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6 Ways You Probably Never Knew Could Save You Money on Amazon

6 Ways You Probably Never Knew Could Save You Money on Amazon
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Even though it already offers some pretty heavy discounts, people always want to know new ways to save money on Amazon. To meet that demand, here are some options for how to make online shopping even more affordable. Read below about these six ways to save money on Amazon.

1. Take advantage of Amazon Warehouse

Getting something that’s absolutely perfect is ideal, but buying something that’s slightly less than perfect is usually a lot cheaper. The products that don’t meet Amazon’s intense, mint condition quality standards get shipped off to Amazon Warehouse, where you can find major bargains.

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There are five categories in which Amazon places items that are ineligible for the main site: “new” (never been opened but the packaging is damaged), “like new” (someone returned it immediately after buying for no particular reason), “very good” (some cosmetic damage, but the product is totally in working order), “good” (large cosmetic damage or missing accessories) and “acceptable” (signs of fairly substantial wear).

As the quality of the package goes down, so do the prices. “New” products are hard to find but there are plenty of “like new” and “very good” items available if you hunt around. Amazon doesn’t publicize Amazon Warehouse for pretty obvious reasons, so it isn’t particularly easy to find. But this extensive article on Debt Roundup shows you where to go and answers most other questions you might have.

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2. Subscribe and save

If you buy household items from Amazon on a regular basis, you will immediately start to save money on Amazon with this tip. The Subscribe and Save section for everyday items offers a 15% discount on a lot of different products like razors, toothpaste, pens and a much, much more. This can help you save money on Amazon to the tune of hundreds or even thousands, depending on how much you shop, so I would highly recommend checking it out.

3. Sell back items (especially textbooks)

The internet giant makes it very easy to save money on Amazon by offering you the chance to sell products that you don’t want or need anymore to other customers. The biggest success stories for making your money back are with textbooks, the outrageously priced necessities for basically any college student. Amazon eases the pain of the ridiculous prices by letting you buy and sell your textbooks from fellow students from across the globe. Here is where you can sign up to become an Amazon seller.

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4. Subscribe to Amazon emails

You probably wouldn’t prefer to clutter up your inbox further, but if you seriously want to save money on Amazon, then you should at least consider subscribing to their email newsletter. You can do that on this page and choose what categories you want to be updated about. I would lean towards only subscribing to the categories that you regular shop on Amazon for. Otherwise, you’ll quickly get overloaded with emails. However, you can of course always unsubscribe at any time.

5. Utilize your wish list

This is a big one. A wish list is one of the biggest assets Amazon offers its customers. It’s a totally win-win option. Amazon earns your loyalty by giving you a great way to keep track of the changing prices of items you’re interested in purchasing at some point, and you have a central hub that shows you opportunities to save money on Amazon. A smart shopper uses wish lists to save money on Amazon and make it more convenient to buy the things they want.

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6. Hop on CamelCamelCamel

One of the best services around if you want to save money on Amazon is the website CamelCamelCamel, an Amazon price tracker that alerts you when prices drop for specific items. CamelCamelCamel also offers price history charts that show you how their costs have fluctuated over a long period of time for products, so that you can get an idea of exactly when the right time to buy is. The Everything Store itself offers you a lot of ways to save money on Amazon, but services like CamelCamelCamel make it even easier to get the best possible deal.

Featured photo credit: Online Shopping/Tim Reckmann via flickr.com

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

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