When it comes to saving money on gadgets, it pays to have commitment issues. Two-year contracts on your cellphone, cable service and other fees exist because many people fear the alternative. We're used to contracts, and "free" phones sound nice on paper.
That's not always the case. Free phones are sometimes worth a two-year contract, but many of you would be better off going with a no-contract wireless plan. Making the switch isn't hard, and you can learn more about it by checking out a column I wrote for USA Today earlier this year.
Today's deals are meant to keep you out of a costly marriage with your cable company or cell provider.
Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone AT&T - $39.99 ($99.99)
A large percentage of the up-front costs of pre-paid phones is usually the phone itself. If you buy a current-generation pre-paid phone directly from the provider, chances are good that you're going to pay somewhere between $400 and $600.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is a highly reviewed device that runs the Windows Phone mobile operating system. If you're an Android or iOS user and looking to make the switch, you should probably confirm if your previous purchases are compatible with the system.
At this price, though, it's never been easier to jump into both a no-contract phone and Microsoft's mobile OS.
Amazon FireTV - $84.00 ($99.00)
I'll say it again: Cutting the cord isn't as hard as you might think. Your cable company is making you pay hundreds of dollars yearly for TV channels that you might not even watch. All you need to watch movies and TV shows on your TV is a high-speed Internet connection and a streaming box like Amazon's Fire TV.
Cord cutters take note: Get free-forever access to your local channels with my HDTV antenna.
Fire TV and a subscription to Amazon Prime means that you'll have access to a massive amount of streaming content all covered under a yearly $90 fee. It's one of the strongest options available when you're looking at your next video streaming service.