Here are four cool new money-saving sites I’ve been meaning to share with you, plus a link to a explainer piece on invite-only shipping sites like Gilt Group.
Clicker.com – the site’s motto – “what’s on online” – had me fantasizing about finding free episodes of my favorite TV show, 30 Rock. Sadly, Clicker.com is so comprehensive it took me 8 minutes to find the show’s homepage. Once there, I see glorious links to every episode ever with links to watch. Many are paid, i.e., require me to pay for access.
Clicker.com has similar pages for movies, music, web originals, live TV (FIFA World Cup, for instance), and there is a page for trends. You can create playlists and get a notification when a new episode is available. Clicker.com is a bit confusing at first, but I recommend setting aside 15 minutes to familiarize yourself with the site. If you are really confused, scroll over the teeny tiny arrow to the right of each tab, and when that teeny tiny arrow expands into a drop down menu, click on the “browse by alphabet” link.
SiteJabber.com -this site aims to inform consumers about websites and online businesses to avoid fraud by collecting reviews from regular folks like you and me. It also has tips for consumers on evaluating sites, which I wish more people did. Plus, SiteJabber.com has one of the best slogans ever, pictured above. This site is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
HalfOffDeals.com – this is an oldie, actually. HalfOffDeals sells gift certificates for restaurants, spa, golf courses, and a lot more for 50% off flat. The discount isn’t as big as say, Restaurant.com, but there are many fewer restrictions. In Los Angeles, a $50 certificate to La Fonda Restaurant, which is renown for its mariachi show, is $25. You can search for deals within 10, 30, and 60 miles of a particular zip code. The site makes a cut of each certificate sold.
BillShrink.com – also an old site, but it has a new feature that may apply to you. The site, which suggests credit cards and phone plans that save you money over your current ones, now lets you compare the price of TV services in your area. The site earns a referral fee for each person who signs up for a new service through the site.
Bonus: Curious about how invite-only shopping sites like Gilt Groupe work? Switched.com explains how they work and reviews the major ones.