It’s so easy to be drawn into buying the latest and greatest tech. One of my goals is to give you ways to get more out of the tech you already own. Take Amazon Prime.
If you signed up to shop this year’s Prime Day sales, don’t miss out on all the perks that come with your membership. Tap or click for my favorite hidden Prime benefits, including free, unlimited full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB video storage.
Of course, freebies are always great. We regularly round up all the tech upgrades you can get without paying a dime. Tap or click for 15 freebies you’ll use anything from free office software to free audiobooks.
Tech time and money savers tend to slip under the radar. Here are five I think you will love.
Not every provider or phone number is eligible, but it’s worth checking. You will need your account number and PIN, so have your billing account information handy.
2. Easy shortcuts to sound smarter
If you spend a lot of time writing, you already know about Grammarly, the tool that helps you fix grammar, spelling, punctuation and clarity issues. The free version of the browser extension is worth the download. The paid version, Grammarly Premium, gives you even more pointers. To save some cash, go with the annual payment option.
If you have commas and spelling down pat and need help with readability, check out Hemingway. This free online editor analyzes your writing to help you make it clearer and more understandable.
Paste a few paragraphs into the Hemingway website, and you’ll see what I mean. It highlights hard-to-read sentences, passive voice and other mistakes that make your writing difficult to understand. The web version is free to use, but you can’t save your work. The desktop app has a one-time cost of $19.99.
Do you often struggle to find the right words? Wordtune is excellent in a pinch. Type in a sentence, and you will see several options for how you could get your message across in a different way. Try this one out next time you’re writing a difficult email or find yourself at a loss for words.
3. Know your packages are safe and sound
If you’re concerned about packages getting stolen, Amazon can give you a little extra peace of mind. One of the most popular is Amazon Key, which allows delivery drivers to drop off packages inside your gate, garage, or home.
It works through smart locks and smart garage door openers that you install. Amazon gives your delivery person access via a wireless key. In-home delivery is still paused right now due to the pandemic. To use in-garage delivery, you’ll need two things: A garage-door opener compatible with the myQ app and Prime membership.
The myQ Chamberlain Smart Garage Door Opener is affordable and reliable. Being able to open or close your garage from anywhere makes it worth the money.
Tap or click here for a guide to setting up in-garage delivery. It’s easy once you have the right gear.
Don’t like the idea of someone coming into your home or garage? Set special instructions on your orders. I ask for any non-breakable items to be tossed over the side gate.
Your Amazon account needs a few tweaks to be as secure as can be. Tap or click for three essential settings to change now before you have problems.