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5 Ways technology can save you money

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The information age and all of its new technology has made research easier, it has also made connecting to others very simple but did you know that it can also save you money?

  1. Daily deal apps:
    Groupon is probably the largest “daily deal” app around at the moment. You can opt for a daily mailer or download the app, every day, a vast variety of products and services are sold at drastically reduced prices. You can view whatever’s on sale in your area. Go onto the VoucherCloud website to get coupons and voucher codes that will help you save hundreds of Rands on items from –known shops like Edgars, Spree, Jet and Vodacom.

  2. Save on energy bills:
    Trying to save on energy bills is a laughable matter at this stage. Thanks to Eskom most of us have drastically decreased our energy usage, without much of a choice. But there are ways that technology can help you save even more. Solar power has come a long way since it was first developed in the 1860s. Thanks to technology you can now save up to 40% on your electricity bill by installing a solar powered geyser. LED lightbulbs can last up to 20 years and they use 90% less electricity than your conventional (incandescent) lightbulb. The price difference of annual usage of incandescent bulbs compared to LED bulbs is staggering, you will pay around R33,3 when using LED bulbs and R357,50 for conventional bulbs, this means that normal globes will cost you ten times more than LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.

  3. Listen to music online
    Like a song you heard on the radio? Want to listen to it again? You don’t have to fork out money to buy the CD or download the MP3 when you can simply listen to the music online, legally. Websites like Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Google Play pay royalties to the music industry so you don’t have to. These companies make money through advertising, so if you’re willing to listen to ads, you can listen to any music you like for free, it’s that easy.

  4. Compare prices
    It is now easier than ever to get the best deal on just about anything. Thanks to the internet as well as some great apps, you can compare prices on anything. Use Hippo to get insurance to suit your needs, if you’re planning a trip check out the CheapFlights website and use PriceCheck for groceries, furniture and technology. You no longer have to physically shop around; your options are all on your PC screen or in the palm of your hand.

  5. Free Wi-Fi
    Many social gathering spots and eateries advertise free Wi-Fi usually in the form of a sticker outside the establishment. What this means is that when you are in the “Wi-Fi Hotspot” you can turn your mobile data off and log in to the Wi-Fi network. You can browse the internet without using any of your data. You can find Free Wi-Fi Hotspot on websites like findfreewifi.co.za. But, please, when in a restaurant or coffee shop, for example, make sure that you at least order food and drinks from the menu while making use of their generosity.

Initially technology seems expensive but it can save you a lot of money and time in the long run. To make life even easier, use Dialdirect’s website where you can manage, claim and buy online. Easy Buy means that we will help you get the perfect product for your budget, with Easy Build you can select the cover that fits your needs perfectly and the Easy Bundle option offers you a few insurance options to choose from, taking the stress out of creating your own. We also have an online chat team for any queries you have along the way.

Don’t forget that by using our online options you save 10% on insurance.