iTunes Buck Stretching 101 - Freebies, Deals and Gift Cards
We all know that purchasing anything, including iTunes content, can get expensive, but what use are our shiny Apple devices without apps, music, movies and other content to play on them? Well, I do suppose you could use that iPhone to actually make calls or send text messages but you can do that with any budget flip phone now couldn't you?
- Freebies! - Not everything on iTunes costs money. There is a surprising amount of free content available weekly on iTunes, everything from apps, music, music videos, podcasts and more. I frequently post articles in my iOS themed flipboard magazine, Apple Slices, featuring free apps and media. Also be sure to check the desktop version of iTunes and iTunes Store app itself for a link to a somewhat hidden section called "Free on iTunes" for more freebies!
- Buck Stretching! - For anything that you want to purchase, and that you can't find for free, your best option is to purchase iTunes gift cards...at a discount of course. iTunes gift card discounts can range from 5% (common) all the way to 25% (rare). For example, just this week I purchased a $100 iTunes gift card for $80 from eBay, as seen here on Tech Bargains. Discount programs like Groupon also occasionally will run sales on iTunes cards as well (percentage off may vary). A quick method to save 5% is with a Target Red Card, Red Card holders save 5% on most gift card purchases; including iTunes. There are other programs out there as well that allow you to get a percentage off gift cards. The key is that if you know you are going to be purchasing content from iTunes, try to load up your iTunes balance ahead of time with gift cards purchased at a discount. If you know of any particular programs that offer iTunes gift cards feel free to mention them in the comments below!
- Deals! - Like almost anything else you buy, iTunes runs sales - on apps, music, movies and more, so watch for those sales and you can save big! Tech Bargains is an excellent resource for deals on apps and of course 'Movies on Sale' on Facebook for deals on movies and television!
- Stacking! - For maximum benefit purchase discounted iTunes cards and then wait for price drops on iTunes content that you want and then buy. A $12.99 movie, price dropped to $7.99, and then purchased with iTunes credit obtained from iTunes gift cards purchased at 20% off, effectively costs $6.39 - a savings of $6.60 from the normal price!