You can save your­self money by us­ing these web­sites

Dayton Daily News - - CLASSIFIED MARKET - Eric Geier Eric Geier owns On Spot Techs, which pro­vides on-site sup­port for com­put­ers, mo­bile de­vices, TVs and other gad­gets at homes and busi­nesses in the Day­ton and Spring­field ar­eas. Visit the web­site at www.onspot­techs.com or call 937-315-0286.

There’s a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and ser­vices on­line, some of which can help you save some cash. Here are a few of my fa­vorites: GoodRX.com

This is one of my per­sonal fa­vorites, al­low­ing me to save a lot of money on the pre­scrip­tion drugs my fam­ily and I need. You can eas­ily search for the drug and see the dis­counted prices at var­i­ous lo­cal pharmacies. Though you can’t use the dis­counts along with your in­sur­ance, the cash prices avail­able via the site can be cheaper than what you pay via your in­sur­ance. And in my ex­pe­ri­ence, the prices are usu­ally cheaper than the phar­macy pro­grams.

To get the dis­counted prices of­fered via GoodRX, you ei­ther print the coupon, bring up the web­site on your smart­phone in the store, send to your smart­phone, or even dig­i­tally ap­ply to some phar­macy ac­counts (like CVS). Ama­zon.com

I’m sure you’ve heard of Ama­zon and the Prime mem­ber­ship that gives you two-day free ship­ping on just about any­thing you can think of. Cer­tainly not ev­ery­thing on Ama­zon is cheaper than prices at the lo­cal brick-and-mor­tar stores, but there are many cases where it is, all with­out hav­ing to leave your home. Per­haps be­fore your next shop­ping trip, bring up Ama­zon and check out the prices.

Even if you don’t ever or­der from Ama­zon, you can use it as a tool to save money at the lo­cal stores. Most re­tai­lors price-match with Ama­zon, so if the same item in the store is more ex­pen­sive than on Ama­zon, show the cashier the Ama­zon list­ing on your smart­phone and they may be able to give you that price. You can uti­lize the Ama­zon app or other third-party apps to scan the bar­codes of items in the store to au­to­mat­i­cally bring up the Ama­zon list­ing. BookVIP.com

This web­site of­fers highly dis­counted ho­tel stays and travel pack­ages. Most of the travel deals on this web­site re­quire you at­tend a time­share sales pre­sen­ta­tion and pitch. I’ve heard of many peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of of­fers like this through other var­i­ous sources, and most sound like a great way to travel cheaply if you’re good at say­ing no to the time-share pitches. I do sug­gest though check­ing other on­line third-party re­views (like on Google or Face­book) for the re­sort or ho­tel be­fore pur­chas­ing the deal on this web­site. Groupon.com

This is a web­site that var­i­ous com­pa­nies (from restau­rants and ho­tels to car­pet clean­ers and handy­men) of­fer their prod­ucts and/or ser­vices at a deep dis­count, many times around 50% off the reg­u­lar price. It’s a great web­site to check out, but I do sug­gest do­ing some re­search on the com­pany and item be­fore pur­chas­ing just to make sure you’re getting a good deal in the end. Gas­Buddy.com It al­ways feels good to save money on gas, and this web­site helps you do just that. You can see the cur­rent prices at lo­cal gas sta­tions. Put in your zip code to see view a list of the sta­tions or see a map of them. You’ll see their ad­dress, price, es­ti­mated dis­tance from your lo­ca­tion, and how long ago they up­dated their price. AskTRIM.com

This web­site can au­to­mat­i­cally con­tact cer­tain ser­vice providers (such as your cell or TV provider) to at­tempt to lower your bills. They take a 25 per­cent cut of your an­nu­al­ized sav­ings, so you may not re­al­ize your sav­ings right away. The web­site also has spend­ing anal­y­sis, debt re­pay­ment, and sav­ings goal fea­tures. They pro­vide var­i­ous other sav­ings in­for­ma­tion and tips. Li­breOf­fice.org This is a web­site for a soft­ware pro­gram, called Li­breOf­fice. It’s a to­tally free (open source) al­ter­na­tive to Mi­crosoft Of­fice. So, for ex­am­ple if you’ve bought a new com­puter and don’t have an­other Mi­crosoft of­fice li­cense or if your of­fice soft­ware isn’t sup­ported any­more, con­sider this soft­ware. It pro­vides pro­grams sim­i­lar to and com­pat­i­ble with the for­mats of Mi­crosoft Word, Ex­cel, and Pow­er­Point. If you need some­thing sim­i­lar to Mi­crosoft Out­look for your email, con­sider an­other free pro­gram called Thun­der­bird.

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