As well as being beautifully furnished and stylishly decorated, it’s likely your dream home will also include the very latest in technology. From alarm clocks to televisions, it’s difficult to pin-point a room which wouldn’t be enhanced by a gadget or two. But of course, staying on top of the latest releases and still sticking to a modest budget is not always feasible.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of how you could implement some new technology into the home without breaking the bank!
For the kitchen…
With smart fridge-freezers and slick touch-sensitive hobs, technology in the kitchen is becoming increasingly sophisticated. It can be easy to get carried away; however, you don’t need to overhaul the entire room to enjoy a bit of cooking gadgetry. Instead of investing in big appliances, look for smaller, less expensive items. From potato peelers to toastie-makers, there are endless inventions which could keep you entertained (and well fed) in the heart of the home; and by shopping online with vouchers, you could come across some great money saving deals.
For the living room…
Who said the fireplace has to be the focal point of the living room? With most people’s sofa’s being pointed at the TV, there are now even more excuses for spending money on state-of-the-art entertainment. But as a lot of people will attest, the fast turnover in technology often leads to spontaneous and foolhardy purchases. So instead of investing in an expensive sound system or the latest games console, i.e. something you might quickly lose interest in, invest in one item you’re guaranteed to use. Case in point: the laptop. From online shopping to music downloads, it’s an item which will always be switched on. By getting discounts on Dell products or other big name computer brands, you could still end up saving.
For the bedroom…
Although it might be tempting to put another TV in the bedroom, a lot of studies have shown that the use of digital devices can contribute to poor standards of sleep. So, forgo the late night shows for a bit of real relaxation! Lots of sleep-related technology has been cropping up of late, but instead of splashing out on fancy mattresses which might not even work, try out cheaper ways of improving your shut-eye. Apps like Sleep Cycle are great; they monitor levels of sleep and wake you at the correct moment to ensure you feel refreshed and regenerated.
You don’t have to splash out on the most expensive items to enjoy technology. By being a little smarter with your money, you could end up with your dream home and financial security. And you really can’t put a price on that!