Look around your home. How many old TVs, cell phones, remote controls and other electronics do you have lying around collecting dust? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably a lot. Most homes are filled with outdated technology that’s wasting both space and money.
Here are 5 ways you can save cash by cutting old tech products out of your life.
Kill The Cable Bill
There’s no reason to pay hundreds of dollars for hundreds of channels you’ll never really watch. Cable is slowly finding it has no place in modern America and the overpriced service is being cut from households across the nation, one house at a time.
Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap or free places to get your TV fix and none of them involve paying the cable companies. If you’re a movie buff, you can take advantage of Redbox and rent movies for a dollar. Another option is Netflix to get your favorites for 9 bucks a month. To watch your favorite television shows on cable subscribe to Hulu Plus for $8 a month.
Once you get into the habit of streaming or renting your videos, go through your DVD collection and get rid of the flicks you don’t want to watch again. Don’t just throw them away though, sell them at a yard sale, sell them on eBay or take them to a used DVD store to trade them in for cash.
Cut The Landline
It turns out that less than a third of Americans still use a landline. If you’re in that small group, it may be time to look at why others are getting rid of their home phones and using their cell phone exclusively.
Landlines are expensive and charge you for long distance, caller ID and call waiting, all items that come with your cell phone at no additional charge.
The downside of cell phones used to be that they limit your minutes, but there’s many plans now with unlimited minutes or at least unlimited nights and weekends. With other ways of communication being available like email, text messages and Facebook, people are talking on the phone less and less anyway.
If you still want to chat up a storm you can use FaceTime or Skype and talk as long as you want for free. You’ll need the other person to have either service and a good wifi connection and you’ll be set to either video chat or just voice chat.
With all of these options available, there’s little need to still pay for your landline.
Get Rid Of Your Digital Camera
Digital cameras made film obsolete. Now smartphones are making digital cameras redundant. Unless you have high quality DSLR camera, there’s little need to own a digital camera anymore.
Most people actually prefer taking pictures with their phone because their phones are always an arms length away. Carrying a digital camera around is an inconvenience as it’s another item to carry in your pocket or purse.
Quality-wise, new smartphones like the Samsung S5 and the upcoming iPhone 6 can take amazing pictures that rival your typical point and shoot digital camera.
Better yet, you can save your pictures straight to the cloud from your smartphone, something you can’t do with most digital cameras. You’ll have to take the added step of transferring the pictures to your computer.
Skip The Software
Another bit of dying technology you should get rid of is paid software. Depending on what you need, most of the time there are online services or free smartphone apps that can do as good of a job as paid software.
If you just need basic photo editing, you don’t need to buy Adobe Photoshop for $240 per year. If all you need is to crop, rotate, touch up photos, add text or an effect to your pictures, you can a free online service like PicMonkey.
If you need a program to create documents, flyers, a spreadsheet or a presentation you don’t need to pay a few hundred dollars for Microsoft Office. There’s free options such as OpenOffice or my preference, Google Docs. With Google Docs you can create documents online on any computer without the need to download anything. You can log in to your Google account and edit your documents from anywhere, even your phone.
Get Rid Of Your Music Players
First there were records and record players, then cassettes and cassette players, then CD’s and CD players and then there were digital downloads and mp3 players.
Now there’s a new way to listen to music. You can stream it from the cloud. You don’t have to purchase, download and store individual music files any more. With services like Pandora and Spotify, users can listen to music for free. With Spotify you can create a playlist to listen to, listen to a specific genre or just choose your favorite artist and shuffle their music all day long.
With each of these services there are paid options available which give you additional options such as removing advertisements and removing time limits.