Let’s try something a little more fun and involved! LINKS! If you’ve been enjoying Save Your Receipts so far, I’ve scoured the internet for more blogs, vlogs, websites and articles full similar concepts that are sure to put money back into your pocket.
Check them out!
1. Are you in debt? If you’ve answered yes, visit And Then We Saved. If you’ve answered no, go to college first, then visit And Then We Saved. Anna Jones, creator of And Then We Saved, has paid off close to 24k in debt in just 15 months and she’s providing a platform to share all–yes, all–of her secrets!
Not only are we getting super-valuable tips and advice, she also provides services that’ll get you back on the path of debt-freedom. Need a push in the right direction, Anna gives you the tools to cut out what you need and what you think you need to spend money on. If you’re ready to take the leap, Anna will be there to catch you. Take the pledge and watch your debt disappear.
2. Are you a New Yorker who often questions why you decided to make the big move (because the car that you sold from back home seems to be bigger than your bedroom in the city)? Well it’s time to stop questioning and realize that your shoebox-apartment isn’t as bad as it may seem when you discover The Skint.
The website’s homepage describes it best: Free and cheap NY. Every day. Just when you thought that drink prices couldn’t get any more expensive…BOOM! Memorial Day drink specials all around the city! Want to show your parents the art that inspired you to drop out of med school? BAM! Free museums from Uptown to the Islands. The possibilities for savings are literally endless!
3. “THAT IS MY HOPE, FOR THIS HUMBLE BLOG- TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE BEAUTY AND CULTIVATE HAPPINESS NO MATTER WHERE LIFE TAKES US OR HOW MUCH MONEY IT TAKES.”
This is Shannyn’s pledge– creator of Frugal Beautiful— for the readers of her blog.
Do you dream of living a beautiful life, but worry that such a life would cost too much to live? Not to fear– Frugal Beautiful is here! This blog is dedicated to making your dream-life a reality! Now, if that’s not incentive to save, I’m not sure what is!
4. Planning on moving to NYC soon? Live in NYC and wondering where all of your money is going? C’est Christine has just the thing for you! Tips and tricks to beat the city’s system. She tells you what she does to save money and makes it easy to decide if it’ll work for you too!
One of my favorite points she’s made was “culture doesn’t have to cost,” especially living in a city as vibrant and culturally-abundant as this one! Constant exploration, a healthy lifestyle and being cultured…all free if you do it right! And, Christine’s here to show you how.
5. If you’re looking for a day-to-day rundown of the most exciting deals all over the city, NYC on the Cheap is your go-to guide! They offer a little something for the New Yorker in everyone: cheap eats, half-priced tickets, NYC’s free things to do, coupons and promo codes, and my favorite right now, birthday freebies!
Another really awesome feature that this website offers is a tab for More Cheap Cities— for the traveler who wants to watch her wallet both at, and away from home. Wherever you may be, never miss a beat (or a deal) when local freebies, discounts and deals are just a click away!
6. One of my favorite blogs is Looking Fly on a Dime. It incorporates two of my favorite things: shopping and saving! In her blog, she introduces a challenge to all of her readers that’s worked extremely well for her: Thrifty Threads 365. This challenge is a commitment to only thrift shopping for an entire year– no buying new/retail clothes or accessories. Sounds like the most exciting money-saving challenge I’ve ever heard!
Patrice, founder of Looking Fly on a Dime, says it best, “YOUR STYLE IS NEVER DETERMINED BY YOUR WALLET.”
She encourages us with success stories and an array of photos that makes saving look extra-fly!
7. Attention Students & Drinkers: Tired of student loans limiting your alcohol fund? Well, Save the Student says “no mas!” Writer, Owen Burek, blessed us with a hefty list of cheap and easy cocktails anyone can make at home. Whether you’re a cutesy-fruity kind of drinker or you’re a “let’s make the pregame the actual party” kind of drinker, there’s a mix for you!
You can show off your new-found bartending skills all over the place when drinks come this cheap! You’ll never have to worry about not having enough for your guests (or not being the life of the party) ever again!
8. Calling all Students (again)! Save the Student is such a great site that I couldn’t get away so easily. I think one of the most important aspects of schooling is knowing how, when and where to get jobs. The reputation of the ‘broke college student’ is still very much alive and though EDUCATION SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST, we still don’t like asking mommy and daddy for money at 21 years old. The Jobs and Careers section of Save the Student could literally save you!
Freaked out lately because you realized that you never actually learned about taxes, paying bills and job hunting in high school? It’s time to put those fears to rest. Here, you can get tips on smarter ways to find a job, tax refund info to find out if you have money coming your way, steps to creating your own website, and SO much more.
9. To all of my Pinterestees: have you ever looked into the Money-Saving Ideas on Pinterest? If you haven’t, you’ll want to after reading this! Pinterest is more than just ideas on what kind of cake to bake mom for Mother’s Day and cute V-Day gifts for your bf/gf. They actually have a frugality board that gives you idea after idea on how to save a buck or two.
Some other pins include:
- 4 questions you should always ask before purchasing anything
- 20 things you are forgetting to put in your budget
- 6 ways we’re keeping our grocery budget low — without using coupons
- 4 tips for having a minimalist wardrobe
Go off the beaten Pinterest path and create a board for your most effective money-saving tips and tricks!
10. I discovered Vinted my freshman year of college and was instantly hooked. Vinted is a platform for people all over to sell, swap and buy secondhand clothing and accessories! Finally, an online thrifting store! The process for buying and selling from home is SO easy and user-friendly, you’re probably gonna forget consignment shops even exist.
Here’s how it works:
-Sell or swap everything you don’t wear and give your clothes new life.
-Buy or swap any look you can imagine and get the style you’ve always wanted.
-Chat with people who will not only open their closets but their hearts.
11. Okay Students, one last time! If you’re hungry and broke, which, let’s face it, you probably are, you have to check out Student Recipes. Featuring Recipes with: chicken, lamb, beef, etc., Recipes for vegetarians, parties, busy people, etc. and Drinks…gotta have those. Everything is super-yummy and economically feasible.
They give you step-by-step instructions along with ingredients and calories to guide your next meal, along with an option to submit your recipes and share your finger-lickin’ ideas with other foodies. Whether you’re making a four-course dinner or a chocolate mug brownie, it’s definitely your one-stop-shop for all things cheap and yummy.
12. Not so much of a chef? Here’s a super-helpful article on how to Beat the Supermarkets: 15 Tricks that Really Save Money on Shopping. http://www.express.co.uk/ is a British daily and Sunday publication out of London. As I read this article, I realized that American and Britain grocery stores are not very different from one another, mostly by the fact they they all work so hard at emptying out our wallets.
Express.co gives us 15 ways to beat the system and get the most bang for our buck. Tips include shopping online, avoiding small convenience stores and organizing your fridge to resemble the supermarket. I won’t divulge everything so check them out to find out the final 12 tips and why these tricks will save you so much money in the end.
13. Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Did that surprise anyone? Then I can guess you haven’t gotten mom a gift yet. Not to fret! Money Crashers is here to solve all of your last-minute Mother’s Day needs with “32 Fun & Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas on the Cheap.”
So, I’m not gonna hold you up any longer; go get your mom a gift!
14. Retail me, what? Retail Me NOT! If you haven’t heard of this before, listen up! Retail Me Not is a huge housing-site for coupons, coupons, coupons! Literally any retail store, site or restaurant you can think of has a coupon attached to it and Retail Me Not let’s you know that they’re out there. Every time I go into my favorite stores, I pull up my app (yes, there’s an app) and see if there are any deals or promotions happening at that establishment.
Retail Me Not HACK for students: During back-to-school season, there are TONS of places that give discounts just for being a student! Yay for education! Just bring your student ID around everywhere you go and more often than not, especially at stores in college towns or college neighborhoods, you’ll find yourself a sick deal!
15. The Debt Free Squad from Youtube gives us “Fifteen fun, creative and inexpensive date ideas.” Never avoid having fun with your significant other, or even your friends, because you don’t think you have enough money. There are tons (at least 15) date ideas that surely won’t break the bank. My challenge to you is to try them out for fifteen weekends straight and find that these ideas are, in fact, wallet-friendly! Plan your next date now!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these 15 helpful links that’ll hopefully get you more motivated and more prepared to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
Comment and let us know about any other places you may know of that could benefit us on our money-saving journeys!