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Money saving websites can be a great tool to stretch your budget. I share the top 15 most awesome money saving sites that can help you save in many ways.

As I said in my initial Frugal Hacks post I’m wanting to discuss different ways we save money in our house on a day to day basis. Money saving websites are a big part of that effort. Now, I’m not talking about money saving tips sites as we have that covered for the most part. When I talk about money saving sites I’m meaning ones that directly allow me to either save or make money – which is ultimately what we should really be trying to do every day.

Money Saving Websites Help You Grow Your Money

 

I love money saving websites because they help us grow our money. That is done through either allowing me to save money on something I’d be buying anyway or make extra money by buying something because of some sort of kickback they provide. In essence, money saving sites allow you to do some comparison shopping from home. This all allows for us to keep more of our money in our pockets and thus do something more profitable with it. With that in mind, I’ve come up with this list of awesome money saving websites we use in our home on a regular basis to help us save money.

Personal Capital

 

I’ve been using Personal Capital a lot more recently. If you’ve not heard of Personal Capital, think Mint with investing thrown in. Not only do they allow you to track your spending and banking accounts but Personal Capital also offers a free portfolio review feature. This allows you to see how your portfolio matches up in terms of expenses and find lower cost alternatives. If you’re serious about growing your net worth then Personal Capital is a must have!

Amazon Subscribe & Save

 

I’ve spoken about Amazon Subscribe & Save in my Amazon vs. Walmart post. The basic gist is if you buy something on a regular basis you can set up a regular interval to receive said item and get up to an additional 15% off. While you do have to be an Amazon Prime member, we love it as you pay as you go and can cancel at any time. That’s also not to mention that it saves us time and money.

topcashback.com

 

TopCashBack.com is a newer player in the cash back shopping portal space. What makes TopCashBack different is they pass all commissions back to you – in some cases up to 70 percent cash back. My favorite part of TopCashBack is they return 8.5 percent of any purchase from Amazon.com to you in cash. Amazon already offers great deals, getting cash back on top of that makes the savings even better!

Magnify Money

 

Magnify Money is a newer money saving website we use in our home. The main purpose behind Magnify Money is they hate bank fees as much as we do. They allow you to compare hidden fees on things like credit cards and other bank products. I used this feature as we were deciding on a high-yield online savings account option for cash we’re putting away for our new-to-us car. If you hate bank fees and want more of your money to work for you then Magnify Money is a money saving website you’ll want to check out.

Swagbucks

 

Like TopCashBack above, Swagbucks is a cash back shopping portal that allows you to earn money through your normal shopping. Swagbucks also allows you to earn cash back through using their search engine and filling out surveys. You can start using Swagbucks and earn a $5 sign-up bonus. If cash back isn’t your thing you can also redeem rewards for Amazon gift cards.

 

RetailMeNot

 

Whenever I’m buying something online RetailMeNot is my first stop in order to see how I can save money on my purchase. Thus, it’s a no-brainer to use. The deals you can find vary, but I have been able to save up to 30 percent and more in many cases. That’s cash we get to keep!

Red Laser

 

I almost always check the Amazon app when I’m out shopping, but my second stop is Red Laser. Red Laser is a money saving app that allows you to compare prices across many online retailers. It suggests other complimentary items, along with their prices, in the event you don’t want to pony up on the main item. Amazon usually wins, but it’s all about the options.

15 amazing money saving websites you should be using.

GROUPON/LIVING SOCIAL

 

Nearly everyone has heard of Groupon and Living Social. We don’t use them as much anymore, but will still snag a deal from them every once in awhile. We use them specifically for date night ideas to save a little money.

Pronto.Com

 

Pronto.com is a newer money saving website, but I have found it to prove quite helpful. Pronto is really a tool you’ll be using if you buy much off of Amazon as it compares prices against Amazon. Like CamelCamelCamel, Pronto also offers a browser extension to make it easy to use.

FreeCycle

 

We’ve not used FreeCycle before, but I know many who have and it’s a great way to save money from the proclaimed 7 million people who use it. The purpose behind FreeCycle is to swap, or get for free, items that would normally be tossed in the garbage can. You can find anything from clothes to furniture and everything else in between.

Morningstar

 

When I’m considering a new investment, Morningstar is often my first stop. What makes Morningstar a money saving website is they offer an excellent breakdown of expenses for any fund you can imagine and lay out clearly what it costs to own a specific fund. You can find this on other sites, but Morningstar is considered by many to be the standard.

DealUpa

 

Part of the reason why we don’t use Daily Deal sites much anymore is because we get enough junk in our email. DealUpa is a great alternative to that. DealUpa aggregates those deals for you, ranks them, and then sends you one email. If you like the idea of scoring a deal without bloating your inbox, DealUpa is a money saving site to check out.

ConsumerReports.org

 

If you have a relatively large purchase you’re considering in the near future, ConsumerReports.org is a solid money saving website to consider. We get the magazine and have had a membership to the site in the past. They offer a variety of pricing options, as low as $20 a year, which gets you access to more in-depth reviews of many items. As I like to buy quality items that will do their job, Consumer Reports is a great tool to have.

Brad’s Deals

 

You’ve likely heard of Brad’s Deals, but if not, think RetailMeNot with a bit of a personality. I love Brad’s Deals as they hand pick deals that are seemingly unbelievable in the amount they can save you. I don’t use them as much anymore, but it can be a great resource if you’re looking for a particular item you like but don’t want to spend the money.

Fat Wallet

 

Nearly everyone has heard of Fat Wallet, and for good reason. I love Fat Wallet as they have everything from ways for you to get cash back deals to money saving coupon codes. That doesn’t even begin to cover their awesome forum community either.

Money saving websites can be a great tool to stretch your budget. I share the top 15 most awesome money saving sites that can help you save in many ways.

Bonus Options

 

FREE SHIPPING. ORG

 

I hate to pay for shipping! In fact, I’m often tempted to spend more to get out of paying for it. Of course, I snap myself back into reality though. 🙂 FreeShipping.Org is a hands down winner in my opinion as they offer a searchable database to find free shipping codes for thousands of retailers. If you do much online shopping, be sure to check them out.

CAMELCAMELCAMEL

 

Don’t let the odd name fool you, CamelCamelCamel is a handy money saving tool to have in your pocket. What I like about this website is that they allow you to track historical pricing for Amazon and alert you when prices go down as well as when you should buy. CamelCamelCamel offers a handy browser extension to make life simpler for you.

 

If you do much shopping, banking, or pretty much anything else online these days it only makes sense to take advantage of some of the money saving tools out there. Not only can they save you money, but they can also help you make money as well.

 

What are some of your favorite money saving websites? How far will you go to save money when shopping online? What’s the best deal you’ve scored online?

 

 

 

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  • We don’t do the Amazon subscription service now because we get better deals by combining coupons and sales. This works because of the infrequency of needing the items. But I see us using it once kids come and maybe even their Mommy & Me service (I think that’s the name).

    I love using Morningstar as well. I frequent Fat Wallet too, but mostly for the forums. Sometimes I go into the deals section.

    • John Schmoll says:

      We’ve found the same thing to be true Jon in that some of the subscribe and save deals just aren’t as good of a deal. You really need to do your research on it if you’re looking at something to subscribe to.

  • I use to order from Retailmenot when I was living in the U.S. I can testify that what you see is exactly what you’re going to get. They also deliver the items pretty quickly.

  • I love Groupon and RetailMeNot. I use both of them all the time! I use retailmenot for coupons and groupon for hair and dental appointments.

  • I use about 75% of these. I’m also a big fan of the coupons at checkout and price blink browser add ons. They automatically check for promo codes when you’re shopping online so you don’t have to google or anything.

  • I’ve been reading a lot about Personal Capital and will have to check them out. I haven’t heard of many of the other sites so I have this page bookmarked. I do use amazon subscribe and save for one item though. If it’s something you buy regularly and can only get it online I recommend it.

  • Rebecca says:

    I am going to check out Personal Capital. I have been itching to move to something new. I have been hearing more and more about this one. It is hard to change when you have been using one for soooooo long.

  • Michelle says:

    Great list of money-saving websites. I will have to look into freecycle. Sounds like an interesting website.

  • What a great lists of money saving websites ya got there John! Thanks for that.

    The only one however that I have used is Freecycle. Since I really don’t buy anything new, I tend to frequent sites like Freecycle, Craigslist and Kijijji. But not before I take a trip to a few local Thrift shops to see if they have what I need. Those are the place I’d rather spend my cash.

    Maybe I’m just too old school 🙂

    Thanks for the research and take care.

    Lyle

  • I wrote a two-part post where I shared a total of 10 sites that help people save money. Surprisingly none of them overlapped with yours (unless I have bad memory). Sites like coupons.com and Pocket your Dollars have literally saved us thousands.

  • Some of these I’ve heard of or used and some I haven’t. I’ll have to check these out next time I’m going to be making a purchase anyway to see if I can same some money. 🙂

  • Jason B says:

    I use retailmenot all the time. I haven’t paid full price for a pizza in years.

  • Mrs. Maroon says:

    Perhaps I need to up my game. I haven’t heard of most of these. But I am a HUGE believer in Subscribe and Save right now. We are closing in on the end of three years of getting diapers this way – with a couple more to go yet. I think it is the best idea yet. If I scrimped and hunted, I might be able to save a couple cents or even a dollar here or there by combining coupons and sales. But the guaranteed 20% off is worth it to me. Plus I never fear that I’ll need to run out in the middle of the night, in a blizzard, while the kids are sick, Mr. Maroon is out of town… (you get the idea) to buy something as essential as diapers.

    Some people automate savings (which is genius, by the way). I automate diapers.

    • John Schmoll says:

      We just started using Subscribe and Save a few months ago for an item or two and really like it. Plus, it helps me avoid Wal-Mart! We discovered it too late for diapers as our youngest is potty training at the moment, but I totally understand where you’re coming from.

      Ha ha, I can’t blame you on that one!

  • Karen says:

    For the Canadians out there, I use save.ca,websaver.ca, and the Canadian version of retailmenot and coupons.com.

    I think sites like Groupon/Living Social are only money saving sites when it’s something you actually want to buy and there’s a deal on it. I find most of the time, the products and services offered are things I wouldn’t really use, even with a deal.

    Sometimes people feel pressured to buy the deal because it’s only on for such a short time and then don’t even end up using it (such as yours truly). I ended up selling one of my groupons to someone else.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s a good point on Groupon/Living Social. It has to be a really good deal on something we’d use anyway. We use it for date nights quite a bit as a couple of the restaurants we like commonly have deals through them

  • Thanks for this comprehensive list. My list only consists of Groupon and Living Social so this list will definitely be bookmarked!

  • Jason says:

    Thanks, John. You have introduced me to some great websites that I have never used before. I agree that consumerreports.org is well worth the price of admission. I consult it for both small and large purchases (everything from laundry soap to automobiles). Their buying guides are also very useful (and often free to non-subscribers). Thanks again for your excellent recommendations.

  • valerie says:

    I use Ebates.com. they basically pay you for shopping online. you go to their site and choose the store you would like to buy from and they take you to the site. you get a percentage from your purchase. i highly recommend it to everyone.

  • These are some great website resources! I already use some, but I plan on checking out some of the others listed.

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