In today’s ever connected world, you likely have your smartphone or tablet with you everywhere you go and make use of a laptop or desktop when at home. You use this technology to do amazing things every day already, so why not use it to save some money too? Here are just a few ways technology can put money back in your pocket.
There are many coupon sites online that provide coupons and promo codes on a wide variety of items from food to lingerie. You can print these coupons to take to brick and mortar stores or use them for online purchases at checkout. Many retailers ask only that you show them the coupon on your smartphone, so you can use Wi-Fi or your data network to find purchases even when you’re already in the store and buying on impulse. One popular online coupon provider is Amazon, where you can enjoy discounts brought to you by Discountrue’s Amazon coupon codes.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Whether you’re keeping in touch with remote family members or pulling together a business meeting, VoIP allows you to connect with each other for no cost with audio as well as video capabilities. VoIP eliminates travel costs and time resulting in significant savings and both computer software and phone apps are available to facilitate VoIP sessions.
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
Though you certainly don’t carry these with you to stay connected on the go, CFLs are a new technology that will save you quite a bit of money. These bulbs cost a bit more than traditional ones but pay for themselves by using 25 to 33% less energy and lasting 10 times as long. Each bulb reduces energy cost by up to $50 over their lifetime.
Whether you use an Apple, Android, Kindle, Nook or something else entire;y, there are many apps that allow you to download and read free books. Many publishers offer deep discounts on electronic version of popular titles, as well, since electronic publishing saves time and paper. There are more than 100,000 books available for free according to Real Simple, so you can read your heart’s content without spending a dime.
These are just a few ways to save money with technology, so stay on the lookout always for other ideas. Remember too that you can even save money on the technology itself by selling old electronics when you upgrade and upgrading a bit less often.