Managing and maintaining a household budget can feel like a full-time job in and of itself, and it can be hard to imagine cutting corners more than you already have.  But if you get creative (and do your research), chances are there additional ways to save. Whether you’re online shopping or cleaning out your closet, there is a way you can save money or make some money off of items you already own. We did a little homework for you and compiled this list of cost saving websites for stretching your hard-earned dollars.

Public Surplus

Public Surplus is a great way to sell and purchase agency surplus items. They put a strong focus on customer care and really aim to give their users the highest quality items possible. You can find just about anything on Public Surplus, such as mousetraps, automobiles, kitchen equipment, furniture and more!


Do you shop online? Well, this is a great website for you online shoppers! It will actually give back a percentage of the money you spend on purchases with certain retailers. They have hundreds of stores listed so you are guaranteed to find at least a few of your favorite shops. Ebates even offers discount codes from time to time! After a few months, you’ll get a check in the mail that will truly feel like found money.


Looking to get rid of some clothes your family has either outgrown or grown tired of? If they are still in great shape you may be able to make some money off of them. Clean the closets in your home and reap the benefits. Sign up for a free selling kit or make your own at home. Once you send in your clothes they will give you an offer on your items, or if they are not fit for resale they will donate them to local charities. It’s a great way to make some money off of clothes that are collecting dust in your household.

Paperback Swap

This website is a bookworm’s dream! Swap your old books for titles you haven’t yet read for free! List all the books you want to swap. Once it is requested, you mail the book to the other member. The only thing you have to pay for is the books you send out. You can keep the books you receive or swap them again!


There’s little more annoying than filling up your tank at one gas station and then driving two blocks only to find another with much cheaper prices. Gasbuddy shows you where the cheapest gas is in your area. Whether you are home or traveling, you can put in your city and it will tell you the gas prices near you. If you are planning a road trip, it’s also a great tool to plan out where you should stop for gas along the way.


FreeCycle is network of people that give and receive free goods in their local community.  It’s a nonprofit movement dedicated to reusing items in an effort to keep them out of landfills. There are 5143 groups all over the world. Each local group is moderated by volunteers and membership is free.


Hautelook is a flash sale site for designer finds. They sell women’s, men’s, kids’, home and beauty items. Just remember, these are quick, timed sales with limited inventory so the items are only up for a few days but discounts are huge. It is great for someone who wants to live a designer lifestyle on a dime budget.


Limit your collecting. Make some room in your house for new items and make some cash while you are at it by listing your old or unused items on sites like Craigslist or eBay. You can also have a garage or yard sale, but these sites are perfect when you simply don’t feel like setting up a physical shop. Selling old items is a great way to make a little money on the side and while cleaning up your basement or attic. If you are meeting a buyer, we recommend you meet them at a public place instead of your home.

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If you have a long Amazon wish list, you need to check out this site. It shows you the price history of anything on Amazon and alerts you when the price drops. You can even upload your entire Amazon wish list directly to keep a sharp eye on coveted items at their lowest prices.