It is no lie that one of the most common resolutions for the New Year is to be kinder to your wallet, and actually save some money! But whenever we think about saving money, we imagine growling bellies because of hunger and wearing old worn-out clothes. Just the notion of saving money instantly causes us to relate it to a lack of class. But what if you could be smart and save money with style? Here are the 5 best ways to save money in 2017 using technology:
5. Download a Budgeting App
How many times have you made a transaction at an ATM only to see your remaining balance to be below a 1000 rupees? Somehow at the end of every month, your money seems to be stolen by a Magic Genie and you sit there wondering where it all went. It is important to realize that we as humans tend to subconsciously look the other way when it comes to analyzing our frivolous spending habits, and eventually promise to be a little smarter in the coming month. Now that a whole new year is ahead of us, it is ideal to download a solid budgeting app like one of these. These will let you keep track of your spending habits, help save for that pair of shoe’s you’ve been wanting, and will make it all as easy as 1 2 3.
4. Shop for your Clothes Online
Okay, I know what you all are thinking. There is no way you can shop online and save money without compromising on quality. But what if I told you, you can?
When shopping online, it is integral to realize that there are hundreds of scams, and more often than not what you order and what you actually receive leaves you full of mistrust for all online websites. And although that might be true for a lot of online stores, the people at BrandsPopper, Export Leftovers and Klash Collection are doing an excellent job. These online stores provide export quality products containing not only well known International brands such as Zara and Diesel, but in-house brands such as Polo Republica, all at factory rates. If you are truly looking to save money and get quality products while you do it, these websites will provide you true value for money.
3. Watch Movies at Home
Who doesn’t love watching movies in cinemas? I mean what’s not great about paying up to a 1000 rupees for a seat in the theater, paying for 3D shades that just make your head hurt, eating overpriced food that tastes like Styrofoam and watching people cheer and hoot every time the heroine comes on the screen?
It is much wiser to invest in online movie portals such as Nayatel’s iVOD, PTCL’s Smart TV and world renowned Netflix. These portals provide movies, TV shows and documentaries, all in HD! You can even send in demands for the movies you want to be uploaded, watch old classics in HD quality and watch your seasons regularly with a seamless user-friendly interface, and best of all of, you never have to go buy a DVD or a cinema ticket again!
Netflix also offers a free monthly trial that you can cancel anytime without payment, and since having signed a collaboration deal with PTCL, there is barely any down-time or lag during streaming.
So save that money you spend in the cinema, and relax on your couch with some homemade butter popcorn to watch all your movies in peace.
2. Discount Apps
Gone are the days where you went to restaurant, boutique or a super store and hoped to get a discount by indirectly signaling the waiter or retailer. Or when you were out with your friends and spent half your time calling up places to see if they were offering any discounts. With apps like Disconto and PeekABoo, you can instantly check which places are offering discounts in your city, and check which ones are close by. You can also avail discounts that are available only for people who have these apps, and can easily end up saving 20-30% of your initial cost.
But what if I told you that there is a way that you can not only get discounts in your favorite places based on your buying patterns in the past, but by doing so, also get your cash back? Seeing is believing folks, brace yourselves for the no. 1 to save money using technology.
Here it is folks, the best way to save money without compromising on quality or quantity. All you have to do is download the DealSmash app from your Android Playstore or iOS Appstore, and just start shopping! Dealsmash offers personalized discounts at your favorite stores that are based on your interests and buying patterns. Meaning the more you shop, the more discounts you get that are just for you! But enough about discounts, let’s get to getting your cash back!
1. Go out and shop at whichever store you want
2. Send a picture of the electronic receipt through the app immediately
3. For each receipt you send, you receive 50 points or rupees
4. Once you’ve reached 500 points or 10 receipts your coupon worth 500 PKR is ready to be mailed to your address.
5. Visit any of DealSmash’s partner stores and shop for anything you want worth 500 PKR!
You can also avail coupons of 1000 and 1500 PKR.
DealSmash is currently operating in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, and will soon be expanding to other cities in Pakistan.
Sounds too good to be true? Just download the app and see for yourself. DealSmash is going to be a game-changer for shoppers in 2017. Are you going to lead the way?