The Bargain Queen offers a list of ten cheap geek tips, her advice for saving money on technology. For example:

Buy the best quality you can afford. If you’ve done your homework, you’ll know the best options at each price-point. So you buy the cheapest option that will do the job, right? Not always. In some cases, spending more will only get you a fancier brand name and packaging. In others, it means the difference between replacing it in a year or five years. In really extreme cases, the cheaper option won’t actually do what you need because a crucial feature is missing. The extra money will probably be worth it if you get a more reliable, extensible product; customer support and a good warranty will also make a big difference if you have any problems with the product.

The list is a thoughtful guide to saving money on tech gadgets. I don’t agree with everything she says, though. I’d much rather have stand-alone devices that perform specialized functions than add-on to existing equipment. For example, my iPod is an essential part of my daily routine; forcing my computer to take its place would be impractical.

Take a look at the entire list of ten cheap geek tips.