Beat the rising cost of new TVs

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Beat the rising cost of new TVs
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People are spending more than they have in two years on flat-screen TVs, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

New data from market research firm IHS iSupply finds that the average price is now up over $1,200. Shoppers are buying fancy TVs, smart TVs, LEDs, you name it. They all have fantastic picture resolution.

But the other side of market is that current technology TVs – not state-of-the-art smart TVs — are by far the cheapest ever. I’ve been watching the sales and have seen 32-inch HDTVs for $175; 42-inch for $299; 50-inch for $399; and 60-inch for $799.

That’s so much less than what people are paying right now on average.

Roku is a great way to take a dumb TV and make it into a smart TV for $100 or less. Samsung has a Blu-ray DVD player that often goes on sale for $89 with beautifully thought out apps to simulate a smart TV experience.

So instead of buying the latest, greatest TV, buy the deal and then get a separate device. Don’t have all your functionality built into one device. By dividing, you conquer the cost. Buy two devices and you’ll save hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

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Clark Howard About the author:
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. More about Clark
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