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5 Cheapest Ways to Buy an iPhone

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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Free Book Hack Part Deux

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.

So what are you waiting for? Go read a book!

Free Stuff at the Grocery Store

I was recently traveling for work and a coworker said to me “who checks their receipt when they leave the store, what a waste of time!

No, this is not a made up conversation for the sake of this blog, someone literally said that to me and I was appalled. I calmly replied “well if it saves you money then it was time well spent, right?”

He looked confused, “but what, to save $0.10 on something that was supposed to be on sale?” to which I responded “duh, the Publix Promise? Kroger Guarantee?”

He looked confused and that’s when I realized that many people do not know what these promises are. These promises are a big way to save money when you go grocery shopping!

Here’s how the promise works–say you’re grocery shopping and see that an item is marked $1.99 on sale. But then when you go to check out your item rings up at $3.99.  You get annoyed and check out. Next Step: Go to customer service and point out the discrepancy and mention the “Publix/Kroger Promise”.  Then the item is FREE.

From the Publix website:

Our Publix Promise guarantees that if during checkout, the scanned price of an item (excluding alcohol and tobacco products) exceeds the shelf price or advertised price, we will give the customer one of that item free. We will charge the lower price for the remaining items.

The Kroger Scan Right Guarantee:

Any item that scans at an incorrect price, whether it is higher or lower than advertised, will be given to you for free. Only one item will be given away for free per purchase, however — any subsequent items that scan incorrectly will be sold at the lower price.

This is why it’s more than just a few cents that you are saving when you pay attention to your receipt! If you save $3 one week, $5 the next, etc it adds up. Plus, it’s always satisfying to get your money back. You can take that savings and treat yourself to an overpriced venti-no-foam-extra-shot-latte at Starbucks!