Most of us have and use Facebook for staying in touch with friends and family. Many of us also use Facebook for seeing what our favorite blogs and websites are posting. But did you know that Facebook is also a great place to go when you are looking to save money? Facebook is one of my favorite frugal tools. There are so many ways to use it. Here are the top three ways to use Facebook to save money that are the most helpful.
Coupons/product from your favorite brands
I follow a lot of random companies from Rayovac to Edy’s Ice Cream to Pantene. Why? Because companies often release Facebook only coupons. If you “like” the company, you can print one of their exclusive coupons. Sometimes these are for $1-2 off the product, which is awesome. But sometimes these coupons are for a free product! There was one summer I was able to get three free full-sized products. These coupons come and go but it is worth keeping an eye out for them. I know people who have Facebook strictly for couponing/saving money. Sometimes there aren’t coupons but if you are one of the first X amount of people, you will get a free product shipped to your house. I like these better than coupons as it is like Christmas when I open my mailbox. However, free products can be harder to get than free product coupons or high yield coupons.
Garage sale groups
Garage sale groups are Facebook’s version of Craiglist. Sometimes they are called buy/swap/sell groups. In my area, which is fairly rural and not very populated, there are 3-4 groups. If I expand my search a little to the larger towns 45 minutes in 3 different directions, I have another 5-6 groups available. Yes, there is quite a bit of cross-posting but by keeping an eye on a many of those groups, I’ve been able to find baby clothes, baby gear, and even an elliptical! These groups are also great for making money as you can sell things you no longer want. I find better success in my area with Facebook groups as compared to Craigslist. For some reason, Craigslist isn’t a big thing in my area.
Asking your friends and family
I shared in this post about how I go “thrifting” within my family. The main way I do that is with my personal Facebook. We’ve received a number of items free or cheap just by posting a status on my personal Facebook stating items that we are trying to find for a good deal. That’s how Abby got her toddler climber with slide and how I got a new to me diaper bag when ours broke. Your friends and family are a great resource. You just have to let it be known that you are looking for certain items. Sometimes you can get these items free, sometimes just at a reduced cost. Either way, I’d rather be helping out my friends than buying from a stranger.Check out these top three ways to use Facebook to save you money! Click To Tweet
Have you ever used Facebook to save money? I’d love to hear about it!
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