Sure, things are getting better, but there are still a lot of people struggling to make ends meet. In order to ease this burden a little, we scoured the internet for three great sites you may never have heard of that can save you money. Our job as fiduciaries is to do whatever we can to turn your money into more money and help you utilize your money in the best ways. So, here are the three best niche sites to save you cash in three minutes or less.
1. www.Gazelle.com: Who doesn’t have old cell phones and electronics lying around the house? Gazelle allows you to exchange these ancient electronics for cash. I am due for an upgrade of my iPhone early next year, so, on a whim I plugged in my current IPhone 4s to see its resale value and the number came back at $170. That is almost the cost of my trade up. Obviously, older or damaged models are worth less, but free cash for something that would have just sat in a drawer seems like a good deal to me. They also purchase ipads and a host of old electronics. My wife’s 3 year old first generation ipad could be sold for $90.
2. www.Thredup.com: This site takes the idea of the traditional consignment shop and puts it online. Simply order free bags from Thredup and load your children’s old clothes in them. Ship the bags off to sunny California at no cost. When your old clothes sell on the site, you get paid. If you need to purchase clothes to replace your growing little darlings outgrown equivalent, you can shop and buy beautiful consigned clothes at bargain basement prices. The site offers all the benefits of consignment with a larger selection from the comfort of your living room.
3. www.coupons.com: This site is perhaps a little more well-known than the previous two, but it is so valuable it just had to be included. Traditional couponing has become an antiquated exercise. Coupons.com uses technology to easily save you money on things you buy every day. Log on to browse the site for coupons on the items you will be purchasing anyway at the grocery store. Then, you can redeem them in one of three ways:
- Print them out and bring them to the store
- Save them on your smartphone for the clerk to scan
- Add them to your grocery discount card (ex. Shop-Rite’s Price Plus card) and have them automatically deducted from you bill.
Coupons.com also has a wonderful smartphone app that allows you to create grocery lists incorporating your coupons and learn the best sales at the store from others posting their savings. If you are shopping online, the site offers coupons codes for hundreds of websites that can save you money all year long. “Clipping” coupons will never be the same!