Don’t let gadgets devour the family budget


Your kids are (once again) clamoring for the latest iSomething. Meanwhile, you and your spouse are locking horns over whether to buy a bigger TV or a faster PC. Oh, and the AV receiver is on the fritz; that’s going to need replacing soon too.
Living in a digital world sure gets expensive.

The average American home has more than twice as many Internet-connected devices as people, the NPD Group reports. And annual household spending on electronics last year was up 36% over 2011, to $1,312, the Consumer Electronics Association says.
Here’s how to keep your clan tech-happy without going broke:


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