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Get Your Summer Budget Sorted by Recycling Your Tech

As we're approaching the summer months, we bet you're thinking about sunny days, wearing flip flops and creating fun memories. However, there's one thing which could dampen your mood, the unavoidable fact that the expenses of your summer holiday activities can add up.

Summer holidays can easily be expensive if you don't look into ways to save money. If you started planning ahead, you might have already tried money-saving hacks such as a holiday fund piggy bank or automatic transfers to your savings account. However, as you click between bookmarked tabs and your account balance on your computer, your plans might still feel miles away. But don't give up on your summer fun just yet! We can show you how a quick declutter of the unused tech in your drawers can help you to build up your savings.

To get cash for your old tech you will want to ensure that it is in the best possible condition. We have tips for before you pack your phones and tablets to be sent off for recycling which you must bear in mind if you intend to sell your old tech.

Under £50

A broken iPhone SE 16GB that's been left in one of your cupboards could pay for an adult ticket for a boat cruise. The money you would earn from selling a working Moto Z Force 32GB could be put towards an afternoon spent drinking champagne at the top of the Shard.

Under £100

Your working iPad Air 2 (2014) will be more valuable when recycled and the cash you would earn from it could be spent on a full-day guided trip canoeing down a river. It will even cover the parking and food costs.

You won't be short of funds to visit incredible historic places all year long if you have an unwanted iPhone 6s 32GB lying around. Send it to one of our merchants and you will be able to visit the National Trust or English Heritage on your next adventure at one of over 400 historic sites. If you fancy something more adventurous, Thorpe Park is a place to go and your recycled iPhone could cover the cost of a single day pass.

Wouldn't you love to spend a few nights camping by the sea in a rented bell tent? Sounds lovely, doesn't it? The good news is you don't have to scrap this idea as an old Blackberry Priv or Xperia XZ in working condition could be worth a relaxing camping getaway.

From £150

Have you been doing maths in your head scrambling to get money together for a summer festival ticket? Save yourself the stress and trade in your unused iPad Pro 9.7" (2016) 128GB or replaced Galaxy Note 8 64GB. These could pay for a 2 day VIP festival ticket to Lovebox in London, and you can spend the rest on food and drinks.

From £250

Need some extra cash to go to a caravan park somewhere by the sea? Your forgotten iPhone 7 Plus 128GB that you decided to keep as a spare but never actually used could help. If you haven't touched youriPad Mini 4 32GB in over a year, should you really keep it? Put it to a better use by trading it in to one of our recyclers and get some extra cash. Your getaway and a barbecue is sorted.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to go back in time to the Middle Ages in a Knights' Village? Get your family together and think of all the unwanted electronic gadgets you have sitting idly in drawers. A working Galaxy S7 Edge 64GB combined with an iPhone SE 32GB and a few Galaxy Tabs could take you to Warwick Castle's Medieval Glamping experience.

Create memories, not clutter

Sending off your unused tech could contribute towards your summer plans. You could even get into the habit of recycling your old gadgets throughout the year which would get you some extra cash to spend on whatever you want to do during the holidays, whether it is a camping weekend, a city break, or summer by the sea.


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