Tech Mind: 5 Stupid Ways to Flush Money Down the Toilet

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As a columnist and host of a national technology radio show, you might be surprised at how often I get asked about money.

It makes sense. We spend tons of money on gadgets and there is always something new and shiny. Before you buy a new phone, thoroughly clean your. You will be surprised what a difference it makes.

When you upgrade, don’t let your old technology sit idle. Sell ​​it and earn some money. Tap or click to find better sites than Craigslist for offloading computers, phones, wearables and more..

Let’s keep the savings train going. Here are five mistakes you can make that will cost you.

1. You forgot to cancel your subscription before the end of your free trial

Free trials are great for watching a season of a show or watching a movie, as long as you remember to cancel your subscription before you’re charged. It’s easy to tell yourself that you will remember, but most of us don’t.

Here are a few rules to remember:

  • If you use the service little during the trial period or feel that the price is not worth the service, cancel your subscription immediately. In most cases, you will have access to the remainder of the trial period.
  • When you subscribe, put a reminder on your phone or calendar app about a week before your trial expires. Also, schedule a backup reminder the day before the end of the trial period.

Tap or click here to set a reminder on your Android device, iPhone, or Google Calendar..

2. You pay for a bunch of apps

Speaking of recurring subscriptions, you may have subscribed to an app that only costs a few dollars a month. Of course, you thought. “I will meditate every day, so it costs $2.99 ​​a month!”

Streaming mobile apps

Streaming mobile apps
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Over time, these monthly payments add up. You should regularly check what you are paying for and make sure you still need it.

To see all the apps you pay for on your iPhone, do the following:

  • open Application from the app store and sign in if you haven’t already.
  • Touch your profile picture or initialsthen touch Subscriptions.
  • Select the app you want to cancel and select Cancel Subscription.

To see all the apps you pay for on Android, do the following:

  • open Settings app.
  • Click Google > Manage your Google account.
  • To choose Payments and subscriptions.
  • In the Subscriptions section, you’ll see a list of the apps you’re paying for and the next date you’ll be charged.
  • To cancel, tap Subscription Management, then select the app subscription you want to delete. To choose Cancel Subscription at the bottom of the page.

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3. You save where you shouldn’t.

Being cheap can be expensive. It’s easy to find charging cables that only cost a few dollars, but don’t expect them to last long.

Even worse, cheap charging cords can be dangerous. One girl woke up in her bed on fire after her charger caught fire. If you are buying a phone charger or a replacement cable, buy an official or certified cable. When it comes to third party options, go for a reputable company like Anker or Belkin.

Etsy.com, $60.  Batteries and chargers for phones can be the most mundane-looking technical things.  But they don't have to be.

Etsy.com, $60. Batteries and chargers for phones can be the most mundane-looking technical things. But they don’t have to be.
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4. You pay for Photoshop and Word

Usually you get what you pay for. However, sometimes talented developers create useful applications that work as well as the most popular paid programs.

Consider LibreOffice, Focus Writer or Google Docs as an alternative to Microsoft Word. Get direct links to these and more options here.

Photoshop is powerful, but you may not need everything it has to offer. Canva allows you to quickly edit photos and graphics. GIMP is a solid copycat of Photoshop. Tap or click here for the pros and cons of all popular Photoshop alternatives..

Bottom line: do your research before shelling out money for an expensive program. Here are nine copies of free programs that work better than expensive programs..

5. You forget to check promo codes

If you’re shopping online without using a browser extension or a third-party site that helps you get discounts, you’re paying too much.

  • Capital One Shopping provides simple coupon codes that are instantly applied to your cart at checkout.
  • Camelcamelcamel extension track price drops on Amazon so you don’t have to constantly update your information.
  • Honey browser extension can help you search for coupons on over 30,000 websites. It can also automatically apply discounts right at checkout.

You can even set a Google alert if you need a specific product. It’s worth it if you’re making a large purchase. For this:

  • Go to Google.com/alerts and sign in if you haven’t already.
  • In the search field, enter the name of the product and a word, such as “sale” or “discount”.
  • Press pencil icon to edit the alert. Here you can choose how often you want to receive alerts, sources, etc.
  • Click to finish Update alert.

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