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30 Best Websites And Apps That Will Save You Money On Almost Everything

30 Best Websites And Apps That Will Save You Money On Almost Everything

In these tough economic times, most of us are doing what we can to save money. There are many websites that can help you do just that, and you can often get a lot of stuff for free. Here are 30 of the best websites in the world that will help you save money on just about everything:

1. Five Dollar Dinners: Recipes, Printable Coupons

5 dollar dinner

    Find recipes for family meals that only cost $5 or less to make and save money on your grocery bills. Check out saving strategies, coupon database and browse recipes by ingredients.

    2. PaperBack Swap: Trade Used Books for Free

    Paperback swap

      Take those old books you’ve already read and trade them for some you haven’t read. It’s so easy to use PaperBack Swap: just list books you’d like to swap with other club members. Once a book is requested, mail it to the club member. It is that it’s totally free!

      3. Savored: Free Way to Make Online Reservations and Pay Lower Prices

      Savored

        Get restaurant free reservations and save money on your bills so you can afford to dine out more often. Site is designed well and extremely easy to use. Savored is a Groupon company, so it will help you save up to 40 percent. Just choose the city, number of people and date!

        4. Gazelle: Sells and Recycle Electronics

        Gazelle

          Don’t throw away your old electronics. Trade them on Gazelle and make money: select your device and get an offer in just a few steps. There is no risk at all and Gazelle offers free shipping!

          5. FreeCycle: Changing the World One Gift at a Time

          Freec

            Find a network of people who are trading free goods in their own communities. Freecycle has 7,888,541 members all over the world. It is free to use. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on ‘Browse Groups’ above the search box.

            6. Free Printables: Printable Labels, Gift Tags and Note Cards

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            Free printables

              This is a Pinterest board with amazing DIY design ideas. You can save a lot of money when you use it for coloring books, calendars, cards, and other printed items.

              7. CellSwapper: Get Out of Your Cell Phone-Mobile-Wireless Contract

              Cellswap

                Switch or give away unwanted cell phone plans without worrying about breaking contracts or additional fees. Here is the service idea: you post your cell phone plan details online and attract buyers; somebody takes over your wireless contract and you become 100 percent contract free! CellSwapper has great customer support.

                8. Trusted Cleaner: Find Your Local Professional

                Trusted Cleaner

                  Find the best cleaning companies in your area, as well as the best deals on cleaning services. To find a list of recommended cleaners in your local area just enter the service you require and your location. Choose from carpet cleaning, home cleaning, gutter cleaning, office cleaning, and many other services.

                  9. Camel Camel Camel: Amazon Price Tracker

                  Camel

                    Get the price history of any item on Amazon, and be alerted when items go on sale. You can easily create Amazon price watches, it is free! Camel Camel Camel has extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome called The Camelizer.

                    10. Money Saving Mom: Intentional Finance. Intentional Family. Intentional Business

                    Moneymom

                      Here you will find money-saving tips, as well as coupons and weekly deals on household items. What you’ll find at MoneySavingMom: Deals, Steals & Coupons; Money-Saving Tips & Frugal Ideas; Deals at Your Local Stores; Coupon Database. Website goal is to tell you about practical ways to help you save money in everyday life.

                      11. ThredUp: The Largest Online Consignment & Thrift Store

                      Thredup

                        This is an online consignment store for women and children. Instead of tossing out kids’ clothing that has been outgrown, simply sell it on consignment and get some of your money back. ThredUp donate proceeds from the items they do not accept to charities like Teach for America. Orders over $50 ship for free. If you want to return an item they will refund you. Just return it within 30 days.

                        12. GasBuddy: Find Low Gas Prices in the USA and Canada

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                        Gasbuddy

                          Find out where to find the best prices on fuel in your area. Join now, and get a chance of winning a $100 gas card by reporting gasoline prices. GasBuddy also provides historical gas price data, charts and statistics.

                          13. Swap a DVD: Movie Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Used DVDs

                          swapdvd

                            This is the same as PaperBack Swap, but you are trading movies instead. List movies you’ve already watched. Once a DVD is requested, mail it to the club member. In return, you may choose from 255,333 available movies! However, a 49-cent swap fee applies to receiving DVDs. DVDs you request are mailed to you postage-paid.

                            14. Supercook: Recipe Search by Ingredients You Have at Home

                            supercook

                              Find money-saving recipes that using the items you already have in your kitchen. Just click any ingredient to focus on and you’ll get the list of recipes.

                              15. The Krazy Coupon Lady: Extreme Couponing

                              Krazy Coupon

                                This is a giant database of printable and mobile coupons, as well as deals from national retailers. Also the sites has a huge Tips section with the DIY, Family, Money, Home, Recipes, Style, Travel information.

                                16. SecretSales: Secret Sales, Discount Designer Clothes Sale

                                Secret sales

                                  Get the lowest prices on luxury gear from Burberry, Firetrap, and other fine retailers. Experienced team of buyers work with over 600 brands to bring you new sales every day. The best selection of products across a range of categories including fashion, accessories, beauty and homeware. Mostly sales last between 2-4 days and have discounts up to 70 percent off, so you’ll need to be quick!

                                  17. Yapta: Track Flight Prices and Check for Airline Refunds

                                  Yapta

                                    You will be alerted in real time when the prices go down on airline and hotel prices so you can have the most economical vacations. Yapta has an app to track flights and hotels, with real-time iPhone alerts.

                                    18. Temptalia: Beauty Blog, Makeup Reviews, How to Makeup

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                                    temptalia

                                      Find high quality copycat versions of your favorite high-end makeup brands at affordable prices. Temptalia was founded in October of 2006 by Christine Mielke. SIte is a global reference and resource for beauty enthusiasts featuring in-depth reviews, photos, swatches, tutorials, and beauty tips.

                                      19. Superior Resource: Print Shop

                                      Superior Resource

                                        Do you need to get anything printed? Superior Resource is the best way to save money on printing and get the best result. Superior Resource provides printing on all kinds of invitations, brochures, envelopes, stationery,  labels, pocket folders, annual reports, also large format pieces can be printed.

                                        20. AirBnb: Vacation Rentals, Homes, Apartments & Rooms for Rent

                                        airbnb

                                          Save money on vacation rental properties with AirBnb! Find cheap accommodations: rent a room, apartment, house, or even a castle. Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Airbnb connects people in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries.

                                          21. Swap: Swap, Sell and Buy Pre-Owned Kids’ Items

                                          swap

                                            This the world’s largest swap marketplace, with 1.2 million members worldwide. Swap books, CD’s, and other media to get new stuff and get rid of old stuff. You can pay for the items with your own items. You can also buy or swap items from multiple users and combine them into one shipment.

                                            22. FashionVouchers: Fashion Voucher Codes, Fashion Sales and Fashion Deals

                                            fashionvoucher

                                              Get vouchers for shops as well as online stores and get the latest looks at low prices. It’s really easy to use FashionVoucers: you can browse all vouchers, check out the top 10 vouchers, browse all stores, and even find vouchers by category.

                                              23. Made: Great Design Direct From the Makers

                                              made

                                                Save as much as 70% off contemporary furniture designs when you buy directly from the manufacturers (No warehouses! No physical stores!). Special features of Made are grouping order, real time tracking and fuss-free returns.

                                                24. HomeDiscount: Everything For The Home Up To 75% Off

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                                                  You can save as much as 75 percent off items for the entire home, including the bathroom and kitchen. They are so confident of their low prices, that site offers a Price Match Service. HomeDiscount has a huge selection – over 20,000 products.

                                                  25. Visitbritain: Destinations and Attractions Throughout England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

                                                  visit brain

                                                    Find the most fun and least expensive activities for economy vacations in Britain. Visitbritain has over 150 Britain products in their online shop: from transport tickets to popular attractions and sightseeing passes.

                                                    26. Independent Traveler: Train Deals

                                                    IT

                                                      Get the best deals on train travel, as well as deals on many attractions. Check out trip reviews and forum.

                                                      27. Coupons: Free Printable Coupons, Grocery Coupons & Online Coupons

                                                      Coupon

                                                        You can find deals on just about everything here. Instead of waiting for coupons in your local newspaper, you can get as many as you like on this website, whenever you want them. There is also the mobile app GroceryIQ, where you can get mobile coupons.

                                                        28. Getaround: Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing and Local Car Rental

                                                        get around

                                                          This is a great site for those who need reliable transportation but don’t have automobiles. This site allows people to borrow or rent vehicles. This is also great for car owners who want to make some extra cash. You can use the iPhone app to borrow or rent cars.

                                                          29. HomeAway: Vacation Rentals, Beach Houses, Cabins & More

                                                          homeaway

                                                            If you want to travel but don’t want to stay in hotels, you have the option to rent a home. There are approximately 1 million rentals at any given time on HomeAway. All you need to do is sign an agreement, pay a deposit, and start your vacation.

                                                            30. JustPark: Find Your Perfect Parking Space

                                                            Just park

                                                              You can rent out a private parking space or garage. JustPark is exactly like AirBnb, except for parking spaces. Just Search – Book – Park.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Carol Pyles via flickr.com

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                                                              How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

                                                              How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

                                                              Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

                                                              I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

                                                              Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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                                                              Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

                                                              Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

                                                              Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

                                                              I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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                                                              I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

                                                              If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

                                                              Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

                                                              The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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                                                              Using Credit Cards with Rewards

                                                              Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

                                                              You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

                                                              I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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                                                              So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

                                                              What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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