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How to Get the Best Deal on an Activity Tracker

May 14, 2015
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Sporting an activity tracker is trendy, but paying full price for your new fitness assistant? Well, that’s not quite as cool. If you’re looking for a bargain on the latest step-counting wristband, check out our top tips for how to get the best deal on an activity tracker.

Seek out sales

Activity trackers can be expensive. Look for sale events so you won’t be paying full price for your new technology product. Activity tracker deals are often included as a part of athletic-centered retail promotions on fitness products.

There’s no real magical month during which activity trackers reach their lowest price. You’ll likely find rotating discount periods throughout the year. Subscribe to the email mailing lists of your favorite retailers to get a heads-up about promotions.

Search by price

Our next tip: Work within your budget. While you’re browsing online, you’ll undoubtedly be comparing prices across retailers to get the best discount. But did you know you can also do some deal hunting within retailers?

Try browsing according to price by sorting a store’s activity tracker selection from lowest to highest dollar amount. You just might find a less expensive model than the popular one you had your eye on.

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Narrow your desired features

Not all activity trackers are identical. If you’re trying to minimize your costs, take a careful look at which features and product specs you can do without.

The Fitbit Zip, for example, costs $59.95. Compare this to the Fitbit Flex, which will cost you $99.95. While both devices track all-day activity and each boast wireless syncing, the latter features sleep monitoring and alarms; the former does not.

Bottom line: If you don’t need sleeping tracking or other similar advanced features, opt for a more basic activity tracker model. If you’re not sure which features you should be paying attention to, our Activity Tracker Buying Guide can help point you in the right direction.

Consider other options

Finally, if after pricing out activity trackers you find that you simply don’t have room for one in your budget, don’t get discouraged. You can consider more affordable options that will serve essentially the same purpose.

For example, download any number of a variety of fitness smartphone apps that allow you to count calories, log your workouts and even set activity-oriented goals. Sure, having an app that you have to manually input information into isn’t quite the same as a device that you can wear 24/7, but it could be a temporary fit for your needs.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.

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