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Saving Money on a Computer and Coupon Websites

Hello Everyone,

School has either started, or is starting soon for many of your children. Discounts on school supplies are out in full force.

But what if you are looking for a brand new computer? It’s a large expense without many discounts. Here are some tips for you.

  • Do price comparisons. If you see a computer that you like at Staples, chances are high that the same computer is also at Office Depot and other office stores. Compare the prices against each other for the best deal. Some stores even price match, so if you can get bonus rewards at another store that will price match, buy from the store that will get you the rewards.
  • Ask for a discount. Apple stores give student and military discounts with valid ID. Other stores might do this as well.
  • Look for online deals. Sometimes, there are special offers that are only available online and some even come with free shipping.
  • Know exactly what you need in a computer. This varies based upon what you plan to use the computer for, such as word processing, gaming, video editing, etc. This helps with setting your budget.
  • Join a rewards program. That way, you can get discounts off certain merchandise. Office Depot and Best Buy are some of the many stores that offer discounts to their Rewards customers.
  • Buy the computer on your state’s tax free weekend. If you are military, buy it at the BX or PX (whatever your branch of service calls it). Taxes can be pretty expensive on computers and every dollar saved counts.
  • Buy a protection plan to protect your investment. Besides, if something happens to it, you don’t want to have to pay almost as much as you paid for it to get it fixed, right?
  • Check your Sunday morning newspaper for coupons at office stores. I recently received a coupon last week for $15 off a $75 purchase at Office Depot.

On another note:

Some of you have asked about where to find coupons.Here are a few sites that I use to get the best deals.

Smart Source

Coupon Mom

Redplum

Valpak

Hey It’s Free!

A Full Cup

Hope these tips were helpful. Have a wonderful Money Saving Monday!

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  • Christian Mommy Writer August 24, 2009, 11:44 PM

    Great Tips Becky! I didn't know that and I will pass it on to other mil spouses that I know.

    @Jael – Thanks for stopping by! Glad the info was helpful to you.

  • Becky August 24, 2009, 11:17 AM

    Just a heads up for anyone purchasing laptops that are destined for anywhere other than the states. I learned this when we got a new laptop this year – we picked up our laptop at Best Buy. When we did we were asked if he wanted the Best Buy extended warranty/service plan – I was going to decline because HP provides a 1 year warranty – until the sales person pointed out that the warranty is null and void if any damages happens to it OUTSIDE of the U.S. I checked this out w/HP – yep, it's true. If you're a military member, and you damage your laptop overseas, HP is NOT going to honor their warranty. The Best Buy warranty on the other hand – does cover all damaged regardless of where they happen. Needless to say, I paid the extra money for the Best Buy warranty. I want to think my darling husband won't do anything to hurt his precious computer BUT – he's also on his 3rd or 4th digital camera and he ran over his cell phone with a truck last year (no, I'm not sure how either)….therefore – accidents happen, and like mom always said (!) – better safe than sorry!

  • JaelCustomDesigns August 24, 2009, 12:05 PM

    * Popping in from SITS! Thanks for all the information and great resources. I am trying to budget better and cut costs where I can. 🙂

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