As prices continue to increase, you may be looking for new ones to save money. This is especially important if you are just starting a family, because you will have many new expenses on top of the ones you already have. Luckily, in the age of the internet and smartphone, there are numerous ways you can help save money. Even if it is only a few dollars here and there, it can quickly add up over time. Follow these guidelines to help you start saving money in no time!
Many people are returning to one of the most traditional ways to save money – coupons. Like most things, however, coupons have moved online. Internet coupons can be found at any time, and generally offer higher value savings than coupons found in the newspaper. The first thing you need to do is select a coupon destination site. You can find one easily enough through Google, or through a specific retailer. Visit the site and browse the various coupons that are available. Select the coupons you wish to use, and select the print button at the top of the screen. If this is your first time, you will likely have to install coupon printer software. Take the coupons to the store with you, and use them when you proceed to the check-out. Some grocery stores (or other retailers) have smart phone scanners, allowing you to store coupons on your phone. This is relatively new technology, however, and many stores do not have this ability. Thus, it is always a good idea to print the coupons out just in case.
While coupons represent a traditional way of saving money, there are many new modern ways that help you save, including the app. There are several Smartphone apps that can be used to help you save, and many of them are free. One of the most popular money saving apps is WhatsApp. It is a cross-platform app that allows you to text for free, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. This is huge for people who travel a lot, but have access to free Wi-Fi at cafés or hotels. RedLaser is another popular app. It is owned by eBay, and allows you to scan barcodes while you are out shopping to compare the price of the item with both online and offline stores. It also gives you information about the product, as well as ratings and reviews. You can have the cheapest price delivered to your home or, if the store you are in price matches, show the manager who will give you the item for the cheapest price. To help save on calling, you can use 08 Wizard, which replaces 08 calls with an 01 or 02 number, allowing you to use your free minutes on your phone. Redeemia, MyVoucherCodes, and AA Parking are other popular money saving Smartphone apps.
There are many different things you can sign up for to help learn of great savings or deals. Groupon, for example, is one of the most popular coupon sites. It offers “deals of the day”, and sends emails out to all people who have signed up to the website. When you signup, you can select the area you are located in, and it will send you deals in the area on restaurants, attractions, spas, and anything else.