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4 Ways Technology Can Save You Money

Technology has changed the way we live and many things that were once a hassle are now so simple that 7 year olds with iPhones can do it. While technology costs money, it has also lowered other costs in your life. In this article, I will talk about a few things that you shouldn’t buy or do anymore to save some extra money!

Online Billing

Growing up, I remember seeing stacks of mail with little corporate logos in the corner and asking my parents, “Why do you get so much mail?” They told me that I didn’t want this mail because they were bills and I had to pay the companies sending them money. Well, now you don’t need to receive tons of mail or buy postage for those companies that were mean enough to not give you an envelope that was already paid for because of online billing.

Not only is online billing usually free, but it also keeps you very organized. It stores all of your account information and you don’t have to keep papers upon papers of information. Switching to online billing is a must if you want to save money and stay organized!

daily newspaper save money

Newspapers

Print is so 2004. I’m a 90s kid and I can almost guarantee that most of my kind have not touched a newspaper since they were younger. Of course I have heard adults say, “Oh, but I like feeling the newspaper in my hands and reading it with my morning coffee,” but the truth is that they can multitask, hold their coffee and hit the down button at the same time, a lot more easily than holding the paper and then putting it down to drink coffee.

Not only will it allow you to get more done in the morning, but you’ll also be avoiding having to subscribe to the newspaper. I’m sure the delivery boy will be upset, but you will be a lot happier when you have some more money in your wallet.

Home Phones

What is the point of having a home phone anymore? If the wrong person answers it, then it has to be handed to another person in the household and the person who answered it already knows who they are talking to, which somewhat invades privacy. We live in a directly connected world where people are trying to reach a certain person at a certain moment and cell phones allow that to happen. Why pay an extra bill for something that most households are ditching?

Cellphone plans come at all rates and you can choose which one is best for you. When you give people that number, they are getting direct access to you, no one else. There’s no point in having a home phone anymore and it could actually save you a lot of money for months.

Alarm clock

Clocks and Alarm Clocks

Now I’m not saying get rid of the old grandfather clock that has been in your home for 20 years, but instead that you shouldn’t buy a clock to hang on your wall, unless you are a school with kids who need to see the time left in class. You can just look at your cellphone, which you probably already do anyway, and know the time.

As for the alarm clock, every cell phone is equipped with one of them. The best thing about the time on a cell phone is that the time is nearly perfect because it adjusts to the signals that the providers send their waves through.

Buying an alarm clock or clock is pretty dumb because you usually have one in your pocket. Save yourself some money by just looking at your phone every time like you already do!

Technology has improved a lot of things and has saved you a lot of money, whether you know it or not. Follow these tips if you haven’t already and I guarantee there will be more money in your pocket at the end of the month!

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About Max Martinez

Max Martinez is a Cornell University graduate, ex-football running back and entrepreneur. Max helped cofound Phroogal and helped successful meet Phroogal's crowdfunding goal in 2013. Follow him on Twitter.

8 comments

  1. Technology indeed changed the way we use certain things, and it does help us save our money in different ways which is great.

  2. I haven’t just switched to online billing but full on online banking- fewer fees and more perks. Love it.

  3. Great tips! One reason to have a basic, no frills landline is in case there is an extended power outage and all the cell phones are dead. Although I do have a cordless charger … (Jason, did you pick one up from AllyBank at FinCon13?).

  4. Believe it or not, a couple of companies that I have services with don’t even offer online billing. It makes me cringe to think of what they are doing to their environment with all of the paper they are using! At least they are keeping our postal service in business ;)

    • The Phroogal Jason

      I had a couple places that would only do paper and I couldn’t understand why so I ended up closing the account and switching.

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