Have you ever wanted to get something for nothing?
Of course, we all have … and that’s no knock on our work ethic.
The "something for nothing" I’m referring to here is getting stuff for free … or saving money by accessing the many rewards programs, discount websites and myriad other money-saving and "free offer" deals out there just waiting to be had.
Interestingly, many of the best of these programs, offers and websites aren’t really very well-known.
In fact, in preparing this article I had to do quite a bit of digging, and subsequent wading through different websites before I got to some of the better deals out there.
One of my favorite websites, and one that sort of acts like an aggregator site teaching bargain-hunters about some of the best deals out there, is the HustlerMoneyBlog.com.
No, this site is NOT affiliated with the more famous "Hustler" brand. So, you don’t have to worry about your web browser being in "safe search" mode before you check it out.
The Hustler Money Blog has all kinds of data on various deals. Think low-cost airfare … rental car deals … how to get "free cash" from companies such as AirBnB, Lyft, Uber, Amazon Prime, AT&T, Groupon, Living Social … and more.
The site also shows you how to get the most out of loyalty programs such as airline miles, and how to find the best credit card point reward programs. It even shows you which companies offer the best gift card deals and promotional programs.
If you want to start researching the many deals out there just waiting to be taken advantage of, then a great place to start is the Hustler money blog.
Of course, the Hustler money blog is by no means alone. There are many other great websites out there, and many with more targeted ways to save money and/or get a great deal on goods and services.
The following is a list of a few of my personal favorites.
Groupon.com. The aforementioned deal site sends you daily specials on all sorts of events, activities, restaurants and merchandise located in many cities throughout the United States. All you have to do is choose the cities closest to you, and you’ll get all kinds of money-saving ideas sent right to your inbox.
Goldstar.com. Want to see comedy shows, sporting events, plays, concerts and other live entertainment at a discount, or even free? Then sign up for Goldstar.com, which also is free. This site has partnered with various venues so that seats at their
respective events can be filled. And because venues want to sell seats, there are a lot of last-minute deals offered to members.
Dealigg.com. Social media is a great way to find out about deals, and Dealigg.com allows your fellow shoppers to post the best deals they find. When those deals are posted, the online community can vote on whether that deal is really a good one, or whether that deal is not really much of a bargain.
Insure.com. Nobody likes paying for insurance, but it’s a necessity in all of our lives. So, why not cover your insurance needs for as little money as possible? That’s what Insure.com does. Whether it’s auto, health, life or home insurance, this site helps you find the most-affordable coverage.
Booking Buddy. This is an aggregator site that searches all of the major travel sites, including biggies such as Kayak, Priceline and Orbitz. It also scans lesser-known deal sites to make sure you can score the travel bargain of a lifetime.
RetailMeNot.com. Most retailers offer coupons in the form of coupon codes, but how do you know what the coupon codes are at any given time? That’s what RetailMeNot.com does for you. The site has coupon deal info for not only retailers, but also local grocery stores and other specialty stores.
FatWallet.com. As the name implies, this site is designed to let you keep more money in your wallet. It does that by offering a cash-back program (from 1% to 20%) on its deals. The company also has a very active forum for deal-seekers,
which again means you are leveraging the power of social media and the "wisdom of crowds" in order to uncover some of the best savings deals around.
Finally, I am sure there are many other great sites out there that I’ve failed to mention, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also save you a lot of money. So, be creative.
Go out there and explore the many deals companies offer in order to help generate business for themselves, and for the companies they represent.
After all, if they’re offering what you want for free or cheap … you’d be a fool not to take it.
Markets started the week on a positive note. After Friday’s abysmal jobs report, traders expected the Fed would keep rates steady at its June 14-15 meeting.
They got their confirmation this afternoon in Philadelphia. There, Fed Chair Janet Yellen emphasized that there is no set timeline on raising rates.
Of course, she also said to not put too much weight on last week’s jobs data. But the market liked what it heard and stocks notched another 2016 high.
The S&P gained 0.5%, ending the day at 2,109 — a seven-month high. Elsewhere in the news…
• "Nigeria oil production will be zero," according to militants who bombed two pipelines there, one of which belongs to Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A). The Wall Street Journal reports that Nigeria’s production has dropped from 1.8 million to 1 million barrels per day.
• This threat to global oil supply helped WTI crude to gain 2.2% today, rising to $49.69 per barrel. Schlumberger (SLB) and Halliburton (HAL) were big beneficiaries, rising 4.6% and 4.8%, respectively.
• Avoiding a big Swiss mess? Switzerland voted down a proposal — the first of its kind in the world — to pay citizens a "basic income" of 2,500 francs each month. Some 77% of people voted against the measure.
• TD Ameritrade (AMTD) said its clients were net buyers of equities in May. The broker also said its Investor Movement Index showed the biggest positive jump in the six years the index has existed. Notably, customers took advantage of pullbacks in popular stocks like Apple (AAPL) and Netflix (NFLX) last month.
• "You deserve a good thanking." This according to John Legere, T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO. The company is trying to attract customers with a free pizza from Domino’s, a free Frosty from Wendy’s, movie rentals/tickets and various other prizes. One of those prizes is one full share of the company’s common stock, which fell almost 1.3% in today’s trade to $43.07.
Good Luck and Happy Investing,
Uncommon Wisdom Daily