Have you ever wondered what some of the most expensive products in the world are? A 201-carat luxury wristwatch featuring 874 diamonds by Chopard retailed for a cool $25 million. For the rest of us who don’t have $25 million lying around for a watch, car, smart assistant or anything else that suits your fancy, there are still budget-friendly options out there by our favorite big name brands. Instead of spending twice as much on a product that looks and works just as well, look for these affordable options that keep us in control of our wallets with money to spare.
Purchasing a new car isn’t for the faint at heart when tens of thousands of dollars are involved. You can still find a great deal on a sleek, durable and reliable car like the Chevy Camaro. The Camaro comes with an ultra-low price tag of under $25,000. It also earned a spot as the Motor Trend 2016 Car of the Year with a lighter and tighter version than the previous generation car, as well as a strong turbo four-cylinder as its base engine. The Camaro comes with both convertible and coupe options to give drivers the style they’re looking for at an affordable price.
iPhones aren’t exactly known for their affordable price tag, and the new iPhone X is retailing at a staggering $1,000. But there is a budget-friendly iPhone out there you can snag for just $349. With a 4-inch screen and 32 gigabytes, the iPhone SE debuted in 2016 and gives die-hard Apple fans an iPhone option they can actually afford and buy more than one of for your family. You get the Apple trademark product and its crisp, clear photos and videos at the same cost of the iPhone’s more budget-friendly Android competitors.
Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon has quietly been marketing its own branded products from batteries to baby wipes for years. But its line of smart home assistants hit the mainstream with its Amazon Echo. Although the Echo Plus is already a reasonable $149.99, the introduction of the Echo Dot made the home assistant affordable to most anyone with $49.99 to spare. Like Amazon’s other Echo products, the Echo Dot hooks up to Alexa and can play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages and look up information like your calendar or the weather through voice command.
Frigidaire Gallery Custom Flex
Replacing appliances is a home owner’s nightmare and seem to happen in rapid succession. The good news is, refrigerators can actually last up to 13 years. However, they can also be costly to replace with price tags in the thousands and their technology lags behind their smart home counterparts. If you’re not ready to spring for the $2,268 price tag for the Samsung Family Hub that can tell you what’s inside and order groceries, you can opt for something under a thousand dollars. The stainless steel Frigidaire Gallery Custom-Flex with a top freezer retails for just $979.00 and is well-regarded as a reliable and attractive choice by the budget-friendly homeowner.
FitBit Flex 2
Wearables are hot in the industry, with health-conscious consumers ready to track their activity and sleep to live a healthier lifestyle. Although they’ve gotten more affordable over the years, a health wearable can still retail in the hundreds of dollars and make it an item for shoppers with disposable income. The Fitbit 2 addresses both the desire to track your health along with a super affordable price tag. At just $59.95, the FitBit Flex 2 comes with a slim water-proof wristband and a 45-day money back guarantee so you can really get comfortable with the device without committing until you’re ready.
Once you realize how many affordable options are out there from your favorite brands, the more you see what’s really possible with your budget. After all, it’s not always about how much you spend on the latest gadget or car, but how it makes you look and feel that motivates you to do more with your budget and lifestyle.