Yeah, we have had to change so many aspects of our day-to-day live due to this pandemic, but while much of the nation returns to work, experts say we should still be keeping a very close eye on our finances.
Whether it's stocking up at the grocery store or filling your cart online, consumers have had to watch what they're spending to make ends meet.
“Surprisingly, Americans have $43 billion of unused tech items around their houses, and so it's a good time -- while you're in the frame of mind -- to look around the home and see what else you can sell and make some cash from it," said shopping expert Trae Bodge.
Sites such as declutter.com will buy back your gently used tech items if you don't need them, and you can purchase refurbished electronics for an inexpensive upgrade.
“I would recommend checking out slickdeals.net, which you know I work with -- they have a feature called their Deal Alert, and what you can do is enter the name of the item you want and then you'll be alerted when that item goes on sale," Bodge said.
Another way to make those dollars last longer: look for cash-back opportunities when you're shopping online. There are lots of cashback sites out there that I like, like Coupon Cabin, Honey, Rakuten," she said.
Do a quick check on those sites and see if they have items in the store where you want to shop. “You can save as low as 2 percent -- you can save as high as 20 percent,” she said.
You can also support your local small businesses by using sites like giftcardgranny.com
It serves as an online marketplace for purchasing small business gift cards for stores that are temporarily closed. “
Sometimes there's savings attached to that, and this is also a good way to support your local shops that maybe can't open for the coming weeks," Bodge said.