The ever expanding uses of technology have made everyday tasks easier, traveling the world more attainable, and broadened our ability to live longer and healthier lives. While there can admittedly be a few downsides to all of this technology that surrounds us, there are so many amazing things we can now do that years ago people wouldn’t have been able to dream of. However, new technology can often come with a hefty price tag which can make it easy to overlook the many ways which technology can save you time and money. Here are a few:
Stay in Contact Cheaply
With every new advance it has become cheaper and easier to stay in contact with your loved ones. Today with the use of programs such as Skype or Facebook chat you can talk to just about anyone you know at anytime with no added cost to you other than the price of what you’re already paying for internet. While receiving letters can be nice (and still relatively cheap) and hearing someone’s voice on a phone call can be comforting, nothing can beat actually getting to see the person that you’re contacting. The world can seem much smaller now when you’re far away from someone you love and miss.
Save on Your Household Energy Costs
The simplest way to save money on your energy costs is by changing all of the light bulbs in your house to energy efficient bulbs, such as LED lights which can be put on dimmers to save even more energy. While these bulbs do tend to cost a bit more to purchase, they will save you quite a bit of money over time as they last longer and cost less to run. Smart thermostats are another money saving device that you can and should obtain, but they can cost quite a bit to have installed. Even though there’s a large initial fee, finding room in your budget for one helps reduce your energy costs for cooling and heating your home.
These days there’s an app for pretty much everything, and if you find and use the right ones they can end up saving you not only money but also time. Downloading apps to help you find coupons, compare supermarket prices, and get you cashback on purchases will help you lower the costs of your food shopping. Apps that help you with your budget can show you areas where you’re spending too much and where you can save money. GPS apps help you find the quickest route to get you where you need to be in a timely fashion, and planner apps can help you plan your day to the minute so you aren’t wasting time figuring out what you need to do next.
Do More Online
There isn’t much you can’t do online anymore, and you’ll probably find the more tasks you manage to accomplish without leaving your home the more time, energy, and money you’ll have left. Banking and bill paying can be done online to save you from having to go anywhere or call anyone. Making travel plans online can ensure you’re getting the best deal possible and also easily show you the cheapest time of year for you to take that vacation. Online shopping will help you to always know when there’s a sale on and will also save you money on gas. Make sure you’re taking advantage of the things you can do online.