8 Small Hacks to Score Big Savings

If your wallet is looking more than sad these days, don’t worry. We’ve all been there. Luckily, people in the same boat have found solutions. Whether you want help budgeting, selling stuff or finding deals on your next purchase, these apps and websites will help get your bank account out of the red.

1. Mercari

So, you’re moving apartments and have a bunch of stuff to get rid of but don’t want to just give it away? This app lets you list your stuff — anything from clothes to electronics — in minutes. (Not lying. It can take you less than 60 seconds!) Once you sell something, the earnings can either go towards purchasing other items in the app or straight into your bank account. Cha-ching!

2. Freecycle

Whether you want to give something away or find a treasure, this site will help you get there. Browse or list items by your area (kind of like Craigslist), and set up a time or place to drop off or pick up your stuff. Yay for responsible reusing!

3. Digit

This is budgeting made easy. Just tell the app what you’re saving for — your Internet bill, rent, groceries, a new dress for your friend’s wedding — and it’ll use its algorithms to learn your spending habits and help you save more (without actually having to change those spending habits).

4. Rover

Dog lovers, rejoice! You can now walk pups and make money (ahem, up to 1,000 dollars a month!) with this super easy app. It’s like those babysitting services but for four-legged friends — just set up your profile with your location and availability and get ready to have the best. Job. Ever. (Plus, it’ll curb any cravings for wanting to bring home your own dog!)

5. Wish

Need leggings or workout gear but on a budget? Look no further than this online discount store with thousands of options available that range from sunglasses and socks to makeup and earbuds. It may not be the highest quality you’ve ever seen, but it’ll definitely get you by in a pinch.

6. Ebates

You’ve probably seen the commercials advertising how simple it is to get cash back when you’re shopping online. But it truly is! Just shop through the Ebates link in all of your fave stores and you can save a certain percentage of cash that is then returned to you via a check or Paypal.

7. Thrifty Traveler

Get the scoop on the latest airline deals. And if you sign up for a premium account (just 30 bucks a year), you’ll get immediate notifications about any flights you’ve had your eye on. We see a much-needed trip in your future!

8. Brad’s Deals

Maybe you’ve been on the hunt for an instant pot or outdoor furniture set or designer purse? Well, keep scrolling through this nifty site and you might just find it. The sales and specials listed here will have you saving big without compromising quality. 


Emily is a recent graduate and proud Midwesterner who just moved to the big city to start her career in magazine journalism. When she isn't commuting between Brooklyn and Manhattan, she enjoys browsing bookstores for her next read, sipping chai tea lattes at local coffee shops, and playing tourist in the city she always dreamed of living in.