What I am trying to write today is about the gadgets and cute little innovations that have taken the world by storm but in fact, from a frugal perspective, you can easily live without them. In other words, you just don't need them. I will be giving examples of popular devices in this article. I am not trying to promote the products. I wish I could live without some of the gadgets.
Take iPhone for instance (it's fun to grill the popular stuff :). You can either buy it at once and spend 500 bucks or more, or you lock yourself in for a 24-month (that's 2 years right?) contract and pay a ridiculous amount of money every month on phone usage. All they've done is crammed up a collection of redundant applications in one tiny un-ergonomical device and made the world follow them. I'd rather add some more money and buy a decent desktop or a laptop which is more useful than those cute-looking devices with touch-screens and midget buttons.
I am using an old Nokia 2100 mobile phone that is still serving the purpose. It comes with an alarm clock, SMS facility, wide range of ringtones, address book, games, reminders, stopwatch, calculator, etc. Looks like it has got everything that I need. Then why do we need something that is 10 times expensive that does the same thing? The only difference is the new expensive gadgets have enhanced features and a different look and feel. Does that justify spending 10 times or more on these devices?
There are plenty of gadgets out there that can be easily avoided. Some of them are totally cool and deserve thumbs up while others are there to suck your money away. Wouldn't it be wise to spend that money into something that is more useful? Share your gadget stories and tell us how much you normally spend on them.