Quiz: Are you a tech cheapskate?

Summary:There are tons of ways to save money by using your wallet as a mini-flak jacket against the expensive main street. Some are misconceived and will cut you corners in the long run - like buying a cheap tacky laptop that will only last you a few months.

There are tons of ways to save money by using your wallet as a mini-flak jacket against the expensive main street. Some are misconceived and will cut you corners in the long run - like buying a cheap tacky laptop that will only last you a few months. Instead, buy a durable netbook that will last you longer and you can get just as much done on a similar budget. There's one for free. Now let's see if you can try ten more in this money saving quiz. By the end of it, you'll be better off with plenty of money saving tips. Instructions: Click on your answer and then see how many others agree with you. Then click to see the answer and the next question. [poll id="36"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is B. A monochrome laser printer

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The correct answer is... » Answer is D. -- Ubuntu Linux desktop. Too easy, hunh?
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The correct answer is... » Answer is A. Get a phone with built-in media player, high-definition camera and good data plan [poll id="38"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is A. Use a free cloud service provider like Dropbox to synchronize your files to and from the web [poll id="39"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is D. Download Kindle software for your smartphone or PC and download the ebooks. [poll id="41"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is B. -- Use the free Wi-Fi available at the nearest fast-food chain. [poll id="42"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is C. -- C. Amazon.com

A. CNET.com refers you to Newegg.com and Buy.com - $599
B. Newegg.com $599
C. Amazon.com $626
D. Buy.com $599. Remember, you always have to take taxes and shipping costs into consideration. [poll id="43"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is C. Outsource your communications to the cloud where you can pay per person an annual flat fee [poll id="44"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is A. -- Ask your friend to install Skype and talk over the web [poll id="40"]

The correct answer is... » Answer is D. -- Invest in a data plan that gives you 500MB of data per month Correct answers If you had 10 right, your house is cluttered with gadgets - bought with the money you've saved. 8-9 right, you're a cheap date. 5-7 right, you're so rich you don't need to worry about saving money. 3-4 right, your credit card is probably maxed out. 0-2 right, just go to McDonald's - and buy a Big Mac. Thanks for playing! Related stories Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes ZDNet blogs: The Toybox Gartner: Tablets sap PC demand; PC ecosystem cringes AT&T gets competitive with post-paid data plans for tablets Hardware 2.0 'Very Best Kit List' for March 2011 10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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