Online Resources That Can Help Save You Money
Angie’s List – This site features consumer reviews on services and contractors in a variety of locales.
ConsumerSearch – This site features product reviews from multiple sources and rates the reviews on a variety of criteria, including credibility, timeliness, and qualifications of the reviewer. It also analyzes the reviews and selects the best products.
Wize – Here you will find millions of reviews of millions of consumer products. You can search for products based on specific product names and your needs. Wize will aggregate reviews from sites such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, and CNET and reports the results as either a “Wize Choice” or an “Unwize Choice.
Epinions – This site features product reviews by consumers who have bought and use the products. The site has advisors who are in charge of different categories, and top reviewers, whose opinions are valued by the category advisors.
ConsumerReports.org – You can find thorough, qualify reviews in the print magazine and online with the added bonus of being able to search the magazine archives.
Wired.com – A highly regarded technology and lifestyle magazine, Wired offers editor’s reviews of products ranging from technology to outdoors to cars on a 1 to 10 scale.
ConsumerReview – This site offers very comprehensive reviews, buying guides, and discussion forums on electronics, computers, golf, cares, food and wine, office equipment, and more.
Become – This site combines price comparisons and news about specific products you’re researching, updated every 10 minutes
FatWallet – This is a hybrid site that offers price comparisons, coupons, and busy, busy forums where community members discuss hot deals, maximizing rewards, and even financial services information lie who’s offering the best checking account, deals on credit cards, and insurance products.
Bizrate – Here you will find price comparisons on thousands of products. The site features a store-rating guide that evaluates hundreds of stores based on ease of ordering, price, on-time delivery, and whether the product met expectations.
PriceGrabber.com – This site covers products from tech to appliance to jewelry to clothing. Each seller is rated via thousand of consumer reviews and listings include links to pictures, discounts, ratings, and the bottom-line price.
Amazon.com – Amazon keeps adding products and categories. You can filter by shipping option, brand, average customer review, price, discount, and seller.
StreetPrices – When you know exactly what you’re looking for in the electronics arena, StreetPrices will show you the best prices and e-mail you when the price drops below the lowest amount.
Private Shopping Clubs
Gilt Groupe – This high-end fashion website operates seven days a week offering designer fashion, jewelry, vacations, and home décor at significant discounts.
One Kings Lane – This club features top home décor brands at significant discounts.
Ideeli – This site offers the gamut of luxury goods for children, men, and women, including accessories and beauty products.
Totsy – Moms will love the deals on clothing, bedding, bath, educational materials, and more for kids 0-7.
Wi-Fi Hotspot Finders
Car Lease Trading
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Center for Electronics Recycling
Seniors Home Exchange
Credit Card Deals, Home Loans
Dollar Stretcher offers thousands of budgeting tips
Bankrate’s Frugal Living Newsletter comes out on Tuesdays and is chock-full of tips on how to trim debt, save money, and use the Web to live more frugally.
The Salvation Army lists the value of clothing, appliance, car, furniture, and household goods donations for tax purposes.
Goodwill also offers a guide to resale values of items ranging from clothing to home appliances to electronics.
Unclaimed Pension Directory
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation lists pensions of companies that have gone out of business and that have been taken over by this government agency.
Relocation Salary Calculator
This calculator compares salaries in different U.S. cities based on cost of living.
Got any old savings bonds? The Bureau of the Public Debt provides information on savings bonds that have stopped earning interest.
When you add up the unclaimed assets held in lost bank accounts, missing stocks, forgotten U.S. savings bonds, uncashed checks, unclaimed refunds and settlements, lost life insurance policies, and unpaid benefits, you’re literally talking about billions of dollars. Find out from your state if you’re entitled to anything
Check with other government agencies for more possible forgotten assets.
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