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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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                                          Last Updated on June 26, 2020

                                          25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                          25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                                          “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                                          If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                                          You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                                          Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                                          As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                                          And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                                          But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                                          • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                                            • food
                                            • rent/mortgage
                                            • cell phone
                                            • insurance
                                            • socializing/entertainment
                                            • transportation
                                            • hygiene products
                                            • household bills
                                          • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                                            • travel
                                            • clothing
                                            • medication (*depends)
                                            • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                                            • gifts

                                          Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                                          Save Money on Food

                                          1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                                          Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                                          Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                                          2. Buy the store-brand version

                                          Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                                          3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                                          Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                                          4. Have group dinners

                                          If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                                          Save Money in Transport

                                          5. Get a bicycle

                                          Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                                          6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                                          Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                                          7. Find the cheapest gas

                                          Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                                          Save Money in General Shopping

                                          8. Shop online

                                          Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                                          9. Sell your old stuff

                                          Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                                          Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                                          10. Bulk buying stores

                                          For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                                          Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                                          11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                                          You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                                          12. Generic brand medication

                                          More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                                          13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                                          It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                                          Cut Down on Household Expenses

                                          14. Printing

                                          Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                                          e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                                          Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                                          15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                                          A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                                          16. Shop around for insurance

                                          Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                                          Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                                          17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                                          If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                                          18. Don’t get a TV

                                          Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                                          19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                                          My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                                          Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                                          20. Have house parties

                                          Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                                          For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                                          21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                                          It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                                          22. Volunteer

                                          If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                                          23. Housesit

                                          There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                                          Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                                          24. DIY beauty

                                          French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                                          25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                                          If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                                          Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                                          Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                                          • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                                          • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                                          • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                                          • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                                          • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                                          • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                                          • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                                          Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                                          What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                                          Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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