TIME TO SAVE ONLINE
Plenty of websites promise to save you money -- but how many really live up to the hype? These sites are open to the public, free to join (if membership is required), and each one can connect users with deals and discounts including gas, electronics, vacation rentals, groceries, clothing, wine and plenty more everyday expenses. At Cheapism.com, we are experts at sniffing out bargains and finding money-saving websites. Here are our top recommendations.
RETAILMENOT: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
RetailMeNot is packed with printable coupons for use in-store as well as digital codes shoppers can apply at checkout when shopping online. The site includes holiday sales and clearance sales across all categories.
GROUPON: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Groupon assures users they can save as much as $100 in a week by using the site to buy everyday staples and services. Shoppers can enjoy steep discounts on everything from Sam's Club memberships to spa visits.
LIVINGSOCIAL: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Like Groupon, LivingSocial offers deals on goods and services. Take advantage of steep discounts in categories including items for couples, men, women, and kids, to name a few. There's even a section for personalized goods.
SLICKDEALS: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Slickdeals offers shoppers discounts on purchases across more than a dozen categories for a selection of stores. Users can shop by deal, by category, or by store, and can sign up for personalized discount alerts.
COUPONSHERPA: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
The Coupon Sherpa motto is "coupons you can trust." The site promises tens of thousands of verified, tested coupons shoppers can use in stores and online.
DEALNEWS: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
DealNews experts sift through countless online savings opportunities and promise to post 300 daily of "only the very best ones; no filler." Users can also sign up to have daily savings delivered to their inbox.
BEN'S BARGAINS: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Ben's Bargains is a survivor of the original dot-com crash and continues to post deals seven days a week, 365 days a year, including a sometimes critical blog looking at new products and trends.
COUPONS.COM: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Coupons.com offers free, printable coupons across a variety of categories. Shoppers can also download a mobile app to bring with them into the store to grab deals on the go.
BRAD'S DEALS: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Aside from listing hundreds of stores and offering potential discounts on purchases, Brad's Deals offers shopping guides, credit card offers and other ways to save.
OFFERS.COM: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Many of the thousands of coupons, discounts, sales, and other potential savings are exclusive to Offers.com. Users can also cash in on lucrative "today only" deals as well as other time-sensitive savings opportunities.
WOOT: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
In addition to coupons and deals on products across a range of categories, Woot maintains forums and community boards for shoppers to share deals of their own and provides calendar-specific offers, such as Halloween deals in October. There's also a blog that's less about deals than entertainment.
SAVINGS.COM: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Savings.com has experts who select the best coupons and deals for users' specific needs. Users are invited to become experts for the site, as well as to browse dozens of digital coupon codes for use at specific stores and explore local sales by ZIP code.
MONEY SAVING MOM: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom offers a large collection of printable and digital coupons, maintains a "day's best deals" roundup that's updated every 24 hours with new discounts, sales, and freebies. There is also blogging on topics such as how to "Painlessly Transition to One Income."
HONEY: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Honey sets itself apart by detecting the best price options on sites with multiple seller options, such as Amazon. It also finds and automatically applies the best coupon at checkout without the user having to search for a code.
THE KRAZY COUPON LADY: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Krazy Coupon Lady maintains a blog with general money-saving tips and strategies alongside its deals. Users can sort by coupon type and category, as well as by price.
EBATES: CASH BACK AND REBATES
Use Ebates to apply coupons and earn cash back when shopping, with money delivered through PayPal or by check.
MYPOINTS: CASH BACK AND REBATES
Like competitor sites, MyPoints offers rebates and cash back during shopping -- but the site also provides other ways for users to earn cash: by watching videos, taking surveys, and playing games.
INBOXDOLLARS: CASH BACK AND REBATES
InboxDollars provides cash-back opportunities to shoppers and opportunities for users to earn cash by performing online tasks such as taking surveys. The site partners with brands including Netflix, Target, and Walmart.
IBOTTA: CASH BACK AND REBATES
Ibotta offers personalized cash-back offers for common household purchases such as eggs, bread, and milk. Savings are good for any brand, and shoppers redeem earnings for cash, not points.
TOPCASHBACK: CASH BACK AND REBATES
TopCashBack says it guarantees higher cash-back rates than its competitors. Now featuring eBay and Amazon deals, TopCashback maintains a dedicated customer support team.
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 with a gift card or check.
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.
SWAGBUCKS: GIFT CARDS AND CASH BACK
Get paid through Swagbucks by watching videos, taking surveys, and answering questions. Those who complete the required amount of tasks get gift cards and gain points.
BOOKING.COM: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Booking.com says 1.5 million rooms are reserved on its site every day. The site saves users money by connecting travelers with what it claims is "the world's largest selection of incredible places to stay" from quaint B&Bs to luxury hotels.
PRICELINE: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Priceline provides discounts in a variety of ways, including through the site's "exclusive tonight only" deals of steep discounts to last-minute travelers. There's also the Name Your Own Price tool, which allows travelers to offer what they think is a fair price for a room or a package.
CHEAPAIR.COM: TRAVEL AND VACATION
CheapAir.com offers customers the difference in price if rates drop after they book and says its Mix & Match Fares process gives access to up to 100 times more cheap fares that other sites miss.
CHEAPOAIR: TRAVEL AND VACATION
CheapOair maintains relationships with more than 450 airlines that use the site to compete for business. The company has a "Best Price Guarantee" to back up its claim to be the industry's biggest money-saver.
CHEAPTICKETS: TRAVEL AND VACATION
CheapTickets links travelers with discounted flights, cars, cruises, and full vacation packages. The site offers users the opportunity to save 10 percent or more on hotels by signing up for a Secret Bargains program.
ORBITZ: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Orbitz offers customers travel rewards and an Insider Prices program with discounts of 10 percent or more. New customers get $25 off the first hotel they book through the app.
TRAVELOCITY: TRAVEL AND VACATION
The Travelocity Member Discounts program offers savings of 10 percent and up. The company claims customers can save as much as $588 when using the site to book flights and hotels at the same time.
AIRFAREWATCHDOG: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Users submit email addresses to Airfarewatchdog to get alerts when prices drop on flights and other travel purchases they're considering. The company also employs analysts to select top airfares, including unpublished offers and sales.
WHICHBUDGET: TRAVEL AND VACATION
WhichBudget promises that it charges no fees and charges no commission to users. Its Flight Finder search engine is free, and the site maintains a blog that provides users with money-saving travel tips.
HOTELTONIGHT: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Information about unsold rooms from a network of hotels get relayed to users through the HotelTonight app, provided the rooms match customers' travel plans. The mobile-only service allows users to book up to seven days out.
CRUISECOMPETE.COM: TRAVEL AND VACATION
CruiseCompete pulls deals from a variety of travel agencies and offers users access to the best deals through the site's member's-only pricing platform.
HOTWIRE.COM: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Hotwire promises four-star hotels at "two-star prices" by offering users access to the site's network of Hot Rate Hotels -- the name given to its exclusive catalogue of discounted hotel rooms. Last-minute deals offer even deeper discounts.
TRAVELZOO: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Twenty-eight million members turn to Travelzoo for transportation and destination savings. The site updates and alerts members when deals arrive and has a weekly Top 20 Deals list.
KAYAK.COM: TRAVEL AND VACATION
When customers enter a search request on Kayak, the site scours third-party platforms for the best rates on flights, hotels, vacation packages, and more. There are different tools to explore, and a price forecast feature that suggests whether ticket prices might rise or fall while customers consider buying.
TRIVAGO: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Trivago gives users the potential to save big money by comparing rates from more than 200 booking sites instantly. Shop rates from 1.3 million hotels in more than 190 countries.
YAPTA: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Visit Yapta to save on personal and corporate travel. The site says its FareIQ tool helps travelers save an average of $260 on a ticket, and that its RoomIQ tool saves customers an average of $109 on a hotel stay.
DISNEY SPECIAL OFFERS: TRAVEL AND VACATION
Disney Special Offers
Disney dedicates a site just for deals and savings. Current deals include discounts on tickets, packages, and merchandise.
CHEAPTICKETS: EVENT AND TICKET DISCOUNTS
Part of the Expedia network, CheapTickets offers discounted entry into events ranging from concerts to playoff games, including on last-minute tickets. The all-inclusive site allows users to buy extras such as party passes and parking at the same time.
VIVIDSEATS: EVENTS AND TICKET DISCOUNTS
Vivid Seats specializes in hard-to-find tickets for concerts and other events. The site offers a 100 percent guarantee and full refunds for events that are canceled and not rescheduled.
GOLDSTAR: EVENT DISCOUNTS
AIRBNB: VACATION RENTALS
Forgo the pricey, cramped hotel room and rent a whole house for a fraction of the cost. Airbnb gives renters virtually unlimited access to abodes of all shapes and sizes in cities across the world.
TRIPPING.COM: VACATION RENTALS
Billing itself as "the world's largest search engine for rentals," Tripping.com lets users search more than 10 million rentals that run the gamut from $10 to $10,000 a night. Renters can choose from 150,000 destinations worldwide.
FLIPKEY: VACATION RENTALS
Flipkey is part of the TripAdvisor network that saves travelers money on rentals -- costing less than a hotel room, according to the site -- or lets them make money by renting out their own place.
HOMEAWAY: VACATION RENTALS
Homeaway is another site enabling travelers to save money by booking houses, apartments, condos, or cabins instead of staying at a hotel, but claims more available rentals than Airbnb and more accessible customer service.
VAYSTAYS: VACATION RENTALS
VayStays touts its professional management services that provide worry-free bookings for travelers while saving them money. The site focuses on properties in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, although it also lists U.S. properties -- mainly in vacation destinations Florida, Hawaii, and Utah.
GASBUDDY: GAS DISCOUNTS
GasBuddy uses data provided by the network's more than 60 million users to provide the best prices at local gas stations. It also offers a trip cost calculator to help road travelers budget and prepare.
MAPQUEST GAS: GAS DISCOUNTS
Mapquest was a pioneer in the personal mapping and GPS industry and provides a gas station locator that shows on-map pins of nearby stations with real-time prices.
AUTOBLOG: GAS DISCOUNTS
Autoblog offers users a tool for finding the cheapest gas. Just type in a ZIP code and Autoblog reveals local stations with the cheapest prices.
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, however, can use the site to search for the best prices from third-party sellers across the world.
CHEAPEST TEXTBOOKS: TEXTBOOK DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
Cheapest Textbooks lets users browse options from hundreds of sellers, promising buyers as much as 95 percent when they buy books and 70 percent when they rent. The site can also be used to sell old textbooks.
BIGWORDS.COM: TEXTBOOK DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
This site promises that its prices are lower than its competitors by huge margins, often offering discounts of more than 50 percent. The site says it does this by selecting the very best price on a book-by-book basis in real time from thousands of different sellers.
STUDENTRATE TEXTBOOKS: TEXTBOOK DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
The textbook department of StudentRate.com offers students what it claims are the cheapest rates possible by providing coupon codes and other discounts to members as soon as they are published. The site also gives users textbook promotions and cash back on purchases.
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, eBooks.com, and Wordery.
THE BOOK ROCKET: TEXTBOOK DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
The Book Rocket
The Book Rocket motto is "It's like Kayak, but for books." The site's search function lets users find the books they want to buy quickly -- or sell -- and identifies the sites where they can sell them for the most and buy them for the least.
PAPERBACK SWAP: 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. PaperBack Swap 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 1.8 million titles.
AMAZON ASSISTANT: AMAZON PRICE TRACKER
As the name implies, Amazon Assistant is designed specifically to increase savings on Amazon. The tool gives 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 watches so they always buy when prices are low. Signing up gets price history charts for more than 18 million products.
KEEPA: AMAZON PRICE TRACKER
Keepa is a browser extension that issues alerts when prices drop or when products become available. The extension also displays price drop overviews and price history graphs.
PRICEPIRATES: PRICE TRACKER
Use Pricepirates to 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.
THE TRACKTOR: PRICE TRACKER
The Tracktor displays price changes in real time as they happen and shows which products are trending, and therefore might be more expensive. Prices are checked "constantly" and users get updates via email.
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.
NEWEGG: ELECTRONICS AND DEVICES
Newegg provides shoppers with comprehensive lists of tech-related gear and services that are on sale, come with a coupon, or otherwise offer a slashed price. Shoppers can browse by deals and services or by brand, and the site also lists component sales, daily deals, and spotlight items.
GAZELLE: ELECTRONICS AND DEVICES
Save a nice chunk of change on an electronics purchase by buying a certified, pre-owned version on Gazelle. Users can also sell that old laptop, smartphone, or tablet for a fair price through an easy online process. You'll get $10 if you refer a friend.
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.
CELL PLAN DEPOT: ELECTRONICS AND DEVICES
Cell Plan Depot
For those trapped in mobile contracts they want to end, Cell Plan Depot can help them avoid early termination fees by hooking them up with people looking to enter contracts. Those picking up dropped plans get to avoid activation fees.
BLINQ: ELECTRONICS AND DEVICES
Blinq says it helps the environment as well as frugal shoppers by picking up retailers' returned and overstock items and passing them on at discounts.
$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 and provides printable coupons.
FREECYCLE: COMMUNITY BARTERING
Freecycle is a global community of more than 9 million members. Once you sign up, you can browse groups and find people nearby who are giving away things you need, and/or looking for things you're considering throwing away. The organization is dedicated to thrift and waste reduction.
SWAP: CONSIGNMENT AND SECONDHAND CLOTHING
Billed as "the world's largest online consignment and thrift store," Swap offers shoppers steep discounts of up to 90 percent compared with retail. Lightly used merchandise includes everything from clothing to toys.
THREDUP: CONSIGNMENT AND SECONDHAND CLOTHING
Shop from a huge selection of gently used clothing and accessories at hefty discounts. You can also make a few bucks by selling the stuff collecting dust in your own closet.
FASHION VOUCHERS: CLOTHING COUPONS AND DEALS
Take advantage of coupons by searching for specific products or deals from a favorite store. Coupons found on the site, which might apply to online purchases, in-store sales, or both have been tested for success.
RENT THE RUNWAY: DESIGNER CLOTHING
Rent the Runway
Designer clothing is expensive, but with Rent the Runway, you can have 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.
CARMA: CHEAP TOLLS
Carma lets drivers track others with the Carma app looking for rides, which means tolls and other expenses can be shared along with the trip. It's carpooling for the Uber era.
GETAROUND: CHEAP CAR RENTAL
Getaround is a car-rental alternative that lets drivers find, reserve, and book cars for as little as $5 directly from their phones. If you're interested in sharing a car, you can earn as much as $10,000 a year by renting it out.
TURO: CHEAP CAR RENTAL
Peer-to-peer car rental site Turo allows drivers to choose from thousands of cars at rates that are well below a traditional car-rental service. The site lists more than 800 makes and models at 35 percent less than you'd pay at the rental counter.
LADYBUG: CHEAP CAR RENTAL
Drivers save money by browsing multiple car rental sites with a single search, just as sites such as Kayak do for air travel. Just plug in the pickup location, time, and date to find the lowest rates from around the web.
AUTORENTALS: CHEAP CAR RENTALS
Autorentals says its site is used by 3.5 million people to save money by pulling rental prices from Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Budget, and more with a single search.
Glyde lets visitors buy mobile devices, games, computers, DVDs, and other electronics for less. Users can also make some money by selling their own gadgets, games and videos -- even broken phones.
SPOTHERO: CHEAP PARKING SPACES
SpotHero promises users they can save as much as 50 percent on booking a parking spot. Users simply browse spots, compare prices, book, prepay, and the spot is theirs for less than a metered spot or garage, the site says.
PARKWHIZ: CHEAP PARKING SPACES
Like competitors, 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 percent.
PARKING PANDA: CHEAP PARKING SPACES
Using Parking Panda saves money by pre-purchasing parking spots in more than 40 cities across the United States and Canada. It also has exclusive discounts on airport parking.
FAVADO: GROCERY STORE DISCOUNTS
People use Favado before hitting the local grocery store to compare prices and search for savings, discounts, and sales.
FLIPP: GROCERY STORE DISCOUNTS
Flipp is a collection of digital circulars and weekly sale notices. The site regularly updates fliers and offers from more than 800 retailers.
TWICULAR: GROCERY STORE DISCOUNTS
Use Twicular to browse weekly discounts and specials from favorite grocery stores and add them immediately to Twicular-based shopping lists. Users can reuse shopping lists over and over.
CHECKOUT 51: GROCERY STORE DISCOUNTS
Checkout 51 updates every Thursday morning with a list of savings opportunities. All users do is select deals they like, make the purchases, photograph receipts to make a claim, and get cash back.
ALLCONNECT: BILLS AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS
Signing up for AllConnect can bring better rates on utility bills, including cable and Internet service. The company works with service providers to provide good rates and advertise potential discounts.
INSURE.COM: BILLS AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS
Insure.com lets users browse insurance plans depending on their situation, location, family size, and budget. Categories include auto, health, life and home insurance.
UNDEBT: BILLS AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS
Undebt uses a series of calculators and strategies to help users save money and get out of debt. The site employs tactics such as "snowballing" and "avalanching" to target the most expensive debts first.
AWARDWALLET: REWARDS AND POINTS
AwardWallet keeps points, rewards, loyalty programs, and frequent flyer miles organized in one place. Alerting users of upcoming expirations means no more lost freebies or awards.
DOGVACAY: DISCOUNT DOG SITTING
DogVacay, now partnered with the popular Rover service, lets users browse local dog sitters when they plan to go away, saving money by choosing the best rate and feeling secure that sitters have been vetted.
CODY: EXERCISE AND FITNESS
Get in shape or stay in shape with Cody, the site that lets users buy online fitness videos and video series from favorite trainers. Many are offered at steep discounts.
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 liqueur 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.
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.
VINOPEDIA: WINE COMPARISON
Compare a range of wines of all styles and brands to find the lowest price on the grapes you love. A browser plug-in and mobile app finds the best prices from wherever users are.
SNOOTH: WINE COMPARISON
Compare prices on more than 1 million wines to find the best possible price for virtually any grape or brand. Purchases can be made right through the site.
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 you money.