Mar 27, 2012

Buying Apps (and Music) for Cash

I am a big proponent of apps for expanding the capabilities of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  Most apps are less than the price of lunch at your favorite fast food restaurant and many are less than the price of a bag of chips. In fact, if you paid $199 or $299 for an iPhone and won't pay $0.99 or $1.99 for an app, you are probably missing out on a lot of capabilities for a small fraction of what your phone costs.  The same can be said for the iPad, which you likely paid even more for if you have one.

Given all that, I know that a $0.99 app here and a $0.99 there can soon add up to real money. If you're using your credit card or PayPal account to pay for it, it's easy to lose track and find out later that you spent a lot in a relatively short amount of time. I'm an app junkie and I've found that to better control my spending, I need to pay cash.

How do you pay cash? It's actually quite simple. You may have bought an iTunes gift card for someone else for a birthday or Christmas. Buy one for yourself. They come in denominations of $15, $25, $30 (3 $10 cards), or $50. If you're nowhere near a computer, you can enter the code on the back of the card in the app store (or the iTunes store) on your iOS device directly. You can even mix in purchases of music or movies with your apps.

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