Guest Post by Dawn Lopez
Everywhere you look , the latest technology is there tempting you to spend, spend and spend some more. The latest cell phones, laptops, gps units, mp3 players, flat screen televisions never mind all of the subscription services purchased in conjunction with these items. Then, the contracts, those scary contracts! How long are you locked in?
What is the point of it all? To get you to fork over your paycheck, that is the bottom line. Its not enough that you just purchased the best cell phone on the market, because guess what? Tomorrow there will be an even better one. You better believe it. The question is, how can you break the cycle? Stay in tune with this generation, yet keep grounded and more green in your wallet? Its all about self control and moderation.
You could wipe it all out and live like a caveman or you could take a more realistic approach. First, take inventory. Figure out how much you spent on technology over the last year. Does that number shock you? If so, its time to tackle the issue. Here are a few tips to get you rolling down the right path:
Set a technology budget for yourself.
Focus on necessity and move away from luxury.
Weed out what you don’t really need.
Pick one or two main focuses for advanced technology must haves and be flexible with the rest.
Plan your upgrades on your own time, not when the next best thing comes out.
Most importantly, don’t sign any more contracts! Consider their motive for wanting to lock you in! Again, your hard earned bucks. Don’t get sucked in, its time to take control of every aspect of your budget, you can do it!
Dawn is a newly married mother of one son, 3 cats and a dog. She loves sharing money saving tips, product reviews and fun giveaways on her blog Just Married with Coupons.
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