Never Pay Full Price Again: Pocket Penny Pinching Pointers Using Your Phone
Do you save money using your smartphone? Jake Hobbs has some helpful tips for how to easily save money with your mobile device!
There are plenty of us with smartphones these days and probably an equal measure of people who want to save money wherever they can, so it’s time to marry the two together and use your phone to grab some money-saving deals.
If you are looking for Bed Bath & Beyond offers for example, it will often pay to become a Bed Bath & Beyond email subscriber, so that you can receive great offers straight to your smartphone inbox, and the same principle applies for all of your favorite brands and stores.
Aim to pay the lowest price
One of the most annoying things that happens to shoppers is when you buy an item and find the same product shortly afterwards, at a lower price.
This is where your smartphone can come in really handy, as it is now easy to access the internet while you are out and about and do a price match.
If you find the same item is cheaper elsewhere and you are standing in the store ready to buy, use the information on your screen to show to the sales assistant and ask them if they can match the price available elsewhere.
Faced with the prospect of losing a sale, this tactic tends to be successful in getting you an instant discount and ensuring you don’t overpay for anything. If they don’t agree to price match, you know where to get the item cheaper anyway.
Apps mean savings
If you have always been a fan of coupons there is no need to go through the chore of cutting them out of a magazine anymore, as there will almost certainly be an app available with the same discount offer.
Apps are an integral component of your smartphone and we are all familiar with how to use them and how they make your mobile experience fund and entertaining. Apps to save you money are probably not as exciting as some other apps, but if you want to know where to get the cheapest gas in your area or who is offering a 20% diners discount, then you should be thinking that apps mean savings.
Even when you make in-store purchases rather than buying online, there are still plenty of opportunities to shave some money off your total at the checkout, by looking up digital coupons and current deals in-store.
Digital coupons can be presented at the register and scanned directly from your smartphone. You will also discover that there are plenty of retailers who are running an SMS text service, so sign up and give them your mobile number and you will find regular offers arriving that are not always available online.
Use your scan function
It is also worth mentioning that using the scan function on your phone could also save you money in several ways.
Use an app that allows you to scan the UPC code for a product and you can find out more about the product as well as see what price it is available elsewhere.
There are plenty of ways to ensure you don’t pay full price again for many items, so use your smartphone to save money.
Jake Hobbs is a stay at home Dad of 2 boys who has recently started blogging about personal finance. From savvy shopping to penny pinching, look out for his articles on personal finance and lifestyle blogs.