75 Websites That Can Save You Money in a Recession

fizkes/istockphoto Time to Save Online Now more than ever, as the country finds itself in

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Time to Save Online

Now more than ever, as the country finds itself in a pandemic-induced recession, saving money has become essential for Americans. The good news is there are plenty of websites that can help you do that, connecting users with deals and discounts on everything from grocery shopping to clothing and gas. Here are some of the top options for pinching pennies.

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RetailMeNot
RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot: Discounts, Sales and Online Cash Back

RetailMeNot
RetailMeNot provides digital codes to apply at checkout when shopping online. The site also includes holiday sales and even clearance sales across all categories.

Groupon
Groupon

Groupon: Discounts and Coupons

Groupon
Groupon offers a massive selection of localized deals and discounts. Those who sign up for alerts will get notifications about everything from special sales to new promo codes or price drops on items or services you may have recently viewed.

LivingSocial
LivingSocial

LivingSocial: Discounts and Coupons

LivingSocial
Like Groupon, (with which it merged in 2016), LivingSocial offers deals on goods, services, and travel. It offers discounts on everything from Sam’s Club to Valvoline Instant Oil Changes.

Related: Cheapest Oil Change: Jiffy Lube vs. Valvoline vs. Walmart and More

Slickdeals
Slickdeals

Slickdeals: Discounts and Coupons

Slickdeals
Slickdeals offers shoppers discounts on purchases across a variety of categories (groceries, video games, computers, home, clothing and accessories, and more) for a selection of stores. Users can shop by deal or by store, and can sign up for personalized deal alerts.

CouponSherpa
CouponSherpa

Coupon Sherpa: Discounts and Coupons

Coupon Sherpa
The Coupon Sherpa motto is “coupons you can trust.” The site promises more than 30,000 tested printable coupons, coupon codes and grocery coupons that shoppers can use in stores and online.

Related: 16 Insider Tips and Secrets for Frugal Online Shopping

DealNews
DealNews

DealNews: Discounts and Coupons

DealNews
DealNews experts sift through online savings opportunities and promise to post more than 400 deals every weekday. The site guarantees to list only products that are the lowest price available from reputable companies. The site covers clothing, computers, electronics, games, toys, and even airfare deals.

Ben's Bargains
Ben’s Bargains

Ben’s Bargains: Discounts and Coupons

Ben’s Bargains
Ben’s Bargains is a survivor of the original dot-com crash and continues to post deals sorted by brands, stores, or categories. The site also includes a blog that provides product reviews and guides. Users can also create customized deal alerts.

Related: 15 Ways to Identify Fake and Useless Reviews

Coupons.Com
Coupons.Com

Coupons.com: Discounts and Coupons

Coupons.com
Coupons.com offers free, printable coupons, digital coupons, coupon codes, and summer discounts. The categories covered by the site include food, personal care, baby and toddler, household, health care, and more.

Related: 14 Ways Parents Waste Money on Kids

Brad's Deals
Brad’s Deals

Brad’s Deals: Discounts and Coupons

Brad’s Deals
Aside from listing hundreds of stores and showcasing deals on purchases, Brad’s offers shopping guides, personalized deal alerts, and coupons from well-known stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, Expedia, and Home Depot.

Offers.Com
Offers.Com

Offers.com: Discounts and Coupons

Offers.com
Many of the thousands of coupons, and deals available on Offers are for well-known stores and brands including Adidas, Walmart, Samsung, Hotwire and Dell. The site offers coupons and coupon codes, as well as savings tips and exclusive deals only available at Offers.

Related: 13 Hacks and Secrets for Shopping at Walmart

Woot
Woot

Woot: Discounts and Coupons

Woot
In addition to coupons and deals on products across a range of categories, Amazon-owned Woot maintains forums for shoppers to share deals of their own. It once ran a Ken Jennings “Debunker” blog that was less about deals than entertainment; its archives still make for a fun break from shopping.

Savings.Com
Savings.Com

Savings.com: Discounts and Coupons

Savings.com
Click on Savings.com’s coupons, promo codes, or advertised discounts and you are taken directly to retailer sites, where coupon codes are applied to your purchases. Deals are available at such well-known brands and stores as Home Depot, Gap, Macy’s, and more.

Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom

Money Saving Mom: Discounts and Coupons

Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom offers a large collection of printable and digital coupons. The site includes the latest deals, store deals, giveaways, and freebies and a blog that covers everything from how to make money to time management tips.

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Honey
Honey

Honey: Discounts and Coupons

Honey
Honey is a browser extension that sets itself apart by detecting discount codes while you shop online. It finds and applies the best coupons at checkout automatically, without users having to search for a code themselves. It also offers a Droplist, which allows users to add an item they have their eye on; Honey sends notifications when the price on that item drops. It also includes an Amazon Best Price feature that compares the prices of all sellers on Amazon to find the best price.

The Krazy Coupon Lady
The Krazy Coupon Lady

The Krazy Coupon Lady: Discounts and Coupons

The Krazy Coupon Lady
Users can shop by store, or by coupon type (coffee coupons, diaper coupons, dog coupons) or by specific deals when they’re relevant (back to school sales, for instance, or Black Friday deals). The site also offers tips on how to save money, and store hacks.

Rakuten
Rakuten

Rakuten: Cash Back and Rebates

Rakuten
Use Rakuten to apply coupons and earn cash back when shopping, with money delivered through PayPal or by check. The site earns the money from stores in return for directing shoppers there, then shares some with you.

Related: 100 Top Money-Saving Tips for 2020

MyPoints
MyPoints

MyPoints: Cash Back and Rebates

MyPoints
MyPoints offers promo codes and deals to members, who also earn points for every dollar spent when shopping through the site. The points are added to users’ accounts, which can be cashed out and redeemed for gift cards or a transfer via PayPal.

InboxDollars
InboxDollars

InboxDollars: Cash Back and Rebates

InboxDollars
InboxDollars provides cash-back opportunities in exchange for participants taking online surveys, reading emails, playing video games, and watching videos for its partners who include brands such as Netflix, Target, and Walmart. The site claims to have paid more than $59 million in cash rewards.

Related: Target Shoppers Love These 50 Highly Rated Items

Ibotta
Ibotta

Ibotta: Cash Back and Rebates

Ibotta
Ibottaoffers personalized cash-back offers in-store and online for common household purchases such as eggs, bread, and milk. Users pay for items directly from the Ibotta app and get instant cash back on the purchase at hundreds of retailers, many of them national chains.

TopCashback
TopCashback

TopCashback: Cash Back and Rebates

TopCashback
TopCashback, which is free to join and has 11 million members worldwide, says it guarantees higher cash-back rates than its competitors. Users browse the site to shop thousands of retailers and exclusive cashback offers. The site also sources coupon codes that can be used with the merchant cash back offers.

BeFrugal
BeFrugal

BeFrugal: Cash Back and Rebates

BeFrugal
BeFrugal is partnered with more than 5,000 retailers. Shop through them as you normally would after clicking a coupon, and the site pays you via PayPal, check, Venmo, direct deposit, or gift card.

Related: 19 Smart Ways to Get Through a Recession

ShopAtHome
ShopAtHome

ShopAtHome: Cash Back and Rebates

ShopAtHome
Users get a $10 bonus for signing up with ShopAtHome, which offers rebates and cash back on purchases from a wide range of stores including Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Amazon.

Swagbucks
Swagbucks

Swagbucks: Gift Cards and Cash Back

Swagbucks
Get paid through Swagbucks by watching videos, searching the web, and answering surveys. Those who complete the required amount of tasks earn gift gards for retailers such as Amazon or Walmart or can opt for cash back via PayPal.

Booking.Com
Booking.Com

Booking.com: Travel and Vacation

Booking.com
Booking.com saves users money by connecting travelers with the deals on everything from quaint B&Bs to luxury hotels, resorts, villas and apartments. Users can also sign up to have deals sent directly to their inbox.

Related: 20 Hidden Freebies You Can Get at Popular Hotels

HotelTonight
HotelTonight

HotelTonight: Travel and Vacation

HotelTonight
Granted, people are traveling less these days, but in the event you need a hotel room, HotelTonight may be a good place to start. The mobile-only service specializes in offering heavily discounted room rates especially for travelers with flexible schedules or are seeking to book a room at the last minute.

Related: What Are the Best Budget Hotel Chains?

Hotwire
Hotwire

Hotwire: Travel and Vacation

Hotwire
Hotwire users can access a network of Hot Rate Hotels — the name given to its exclusive catalog of discounted hotel rooms — with a low-price guarantee. The service says it has saved users more than $3 billion.

Related: The 20 Best Free Hotel Breakfasts in America

Airbnb
Airbnb

Airbnb: Vacation Rentals

Airbnb
Forgo pricey, cramped hotel rooms and rent a whole house instead. Airbnb gives renters virtually unlimited access to abodes of all shapes and sizes — though these days, many property owners are looking for longer stays.

Related: 20 Amazing Airstream Trailers You Can Rent on Airbnb

Flipkey
Flipkey

Flipkey: Vacation Rentals

Flipkey
Flipkey saves travelers money on rentals that often cost less than hotel rooms, according to the site, which features a long list of domestic vacation destinations from Myrtle Beach to Cape Cod and San Diego. Users can also sign up to get personalized recommendations and deals sent to their inbox.

GasBuddy
GasBuddy

GasBuddy: Gas Discounts

GasBuddy
GasBuddy uses data provided by the network’s millions of users to provide the best prices at local gas stations. The site says Americans have saved more than $12 million with its help, or as much as 25 cents per gallon. It’s free to join.

Related: 12 Ways to Fill Up for Less at the Gas Station

Autoblog
Autoblog

Autoblog: Gas Discounts

Autoblog
Autoblog offers users a tool for finding the cheapest gas. Just type in a ZIP code and Autoblog shows local stations with the cheapest prices.

Related: 20 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

AbeBooks
AbeBooks

AbeBooks: Textbook Deals and Discounts

AbeBooks
AbeBooks offers access to a range of items such as vintage books, collectibles, signed books, first editions, and curated collections. Those looking for cheap textbooks can also use the site to search for the best prices from third-party sellers across the world.

Related: Better Than the Bookstore: Best Sites for College Textbooks

Cheapest Textbooks
Cheapest Textbooks

Cheapest Textbooks: Textbook Deals and Discounts

Cheapest Textbooks
Cheapest Textbooks lets users browse options from hundreds of sellers, promising buyers as much as 95% when they buy books and 70% when they rent. The site can also be used to sell old textbooks.

Bigwords.Com
Bigwords.Com

Bigwords: Textbook Deals and Discounts

Bigwords
Bigwords compares textbook prices from multiple online stores. The site claims its prices are 35% to 45% cheaper than other online textbook stores and as much as 90% cheaper than list prices.

Studentrate Textbooks
Studentrate Textbooks

Studentrate: Textbook Deals And Discounts

Studentrate
This price comparison search engine offers deals and discounts on all textbooks with coupons, promo codes, and cash back.

SlugBooks
SlugBooks

SlugBooks: Textbook Deals and Discounts

SlugBooks
SlugBooks is a price comparison tool that lets users search instantly for the lowest price from a range of online competitors. Among the online options are Amazon, Texbooks.com, and Wordery.

Related: Top-Rated Products to Shop on Amazon This Month

PaperBack Swap
PaperBack Swap

PaperBackSwap: Free Book Exchange

PaperBackSwap
Bookworms don’t have to pay for the hardcovers and paperbacks they love to devour — or even pay monthly subscription fees for ebook clubs. PaperBackSwap allows readers to do just that: swap books with other members for free (with the exception of postage, which you pay when you mail a book to a member). Choose from more than 1.2 million titles.

Amazon Assistant
Amazon Assistant

Amazon Assistant: Amazon Price Tracker

Amazon Assistant
As the name implies, the tool is designed to increase savings on Amazon, giving price notifications, product comparisons, and alerts about deals you’ve been watching.

Camelcamelcamel
Camelcamelcamel

Camelcamelcamel: Amazon Price Tracker

Camelcamelcamel
Amazon shoppers can fine-tune their shopping strategies with Camelcamelcamel, which lets users create price drop alerts so they buy when prices are low. Signing up gets users access to Amazon price history charts for millions of products.

Related: 22 Insider Hacks and Secrets for Shopping on Amazon

Keepa
Keepa

Keepa: Amazon Price Tracker

Keepa
Keepa is a browser extension that allows you to set up price watches directly from a product page. Keepa will rack products for you and notify you once the product drops below your desired price. You can also use Keepa to compare and track Amazon prices.

Pricepirates
Pricepirates

Pricepirates: Price Tracker

Pricepirates
Track and compare prices from online auctions as they happen in real time on sites including eBay and Amazon Marketplace. The tool also can help users save money from thousands of online shopping sites across all product categories.

TechBargains
TechBargains

TechBargains: Electronics and Devices

TechBargains
TechBargains partners with a variety of popular online stores to alert users to price changes, sales, or the publication of coupons. Many items listed on the site, as the name implies, are tech-related.

Related: 100 Tech Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

Gazelle
Gazelle

Gazelle: Electronics and Devices

Gazelle
Save a nice chunk of change on an electronics purchases by buying a certified, pre-owned version on Gazelle. Users can also sell old laptops, smartphones, or tablets for a fair price through an easy online process.

Swappa
Swappa

Swappa: Electronics and Devices

Swappa
Swappa is a place to buy “gently used” electronics such as smartphones and tablets at steep discounts. Those looking to sell or exchange can also make some money by offloading old gadgets.

Blinq
Blinq

Blinq: Electronics and Devices

Blinq
Blinq helps the environment along with frugal shoppers by picking up retailers’ returned and overstock items and passing them on at discounts. Retailers work with the site to sell returns, which include everything from cameras to laptop computers.

$5Dinners
$5Dinners

$5Dinners: Meal Savings and Coupons

$5Dinners
$5Dinners offers recipes, strategic shopping tips, and meal plans that enable families to cook entire meals for $5 or less. The site also offers ecourses, points the way to printable coupons, and features a cooking curriculum and life skills for kids.

Related: 100 Cheap & Easy Dinners

Freecycle
Freecycle

Freecycle: Community Bartering

Freecycle
Freecycle is a global community of nearly 9 million members that lets you do your part to help protect the planet and live sustainably. Once you sign up, you can browse groups and find people nearby who are giving away things you need, or looking for things you might be throwing away. The organization is dedicated to thrift and waste reduction, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Related: Dumpster Diving and Freeganism Tips

Swap
Swap

Swap: Consignment and Secondhand Clothing

Swap
A consignment and thrift store, Swap offers shoppers steep discounts — up to 90% off retail prices. The site features affordable, quality, secondhand apparel for all ages.

ThredUp
ThredUp

ThredUp: Consignment and Secondhand Clothing

ThredUp
Shop from a huge selection of gently used clothing and accessories at hefty discounts, some items as much as 90% off. You can also make a few bucks by selling stuff collecting dust in your own closet.

Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway: Designer Clothing

Rent the Runway
Designer clothing is expensive, but Rent the Runway offers the catwalk’s best for a single night or for an ongoing rotation at work. You choose a piece, the site ships it, and you ship it back when you’re done. Dry cleaning and returns are free.

GoCarma
GoCarma

GoCarma: Cheap Tolls

GoCarma
GoCarma provides participating drivers with discounts on carpooling tolls in participating cities. Users must have the GoCarma app set up on their phone, and will get a small Bluetooth device for a car’s glove box. Users report saving $150 monthly on tolls.

Getaround
Getaround

Getaround: Cheap Car Rental

Getaround
Getaround is a car-rental alternative that lets drivers find, reserve, and book cars by the hour or the day. Cars, trucks and vans are available. There’s no subscription or monthly membership required. You pay only for the time you rent a vehicle. You can also share your car on the site to earn money.

Related: 24 Tips and Tricks to Save You Money on Car Rental

Turo
Turo

Turo: Cheap Car Rental

Turo
A peer-to-peer car rental site Turo promises safe car sharing despite coronavirus. All cars are clean and disinfected, and the service provides contactless check-in. You can also cancel for free up to 24 hours before your reservation — or share your own car on the site to earn extra cash.

Zipcar
Zipcar

Zipcar: Cheap Car Rental

Zipcar
The oldest U.S. car sharing company is still at it, in more than 500 cities and towns with more than 12,000 vehicles, from tiny cars to moving vans and even the occasional luxury ride. Membership is $70 annually, and cars are rented by the hour (but can be taken out for entire days as well).

Ladybug
Ladybug

Ladybug: Cheap Car Rental

Ladybug
Drivers save money by browsing multiple car rental sites with a single search. Just plug in the pickup location, time, and date to find the lowest rates.

Related: Which Car Rental Company Is the Cheapest?

AutoRentals
AutoRentals

AutoRentals: Cheap Car Rentals

AutoRentals
Autorentals offers rental deals at airports big and small. Using the site you can search major cities from New York to Los Angeles and Chicago to find the best deals on rental vehicles.

Glyde
Glyde

Glyde: Electronics

Glyde
Glyde lets visitors buy premium used cellphones and make some money by selling or trading in their own phones. The site features Apple phones, ranging from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

SpotHero
SpotHero

SpotHero: Cheap Parking Spaces

SpotHero
SpotHero can be used to find and compare pricing on parking spots near your destination. You can also prepay for spots and make monthly parking reservations. The service allows for touch-free payment via its app.

ParkWhiz
ParkWhiz

ParkWhiz: Cheap Parking Spaces

ParkWhiz
ParkWhiz lets users save money while avoiding the hassle of looking for a spot or finding a garage. Book a space at the rate you choose and use a ParkWhiz pass for savings of up to 50%.

Parking Panda
Parking Panda

Parking Panda: Cheap Parking Spaces

Parking Panda
Using Parking Panda to search and compare available parking options and prices across 40 cities in real time. You can prebuy spots and redeem your purchase seamlessly.

Flipp
Flipp

Flipp: Grocery Store Discounts

Flipp
Flipp is a collection of digital ads, deals, and coupons. The site updates its deals regularly and says users can save as much as $45 every week. Stores featured include Kroger, Family Dollar, Walgreens, BigLots, Walmart, and Lowes.

Related: 50 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

Twicular
Twicular

Twicular: Grocery Store Discounts

Twicular
Use Twicular to browse weekly discounts and specials from favorite grocery stores and add them to Twicular-based shopping lists. Users can recycle shopping lists over and over. The site also features weekly specials and mobile coupons.

Related: 15 Things Not to Buy in a Grocery Store

Checkout 51
Checkout 51

Checkout 51: Grocery Store Discounts

Checkout 51
There are more than 5,000 participating gas stations where users can earn cash back via Checkout 51, and offers are added every week for gas, groceries, and other everyday items. Earning the cash back requires simply heading to a store or gas station, buying what’s on offer, and taking a photo of the receipt.

AllConnect
AllConnect

AllConnect: Bills and Monthly Payments

AllConnect
This broadband marketplace allows users to search, compare, and order internet, TV, security, and utilities services for their homes. The site allows for shopping more than 30 brands, from AT&T to Verizon and Xfinity.

Insure.Com
Insure.Com

Insure.com: Bills and Monthly Payments

Insure.com
Users can browse insurance plans depending on their situation, location, family size, and budget. Categories include auto, health, life, and home insurance.

Related: 21 Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Bills When Money Is Tight

Undebt
Undebt

Undebt: Bills and Monthly Payments

Undebt
Undebt is a free service that includes a debt snowball calculator and easy-to-follow payment plans designed to help get debt to zero. Users can add and manage unlimited accounts and choose between payoff plans.

Related: 26 Tactics for Getting Out of Debt

AwardWallet
AwardWallet

AwardWallet: Rewards and Points

AwardWallet
Track reward points, programs, and frequent flyer miles. The service includes hotel, dining, and shopping rewards and alerts users of upcoming expirations so there’s no lost freebies or awards.

DogVacay
DogVacay

DogVacay: Discount Dog Sitting

DogVacay
they plan to go away, saving money by choosing the best rate and feeling secure that sitters have been vetted. It claims to be the nation’s largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Related: What are the Most Expensive and Cheapest Dog Breeds?

Get Drunk Not Fat
Get Drunk Not Fat

Get Drunk Not Fat: Save on Beer, Wine, and Liquor

Get Drunk Not Fat
The site lists hundreds of brands of beer, wine, liquor, malt, and liquor and their relative price by the ounce — the better to “maximize your buzz.”

Wine Searcher
Wine Searcher

Wine Searcher: Wine Comparison

Wine Searcher
Wine Searcher helps wine lovers find the best prices. Just type in the wine you’re looking for and the site returns the best prices from a variety of online stores.

Related: How to Spot a Good, Cheap Bottle of Wine

Courtesy of vivino.com
Courtesy of vivino.com

Vivino: Wine Comparison

Vivino
Vivino price agents find the best wines for the price in each category. A community of tens of millions of users can help guide users to the best low-priced wines at local stores.

Related: Great Wines Under $20 from Every State

Textnow
Textnow

Textnow: Phone Plans

Textnow
Eliminate monthly phone bills with this phone service within an app. With a TextNow account (activated for $10), users get a 10-digit phone number and can make unlimited calls and send unlimited texts over Wi-Fi. Users get. TextNow is known for its mobile app on smartphones and tablets, but users can also make calls and send texts from their computer. The service also includes voicemail and conference call capabilities. Go ad-free for $10 a month; high-speed with hotspot capabilities for $20; or a premium service for $40.

Trim
Trim

Trim: Bill Reduction

Trim
The trim app analyzes your spending patterns to identify ways its staff can take action and save you money. Trim negotiates such things as cable, internet, phone, and medical bills, and even cancels old subscriptions for you.

Raise
Raise

Raise: Discount Gift Cards

Raise
offers a cash back program when you buy full-priced gift cards, through which you can earn as much as 15% back to spend on future purchases. There are also promo codes and coupons available.

Hip2Save
Hip2Save

Hip2Save: Discounts and More

Hip2Save
Deals, coupons, recipes, and even DIY tips in a variety of categories including latest deals, Amazon deals, baby deals, and even photo deals.

Cheapism
Cheapism

Cheapism: Deals, Money-Saving Tips, and Product Reviews

Cheapism
At Cheapism, we find the best cheap products out there and tell you what they are. On our blog, we also write about travel, food, lifestyle, health and fitness, home life, and more, all with an eye toward the best ways to save money.

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