Hiya skint pals,
Today Skint wrote a round-up of top money saving websites and apps for the Daily Record’s Record Women section and I thought I’d share them with you, since they’ve really saved me a bundle. Some of these I’ve mentioned before on this sites, others are making their debut. With salaries squeezed and prices climbing, these are some of the sites that I think can help us all to survive and thrive in the tough times.
mysupermarket.com – Next time you shop online for food, check out this site, which lets you enter your shopping list, selecting from five main supermarket chains, then keeps a running total of what your items cost in each store. When you’ve finished, this clever site tots up where you can get the whole lot cheapest and redirects you to the supermarket that will give you the best deal. It takes the same amount of time as doing a normal online shop and can typically save you 5-10%. Genius!
Homelink – House-swapping has really taken off in the recession and there are now plenty of websites where you can meet people happy to hand over their keys for a fortnight – in return for you doing the same. With house-swapping you can go pretty much anywhere in the world, staying in places you’d normally only dream of. From villas in Florida with an outdoor Jacuzzi and pool, to city pads in Berlin, all it costs is a small fee to the house-swap agency, then your plane fares. Many holidaymakers car swap too, meaning no car hire costs. A reputable agency like www.homelink.org.uk will keep you right. Membership costs £115 – not bad for potentially three or four free holidays a year.
myus.com – With the weak dollar, there’s many a skint UK woman who wishes she could grab herself some Carrie Bradshaw style by shopping direct from the USA. The problem? Many US sellers’ won’t post goods to Britain, either because they only deal in dollars or just consider if too much faff. That’s where package forwarding services come in. For a one-off fee of around $10, services such as myus.com set you up with your own US address, then forward items to you faster than you can say I’ll-take-that-in-red.
theappliancedepot – Loads of people are put off by a scratch on their furniture. Me? Ooh, I’ve learned to love ’em. Whether it’s appliances or dining room tables, shopping at outlets that specialise in slightly imperfect items can save you a ton. Last summer I saved hundreds on a fridge freezer because it had a tiny scratch on the side – and I mean tiny. For slightly imperfect fridges, washing machines and so on, scratch n dent sites are the way to go if you want to save a ton.
surveycompare.net If you’ve got an opinion on everything, why not get paid for giving it? Companies across the country want to hear what you think of their products – and they’re willing to pay. Doing online surveys is never going to make you rich, but it could be a nice sideline whilst watching telly. Typically you’re paid £5 per completed survey.
quidco.com: An internet phenomenon, retailers pay these sites for sending them shoppers, then the sites pass some of that cash back to you! The percentage paid back can be as much as 20% of the price of the goods you’re buying, making for huge savings. www.quidco.com
Red Laser – This simple app lets you scan the barcodes in shops and tells you if the item is cheaper anywhere else. Just swipe your phone camera over the barcode and let it get to work. Happy shopping!
Skint hasn’t been paid or perked by any of these sites mentioned – just sharing the love . . .
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