Twitter can sometimes be accused of helping us all waste too much time. Use it the right way, though, and Twitter can help you save something too: Money! It’s easy to find a few money saving tips and opportunities each day on Twitter if you know where to look Here are our suggestions for discovering the next 140 character deal-of-the-day:
Follow the Deal Finders
Part of living a frugal lifestyle is finding the best bargains. Rather than shop around by visiting a bunch of different Web sites, you can simply follow a few key deal hunters on Twitter to gain access to a continuously updated supply of great deals, sales and discounts. Follow users like @CheapCheapCheap to get constant updates on sales and deals that you may not find anywhere else.
Coupon fanatics are well represented on Twitter as well, and @BearableDeals is one of the most helpful around. She tweets about some serious money savers, including many printable coupons valid at your favorite retailers and lots of freebies you’ll rush to take advantage of, such as free diapers or Bath & Body Works shower gel.
Look for Exclusive Savings by Following Your Favorite Companies
Computer-maker Dell drew big headlines for generating over $1 million in sales over the past holiday season via exclusive promotions to its Twitter followers. The campaign went so well that @DellOutlet now regularly Tweets special Twitter-only offers to its followers. It didn’t take long for other marketers to take notice, with @booksamillion and @zappos offering Twitter-only deals of their own. This is a trend that appears poised to really take off in the months ahead, so keep an eye out for your favorite retailers and brands.
Search Hashtags to Find Great Saving Suggestions
Hashtags mark that a post is about a certain topic. You can create a hashtag about anything by using # symbol at the start of the word. To find what others are saying about the topic, just search for it at http://search.twitter.com. Some great hashtags in the savings arena are #frugalitp, #bargains and #coupon. Checking into these hashtags recently, I discovered a hotel in Philadelphia offering rooms for just $1 per night and how to tell if an egg has gone bad (place the egg in a glass of water. If it sinks it’s still good. If it floats it’s no longer fresh.)
Don’t like searching for hashtags? Then let Cheap Tweets do the work for you. This site continuously searches for tweets about great deals, and then posts them for users to vote and comment on.
Sometimes staying on track with your money-saving goals can be difficult. It can help to surround yourself with a community of like-minded people. Twitter can be a great source of encouragement for those trying to save money and get out of debt. I enjoy following some of my favorite personal finance bloggers, such as @ConsumerQueen and @FreeFromBroke. They’re tweets about a big savings win always give me a pick-me-up and many bloggers are quick to reply to my questions or doubts with fast answers and encouraging words. Soon, you may find yourself swapping savings secrets and great deals with your own followers, too.
We may all waste a bit of time on Twitter now and then, but hopefully these ideas will at least help you waste less money!