[Disclaimer: Article written by a Guest Writer provided by Social Monsters]
If you are like most shoppers, you are always looking to save a little money, especially when it comes to tech purchases. According to GoRave, the average household spends more than $1,600 on consumer electronic devices annually. Oftentimes, getting the best deal simply requires choosing the right time to make your purchase. Here’s how you can figure out when is best to buy that new piece of tech you’ve had your eye on.
Video Games and Consoles
The best time of the year to save money on a video game varies. It’s best to wait several weeks after a game is released. Demand is always highest right when a game hits the market which leads to inflated price tags. According to Kotaku, many disc-based games will see their first price drop after just two weeks of sitting on shelves. Consoles are harder to predict timing. Price cuts seem arbitrary, and in some cases, infuriating if you bought your console the day before a price cut is announced. The holiday season is a common time for video game and console prices to drop in price. Give yourself an edge by signing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday email lists to receive alerts on upcoming holiday tech sales.The best deals of the year on consoles often surround the holidays, especially a year or two after their initial release.
For many electronics, the best sales start when inventories are at their lowest and the current shopping season is ending, which is the case for laptops. April is usually the best time to grab a deal on laptops because so many new models are announced during this month each year. This is because April is the beginning of the Japanese fiscal year, and many manufacturers and developers of laptops are based in Japan. These companies don’t want to be saddled with old inventory when new models are on their way to the shelves. Laptops are often even cheaper in April than they are during back-to-school season. July could yield good prices as well but waiting until then could mean the model you want is out of stock.
Smartphones and Mobile Devices
The most difficult devices to predict price drops for are smartphones and similar mobile devices — the original iPhone launched at $599, but in just two months dropped $200. In some cases, price drops on smartphones occur right after tech conventions where new models and technological advances are announced. In this case, it pays to keep up-to-date with the industry. With so many manufacturers creating smartphones around the world, tracking the possible factors that might lead to a price drop is nearly impossible for the average consumer. When looking to score a deal on a smartphone, the best strategy is to shop around and find three or four models that would suit your needs. Monitor them each for a price drop. In the end, the best time of the year to buy a new smartphone is when you need it.
I have started to notice how insanely unproductive I have become on my blog and how I pretty much update my Instagram account faster than anything else. Twitter is linked to my Instagram so it gets the updates as well. In the past few weeks I have started reviewing the Fall TV 2014 shows and posting my thoughts about them in a very short and precise manner. I found everyone’s interaction to be insanely awesome and most of the time it just made me smile thinking of how many people I influenced with my decisions.
I am hoping to incorporate some of those updates I post on Instagram here but in the meantime be sure to follow me on the social networks to stay constantly up to date with me.
Contrary to popular belief, I am not some fat girl-dude (curvy maybe sometimes when I overindulge in burgers and pizza) but I am a human being. Many of you my faithful readers might have imagined I would look something like this:
But in reality I am far away from it. I have given you the image of being lazy, over weight, living on a couch, and just existing online and in your imaginations but I am real. This month Bazaar Magazine decided I was interesting enough to interview for their “TRUTH OR DARE” segment and at first I was reluctant to come out with the real me, but then I was like “Bah humbug!”
Seriously Gosh Darn-it! I so miss writing, I was just looking through some of my older posts back when I was completely oblivious to how he world works and I kind of loved reading my trail of thoughts. Who knew that keeping a blog not only allows you to connect with people but to revisit your past and just cherish it a bit more! Back in 2008 around this time I had just arrived with my Dad (pre-heart surgery) and was going through a different kind of adventure, not the great kind but one where you know how tough you are from the experiences you go through. I also remember back in 2008 the iPhone 3G came out and I stood in line for it just to SEE IT! I couldn’t even buy it back then LOL! The adventures I had to get that iPhone 3G were insanely awesome and interesting really. But enough about the past.
Have you missed me? I know very few of you still read this dusty little blog but I kind of hope that many of you still do check back from time to time. I’ve been more active on Instagram than on this blog simply because I’m just too bloody damn lazy! I will not promise my usual promise (the one where I say I will promise to write more) simply because I haven’t been doing that these past few months but I guess I can promise to come back every so often and share my thoughts and things I’ve gone through.
I recently had experienced a couple of “firsts” but more on that in the next post which should be very very very soon. To tell you the truth I write a gazillion posts in my head right before bedtime, then I sleep and forget them all and wake up with nothing on my mind LOL! I should copy Louis Litt from “Suits” for those of you who don’t know him, he’s a character on that show and he’s simply awesome he has that Recording Device to record his thoughts and daily events hehe and later on he listens to himself, that’s insanely awesome!
So what have I missed in the world? Who can’t wait for the release of the latest iPhone, the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air. Rumors point to it being available between September 19 – 25 hehe and I kind of believe them based on history :P
One of the most interesting things is how this universe works, its so weird sometimes that you never know when you are given a chance to do something it in fact is in your best interest. Being unemployed for the better part of the year had me exhausting my savings fund to a point where I am now in debt to others. I am so in debt that I just cannot feel happy about receiving my new paycheck because I know I have to replenish everything I have exhausted (and that means putting a hold on enjoying and spending money on things I might love or want). I know it takes time for things to get back on track and nothing happens overnight but that doesn’t stop me from going to bed wishing to wake up in the morning and find out that I have won a lovely amount of cash to put me out of debt and restart my savings.
Are you a saver? Or do you live from paycheck to paycheck? I personally try to save at least 30-40% of my salary for that rainy day. Sometimes I would save a lovely amount and then blow it off on a trip to NYC, other times I would just keep on saving to either purchase a car I wanted or just to have that little nest for when I wish to not depend completely on my salary.
If you do save, do you find yourself digging into that fund during the month and using some of the amounts you have saved? I sometimes find myself in trouble and have to dig in (i.e. When you take your car in for service and find out you have to pay an arm and a leg to have some parts changed :P)
So the day is finally here, today on the #StarWarsHoliday #MayTheFourth I began my first day of work in the government sector. After spending almost 6 years in the private sector this is kind of a downgrade if only because of the incomprehensible way of doing things. The journey to finish my papers and start was not that long but not that short as well.
First step was to come to work by 8:00 AM (I arrived at 7:29 AM and decided to have breakfast at the coffee shop down below). When it was 8:00 AM I went upstairs to the Human Resources Department where I found out that the employees who were to process our papers weren’t there yet and they didn’t show up until 8:15 AM.
I filled out my papers and was asked to take a document to the department where I would be starting and get it signed from my manager.
Second Step was to sign my papers and take them back to the HR Department. I completed that step in less than 5 minutes hehe they were shocked by how fast it took me to go between floors and such.
Third Step was to go to the other HR floor and get the original copy of my Work Declaration (not sure if that is what it is called by it is basically a Work Contract). The ladies who would give me that paper weren’t there, they told me she might arrive at 11-ish.
Fourth Step was to go back to the floor where I would start and have them add my fingerprint to the attendance system. That lady wasn’t there yet therefore I was asked to wait.
Instead of waiting and wasting more time I took the chance to go to the Man Power Government Program to remove my name from the Unemployed list so as not to get in trouble. I finished and came back at 11:00 AM and was able to find everyone I needed to see to complete Steps 3 and 4.
After selecting the desk where I was to sit, I waited for the IT guys to give me my username and password and it has yet to be done but all in all I have half an hour left of the work day and then I off to home.
Did I do anything useful today? Absolutely not! I just woke up early and spent the day walking around getting papers done only to end up not even knowing what I am supposed to do here.
All in all, this is going to be an interesting journey. I wonder what is in store for me :P
P.S. At least I can now post on my blog when I am insanely bored and have nothing to do which might be quite often.
So I got that call I’ve been waiting for (not really waiting for per say) to state that I am all set and ready to start my new government job. I know what you are all probably thinking, Jacqui + Government Job = DISASTER! But I’ve been out of a job for a full year now and the Private Sector has become a mess really when trying to get a job there. Most jobs available require either a fresh graduate or someone with an insane amount of experience. And once you interview, you might be awesome but lack an extra degree or so (i.e. Masters in something or another) and most jobs want that. A Bachelors can only get you so far. Don’t get me started on a Bachelors in English Literature and where it can take you.
Luckily for me, I have avoided the teaching route (unlike my other friends Swera and Swair [I'm not sure if its even a coincidence that they're both English Teachers and both named Sarah!] they are stuck with that!). Some might love teaching brats their grammar, spelling, and sentence structure but I for one can’t be patient enough to handle them. It should be written in our course books that those of you who major in English Literature either turn out to be teachers, or work in something completely oblivious to your educational degree (which is what I ended up doing when I was at the Bank) and thus majoring in English is not always as glamorous as one might think. I still though don’t semi-regret it :P Anywho, I seem to have found (or rather the job found me) a job working in one of the most hated Ministries ever, not sharing which but its sister is the Ministry of Education and hopefully this will be a start to something good (one hopes!).
Pay in the government sector is a major decrease (in some cases) from the Private sector but the good thing about this job is that the working hours are doable. 8:00 – 1:30/1:45 is a blessing in comparison to previous jobs where it was 8:00 – 4:00 or some days 7:30 – 1:30 and 5:00 – 8:00 (Branch days). I might at least enjoy the sun with a minimal work schedule which allows me time to be a human being.
I’m not insanely excited that I’ll be going back to the work force, simply because I am not a morning person. But at the same time I need to go back, I have officially depleted my savings COMPLETELY and I am basically borrowing money from the parents to survive and support my lavish gadget lifestyle (read: taking money without returning it, I’m their favorite child, so it’s okay!).
Maybe with the new job, I will have material to share and thoughts to unravel in this little page of wonders.
*Ugh I can’t even think about waking up early!*