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10 Groupon Hacks To Save More Money

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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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                  Financial Freedom is Not a Fantasy: 9 Secrets to Get You There

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                  Financial Freedom is Not a Fantasy: 9 Secrets to Get You There

                  Have you ever considered your life now, and how it would be if you had more time to spend with your family and less worries about money?

                  Nowadays, financial stress is one of the most troublesome weights in life. If you’ve ever encountered financial stress, you know the difficulty of not having enough income to pay your obligations or bills.

                  Many people say that money is not the ultimate goal of life. While that’s true, money certainly plays a very significant role. The meaning of financial freedom changes with the different phases of our life, but ultimately, it is something that many people strive for.

                  In this article, we’ll explain how to capture that financial freedom you’ve been looking for. Read on to learn the secrets to financial freedom.

                  Break Free of Your Finances

                  Financial freedom is about having a constant flow of cash from your assets to cover all your regular needs.

                  When you are not worried about your income, or living paycheck to paycheck, you gain a great sense of freedom. It’s the freedom to be obtain and do what you truly need to make your way through everyday life.

                  Gaining financial freedom, though, is a process of growth, making small improvements and gaining emotional strength.

                  Though it seems hard to believe, it is really very simple to get financial freedom.

                  To do so, you simply need to make sure that your assets exceed your liabilities. In other words, you’ll need to find the sweet-spot where your residuals meet or surpass your expenses. This is something that you can achieve with the proper plan.

                  While not every person will accomplish financial freedom, the potential for anyone to do so is certainly there. Anyone can achieve this success, regardless of their income level.

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                  Outlined below are 9 secrets that will help you in your goals of achieving financial freedom.

                  1. Stop Unnecessary Spending

                  We often spend money inwardly, instead of objectively.

                  For example, you may spend when you’re anxious, depressed, restless, exhausted, from fear of missing out, or to please others. This is a very unhealthy way to handle your finances.

                  To stop this habitual spending, log down all your spending over the course of a month.

                  Just as some people keep a food diary, keep an expense diary. Remember not to just write down how much and what you spent the money on, also include the circumstances of why you spent the money. Was it an impulse buy at the checkout line or was it something you planned to purchase?

                  This increased self-awareness could enable you to avoid triggering situations in the future when you are considering an impulse buy.

                  2. Plan a Monthly Budget

                  This is a great opportunity to get serious.

                  Take a seat with your spouse or partner and make a monthly budget based on your income, not your expenses. You are never again going to spend more cash then you have on hand.

                  Overspending is the thing that led you to more financial obligations. Make sure you decide every month what is coming in and what will be going out and stick to that budget… no matter what.

                  3. Cut-up Credit Cards

                  Perhaps you are the type of person who always pays your credit card balance in full before the end of your billing cycle, and enjoys the reward points you gain. If this is the case, then you’re already way ahead of the game.

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                  If not, you may want to consider ridding your life of the burden that credit cards bring.

                  Many cards have strategies set up so that if you make a certain number of late payments, they will raise your interest rate much higher. This can really add up in the long run and you won’t be doing your financial situation any favors. If you’re prone to late payments or have a large balance due on your cards, cut them up!

                  Without proper self control on credit card spending and payments, you are basically throwing your money away. To ensure that you have better control over your spending, use only cash or debit for all future purchases (and don’t forget to pay at least your minimum payment on your cut-up cards each month!).

                  4. Increase Savings

                  There is no doubt that for a comfortable retirement you must accumulate satisfactory savings throughout your working life.

                  It’s good practice to save up to 15% of your income.

                  Start with your workplace 401(k), if you have one. If not, a Roth IRA (if you are eligible) or a traditional IRA (if you are not eligible for the Roth) are the next logical steps.

                  Increase in longevity means you might be able to look forward to 25 to 30 years in retirement, or possibly even significantly more. Investing now in good retirement plans will ensure that you have a guaranteed a stable monthly income when the time comes to stop working. [1]

                  5. Invest Wisely

                  Consider investing in funds.

                  Specifically, you will gain higher returns if you invest in different types of mutual funds such as Debt funds, Equity funds and Hybrid funds with a proper balance, although it absolutely relies on your personal preferences and sense of risk taking.

                  To get the most of these benefits, make sure you are investing in a variety of assets. Another resource of investing in mutual funds is SIP (Systematic Investment Plan) where you invest some money every month in funds. SIP works by averaging the per unit price of the stock.

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                  Mutual fund investors are aware of the benefits of an SIP (Systematic Investment Plan). For one, it is the most secure way to invest in equity mutual plans so that wealth is created over a long period of time. This plan also helps you to gain a better sense of financial discipline, which will come in handy in all your financial endeavors.

                  6. Invest in Gold

                  There isn’t really a better way to invest in gold than to have the physical gold itself in your possession.

                  You can purchase gold coins and bars from mints as well as from coin dealers and other private sellers.

                  Another way to invest in gold is through ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds).

                  These are is similar to mutual funds but they are exclusively investments of gold. ETFs are great because they offer more liquidity; the ETF owns the actual physical gold, stores it, and retains the value of the shares. These shares can then be bought and sold in the stock market, and one big benefit is that the transaction costs of gold ETFs are much lower than the that of physical gold.

                  With its consistently-increasing demand, investment in gold can be very wise long-term investment to make.

                  7. Stash Emergency Funds

                  Whether it’s a cash gift or a work bonus, always try to save any extra money that comes your way rather than making unneeded purchases.

                  If you get paid every other week, you’ll get an “extra” paycheck (three rather than the usual two) twice a year. Either save those paychecks towards your emergency funds or utilize the money to pay down other obligations, such as loans, credit cards or other debts.

                  Make it hard to get your cash.

                  Put your savings in an alternate bank, maybe an online bank that forces you to delay for several business days before transferred money hits your regular bank account.

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                  8. Find Fabulous Mentors

                  Find a mentor, such as a friend or family member, who has exceptional control over their finances and pay attention to everything they do.

                  If you do not have any friends or family that are enjoying financial freedom, then find a mentor online! There are numerous blogs and guru websites featuring the advice of many people who have reached financial freedom, and they exist primarily to let you in on how to achieve it for yourself.

                  There are also plentiful forums available that share tips and tricks on how to best achieve financial freedom. Read as much as you can and start changing your habits for the better.

                  9. Be Extra Patient

                  Patience is the key of financial success.

                  Being patient can be quite tough, especially when you’re struggling with your finances, but having faith is worth it. You’ll continuously be on the right track if you are taking the proper steps above.

                  So don’t be discouraged, even if you are only saving a few dollars a month; it all adds up. Within just a few years you’ll look back proudly at your accomplishments and be glad that you had the patience to get there.

                  Financial Freedom for All

                  Anyone can achieve financial freedom, regardless of their financial circumstance.

                  Use the tips provided above to get yourself on the track to financial freedom and toss your monetary concerns out the window. If you wish to achieve a life with financial freedom for yourself and your family then you must adopt a disciplined approach towards your finances.

                  Following the simple secrets above is a great start to making your money work for you, so you can work less and live more!

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                  Reference

                  [1] Hartford Gold Group: IRA Retirement Accounts

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