Have you ever had that feeling at the end of the month where you just don’t realize where all that extra money of yours went? If so, you’re not alone. Not too many people are proficient at saving money, but with the right approach, it’s certainly possible. Once you learn a few tricks, you’ll find that you’ll be able to stash away huge amounts of cash. This will get you ever so closer to paying off all that debt you have accumulated over the years. It also will help you save for that big purchase you’ve had your eye on for a while.
Using the Internet, saving money is a real breeze nowadays; you can use any of several methods, and it doesn’t take that long to master any of them. Here are some of the ways I’ve used the Internet to cut down on expenses and get some great deals.
Innovative Ways to Save Money Thanks to the Internet …
Let’s face it, we all have items that we might have had some use for at some point in our lives, but now they sit in the corner, collecting dust and waiting to be thrown out. These are things that you don’t even consider selling online because you might think that no one would want them. Fortunately, there are now entire websites on the Internet that focus on trading; whether it’s old books, music CDs, games or anything else, you can sell them. Certain websites even will pay the shipping costs for the item. As a kid, I used to own a lot of gadgets that ended up being obsolete as technology developed. So, they were stashed in a box and forgotten; dozens of old phones, game consoles, MP3 players and a bunch of other stuff that I thought no one possibly could need. Then I found out about Gazelle, a website that will take your old electronics off your hands and even pay the required shipping cost. At no expense, I got rid of all my old, “useless” electronics for quite a hefty amount of money.
Coupon websites have become incredibly popular in the last decade. They’re a great way to save enormous amounts of cash on basically anything; groceries, electronics, furniture, etc.
An ex-girlfriend of mine was a mastermind at coupons – she would spend hours every week researching where and how to get the best deals. At the end of the week when she went shopping, she ended up getting these ridiculously large discounts on virtually all the products she bought–up to 60 or 70 percent at times! And while she might be somewhat of an extreme example, you certainly can get fantastic results with this method if you spend just a little time on it.
Dozens of great websites on the Internet offer you discount coupons. So, if you tend to shop online a lot, it’s definitely something you should be looking at. The most popular ones are Ebates, Coupons.com and Groupon. You really can save a ton of cash if you use them all right, especially if you’re about to make a large purchase.
VoIP and Streaming
A lot of people now are canceling their cable TV and turning to online streaming websites such as Hulu or Netflix. At $8 a month, Netflix is significantly cheaper than your existing cable bill. You also actually get to watch the shows you want to watch, when you want to watch them, without commercial breaks. Up until several years ago, my cable bill was costing me $1,100 per year, and that’s without counting all the pay-per-view I used to order every now and then. Then I realized I was better off just signing up for Netflix and canceling my cable altogether. I can get access to more quality material that way (in my opinion, anyway), skip the ads and watch shows on my own schedule. My Netflix subscription is significantly cheaper than what I used to pay for cable, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Additionally, you can reduce your phone bill significantly by turning to VoIP services such as Skype and Viber to conduct most of your communications. Fully functional on both data networks and Wi-Fi, these apps let you communicate with other people who have the same service for the extra low price of absolutely nothing, as long as you have access to a working Internet connection.
What if I told you the prices you see on online websites greatly depend on your current location? A good example would be airline tickets that can, as you know, be pretty expensive at times. You can get major discounts just by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to change your IP address, and make it seem as if you’re purchasing the ticket from another part of the world. A friend of mine clued me in on this little tip when he was flying back from Europe a few months back. Since then I’ve been able to save more than $400 on airline tickets simply by having access to different location-based deals. I’ve flown six or seven times since I started doing this, which means that, on average, my flights were $60 cheaper each time.
Setting up a VPN is pretty easy. They’re dirt cheap nowadays and they offer you a variety of other benefits as well. So, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be using one.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, they say. Following this idiom, some really generous people actually use freebie sites on the Internet to give away all the stuff they no longer need for absolutely free. So, all you have to do is look up one of these websites and see what’s up for grabs. You can find some really cool things that you’d otherwise have to pay a lot of money for, simply because you didn’t know someone was giving it away and asking for nothing in return.
What about you? Do you have innovative ways to save money thanks to the internet?
Adam Ferraresi is a successful web developer from Dallas, Texas. He is twenty-three years old, and when he isn’t working on some interesting new article, he enjoys listening to music and watching old movies.
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