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There are tons of tools today, in the web 2.0 era, that help geeky moms to save money. Too bad most moms are too busy to just sit down and find those sites and apps to take advantage of them. Thus, the aim of this post is to offer a brief, easy-to-understand to online money-saving tools.

Tools That Help You Get Organized

Being a mom you most probably know that getting organized accounts for 50% of proper household management and budgeting. Our most common tool is a pen and a notebook, but you will be excited to know that the Internet offers much more fun when it comes to organizing yourself.

Online shopping lists can be a great way to organize your past, future and past purchases, whereas online to-do lists will help you manage your household duties. The benefits of using web-based tools for getting organized are quite clear:

  • You can access your lists from anywhere on the planet (no more risks yo left your notebook at home);
  • You can enjoy all the benefits of semi-automated tools (e.g. receive your daily alerts to your email or phone!)

Online wish lists

Tools That Help You Save

Online coupon tools and directories offer plenty of opportunities to spot a great timely deal and save. The only disadvantage here is that those coupon sites are plenty – it is too easy to get lost. Needless to say, we, moms, have too little time to try to figure them out. Thus I usually prefer to stick to just a couple of them. Here’s how I choose:

  • A coupon site should be clean and spam-free;
  • No obscenity or trolling please;
  • The community should be active enough;
  • The site should be updated daily to always have something new for my weekly shopping.

One of the sites I highly recommend here is Buxr which perfectly conform to the above criteria. Besides, it offers affiliate widgets and daily contests to help you earn a bit of money (if you are geeky enough).

Buxr

Research What Others Say

Today’s web is buzzing with real-time conversations. You can find out what people are buying now and why they are recommending something. You can also learn why you’d better stay away from some seller or store and what other people’s (negative) experience with some product is.

The best tool to listen to all those conversations is… you guessed it right! it’s Twitter.

Twitter Advanced search offers cool options you may want to try to see people talk about anything:

  • Find what people are asking about a product or a seller: use question mark (?) within the search query, e.g. [godaddy ?];
  • Find what people nearby are saying: sample search [near:"New York" within:15mi iphone];
  • Find dissatisfied people: use :( within the search query, e.g. [godaddy :(].

Twitter negative reviews

The guest post is by Ann Smarty, a new mom, Internet geek and social media enthusiast. If you have a minute, feel free to check out her collection of funny screenshots or follow Ann on Twitter.

Kate

Kate

Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 7, 5 and 2 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    What a cool post! And very timely – going to start using all the three tips right now.

  2. 2.

    What a great post and great idea!!! Love it!

  3. 3.

    thanks for the awesome tips kate!!

    trisha

  4. 4.

    Thanks for the twitter info! I’m always looking for ways to maximize my tweeting!

  5. 5.

    I never thought of using twitter to find deals! Great advice!!

  6. 6.

    Awesome tips :)