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My Favorite Money-Saving Websites

  • Feb 10, 2011
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In this day and age, everyone could save some money but, that shouldn't rob you of living your life. I truly believe that you can enjoy life to the fullest on a dime instead of a Benjamin. I'm incredibly grateful that in the digital age, we have so many resources to do just that. On a side note, I'm sorry if this list is a little ethnocentric but, America's where I live, so that's where I'm going to be looking for deals! If you live anywhere else and know of websites, please educate us and leave them in the comment section, or better yet, make your own list! Here is my list of my favorite money-saving websites that help me live my life within my means.
This will surely be the most recognizable name on the list with a huge following and great daily deals on everything from restaurants to spa treatments to wine tastings to weekend getaways and everything in between.
After reading fellow Luncher, @BethanyK's review of SniqueAway.com, I just had to check out this site. Exotic vacations and great weekend getaways at half price? Sold! They send deals directly to your email and the offers are often timed (anywhere from 1 day-5 days) which lends an air of excitement to the whole thing. The locations vary from Vegas (suites for $70 a night?!?) to Whistler ($130) to Mexico and everywhere else you could dream up! If you want to check it out, feel free to click on: http://www.sniqueaway.com/invite/SamanthaHe
Bloomspot's motto is "Live Life Better" and it helps you do just that. Currently, they have featured deals in: SF, LA, NYC, DC, Boston, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta. The deals they have are in: Beauty and Relaxation, Medical Spa Services, Casual Dining, Fine Dining, Fitness, Travel Getaways, Events and Local Favorites.

My most recent deal was for a suite in Whistler/Blackcomb for $103/nt, a Hawaiian villa for $100/nt, a suite at a mountain resort in New Hampshire for $91/nt, $56 for a VIP ticket for SF Beer Week, and yes, that was all in one email.
DealOn provides deals on (get it?) nearly everything in every major American city. This is how it works:
1. Each deal begins with a starting price every morning.
2. The more people who in join the deal, the lower the price drops.
3. The lowest price reached at the end of the day (midnight), is the amount everyone pays – regardless of when you joined in.

For example, if you join in a deal for $20 and by the end of the day the price drops to $10 - everyone (including you) pays $10, no matter the price at the time you joined.
This lovely gem has coupons on everything and I do mean everything. They have coupon codes for online purchases that include discounts at Teleflora, Vicky's Secret, Coursesmart (textbook rentals), Gap, Kohls, and Amazon. They have coupons for grocery store purchases and printable coupons for local outings as well. This is kind of your one-stop money-saving shop.
Another one-stop shop that has online deals, grocery coupons, restaurant coupons, and free samples. Coupon Mom is Stephanie Nelson who has been applauded by Oprah, CNN, The Today Show and more for teaching people how to save more to live more.
Living Social
Yet another social money-saving website with the idea that the more people buy, the more you save. The difference? If you get three or more people to buy the offer using your link, you get it for free! Living Social also goes up to our neighbors to the North, Canada, with deals in Vancouver and Toronto. You may also buy deals as gifts and there is also a mobile app to help you save money on the go. Discounts can be as deep as 90% off local restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more.
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel
Budget Travel is just that and gives you deals on worldwide travel including deals on airfare, hotels, cruises, and cars. They even have a How-To Handbook and have great articles on all things travel, such as: the best space-saving packing technique, how to spot a travel rip-off, how to save money on cruises, and tips you off to the best kept secret hotels of the world.
This lovely site lets you rent Textbooks at a quarter of the price that you'd pay in your college bookstore. You can rent a book by choosing your rental period-30-day, 60-day, 90-day (quarter), 125-day (semester), at a price range of $20-$40, and you can search by school and course. If you spend more than $100, you get free shipping and it's always free to return the books.
Chegg is another site that lets you rent Textbooks, often it's the cheaper of the two but, you are stuck with the semester timeline. You also get to return the books for free and there is a 21-day, no questions asked, refund policy (you get the total rental price back, minus shipping). The cool thing about Chegg over BookRenter- you can sell back your old textbooks, you know the ones you bought before you realized that there was a better way out there?

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February 21, 2011
Wowzers...what a great list!!! As cheap and broke as I am, there are new resources on this list that I've never heard of.
February 22, 2011
Oh good, Jeff! I'm glad I can help :) Aren't we all cheap and broke these days?
February 20, 2011
Great list with some new ideas for me, as well! Just scored some serious points with my wife going FTD Groupon-style for Valentine's! The flowers were gorgeous AND she was proud of me for finding the bargain!
February 20, 2011
Good job, Jay! I'm a huge fan of all these sites...it's nice that you can indulge and not break the bank.
February 15, 2011
Thanks for this...some new sites for me to check out! :) Been using #1 & #5 for a while now, excellent.
February 15, 2011
Anytime :) Glad I can help! You'll have to let me know how you like the other sites as well.
February 10, 2011
Nice list! And thanks for the shout out, Sam! I just used Snique Away for the first time and it was amazing! I booked one of my favorite hotels in Chicago for a mere $100/night...it doesn't get any better than that!!
February 11, 2011
Thanks for the intro to them, I get to drool over the pics every time. I'm so glad that it worked out for the best. I haven't tried them yet but, I'm chomping at the bit to get some travel done.
February 10, 2011
Nice very helpful list!! Love # 7!!
February 11, 2011
Thanks Woo! Living Social is a goodie :)
February 10, 2011
Excellent choices, Sam! I think most of these are win-win situation for the site and consumers. Is Budget Travel the same as the magazine or is it something else? When I was traveling often in the States, I used to love getting a copy of that magazine just to see what's in store. A great one, imho. As for the others, I haven't tried them but groupon is getting a lot of attention these days so I'm keeping tab on them :-)
February 11, 2011
Thanks, Sharrie! Yep, Budget Travel is the same as the mag. Groupon rocks and usually gets the most attention out of all of these but, every single one of these are amazing. If you haven't tried SniqueAway, you should give it a go, since you love to travel. It's amazing the deals they send you!
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