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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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                                                HD

                                                  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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                                                              The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

                                                              The Definitive Guide to Get out of Debt Fast (and Forever)

                                                              Debt can feel crushing, like a weight that is always weighing you down. Looking at those numbers, it can feel as if you’ll never get out from under it. However, if you really want to learn how to get out of debt, it is possible with a great deal of focus and self-control.

                                                              Getting out of debt isn’t impossible. Like any big goal, all that it takes is an action plan to identify where you are and creating a plan to zero out your debt.

                                                              Identifying All of Your Debts

                                                              The first part of paying off your debt is getting a complete picture of what you owe. When you have everything written out in front of you, it makes it much easier to create an action plan. Depending on how much you owe, it might also help you realize it’s not as bad you might have originally thought.

                                                              Here’s how you can get started identifying your debts:

                                                              1. Own Your Debt

                                                              Before you start identifying all of your debts, take a moment to process that you have debt but want to get out of it.

                                                              Forgive yourself for any past mistakes, missed payments, or overspending. It might be painful to accept how much debt you have at first, but you must own it.

                                                              2. Make a Debt Tracker

                                                              It’s astonishing how few people ever created a tracker to understand their total debts. Most likely, it comes from not wanting to accept the guilt of having debt, but, if avoided, it can make it nearly impossible to get out of debt.

                                                              Open up a new Google or Microsoft Excel sheet and list out all of your debts. Start with the name of the creditor, interest rates, total balance, loan term length (if any), and the minimum amount due each payment. This will include student loans, credit cards, and any other type of debt owed.

                                                              3. Get Your Debt Number

                                                              Once you’ve made your debt tracker and taken the other steps, identify your total payoff number. This is crucial, as you will have a starting point and a clear goal that you are trying to achieve.

                                                              Prioritizing Your Debts

                                                              All debt is not created equal. It’s imperative to understand that there are different types of debt.

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                                                              1. Understand Bad and Good Debts

                                                              Bad debts are usually paying for things you want instead of always need. While there might be some emergencies that max out your credit cards, often times it’s excessive spending[1].

                                                              There are three main types of bad debt:

                                                              • Credit Card Debt: The average American household owes over $16,000 in credit card debt!
                                                              • Auto Loan Debt: According to CNBC , the average auto loan in the US is $30,032!
                                                              • Consumer Loan Debt: Consumer loan debt isn’t as common as credit card and auto loan debt, but it’s still considered bad as interest rates are usually between 10-28%.

                                                              Good debt is identified as investments in your future. Here are three common types of good debt:

                                                              • Student Loan Debt
                                                              • Mortgage Loan
                                                              • Business Loans

                                                              2. Decide Which Debt to Pay off First

                                                              Once you know each type of debt and their interest rates, you can begin to pay off debt quickly.

                                                              Focus on paying off bad debt first, regardless of if it is a credit card or auto loan. Start by paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first.

                                                              If you have several credit cards with different interest rates, you want to focus on the one with a higher APR. You will actually save more money by eliminating the card with the highest interest rate.

                                                              3. Don’t Pay the Minimum Amount

                                                              Paying the minimum amount digs you into a hole as interest rates will offset your payment. Even a small amount more than the minimum can help you pay off debt much faster.

                                                              Removing Obstacles to Pay off Debt Quickly

                                                              Creating a debt tracker and prioritizing a plan is simple, but avoiding temptation can be difficult.

                                                              1. Set a Reminder to Track Your Debt

                                                              “If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker

                                                              It’s so important to track your debt to ensure that you get it paid off quickly. Similar to working out and measuring your results, you need to track your debt constantly. Start with a weekly reminder, where you sign on and log your updated number. Did you increase, decrease, or stay the same?

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                                                              Regularly tracking your student loan balance can be incredibly motivating, as well. You will get a huge confidence boost each time you see your total debt amount decreases.

                                                              Set weekly and monthly goals so you can have short term wins and keep the momentum going.

                                                              2. Hide Your Credit Cards

                                                              If your biggest debt is credit cards, you need to eliminate temptation and remove them from your wallet.

                                                              Some people have gone to extreme measures by freezing their credit cards. Why? This would create an ice block around your card, which would require you to chip away at it slowly. This will give you time to think if it’s the best idea to buy that thing you’re about to buy.

                                                              3. Automate Everything

                                                              Willpower can be a huge downfall to paying off your debt. By automating your bills each month, you will ensure that willpower isn’t involved.

                                                              4. Plan Ahead

                                                              Getting out of debt will require some sacrifices, but with enough planning, you can make it work.

                                                              For example, if you know that you have a friend’s birthday or family dinner coming up, plan ahead for the costs. Whether you need to cut back on spending the week before, pick up a side job, or meet them after dinner, do what is needed.

                                                              5. Live Cheaply

                                                              The only way to get out of debt is to make some sacrifices on your spending habits. Find ways to save money each month so you can apply that amount to your outstanding debts. Here are some ways to save money each month:

                                                              • Live with roommates
                                                              • Cook dinners and prepare lunches for work instead of eating out
                                                              • Cut cable and choose Netflix or Amazon Prime
                                                              • Take public transit or bike to work

                                                              Finding the Lowest Interest Rates

                                                              The higher your interest rates, the harder (and longer) it will take you to pay off any debt.

                                                              If possible, you want to find ways to lower your interest rates to help get out of debt quickly. Here’s how you can get started:

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                                                              1. Maintain a High Credit Score

                                                              Your credit score will have a large impact on your ability to refinance your loans and receive a lower interest rate. If you have a low credit score, it’s unlikely you will be able to refinance your loans. Use these credit tips to increase and maintain an excellent score:

                                                              • Never miss a payment
                                                              • Don’t exceed 30% of your credit limit
                                                              • Don’t sign up for more than one card at once
                                                              • Limit hard inquires, like auto-loans and new credit cards
                                                              • Monitor frequently with free credit-tracking software

                                                              2. Find Balance Transfer Offers

                                                              Start by opening a free account on credit.com. Credit.com offers you the chance to open a free account and see what type of balance transfer offers you can receive. Some of your existing credit cards might already have 0% or lower APR balance transfer offers available.

                                                              Contact each of your credit card providers to ask about lowering your rate for a one-time balance transfer offer[2].

                                                              If you do take advantage of this option, make sure that you use a balance transfer and not a cash advance. Cash advances have a ton of high interest fees (15-25%, depending on your credit card) and will only compound your debt problem.

                                                              How to Get Rid of Debt Forever

                                                              Setting up a plan, removing temptations, and getting the lowest interest rates is the first step to get out of debt.

                                                              1. Keep Monitoring and Adjusting

                                                              Once you have a plan, don’t get comfortable. Track your debt payoff plan and make the necessary adjustments when needed.

                                                              Monitor your credit scores with a free site like CreditKarma. The higher your credit score climbs, the more likely you will be to secure a new, lower-interest loan.

                                                              2. Earn More Money

                                                              There are only so many ways to save money. Instead of clipping another coupon or making sacrifices for your morning coffee, find ways to earn more money!

                                                              Think about it…it is much easier to find ways to earn an extra $1,000 per month than find $1,000 to cut from your budget.

                                                              Here are some examples of ways to earn more money:

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                                                              Talk to Your Boss

                                                              Have a conversation with your boss about current salary and/or commission rates. If you’re not satisfied or want a change, don’t be afraid to look around at other positions. Some of them might even have a student loan debt reimbursement plan!

                                                              Start a Side Hustle

                                                              This could be coaching students on the weekends, driving for Uber, or taking paid online surveys. There are tons of ways to make money outside your 9-5. Now that you have a clear plan to pay off your debts, you’ll be more motivated than ever to figure out creative new ways to earn money.

                                                              Build an Online Business

                                                              There are so many websites and blogs that earn money from ads, affiliates, and other online products. Find your niche and get started.

                                                              3. Celebrate Your Wins

                                                              As you progress in your debt payoff journey, don’t forget to celebrate your wins. You need to always reward yourself for the hard work and discipline that is required to get out of debt.

                                                              While you shouldn’t celebrate so big that it increases debt, make sure to factor in little rewards to keep you motivated.

                                                              4. Set New Financial Goals

                                                              Eventually, with a plan and these steps, you can rid yourself of your debt. Once you do, make sure to celebrate your monumental achievement, but don’t stop there.

                                                              Now, you can focus on acquiring wealth and increasing your net worth. Set new financial goals so you have a new target to aim toward. Here’s how to set financial goals and actually meet them.

                                                              These could be anything now that you are debt free! Think about where you want to travel, buying your first home, or saving for your future retirement. Just like before, make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Congrats, you can now set a plan in motion to finally pay off your debt quickly (and hopefully forever)!

                                                              Remember, if you want to get out of debt quickly, it’s not always easy. Just like any big goal, there will be sacrifices, challenges, and problems to overcome.

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