Lifehacks 101: How to Enjoy Those Little Extras You Really Can’t Afford

There are probably only a select few households in any community that don’t need to worry about sticking to a strict budget. Most middle-income families count every penny and often there is nothing left for those little extras you’d love to have but can never quite justify buying. Actually, you’d be surprised at just how many ways there are to get your hands on those little pleasures that give you something to look forward to besides working and paying the bills. Here are a few life hacks to make your days, and evenings, a little more pleasurable.

Online Auction Sites

While this may take some time because you will need to stay on top of the latest bid, you can save a great deal of money on auction sites like eBay if you happen to get the winning bid. Unfortunately, many consumers don’t do the research, so they don’t know when it’s time to call it quits. If you want to get something at a rock-bottom price, take the time to do price comparisons before joining in the bidding. Take, for example, cigars. Hand-rolled cigars can be quite costly and so most smokers tend to buy those cheap cigars which can be purchased at any gas station or grocery store.

Why not check out cigar auction sites that are based on an eBay model? If you know what you are looking for and the ‘normal’ price of your preferred cigar, you can learn to bid on cigars you would normally not be able to afford. It’s fun and easy once you get the hang of it.

Trading Groups on Facebook and Freecycle

There is a difference between Facebook marketplaces and Facebook trading pages or groups. You can find trading sites which offer items at low prices and then there are Facebook free pages where you don’t need to actually pay money, but usually, you will need to pay for shipping or take the time to pick up items which are close to you. From Facebook to Freecycle.com, there are so many ways to find those little extras you may not want to spend money on because it isn’t in your budget. Other sites are willing to trade like-valued goods, and so, if you have something you no longer need, you might want to consider listing it as a ‘trade.’

More Traditional Discount Opportunities

In the end, there are tons of ways to save money in a more traditional manner. You can keep abreast of discounts, vouchers, and other kinds of deals by subscribing to merchant newsletters sent directly to your inbox. This saves you time and energy scouting the Web every day. However, you can also do a daily search to see what it yields. Either way, this is one way to locate those really great opportunities to save up to 50 percent, and sometimes even more, on the products you love but would never by at the MSRP.

If you look at it like a treasure hunt, you can have fun and you just might find a really great deal!

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