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Deals on Services this Summer

If you're looking for gadgets selling at great prices this summer, Lisa Gerstner, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, suggests readers consider these recommendations from Louis Ramirez, deals editor for tech-review site Tom's Guide:

If you're looking for gadgets selling at great prices this summer, consider these recommendations from Louis Ramirez, deals editor for tech-review site Tom's Guide:

TVs – "There's no reason not to get a 4K TV because they're so affordable," says Ramirez. Check out TCL's Roku 4K TVs, which allow you to stream Netflix, Hulu and other popular video and music services directly from the TV and come with great picture quality. Sale prices start at about $279 for a 50-inch TV; recently, a 55-inch model sold for $299 on Amazon. The Insignia Fire TV Edition comes with streaming of various services and has Amazon's Alexa digital assistant built in. A 50-inch 4K model was recently $280 on Amazon, and the price may drop by $30 to $50 during Amazon's Prime Day sale.

Laptops – Look for deals on Windows laptops with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, at least 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive (SSD). A 15.6-inch Acer Aspire E15 laptop that fits those parameters recently sold for $550 on Amazon. Or you could pick up a model with 6GB of RAM and a 1-terabyte hard disk drive (HDD) – computers boot up and open files more slowly with an HDD – for $329. "It's still a really solid pick at that price point," says Ramirez. Dell typically has big summer sales, and you can often find coupon codes at Dell.com at least once a month. For a child or teen, consider the Google Chromebook, a basic laptop that should be sufficient for schoolwork. A Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook 3 recently sold for $179 at Walmart.

Fitness trackers – Amazon often has good deals on the Fitbit, especially during holiday sales and on Amazon Prime Day. Expect savings of $15 to $100 off, depending on the model.

Smartphones – The best way to get a deal is to switch wireless carriers and trade in your old phone for a new one, says Ramirez. You may get up to $400 off if you trade in a current-model phone, or about $100 to $300 for a previous-generation device. Or, at an Apple store or through Apple.com, you can trade in a previous-generation iPhone when you buy an iPhone XR or XS. An iPhone 7, for example, recently fetched $200, and an iPhone 8 was worth up to $270.

Smart speakers – Amazon Prime Day should be an opportunity to buy Amazon Echo speakers for about $20 to $50 off. Plus, when Amazon cuts prices on the Echo, Google Home speakers tend to go on sale – you may be able to find discounts of $20 to $100 at Walmart.

Editor’s Note: Lisa Gerstner is a contributing editor to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, www.Kiplinger.com.

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