This past week I did a TV interview about social media and saving money. I shared ideas and tips I’ve learned as social media has evolved. But I realized I hadn’t share my tips with you-my reader about ways I use social media to save. Consider that rectified– here’s a list of ways you can save using social media.
Follow brands you love for deals, discounts, coupons, and new product news. Smaller brands generally offer special coupon codes simply for following them!
Search hashtags for coupons, deals, giveaways and more. Use #coupon or similar to search.
Follow local deal or coupon bloggers for relevant info and deals on everything from local attractions like museums to restaurants and grocery stores.
Connect with and follow other frugal folks for ideas on more ways to save. Search the Wisebread Top blogs list for twitterers to follow.
Connect with your favorite brands to score deals, coupons, and learn about giveaways. Many brands offer coupons via apps on Facebook, and some offer giveaways including products via apps that require you to sign in.
You can also check in to Facebook Places to earn discounts and deals. I have scored everything from discounts to free jeans from the Gap this way.
You can also follow your favorite deal blogs on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest offerings.
I use FourSquare while traveling to get discounts on restaurants and shops. It’s a great way to learn about what is available locally as well.
Blogs that focus on deals, coupons, and frugal news are a great way to learn about new deals. Many deal blogs focus on their local area along with national deals. Others deal blogs focus on everything from natural foods to local events and freebies to travel deals.
Many deal sites also offer a sharing component to help encourage signups for their deals. They sweeten the pot by making your already great deal even better by offering a freebie or credit for signups from your friends or network. This can add up to spending $0 on some deals!
Before you Buy…
The number one rule before you buy is to have your budget in place, and know what is a need and a want. This will keep you from wasting money on a deal that you won’t use, or buying something for the sake of ‘scoring a deal.’
For instance-using a deal site for a box of organic veggies is a great way to save since I would buy them anyway, and the math says it makes sense. ($15 for $45 in veggies) Using deal site to buy a massage at 50% off when the spa is an hour away isn’t the best use of my money or time.
As long as your financial goals are met, and your needs are taken care of there’s no reason not to splurge on that latte, or that adorable skirt that’s 40% off with your coupon.
Using social media as another tool in your arsenal to help save money is smart and savvy.
How have you used social media as a tool to save money?