6 Sites to Help You Survive the Recession !
August 22, 2010 7:38am CST
Hi everyone, A growing number of good web sites, like Prosper and Bankrate, are popping up, offering useful tools to help you manage and conserve your money. I found numerous sites that are full of good advice on how to save money and protect your financial interests. In a sour economy, sites like these are getting more attention (and site traffic) than ever before. http://www.gasbuddy.com/ : GasBuddy is actually a network of local sites (such as http://www.sanfrangasprices.com for the San Francisco area), each of which allows consumers to find and report high or low gas prices around town. http://www.fuelly.com/ : Fuelly is a cool little Web tool that lets you track and keep a history of your vehicle's gas mileage and compare your results with those of other drivers. http://www.retailmenot.com/ : Find coupons (about 85,000, the site says) for thousands of stores nationwide. Many of them are sent in by site users, for others to use. It's not the only online coupon community, but it's the biggest and probably the best. http://www.billshrink.com/ : A big chunk of your money probably goes to your wireless carrier every month. BillShrink asks you for your locale, wireless usage habits, and current plan, then recommends other plans in your area that might be better deals for you. It's a small way to trim the fat, but every little bit counts. http://www.prosper.com/ : Prosper is like a dating site that brings people who want to borrow money together with people who want to lend it. Borrowers post their borrowing requests, and prospective lendersbid on the interest rate at which they're willing to loan part or all of the money. http://www.kiva.org/ : Kiva follows roughly the same business model as Prosper, but adds a philanthropy aspect. The site allows you to extend a loan to a person in the third world who needs the money to get a small business off the ground, for example. I Hope these help!!! Take care, Dan
• Garden Grove, California
23 Aug 10
hi dan yes those are all v ery helpful and another great t ool that we all have or should have, common sense. if you have only fifty dollars for groceries for a week buying a twenty dollar'roast is really not good or common sense, budget it and buy wholesome food 'and stay within your budget an 8 dollar roast would be much better and fill in with lots of veggies and fruits also if you have space grow your own veggies. that all helps a lot. use your common sense,as it is free.