I’ve recently discovered Extreme Couponing, an American TV show that showcases the amazing efforts coupon addicts go to in order to save money on their shopping. They make really serious savings, so big, that they amazed me. For instance, in the first season, people are buying $600+ on products, but actually only spending less than $10. For everything. And its legal. This has made me question how blindly I spend my money, and made me excited to see how much I can save just by being a bit more savvy.
This post is all about collecting together some of the sites and apps I have found so far that help me save money. I hope it helps you, and if you have any tips you can share with me, I’d love to hear them!
I am sure you’ll already know about this fantastic site, but no post about saving money can go without mentioning it, or it would be negligent!
The weekly email’s are essential reading as they gather together a great roundup of the best savings that the MSE team has found. I never think of them as inbox-spam either, they are one email I really look forward to getting!
MSE have a great tool for finding bargains on Amazon, The Amazon Discount Finder.
The discount finder lets you set really specific search criteria, so that you find the absolute best deals on the site. Of course, these deals are not necessarily for things you may want or need, but, I think its worth stalking certain categories to find really great deals, especially for gifts/Christmas stuff.
Here are two examples of products with big price reductions I found this evening:
Calvin Klein Lip Collection: Was £51 Now £8.08 Saving £42.92! With free delivery.
Betty Jackson Collette bag: Was £310 Now £37.58 Saving £281.42! With free delivery.
This site needs to be picked through to find the best deals and it can take a while. I managed to find a couple of good ones though: one for a free Chanel lipstick sample pack and a coupon for £2 off a £12 spend at Poundland (in my head I’m thinking that’s two free Revlon nail polishes of course!).
Again, this site takes a bit of work to find the good stuff, but there are still some things worth doing/trying on here. I’d really recommend creating a separate email address for registering for any of the offers, as I suspect a lot of the providers will sell your details and you’ll be inundated with spam…
When I looked at the site this evening I found several vouchers that got free snacks like this one for Bear ‘Yo Yo’ fruit nibbles.
A horrible name, and a horribly designed site, however, I have received about £100 from this site over the years, paid directly into my bank account. The site lists deals and cashback offers when you follow their links and complete purchases. Be wary of sharing your email address with any of the sites that are linked to from GreasyPalm as you’ll get a lot of spam – so again, use a dedicated email account for this!
You can save money shopping at Direct Cosmetics and get cash back too!
I have an iPhone, so these are all iOS apps, however I’m sure most will have Android versions.
This is exclusively available to O2 customers. Although this is just ‘another’ voucher based phone app, this one has some exclusive deals that are brilliant. This week I got myself a totally free phone case and four free cookies from Millies!
They usually have good money off deals for quite a good selection of high street shops like M&S, and like most of the other apps, they have a lot of restaurant deals. Some of the deals are the same as other apps, but some are exclusive, and these tend to be the best ones.
The best deals on here are for restaurants – its really worth checking which venue has the best deal on, but you can usually find deals for 25% off the total bill. The screen shot on the right shows a current offer for £10 off a £40 spend at BHS – not a bad saving, especially as you could pick up quite a few good Christmas presents with this!
I’ve used this app to get 25% off the total bill at The Slug and Lettuce for eight people having lunch. The bill came to nearly £100, so as a group we saved a combined £25!
Quidco is my latest app-crush! Quidco gives you cash for visiting shops with no spend required! Shops like Tesco, H&M, GAP and Dorothy Perkins pay between 5p and 20p when you check in. It doesn’t take long to start collecting money if you visit somewhere like Cribbs Causeway in Bristol and it’s possible to collect about £2 on a shopping trip. Not bad for doing nothing! You can also get deals for the shops featured on the site too, which can also be worth a look, as you can be paid cash back based on what you spend in store as the app links your debit cards to your account.
The Quidco website has deals too, check out the current offers at the Body Shop below:
Good luck saving money!
I hope you’ve found this post useful, if there is anything I have missed though, please let me know and I’ll happily update it!