Bigger is better; at least that’s the way I see it. Not until recently was I able to consider upgrading my 32-inch high definition television (HDTV) to a bigger size. The price difference was one of the main reasons I initially bought a smaller size, which was a decision I would soon regret. Much time has passed since my purchase and the prices for bigger and better HDTVs have come down to reasonable levels. Now I can form a plan to save enough money to buy my new “toy.” But first I must narrow down what kind of HDTV I want so that I know how much I need to save.
Types of HDTVs
Not only did I have to consider what size I wanted my new television to be, but also whether I wanted it to be a LED or Plasma. I also had to consider if I wanted my new HDTV to be 3D ready or Smart TV enabled since each feature increases the cost.
After some research, I discovered that if I wanted the best image quality and the colors to be vibrant, Plasma was the way to go. I also discovered that having a Smart TV ready device allows the HDTV to connect to the internet and use applications such as Netflix and Hulu without having to switch between HDMI ports to access a media device with similar capabilities. Finally after reading through multiple reviews, I decided that I didn’t need to have a 3D HDTV. Armed with enough information to make a decision, I was ready to find my next HDTV.
Costs – Big or Bigger
My final selections came down to two different sized Plasma HDTVs with the same specifications. I found the 51-inch Samsung Smart Plasma TV on sale for $1,519.00, while the 60-inch Plasma TV, also from Samsung, was $1,749.00. I decided to go with the bigger model since the $230 difference was worth the investment for me, especially since I had already made that same mistake once when selecting my current 32-inch HDTV.
Plan to Save
The first step in my plan is to start putting aside $250 each time I get paid, which is bi-weekly. Next, I’ll cut back on unnecessary expenses, such as eating out for lunch and stopping for coffee every day during the week. Instead, I’ll make coffee in the morning and pack a lunch. Finally, I’ll keep an eye on potential sales or markdowns as I get closer to my goal. If I put all aspects of my plan into effect, I should have my new HDTV just in time for the football season.