Check out these 7 best money-saving websites. If you’re looking to make every penny count so you can achieve your dreams faster they’ll help you save big while you live large and shoot for the moon.
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If your month lasts longer than your budget, you’ve got two choices – either spend less money or make more money. No doubt making more money is the sexier option of the two. And we’ll talk about that in future posts. But for today, let’s focus on seven money-saving websites that present the other side of the money equation: saving money.
Cut Your Spending While Boosting Your Quality of Life
We’re going to assume that you want to cut spending without losing your quality of life.
Back in the day, reducing your spending meant you either had to get creative, live like a pauper, or put in some elbow grease to get a discount. I remember the days of wearing my sisters’ hand-me-downs, fighting over food, and scouring the newspaper to clip coupons to make ends meet.
Fortunately, we don’t have to do all that anymore. Thanks to the internet, you can save big with just a few clicks to these seven money-saving websites.
What’s more, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars a month – which can then be repurposed to paying down debt, saving to buy your first home, investing in your 401(k), taking that vacation you’ve been dreaming of… or whatever else that may mean for you.
Today, with the help of the Internet, your dreams can come true whether you love tropical waters or if a mountain lodge or a rural farm is more your style.
Here are seven of our favorite money-saving websites that’ll help you save tons of money on just about anything you buy.
Food is expensive. There’s no way around that. USDA.gov tells us that in 2018, U.S. consumers, businesses, and government spent a whopping $1.71 TRILLION on food and beverages.
According to CreditDonkey, Americans spend 6.4% of their annual income on food alone. Surprisingly, that’s one of the lowest percentages for food spending in the entire world. But it’s still a big piece of the pie, especially if you have other financial goals to conquer.
That’s where 5DollarDinners shines. It helps you save on food. This site offers training and strategies to cut your grocery bill plus thousands of recipes. All of them are designed to feed a family of four for just $5. No kidding.
No kids at home? Make it and save half for tomorrow’s lunch. Where else can you get a meal for a buck-25? You can’t even get a plain Mickey D’s hamburger for that these days.
On a related note, 5DollarDinners also offers a great tool called The Grocery Budget Makeover, that’ll change the way you think about buying groceries and transform the way you purchase food week in and week out.
Another big chunk of change goes into your gas tank every week. Naturally, where you live and how much you drive plays into this number. Regardless of your circumstances, chances are good that you spend hundreds of dollars per quarter.
GasBuddy.com shows you which stations have the lowest prices in your area. Set the app for the type of gas you buy, and it’ll tell you the most recent price reported at various stations. This little hack can save you some serious money.
Ready to hit the great American highway but don’t want to spend a fortune? The GasBuddy trip cost calculator will calculate the cost of your trip and tell you the best places to fill up along the way.
What’s more, if you get their free card, you save up to 25 cents per gallon at most stations in America. So far, they’ve saved Americans $12 million at the pump.
If you’re into coupons, check out Coupons.com. It lets you pick coupons for the items you want. It also features discounts for major retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Overstock.
Saving with coupons can become addictive. The Krazy Coupon Lady takes your game to a new level with her help toward extreme couponing. Learn to stack savings and where to find the things you need for the cheapest price. Or for free.
Few things are more frustrating than buying something at what you thought was a good price… only to have it become available shortly thereafter at a lower price. Especially online where it’s hard to ask for a price adjustment.
CamelCamelCamel comes to the rescue.
It shows you the price of Amazon items over time. Now you can tell how good that “good deal” really is. You can save items and create price alerts to keep an eye on the price and snatch it when the price drops.
One great example – this set of two upholstered dining chairs. Recent high price was $236.99 on June 8, 2020. Price on July 31st? A mere $139.73. It may be well worth your wait if you see that the item you want is at its highest price. Just since May 2020 this one item has had multiple significant price changes.
If you’re bored out of your mind (and who isn’t in 2020?) go to Living on the Cheap to get some great ideas for cheap and free things to do in your area. They’ve also got resources for other ways to save money – from home improvement to entertainment to health and beauty. And some for eating out too. How’s that for a money-saving website?
Smartphones can set you back one-grand these days. And they quickly become obsolete. That’s where Gazelle shines. It’s a money-saving website for smartphone users… which is most of us these days.
This online marketplace helps you get cash for your unwanted smartphones and acquire gently used ones at a steep discount. This single action could save you hundreds of dollars (times the number of phone users in your household). So check Gazelle before you head out to your local Apple or Android store.
With these seven smart money-saving websites at your fingertips, it’s never been easier to live life on your own terms without spending beyond your means. And that puts you all the closer to your dream life.