Technology · June 23, 2022

Tech Smarts: 5 Stupid Ways You’re Flushing Money Down the Toilet

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

It makes sense. We spend a lot of money on gadgets, and there’s always something new and shiny. Before you decide on a new phone, you should give yours a thorough cleaning. You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes.

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Let’s keep the economy train going. Here are five mistakes you might be making that will cost you.

1. You forget to cancel before the free trial ends

Free trials are great for enjoying a season of a show or watching a movie — but only if you remember to cancel before you’re charged. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’ll remember, but most of us don’t.

Here are a few rules to remember:

  • If you don’t use the service frequently during the trial period, or you don’t think the price is worth the service, cancel immediately. In most cases, you have access for the remainder of the trial period.
  • When you sign up, set a reminder on your phone or calendar app about a week before the trial ends. Also, schedule a backup reminder the day before the trial expires.

Tap or click here to easily set a reminder on your Android, iPhone or Google calendar.

2. You pay for a bunch of apps

Speaking of recurring subscriptions, maybe you’ve signed up for an app that only costs a few bucks a month. “Sure,” you thought. “I’m going to meditate every day, so that’s worth $2.99 ​​a month!”

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Over time, these monthly fees add up. You should regularly check what you’re paying for and make sure you still need it.

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

  • open that App Store app and sign in if you’re not already.
  • Tap yours profile pic or initialsthen tap subscriptions.
  • Select and select the app you want to cancel cancel subscription.

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

  • Open your device Settings app.
  • Beat Google > Manage your Google account.
  • Choose Payments & Subscriptions.
  • Under Subscriptions, you’ll see a list of the apps you’re paying for and the next date you’ll be billed.
  • Tap to cancel Manage Subscriptions, and then select the app subscription you want to remove. Choose cancel subscription at the end 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.

Worse, cheap charging cables can be dangerous. A girl woke up on fire on her bed after her charger caught fire. When buying a phone charger or replacement cable, get an official or certified cable. When it comes to third-party options, choose a reputable company like Anker or Belkin., $60 battery and phone chargers might be the most mundane looking tech gadgets.  But they don't have to be., $60 battery and phone chargers might be the most mundane looking tech gadgets. But they don’t have to be.
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4. You pay for Photoshop and Word

You usually get what you pay for. However, sometimes talented developers create useful apps that work just as well as the most popular paid software.

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

Photoshop is powerful, but you may not need everything it offers. Canva makes it easy to quickly edit photos and graphics. GIMP is a solid Photoshop mimic. Tap or click here to see the pros and cons of every popular Photoshop alternative.

Bottom Line: Do your research before you spend money on an expensive program. Here are nine free software knockoffs that work better than expensive programs.

5. You forget to check for promotional codes

If you shop online without using a browser extension or third-party site to get discounts, you’re overpaying.

  • Capital One Shopping offers easy coupon codes that apply instantly to your cart at checkout.
  • That Camelcamelcamel extension Track price drops on Amazon so you don’t have to keep refreshing.
  • That Honey browser extension can help you search for coupons on more than 30,000 websites. It can also automatically apply discounts right at checkout.

You can even set up a Google Alert if you want a specific product. It’s worth it if you’re making a large purchase. To do that:

  • Go to and sign in if you’re not already.
  • In the search box, enter the product name and a word like “sale” or “discount.”
  • press the pencil icon to edit the notification. Here you can choose how often you want to receive notifications, sources, etc.
  • Click to finish update notification.

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