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Most of us spend time on social media every day – but have you ever thought about how Facebook can save you money?
I am self confessed Facebook addict. Of all the social media platforms out there Facebook is my favourite. I think this because I feel like I get so much out of it. I find it more engaging than twitter. While Instagram is beautiful it doesn’t have the feel of community that Facebook does. Another reason Facebook is one of my favourite sites is because it saves me so much money. If you know where to look Facebook could save you an absolute fortune. Here I share my favourite ways Facebook can save you money.
Buying second hand items on Facebook is super easy. You can either request them on your own page or join one of the many buying or selling groups. Many towns have their own groups full of local people and therefore as well getting cheap second hand items you can also save on paying postage and packaging charges. Just search for ‘Buy and Sell’ and the name of your town and plenty of groups should come up – I think my hometown has about thirty! Go for the ones with the most members as your far more likely to find what you’re looking for.
As well as making you some cash selling items on Facebook can also save you money. Unlike eBay there are no fees to pay and as people tend to buy and sell locally there is no need to buy packaging or make trips to the post office. It’s win-win! The only downside of this is it offers much less buyer protection than eBay. I tend to avoid buying electrical goods unless I already know the person selling.
3. Bargains & Deals
I love a good bargain and there are loads of pages on Facebook that post awesome deals throughout the day. With everything from glitches to the latest sales I use these pages to help me stock up on Birthday and Christmas Presents during the year. I’ve listed a few of my favourites below.
I also use Facebook to save on more mundane everyday things like cooking and shopping. One of my favourite pages is Feed your family for £20 a week, which posts recipes and foodie tips throughout the day. They have a huge following and reading through the comments on each post can also be really insightful.
5. Following Big Brands
I follow loads of Brands on Facebook – Everything from the big Supermarkets to smaller independent company’s. I do this because they are always doing something to get peoples attention – from Facebook exclusive discount codes to posting their latest offers I’m always on the look out for the next bargain.
6. Freebies & Competitions
Another reason to follow lots of brands on Facebook is because many of them have frequent competitions and giveaways. Although never guaranteed, if you manage to win something you were planning on buying anyway you will almost certainly save some dosh. There are also times pages will giveaway free samples of a product they want to promote – usually limited to the first so many thousand people that apply but still absolutely worth looking out for! You could also try joining some comping groups.
7. Freecyling Groups
Facebook is also full of people giving things away for free – you just have to know where to look. My small Somerset town alone has at least 3 freecycling groups where people post items they are getting rid of for free – there’s no selling allowed. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure right? Often it’s bulkier items people are unable to take to the tip but brilliant for finding items to up-cycle or if you are starting out and literally have nothing.
Have I missed anything? How does Facebook save you money?