5 ways to save money with technology

Smartphones and computers can help you save ££s on everyday expenses! Here's how:

1. Use discount apps on your mobile phone to get money off regular purchases

Why: Money-saving apps are a great way to get deals from the brands you love, restaurants you eat at or the shops you regularly visit on the high street.

How to do it: If you have an iPhone, click on the ‘App store’; if you have an Android phone, go to your ‘Google Play Store’. Then, type in the name of the app – VoucherCodes.co.uk, for example – and hit download. The VoucherCodes app will show you offers by category, brand or store, and location - so you can check what deals are on offer before you even leave the house. If you fancy redeeming a deal you spot on your smartphone, all you need to do is show the code on your screen to the cashier at the check-out when you make your purchase – simple!

2. Turn your phone’s location settings on for best local deals

Why: Lots of money-saving apps use your location to let you know about all the best deals from shops near you.

How to do it: If you have an iPhone - go to settings, then tap ‘Privacy’ followed by ‘Location Services’. Scroll down to find the savings app that you’re using. Tap it, then press ‘always’. If you have an Android phone – Swipe down from the top of your phone, and hit the location icon (usually in the top right hand corner of the screen, shown below) so that it’s illuminated. Once Location Services are enabled, next time you’re out and about you’ll receive pop ups alerting you of deals near you.

3. Keep your finances in check with a budgeting apps

Why: It’s easy to forget where your money’s going if you don’t make a note of it! While you can keep hold of all your receipts, budgeting apps help you to stay on top of your daily outgoings and stick to your monthly savings targets, all on your phone.

How to do it: If you have an iPhone, click on the ‘App store’; if you have an Android phone, go to your ‘Google Play Store’. Then, type in the name of the app - Spending Tracker and Fudget are good options – and hit download. You can then log your regular incomes and outgoings so you know exactly how your finances are looking at a glance.

4. Shop around online before you buy

Why: You should always do your research when making a purchase, lots of retailers offer online exclusives so it’s wise to have a browse online to make sure you’re getting the things you want at the best price.

How to do it: Next time you want to buy something - whether that’s a new pair of shoes, a laptop or even a holiday - harness the power of the internet and see how much it’s available for from different stores online. You’ll be surprised at how much prices can vary for the same product, just make sure you’re buying from a reputable site. Use our top tips to stay safe online.

5. Like favourite brands on social media

Why: Many brands use social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to advertise their deals to shoppers, and some even give exclusive discounts to their social followers.

How to do it: Whether you’ve got Facebook on your mobile or just on your computer, make sure you ‘like’ all your favourite brands and voucher sites (you can find them using the search function, like you’d search for a friend). Then simply keep an eye out for the latest offers next time you’re scrolling through your feed for the latest on your friends and family. Happy shopping! Use our tops tips to get started on Facebook.

Thanks to Anita Naik at VoucherCodes