The life of an Apple devotee is one void of extra cash. Every trip inside an Apple Store is an endless struggle to keep our finite finances on a leash, or we risk going bankrupt trying to quench our thirst for sleek aluminum and glass gadgets. If you find yourself browsing Apple gear anytime soon, look to one of these 5 tips to save a bit of cash on your inevitable purchase—and stay in the black for good.
1. Buy Refurbished
Apple has a reputation for quality gear, and that extends to their refurbs, too. Shop Apple's online Refurbished and Clearance store to snag great deals on newly repaired and inspected Mac products (You'll also get a one-year warranty!).
2. Buy Previous Generations
As soon as the shiny, new iPad is announced, demand for the older model drops faster than a hoochie at a Snoop Dogg concert. If you're willing to buy a months-old model, either from somebody who's upgrading or the Apple store itself, you'll snag a huge discount.
3. Upgrade Elsewhere
Looking to upgrade the memory or storage space of your new laptop? Don't ask Apple to do it. Instead, buy your device from Apple's stock, then hit up a retailer that sells Apple-compatible upgrades. If you buy RAM from NewEgg.com and install it yourself, you could save hundreds of dollars instantly.
4. Use an ".edu" Email Address
You probably know Apple gives discounts to students, but did you know all you need is an ".edu" email address? If you still have access to your university email inbox (some colleges even offer alumni the chance to snag a current ".edu" address), you can shop online at Apple.com's Education Store. You'll get 10 percent off on everything, plus occasional offers like free printers, iPods or App Store credits.
5. Don't Shop the Apple Store at All
Shop through an authorized Apple retailer instead of buying from Apple itself. A store like MacMall offers small discounts over Apple.com retail prices, plus full benefits like price-matching, return rights and the same in-store warranties you'd get from the Apple Store.