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Frugal Computer Buying


How to Save Money Buying A Computer

by Nikki Willhite


Shopping for a computer is like shopping for any other purchase. You have to do you homework.  You need to know what you want in a computer, choose your stores, and then do price comparisons.


Computers now all have gigantic hard drives.  They usually hold 1-2 terabytes of data.  What is more optional is how much memory (RAM) comes with your computer.  This, and the speed of the computer, will determine the price of your computer.


The more memory in your computer, the better it will run when multi-tasking and playing games. 


If you only use your computer for the occasional email or paying bills, you can get by with a very simple computer.  If you play video games on your computer, or use your computer for work, you are going to want to get a higher quality computer.


If you are using your computer with a lot of smaller devises that require USB ports, check to make sure you have enough of them.  Some USB ports are at the back of a computer, and some on the front.  If you are taking them in and out all the time, it will make a difference to you.


Finally, how big of a footprint do you have for your computer?  If you are buying a laptop, it doesn't matter.  However, desk computers come in both large and small or compact sizes.  Again, that may make a difference to you.


As you look at the computers available, you may see some brands you don't recognize.  Most computers today are made in Asia.  You may want to rule out these computer.


However, it is usually more frugal to but a less known brand.  These computers are often comparable to some of the well known brands.  Do your homework so that you are familiar with what is on the market before you go shopping or order anything.  Don't pass up a good deal just because you are not familiar with the name on the outside of the computer case.


Another way you may be able to save money on a new computer is to buy one from a computer shop. Computer shops repair computers but many of them also assemble computers for sale. 


You may be able to save money on the assembly of your computer by reusing some of the parts on your old computer, such as the case and DVD drive.  Most people keep their monitor, mouse and keyboards. 


Be aware that when you buy a new computer, you may have some problems with your current software.  You are going to have to reinstall all your programs.  If you have lost the disks, or have lost the information for a downloaded program it is going to be a hassle.  Sometimes new computer don't like older software and that can cause problems also.  Be ready to spend money on software problems, if needed.


It is more convenient to buy a computer at a store like Best Buy or Costco where you can take it back if it does not work.  Many a computer does not work right out of the box.  You also have a time period to take it back if you don't like it.  Be sure and save all the packing materials for all computer purchases until you are sure the computer is going to work for you. 


Most computer are replaced after 3-5 years.  The computer are not usually broken.  They are outdated.  Older computer often cannot handle new software programs.  They need more power and more memory.


Friends are relatives upgrading their working computers may be an opportunity to get a computer for free. 


Finally, always buy your computer on sale.  Computers routinely go on sale for up to $200 off their normal price.


Be a frugal shopper and save!


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 









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