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5 Great Sites to Save Some Money


This month we are focusing on ways to help ease the burden on inflation on the wallet. Things are more expensive everyday, and therefore we’re sensitive to ways to get the most out of every dollar we work hard to earn. As side hustlers and entrepreneurs, we know how time is valuable. So hopefully some of these sites will help you to keep more of that money you spent time to earn.


 

Raise.com

From the site:

With Raise, consumers can save money and earn rewards on every in-store or online purchase instantly from their mobile wallet while retail partners can explore new ways to reward their customers and increase acquisition, retention and loyalty.


It’s a great way to save money by buying gift cards at less than face value at some of your favorite stores and restaurants. For example - when I wrote this article I could buy a $50 gift card from Chili’s restaurant for $43.92. That’s a savings of 12%. The catch is you have to use it at their restaurant, but if you were planning to eat out this week anyway, then this is a great way to spend smarter.

 

Coupons.com


From the site (more advertiser focused):

Coupons.com is part of Quotient Technology. They help: Engage Consumers with an Omnichannel Strategy. [They] Deliver a cohesive and consistent brand experience across multiple touchpoints throughout the consumer journey. Engage consumers wherever they are—on social media, on their way home or in the digital or physical store—with our targeted omnichannel capabilities.


Coupons may very well see a resurgence in popularity as grocery bills go up and up and up. Manufacturers are always looking to get you to consider their brands or reward their customers with ways to buy the products they love for less. But sometimes going through the newspaper coupon section can be daunting. With coupons.com, you can use these same coupons in hard copy (printouts) or at participating markets you can use the app to present digital coupons.


Supermarkets are also offering apps of their own that integrate store specific coupons with brand coupons. Just a reminder, if you could save $10 each week on your grocery bill, that nets out to $520 at the end of the year - cash, and in your pocket.

 

Groupon.com

From the site:

Groupon is a place where customers can discover new experiences every day and local businesses thrive. Strong partnerships with great local businesses are at the very heart of Groupon. These partnerships allow us to bring the best experiences and value to our customers, whether they’re looking for new things to try, taste, learn or do. And, by connecting our customers with our merchant partners, we create relationships between loyal, repeat customers and quality local businesses that help communities thrive.


Many of us have already used Groupon, but if you’re looking for new things to do, new experiences, new restaurants to try, then why not hit Groupon up again. There’s a local flare to it, so it may help you to support businesses in a community while allowing you to search and discover new and different activities you may not have considered before. There is an element of inspiration on Groupon that you may not get when searching outside of a broad shopping platform…


Personally, I’m keen on duckpin bowling, a local brewery, or perhaps taking a dance class.

 

Capital One Shopping

From the Site:

Capital One Shopping gets you better offers, automatically applies the best coupon code at checkout, and lets you know when prices drop on products you've viewed and purchased.


Capital One Shopping popped up one day and I decided to try it out. Essentially it can sit in your browser (installed as an add on) and help you compare prices while shopping online. It’s not always able to help, but it’s nice to see it come up from time to time. For example, I have been at checkout on a couple of sites and it automatically started to try and enter known coupon codes on those sites. In the end, it wasn’t able to help on one transaction, but it was able to save me some money on another.


It has also been helpful when shopping on Amazon. There have been a few times where it did point out that the same product was available for less on another site. Not being in a hurry for shipping, I opted to save the money.


So the main benefit here is that it helps me save money on the same items I am already shopping for our buying.

 

Gasbuddy.com

From the site:

Fuel Better With GasBuddy

GasBuddy's mission is to make fuel savings easier and more accessible for everyone. In fact, we have helped North American drivers save more than $3 billion by providing real-time gas price information at 150,000+ stations, offering cashback rewards on purchases with brand partners, and through the Pay with GasBuddy™ payments card that offers cents-off per gallon at virtually all gas stations across the US. The GasBuddy app has been downloaded nearly 100 million times and is one of the highest-rated apps in the history of the Apple App Store. To learn more about our journey to becoming the most ways and most places to save money on gas, check out our timeline.


OK, I’m new to this one but I am going to try it out. Savings at the pump and data on what gas stations are selling gas for less seems like a great fit for today’s increasing energy costs. I am sure they get some value out of the data I end up providing and my information that they might be getting access to, but I’ll try it for a while. They also have a card where they can provide savings per gallon because of their relationships with sponsors and more.


I’m willing to try it out for a bit. Who knows, perhaps they’ll help me save a few dollars every time I fill up. If we can do that, then we’d be talking $5 - $10 per week which should get us a couple hundred dollars or more over the course of the year.


 

These are just 5 great tech platforms to help save some extra $ over the course of the next year. Little changes in our behavior can have bigger impacts when we start thinking long term. Saving money can be like a game, but while most other games require you to spend money to use them, this game pays you back.


Saving for a home? Saving to have an emergency fund? Saving for a vacation? Start making some meaningful changes today and you’ll start to see the rewards in the future!





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