Recommended Reading For Prof. Dealzmodo's Smart Gadget Shopping 101

School is back in session, and if you want to pass this class and become a savvy tech shopper I strongly suggest that you read over the following material. It could save you a lot of money one day.

Why You Should Buy a Refurbished Laptop: Just because a laptop isn't brand new doesn't mean its worthless. Refurbished laptops are a great way to get all the hardware you need on a budget.

Why You Should Stop Buying Your Laptops Fully Loaded: Don't be tricked into buying a computer fully loaded from the manufacturer. Doing the upgrades yourself can offer lots of value.

Why You Don't Need Fancy Gym Gadgets and Memberships: Getting in kick ass shape doesn't require expensive gym memberships and equipment.

Screw the Recession: How To Spend Less and Get More: Saving money doesn't always mean making big sacrifices. These tips can help you streamline your tech spending at home.

Green Tech Upgrades That Boost Home Values and Reduce Bills: Investing in these tech upgrades for your home can actually be profitable in the long run.

Why You Can't Complain About The Price Of Today's Gadgets: Let's put things in perspective here. You actually have it pretty good these days when it comes to the price of gadgets.

•The Real Cost of Upgrading to Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Before you make the jump to a new OS, make sure you are buying smart.

Unlike that philosophy class you're taking this semester, Smart Gadget Shopping 101 is actually useful in your everyday life. So be prepared—we don't grade on a curve here.