Tips for Gaming On A Budget

Gaming can be hard when you are on a budget or don’t have a lot of money to spend. However, there are ways to enjoy gaming without burning a hole in your wallet or savings. Check out some ways to enjoy gaming on a budget.

Previously, we’ve discussed many healthy gaming habits that can benefits gamers. While eating the right foods and staying hydrated can help, limiting how much you spend on video games is crucial for a healthy mind and body. Let’s talk more about gaming on a budget.

Buy Games On Sale

When you have so many games that are released every year, it can be tempting to buy all of them right when they come out. The same can be said for older games that you happen upon. However, waiting a bit and buying them at a cheaper price can be worth it. Not only will you save money, but you can prioritize your money for more important thing.

Since I’m gaming on a budget, I have often waited for the prices to be reduced for certain games before buying them. Within the past two years, I have bought three mobile ports of Final Fantasy games 50% off. Since the app store I used had a no-return policy, buying these games half off allowed me to feel less guilty if there was a problem with the game or if I didn’t like the game much. Happily, that turned out not to be the case.

Sell Games For Cash

If you have a bunch of games that you no longer play, you can sell them for cash in store or online. The most popular place to sell games in store is Gamestop, but you can also sell them at Best Buy too. When it comes to selling games online, Amazon, Ebay, and Cash For Games are some of your options. When you sell your old games, you have money to buy more games or anything else.

This summer, I managed to sell about a dozen handheld games for trade in credit at Gamestop. The money I got for the games was then put on a special card that I could use at any Gamestop location. With my credit, I bought two pre-owned handheld JRPGs that I love. While I couldn’t sell all the games that I wanted, I’m glad that I got to sell enough to get me some new games.

Buy Pre-Owned Games

Buying games that were already owned by someone else can be much cheaper than buying the game brand new. As long as the game is still in working condition and isn’t a fake copy of a game, buying pre-owned games might be a great way to save money. You can often by pre-owned games at the same places that you sell your old games.

As I mentioned earlier, I bought two “new” games for myself at two different Gamestop locations after selling my old games. Both of these games were pre-owned, but both worked fine and were a little cheaper than buying them from a seller like Amazon. Be warned that if a game is especially hard to find, the price of a pre-owned game can still be a bit pricey.

Buy More Premium Games Than Freemium

When buying mobile games, there are usually two types: freemium and premium. Freemium is a game that you can play for free, but you might have to pay for in app purchases or transactions. With most premium games, you usually just pay for the game once without having to pay for anything else. Therefore, buying more premium games is the way to go.

Personally, I enjoy premium games more than freemium because sometimes the premium games are also offline games. Sometimes, buying the premium version of a game also results in not seeing any in-game ads. Depending on the game you buy, premium mobile games prices can range from cheap to expensive.

Don’t Give Into FOMO

FOMO or “the fear of missing out” can be a major cause for overspending on anything, not just games. When everyone is talking about that new game that you must buy and play right away, it can be easy to feel pressured to keep spending money to keep up with the latest gaming trends. However, it is okay to not give in to FOMO and just game your way.

Sometimes, I feel envious of people who have the latest gaming consoles and the newest games. However, that feeling goes away because I’m happy with the way I game. There is literally no way to play every video game and have every console, so don’t give into FOMO. Just like what you like and play what you want so you and your wal


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