In times of economic struggle, it can be really frustrating to find a way to make ends meet. But it’s times like these where it pays, literally, to be creative. Fortunately, there are a lot of different ways to do this due to modern technology. Here are a few examples.
Free Cell Phone Providers
One approach to saving money with your family is to look for free cellphone options. The government will approve you to use free cellphone service from particular providers that specialize in this if you meet certain conditions. Generally this will apply to families that are under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. There will be a certain number of minutes allotted per month, and a certain number of texts as well, and many of these are completely free if you qualify. Cancelling your regular cellphone service and going with a free provider can save you a huge amount of money per month.
Use Apps to Identify Hidden Gems
You don’t really have to go through a huge amount of trouble to make a little extra money on the side from a business. In fact, it doesn’t even really have to be a business, just something you do on the side to get a little extra cash. If you use something like Google Goggles you can instantly identify anything in an antique store that might be worth a lot more than you thought at first glance. You just can an object with your phone, and it will then give you a sense of what the object is, and in some cases, how much it’s worth. You can also use this to identify any antiques in your garage that might be worth something as well, especially old books. You’d be surprised how much some old books are worth these days since books are quickly becoming antiques.
Your mobile phone can also help you save money when you’re going out to buy items at the store. There’s apps like ShopSavvy, for example, where you can scan barcodes for items in a store, including electronic gadgets at Best Buy, fans at Sears, or anything anywhere really. The app will then identify the product, and show you how much the object is going for on the Internet. Apps like this one will also show you how much the product is going for in stores that are nearby to your location in some situations. So if the product is going for cheaper across the street, you can just get in your car, drive for 30 seconds, and instantly save a huge sum of money, all from taking an extra minute to scan a barcode!
When it comes to purchasing huge products like a television, or a large air conditioner, shopping around to get the best deal can save you hundreds of dollars, so it’s definitely worth it most of the time to do so. It can also help to read the reviews to make sure you won’t really lose out when you go with the smaller price.