Top 9 money-saving websites
Easy ways to save money when you shop online
Saving money isn’t only good for the wallet. It’s good for the soul. When your research pays off and you avoid needlessly wasting money, you feel smart and satisfied, and rightly so. To help get you patting yourself on the back for a job well done even more often, here’s our pick of the nine best money-saving websites and apps…
Not that long ago, comparing prices at 15 UK supermarket chains would have involved a pen, a notepad, a car and a ludicrous amount of spare time. With Mysupermarket.co.uk however, you can compare prices across all the major UK online food retailers at the click of a button. You can either order your goods online or print out the deals and head to the supermarket yourself, and the site claims that its users save an average of 30 percent on their weekly shop.
Paper vouchers were fiddly things usually associated with grannies and handbags. But their digital equivalent makes saving money a cinch – and you don’t have to hold up the queue with a public display of thriftiness. Visit VoucherCodes.co.uk to search for deals and produce the online code at the till – they have over 5,000 stores and restaurants to choose from. Vouchercloud.com is another similar site that also finds online discount codes.
Draw on other bargain hunters’ skills by going to HotUKDeals to view discount codes and offers submitted by other members of the public. Similarly, LatestDeals.co.uk describes itself as a community that shares deals, vouchers, freebies and competitions.
If you’re a frequent visitor to Amazon, this is definitely a site to bookmark. Camelcamelcamel.com allows you to see a product’s historic prices on Amazon and you can set up an alert to let you know if its price drops below a certain point – great if you can plan ahead and aren’t in a special hurry to buy a particular item.
Founded in 1999, this site was comparing prices online when Google was still in its infancy. Still going two decades later, Kelkoo makes price comparison super-easy. Simply type in what you want to buy and you’ll be shown all the offers available so you can grab the cheapest. The site is particularly good for electrical and household goods, home entertainment and furniture.
Cashback websites do what they say on the tin: they pass to you some of the money paid to them by retailers when you click on affiliate links on their sites. Check if a product you want to buy is available through TopCashback (or its main rival Quidco) and, if you’re in luck, you will get a share of the commission. You might have to wait a few weeks for the credit to come through, but the savings can really add up.
It’s one of life’s great mysteries – why are people so reluctant to change their utility providers? Few people are willing to change their energy supplier, even if they could save hundreds of pounds a year. Simplyswitch.com searches all the energy deals available so you can find the cheapest tariff. Just enter your postcode to see what’s on offer and if you decide to switch, this site will take care of all the boring paperwork. Simplyswitch claims you can save £390 by using the site, so it’s worth a try. Thelabrador.co.uk is another site that searches the market for the best deal for you, and takes care of all the admin. With one of their free Labrador Retriever devices, which works like a smart meter, they can even switch supplier for you automatically if they find a better deal.
The world of mobile phones can easily seem overwhelmingly confusing, with seemingly endless combinations of handsets, networks, providers and contracts to choose from. Little wonder that many of us are paying far more than we need to – Which? estimates that on a more personal level, 70 percent of consumers could save £159 a year by a having a contract better suited to their needs. Invented in 2009 by three mathematicians, Ofcom-approved Billmonitor calculates the best available mobile phone deal for you, based on your current usage (which it cleverly calculates for you, just from your mobile number), making it easy-peasy to save a packet.
OK, so this isn’t technically a website – it’s something called a browser extension, but I’m ending this article with a recommendation for it because it’s another great way of saving money on your online shopping. So confident are they in this aim that Honey claim ‘if there’s a better price, we’ll find it’. Intrigued? Visit Honey’s website to find out more.
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