The internet can be an incredible source of money saving tips, vouchers, special offers and so much more – but you have to know where to look! Lots of sites claim to be able to save your hard-earned money, but not all deliver on their promises. Take the guess work out of your hunt with our handy guide to the best sites and what you can expect to find when you visit!
With Quidco you sign up with your name and address to get access to an enormous list of companies (almost 4,500!) When you shop with any of them through the site you’ll earn cashback – sometimes up to 10%. The site costs £5 each year for membership but don’t worry – instead of paying that upfront it’s taken from your money earned.
Great for: Online shoppers who browse and shop with lots of different retailers.
- Say No To 0870
This site gives you the chance to avoid the premium rate numbers some companies use for you to contact them. Enter the details of the company you’re trying to reach and they’ll let you know if there’s a cheaper or free alternative number to ring!
Perfect for: People looking to keep their phone bill down and anyone who gets free landline minutes with on their mobile tariff.
At mySupermarket you can enter your full shopping list – when you’ve done so the site then compares your shop at most of the major supermarket chains and lets you know the different costs – meaning you can relax knowing you’re getting the best deal without having to do lots of legwork! Not only does it compare costs, but it will offer you cheaper brands of the same product and even suggest healthier options should you wish. You can then either order your shop to be delivered or head for your chosen supermarket happy in the knowledge you’re saving some money!
Ideal if: You’re keen to get the best value from your supermarket shop.
If you shop online you’ve probably seen a box that says ‘discount code’ or ‘promo code’ as you’re about to part with your money. If you’ve ever like leaving that box empty is a money-saving opportunity missed then Dealslands is the site for you: Enter the name of the retailer you’re shopping with, hit search and it’ll return any voucher codes they have for that site. There’s usually a lot, so scroll through and pick out something that suits your basket.
Great for: Anyone who’s got a couple of extra minutes while shopping online to look for big discounts.
SuperCook is a clever service that lets you list everything in your household cupboards; it then instantly searches hundreds of thousands of recipe ideas from the most popular cooking sites and returns some great ideas for meals you can put together with your ingredients!
Ideal for: Anyone who’s keen to make their food go further with delicious recipes.
Wow 24/7 is a comprehensive site that lists interesting days out and attractions by location or type of day out you’re looking for. As well as being brilliant for ideas the site always lets you know about 2-for-1 entry offers, discounts, freebies and other great money saving opportunities.
Great for: People who still want to enjoy their free time while be careful with their finances.
This service is built on an interesting principle – generally when a website advertises a product they are paid a commission if you click on their advert and buy it. Instead of pocketing the money, Topcashback give that money to you. So if you’re planning on shopping online it’s worth looking through their list of partner retailers (there are thousands and thousands of big names) and looking at what you’ll earn if you purchase through the site.
Prefect for: Online shoppers who want to see their savings add up into cash.
- Give or Take
This is a cashback site with a difference – there are huge amounts of great deals and retailers and possible cashback rewards of up to £60 or 20% of the purchase value, but you can choose whether you take the money yourself or donate your rewards to one of 50 charities that are associated with the site.
Ideal for: People who are keen to give to important charities while still saving money.
If you’ve ever bought something on Amazon and been frustrated by spotting the price cheaper a few days later then this is the site for you. You can enter products you’re interested in buying from Amazon and CamelCamelCamel tracks those prices – sending you notifications when prices drop and letting you double check that you’re not paying an increased price.
Great for: People who can wait to make sure they’re getting the very best price.
Got a printer and fed up of paying through the nose for things you could print at home? Whether it’s colouring books, craft, puzzles and games, invitations, calendars, birthday cards or many others, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for here. If you combine this with buying printer cartridges on a cashback site you’re being double-smart with the finances!
Ideal if: You’re sick of paying a fortune for things that can be done just as well at home!
- Energy Saving Trust
This really is a one-stop shop for everything relating to energy, being green and saving money. From simple tips of reducing bills – through to in-depth reviews of money saving methods such as insulation and green energy options. You can easily compare and swap energy providers and tariffs too, with the site claiming customer savings of £250+ per year.
Perfect if: You’re interested in seeing reductions in your gas and electricity bills.
It’s widely accepted that billions of pounds in benefit and allowance payments go unclaimed each year. EntitledTo gives you the chance to enter some details relating to your circumstances and seeing if you’re missing out on anything you should be claiming. It’s quite an in depth process but millions of people are missing you, so it’s well worth checking.
Great if: You’ve never considered all the possible allowances that might be available to you.
If any of these sound like they might be appealing, have a look! Your bank balance might just thank you for it.