Websites Every Frugal Shopper Should Know and Use

Websites Every Frugal Shopper Should Know About and Use

Do you shop online? Do you search for things on the internet? Do you like free things? Yes, yes, and oh yeah! Then let me tell you about a few of my favorite sites for saving money. I am using affiliate links in this post.


I’m serious. Did you know that through Amazon you can get free ebooks for your Kindle? Did you know that you don’t have to have a Kindle to read these free ebooks? You can download a free app onto your desktop and then let the freebie shopping begin! You don’t even have to hunt down the freebies and deals yourself. Several bloggers I know compile lists of these ranging from monthly to daily!


Ebates has just about every store you can think of listed in their directory. Some only have coupon codes, but with most you can earn money back on you purchases. How does it work? Before you shop online, check the Ebates website to see if the website is listed. If it is, click shop now and you will earn 2-25% of you purchase total back in your Ebates account. It accumulates until you have at least $5 and then they send you a Big Fat check each quarter or you can get it deposited into your PayPal account.

Sign up now and get bonus $10 gift card or an extra $5 added to your first Big Fat Check free!

A few of my favorite sites to shop with through Ebates:

  • iTunes (3%)
  • The Children’s Place (2.5%)
  • Lego (2.5%)
  • Vitacost (6%)
  • Groupon (3%)
  • Zulily (2.5%) – I just discovered that Zulily was on Ebates!


If you use a search engine other than Swagbucks, you are missing out. Swagbucks has a search engine that works just as well as your mainstream search engines. I used to use Yahoo! until I signed up for Swagbucks a few years ago. When you search, occasionally you earn Swagbucks (the number varies from 5 to 50 and is random). These add up and you can redeem them in the Rewards Store for a wide variety of items. I use them for Amazon egift cards (450 Swagbucks = $5 Amazon card).

We homeschool. My kids ask me detailed questions that I don’t always have the answers to. Most of my free Amazon money has come from searching for things like “how fast is the fastest man?” and “what is the difference between a raven and a crow?” Seriously.

Other ways you can earn Swagbucks: online shopping, taking a daily poll, taking online surveys, playing games, watching videos, and printing and using coupons. Install the toolbar and you get one free Swagbuck each day simply for opening your web browser. You can search directly through the toolbar. There is also a handy little button called “Check for Swag Code” that, when clicked on, will tell you if there is an active Swag Code anywhere.

What’s a Swag Code? It is like a coupon code except instead of free shipping, you get Swagbucks. Codes are usually worth 3-10 Swagbucks.

Swagbucks is really, really easy to use. I know we have enjoyed our free Amazon spending money.


I don’t use this very often, but I have been happy with the results when I have. I use Hotwire to book hotel rooms when we travel. You do not get to pick the hotel, so this is not for those who need to stay at a specific location. However, we have been very happy to stay in $120/night hotel rooms for $74/night. I have not booked cars or flights, so I can’t share any experiences there.

Bonus? If you shop through the Swagbucks Shop & Earn link, you earn 2 Swagbucks per dollar spent. Or you can go through Ebates and earn 2% cash back. A nice little perk.


You may or may not be aware of this, but I kind of love Pinterest. As far as the frugal shopper is concerned, you can find how to save money articles, DIY projects to make instead of buying, and ways to recycle, repurpose, or reuse things. Be sure to visit my Pinterest page and check out my DIY boards!

DIY pinterest boars from @vicki_arnold


Not one of these will make you rich beyond your wildest imaginations, but if you use them together, you can earn a nice chunk of change to help your frugal ways. With Ebates, Swagbucks, and Zulily, if you tell your friends about the site, you earn credit. You can then use those to shop for free. What is more frugal than free?!

It really does add up!

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  1. If you like Swagbucks, you should check out Bing! In my frugal opinion, it’s even easier to earn my $5 Amazon gift card every month with Bing, than it is with Swagbucks. Great list of resources. Who doesn’t love Pinterest? 🙂

    • I will have to check that out! I like easy. 😉 Pinterest is awesome.

    • Are you talking about Bing that you sign up through Swagbucks? I ask because Im very confused about it. It says to sign up and you get like 150 Swagbucks for the sign up plus you earn more for using BING….so is there a toolbar or something that you download once you sign up? Im hesitant on doing this because I had such a hard time getting the swagbucks tool bar on my computer for searching to earn points.

      • I have never used Bing before so I don’t know what they have going on. As for Swagbucks, what browser were you trying to install the toolbar onto?

  2. Thanks so much Vicki for including my site! I agree with you about the other sites to find great deals on too…I’ve gotten several Amazon gift cards with Swagbucks.

    • I have earned over $100 worth of cards since I joined a couple years ago. I go through times where I really “work it” and times that all I get are my toolbar daily and a search here and there. All in all, it is an easy way to add some money to our homeschool budget. 🙂 Oh, and you are welcome!

  3. In most of the country, you should also know about Azure is a grocery co-op….and then some. They sell everything from herbs and spices, to groceries, both in bulk and not, to seeds and farm supplies. Their prices are comparable to Costco, but they sell lots and lots of things that Costco does not. Ordering is done on line. Delivery is by semi-truck, to a delivery site near you, once a month.

    • Yes, I use Azure for some things. My favorite is when I can get organic in-season produce at awesome prices ($1/lb apples, etc.).


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