Hello friends! Sorry for not posting for a while, I was on maternity leave!
While being out I took dozens of pictures. During the course of taking all these pictures I received the dreaded “not enough storage” error message. After deleting pictures (backing them up first of course), deleting apps, uninstalling/reinstalling facebook/instagram and restoring my iphone I realized I simply need more than 16GB.
Then I went to buy the iphone and whoa. They are expensive! And no more of that “free iphone with plan upgrade” stuff they used to do. So you just have to bite the bullet and pay full price out of pocket.
Except maybe you don’t. I did some research. Okay, I did a LOT of research. I have found some ways to buy an iphone without breaking the bank.
Buy refurbished-Do your research on the sellers because you want to make sure you have a warranty and that the phone is certified refurbished. Amazon and Best Buy are both reputable for refurbished iphones.
Wait-I researched the history on when to buy, looked at pricing trends and found that end of the year, holidays are the best time to buy. Black Friday or Cyber Monday are the ideal days to buy, but really anytime between those days and Christmas will guarantee the greatest deal.
Buy What You Need-We would all love the latest and greatest technology but sometimes that’s not feasible. I looked at the iphone 7 and although it’s cool, the accessories are not cheap. Do I need the 7 or will the 6s suffice? Looking at the specs I realized the 6s is plenty and I can get much more storage for less than the 7.
Sell your old iphone-Check out ebay to see how your phone is selling and you may end up only paying half for your new phone after factoring in the sale of your old one.
Keep the Box/Accessories-To maximize the resale of your old iphone keep the box and accessories and take great pictures of them together to get the maximum bids.
This list is not exhaustive of all the ways to save money on a new phone but this should get your started. Do you have any other ideas or ways to save money on an cell phone? Tweet, comment or message me, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As a frequent online shopper (I hate the unforgiving glare of department store changing rooms), I find that often prices in store versus online are different. I most often notice that price online are cheaper than in store. Regardless, to maximize savings I always, always look for a good coupon code.
There are lots of click-bait sites that will taught huge savings but when you click there’s nothing, so make sure you’re using a reputable coupon site.
These are my favorite 4 sites for coupon codes:
Retail Me Not-This website to me is the OG. My favorite part of this website is that users can offer feedback so that a single coupon will have a user-submitted % success rate and a place for users to leave comments. This way you don’t have to waste time going through dozens of fake or expired coupons.
Coupon Cabin-I like Coupon Cabin for the rare time that a retailer is not on Retail Me Not. They also have the option to search locally by entering your zip code.
Krazy Coupon Lady– I don’t love this website but I will definitely put up with it for a deal! My reason for disliking it is not actually the content but the way the website is set up. It’s very overwhelming, not a clean design, and there are way too many ads mixed in with the content. The pop-ups are also a pain to deal with. I do like that the website has a “tips” tab and it’s a good alternative to the above two.
Coupons.com-I like the actual coupons that I can print and take in store, but I must say that from its inception this website requires that you download their “printing installer”. This is insanely obnoxious especially when you want to just print something specific on the go. BUT when you plan ahead and have the installer, the coupons are great!
A few weeks ago I did a post on how to get free books through www.netgalley.com
I am still an avid user of netgalley but I have found another way to get free books and this way does not require writing a review at the end!
Check out https://www.bookbub.com
What you do is you pick your favorite genres, where you get your books from (amazon.com for me) and then they send you a newsletter showing the latest and greatest of books in your favorite genres that are on sale, deeply discounted and often even free! Yes, FREE!
The caveat with this site (same as netgalley) is that the free books and discounted books are limited time offers. This means you can’t see something and say “I’m going to download this laterz!” Download it now, read it later.
The books are available on all devices including Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Android.