Do you spend the better part of your time online? Do you tweet, blog or Facebook? If you do, I’d say you’re in the majority these days. More than ever, people are living virtual lives; depending on social media for both their personal connections and their news. Really, it’s a whole new world.
I’m not here to weigh in on how I feel about the role of technology in our lives; I use it as much as the next gal, so it’s tough to be non-biased. There are pros and cons to our online existence, of course, and one of the biggest pros is saving a little green. Here are my thoughts on how social media can save you money.
If you belong to networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn, look for groups of like-minded folks that have similar interests. For instance, after joining a group of fellow Chicago-based bloggers, I’ve been privy to offers of movie tickets, discount coupons for Wisconsin Dells resorts and opportunities to try products for free. This is a great place to read about local sales or interesting opportunities; things I wouldn’t have otherwise known about if I hadn’t joined.
“Like” what you already like
Using the “like” button inside Facebook is a great way to learn about special offers, contests and events. Everyone from my hair stylist to my favorite local clothing shop posts special offers on Facebook that they don’t share with the public. Think of this as a reward for giving their products and services your positive thumbs up.
I must admit, it took me awhile to come around to the idea of sites like Groupon or Living Social, but I am now a fan. I try to purchase only when they’re for something I had intended on buying anyway, like holiday photo cards or dining out. We absolutely love Groupon’s Groupon Now feature. We don’t eat out often, but we always check it before we do so that we don’t pay full price.
Your valuable opinion
There is no better advertising than word-of-mouth and businesses know it! When you find a product you love, review it so that others know that money paid for the product is money well-spent. On the flipside, search out product reviews before you spend so that you’re well-educated on which items are worth your time and your money.
Molly Logan Anderson is a freelance writer who lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Mike, three kids and two labs. Join Molly on her family’s journey of living a frugal life and making financial freedom their reality in her columns or visit her website at www.mollylogananderson.com or on her blog at www.butterfliesandmudpies.blogspot.com.