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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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                                          25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                          25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                          Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

                                          Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

                                          1. Coursera

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                                            Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

                                            Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

                                            Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

                                            2. Khan Academy

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                                              Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                                              Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                                              3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                                                If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                                                Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                                                4. Udemy 

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                                                  Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                                                  Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                                                  5. Academic Earth

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                                                    Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                                                    Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                                                    6. edX

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                                                      Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                                                      7. Alison

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                                                        Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                                                        It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                                                        8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                                                          A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                                                          Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                                                          Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                                                          ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                                                          9. Stanford Online

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                                                            Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                                                            Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                                                            10. Harvard Extension

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                                                              Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                                              Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                                              11. Open Yale Courses

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                                                                Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                                                12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                                                  Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                                                  13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                                                    Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                                                    14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                                                      Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                                                      15. Codecademy

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                                                                        Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                                                        The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                                                        16. Code

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                                                                          Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                                                          In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                                                          Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                                                          17. University of London Podcasts

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                                                                            The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                                                            18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                                              Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                                              The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                                              19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                                                For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                                                Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                                                20. TED-Ed

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                                                                                  Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                                                  Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                                                  21. LessonPaths

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                                                                                    LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                                                    22. Memrise

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                                                                                      Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                                                      Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                                                      23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                                                        The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                                                        National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                                                        24. Fun Brain

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                                                                                          Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                                                          Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                                                          25. Whyville

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                                                                                            Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                                                            Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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