Saving money is great, but having a system in place that makes saving money easier might be even better. Finding out about the latest free e-books for Kindle, tracks from Amazon Music, and free apps offered by iTunes is a great way to get a head start on discovering excellent content for free without having to independently seek out these things yourself.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a cloud-based automated service that handles some of the more repetitive and/or mundane tasks in your digital life for you. It takes full advantage of APIs made available from a number of online services such as Dropbox, Evernote, email, and Instagram to deliver automated functionality that connects trigger events to actions.
For example, you can have photos taken with Instagram automatically added to a folder in Dropbox. This gives you an instant backup. You can also opt to have those photos uploaded automatically to your Flickr account or teased on various social networks.
When it comes to saving money, it’s all about finding out where you can go to find the best deals and how to get that information delivered to you in a way you can use. IFTTT can send you an SMS message each time a trigger event happens, but in this article we’ll focus on a few of these examples that employ email instead. Email is my primary information transfer tool, so why not have it delivered there so I can take advantage of these deals on my own time?
Kindle Top 100 Free E-books
There are so many e-books available for free for Kindle owners that it’s hard not to take advantage of freely available content on the platform. Kindle e-books can be read on everything from a Kindle to your desktop computer. The iPad, your Android device, and even your iPod touch can be used as a Kindle reader, so getting an alert when a new book joins the top 100 list is pretty useful.
IFTT makes it possible, and here are the recipes:
Top Free Music Albums from Amazon
Being able to take advantage of free music is one thing, but having an email let you know each time a new album makes it into a list of the most popular free albums available on one of the largest music stores in the world is another.
Thanks to the same type of RSS feed to email automation used by the Kindle list, you can receive an email alert whenever a new book hits the list. It’s a great way to keep updated with the latest releases so you don’t miss out on temporary deals while they’re available.
iTunes Free App of the Week
If you’re a fan of iOS apps, you’ll probably love this recipe. Watching Twitter like a hawk might net you a free app once in a while, but why would you want to do this when you can get emailed a link to the free app being offered to iOS users each week (as it is announced)?
The IFTTT recipe for Apple iTunes Free App of the Week via Email will handle gathering this free app link for you and send it where you want it to go. You can adjust the recipe slightly to have this link delivered to you via SMS so you can download the app directly on your phone with the IFTTT recipe for Apple iTunes Free App of the Week via SMS.
What about you? What IFTTT recipes do you use to help you save money? Leave a comment below and share your favorites.