. Others want you to do the work and will only reduce the price if you can prove that you've seen it cheaper somewhere else.
However, price matches aren't always as straightforward as they seem. The product itself might be matched, but one shop might offer cheaper delivery or insurance.
Look at delivery options
Click and collect is often offered as a cheaper and more convenient option to home delivery. But, if you have to travel to the store, and then pay for parking, ask yourself if you will really save any money? Sometimes, paying for delivery is actually more cost-effective.
Buying tech and appliances can be costly, but it doesn't have to be. There are plenty of ways to save money, and great deals to be had. It's possible to avoid ever having to pay the full price by using just a few clever tactics. You certainly shouldn't spend more than you can afford.
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