When you’re a freelancer, you may not have the steady paycheck you are used to, right? There could be some lean times that will require you to pinch pennies. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 12 money saving websites I use on a regular basis that I believe will help you curb your expenses as well.
- Amazon Warehouse Deals: This will take you to a page of Amazon’s refurbished, used, like-new, and open-box deals. I have bought a few things from the Warehouse Deals site, namely a camera lens and this Macbook Air I’m currently using to type this blog post. Both are working splendidly, I might add.
- Coupon Mom: I admit, I am still mystified by the whole extreme couponing craze. But, this site is a great tool to help you find the best deals using both online and paper coupons, and it offers tutorials on how to best use the site. It lists deals by store, such as Target, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, etc., showing you how you can significantly lower your bill. The best deal I’ve gotten so far off of CouponMom.com was Clear Conditioner at CVS with a coupon and an Ibotta money back deal. I actually made $1 off of the deal. Woo hoo!
- Camelcamelcamel.com: It has a price-watching plugin available for Chrome and Firefox, alerting you to price drops at sites like Amazon.com and BestBuy. If you don’t use either of these browsers, they have a free subscription service you can sign up for.
- RetailMeNot: If you don’t check this website before you buy anything online, you’re missing out on coupon codes that can save you a ton of money! There is also a Firefox plugin that will tell you when an online store has coupon codes. It’s also available as an iOS or Android app, so you can take it with you on your shopping trips.
- eBates: In addition to coupon codes, this website offers cash rebates as a percentage of your purchase. Most stores offer up to 10%, some offer more (usually smaller stores that are trying to get your business). You also get $10 for signing up! There is a browser plugin that I can’t live without that reminds me when a particular online store has rebates and coupon codes available.
- ShopatHome.com: Much like eBates, this website offers cash back rebates for online purchases as well as $10 for signing up. And, they have a program called ShopGold, where you earn points toward gift cards in addition to the cash back rebates at various online stores. So, you can have the best of both worlds! They also offer printable coupons via Coupons.com for your trips to the grocery store.
- Groupon: While it’s no longer the new kid on the block, you can often find great deals for restaurants, movies, spa services, fitness/gyms, photography services, etc. in your local area. I love them around Christmas time, because I can get Christmas cards made for a steal! They also partner with eBates, so you can do some “double dipping” and get money back on your discounted products. And don’t forget there is also a Groupon rebate app, much like Ibotta, called Snap that is available on iOS and Android platforms.
- LivingSocial: Just like Groupon, LivingSocial provides steep discounts on local and some online deals. They also partner with eBates, so you can double dip for the best deals and get money back in the process.
- Thredup.com: Get gently used kids’ and womens’ clothing at a steep discount! You can also use their Clean Out Kit to sell your clothes. I used it to sell most of my maternity clothing, which was in pretty good shape. Didn’t make a ton of money, but I was able to use it to purchase some really cute clothes from their website.
- Woot.com: This site features products available at an extremely steep discount for tech, clothes, home, garden, tools, t-shirts, kids’ stuff, and wine. I got a high-chair at about 50% off from this site. Well worth it!
- MoneySavingMom.com: Run by Crystal Paine, this blog has great tips and tricks for making the most of the money you have.
- Priceline: We’ve used this to get serious savings on 4-star hotels for trips we’ve taken in the past using their Name Your Own Price deal. While you won’t know the name of the place you’re staying until you buy the deal, you’ll be able to choose the area of town you wish to stay in as well as the ratings level. The way we see it, anything with a 4-star rating and above will be a satisfactory hotel stay, even if we don’t know where we’re staying. So far, so good.
So, do you have any money-saving websites you’d like to add to the list? Please leave them in the comments below!