We’re all trying to save money wherever possible, whether it’s buy-one-get-one-free deals at the supermarket, anti-virus software with a new laptop or a free tank of fuel, (or at least an air freshener), with a new car. Times are hard for everyone financially with the cost of living constantly rising and things costing far more than ever before.

That’s why many people are ‘making do’ with their long-term electrical partners as opposed to upgrading to the latest models. Sure, five years ago we might have got to our contract renewal date with our mobile phones and just walked into the store for the brand spanking new release from a manufacturer and it was the best thing since sliced bread. But now upgrades aren’t so beneficial and many people find they have to pay for the privilege if they want the very latest smartphones.

Instead of trading their old models in, people are now having it restored and refreshed, prolonging the life and improving the overall condition of their phones, and other electrical devices for that matter – especially laptops and desktop computers – and even selling them on privately or recycling them for money in order to buy a new phone.

The disposable income just isn’t there for many any more, and they’re forced to look for ways of getting the best deals on what is available within their budget as opposed to the best phone on the best package. But when you do go in search of a new phone, there are still deals available to you, especially when you make your purchase online.

Online promotional codes can provide customers with significant savings on purchases, and also with extras when bought alongside main products.

For instance, you can get seriously discounted contracts on the latest phones including the Samsung Galaxy SIII, BlackBerry Curve 9320 and iPhone 4S that you wouldn’t be able to get in stores, just from buying the phone through the online retailer and entering the promotional code at the checkout.

Similarly, you can get little extras thrown in for good measure, like a free screen protector to ensure the disaster of a shattered screen doesn’t render you without your expensive new phone; free delivery; and free gifts with new contracts, it depends what you search and opt for.

These discount codes are proving to be increasingly popular in all areas of online shopping, and it’s easy to see why. We all want the finer things in life and love nothing more than a brand new gadget in your hand, but unfortunately we can’t pay the substantial price tags associated with them. With these promotional codes, the items are brought – even slightly – back into our reach and putting a smile back on our faces.

This article was written by Matt Rawlings, a technology writer specializing in consumer advice pieces, giving advice on how to make savings and get the latest and best gadgets within your budget.