In our constant quest to save money, we’ve found 35 online resources to help you live a cost-effective life because it’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much you can save! If you look hard enough, savings can be found anywhere from the gas station to the grocery store. Here are the money-saving (and making) websites you need to know:
This website helps you save on gas costs by providing user generated updates on the gas stations with the lowest prices in your city and across North America. It also hosts a Trip Cost Calculator that finds the cheapest gas stations on your road-trip route, how many gas stops you’ll need to make and approximately how much you’ll spend.
This website can save you money in two ways: by providing you a network to sell unwanted, unused gift cards and a network for you to buy gift cards. The gift cards are sold at face value but for every card purchased, you’ll receive Swap Points to redeem on other gift cards. For example, a $100 Loblaws gift card will cost you $100, but you will earn 100 Swap Points. For every 1000 Swap Points you earn, you’ll receive a $10 gift card from the retailer of your choice. As a seller, you’ll receive up to 93% of the value of the gift card.
Like the headline says, shop and save on millions of products by using PriceGrabber.com‘s search technology. Simply type in the item you’re looking for, whether it be an iPhone 6 or a pair of Nike running shoes, and PriceGrabber will round-up the lowest prices of the item from across the web.
If you want to feel even better about using cash-back websites, you need to check out GivingAssistant.org. Not only does the website curate coupons and give cash back when you shop online, but they also give you the ability to donate the money you earn to its roster of 1.2 million non-profit associations.
Have a skill or something you want to get rid of? Use it to barter for something you want on Swapsity.ca! All you have to do is join the website, list all of your swappables (items, things, skills, and services you want to offer) and list all of your needs (everything you want to receive). Swapsity.ca will then generate local matches and leave it up to you to discuss trades with other swappers.
We’ve spoken about the benefits of TrendTrunk.com on the blog in the past, but we’ll break it down again! Trend Trunk is a website that allows users to upload photos of their clothing & sell to members. It’s 100% free to post and once the item gets sold, you communicate with the buyer on how to ship or meet up with them to exchange the product.
The Free Cycle Network is made up of a number of different groups from around the world and almost every major city has one. FreeCycle.org is where you’ll find locals giving away things they no longer need for free! You can also post things you are looking for.
We’ve praised BudgetBytes.com on the blog before, but if you’ve never checked out the website, it is a blog that focuses on simple and delicious meals you can make on a budget. Most of the meals listed cost $10 or under to make. Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good eats!
Thinking about getting a new car, but don’t like commitments or spending too much cash? This Canadian website is for you. LeaseBusters.com helps you find leases and almost new cars to take over (sometimes you’ll even get a few months for free) and helps lease owners find someone to take over their lease.
If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, you’ve got to check out this website. CamelCamelCamel.com will send you alerts when the price of something you’re after drops, tracks the price history of any item, and rounds up the best deals of the day.
This blog rounds up the cheapest flights from Toronto and neighboring airports and is updated every few days. If you don’t live in Toronto, don’t worry! The blog’s creator also has a number of Facebook pages for cities across Canada where he frequently posts flight deals.
This website hosts flyers from retailers across Canada and also rounds up weekly deals. This website is great for saving money on groceries.
If you’ve stopped receiving those random packages of coupons in the mail, you can now grab them online at Valpak.ca! All you have to do is type in your city, pick and print!
We don’t often toot our own horn, but if you’re looking for deals on clothing, footwear, accessories & furniture, we’re your go-to! Not only do we host our own warehouse sales (Nike, Nordstrom, Puma & more!), we share all the latest sales and deals from retailers across Canada. Check out our event calendar to learn more about special events and join our mailing list for weekly sale updates!
Red Flag Deals is another website that promotes coupons and flyers, however, our favorite section of this website is the forum where members talk about everything from daily deals, retail reviews, upcoming sales and more.
Similar to RedFlagDeals.com, this website provides coupons and flyers to their members. They also have a forum section where they discuss shopping, deals, and contests, however, Saveland.ca gives you points for every discussion and comment you make on their forum. The points can be redeemed for entries into exclusive member-only contests.
A cooking website that narrows down recipes based on what you have in your fridge!
This website pulls all your financial information into one place so that you can track your spending and build a budget. It categorizes your purchase in real time, sends you alerts for unusual activity in your accounts and even gives you custom tips on managing your money.
Get savvy with your online shopping by using this website. Aside from helping you discover new trends and building neat collages, this website can search the web for your exact clothing, home and beauty needs. You can use their filters to sort items by price and by whether or not the item is on sale.
This website literally has everything, from daily news to funny pictures, but most importantly, tips on how to save money and live frugally. The website is broken down into different subreddits, but the ones we suggest checking out are /r/Frugal, /r/Thrifty, /r/Coupons. You can get even more specific with subreddits for living frugally like /r/FrugalTO (frugal tips for people in Toronto), /r/FrugalMaleFashion and /r/FrugalMontreal.
Looking to earn a little extra cash on the side? Check out this website. Earn Swag Bucks by completing surveys, testing websites, watching videos and more. Your Swag Bucks can then be redeemed in their Rewards Store for gift cards to retailers like Starbucks, Amazon, Bass Pro Shops and more.
Get paid to test out websites on this website. All you need to get started is internet connection and a microphone! You’ll get paid $10 per test through a PayPal account.
Get paid to answer questions about start-up websites. You’ll get paid $5 through PayPal for every feedback accepted.
If you’re super opinionated, this website is for you. Get paid $10/website through PayPal just by providing your honest feedback of a website. Once you register and are approved as a user, you’ll start getting assignments by email.
Get paid $10 per website tested via PayPal. Just sign-up, take an entry test and then wait for assignments to come through to your email. Each test takes about 15-20 minutes.
This Canadian website hosts daily deals from across the web, as well as coupons and freebies!
A virtual garage sale that hosts communities from across Canada. Just search for the community nearest you and start shopping – you never know what deals you could find or money you could make by selling random things from your home!
A money-saving blog that lists daily deals & coupons from retailers, regular coupon matching (so you don’t have to!), money-saving tips, simple DIY projects, recipes & more.
Every Thursday morning, Checkout 51 updates with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store, and upload a photo of your receipt through their mobile app or website. When your account reaches $20, they will send you a cheque.
A website that rounds up fliers, coupons, and deals from major retailers and brands. Their community section hosts contests, recipes and frugal living tips. They also have a cash-back rebate app (available on iPhone & Android) – just purchase a product on their list, upload a photo of your receipt and Save.ca will cash you out for every $5 you earn.
Another blog that rounds up coupons, deals, sales, frugal tips, recipes, and freebies across Canada and the web.
An all-in-one source of coupons, coupon codes, daily deals and best of all, free samples!
A website designed to help Canadians save money on groceries. They host 55 different grocery store fliers into one location for easy price matching. The website also hosts a coupon trader which allows you to search for coupons you need and trade the ones you don’t!
Launched in 2005, ShopToIt.ca is one of the oldest & best price comparison websites in Canada. They host a broad range of inventory with relevent guides and shopping advice. Their iPhone app is perfect for comparison shopping on the go.