cheap computer http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5377/all en-US Deep Discounts on Schedule: The Best Days to Shop http://www.wisebread.com/deep-discounts-on-schedule-the-best-days-to-shop <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/deep-discounts-on-schedule-the-best-days-to-shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/people_shopping_bags.jpg" alt="People with shopping bags" title="People with shopping bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="177" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I grocery shop every Saturday afternoon. I do it because it&rsquo;s convenient, and I don&rsquo;t mind the crowds. As it turns out, I&rsquo;ve been getting it all wrong. Recent data suggests I may save more if I shop on Sunday instead. In fact, there&rsquo;s a best time of the week to almost everything. So if you&rsquo;re heading out to shop this week &mdash; or shopping online &mdash; read on to find out which days are most likely to provide rock-bottom prices.</p> <h3>Monday: Computers, Electronics, and Cars</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re in the market for a new computer, TV, camera, or video game, shop on Monday. This is especially true if you&rsquo;re buying these items online, as Monday is also the best overall day to click your way to the best deals. According to <a href="http://www.extrabux.com/blog/2011/11/cheapest-days-of-the-week-to-shop-online/">Extrabux.com</a>, many electronics items sell for less on Monday because after a weekend of shopping at the mall, many workers head back to their desks to look for lower prices online, forcing retailers to present their best deals in an attempt to win them over. Many electronics rebates are also applied on Mondays, and these savings are passed on to consumers. The average price for a computer, for example, hits a low of $1,210.24 on Mondays, rising to a peak of $1,256.27 on Fridays, when fewer consumers tend to be shopping.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/when-to-buy-your-next-car.html">Edmunds.com</a>, Monday is also the best day of the week to buy a car because dealerships are more willing to negotiate. Whether they&rsquo;ve had poor sales over the weekend or are looking to keep a strong weekend run going, the start of a new week is when buyers are likely to have the most negotiating power, which often means driving away with a better deal.</p> <h3>Tuesday: Airline Tickets</h3> <p>Although airline pricing tends to fluctuate enough to drive frequent flyers crazy, it does move in a predictable pattern that suggests that Tuesday or Wednesday is the best time to buy. This is because many seat sales, which often bring the price down by 10 to 15%, are launched on Monday night, according to the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704062604576105953506930800.html">Wall Street Journal</a>, leaving consumers to fight for a discounted ticket on Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, competitors are working to match seat sale prices, making Wednesday a good bet for cheaper flights as well.</p> <h3>Wednesday: Jewelry</h3> <p>If it&rsquo;s bling you&rsquo;re in the market for, online jewelry prices are ever-so-slightly lower on Wednesdays. This may be because women are more likely to shop in the middle of week, and, as we saw in electronics, a higher number of searches tends to drive down prices. According to Extrabux, average jewelry prices hit a low of $218.26 on Wednesdays, and peaked on Saturdays at $220.49.</p> <h3>Thursday: Clothes</h3> <p>In my own shopping experience, I&rsquo;ve discovered that Thursdays are a good time to shop for clothes, particularly if you&rsquo;re headed to an off-price discount retailer such as Ross or T.J. Maxx. This is because both online and brick-and-mortar retailers are more likely to get new merchandise on this day &mdash; and because this is typically the day when weekend sales begin. However, as stores continue to compete for customers, many are expanding weekend sales into Wednesday, which could affect this trend, according to <a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/deal-of-the-day/best-days-of-the-week-for-discounts-1320270169168/">SmartMoney</a>.</p> <h3>Saturday: Books</h3> <p>If hitting up a local book store is your ideal way to spend a Saturday, you&rsquo;re in luck &mdash; you're likely to see better deals on Saturday, says Extrabux. Although the price of books tends to fluctuate pretty widely, it hits a definite low on Saturday, averaging $12.72, compared to late-week highs of $14.33. Books are probably cheaper on Saturday for the same reason you may be more likely to hang out at Barnes &amp; Noble &mdash; there&rsquo;s time to read.</p> <h3>Sunday: Things for Your Home</h3> <p>Just like online shopping tends to happen from a cubicle on Monday, things for the home tend to be top of mind on Sundays, driving their prices down. Major appliances, for one, are cheaper on Sunday. If you&rsquo;ve ever shopped for a new fridge or stove, you probably know what a major undertaking it can be. This may be why people might be more likely to shop for these items on a Sunday, when they have time to spend the day comparing prices, whether at the stores or online. This drives prices down as stores fight for their business, according to Ebux.com. In fact, the prices for major appliances were inversely correlated with Google searches for such items, which rose as prices dropped.</p> <p>Sunday is also a good day to buy groceries and personal care items. Manufacturers&rsquo; coupons for such items tend to kick in on Sundays, and can often be combined with deals from a store&rsquo;s weekly flyer, according to MSN Money. If you already collect coupons and watch for sales, doing your shopping on Sunday might help you knock off a few extra dollars.</p> <p>When it comes to shopping, there&rsquo;s a best day of the week to buy just about everything. Although the discounts are sometimes relatively small, frugal shoppers know these can add up to big savings. I think I&rsquo;ll give shopping on Sunday a try. After all, when it comes to find really low prices, timing is everything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deep-discounts-on-schedule-the-best-days-to-shop">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tech-gadgets-with-the-best-resale-value">8 Tech Gadgets With the Best Resale Value</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks">The 5 Best Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-your-groceries-european-style">Buy Your Groceries European-Style</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-rules-you-must-follow-when-shopping-at-costco">5 Frugal Rules You Must Follow When Shopping at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-companies-with-the-best-employee-discounts">8 Companies With the Best Employee Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping cheap airfare cheap computer cheap groceries Discount deals electronics Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:36:27 +0000 Tara Struyk 802590 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Should Buy a Desktop Computer http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-buy-a-desktop-computer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-buy-a-desktop-computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000015596799Small-2.jpg" alt="Man and woman working on desktops" title="Man and woman working on desktops" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="153" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My first laptop, purchased back in 1997, was a 12-pound gray Toshiba that took approximately eight minutes to fully boot and froze constantly. It had something like 256MB of RAM, which was considered a great deal of RAM at the time. I believe it cost a little under $1,800 (which, in today's money, is like $6 million). It broke down after a year, which is fine, because I probably would have thrown it out the window if it hadn't simply stopped working. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-faster">Make Your Computer Faster Instead of Buying a New One</a>)</p> <p>The laptop computer has undergone quite the transformation in the past few years. Laptops are lighter and more stylish, and they have more processing power than my first laptop could have ever dreamed of. But I'm probably not going to be buying one anytime soon. Now, with the advent of better laptops, tiny netbooks, and adorable iPads, my next computer is going to be a desktop.</p> <p>Why on Earth would anyone pay for a big, clunky machine that is stuck in one place? Here are a few reasons why I am choosing a desktop over a laptop.</p> <h2>Desktops Are More Affordable</h2> <p>Dollar for dollar, a desktop is simply a better investment in terms of raw computing power. Making RAM and memory small enough to fit in the laptop is expensive, so you pay more for the same processing power in a laptop than you would in a desktop.</p> <p>I'm not really a multi-tasker, but a great deal of my work involves switching between applications. I might be working on a website and then change over to graphics editing and then need to check the contents of a technical manual. I need a computer that has the RAM to handle all of the back-and-forth. Many of today's laptops have that much memory, but the cost of that memory in laptop form is prohibitive for me.</p> <p>Could I get all the processing power that I need in a laptop computer? Yes, but I would pay a great deal more for the portability.</p> <h2>I Don't Like to Work <em>Just Anywhere</em></h2> <p>Stop by any cafe with WiFi, and you will find at least 40% of the customers are working on some kind of portable computer. This kind of productivity is fine, but not everyone can work effectively in a cafe. Personally, I can't even READ in a cafe. If I go to a coffeehouse, I can do two things: drink coffee and stare at other patrons. I am literally incapable of doing more than that.</p> <p>People love the portability of laptops, tablet computers, and netbooks because they can use the technology to <em>work anywhere</em>. And that's great &mdash; for people who are able to tune out ambient noise and concentrate on one thing at a time. For some of us, that's just not a possibility. I, for one, can only perform work in my cubicle at work or at my desk in my home office. Other locations just aren't conducive to my productivity. I'm easily distracted, and the noise in airports, cafes, and bookstores doesn't help me work.</p> <h2>WiFi and I...We Don't Get Along</h2> <p>I'm not sure what it is about the magnetic field surrounding my body, but<em> I am capable of repelling the signal of any wireless network in my vicinity</em>. Does anyone else experience this? If I am lucky enough to locate an actual wireless network, I won't be able to convince a laptop to connect to it. In my home, we have a wireless network set up for my husband's various laptop computers. I can't use them. In order to guarantee that I can watch &quot;Modern Family,&quot; I have to plug a computer into a wired Ethernet connection.</p> <p>I recognize that this is not a normal problem that normal people experience, but it does make a huge difference in how I feel about traveling around with a laptop.</p> <h2>I Like the End of a Workday</h2> <p>I like the idea of being able to put my work down. If I carried a laptop with me everywhere, I'd never escape from the feeling that I<em> could be working at all times</em>. I like to separate work from the rest of my life. The beauty of having a desktop computer is that once I walk away from it, I walk away from work and can concentrate on other things. When you work as many jobs as I do, having that kind of physical separation is important.</p> <h2>Laptops Have Lousy Ergonomics</h2> <p>Laptops aren't always conducive to comfortable typing. Once you get used to an ergonomic keyboard and gigantic trackball with gel wrist pad, it's hard to go back to a strange, cramped little keyboard that's missing the number pad, or using those little keyboard nipples in lieu of a mouse. Or a touchpad. My god, I hate touchpads. One accidental swipe with the thumb, and you end up deleting entire paragraphs at a single keystroke.</p> <p>I've often heard people suggest that laptops can function as desktops. &quot;You can dock your laptop and plug in a mouse and a keyboard!&quot; This is true, but once you've docked a laptop, you might as well be using a desktop. Why bother paying extra money for portable technology when you just have to pay hundreds extra in peripherals in order to make it feel comfortable to use?</p> <h2>Data Is Highly Portable</h2> <p>But what about moving data around? The great thing about a laptop is that you can take your ENTIRE hard drive with you wherever you go. This is true. But I can also take whatever I am working on wherever I go via a USB thumb drive or external hard drive. I don't travel much for work, but on the rare occasion that I do, I can access my documents using Google Docs from a borrowed or rented computer. Of course, for some people, travel with a laptop is a fact of life, but for me, travel is a rare luxury that isn't meant to be marred by experiencing airport security while hauling a laptop.</p> <h2>Lifetime/Durability</h2> <p>A business laptop comes with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-extended-warranties-ever-a-good-deal">standard warranty</a> of about one year (top-of-the-line models might come with three-year warranties, but are significantly more expensive). A desktop comes with a standard warranty of three years. This means that it is cheaper to fix desktop computers in the long run. The reason is obvious &mdash; a laptop gets moved around, banged up, and is prone to breaking down sooner as a result.</p> <h2>Security</h2> <p>Of course, someone could break into my home and steal my desktop &mdash; I'm not suggesting it won't happen. But it's much less likely to happen than having someone steal a laptop. Anyone who broke into my house would have get past a ferocious, man-eating Pekingese, whereas swiping a laptop from my car wouldn't take much effort at all.</p> <p><em>Do you use a desktop computer, or are laptops the best thing that has ever happened to you? Do you have some unique combination of computing power that makes your life easy? Share it with us in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-buy-a-desktop-computer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-advice-for-the-gadget-addicted">Frugal Advice for the Gadget Addicted</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-keep-your-laptop-safe-when-traveling">10 Ways to Keep Your Laptop Safe When Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Technology cheap computer home computer laptops Mon, 06 Jun 2011 10:00:14 +0000 Andrea Karim 551768 at http://www.wisebread.com Build your own computer...submerged in oil. http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-own-computer-submerged-in-oil <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Submerged006.jpg" alt="oilpc" title="oilpc" width="359" height="269" /> </p> <p>It&#39;s one thing to build a PC. Pah, everyone&#39;s doing that. But imagine the look on your friends&#39; faces when you show them a computer in an aquarium filled with mineral oil. I&#39;m still taken back by it, and I&#39;ve seen the video...twice.</p> <p>This all came from a post I did recently on <a href="/get-your-pc-to-give-you-coffee-bacon-or-even-an-orgasm">case mods</a> . I found the article but just couldn&#39;t bear to let this one sit in with the other modfications. It&#39;s just way too cool. </p> <p><strong>WHY AN OIL-COOLED COMPUTER? </strong></p> <p>Apart from looking ace, the guys with the huge brains over at <a href="http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php">Puget Systems</a> explain it all here in their own words...</p> <p><em>&quot;We built this system because with all the oil cooled projects out there, no one built a system that looked good and functioned well! After seeing all the other projects, we had a lot of ideas of how we could do it better and more easily. Many projects used vegetable oil, which would go rancid after a short time. The mineral oil does not have this problem, and is completely clear. We also wanted to use an appropriate enclosure -- the Toms Hardware system used a clear acrylic case, and they had to painstakingly seal each rear connector to keep the oil from leaking. We wanted to put the ports on top to solve that problem the simple way. Other people have built systems in aquariums before, but they were always oversized and square. When we found the Eclipse System 6 Aquarium, we were excited to see an aquarium that was absolutely perfect in size -- you couldn&#39;t go any smaller. In addition, we had questions about performance and long term effects. Our initial tests, which we go over below, answer the questions about cooling performance. We&#39;ll post a follow up to this page in a few months to let you know how a system like this performs in the long term.&quot;</em> <p>Equipment needed is standard (apart from the fish tank and mineral oil). Everything you need to know is on the Puget Systems site. So, without without further ado I present the &#39;Making Of&#39; video...awesome. And if that&#39;s not enough, Fat Boy Slim&#39;s Weapon Of Choice accompanies. Double-good taste.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-own-computer-submerged-in-oil">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-pc-to-give-you-coffee-bacon-or-even-an-orgasm">Get your PC to give you coffee, bacon or even an orgasm.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY case modifications cheap computer DIY electronics home computer mineral oil PC personal computer Sun, 13 May 2007 18:09:41 +0000 Paul Michael 640 at http://www.wisebread.com