Apple MacBooks are really nice. It’s no wonder that you might want one. The problem is they don’t come cheap. That’s why I don’t have one, but if you’ve been dying to buy one, you might be wondering how to afford a MacBook? Well, here’s how you do it…
How to Afford a MacBook
Here are some of the best ways to afford a MacBook today.
1. Sell a kidney
Just kidding, but you can think about selling items you already own but don’t really use.
You might be surprised how much you can make.
Studies have shown that most people have about $3,500 dollars worth of stuff in their homes that they don’t use and could sell on Facebook or eBay or Poshmark.
Start digging around your closets, storage spaces, and the garage and get that stuff sold.
2. Consider a Side Job
You can make some money by picking up a part-time job.
I recommend that you find something online.
You are much more likely to find a part-time gig online than anywhere else.
Once you save up enough money for your new MacBook, you can quit if you want to.
Or you can keep working. That way you’ll have enough to buy the new version that will most likely come out in a year or two.
3. Buy Used MacBook on eBay or Amazon
You can also buy a refurbished MacBook on eBay or Amazon, often for less than the cost of a new one.
Most of these refurbished MacBooks come with a short guarantee.
It might just be 30 or 60 days long, but that should give you enough time to make sure it is in good working order.
If it isn’t, you can return it and get your money back.
Most refurbished units I’ve seen look brand new.
4. Watch for Sales
Apple typically has sales during the holidays and especially around Black Friday.
If you can afford to wait, buying a Mac laptop at a discount is well worth it.
5. Use an Apple Store Coupon Code
If you’re lucky enough to find one, you’ll want to use it to save money on your purchase.
It can be difficult to come across one but keep your eyes open online.
You can also follow Apple on Facebook or their website to be notified when one is available.
You can also find these codes by searching Google or through forums, like Apple Discussions.
6. See if Your Company Will Buy One For You
Ask your boss if there’s any way that the company could buy a MacBook for you.
Depending on the type of job you have it isn’t out of the question for your employer to pay for a MacBook for you.
Keep in mind, that the company will actually own it, but you’ll still get the pleasure of using it for free.
7. Once Again – Used is Okay
Remember, many people are more than happy with their used MacBooks, so don’t be too focused on getting it new.
I get it.
It’s kind of like buying a brand new car.
There’s nothing like that new car smell, but you end up paying much more for it than it is really worth.
A car loses value as soon as it is driven off the dealership lot.
The same is true of a MacBook.
Let someone else pay full price.
8. Use a Credit Card
If all else fails, pay in installments or save up for it over time by cutting back your expenses a little bit every month to save up some money.
Using credit isn’t the best choice.
Do try to pay it off as quickly as you can by making much larger payments than the minimum.
9. Look on Craigslist
If you’re looking to spend less, Craigslist has a lot of cheap MacBooks for sale from people who are upgrading to more powerful or newer models.
You might even be able to find an Apple employee selling their old models on Craigslist if you get creative enough with your search terms.
Try typing “MacBook Pro” and “Apple” into Craigslist’s search bar.
10. Wait Until the New Model Comes Out and Buy the Older Model On Sale
If you really don’t mind last year’s model, you can usually find a deal on it if you wait until the new model comes out.
For example, after the latest MacBook Pro laptop was released, Apple dropped the price of their previous year’s model by $200.
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11. Sell Your Old MacBook for Parts
If your old MacBook isn’t working then you can use it for spare parts or sell it to someone who wants to fix it up.
This will help you offset some of the expense of a new one.
If you have an older model that still works, sell it as well.
12. Use Apple Financing
If you are buying your MacBook on Apple’s website, you can get financing using Apple Pay.
Apple sells their laptops in installments over a period of time. You’ll have to have a good credit score to get this option, but if you do, it’s worth taking advantage of.
13. Buy an Open Box Laptop From the Apple Store and Get an Exchange Warranty
You might find that the Apple Store sells open box items at a discount if they were defective on arrival or had other issues which were not serious enough to warrant returning them for refund or exchange.
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To Sum it All Up:
MacBooks are great, but they aren’t cheap. Consider buying a used one or an older model to save money. Also, be sure to sell stuff in your home that you don’t use. It could cover most if not all of the cost of a MacBook.