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I know some of you are looking at the number and going why 41 websites and apps? Why not shoot for an even 50?
Well, yesterday was this thrifty gals 41st birthday! Each year since I have started blogging I like doing a post that is a bit more personal around the time of my birthday. This year I decided to share 41 websites & apps I a thrifty person use and love.
Honestly, though there are a few sites on here I have not used but instead just researched or found thrifty people I trust who said “yes I used that site and loved it” because my “personally used” list ran out in the 30s and I am not in that decade anymore.
41 Websites & Apps Thrifty People Use & Love
This list is not in any rating order. I love all these sites equally for how they help my family and other families save money. I tried to put them into categories, but there are of course some websites or apps that could go in more than one category, so I just put them in the one I thought they served best.
Websites For Finding Sales, Discounts, Free Samples & Cash Back
MrRebates has a website, app and a chrome extension button making earning a cashback simple. You can request a cash back once your account hits $10. They offer cash back at thousands of stores.
What I like about TopCashBack is that you can cash out once your cash back is complete regardless of the total. Yep at TopCashBack, there is no cash back threshold you have to reach. You can also increase the amount you earn by cashing out for Amazon gift card codes.
Thrifty people love using cash back sites to earn back a bit of money with their purchases. Ebates is a great cash back site offering 1000’s of stores.
I would describe Hollar as an online dollar store variety store. They sell name brand items starting at $1 and up. I have gotten O.P.I. Nail polish for $4 to give as gifts through Hollar. Free shipping starts at just $10 for your first order.
5. Money Saving Mom
I have been reading Crystal Paine’s blog Money Saving Mom since the very early beginnings when a neighbor told me about it. It is a great site for finding out information on all things thrifty and frugal. Coupon deals, free samples, and much more.
6. Snail Pace Transformations
I LOVE finding good deals, and when I do, I like to share them with my readers. Normally I do this through my Thrifty People Of Snail Pace Transformations Facebook group or in my weekly newsletter to subscribers.
Join PINCHme and receive free samples that you can provide feedback on. PINCHme offers new samples each month.
Apps That Will Save You Money Or Earn You Gift Cards
Ibotta is an app that gives you cash back on groceries, movie tickets, clothing, pet supplies, craft supplies and more. Cash out to Paypal or for an e-gift card to Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart and more. I have cashed out numerous times without issues.
9. Fetch Rewards
- Enter my referral code RE9FU during sign up and receive 1500 points when you complete one receipt.
Fetch Rewards offers over 150 brands to earn points from. Each time you buy one of these brands when you go shopping simply upload a receipt and the app will fetch the points you earned. Points can add up fast when combined with bonuses.
If your family has members with Gluten allergies or you love to eat healthy on a budget, you need to check out BerryCart. This app is store dependent but does list a variety of not just health food stores but major grocery chains. Cash out starts at $6 for Paypal or various gift cards. I have cashed out twice without issue.
If you’re going to be at the store, you might as well earn some gift cards by scanning the various items you pass in the aisle with Shopkick. In some stores, you earn Shopkick points just for walking in the door. You are paid in gift cards or merchandise. I have cashed out for Starbucks gift cards without any problems.
12. The Kindle App
- Amazon.com – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices
The Kindle App is a Thrifty bookworm’s dream. A free app that you can use on whatever device you own and fill with free or low-cost Kindle book titles. (more on where to find those free books later)
13. Receipt Hog
Receipt Hog is another app that isn’t store or item specific–meaning you can use it regardless of where you buy your groceries, fast food or clothing. Depending on what you buy you earn either cash back or spins. If you use my referral code YECT1667 when you sign up you will start your account with a few bonus spins (trust me you want these they can start your account off with quite a few points)
Daily Deal Sites
My favorite purchase from Jane.com is my peas in a pod Mothers necklace bought for less than $10.00, shipping included, from an Etsy seller. Which brings me to one of my favorite things about Jane.com: you often give home-based businesses a boost when you buy through them. Jane sells everything from clothing for men, women, and children to beauty products, home decor, jewelry and even pet products. Many items can be personalized. Shipping varies. Deals usually last several days but can sell out.
Although they don’t always have the lowest prices, Zulily is handy to have in your thrifty tool bag. The site offers daily deals on name brand items. They often feature the running shoes I wear at 50% off and the sandals I like for cheaper than I can get them in store. Deals usually last several days but can sell out.
Our family has used Groupon mostly for deals on family entertainment like discounted admission to the local ice skating rink. My husband and I also like to grab deals to our favorite date night restaurant through Groupon.
17. Living Social
I have used Living Social deals to save money on my favorite restaurant as well as my favorite shampoo.
GroopDealz runs deals on a large variety of women’s clothing, jewelry, home decor and children’s items. Shipping costs depend on the item and how many you order of it. Deals usually last for several days, but popular ones sell out fast. Many items can be personalized. What I like about GroopDealz is that often the sellers are small business owners, which is true of the site below as well!
Survey And Point Programs That Are Worth Your Time
My favorite no-brainer way to earn points through MyPoints is by clicking the emails they send you. Each one is only worth 5 points, but those few points slowly start to add up until they equal a cash out earned through very little time spent.
20. Paid Viewpoint
I am not a fan of many survey sites, finding them too long for little return. However, I like Paid Viewpoint. Sure their surveys don’t pay much, but they don’t take long either. Most surveys are under 2 minutes, and you can have your earnings paid to Paypal once your account reaches $15.
What thrifty person wouldn’t like earning gift cards from normal everyday actions they do online, and that is just what Swagbucks does.
Hidden in its name is the reason why I love InstaGC. You receive the gift cards you earn instantly. Most of their ways to earn can be easily done while multi-tasking. For instance, you can listen to music and earn points while working on your laptop through the Radio Loyalty section.
23. Branded Surveys
- How To Earn Giftcards With MintVine Now called Branded.
I reader told me about Branded Surveys (formally MintVine), and I am so glad she did. It has been awhile since I have discovered a primarily survey based site that I like so much. There are a few ways to earn points without doing surveys but their surveys, are where the bulk of the earnings are. What makes me like Branded so much is they put how long a survey will take right beside the button to take the survey, and their estimate is very accurate–plus their screening process is quicker than many survey companies I have tried, and you sometimes get something even if you do get screened out.
PrizeRebel has a great mix of easy point earning tasks and low cash out values. Cash outs begin at just 200 points for a $2 Amazon gift card code, and it doesn’t take long to earn 200 points. What I like about PrizeRebel is they reward you for being an active member with a member level system that gets you discounts on rewards and faster delivery of those rewards.
Websites For Learning DIY Skills
My husband and I have learned many skills through Youtube. Me mainly for blogging purposes. My husband for household repairs.
Craftsy currently offers 40 free mini video classes. These are high-quality videos with professional instructors on the topics on photography, gardening, jewelry making, sewing, cake decorating and more.
Websites For Finding Quality Gently Used Clothing
ThredUp was the first consignment clothing website I tried. I have ordered from ThredUp several more times since and have been happy with all my orders. They have clothing for boys and girls from infancy through the childhood years. Teenage clothes for girls. Maternity clothes and women’s clothes. You also start your account with a $10 credit when you sign up through my referral link.
Swap.com resells woman’s, men’s, baby, children, and maternity clothing. I have yet to use the site, but the selection looks great. The prices seem fairly reasonable, and Swap.com has a resale program too, so if you are seeking to unload some clothing and want a bit of cash in return, you ought to check out Swap.com.
Schoola is a relatively new consignment clothing website where 40% of the proceeds fund schools (you can even pick the school you want the proceeds from your sale to go to). They sell clothing for both boys and girls starting from 1 years old to 13+ years old ( the teenage section has both men’s and women’s sizes so adults could shop there too). I have ordered from them several times. You can get $15 towards your first order when you sign up through my referral link.
Websites for Thrifty bookworms
30. My Reader Rewards Formally Tyndale Rewards
31. Paperback Swap
Paperback Swap is a great site for finding those books on your want to read list. I often find books that we use in our homeschooling. You start your account by listing ten books which then gets you one free book credit. After that, you get swap credits every time someone orders and receives one of your books. There is some cost involved (see the site for all the details), but it is still a thrifty way to find books on your want to read it list.
32. Recycle Bank
Recycle Bank is a program that pays you to learn about thrifty actions. Most of their actions don’t take long. I like trading my Recycle Bank points for magazines like Runner’s World. What magazines they offer changes from time to time. Also, make sure that you read what format the magazine comes in; it could be digital or a traditional held in your hand and mailed to your door. Recycle Bank also offer gift cards that you can cash your points out for from time to time.
33. Spirit-Filled Kindle
My current favorite source for either free or low-cost Kindle books is Spirit Filled Kindle. I liked their Facebook page and clicked “get notifications” so that I don’t miss out on their daily listing of free, .99 cents and $1.99 titles.
Websites Where You Can Find Printable Coupons
Printable coupon sites are an excellent way to save money on groceries, toys and more. Here are few coupon sites I have used.
34. My Savings
36. Red Plum
37. Smart Source
Websites Where You Can Buy Stuff, You Need & Sell Stuff You Don’t
Our family has had more luck selling on Craiglist than buying. But I know others that have gotten fantastic deals through Craiglist on cars, furniture, appliances and more.
- Tips For Successfully Selling In Facebook Buy & Sell Groups
- 10 Ways Thrifty People Use Their Facebook Account To Save & Earn Money
Facebook is for so much more than socializing. I don’t know how many times I have said “our family needs….” only to have offers in seconds of items for either low cost or free. I am also a member of several Facebook buy and sell groups and the few times I have used them to sell my items I have been pleased with my success.
eBay and I go way back. I started as a part-time seller selling things to raise enough money for my kid’s activities like swimming lessons. I then branched out into helping my children buy items such as lightly used iPods at a fraction of the cost of new.
Amazon is a great site for finding items that are often lower than in the store. You can also sell there and not just your old books. Last year I listened to a podcast on Smart Passive Income about a couple making an incredible income selling items the find on clearance on Amazon.
Thanks for letting me share my favorite thrifty sites with you for my 41st birthday! Now tell me about a thrifty website I missed in the comments below.
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