Have you ever had that moment after work when you realize you have dozens of errands to run but all you want to do is eat pizza and watch the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars? Well, maybe it wasn’t that type of food and television program, but you get the picture. Running errands can take up a ton of time, and sometimes even things you want to do don’t fit in your busy schedule.
Luckily, the Internet has made everything super convenient, and you can even save money by taking the easy route! (How often does that happen?) Here are 4 things you could be doing online to save you both time and money.
The days of having to stop at the bank on your way home to deposit your paychecks and needing to whip out your checkbook to pay your bills are long over. With the Internet, you can manage and transfer your money using online banking; track your credit card expenses and pay your bill; and even deposit checks using mobile apps. Many banks will also send you email alerts about account updates if you’re participating in online banking, so you can save money by making sure you don’t overdraft.
You can benefit from more than just common banking transactions, though. If you need money quickly, you can even take out a payday loan online so you don’t ever have to leave your house. If you’re going to college, financial aid is generally dealt with online, and almost every financial aspect of your life can be managed via the Internet.
When you’re low on groceries, you know you’ll have to set aside at least an hour to trek to the supermarket and get everything you need. Browsing around can take a while, especially if you’re not sure what you want and there’s 50 billion other people wandering the aisles.
You can cut down on your shopping list by participating in programs like Subscribe & Save through Amazon, which delivers nonperishable grocery items right to your door at a lower cost based on the schedule you set up. There are more than 50 online services that help people get their groceries easily and cut down on all of the non-perishables you’re always buying at the store.
College classes are expensive anyway you spin them, especially if you’re going to school full-time. Why not take classes online? It might not be cheaper, per se, but it’s definitely more convenient and would save you a ton of time — you wouldn’t have to travel to class anymore. Whether you commute, walk, or take public transportation, all of that time spent going to and from class really adds up over the semester.
You don’t even have to be a college student to take advantage of getting knowledge online. Instead of enrolling in expensive courses or programs, there are plenty of free online tutorials and webinars that can save you a ton of money in the knowledge department. This list of resources can help you find which free online courses make sense for you.
Finding a Date
It’s hard to find a date these days, and going out to a bar trying to meet people isn’t exactly easy. Flirting can be awkward (especially if you’re trying too hard) and buying expensive drinks can really lighten your wallet. Plus, these days it’s difficult to even find the time to get out on the town when you’re not working or doing chores around the house.
That’s why online dating has become more and more popular. Sites like eHarmony and Match.com will try to connect people according to their compatibility, but these sites usually charge a fee. Other sites like OkCupid and Plenty of Fish offer free online dating services, so you can make a profile and meet people based on your likes and dislikes without having to go to expensive bars and restaurants or worry about having enough time.
The Internet allows individuals to do things they generally wouldn’t have time for, but it also offers people new ways to do things already commonly present in their lives. If you’re looking for a cheaper or faster way to get stuff done, do your online research, and you’ll most likely find an Internet-based way to do it!