desktops is that you can easily upgrade the parts, which is somewhat harder with a laptop. 4. Consumer Awareness I get my TV online. Most of the shows don't have any ads, so I mind hack myself into not wanting all those fancy products that are sold by manufacturers. Granted, I do have a tech list of gear that I want, but the stuff that is on that list, ie a full frame Nikon DSLR, is something that I've thought over for a while before I'll make the purchase.
5. Save to Buy Everything in Cash I no longer use credit cards to buy my tech. I pay cash. You've probably heard how bad it is to use your credit card to pay for stuff that you can't afford right now, and it's true. You'll end up spending a lot of money on interest. The reward points are great, but in all honesty, they aren't worth it unless you're able to pay off your balance each and every month. Most consumers don't and carry a balance, which is where the credit companies make their money.
Here's the tech that I use daily with the dates that I purchased it. All of it was paid in full at the time of purchase. The Nikon will be upgraded when Nikon releases the successor to the D700. The laptop will be replaced next year. The iPod is still going strong. I've had no issues with the cell phone. My Tech - SonyEricsson K810i (2007) - Asus W7M 13.3" laptop (2008) - iPod Classic 160GB (2008) - Garmin Edge 500 GPS (2010) - Nikon D200 DSLR (2006) - Desktop PC (AMD Athlon dual core 2.01Ghz, 2TB hard drive) with 24" Viewsonic monitor (2006) [header image via Gear Diary] MORE Tips On How to Extend Your Desktop's Life Spend on This, Skimp on This Tips For Staying On A Tech Budget