Time to Save Online
Now more than ever, as the country finds itself in a pandemic-induced recession, saving money has become essential for Americans. The good news is there are plenty of websites that can help you do that, connecting users with deals and discounts on everything from grocery shopping to clothing and gas. Here are some of the top options for pinching pennies.
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RetailMeNot: Discounts, Sales and Online Cash Back
RetailMeNot provides digital codes to apply at checkout when shopping online. The site also includes holiday sales and even clearance sales across all categories.
Groupon: Discounts and Coupons
Groupon offers a massive selection of localized deals and discounts. Those who sign up for alerts will get notifications about everything from special sales to new promo codes or price drops on items or services you may have recently viewed.
LivingSocial: Discounts and Coupons
Like Groupon, (with which it merged in 2016), LivingSocial offers deals on goods, services, and travel. It offers discounts on everything from Sam’s Club to Valvoline Instant Oil Changes.
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Slickdeals: Discounts and Coupons
Slickdeals offers shoppers discounts on purchases across a variety of categories (groceries, video games, computers, home, clothing and accessories, and more) for a selection of stores. Users can shop by deal or by store, and can sign up for personalized deal alerts.
Coupon Sherpa: Discounts and Coupons
The Coupon Sherpa motto is “coupons you can trust.” The site promises more than 30,000 tested printable coupons, coupon codes and grocery coupons that shoppers can use in stores and online.
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DealNews: Discounts and Coupons
DealNews experts sift through online savings opportunities and promise to post more than 400 deals every weekday. The site guarantees to list only products that are the lowest price available from reputable companies. The site covers clothing, computers, electronics, games, toys, and even airfare deals.
Ben’s Bargains: Discounts and Coupons
Ben’s Bargains is a survivor of the original dot-com crash and continues to post deals sorted by brands, stores, or categories. The site also includes a blog that provides product reviews and guides. Users can also create customized deal alerts.
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Coupons.com: Discounts and Coupons
Coupons.com offers free, printable coupons, digital coupons, coupon codes, and summer discounts. The categories covered by the site include food, personal care, baby and toddler, household, health care, and more.
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Brad’s Deals: Discounts and Coupons
Aside from listing hundreds of stores and showcasing deals on purchases, Brad’s offers shopping guides, personalized deal alerts, and coupons from well-known stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, Expedia, and Home Depot.
Offers.com: Discounts and Coupons
Many of the thousands of coupons, and deals available on Offers are for well-known stores and brands including Adidas, Walmart, Samsung, Hotwire and Dell. The site offers coupons and coupon codes, as well as savings tips and exclusive deals only available at Offers.
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Woot: Discounts and Coupons
In addition to coupons and deals on products across a range of categories, Amazon-owned Woot maintains forums for shoppers to share deals of their own. It once ran a Ken Jennings “Debunker” blog that was less about deals than entertainment; its archives still make for a fun break from shopping.
Savings.com: Discounts and Coupons
Click on Savings.com’s coupons, promo codes, or advertised discounts and you are taken directly to retailer sites, where coupon codes are applied to your purchases. Deals are available at such well-known brands and stores as Home Depot, Gap, Macy’s, and more.
Money Saving Mom: Discounts and Coupons
Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom offers a large collection of printable and digital coupons. The site includes the latest deals, store deals, giveaways, and freebies and a blog that covers everything from how to make money to time management tips.
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Honey: Discounts and Coupons
Honey is a browser extension that sets itself apart by detecting discount codes while you shop online. It finds and applies the best coupons at checkout automatically, without users having to search for a code themselves. It also offers a Droplist, which allows users to add an item they have their eye on; Honey sends notifications when the price on that item drops. It also includes an Amazon Best Price feature that compares the prices of all sellers on Amazon to find the best price.
The Krazy Coupon Lady: Discounts and Coupons
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Users can shop by store, or by coupon type (coffee coupons, diaper coupons, dog coupons) or by specific deals when they’re relevant (back to school sales, for instance, or Black Friday deals). The site also offers tips on how to save money, and store hacks.
Rakuten: Cash Back and Rebates
Use Rakuten to apply coupons and earn cash back when shopping, with money delivered through PayPal or by check. The site earns the money from stores in return for directing shoppers there, then shares some with you.
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MyPoints: Cash Back and Rebates
MyPoints offers promo codes and deals to members, who also earn points for every dollar spent when shopping through the site. The points are added to users’ accounts, which can be cashed out and redeemed for gift cards or a transfer via PayPal.
InboxDollars: Cash Back and Rebates
InboxDollars provides cash-back opportunities in exchange for participants taking online surveys, reading emails, playing video games, and watching videos for its partners who include brands such as Netflix, Target, and Walmart. The site claims to have paid more than $59 million in cash rewards.
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Ibotta: Cash Back and Rebates
Ibottaoffers personalized cash-back offers in-store and online for common household purchases such as eggs, bread, and milk. Users pay for items directly from the Ibotta app and get instant cash back on the purchase at hundreds of retailers, many of them national chains.
TopCashback: Cash Back and Rebates
TopCashback, which is free to join and has 11 million members worldwide, says it guarantees higher cash-back rates than its competitors. Users browse the site to shop thousands of retailers and exclusive cashback offers. The site also sources coupon codes that can be used with the merchant cash back offers.
BeFrugal: Cash Back and Rebates
BeFrugal is partnered with more than 5,000 retailers. Shop through them as you normally would after clicking a coupon, and the site pays you via PayPal, check, Venmo, direct deposit, or gift card.
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ShopAtHome: Cash Back and Rebates
Users get a $10 bonus for signing up with ShopAtHome, which offers rebates and cash back on purchases from a wide range of stores including Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Amazon.
Swagbucks: Gift Cards and Cash Back
Get paid through Swagbucks by watching videos, searching the web, and answering surveys. Those who complete the required amount of tasks earn gift gards for retailers such as Amazon or Walmart or can opt for cash back via PayPal.
Booking.com: Travel and Vacation
Booking.com saves users money by connecting travelers with the deals on everything from quaint B&Bs to luxury hotels, resorts, villas and apartments. Users can also sign up to have deals sent directly to their inbox.
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HotelTonight: Travel and Vacation
Granted, people are traveling less these days, but in the event you need a hotel room, HotelTonight may be a good place to start. The mobile-only service specializes in offering heavily discounted room rates especially for travelers with flexible schedules or are seeking to book a room at the last minute.
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Hotwire: Travel and Vacation
Hotwire users can access a network of Hot Rate Hotels — the name given to its exclusive catalog of discounted hotel rooms — with a low-price guarantee. The service says it has saved users more than $3 billion.
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Airbnb: Vacation Rentals
Forgo pricey, cramped hotel rooms and rent a whole house instead. Airbnb gives renters virtually unlimited access to abodes of all shapes and sizes — though these days, many property owners are looking for longer stays.
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Flipkey: Vacation Rentals
Flipkey saves travelers money on rentals that often cost less than hotel rooms, according to the site, which features a long list of domestic vacation destinations from Myrtle Beach to Cape Cod and San Diego. Users can also sign up to get personalized recommendations and deals sent to their inbox.
GasBuddy: Gas Discounts
GasBuddy uses data provided by the network’s millions of users to provide the best prices at local gas stations. The site says Americans have saved more than $12 million with its help, or as much as 25 cents per gallon. It’s free to join.
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Autoblog: Gas Discounts
Autoblog offers users a tool for finding the cheapest gas. Just type in a ZIP code and Autoblog shows local stations with the cheapest prices.
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AbeBooks: Textbook Deals and Discounts
AbeBooks offers access to a range of items such as vintage books, collectibles, signed books, first editions, and curated collections. Those looking for cheap textbooks can also use the site to search for the best prices from third-party sellers across the world.
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Cheapest Textbooks: Textbook Deals and Discounts
Cheapest Textbooks lets users browse options from hundreds of sellers, promising buyers as much as 95% when they buy books and 70% when they rent. The site can also be used to sell old textbooks.
Bigwords: Textbook Deals and Discounts
Bigwords compares textbook prices from multiple online stores. The site claims its prices are 35% to 45% cheaper than other online textbook stores and as much as 90% cheaper than list prices.
Studentrate: Textbook Deals And Discounts
This price comparison search engine offers deals and discounts on all textbooks with coupons, promo codes, and cash back.
SlugBooks: Textbook Deals and Discounts
SlugBooks is a price comparison tool that lets users search instantly for the lowest price from a range of online competitors. Among the online options are Amazon, Texbooks.com, and Wordery.
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PaperBackSwap: Free Book Exchange
Bookworms don’t have to pay for the hardcovers and paperbacks they love to devour — or even pay monthly subscription fees for ebook clubs. PaperBackSwap allows readers to do just that: swap books with other members for free (with the exception of postage, which you pay when you mail a book to a member). Choose from more than 1.2 million titles.
Amazon Assistant: Amazon Price Tracker
As the name implies, the tool is designed to increase savings on Amazon, giving price notifications, product comparisons, and alerts about deals you’ve been watching.
Camelcamelcamel: Amazon Price Tracker
Amazon shoppers can fine-tune their shopping strategies with Camelcamelcamel, which lets users create price drop alerts so they buy when prices are low. Signing up gets users access to Amazon price history charts for millions of products.
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Keepa: Amazon Price Tracker
Keepa is a browser extension that allows you to set up price watches directly from a product page. Keepa will rack products for you and notify you once the product drops below your desired price. You can also use Keepa to compare and track Amazon prices.
Pricepirates: Price Tracker
Track and compare prices from online auctions as they happen in real time on sites including eBay and Amazon Marketplace. The tool also can help users save money from thousands of online shopping sites across all product categories.
TechBargains: Electronics and Devices
TechBargains partners with a variety of popular online stores to alert users to price changes, sales, or the publication of coupons. Many items listed on the site, as the name implies, are tech-related.
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Gazelle: Electronics and Devices
Save a nice chunk of change on an electronics purchases by buying a certified, pre-owned version on Gazelle. Users can also sell old laptops, smartphones, or tablets for a fair price through an easy online process.
Swappa: Electronics and Devices
Swappa is a place to buy “gently used” electronics such as smartphones and tablets at steep discounts. Those looking to sell or exchange can also make some money by offloading old gadgets.
Blinq: Electronics and Devices
Blinq helps the environment along with frugal shoppers by picking up retailers’ returned and overstock items and passing them on at discounts. Retailers work with the site to sell returns, which include everything from cameras to laptop computers.
$5Dinners: Meal Savings and Coupons
$5Dinners offers recipes, strategic shopping tips, and meal plans that enable families to cook entire meals for $5 or less. The site also offers ecourses, points the way to printable coupons, and features a cooking curriculum and life skills for kids.
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Freecycle: Community Bartering
Freecycle is a global community of nearly 9 million members that lets you do your part to help protect the planet and live sustainably. Once you sign up, you can browse groups and find people nearby who are giving away things you need, or looking for things you might be throwing away. The organization is dedicated to thrift and waste reduction, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
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Swap: Consignment and Secondhand Clothing
A consignment and thrift store, Swap offers shoppers steep discounts — up to 90% off retail prices. The site features affordable, quality, secondhand apparel for all ages.
ThredUp: Consignment and Secondhand Clothing
Shop from a huge selection of gently used clothing and accessories at hefty discounts, some items as much as 90% off. You can also make a few bucks by selling stuff collecting dust in your own closet.
Rent the Runway: Designer Clothing
Rent the Runway
Designer clothing is expensive, but Rent the Runway offers the catwalk’s best for a single night or for an ongoing rotation at work. You choose a piece, the site ships it, and you ship it back when you’re done. Dry cleaning and returns are free.
GoCarma: Cheap Tolls
GoCarma provides participating drivers with discounts on carpooling tolls in participating cities. Users must have the GoCarma app set up on their phone, and will get a small Bluetooth device for a car’s glove box. Users report saving $150 monthly on tolls.
Getaround: Cheap Car Rental
Getaround is a car-rental alternative that lets drivers find, reserve, and book cars by the hour or the day. Cars, trucks and vans are available. There’s no subscription or monthly membership required. You pay only for the time you rent a vehicle. You can also share your car on the site to earn money.
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Turo: Cheap Car Rental
A peer-to-peer car rental site Turo promises safe car sharing despite coronavirus. All cars are clean and disinfected, and the service provides contactless check-in. You can also cancel for free up to 24 hours before your reservation — or share your own car on the site to earn extra cash.
Zipcar: Cheap Car Rental
The oldest U.S. car sharing company is still at it, in more than 500 cities and towns with more than 12,000 vehicles, from tiny cars to moving vans and even the occasional luxury ride. Membership is $70 annually, and cars are rented by the hour (but can be taken out for entire days as well).
Ladybug: Cheap Car Rental
Drivers save money by browsing multiple car rental sites with a single search. Just plug in the pickup location, time, and date to find the lowest rates.
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AutoRentals: Cheap Car Rentals
Autorentals offers rental deals at airports big and small. Using the site you can search major cities from New York to Los Angeles and Chicago to find the best deals on rental vehicles.
Glyde lets visitors buy premium used cellphones and make some money by selling or trading in their own phones. The site features Apple phones, ranging from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
SpotHero: Cheap Parking Spaces
SpotHero can be used to find and compare pricing on parking spots near your destination. You can also prepay for spots and make monthly parking reservations. The service allows for touch-free payment via its app.
ParkWhiz: Cheap Parking Spaces
ParkWhiz lets users save money while avoiding the hassle of looking for a spot or finding a garage. Book a space at the rate you choose and use a ParkWhiz pass for savings of up to 50%.
Parking Panda: Cheap Parking Spaces
Using Parking Panda to search and compare available parking options and prices across 40 cities in real time. You can prebuy spots and redeem your purchase seamlessly.
Flipp: Grocery Store Discounts
Flipp is a collection of digital ads, deals, and coupons. The site updates its deals regularly and says users can save as much as $45 every week. Stores featured include Kroger, Family Dollar, Walgreens, BigLots, Walmart, and Lowes.
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Twicular: Grocery Store Discounts
Use Twicular to browse weekly discounts and specials from favorite grocery stores and add them to Twicular-based shopping lists. Users can recycle shopping lists over and over. The site also features weekly specials and mobile coupons.
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Checkout 51: Grocery Store Discounts
There are more than 5,000 participating gas stations where users can earn cash back via Checkout 51, and offers are added every week for gas, groceries, and other everyday items. Earning the cash back requires simply heading to a store or gas station, buying what’s on offer, and taking a photo of the receipt.
AllConnect: Bills and Monthly Payments
This broadband marketplace allows users to search, compare, and order internet, TV, security, and utilities services for their homes. The site allows for shopping more than 30 brands, from AT&T to Verizon and Xfinity.
Insure.com: Bills and Monthly Payments
Users can browse insurance plans depending on their situation, location, family size, and budget. Categories include auto, health, life, and home insurance.
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Undebt: Bills and Monthly Payments
Undebt is a free service that includes a debt snowball calculator and easy-to-follow payment plans designed to help get debt to zero. Users can add and manage unlimited accounts and choose between payoff plans.
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AwardWallet: Rewards and Points
Track reward points, programs, and frequent flyer miles. The service includes hotel, dining, and shopping rewards and alerts users of upcoming expirations so there’s no lost freebies or awards.
DogVacay: Discount Dog Sitting
they plan to go away, saving money by choosing the best rate and feeling secure that sitters have been vetted. It claims to be the nation’s largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers.
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Get Drunk Not Fat: Save on Beer, Wine, and Liquor
Get Drunk Not Fat
The site lists hundreds of brands of beer, wine, liquor, malt, and liquor and their relative price by the ounce — the better to “maximize your buzz.”
Wine Searcher: Wine Comparison
Wine Searcher helps wine lovers find the best prices. Just type in the wine you’re looking for and the site returns the best prices from a variety of online stores.
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Vivino: Wine Comparison
Vivino price agents find the best wines for the price in each category. A community of tens of millions of users can help guide users to the best low-priced wines at local stores.
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Textnow: Phone Plans
Eliminate monthly phone bills with this phone service within an app. With a TextNow account (activated for $10), users get a 10-digit phone number and can make unlimited calls and send unlimited texts over Wi-Fi. Users get. TextNow is known for its mobile app on smartphones and tablets, but users can also make calls and send texts from their computer. The service also includes voicemail and conference call capabilities. Go ad-free for $10 a month; high-speed with hotspot capabilities for $20; or a premium service for $40.
Trim: Bill Reduction
The trim app analyzes your spending patterns to identify ways its staff can take action and save you money. Trim negotiates such things as cable, internet, phone, and medical bills, and even cancels old subscriptions for you.
Raise: Discount Gift Cards
offers a cash back program when you buy full-priced gift cards, through which you can earn as much as 15% back to spend on future purchases. There are also promo codes and coupons available.
Hip2Save: Discounts and More
Deals, coupons, recipes, and even DIY tips in a variety of categories including latest deals, Amazon deals, baby deals, and even photo deals.
Cheapism: Deals, Money-Saving Tips, and Product Reviews
At Cheapism, we find the best cheap products out there and tell you what they are. On our blog, we also write about travel, food, lifestyle, health and fitness, home life, and more, all with an eye toward the best ways to save money.