Today I’m sharing eight websites and mobile phone apps that can save some of your hard-earned cash. I use every single one of them.
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So, in no particular order, here are some great websites and apps to save you money:
1) PetrolPrices (app and website)
PetrolPrices is a great service that I’ve used for a couple of years. It helps me to save money on petrol, by showing me the cheapest petrol in my area, for that week, via an email update. That’s how I use it, but the website (and now, app) offer much more than that.
PetrolPrices.com compares UK petrol and diesel prices in 8,490 stations. They boast a 98% coverage of the UK market. It’s updated daily, 365 days a year. Petrolprices.com receive approximately 8,000 daily updates. This ensures that their data is accurate and up to date.
The available plans are: Basic, Plus and Business
I use the basic, free service, which includes:
- A search function by fuel type and radius of your search (finding you the cheapest fuel, wherever you are).
- Information on the lowest and average fuel prices for every station in your location.
- One user per account.
- The option of a daily, every weekday, twice weekly, weekly, or monthly email price alert.
- 20 free monthly searches (which is adequate for 98% of users).
- Five petrol station results per search
- The option to filter by cheapest stations.
- A five, 10, and 25-mile search radius.
- An option of further searches at a cost of £1 per 10 searches.
(The free membership remains free because it contains adverts.)
I also enjoy the articles in the ‘news’ section of the newsletter email I receive (also on the website).
There are regular motoring-related articles as well as money-saving motoring guides.
If you want extra features, then consider the Plus plan (or, if you’re a business, the Business plan) below:
The Plus Plan
(A 14-day free trial is available.)
£2 per month (though you can save 17% by signing up for an annual plan).
100 monthly searches
10 results per search
Five price alerts per email
Two to 30-mile search radius
One user per account
Fuel route planner
Filter fuel by brand
The option to filter by cheapest AND nearest stations.
View all stations
Pay £2 to get 100 more searches
The Business Plan
£12 per month (Save 17% with an annual plan)
500 monthly searches
10 results per search
10 price alerts per account
Two to 30-mile search radius
10 user accounts permitted
Fuel route planner
Filter by brand
Sort by nearest stations
View all stations
Pay £10 to get 500 more searches
The following extra services are available for Plus and Business members only:
This allows you to put in a start and end destination. The planner then tells you the cheapest/nearest stations available along your route.
Get discounted offers and exclusive rewards on everyday motoring costs. Have the ability to earn fuel on everyday motoring purchases. (The ‘Fuelback’ programme.).
Sign up at petrolprices.com or download the Petrolprices Fuel Finder App.
Google Play rating: 3.2. Available for Android and iOS device users.
The app looks handy for unfamiliar places, as it allows you to find the cheapest or nearest fuel stations. It’s available for Basic, Plus and Business users.
2) BookBub (website or app, but the app is only available for iOS device users).
I love this site! To date, I’ve scored 119 free books (of high user rating) and stored them on my phone via the Google Play book app. It’s also available on Kobo and Nook and is available on both Android and iPad.
Get signed up for free and chose your favourite genres and authors. Then, every day you’ll receive an email informing you of free and very discounted ebooks. You’re not obliged to ever buy anything unless you want to. The best part is that any books you get for free remain yours forever!
If you’ve chosen to follow an author whose books become discounted, BookBub will alert you. The same if the authors have new releases or books available to preorder.
BookBub makes money by publishers and authors paying them for their marketing tools.
Here is BookBub’s book category (it’s pretty extensive!)
- Crime Fiction.
- Psychological Thrillers.
- Cosy Mysteries.
- Historical Mysteries.
- Supernatural Suspense.
- Action and Adventure.
- Contemporary Romance.
- Historical Romance.
- Romantic Suspense.
- New Adult Romance.
- Paranormal Romance.
- Erotic Romance.
- Dark Romance & Erotica.
- Sports Romance.
- Time Travel Romance.
- American Historical Romance.
- Historical Fiction.
- Women’s Fiction.
- Literary Fiction.
- Chick Lit.
- Christian Fiction.
- African American Interest.
- Science Fiction.
- Teen and Young Adult.
- Middle Grade.
- Advice and How-To.
- Biographies and Memoirs.
- Christian Nonfiction.
- Politics and Current Events.
- Religion and Spirituality.
- True Crime.
Sign up at www.bookbub.com or download the app.
App Store rating: 4+
3) Greggs Rewards (app)
Although I’m not a frequent visitor to Greggs bakery, I downloaded the app and joined for its freebies. If you do frequent Greggs, then you’ll get even more from using the app.
Once you have the app installed you’re eligible for the following:
For every seven coffees you buy, you get your eighth one free!
Every month five people win £50 in their prize draw.
My favourite! On or around your birthday, you’ll get notified that you can choose a free treat. Yum!
Every so often you’ll be able to pick up a free item to try, such as a bag of popcorn or a soft drink.
You can choose to use the app to pay for your regular Greggs purchases by topping it up by card or PayPal. If you chose this way of paying, then the first time you top up by £10 or more Greggs rewards you with a free breakfast!
Visit www.greggs.co.uk for more information and to download the app.
Google Play rating 2.9 (App Store rating 4+).
4) Hotukdeals (website and app)
I’m pretty sure that my husband can’t stop looking at this site (it could be worse). Not only have we used it many times to grab fantastic bargains, but only today I used it to bag a free eye test!
It works by normal people discovering and submitting deals for everyone to make use of.
It’s a real community and gets very funny at times in the forums. ‘Deal hunters‘ vote to decide which deals are ‘hot‘ and which are not.
When you join up you’ll see deals, voucher codes, competitions, and freebies. There’s also an ‘Ask’ section (an advice forum).
Categories of deals include:
- Home & Garden.
- Personal Finance.
- Sports & Fitness.
You can filter results to hide deals only available in other peoples’ local areas so it’s relevant to you.
You can also filter by:
- ‘Min temperature’ (of a deal).
- Hide expired deal.
- Hide NSFW (‘not safe for work’) deal images.
- Switch custom listing on.
- Hide local deals.
The list of retailers is enormous and includes:
eBay, Asda, Very, Currys, New Look, Homebase, Sainsbury’s, and Amazon.
Check out: www.hotukdeals.com or download the app.
Google Play rating 4.4 (no App Store rating).
5) mySupermarket (website and app)
mySupermarket is a free to use, independent price comparison site. They boast that they save shoppers, on average, 30% on each grocery shop.
mySupermarket collects prices from the main UK supermarkets (and other retailers). The site’s updated every day with the latest available prices, promotions, and vouchers.
To use it, choose the retailer you wish to shop with and use the mySupermarket website to do your online shop. While you shop, mySupermarket compares your basket to all the other retailers. You then have the option to switch your basket to the cheaper retailer or take advantage of product swaps to save money.
The thing I love most about the website is the ability to filter my product search by comparing Price Per Unit (PPU). That way, I know that I’m getting the very best value for my money.
For example, you see pasta sauce jar ‘A’ priced at 95p for 500g and jar ‘B’ priced at £1.10 for 700g. You might think the cheaper one is the better deal. Yet when you discover jar A is 19p per 100g and jar B is only 15.7p per 100g, you’ll see that you get more value with the larger jar. This is only better value if you’ll use all the larger product of course!
mySupermarket has some great extra features, such as:
Do you already shop online at a particular supermarket? You can import your favourite items from your online shopping list to mySupermarket.
Type your shopping list into the ‘Quick Shop’ notepad and mySupermarket will show options for the items you need. You can find this feature in the form of the quick shop button next to the search bar.
The ‘Savvy Shop‘ shelf displays products which are at least 30% less than their usual, average price.
‘Swap & Save’
While you’re shopping you’ll get notified when you can swap an item for a cheaper alternative. You’ll get notified too if you can save more by choosing a product with a better unit price.
Once you’ve finished your shopping list, either check-out via your chosen supermarket or print off your list and shop in-store.
Retailers available for comparison on mySupermarket:
- Marks & Spencer
Sign-up at: www.mysupermarket.co.uk or download the app.
Google Play rating: 4.1 and App Store rating of 4+
6) Asda Price Guarantee (website)
Asda promises that if your ‘comparable’ grocery shopping isn’t 10% cheaper than Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, or Waitrose, then they’ll guarantee to give you the difference back.
To be eligible, you have to meet the following criteria:
You need an Asda Groceries Home Shopping account to claim your vouchers. You don’t have to have done an online shop. Items bought in-store still qualify.
You need to have purchased at least eight different items. One of these of must also be available in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, or Waitrose.
How to Claim:
If you shopped in store, you can usually check your shop three hours after your shop. In some circumstances, you may not be able to check until 6 am the day after your shop. The Asda Price Guarantee site will notify you of this, if so.
You need the barcode on your receipt to check your shop. Log into your Asda Groceries Home Shopping Account on asdapriceguarantee.co.uk. Enter the receipt barcode number and if you qualify for a voucher, you print it off and use it in-store. (excluding Asda petrol stations) before the expiry date on the voucher.
You MUST show your original receipt along with the voucher when you get to the checkout. If you don’t, you won’t be able to use the voucher. Your original receipt gets signed with the initials of the Asda cashier and then returned to you.
You can compare your shop up to 28 days after you made your purchases.
If you shopped online, you need to wait up to 24 hours from your shopping delivery before you can compare it. As with in-store shopping, you can compare your online shop up to 28 days after you made your purchases. You can also view and compare your last three online shopping orders at any one time.
If your shop qualifies, an e-voucher gets uploaded to your account within seven days. You can then use the e-voucher towards a future Asda online shop.
You have 28 days from the date you received a voucher to use it.
Per household, there is a limit of 10 vouchers per calendar month or a value of £100 in vouchers per calendar month. If a voucher takes the amount you have received in a calendar month to more than £100, you won’t receive any more than £100.
You can use as many Asda Price Guarantee vouchers as you want in a transaction. Other types of vouchers that Asda accepts are also permitted alongside them.
The Asda Price Guarantee voucher can only be used once per transaction and there isn’t a cash alternative. If the value of the voucher is more than what you shopping amount costs, you won’t receive any change or credit back.
As well as not being redeemable in Asda petrol stations, the vouchers cannot be used in transactions with any third parties who operate at Asda in-store concession points (such as photo processing). Nor can vouchers be redeemed against:
- Kiosks (including Tobacco, Newspapers, and Magazines).
- Gift Cards.
- Mobile Phone Top-Up Cards.
- Infant Formula.
To find out more, check out: www.asdapriceguarantee.co.uk
7) Costa Coffee Club (website and app)
Although I’m not a big coffee drinker, I do, on occasion, find myself visiting Costa coffee shops. Seeing that a loyalty card was available, I picked it up and have always used it.
At some point, I discovered that Costa had a smartphone app. This replaces the need to carry a loyalty card, so I downloaded it.
Whether you chose to carry a card or download the app, the Costa Coffee Club is worth signing up for. Back in August, I visited Costa with a friend and her husband. I couldn’t believe it when the barista told me that I had enough points to pay for everything!
The loyalty programme gives you five points for every £1 you spend and each point is worth 1p. If you’re a regular Costa customer your points will mount up in no time.
Costa Coffee Club isn’t only about collecting points. By becoming a member you can get free treats, bonus rewards, exclusive offers, and get alerted to secret events. Oh, and unlimited WiFi! Plus, when you download and register with the app you get 100 bonus points! So if you’re already a cardholder it’s worth signing up for a new account if only to bag your points.
The app can also be used to:
• Track your points balance to see when you have enough for a free coffee or treat.
• Find details of your nearest Costa stores including directions, details, opening times and facilities.
(Unfortunately, the Costa app is not currently available for use in Northern Ireland).
Register at www.costa.co.uk/coffee-club or download the app for Android or iOS.
Google Play rating: 3.4. App Store rating 4+
8) CheckoutSmart (website and app)
This is another app that I use often and LOVE.
You download the app, sign up, buy any of the featured products listed in the app, upload a copy of your receipt (or delivery note) and get rewarded.
Once your receipt gets processed you’ll receive an e-mail confirming your reward. You’ll be able to see this in your CheckoutSmart account balance.
Unfortunately, all the products are brand name goods. Though we tend to buy shop’s own brands, I use it to buy the ‘free‘ items. I have to pay for these items at the time of shopping, but I can claim it back. This means that I’m getting to try products for free. Even if they’re items we won’t use, we can either give it away to friends and family who WILL use it or donate it to the food bank.
I’ve only ever used CheckoutSmart to shop in-store, but you can also use it for online shopping.
Retailers involved include:
- WH Smiths
Be aware that there’s a processing fee of 5% if you transfer out any reward amount under £20. I like to wait until my balance is at least £20 before I cash it out. I want ALL my money, thank you very much!
You can only have one CheckoutSmart account yourself. More than one account per household is ok but no more than two CheckoutSmart accounts can be linked to a single payment (BACS/PayPal) account.
You can redeem several offers in one receipt and you can upload up to three receipts per day.
Some offers are available only to you. To ensure that you can view the full list of offers available you’ll need to be signed into your app.
To upload a receipt, you sign in to the app and hit the ‘claim’ button at the bottom of the screen. From there, you follow the simple directions.
All CheckoutSmart rewards are available on top of any in-store promotions. Items that have been ‘reduced to clear’ or fresh items reduced in price and close to expiry aren’t eligible for rewards.
For more details and to sign up, go to www.checkoutsmart.com or download the app (available for Android and iOS devices).
Google Play store rating: 3.6 (No rating for App Store)