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How to Save Money on a New Computer

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

After a few years, you may be starting to notice the age of your computer - even the most well-kept systems can slow down and lose battery life fairly quickly once they reach a certain age. If you're fed up with slow browsing or frequent crashes, it may be time to invest in a new desktop or laptop computer. Prices have gone down over the past several years, so you may be able to find a system that perfectly suits your needs without having to break the bank.

Generally, the product cycle of a computer manufacturer is about a year long, which means new models are coming out every 12 months or so. Assuming you don't need a top-of-the-line system, you can take advantage of this by buying a computer that's one or two generations old. You might not notice the difference in speed, and these systems are likely capable of running most of the software you need. If your computer use is mostly limited to word processing, web browsing and email, this can save you a fair bit of cash right off the bat.

Many technology companies use mail-in rebates for a variety of products. It will require some extra effort on your part, but for the cost of filling out a form and mailing it in an envelope, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars on a new computer. If you're heading to a technology store, keep your eyes peeled for any rebates that are being advertised - you may end up saving a lot of money for your efforts.