Doing Things The Old Fashioned Way Could Be Costing You

By Emma McGowan

Okay, so I know that buying tech is expensive. A new Mac, for example, can put you out between $1000 and $2000 dollars, depending on what you’re looking for. A new smartphone can cost you around $600 and an e-reader can put you out for as much as $200.

There is, however, a payoff for these initial upfront high-cost investments: these tools allow you to save money in a myriad of ways. Here are two services in your daily life that, if you’re doing them the old fashioned way, you’re paying more than you should be for some services that you thought were essential.

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Still paying that cable bill?

Why? The price of cable has been rising significantly higher than inflation in the US over the past ten years and almost everything you watch on cable can be found online. With sites like Hulu and Netflix actively changing the way we make and watch television, most of your favorite shows are available legally and at your convenience.

If you really just prefer the big screen to the tiny one, sync up your computer with your television wirelessly.

Voila! You’re paying for just internet access now, not internet and cable.

Ring ring ring! It’s 2013 calling.

Oh, did you answer this on your landline? Hang up and never use this phone again. I’m going to guess that you have a tiny little computer in your pocket called a “cellphone” that you use much, much more frequently than that antiquated thing sitting on your coffee table.

Keep it to use as a conversation starter and to teach your kids some day about how CRAZY phones were back in your day but please, stop paying bills to keep it running. The nostalgia factor just isn’t worth it.

Photo Credits

Kevin Simpson

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