The most common questions to hit my inbox are about what product or service I recommend for this or that. Because I appreciate you all so much, I decided to make it easier by putting them all in one place.
*Note: This page contains some affiliate links. The products/services listed are all ones that I personally use and recommend. For more on affiliate links, see my disclosure.
Money Saving Sites
Ibotta is my favorite way to save on groceries, but it can also be used at specialty and convenience stores as well as Restaurants and Bars. Sign up here and get $10 just for trying it out.
I love Ebates. I heard of it while still working in banking. Several customers were always bringing in these rebate checks from Ebates. I decided to give it a try and have been using it ever since. Every time I shop online, I use Ebates.
I have been using SavingStar for over ten years to grocery shop. It’s similar to Ibotta in that you link your store’s loyalty card and savings are automatically added to your account. Sign up here to start saving.
Ditch the expensive cable television providers and get Roku. Only pay for programming you actually watch and save a ton of money while doing so. For more information, here’s a link directly to their site.
Target Red Card
If you shop at Target, ever, then you need this card. It is not a credit card but rather a debit card with incredibly useful money saving features. I – Freaking – Love – It. You automatically save 5% on every purchase and get free shipping online, regardless of how much your purchase is. You could by a pack of highlighters, save 5% and have it shipped for free. My favorite part is that it’s free. Ready to see for yourself? You’ll find it here.
I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for years now and will continue for many more. Unlike a Target Red Card, there is a membership fee for Prime and at $99 people often ask me if it’s worth it. To me? Yes, here why. Free 2 day shipping, Free Prime Movies, Free unlimited photo storage, music, games, and books. Amazon Prime is a lifeline during the Christmas season too. If you’re ready to see what all the fuss is about, start a 30-day free trial.
Money Making Sites
Have any old games or cd’s lying around the house? Decluttr will pay you for them. It’s not just that, though, they accept books and tech too. It’s free to ship, and you’ll receive your money the very next day.
One of my favorite ways to make a little extra money is with Swagbucks. It doesn’t feel like a chore but rather something I would be doing anyway. Now, I’ll just get paid for it. You can make money with Swagbucks by playing games, watching videos or taking surveys.
I love, LOVE Paribus! It is seriously the easiest way to earn money; it’s basically on autopilot. Paribus monitors your email for purchases you’ve made online and then checks for a decrease in price. If an item you bought is being sold lower than you bought it, Paribus files a claim to get you the difference. Kind of like, after the fact price matching.
Last year a friend of mine introduced me to YouGov, and it’s a survey site that I don’t mind using. It doesn’t redirect you round’ and round’ to a hundred different sites that want your email. It’s a straightforward survey website that keeps you in one place and pays in gift cards or via PayPal once you accumulate so many points. I like it, and it’s an easy way to earn a little extra money.
My favorite way to track my credit score is through Credit Sesame. It is 100% free, with no credit cards on file. Seriously, they don’t even ask. Knowing your credit score is super crucial and this is the best way to get it, free.
Hands down, Mint, is my favorite budgeting tool. It’s free and convenient. They even remind me when my bills are due, and I can pay them right from their app. I can create budgets, and they’ll give me suggestions based on my spending habits too. In fact, Mint has made my finances so much easier to track; I’m not sure I could function without them.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
This book is a must read for nearly anyone. If you are in your 20’s, 30, or 40’s, I insist, though. You will learn to look at your finances in an entirely different light and trust me; it’ll be a better one.
Smart Money, Smart Kids
This book is authored by Dave Ramsey (I’m a fan!) and his daughter, Rachel Cruze. As a mom to two young children, I found this book to be priceless. After reading this book, I had a better understanding of how to teach the value of a dollar to my kids, and we are on our way to having money-savvy children.