According to PC World magazine, thrifty web sites like the ones below are getting more attention (and site traffic) than ever before.
Click on any site for good advice on saving money and guarding your finances:
1. GasBuddy (www.gasbuddy.com): Click on the map to pinpoint your location, and the site churns out a list of high and low gas prices around town, sent in by other users.
2. RetailMeNot (www.retailmenot.com): Before you visit Sephora.com to buy your monthly allotment of lotion, check out this online coupon community for discounts, free shipping or free samples. The site works with 20,000 stores to offer more than 100,000 coupons.
3. BillShrink (www.billshrink.com): Whittle down the amount of money you pay to your wireless carrier and credit card companies. BillShrink asks a handful of simple questions about your locale and current plans, then recommends other plans that might be better deals for you. It’s a small way to cut costs.
4. Bankrate (www.bankrate.com): It’s simply the largest aggregator of financial rate information on the web. Look up real-time rates on roughly 300 financial instruments, including mortgages, credit cards, car loans and money market accounts. And snag the best rate.
5. AnnualCreditReport (www.annualcreditreport.com): Other sites may offer you access to your credit reports. But only this one offers them to you with no strings attached. By law, anyone can obtain one free annual credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies per year.