MyMoney Online

How to use your phone to save a fortune

How to save money when shopping

Milk, bread, eggs… If you’re always buying these, and somebody gives you a coupon worth a discount of, say, 10 percent, wouldn’t you take it?

“The major retailers – Checkers, Pick n Pay and Shoprite – all have apps for your phone,” says Segev. “And they offer various discount coupons to entice consumers to use their applications rather than the competitors’. In addition, these apps inform you of the latest specials.”

Cutting out coupons from pamphlets aren’t something many South Africans do. By making them available on their smartphone applications retailers are hoping to make them more popular.

Go prepaid; get a dual SIM phone

The first rule of saving money on telephony is to never, ever get a cellphone contract.

“The ‘free’ phone is nothing of the sort and you’re locked into a contract for two years,” warns Segev. “If some company has a great special – they always do – then it’s tough luck for you.”

You don’t have to get a phone every two years!

“Prepaid is the way to go!” advises Segev. “Each time an operator has a special you can port your number to take advantage.”

Another tip: get a phone with dual SIM cards and hunt for the best voice and data deals, whether it’s on the same network or not.

Skype, Viber, Tango, Facetime, BBM Voice…

“All these application enable you to make crystal clear phone calls to anyone using only data,” says Segev. “We’re used to making overseas calls using applications such as Skype; why not also use it to make a local call at a fraction of the price?”

All these application are very simple to use and totally free of charge. If you’re hooked up to Wi-Fi you won’t have to use your own data.

Travel for cheap using Kayak, TripAdvisor, Zomato, Airbnb…

“Go to kayak.com and type in where you are going and your dates,” says Segev. “The website will then give you all the airlines that’ll give you good deals. You no longer have to shop around.”

Kayak.com will also give you the option of flying a day or three earlier (or later) if the price of doing so is much cheaper.

“TripAdvisor is well-known for researching accommodation,” says Segev. “However, in the comments, people often give advice on cheap eats and other good deals in the area where you are staying.”

Airbnb is another website to consider if you’re unable or unwilling to pay hotel rates. It connects people looking to rent out their private homes with people who are looking for accommodation.

More alternatives to consider

The list of technological tricks, apps and websites that exists to save you money is endless. For example; why not ditch DSTV (and/or your DVD contract), get uncapped internet (or however much data you need) and watch everything online?

Or; use Uber (especially during off-peak times when it’s cheaper) instead of metered taxis.

Do you have a tip on using technology to save money? Please leave a comment below…

Also listen to the Soundcloud clip for more detail.


This article first appeared on 702 : How to use your phone to save a fortune


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
It costs peanuts to insure your most valuable asset

It costs peanuts to insure your most valuable asset

Your most valuable asset – your ability to earn an income – is worth 10 times more than your house, yet it’s very cheap to insure.

Savers rejoice! South Africa gets tax-free savings accounts on 1 March 2015

Savers rejoice! South Africa gets tax-free savings accounts on 1 March 2015

Savers rejoice! On 1 March 2015 government introduces tax free savings accounts. Financial planner Claude Hannah explains…

Get hundreds of the very best, most important modern art books on Earth for FREE

Get hundreds of the very best, most important modern art books on Earth for FREE

Quality modern art books don’t come cheap, they come free, thanks to the generosity of the world-famous Guggenheim museum.

13 random thoughts on living a happier, less materialistic life

13 random thoughts on living a happier, less materialistic life

702/Capetalk's Kabous le Roux shares 13 thoughts he has on being less materialistic and living the good life right here right now.

Get FREE textbooks, tutors, counsellors, mentors and much more in your pocket!

Get FREE textbooks, tutors, counsellors, mentors and much more in your pocket!

FREE books, study tips, live interaction with teachers, extra lessons, revision, homework help, study groups, assessments...

Healthy money habits to form while you’re still young

Healthy money habits to form while you’re still young

Cultivating healthy money habits from a young age is vital if you’re to achieve financial fitness, says Warren Ingram.

Popular articles
Angry customer stops at nothing to expose bad service at upmarket hotel

Angry customer stops at nothing to expose bad service at upmarket hotel

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

Motorist who killed two goslings has been identified

Motorist who killed two goslings has been identified

According to the SPCA, he will be charged with contravention of the Animal Protection Act.

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

"I have no desire for clothes. I have no desire for holidays. I have no desire for outings. All I see is the suffering of people…"

Uber customer threatened with hockey stick by driver

Uber customer threatened with hockey stick by driver

An Uber customer shares how she was threatened by an Uber driver with a hockey stick after a disagreement.

Heads to roll for N2 car spinning frenzy

Heads to roll for N2 car spinning frenzy

WC Traffic Chief says there was no authorisation given for cars to be spun on a provincial road with the protection of officers.

'I felt racially profiled at Wellness Warehouse'

'I felt racially profiled at Wellness Warehouse'

Efua Prah shares how she felt she was racially profiled while shopping, a problem she says exists in many Cape Town outlets.

WATCH:  Crash, bang, wallop! How would YOU explain this to YOUR boss?

WATCH: Crash, bang, wallop! How would YOU explain this to YOUR boss?

The woman comes out of the crash without a scratch but is visibly distressed by the incident that she may have to explain later.

SPCA to open case against impatient CT man seen driving over two goslings in CBD

SPCA to open case against impatient CT man seen driving over two goslings in CBD

A family of Egyptian geese were crossing the road at the corner of Spin Street and Adderley Street, when the man drove over them.