What Not to Buy This Year – My Top Five
If your New Year’s resolution is to save some money, here are a few things to not spend money on in 2014.
We ditched our pay TV service and haven’t looked back. Ever rising prices, shoddy service, sketchy reception (especially in bad weather) and too many channels we didn’t watch all led to us pulling the plug. We figure we have saved over a thousand dollars by just switching to an antenna. If there’s a show we want to watch that’s cable only, we can get it from Netflix or Amazon Prime. Even paying for both of them together is far cheaper than paying for TV. There’s also the ROKU which is pretty cool. It’s a onetime fee to buy the receiver and it runs off your Wi-Fi connection. It’s amazing.
Everyone has a cell phone these days, many with free long distance, so why pay for landline phone service on top of a wireless bill? There’s also Skype that’s free via the Internet and allows you to see the person you’re talking to. Same with Face Time on the iPhone. There’s also Magic Jack that plugs in to a router. That costs about $50, but that includes the device, plus the first six months of service. After that, service is about $2 a month. If you need to have a secure landline phone, try measured service.
A few years ago, before the birth of OnStar and before Google Maps was launched, a GPS was a must have device for the car. Now, many vehicles come with some sort of GPS device hooked up to a satellite navigation service like OnStar and most smart phones are equipped with GPS and a map app to get you where you’re going.
Desktop and laptop computers are going by the wayside with the popularity of tablets. The iPad, iPad air, the Kindle and the Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 and the Surface are capable of doing the same thing that a desktop or laptop can, for a lot less money. Of course, tablets aren’t for everyone, but if you’re looking to get some sort of new gadget this year for casual use, experts say, for the money, a tablet is the go to device.
I had a first generation digital camera which was three megapixels, heavy as a brick and ate batteries like I eat chips. Fast forward to today, and every single phone and device out there has a camera on it. My Samsung Galaxy S3 smart phone has an 8 megapixel camera. I can take pictures and shoot video with it and share both immediately via social media. Plus, my smart phone camera can do anything my digital camera can. With the advances in smart phone technology, many are just opting for a single gadget like their phone to shoot photos and video.
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