June 30 is national Social Media Day. In celebration of the technological holiday, we thought we’d help you keep some dough in your wallet. More money in your account, means less that you have to spend on student loans. Here are four ways that social media can save you cash:
1. Facebook contests: Many businesses use giveaways to promote their Facebook pages. Prizes range from gift cards to vacations. SimpleTuition and BookRenter.com are hosting their own contest right now, with a grand prize of an iPad 2, a Chrome backpack, noise canceling headphones and a $500 textbook scholarship.
2. Save anywhere with foursquare: Sign into foursquare on your smartphone to snag deals near campus. Hit the “specials” section in the explore tab to find discounts in your area. A growing number of restaurants, coffee shops and retailers offer price cuts or free gifts to foursquare users. Plus, the app is free to use and download.
3. Thrifty Tweets: A whole list of Twitter accounts tweet deals and freebies. Check out @ILoveFreeThings and @FreeStuffRocks for multiple daily tweets on free food, clothing and movie rentals. When you get tired of eating at the campus cafeteria, @CouponsRack posts a variety of discounts, especially food-related ones.
4. Frugal Facebook pages: Use social media to save cash on textbooks next semester. Visit Chegg’s Hot Deals app to sort through low-priced textbooks. BookRenter’s Facebook page features an app that allows students to earn some extra cash by selling old textbooks.
Have you own social media spots to save? Share them in the comments section below: