On any given day, you can spend 10 minutes at your laptop or on your cell phone and grab coupons to save 20% or more, plus sign up for free magazines, body wash or dog treats.
Ashburn, VA (PRWEB) June 8, 2010
Are you on Facebook? How about Twitter or Foursquare? If you’re not, you may be missing out on some amazing coupons and discounts on everything from coffee to travel to shoes and even to groceries. Coupon Cravings, a leading money-saving web site that shares the best grocery and online deals, as well as freebies, offers five secrets to saving big using social media.
“We all want to hold onto every dollar we can and social media sites make it easier than ever to do so,” said Erin Gifford, founder of Coupon Cravings. “On any given day, you can spend 10 minutes at your laptop or on your cell phone and grab coupons to save 20% or more, plus sign up for free magazines, body wash or dog treats.”
1) Follow Your Favorite Retailers and Brands. Where do you like to shop? Which brands are your favorites? Jot down a short list, then do a quick web search. Type in the name of the retailer or brand followed by the word “Facebook” or “Twitter.” The very first listing in most cases will be the Facebook or Twitter page. Once you click through to the page, click “Like” or “Follow” to keep up with the retailer or brand and you’ll be the first to know about sales, discounts, coupons and free samples.
2) Create Twitter Lists. With so many people and brands on Twitter, it can be hard to keep up with favorites so create Twitter Lists. Build short categorized lists so you can see at-a-glance the hot deals and coupons. Create separate lists for baby brands, holiday deals, freebies, deals of the day and more.
3) Use Money-Saving Twitter Bots. Check out CouponBot (http://www.twitter.com/couponbot) to save big money. Send a tweet to @CouponBot with the name of the store you want to shop, then wait to receive a tweet back with links to coupons and coupon codes.
4) Check In for Location-Based Discounts. Sign up with location-based social media services, such as Foursquare and Gowalla, to grab discounts for being a frequent customer. Starbucks recently kicked off a national promotion to give those who visit each location most often (“mayors”) a mobile coupon to save $1 on a Frappuccino. On a more local level, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops in Detroit give Foursquare users a free small cone every fifth time they check in.
5) Follow Deal Bloggers. There are a number of blogs and web sites that gather and post the best coupons, bargains and freebies. It’s easy to follow them whether in Facebook, Twitter, RSS or by email. Since many deals are time-sensitive, it’s a good idea to stay on top of these sites or read their feeds daily. A few to check out include: Coupon Cravings, Stretching a Buck and Mrs. Moneysaver.
About Coupon Cravings
Coupon Cravings is a money-saving web site dedicated to sharing the smartest grocery, drugstore, restaurant and retail deals, as well as the latest freebies. Coupon Cravings received over 280,000 visits in April 2010. Coupon Cravings can also be found on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/eringifford or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/couponcravings.
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