Save money without leaving your favorite social networks. Is that possible?
We’ve shown you how to keep tabs on Amazon’s daily deals, but neglected to mention social networks. Which is too bad, because social networks have a number of advantages for this. You’re already looking at them regularly, they allow third parties to curate content and are easy to use. Know where to look and you can save some money.
There are pages on Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook regularly linking to deals you might be missing out on – here a few worth checking out.
4 Subreddits For Finding Deals
Reddit’s quickly gone from a niche site to one of the biggest on the web. Part of the reason for that is the way it allows communities – called “reddits” by the site and “subreddits” by everyone else – to pop up on any topic.
If you’re looking for deals, Reddit’s communities make sure only the best coupons float to the top – your fellow readers vote down the bad ones quickly. Even if you’re not “into Reddit”, you should bookmark the following subreddits to find good deal.
The first, with over 35,000 readers, is.
If something’s on sale on Amazon, you’ll find it here – and the best deals float to the top quickly.
If your interests go beyond Amazon, consider r/DealsReddit – a community with over 25,000 readers.
Here you’ll find deals from around the web, a number of which are remarkable. You’ll also quickly find out when any site on the web is having some sort of clearance sale.
If you love coupons, make sure you also check out r/Coupons.
Some coupons will requires you like a particular Page on Facebook; others you can simply print, or write down a code. But check this before you buy something and you’ll save a few bucks.
Want to get free stuff in the mail? Check out r/freebies.
You’ll find out every time a particular company is giving away samples. Again, you may need to like a FacebookPpages – and you will need to provide your address. Some may never show up. It’s not for everyone, but it could be fun for you.
Confused about how Reddit works? Check out the MakeUseOf Reddit manual for a quick primer.
3 Twitter Accounts With Discounts
Want links to deals in you Twitter feed every day? I’d start with @AmazonDeals. This official account points out every item on sale from the web’s biggest retailer.
You’ll find a variety of discounted items here, so check it out.
Want to travel the USA? It’s worth following @JetBlueCheeps. This official account from Jet Blue airlines only tweets heavily discounted flights.
Someday I’d like to wander from city to city using these flights, while finding locals to couch surf with.
3 Facebook Ideas For Saving Money
For some reason, it’s surprisingly hard to find deal-specific Pages on Facebook. My search mostly led to spam, and the long-dead remains of previous communities. Don’t give up, however; there are some Pages worth liking.
WeUseCoupons, for example. This group, linked to a blog of the same name, has over 100,000 likes. It links to a wide variety of coupons every day.
The deals come from across the web, and the most popular will show up in your timeline.
There’s also a Facebook Page for DealsPlus, the same service mentioned in the Twitter section. There are fewer posts here, but if you prefer Facebook I suggest you check it out
Of course, if there are individual shops and brands you prefer, liking their Pages on Facebook might help. You’ll see regular messages from them, including any sales – but you may also see a lot of spammy content. Up to you.
Pinterest Can Help You Save Too
I had trouble finding boards that consistently post deals on Pinterest, though The Krazy Coupon Lady’s account is worth checking out.
She also wrote a blog post about how Pinterest let’s you know about price drops for items you’ve pinned. This means that, if you create a “Wish List” board on Pinterest, you’ll automatically be notified when the price goes down for those objects. Not a bad idea.
Social networks are a huge time sink, but with any online tool it’s all about how you use it. We’ve shown you how social networks can increase your productivity; we hope you also learn to use them to save money.
Know of any other ways to use social networks to find good deals? Use the comments below to share them with the world.