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TechnologyHow to save money with tech: Array of apps, sites and smart products

18:30  14 august  2019
18:30  14 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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There's an array of apps , websites , and smart home products you can use to cut costs. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Ways to save money with tech : An assortment of apps and some products shine light on savings.

You can save lots of money on tech purchases by following these useful tips. While online shopping can be extremely convenient, it's often difficult to find the best deal or price for a product . Discounts, sales and promotions come and go every day, often even without our knowing.

While many complain about the cost of consumer electronics – including a trade war that could see prices rise, as well – many of these devices can in fact save you money, both in the short term and long run.

Bah humbug, you say? Sure, sometimes there's an initial investment required, like a smartphone that lets you make free calls with certain apps, or a smart thermostat that can save you money on energy costs. In other cases, there are completely free alternatives to paid software or services.

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Because money -making apps and sites may come and go, But, like what I always say. Some awesome ones stay. You just need to know which. Making money while getting fit. Here’s a download-worthy app . Furthermore, This app also gives high- tech shoes, iPhone, and apple watches.

One way you can save money by buying things in bulk online is with BulkTix. It’s a service that lets you purchase movie tickets and snack vouchers in bulk while saving tons. Groupon and other groupon-like sites can certainly help consumers to save money when they are using the internet to shop.

The following are a handful of examples of tech – both software and hardware – that can ease the tension on your wallet.

Apps that add up to bargains

Flipp. This digital shopping app delivers your weekly circulars, digitally, to your phone, and lets you store coupons and loyalty cards to the app, too (for scanning at the cash register). Browse by store or search by keyword to see deals at local retailers – whether it’s a supermarket, big box electronics store, clothing chain, home decor outlet, and so on. Tap items to virtually clip them into your shopping list or tap and hold to read more about the item. A “smart” shopping list lets you add items, such as “steak,” and the app will show you which retailers have the best price.

eBay/Craigslist/letgo. While apps can help you save money at retail and when shopping online (with cash-back apps like Rakuten Ebates and Ibotta), also consider online marketplaces, like eBay to have items shipped to you or Craigslist and Letgo for buying locally. Contrary to popular belief, not all goods are “previously enjoyed,” plus with eBay you can choose to buy rather than bid, if auctions aren’t your thing, and also trade in an old phone to put the credit towards a new one. And don’t forget you can also sell your unwanted items on these platforms, while clearing clutter in your home in the process.

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“ Save money , without thinking about it.” Digit’s tagline perfectly sums up what this app does—every few days, the app checks the Using Modern Portfolio Theory as a guide (as many algorithmic investing programs How to Start Investing in Stocks Even if You're a Total Beginner How to Start

Smart home products not only make your life easier, safer and more fun, but can also save you energy and money . Our team of tech experts are often Use dimmable bulbs to save money with dim lighting while eliminating the harshness of lights at night. Smart Plugs / Power Strips – Automate

TextNow. With the TextNow app for iOS and Android, not only can you make free phone calls and texts, but you also get your own incoming number at no charge. Make unlimited calls to any 10-digit number in the U.S. and Canada, even on an iPad (or other tablet), or iPod touch, over Wi-Fi. And if you want to call around the world, the app offers low-cost international rates, or you can watch ads or install other apps to earn credits. It’s free because the app has some ads, but there’s an optional in-app purchase ($2.99) to remove them.

GasBuddy. If you’re planning a road trip this summer, GasBuddy helps sniff out deals on gasoline and diesel in the U.S. and Canada. Using your phone’s GPS, the app shows you which nearby stations have the lowest prices and provides maps if you don’t know the area. View gas stations by distance, price, company, or amenities (like car washes, restaurants, and washrooms). For lower rates on hotels, I’ve saved by using Hotels.com (stay 10 nights, get 1 for free), and Travelzoo (for deals on flights, hotels and packages).

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Tech products , including all smart home and automation products , continue to develop over time. When you purchase the latest and greatest device, you will Most importantly, when you are looking to save money when upgrading your home to something more automated, it is important to consider the

How do smart thermostats save money ? Here are a few common features most systems share which make them more efficient than a traditional 'dumb' With a smart heating system, you can use the app on your phone to turn off the boiler while you’re out. If you don’t want to come home to a cold house

Save with a smarter home

LEDs. Replacing your incandescent or florescent bulbs with LED lights can greater reduce the amount of power your home consumes, as they sip rather than gulp electricity. A 60-watt equivalent, for example, might only be only 6.5 to 10 watts for comparable lumens with an LED light – not to mention they can last considerably longer, which saves you even more money. Philips LEDs, for example, are less than $6 for a 4-pack (A19), and with a projected lifespan of 10,000 hours (based on three hours/day). While they cost more, some LED lights are “smart” as they can join your Wi-Fi network, for automation and control, and some can change between millions of colors.

Smart Wi-Fi thermostats. These let you easily adjust heating and cooling settings from your smartphone, tablet or smartwatch, and many can automatically optimize settings based on when you’re home and when you’re not. By learning your schedule and with remote access via an app, Google’s 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat ($249) is a popular pick. Also for $249, the ecobee4 Wi-Fi Thermostat supports Alexa voice controls and includes an occupancy sensor to place in a specific room (you can add up to 32 of these for room-by-room comfort). ecobee estimates users save an average of 23% annually on heating and cooling costs.

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You already know that going solar is a smart move - but did you also know that you can save even more money on your energy bills by investing in smart devices? Retailers are now offering a variety of devices to help you minimize wasted energy in your home.

How to Save Money is a question many people are asking. Everyone needs a holiday, a better house or a new car, but how do you achieve these goals? Want to know the best ways of save money ? It’s no great secret, it’s mostly common sense. With a few simple ideas, you can easily start saving money .

More thrifty tech tips

Cost-saving content. While many still prefer media that’s tangible – such as a video game, DVD, Blu-ray disc, book or music CD – remember prices are generally better if you buy that media digitally. Therefore, if you’re shopping for a murder-mystery lover who owns a Kindle or Kobo – or iPad or Android tablet – gift a digital best-seller they can download via a code. Same goes for today’s TV shows, movies and video games, which you can also gift digitally, and save money.

Find freebies. Instead of paying for movies, music and books, there’s no shortage of high-quality, legal and completely free media to consume at home or on the go. For example, with the free Overdrive or Libby app, you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your local library (including current bestsellers). There’s also the Internet Archive (archive.org), a non-profit resource with millions of free books, movies, music, and more. Many music and video streaming services are free, too, if you’re ok with ads. And then there’s free productivity software, like Google's suite of products (Docs, Sheets, etc.), LibreOffice, and others.

Cheaper chats. While this might fall into the “duh” department, remember you can keep in touch with friends and family, anywhere in the world – and with video, too – without having to pay for it. So long as you're using a high-speed Internet connection – be it at home or at a Wi-Fi hotspot (such as at your favorite café) – you can use apps like Skype, FaceTime, Google Duo, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp, to place or accept video calls with other users across the globe. All you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet with an integrated camera.

A 20-year contributor to USA TODAY, Marc Saltzman is also the host of the CNBC’s Tech Impact and the Tech It Out podcast at marcsaltzman.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to save money with tech: Array of apps, sites and smart products

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