Many of us use social media on a regular basis to stay connected to friends and family, but did you know that you can also use many of those same platforms to find deals and save money?! If used properly, social media can yield big bargains and knowing how and where to look is the first step to savings. Here are five different ways that you can use social media to save!
1. Make a list of your favorite places to shop and make sure that you following them on Facebook and if you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow then there. too. Many brands also offer short-lived social media-only deals that you won’t find anywhere else. Old Navy and Gap are my two favorite Facebook pages to get extra savings using this method!
2. If you’re on Twitter, try taking a moment to search for #deal, #save, or #coupon on Twitter and you’ll see a flood of thrifty tweets. You can also narrow down your search by using multiple hashtags at once, for example #fashion and #deal.
Also, if you don’t feel like searching on Twitter, you can simply tweet @BargainBlessing, @ValpakCoupons or @Savings using the hashtag #HelpMeSave and a mention of what you’re trying to save on. For example, if you’re looking for some ideas to save on your summer vacation you could tweet using the hashtag #HelpMeSave plus the name of your vacation destination. Within no time at all you’ll receive a tweet back with some money saving tips.
3. Many mobile apps also offer great ways to save. As you all know, one of my favorite ways to get bonus savings at the grocery store us by using the iBotta app. I also often use Foursquare to get extra discounts at restaurants just for checking-in! Lastly, make sure to check out the Valpak mobile app. I used it just last night at my favorite Denver Sushi restaurant to save $13 off an all you can eat meal!
4. As I shared in my 10 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation article, ff summertime travel is in your near future, be sure to follow airlines on Facebook and Twitter,as many of them share limited-time fare sales. For example, Jet Blue tweets out low, last-minute fares from @JetBlueCheeps every Tuesday, and Virgin America and Spirit Airlines also share fare alerts on Twitter.
5. Lastly, don’t discount the value of savings forums! One that I discovered recently is called FlyerTalk which deems itself as the world’s most popular frequent flyer community. They have all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals!
What other ways do you use social media to save? Please share in the comments section!