If you’re active on social media, you’re constantly presented with opportunities to save, whether you've signed up for them or not. If you’re not careful, the exposure to deals and discounts — particularly those with rapidly closing windows — can trigger impulse purchases (that's why companies often pay to have them featured in your feed.) But social feeds can also be great tools for spending less if you manage them smartly. Here are five ways you can use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to save serious money.
Chase Down Travel Deals on Twitter
Time is of the essence on Twitter. Rapid-fire tweets can pass you by with time-sensitive offers. Make Twitter lists or get tweets to your phone to act fast to get special offers like last-minute travel deals via @JetBlue Cheeps. @airfarewatchdog and @farecompare are two other virtual trip advisors that showcase airline deals and money-saving travel tips. For specific advice on maximizing credit card points and airline mileage programs, follow @thepointsguy or @pointchaser (the handle for Ariana Arghandewal, who is also managing editor of @FrugalTravelGuy and @FlyerTalk, a frequent flyer community of more than 24,000).
Find Free Printables
Pinterest is a freebie haven when it comes to free printables. Thirty HandMade Days, Crazy Little Projects, and I Heart Nap Time all have free printables for gifts, cards, tags, kids activities, meal planning, cleaning checklists and even budgets.
Are you a bride looking for a special way to round up bridesmaids for your special day? The Brooklyn Bride has a free printable that does the work for you. When you flip the pages of the DIY flipbook it asks,”Will you be my bridesmaid? The Wedding Chicks have a whole board devoted to freebies and free printables for wedding-related items such as free invitations, “save the date” postcards, Instagram wedding signs and more.
Organize and Clean House on the Cheap
Organizing guru Alejandra Costello teaches people how to get organized on her website Alejandra TV. She has been named one of HGTV’s “most organized people in the nation.” It’s not a big surprise that her boards are orderly as well, ranging from home organization ideas to cleaning tips that cover every room in the house. Her tips and tricks are incredibly affordable and so are her product recommendations, many of which come straight from the dollar store. She has a whole video devoted to getting organized on a budget.
Cosmetics For Less
Does your cosmetic budget needs a makeover? The editor-in-chief of Beauty Bets scours drugstore aisles and shows you how to get an A-List look for less on Pinterest.
15 Minute Beauty’s Pinterest boards showcase and curate more than 700 pins of drugstore beauty finds from fellow bloggers. Hairspray and High Heels also focuses on drugstore makeup finds and neatly categorizes boards by blush, lipstick, foundation, eye shadow, bronzer and more. And Youtube sensation Michelle Phan offers free makeup tutorials on her Pinterest page as well as low-cost product recommendations and DIY remedies.
Get Unique Gifts
The Frugal Girls Pinterest page, with over 240,000 followers, has many inexpensive and unique gifts, along with frugal fashions, beauty finds and dinner recipes with five ingredients or less. (Recipes, coupons and deals are also abound on their Facebook page.)
Everything Etsy serves as a single point of contact on Pinterest for featured Etsy sellers and well-priced handmade finds. The accompanying blog focuses on tips and tricks for being successful on Etsy and also showcases featured Etsy shops, like Sycamore Hill, a vintage store that specializes in hand-stamped vintage coffee and espresso spoons.
Cindy Livesey, another savings-savvy blogger who helps smart shoppers live well for less one status update at a time, regularly updates her popular Facebook account along with her website LivingRichlyWithCoupons.com with coupon deals. Other influential Facebook couponers such as Raining Hot Coupons, The Krazy Coupon Lady, WomansFreebies.com also offer deals, freebies, giveaways and promos galore. Twitter’s also home to several coupon clippers who curate and share daily deals and discounts — from @coupon_dad to @consumerqueen — and popular round-ups like @DealNews, which specializes in deals on gadgets and electronics. Or search popular hashtags like #freebies and #coupons for up-to-date deals.