12 ways you're wasting money

Put an end to those small money drains that you barely notice, and you could save hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars a year.

Paying full-price for tech accessories
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The leak: Up to 50% of the price, compared with buying online

The plug: In the heady moments after you first hold your beautiful new phone or tablet or computer, it's easy to get swept up by similarly cool accessories.

Go home and go online, and you won't overpay for peripherals, says Rick Broida of CNET's The Cheapskate blog. The least expensive iPhone case, screen protector, and headset available at the Apple Store will run you $84, while using Amazon.com drops the price to $37.


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  @Money - Last updated December 18 2012 02:42 PM ET
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