What do you do when your tech goes stale?
Research your technology
When you are buying technology, it's always important to get a good quality product. Take these steps when doing your research:
- Google the general type of technology.
- Google the brand names.
- Look at the manufacturer's website.
- Visit the library to use magazines like Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and Consumer Reports. For tech products, other good product review sources are Wired and CNet.com.
- Talk to your friends.
- Ask a sales person about the technology.
When you're finished with your research, it's time to purchase. But first—where's the money?
Earn the money
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If you don't have the money, there are different ways you could earn it.
These examples will get your creative ideas flowing:
If you have a green thumb, you could grow strawberries in the summer and pumpkins in fall. Then you could sell them to make some money.
Keep your goal in mind while you work.
If you are good at art, make and sell your art. Make sure you budget for your supplies with the money you make so you can continue buying materials.
Finally, try doing chores for adults that you know. You could:
- Rake leaves
- Shovel sidewalks
- Walk dogs
- Mow lawns
- Clean somebody's house
- Babysit kids
- Paint a room or building for people you know
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