41 Websites & Apps Thrifty People Use & Love


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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.

41 websites and Apps thrifty people use and love! Websites guaranteed to save you money.

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 & Cash Back

1. Cardpool

I love stacking discount upon discount, and Cardpool lets me do that. It makes me my thrifty heart swoon when I can purchase an item on sale with a coupon and pay for it with a discounted gift card. That is a win, win….WIN.

2. TopCashBack

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.

3. Ebates

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.

4. Hollar

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. 

7. 6pm.com

A friend of mine kept going on and on for months about how I had to check out 6pm.com. I finally did and saved quite a bit on new sweatshirts for my son.

Apps That Will Save You Money Or Earn You Gift Cards

8. Ibotta

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. Checkout 51

If you think coupon, apps are only for highly processed food think again. Checkout 51 has at least a few offers most weeks for basic grocery items like milk, vegetables, eggs, and fruit. Plus it is not store specific so you can use this app to earn money back on your groceries regardless of where you buy them. You can request a check when your account reaches $20.

Psst….you can use this app at ALDI!

10. 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.

11. BerryCart

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.

12. MobiSave

MobiSave has many brand name cash backs as well as several “any brand” deals, including such items as bananas, ketchup, laundry detergent, and dish soap deals. What is offered varies. With MobiSave you first save the deals you want before going to the store, go grocery shopping, then submit a picture of your receipt in the app. Go here to check out MobiSave and enter my code OGHHUVPZ when you sign up.

13. Shopkick

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.

14. The Kindle App

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)

15. 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)

Save money with this list!

Daily Deal Sites

16. Zulily

  • Why this thrifty gal loves Zulily

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.

17. Groupon

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.

18. Living Social

I have used Living Social deals to save money on my favorite restaurant as well as my favorite shampoo.

19. Educents

If you are a thrifty educator, you are going to want to sign up for Educents. Educents offers great daily deals on educational materials and often offers 100% free downloadable printables as well. Currently, when you sign up for Educents, you get a $10 credit that is good for six months.

Survey And Point Programs That Are Worth Your Time

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.

21. Swagbucks

What thrifty person wouldn’t like earning gift cards from normal everyday actions they do online, and that is just what Swagbucks does.

22. InstaGC

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. MintVine

I reader told me about 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 MintVine 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.

24. PrizeRebel

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

25. YouTube

My husband and I have learned many skills through Youtube. Me mainly for blogging purposes. My husband for household repairs.

26. Craftsy

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

I am talking about these websites from the perspective of a clothes buyer, but you should also know ThredUp and Twice will buy your clothes from you all you need to do is request a bag, postage is free. Schoola also offers a free send in bag, but instead of receiving payment for your clothes the money earn is donated to the school of your choice.

27. ThredUp

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.

28. Swap

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.

29. Schoola

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. Tyndale Rewards

Receive free hold in your hand books from Tyndale Rewards. I recently cashed out some Tyndale points for an Adventures In Odyssey CD set.

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

35. Coupons.com

36. Red Plum

37. Smart Source

Websites Where You Can Buy Stuff, You Need & Sell Stuff You Don’t

38. Craigslist

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.

39. Facebook

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.

40. eBay

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.

41. Amazon

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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  1. This is a great list! I’ve heard of many of them as I am a deal shopper but there a few that I hadn’t heard of.
    Pinned for later!

  2. This is a great list! I will be pinning this to re-read again and again!

  3. what a great round up! I forgot about Brad’s Deals.. I used to always log on his site!!

  4. Can’t wait to check some of these out! Some of them I do use. Another smartphone app that’s great is Receipt Hog – it’s really easy to earn points to redeem for gift cards by just snapping pictures of your receipts.

  5. These are fantastic! I am always looking for ways to save a little bit of $. Pinning for future reference!

  6. I use swagbucks and a few others on that list.

  7. Patricia says:

    ebates is a great way to get cash back on your purchases.
    thrivemarket is a great site for saving money on groceries, especially if you are on a gluten free diet, paleo diet and others.
    I have not figured out how to download a coupon printer without getting numerous viruses on my computer. I do use an anti virus and it will not allow me to download some coupon printers!

    • Victoria says:

      Yes coupon printers can be a problem as far as viruses go, at least that is something my friend who works on computers told me. There is a way around it and have them print but not the viruses, he did it to the laptop the children use for homeschooling for me. I can’t remember exactly what he did though it has been a few years.

      I have tried out thrive market too shortly after writing this article and they do have great prices!

  8. Download Yowza!! Mobile shopping app great coupons and offers

    • Victoria says:

      I just clicked over and had a look. It does look pretty neat I am going to have to take sometime to dig into it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. You can also use Bing to get your Hulu Plus every month. That is an $8 savings right there.

  10. Happy Belated Birthday! I love your list of money saving websites!

  11. This is a good list. Thank you for sharing. I was looking for apps that could help us earn extra income from home. But there is so much more info here. Great job!


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