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30 Killer Websites That Will Save You Money

30 Killer Websites That Will Save You Money

The Internet has changed the way we think, shop, read, earn money… it has changed the way we live! One of the most important benefits we have gained from the World Wide Web is effective budget management. Although those deals and coupons can tempt you to spend more than planned, you cannot neglect the fact that you can save – and make – a lot of money by accessing the right websites.

Get ready to start bookmarking, because you are about to discover 30 budget-friendly websites that will make you a smarter shopper and help you earn money along the way.

Clothes

1. Rent the Runway

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    So you need a special piece for an important event? You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on designer clothes when you can rent them at RentTheRunway.com for a massively reduced price tag.

    2. thredUP

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      This website will help you get cheap clothes and make some cash at the same time. ThredUP is a fashion resale website where you can buy secondhand clothing or sell some of your own pieces. The clothing items featured at the website are as good as new, so you can get some really amazing deals!

      3. Twice

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        If you don’t manage to find the piece you need at thredUP, then Twice should be your next shopping destination. You’ll love the 40% off deal for your first order at this website! Twice allows you to buy high-quality items or sell the clothes you want to get rid of.

        Books and movies

        4. PaperBack Swap

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          Who needs to spend money on books when there are so many people who would love to trade? If you are not emotionally attached to the books in your library, you should join the book club at PaperBackSwap.com and start swapping editions with other members. There are over 4 million books to choose from!

          5. Chegg

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            No students look forward to spending too much money on textbooks. Thanks to Chegg, they can buy or rent used books and save up to 90%.

            6. Swap a DVD

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              Planning a movie night with your friends? This website enables you to swap the movies you’ve already watched and get some of the available DVDs in return. There are over 250,000 movies currently available at the website.

              Earning money through freelance writing

              7. FreelancerCareers

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                The competition at this website is fierce, but great writing talent always gets noticed (especially if you are skilled in resume writing). You’ll be able to apply for hundreds of freelance writing jobs associated to your interests and knowledge. The 24/7 support system functions impeccably too, so you’ll be able to solve any issue with no delays.

                8. Writers.ph

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                  At this website, you can choose from a myriad of freelance writing jobs in different categories. It won’t take much time for you to get used to the way Writers.ph functions and start making an income, since you’ll get orders related to the subjects of your interest.

                  9. AsiaWriters

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                    This is a freelance writing organization that offers financially-rewarding jobs. All you need to do is focus on the writing and leave the other concerns to the support management system at the website. You’ll earn up to $30 per page for your work.

                    10. EssayWriters.net

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                      If you are good in academic writing, then you can get a decent monthly income at this website. The constant flow of orders enables you to get the right job exactly when you need it and earn up to $30 per page for your efforts.

                      Travel

                      11. CarmaCarpool

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                        You can get a more affordable, faster and greener commute if you simply use Carma – a site that enables you to find a match and share the driving costs.

                        12. Yapta

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                          Thanks to this website, you can find awesome travel deals and reserve your spot right on time. Plus, you can track different deals and wait for an e-mail alert, so you can make an early booking as soon as the prices drop.

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                          13. Airbnb

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                            Who needs an expensive hotel or a pricey, but awful rented room when you can rent real homes in over 190 countries? Thanks to Airbnb, you can find lovely accommodations for incredibly cheap prices.

                            14. Booking Buddy

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                              When you are about to organize a trip, you need to compare the costs of different booking sites. There is no need to waste your time making comparison charts; BookingBuddy.com enables you to find the best deal within minutes.

                              Exercise

                              15. Cody

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                                This website enables you to purchase different plans from renowned trainers. There are different categories you can choose from – functional fitness, weight loss, strength, flexibility, yoga, and more.

                                16. YogaGlo

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                                  With the increased popularity of yoga, good instructors started charging sky-high prices for their classes and luxurious retreats. When you become part of the YogaGlo online community, you will practice with some of the greatest teachers for a low monthly charge of $18.

                                  Coupons and gift cards

                                  17. Swagbucks

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                                    Thanks to this website, you can get free gift cards by using the Internet for searching, shopping, taking polls, playing games and watching videos.

                                    18. Current Codes

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                                      Instead of browsing through different shopping websites to find the best deals, you can simply access CurrentCodes.com and find functional codes for your favorite retailers.The website is solely focused on coupon codes though, so don’t expect to find information about deals and sales.

                                      19. CoupFlip

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                                        You have a daily deal coupon you don’t intend to use? You can sell it at CoupFlip.com. You won’t have to wait for a purchaser either – you can instantly sell the deal at the website. In addition, you can shop for deals with huge discounts!

                                        20. The Krazy Coupon Lady

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                                          This is the most popular online database of mobile coupons, printable coupons, and deals from a great base of retailers. You should tame your enthusiasm though, since the greatest deals can lead you to unplanned shopping sprees.

                                          Food and drinks

                                          21. Neighborhood Fruit

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                                            The concept of this website is rather unusual, but fun and effective nevertheless. You can sell or buy fresh local fruit and save money while promoting a great cause.

                                            22. Supercook

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                                              It doesn’t matter what kind of food you have in your fridge; you can always combine it into a delicious meal thanks to Supercook – a website that will release your creativity and increase the potential of your fridge.

                                              23. Get Drunk Not Fat

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                                                A few nights out can be devastating to your budget. Thanks to the chart provided at this website, you can find beers, wines and other types of beverages sorted by the cost of 1 oz of pure alcohol.

                                                24. $5 Dinners

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                                                  Good meals can get really expensive. This blog provides you with coupons, recipes and tips on budget-friendly eating.

                                                  Electronics

                                                  25. Cellswapper

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                                                    Are you stuck in a phone plan and want to find an easy way out? You can swap it for a new short-term contract or simply give it away at Cellswapper.com and forego bothering with early-termination fees.

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                                                    26. Glyde

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                                                      This website enables you to get the best price for your video game or gadget. In addition, you can buy things on Glyde and save up to 90% through a convenient and safe buying experience.

                                                      27. Monoprice

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                                                        The great daily deals, products on clearance and seasonal discounts at Monoprice.com will surely make you happy.

                                                        Prescription drugs

                                                        28. GoodPx

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                                                          Thanks to GoodPx, you can compare the prices for FDA-approved prescription drugs at the pharmacies near your location. In addition, you can find great discounts, coupons, and cheaper generics that will save you a lot of money.

                                                          Paying bills

                                                          29. WhiteFence

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                                                            If you want to save money on your bills, then you need to find out what the average rates are. Thanks to WhiteFence, you can get such information and realize if you’re overpaying for Internet, cable, or phone services.

                                                            30. Undebt.it

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                                                              The payment plan generated by this service will help you manage your budget in the most effective manner. Thanks to Undebt.it, you’ll never forget the upcoming due dates and you’ll always know exactly how much money you need to reserve for the bills.

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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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                                                              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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