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Save some cash after cracking your phone screen with our thrifty solutions

DROPPING your phone means dropping a lot of cash on a new one.

And a Virgin Media poll found 46 per cent of us will wait up to three months before fixing it because of the cost.

Last week I cracked my screen for the second time this year. Here are my thrifty solutions in case it happens to you.

DIY: If you feel brave, you can avoid the repair shop by fixing your phone yourself.

Find expert guidance for your mend on YouTube, where there are step-by-step tutorials on replacing and repairing cracked screens.

But be aware you might void any ­warranty in place. For older devices, this could be a good option.

CASH IT IN: If your phone is a goner or not worth paying to fix, you might be able to make some cash recycling it.

I use It compares all offer prices on recycling websites so you can see your best options.

For example, for an unlocked but ­broken 64GB iPhone 6, you could get £23 at Sell My Cell, whereas Music ­Magpie offers just £14.40.

QUICK FIX: Got lucky, with only a small crack on the screen? You could do a temporary fix with a glass screen protector to stop it getting worse.

I like the JETech Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 6 and 6s. It costs £3.99 for a pack of two on Amazon — far less than paying £9.99 for a single Proporta iPhone protector at Argos.

WORTH THE HAGGLE: If your beloved device is beyond your expertise, you might have to take it to the chop shop. But when you do, remember to get a quote from different shops and to haggle over the cost — especially if one is much more expensive than the other.

I recently got quoted £120 in one local repair shop to fix my cracked screen.
But when I went to a ­different outlet, I managed to get it fixed for just £60. So it is well worth looking around.

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