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20 Smart Online Shopping Apps To Save You Big Bucks

20 Smart Online Shopping Apps To Save You Big Bucks

I love the fact that I can get basically everything I need with just a few clicks. However, my credit card statement often left me devastated with the amount of extra costs and fees adding up for nothing. That was until I discovered the 20 nifty online shopping apps allowing me to save (or even earn!) a few dollars here and there.  Allowing you to spend less when shopping more!

1. Revolut

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    A new hot app to be launched in a few weeks, Revolut, is a true savior for those who love shopping internationally. The app offers you a personal money cloud with a multi-currency card accepted anywhere. It works as a local card in each country and saves you on currency exchange. You can take advantage of interbank exchange rate and even send currencies for free through social networks with just a few clicks. Yet, the best thing is, there are no hidden banking costs involved!

    2. TheFind

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      Create a personalized shopping hub with TheFind where you can save all of your favorite stores and brands and receive alerts once your favorite products go discounted.

      iOS (free) and Android (free)

      3. CoSign

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        Another hot new app on the list to watch out for in 2015! CoSign will let you share your awesome looks online, tag products you wear and get commissioned each time some of your followers click on it and make purchases. Commissions are expected to range from 5% to 30% with brands like Forever 21, Bliss, Macy’s and much more who have already confirmed their participation.

        Sign in to get notified when it will premiere in the App Store.

        4. Swagbucks TV

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          Works in conjunction with your Swagbucks account – a service offering special deals and perks for taking online surveys and buying products through its toolbar or website directly. Get this app installed on your phone, watch videos from different channels such as VEVO or Hulu and see how your SwagBucks meter fills up. You can earn up to 150 Swagbucks a day to exchange them for gift cards or special discounts. How awesome is that?

          iOS (free) and Android (free)   

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          5. Retail Me Not App

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            The biggest and baddest pool of coupons and special discounts from top merchants, both online and offline. Get the Retail Me Not app for instant access to a selected list of stores you’ve been following.

            iOS (free) and Android (free)

            6. Pricegrabber

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              A handy app to help you find the best retailer’s deal. Pricegrabber pulls out the whole range of prices for a searched item to run a price comparison search among all merchants online. Alternatively, you can scan the barcode of the desired product and check how much it costs online – including a “Bottom Line Price” with taxes and shipping costs taken into account.

              iOS (free) and Android (free)

              7. Ebates

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                Get paid with Ebates app each time you purchase anything online from one of the participating retailers, plus receive a bunch of coupons and special deals available to members only! Launched in 1998, Ebates is still one of the most trustworthy cash back services on the Internet.

                iOS (free) and Android (free)

                8. ShopSavvy

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                  ShopSavvy app comes in handy when shopping both online and offline. Get a product barcode or QR code scanned to receive a full pool of prices available in different online and local stores. The app also generates a map of the closest stores with best pricing. Plus, you can save the deals you’ve found online to purchase later.

                  iOS (free) and Android (free)

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                  9. Bestie Shopping

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                    A Pinterest-styled social network for shoppers, Bestie lets you create and follow feeds from people with tastes similar to yours, like and comment on the products they share, read descriptions and reviews of those goods that matter to you and your network only. Also, Bestie offers special promo codes from selected merchants.

                    iOS (free) and Android (free)

                    10. Google Shopping

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                      Google Shopping lets you search over a million products available around the web and filter them by prices, reviews or any other special characteristics. Launch search by typing, a voice command, scanning the barcode or even uploading cover art.

                      iOS (free) and Android (free)

                      11. Shop Advisor

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                        Avoid impulse shopping by adding and organizing all the products you want at Shop Advisor. The app will send you a notification whenever the ‘price is right’.

                        iOS (free) and Android (free)

                        12. ShopKick

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                          An excellent app for redeeming products! Get special rewards (kicks) for browsing ShopKick catalogs or doing paid surveys to later exchange those for gift cards or buy discounted goodies.

                          iOS (free) and Android (free)

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                          13. Raise Mobile

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                            Raise Mobile app allows you to purchase highly discounted gift cards from online merchants. Arguably, the best app to use for when you need buy a last minute gift.

                            iOS (free)

                            14. Myibidder Bid Sniper for eBay

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                              Hate getting outbid at the last seconds of eBay auction? I know I do! Myibidder gets your chances higher for winning the auction, by placing a bid for you as the last seconds count down. There’s no need to hawk over the desired product for days!

                              iOS (1.99$) and Android (free with in app purchases)

                              15. SavedPlus

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                                Spending less is great, but saving is even more awesome! With SavedPlus app you can stash money while you surf the web. Simply link all your credit card and debit information into your account, then you determine how much you want to save with every purchase you make. For example, each time you shop, put away $5 right into your savings account. The service reports that their users manage to save $600 monthly on average!

                                iOS (free) and Android (free)

                                16. Wallaby

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                                  Do you take advantage of cards offering cash backs and smart reward programs? Now with Wallaby you can double your benefits by having the app tell you which card to use for online shopping by analyzing all the nuts-and-bolts of all of your reward programs. Also, you can set up notifications for when you’re getting close to your credit limit or it’s time to pay the bills.

                                  iOS (free) and Android (free)

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                                  17. BillGuard

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                                    An excellent analytics tool, BillGuard allows you to check up your balances and recurring payments for all of your cards on the go. The app also provides your spending analytics, protects your cards from frauds and what’s even better, shows you all the “grey charges” that you may not be aware of!

                                    iOS (free) and Android (free)

                                    18. Redeemia

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                                      Redeemia saves you a huge load of time by aggregating the best money saving deals and discounts from Groupon, Living Social and other coupon sites according to your location and preferences.

                                      iOS (free) and Android (free)

                                      19. Trivago

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                                        An excellent app for frequent travelers, Trivago does all the boring work of price comparison for hotel room prices across numerous hotel booking websites, letting you know where you will get the best deal!

                                        iOS (free) and Android (free)

                                        20. Poachit

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                                          Poachit promises to enhance your shopping experience by providing you with the product you want for the price you love! Sign in to the app and flag all of the items you would like to purchase. Once the item goes on sale or a coupon becomes available, you will receive instant texts to grab it while it’s hot.

                                          iOS (free) and Android (free)

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                                          Published on January 17, 2020

                                          How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                          How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                          Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

                                          If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

                                          My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

                                          So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

                                          Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

                                          1. Meal Plan

                                          You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

                                          If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

                                          Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

                                          Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

                                          2. Cook in Bulk

                                          Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

                                          Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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                                          That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

                                          3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

                                          The science behind this is 2-fold.

                                          Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

                                          Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

                                          4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

                                          I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

                                          Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

                                          Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

                                          What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

                                          5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

                                          We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

                                          We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

                                          Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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                                          Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

                                          6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

                                          Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

                                          Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

                                          7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

                                          I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

                                          Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

                                          The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

                                          While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

                                          8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

                                          The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

                                          Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

                                          If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

                                          9. Try Acai Bowls

                                          Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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                                          You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

                                          Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

                                          10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

                                          Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

                                          Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

                                          11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

                                          A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

                                          I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

                                          12. Buy Cheap Online

                                          Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

                                          Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

                                          13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

                                          One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

                                          Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

                                          1. Strawberries
                                          2. Spinach
                                          3. Kale
                                          4. Nectarines
                                          5. Apples
                                          6. Grapes
                                          7. Peaches
                                          8. Cherries
                                          9. Pears
                                          10. Tomatoes
                                          11. Celery
                                          12. Potatoes

                                          14. Pay Attention to Storage

                                          Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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                                          Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

                                          15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

                                          Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

                                          Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

                                          16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

                                          I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

                                          Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

                                          17. Use Budget App

                                          There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

                                          My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

                                          18. Use What you Have

                                          Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

                                          19. Enjoy the Process!

                                          Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

                                          Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

                                          Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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