5 products that will be cheaper in 2014
With mortgage rates on the rise, you may be thinking that everything else will follow suit soon enough in 2014. Well, guess again. According to Deal News, there are a number of items that will actually be cheaper in 2014. We found five that Parade readers are likely to be shopping for this year, and explained where you can go to find these cheaper prices.
Coffee Cheaper in 2014
Experts say that bumper crops in Brazil are the reason coffee will be cheaper in 2014. But you don't have to wait for prices to drop to save on your coffee now. Just buy it in bulk to save the most. For example, K-Cups are super-cheap at warehouse clubs. At BJ's Wholesale Club you can get an 80-pack of San Francisco Bay Rainforest Blend Organic Coffee K-Cups for only $27.99, or less than 35 cents per K-Cup.
Used Cars Cheaper in 2014
According to Truecar.com, used vehicle prices should be down by 6 percent in 2014 (vs. 2013). If you're in the market for a used car, you may want to try out the Truecar.com website. It's a negotiation-free car buying platform that empowers car buyers with information and a fair market price. The average TrueCar.com user saves more than $3,000 off MSRP.
Off-Contract Smartphones Cheaper in 2014
More people are giving up two-year wireless contracts and freeing up off-contract Smartphones. If you know where to look, you can find a great deal. For example, through Feb. 2, the Microsoft Store is offering deals on a ton of no-contract phones, such as the Nokia Lumia 520 Windows phone for $59. As far as the cellular carriers go, T-Mobile eliminated contracts last year and recently announced it is offering to pay off early termination fees for customers wanting to switch from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. With an eligible phone trade-in, the total value of the offer to switch to T-Mobile could be as high as $650 per line. Meanwhile, Cricket Wireless is upping the ante by providing customers the opportunity to have up to 5 smartphone lines for only $100 beginning January 26 for a limited time.
Touchscreen Laptops and Tablets Cheaper in 2014
With so many tablet and touchscreen options in the market, manufacturers have no choice but to start lowering prices on these products in 2014 to move inventory. Right now Sony Electronics is offering the VAIO Duo 13 Convertible Ultrabook on sale for $1,199.99, a $200 drop from $1,399.99. This product is a touchscreen tablet and Full HD laptop in one convertible design.
Gaming Systems Cheaper in 2014
Gaming systems will be cheaper in 2014 because new generations of these systems are on the horizon and, well, the gaming companies want to entice you to buy new. At Walmart you can find two popular gaming systems for $199 each: the 12 GB PlayStation 3 and the 4GB version of the XBox 360. The XBox 360 is also $199 on the Microsoft Store site.
Leah Ingram is the author of 14 books, including two on frugal living. Her book Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less was just released as an audiobook. Leah is the founder of the popular frugal-living blog called Suddenly Frugal. Right now if you subscribe to Suddenly Frugal, Leah will send you an exclusive freebie. Each week here on Parade.com she’ll be covering different money-saving ideas. If you have an idea, let her know. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter @suddenlyfrugal and “Like” Suddenly Frugal on Facebook.