Online Tricks for Frugal Living
- Author Jeremy Smith
- Published April 16, 2011
- Word count 422
Saving money is more important than ever in this troubled economy. Fortunately for consumers, the internet revolution has provided new tools to conserve money and make sound financial decisions. Many new websites and services offer to-the-cent budgetary tracking, savings compilation, and graphing functionality. Online coupons are offered through various means for a range of brands and useful services. Proper use of online tracking tools and a knowledge of websites offering discounts are gateways to a world of frugal possibilities.
Tracking a Budget
Several services including most major banks offer online budget tracking. The first step to living frugally is establishing a method of examining earnings and expenditures in detail. Those interested in maximizing their savings should set up a budget page which includes a sheet for income and a sheet for expenses. After drawing up categories of expenses and isolating the areas of heaviest spending, it is possible to target specific deals and offers through online retailers. A trick for maximum savings is to leave blanks next to each category that can be used to track useful online deals. Listing the locations of the most helpful online deals is helpful to those organized enough to read through old months and predict upcoming expenditures.
Finding the Hottest Online Deals
There are many options for beginning a search for online deals. Many major real world retailers advertise on prominent social networking sites, news sites, and blogs. It is often possible to find banner ads leading to Best Buy coupons on electronics blogs, Bed Bath and Beyond coupons on home design forums, and Kohl’s coupons on social networking hubs. Quick searching may lead to major discounts, and it is always worth the time spent doing research before completing a major purchase. Percentage-based coupons offer practical discounts on large purchases. Consumers who locate coupon deals and then record them in their budgets will have a ready supply of special offers when the time comes to upgrade electronics or redo the look of a bedroom. Often, coupons and discounts are available in exchange for taking online surveys or completing other related tasks, and searching out these options is a quick method of locating some of the largest offers.
Both of these tools are of value on their own, but when combined are capable of saving noticeable amounts of money in relatively short periods of time. Consumers who take a measured and reasoned approach to budgetary reduction can often maintain their lifestyles while saving a significant percentage of their discretionary spending. Smart spending can stretch any income.
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