Upgrades to Skip


It’s inevitable, you’re ready to buy that new tv and you get to the checkout and the cashier asks, would you like to purchase an extended warranty?  Consumer advocates have long recommended against buying extended warranties because products rarely break down during that time period, plus you’ll have some things covered by the manufacturer.

I recently found a list of three other upgrades to skip:

GPS navigation system on a car; experts say you can save up to $450 by not purchasing the system.  Instead, use a GPS app on your smart phone.

The 2-D to 3-D conversion feature on a Blu-ray player or 3-D TV; experts say conversion technology doesnt’ work that well.  Plus, it’s an extra cost of about $50.

Built in 3G capability for you new tablet computer.  This feature will tack another $130 onto your price.  Experts say if uninterrupted web surfing on the road isn’t a must, opt for the Wi-Fi only model.  You’ll pay less up front, plus save $15-20 a month in 3G fees.  Plus, these days, there are plenty of Wi-Fi connections out there and many of them are free.



About Save a Dime on 9

Save a Dime with 9 is part of WTVM's continuing effort to reach out to the community. Our ConsumerWatch team is constantly digging for deals and information that can help you and your family stretch your dollar. There are lots of other good savings blogs and websites out there, but Save a Dime saves you time and money because we're a one stop shop. Where else can you get free tax advice, tips on couponing and even the scoop on the latest tech gadgets all in one place? The answer...you're here! So let's start our savings journey together. If you have a blog idea for us, send an email to consumerwatch@wtvm.com. Please include a phone number so that we can reach you, if necessary.
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