We all save money for different reasons. Maybe you are saving up to buy a big-ticket item, like a car or a house. Maybe you’re saving to keep a pot of money in case of emergencies. Or maybe you’re just trying to spend less, so you can live more comfortably.
Saving money is often difficult. The difficulty comes in tons of different forms. Maybe it’s hard to save because you barely make enough money to pay for amenities. Maybe it’s hard to save because you prefer to spend. Or, maybe it’s hard to save because you just don’t know how to.
Whatever reason saving is difficult for you, don’t worry: you’re in the majority.
It is hard to save. Unexpected costs come up and require you to spend the money you’ve saved. Then, all of a sudden, you’re back to square one.
There are many places people go to find financial help. For example, you might ask your family and friends for advice or even a financial advisor. You might take their advice on board and see a difference in your savings. But these people aren’t the only place you can learn some tips and tricks.
Today, you’re going to learn about some websites that can help you save money.
It might seem mad – how can a website help you save: isn’t the internet always trying to sell you something? But as it turns out, there are plenty of really useful tools online to help you save.
So: let’s get started!
Business listing sites
For those who may be unfamiliar, a business listing site is a website where you can compare reviews on different businesses. A particularly good one is enests.co, who separate the website into business groups, like ‘marketing,’ ‘travel,’ ‘food,’ ‘shopping,’ and ‘services.’ Through this website, you can see the location of businesses, their overall average star review, and individual reviews from verified users.
But how can this save you money? Well, by using a business listing site, you can compare companies and get the most for your money. For example, say you are buying a games console. If you check a business listing site for the more cost-effective company (taking into account quality and price via the reviews), you can save money on the item.
There are plenty of websites around the internet that allow you to gain cashback on your purchases. The way cashback works will depend from site to site, but often all you need to do is go to their website, search for the shop you wish to buy from, and then click through to make your purchase. Some websites might have a browser extension instead.
It is important to note that while some cashback sites will pay you with cash, some give you gift cards. Gift cards can be a great way to save money (you don’t have to pay with your debit or credit card!), but they also can’t be kept in a savings account. So, if you want to collect a pot of money as your savings, check that the cashback site you’re using will give you cash as your cashback.
However, as an extra perk, many cashback websites will give you a bonus just for signing up. This isn’t usually massive, but an extra tenner never goes amiss.
Eating at a restaurant can often be pricey. However, it can become a more frequent activity as you get older. It’s often a normal way to catch up with friends or an easy way to celebrate a kid’s birthday. It’s a great experience, but it can feel a bit like a blow to the stomach when you get the bill.
Luckily, there are plenty of websites that can make it cheaper to go to a restaurant.
Firstly, restaurant.com is a website where you can buy restaurant gift cards for less than face value. For example, you can buy a $25 gift card for just $10. The savings you make can make a difference. These celebratory moments eating out shouldn’t have to cause an emotional and financial burden on you.
But restaurant.com isn’t the only website you can use to save money. If you have kids, you know that eating at a restaurant comes with all manner of extra stresses. You don’t want to stress about money when you’ve also got to worry about whether your kids will be okay and behave well at the restaurant. KidsMealDeals.com tells you which restaurants are offering free or discounted meals for children. This way, you only have to pay for the adults, saving you money.