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Subscription apps

A lot of apps and systems have moved to pay-as-you-go models. Away from the old model where you would buy an app once and have unlimited use of it forever.

The subscription model means you are always getting the latest version and that developers are doing updates more often than just every couple of years.

Some people like the subscription model, and some don’t. Regardless of whether you like it or not, it’s here to stay.

The biggest problem people have with the subscription model is how quickly their monthly or yearly costs add up. Before you know it, you can be paying hundreds a month or thousands a year on subscriptions.

It’s when these overall costs are looked that you realise just how much you are probably paying. But, you can look at these costs as either an expense or an investment. The apps will generally fall under one of these two categories.

An app expense is when you aren’t really getting much value out of it. You basically have it because it’s either entertainment or you like the concept of what it can do if you used it properly.

An app investment, however, is when the app is helping you achieve what you want while saving you time. These apps are making it easier to do what you need to do.

So, that $120 a year app subscription might seem expensive, but if it’s saving you 10 minutes a day because it makes things easier and quicker, that’s 60 hours a year it’s giving back to you.

When you look at it like that, $120 is well worth it.

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