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10 Groupon Hacks To Save More Money

10 Groupon Hacks To Save More Money

Do you love Groupon? It is useful in lots of different ways; you can try out new activities in your area, make holidays cheaper, and discover new hobbies. But did you know that there are ways to get even more savings from Groupon?

Check out 10 tips to help you save money with Groupon.

1. Refer Your Friends

If you have any friends who love deals too, recommend they join Groupon!

For every friend you refer, you will get $10 in Groupon bucks when they make their first purchase. All you have to do is sign in and click on your name in the top corner, then click “refer a friend” from the drop-down menu. A quick and simple way to make your purchases on Groupon even cheaper!

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    2. Check For Extra Charges

    One of the most expensive parts of Groupon is the hidden extras, such as shipping fees and the gas you need to get there. Watch out for the hidden fees before you purchase so you know exactly how much you are paying and what for.

    Another great way to make the extra fees cheaper is to wait until holidays, such as Easter and Valentine’s day, when Groupon offers extra discounts.

    3. Subscribe For The Best Savings

    Instead of checking the site whenever you remember, subscribe so that you are alerted to all of the best deals. Often you will see many more offers that are perfectly suited to you. Another useful tip is to subscribe to any cities you plan to travel to in the near future to help make your trip even cheaper!

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    4. Get Social With Groupon

    If you tweet about your personal favorite Groupon purchases, Groupon will personalize your offers so they are more suited to your own interests. This is a great way to filter out the offers you are less interested in and replace them with improved offers.

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      5. Only Search Through the ‘Best Of Groupon’

      To save some serious money, only search through the ‘Best Of Groupon.’ This part of the site offers the best deals – normally 50% or even more. This is one of the easiest ways to save money on Groupon.

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              6. Read The Fine Print

              With every Groupon deal, there is a section called the ‘Fine Print’. Instead of being pages long, there is just a brief description of everything you need to know – including parts that may ruin the deal. For instance, some offers are only available if you haven’t already used them in the last month – handy to know before you buy!

              7. Sell Your Unused Vouchers

              Often there are offers so good on Groupon that you don’t want to miss out – only to regret your purchase an hour later. If you make an inpulse buy that you later regret, you can always sell your voucher on CoupFlip, a website were people can sell great coupons and vouchers.

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                8. Know What You Are Looking For

                Do you want to take a short vacation, make a day trip, or buy something for your home? It is useful to have an idea of what you want before you look on Groupon, as the deals can be different every day. That way, you can make sure you get exactly what you want!

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                9. Check Out Groupon Online

                Another handy way to keep up with the best deals on Groupon is by following them on Twitter. Here, they frequently showcase new deals and offers – and if you want, you can even tweet them with suggestions of offers you’d like to see in the future.

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                  10. Get Groupon For Your Mobile

                  The free Groupon app is a nifty way to win as many savings as possible, even when you’re on the go. The app uses your location, so you only ever get deals that are in the area you are currently in. It’s a great way to filter out deals that you’re not interested in so you can focus on the useful deals!

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                  Published on September 17, 2018

                  How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                  How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                  Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                  With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                  So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                  1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                  It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                  You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                  So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                  2. When you want something big, wait

                  Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                  It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                  We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                  A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                  So, you get the itch.

                  You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                  Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                  Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                  Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                  It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                  The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                  3. Live smaller than you can afford

                  You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                  You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                  That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                  Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                  Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                  The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                  But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                  4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                  Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                  But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                  Create a grocery budget

                  Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                  Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                  I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                  Make a list… and never deviate

                  Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                  You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                  These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                  Eat before going grocery shopping

                  It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                  If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                  After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                  Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                  However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                  This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                  5. Cancel your gym membership

                  Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                  The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                  Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                  I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                  Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                  Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                  For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                  Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                  There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                  It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                  I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                  Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                  The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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