September 13: Wait, trade in, use apps: Easy ways to save money on tech, games

Just because you’re tight on cash doesn’t mean you should be without some cool tech.

Sure, the latest gadgets and games may cost a pretty penny, but there are easy ways to save serious money when shopping for them. Sometimes the answer is timing. Or where you’re buying these products. Or if you can leverage apps and sites that can sniff out deals.

In other words, there isn’t just one way to save, so here are several smart suggestions.

1. Wait. Just wait

Consumer electronics and videogames see a big drop in price over time, so unless you need to be the first on your block with the latest and greatest, pick up a 1- or 2-year-old alternative to save a ton.

You may remember how many thousands a big-screen 4K Smart TV cost just a few years ago. Now you can pick up a 65-inch Samsung model for $829 at Costco – and with a second-year extended warranty added in for good measure.