How to Save Money on Your Next Computer

Let’s face it–shopping for a computer that meets your needs and fits within your budget can be quite a challenge. Prices on both desktops and laptops can vary greatly–and are determined by a number of factors including brand, style, features, and performance. Whether you’d like to replace your computer, purchase an additional one for your home or office, or buy one for the very first time, here are some great ways you can save some money on one once you’re ready to buy.

Buy Only What You Need

Determine what kind of computer you need before you start looking at all of your options. If you’re only going to be using your computer to surf the net, check your email, or browse a social media network like Facebook, a bare-bones computer minus the bells and whistles will probably be more than enough. On the other hand, if you plan on installing games, watching movies, or uploading a large number of photographs or videos onto your computer–you’ll want to look for a higher-performance machine. Because computers range from very basic to high-performance with a bunch of standard options in-between, think about what you’re really going to use it for before you start shopping for one. You can save a substantial amount of money by purchasing only what you need and nothing more.

Compare Prices

Shopping around is a great way to save money on your next computer, and with so many retailers to choose from–you’re bound to find that the same machine can vary quite a bit in price depending on where you shop. Electronic stores, discount superstores, department stores, online retailers, and online auction sites are some good places to look for a computer–and compare prices in the process.

Use a Coupon Code or Rebate Offer

If you buy your next computer online, you may be able to get it at a discounted price by way of a special coupon code or rebate offer. Browse one of the many online coupon or rebate sites in search of some discounts that might benefit you. Most of these sites don’t cost anything to use–and in many cases all you have to do is create a free user account in order to access coupon codes and rebate offers.

Keep an Eye Out for Sales

If you don’t mind braving crowds or long lines, you can save money on a computer by shopping during large sales events. Many stores (online, too) sell computers at rock-bottom prices on Black Friday–and the days leading up to and following Christmas can yield some fantastic sales, as well. Call ahead to some of your favorite stores to find out if any sales events are on the horizon, or watch for advertisements in your local paper and on TV, too.

Purchase a Refurbished Machine

Just because a machine has had some repair work done on it doesn’t make it a bad machine. In fact, refurbished machines often run just as good if not better than their newer counterparts. They may bear a few dings and scratches here and there, and because of that they usually cost much less. Check with electronics retailers that offer computer repair services–they might have a decent machine sitting around that they’ll sell to you at an unbeatable price.

Build One Yourself

If you or someone you know has even just a little bit of know-how when it comes to the inner-workings of a computer, why not build one yourself? You can build a computer out of new or used parts, or a combination of both–purchased from online retailers, online auction sites, or computer repair shops. You can also ask around to see if any family members, friends, or coworkers have some spare parts that they no longer need that you could use to build your own machine. When it comes to the building process, browse online forums and tutorials for instructions, tips, and advice if you need it.

Computers can be costly machines, and if you’re on a budget–it’s important to find one that you can afford. There are lots of ways to save money on your next computer, and with the help of these tips–you’ll know where and how to find them.

Guest post from Adrian Wade. Adrian writes for

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