Another new iPhone is on sale, proving yet again that the “cult of Apple” has staying power. But purchasing Apple products can get expensive — I know. My husband and I each have a MacBook Pro, and I also have an iMac, an iPad, and an iPod Touch!
The good news is that we’ve found ways to save a little bit of money when we buy Apple products. As long as you’re not too picky about having the newest gadget as soon as it comes out, these tips might also work for you:
1. Only Buy What You Will Use
We don’t have iPhones, because I’m pretty sure we don’t need them. A smart phone isn’t really necessary in our situation. My husband has an unlimited talk and text prepaid plan that is relatively inexpensive at $50/month. I have a pay-as-you-go plan that costs me an average of $10/month. We don’t usually need our phones for anything other than keeping in touch.
So, instead of spending on the iPhone, we focus on buying products that we will use. And we choose Apple products that can handle the workload.
2. Use Your Products for as Long as You Can
Instead of trading out your gadgets each time a new one is released, consider using your products for as long as possible. I just bought a new iMac to replace the one I’d used for four years. My MacBook Pro is going on three years of use. As long as your products are still getting the job done in an efficient manner, there’s no reason to replace them all the time. Constant turnover in your products can lead to large expenditures year after year.
Take care of your Apple products, and you probably won’t have problems with them. They should last a long time, often three to five years, allowing you to reduce your per-year cost over time.
3. Buy Refurbished Items
As long as you don’t “need” something brand new, you can save a little bit by purchasing refurbished Apple products. We’ve found that refurbished products (we buy them through the Apple store online) work just fine, and have minimal problems. The units I’ve purchased always last a long time, and they cost less, too.
Plus, when you buy refurbished, you often get last year’s model. Since I don’t need the latest thing, I find that buying refurbished models from the previous season works out well. I get more bang for my buck, allowing me to buy a better product with the set budget. Since I keep my products for three or four years, even last season’s model is a definite upgrade.
There’s no reason to break the bank over your Apple products. They will still cost more, but if you planned to buy Apple anyway, a little advance planning and flexibility can help you save some money in the long run.
How do you save money on Apple products?