Today we welcome a guest post from Adam Ferraresi. He’s a successful web developer from Dallas, Texas and one of the amazing writers at wefollowtech.com. He enjoys listening to music and watching old movies, that is, when he’s not working on interesting new articles.
Saving money is a skill that needs honing just like any other. We’re all a bit envious of those people who can set aside a certain amount of money every month and keep stashing it in the bank, either for a rainy day or just so they can save up for something they desire.
For most of us, though, this isn’t the way it works! Personally I was the kind of guy to spend my money as soon as I got it. I knew exactly what I wanted to spend my money on and I did so as fast as I could.
Realistically, this is completely normal human behavior, which is reinforced by the countless ads we’re bombarded with each day.
So my question to you is, how do the majority of us that don’t have a natural tendency towards saving money accomplish it? Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can do so without having to completely change your lifestyle. In this article I’m going to be talking about just that – a few easy methods that you can use right now to save big bucks.
People grossly underestimate how much money they can save using coupons alone. Over the course of my life I’ve known several people that were coupon hunting fanatics, and it’s positively scary what kind of discounts they’re able to get just by keeping up with them.
An ex-girlfriend of mine for example got a 70% discount on a $600 bill, which brought her total down to $180, and while admittedly this is an extreme case, it’s absolutely possible to get such amazing deals.
According to her, there’s really nothing to it; all you have to do is spend fifteen minutes to half an hour every day browsing coupon websites, trying to snag a deal that you might potentially get some use out of. Just don’t spend all of your time asking yourself “do I really need this?” Eventually, all coupons tend to pay off as long as you’re smart about it.
Video Streaming and VoIP
Ask yourself this: How much do you pay for your cable bill annually? How much time do you really spend watching TV these days? I asked myself this very same question a few years ago, and figured out I was paying more than $1100 per year, while spending minuscule amounts of my free time in front of the set.
Most of the stuff I was genuinely interested in I could watch online anyway! Worst case scenario, waiting a few hours after it airs on television. So I canceled my cable bill and got a Netflix subscription. I went from paying more than $1000 a year to less than $100.
If you tend to make a lot of international calls via landlines, here is an easy way to save tonnes of cash on your phone bill: Look into VoIP as soon as possible.
Applications like Skype, Viber and FaceTime allow you to call a person located anywhere in the world for the low price of absolutely nothing. As long as you both have access to the same app and an Internet connection, then you can chat for hours.
Special Prices with VPNs
Did you know that certain shopping websites actually different prices for the same item depending on where the buyer is located? In other words, you can buy the same item for, say, $20 less if you’re in the U.S. as opposed to if you were located in Australia (shipping charges not included).
However, you can use this seemingly unfair practice to your advantage. Utilize a Virtual Private Network (VPN) such as ExpressVPN.
The moment your PC connects to a VPN, it receives a new IP address – and since IP addresses are intrinsic to your specific location, the website you’re buying from now thinks that you’re browsing from a completely different location. In other words, if you’re in Australia, all you have to do is connect to a US-based VPN server, and you can immediately get access to potentially lower prices.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the US founding fathers once said, “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” He was right on the mark. Cutting back on big expenses is easier since we contend with them each day. Small expenses however escape our attention and end us costing us in the long run unless we remain vigilant.