Ever feel like you’re wasting time on social media? You’re not alone. According to estimates, workers spend an average of 45 minutes a day on social media while they’re on the job – that’s a lot of time that could have been spent doing something productive.
Social media is usually portrayed as a form of time-wasting, especially by the business press who get a lot of readership from managers and CEOs. But social media also has its benefits: although you might be wasting time, you could also be saving money. It turns out that using social media is actually a good way to rein in your spending, find deals and learn about frugal DIY projects. Here are some of the ways that your social media habit might actually be helping your bank account.
Businesses are getting savvy to the idea that they need to engage with their audiences on social media. Good news – that means you. And how are they trying to get your attention? Usually through promotions and free giveaways.
Put yourself in the shoes of a business for a second. Imagine that you have to reach out to 10,000 customers in order to get enough business to sustain your company. What do you do? One of the first things you’d think of would be giving away things for free – sample packs to get people hooked on your product. Type in “free swag” on your social media search bar and see what comes up.
Use Deal Aggregators And Daily Deal Websites
According to the Dealdash Twitter account, you never know what deals you might find while browsing through deal aggregators. Perhaps you’ve been hankering after a piece of jewelry or an item of clothing for a long time, but couldn’t bring yourself with pay the sticker price. Deal aggregators help you find the best deals, sales and money-off promotions on the internet.
The offers on daily deal websites can be even better. Often you’ll find companies with excess inventory trying to flog their stock, meaning that there’s almost always a bargain to be had.
Find Out About Money-Saving DIY Projects
Instagram and Pinterest aren’t just sites full of pictures of people’s cats: they’re also a source of endless inspiration, especially when it comes to frugal DIY. Do you want a new piece of furniture for your home? There’s no need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars; just scout around social media and try to find examples of how to make what you want on the cheap. You could make anything, from something as extravagant as kitchen cabinets to as simple as a pen holder.
Follow Your Favorite Businesses
Business accounts are worth following on social media for the simple reason that they often use their social media accounts to start competitions or announce events when you can win prizes. What’s more, more and more businesses are reaching out to potential employees over social media, meaning that by following your favorite company, you could end up working for them.