6 Easy Ways To Save Money While Using Social Media
We all use social media to connect with family and friends, keep up with current events, and even promote our own businesses. But did you know you could save a few bucks via social media? You just have to know where to look.
With a little time and research you can find bargain deals, coupons, freebies. Here are six easy ways to leverage social media to save money on almost anything!
Follow Brands You Love
By following the brands you adore on social media you can get real time information about upcoming sales, coupons or giveaways that may or may not be listed
Follow Daily Deals Sites
Daily deals sites offer some incredible ‘limited time only’ discounts on select items and experiences. Connect with daily deal sites such as Woot, Groupon, and Living Social on Twitter and Facebook or via their apps. rather than signing up for email which can clutter your inbox. There are also apps on iOS and Android like Beep’nGo and Retail Me Not which notify you of deals in your proximity.
Hashtags are not just for #ThrowbackThursday or #WashWednesday, they can also be use to find deals and coupons. Although, Twitter and Instagram are the best platform to search for savings by hashtag, you may find success on Facebook as well. Use the search button and insert keywords like, #Coupon #Deals #Sale #Clearance and you will yield hundreds of items to choose from. To narrow down your search for a specific item such as boots, you would type in #Boots #Sale into the search box. Additionally using seasonal hashtags like #LaborDay #ColumbusDay #BlackFriday #CyberMonday will retrieve posts from retailers who are having sales during the holidays.
Just like daily deal sites, there are plenty of freebie sites with an active social media presence. To get started, check out these four @GimmieFreebies @Freebies4Mom @heyitsfree @icravefreebies to see what great freebies you can receive.
Connect with Community Managers
A majority of major brands have community managers whose job it is to ensure that their customers on social media are happy. Use these digital customer service agents to your advantage by starting a conversation with them on Facebook or Twitter about your pleasure or displeasure about a product or service. Don’t forget to ask them about current or future promotions or sales.
Let Others Do the Work for You
If you are short on time, seek out social profiles that curate and aggregate deals.
Follow Twitter accounts such as @RetailMeNot, @Coupons, @KrazyCouponLady and @MoneySavingMom. You can check into these feeds daily to learn about coupons, freebies, and samples you can redeem online or in-store.
Lastly, while you can save money while using social media, it can also leave you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Before you buy or sign up for programs, do your research on the service provider or retailer. Check their reviews on websites like Yelp, Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau.
If you see negative ratings or no data on the company be wary of purchasing from them. Keep in mind, when using social platforms, make sure your privacy settings assure that you control who sees your personal information. Also check the settings on your tablet and smartphones to ensure your physical location is only revealed when you want it to be.