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7 Practical Ways To Save Money Online As A Blogger

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Do you ever wish there was a way you could save money on blogging tools?

…And to invest in the tools you actually need for your blogging business?

By now I bet you feel like you have to get every tool under the sun because all the “gurus” are recommending them.

Each one feels like another expense to add to your ever-growing list, right?

That’s why I want to share with you some practical ways you can save on blogging tools and still build a successful business.

I’ve listed these tips with the goal to help you make smarter choices with your blogging tools and to help you focus on the ones YOU need the most. 

Get Cashback On Your Online Purchases

You may not know this yet, but you can actually earn some cashback on purchases you make online. As a result, this could be a great way for you to save on blogging tools this year.

I personally recommend TopCashback, the UK’s largest cashback site. And it’s also been my #1 go to cashback site since 2016.

BONUS: If you sign up to Topcashback through my link above you’ll receive a £5 Argos e-Gift Voucher – LIMITED TIME ONLY

(Note: If you’re in the US, then I would suggest using Ebates, the US’s largest online cashback site)

So, why is cashback a great way to save on blogging tools?

It’s because you can earn money back on the tools you need most such as hosting/domain, photography tools and other physical tools. For Example:

1. Domain/Hosting

If you were to purchase your domain and hosting through GoDaddy, you could currently earn up to 15.75% cashback (In some cases I’ve seen this go up to 40% cashback!)

So, if I were to purchase a 3-year hosting and domain package, according to the current prices, you could earn up to £20 in cashback.

The same principle applies to Namecheap. Currently, Topcashback is also offering 15.75% cashback on all new customer purchases with Namecheap.

There are also other domain and hosting providers available for cashback, such as 123 Reg, Names.co.uk etc.

2. Photography and Other Physical Tools

If you’re a blogger that takes your own photos, then it’s worth using cashback sites to save on photography tools.

Additionally, why not do the same for purchasing other physical tools such as a laptop and stationary etc.

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Save Money On Blogging Tools You Already Use By Referring Others

There are some tools/services that allow you to claim some money off your subscription/payment plan simply by referring others to the platform.

One example of this is Tailwind.

Tailwind is a Pinterest Scheduler that allows you to automate your pinning strategy, and has the potential to significantly increase your blog traffic.

They have a referral program which means that when you refer a member to their platform, your referral earns $15 when they sign up, and you get $15 credit too!

Tailwind plans start at $15/month, so if you were to refer just 1 person every month, you’d essentially get Tailwind for free!

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Keep Track Of Your Expenses

keep track of your blogging expenses

I know sometimes this is easier said than done, but keeping track of your expenses is a really practical way to make sure you’re staying within your budget when it comes to investing in blogging tools.

Think about the return on invest (ROI) you’re getting from a tool.

Is it making your blogging tasks simpler, are you seeing an increase in your income, are you noticing changes to your results because of the recent tool you purchased?

Evaluate these things, and determine which tools are worth keeping and which are not.

I recommend keeping some kind of budget planner, spreadsheet or notebook.

This way you can easily see where you’re spending your money and how much.

Buy Must-Have Blogging Tools In Bulk

There are some blogging tools which you just need to spend money on, there’s no free way to get around it.

I’m referring to tools such as domain names, hosting providers, social media tools etc.

So by buying tools such as these in bulk, you’re able to cut your spending and save a good chunk of money.

Here are a few examples:

1. Hosting your Blog with iPage

I have a full in-depth guide to starting a blog on a budget with iPage ==> check it out here.

If we break down the cost of iPage based on bulk purchases, you’ll be able to see exactly how much you could potentially save

  • 12 Month Package: $2.99/month
  • 36 Month Package: $1.99/month

Therefore, if you were to purchase a 36-month plan, you would save yourself a lot more in the long run.

And this principle works for pretty much any hosting provider you choose.

2. Email Marketing Tools

These are a must for anyone wanting to monetise and grow their blogs. Below are some examples of savings you can make on some of the most popular email marketing tools:

GetResponse Basic Plan

  • Monthly: $15/month
  • Yearly: $12.50/month => saving $60 (over 2 years)
  • 2 Yearly: $10.50/month => saving $108 (over 2 years)

Convertkit Basic Plan

  • Monthly: $29/month
  • Yearly: $24/month => saving $60

3. Social Media Scheduling Tools

Tailwind Basic Plan

If we break down the cost of Tailwind, we can begin to see how much we could save just by buying our subscription in bulk

  • Monthly Plan: $15/month
  • Yearly Plan: $9.99/month => saving $60 (which is the same as getting 4 months completely free!)

Overall, this can work for any tool you wish to purchase, and it’s a good way to save money on blogging tools when you have the budget to do so.

I also understand that you may not always have the funds to do this, but it’s something I think all bloggers (aspiring and advanced) should consider when purchasing their next tool.

Make Use Of Free Trials

Free trials are a great way to test run programs/products you’re interested in buying. So before you actually invest any money, you have the chance to use the product for a period of time.

Some examples include:

GetResponse – 30-day free trial

Jaaxy (Keyword Research Tool) – 30 free searches

Use Freemium Versions Of Your Favourite Tools

Freemium tools are ones which offer a free trial membership, with the option to upgrade.

So, instead of hastily upgrading to a pro/premium subscription of your favourite tool, why not stick with the free trial version for a while.

For example:

Grammarly is a writing tool which offers a free version as well as an upgraded version. You can choose to upgrade if you wish, but the free version is still very useful, and it’s what I’m currently using.

Canva is a free graphics editing tool which many bloggers use to edit their blog and social media graphics. Canva also offers a paid version of their product, Canva For Work, which comes with added features.

I’ve personally upgraded my Canva account, however, the free version is still very practical and offers enough features for most bloggers’ needs. So in this case, sticking with the free trial version would be very cost effective.

MailChimp is an Email Marketing Service, which is a popular option for bloggers on a tight budget. They offer a “free forever” plan for up to 500 subscribers.

Consider Using Free or Cheaper Alternatives

Sometimes you really just don’t have the money to buy all the advanced tools you would like to, so why not search out for cheaper (or free) alternatives.

Below is a list of examples:

  • Photo editing

Canva instead of Photoshop

  • Stock Images

Pexels instead of Shutterstock

  • Email Marketing

GetResponse instead of Convertkit

  • Lead Capture Opt-In Forms

Mailmunch or Sumo instead of Thrive Leads

  • Landing Page Builders

Elementor instead of Thrive Architect

  • Logo Design

LogoMakr instead of hiring a graphics designer

  • WordPress Theme

MyThemeShop instead of hiring a web designer

These are just some of the alternatives you could consider when choosing which platform is right for you.

My Final Thoughts

I think it’s great to be able to have practical ways to save money on blogging tools every now and again, and I hope you’ve gained some really helpful tips today!

However, I’d suggest trying not to make it a habit of constantly looking for free alternatives, or getting less than perfect tools because of the cost.

At the end of the day, the purpose of your blog is to monetise and build a business, and you eventually need to be able to invest in the right tools to grow your business and automate certain aspects of it.

What To Do Next?

Weigh up the pros and cons of each investment you make and decide if it’ll be worth the money, and the right fit for YOUR needs. Don’t just get the latest tool because the “gurus” are recommending it.

Also, I’d love for you to join the discussion below. Let me know, what are your favourite ways to save money on blogging tools?

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Rahul Taneja - February 22, 2018

Great Post Stephanie. Really love Grammarly and Canva and use them regularly.

Lydia Samson - February 5, 2018

Great post! I am pinning it so I can find it again!!

    Stephanie - February 14, 2018

    Hi Lydia, thanks for commenting. I’m glad you found it useful, and pin share worthy :). All the best!

Martin Burt - February 5, 2018

Great post Stephanie, some good ideas and ways of saving some money. Thanks again 🙂

    Stephanie - February 16, 2018

    Hi Martin, you’re welcome, glad you found some good money-saving tips. Thanks for commenting.

Sheena - February 5, 2018

It’s so important to be more conscious of my spending – thanks for this post, will defiantly apply

    Stephanie - February 14, 2018

    Hi Sheena, thank you for commenting, I’m glad you found it helpful and actionable. All the best.

Jo - January 31, 2018

I found useful tips here.Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    Stephanie - February 5, 2018

    You’re welcome Jo, thanks for commenting!

Johnny - January 30, 2018

One of my tasks for the new year to evaluate my blogging expenses. This list is great. Never head of elementor before. I’m going to check it out.

    Stephanie - February 16, 2018

    Thanks for commenting Johnny. It’s so important to evaluate blogging expenses, and it’s great to know different ways to be able to save money online.

    Elementor is a really great page building tool, and if you’re looking for an alternative to Thrive Themes for building blog pages and landing pages, then I definitely recommend Elementor.

    All the best!

Kiana - January 29, 2018

Thanks for the simply laid out post! Definitely some helpful point in here!

    Stephanie - February 5, 2018

    You’re welcome Kiana, thank you for commenting! All the best.

Dani - January 28, 2018

Very informative and useful. Thank you. Pinning this❤

    Stephanie - January 29, 2018

    You’re welcome Dani. Thanks for commenting and thanks for the pin 🙂

Verena - January 28, 2018

Great and helpful tips! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Stephanie - January 29, 2018

    Thanks for commenting Verena, glad you found it helpful!

Dora - January 28, 2018

Very interesting and useful… 🙂

    Stephanie - January 29, 2018

    Thanks for Dora!

Tiffany - January 23, 2018

Stephanie, these are great tips! I LOVE Tailwind! Even if you can’t refer 1 person a month, it’s a solid tool that every blogger needs.

Peter Nyiri - FunnelXpert - January 22, 2018

Hi Stephanie,
It was an insanely great idea from you to write such a post on the subject of saving on blogging.
It is true, a lot of people want to save, I always Google the cheapest resources.

    Stephanie - January 29, 2018

    Hi Peter, thanks for commenting. I agree, I always head to Google to see if there’s any discounts or voucher codes as well. But hopefully these tips will inspire some other ways to save on blogging tools/resources too. All the best!

Janice - January 22, 2018

Now this is something that I need!! Thank you! I have many marketing golas to reach this year!

    Stephanie - January 26, 2018

    Hi Janice, thanks for commenting. Glad to hear my post was useful. All the best!


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