Paying less for your son or daughter’s college education isn’t just about winning scholarships and getting tuition discounts-it’s also about planning your finances so your savings in one area can be redirected to provide funding for college. The following are a list of websites that will save you money in many different areas of your life-just remember to make sure those savings get added to your college funding kitty!
PriceGrabber.com A smart comparison shopping site (great for the holiday season!), PriceGrabber compares the retail prices for all sorts of items, but also shows you the “bottom line” price (price + tax + shipping) so you can see which vendor is truly offering the best deal.
RetailMeNot.com Add coupon codes from RetailMeNot to the low prices you found on PriceGrabber for even more savings. This site has a regularly updated collection of coupon codes for everything from clothing to computers, retailers from Target to Papa John’s Pizza!
Restaurant.com Save money when you dine out by purchasing discounted gift cards on Restaurant.com. The BBB-approved site has $25 gift certificates for as low as $10. Once you are registered on the site you will also periodically receive coupons by e-mail for 50% off or more off their already low prices! (Make sure to check the fine print; some of the participating restaurants have a minimum purchase requirement.)
GasBuddy.com Gas prices have been climbing again, but GasBuddy.com can point you to a list of the lowest (and highest) priced gas in your area for the last 48 hours. Just choose your state and city, or type in your zip code, and get started!
Skype.com With Skype-a free, downloadable software-you can make free calls from your computer to any other Skype user (they also have low rates for local, long distance, and international calls to cells and landlines). Better yet, if you or your student has a webcam, you can make free video calls on your computer, too!
Goldstar.com How about popular live entertainment at a discount? Goldstar.com is a discount ticket broker-they sell tickets to popular shows, events, and even spas for great discount prices (plus a service fee). Tickets are available for the Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, New York, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas.
Google.com/goog411 This isn’t a website, but it is a Google service. Don’t let those little fees add up every time you dial 411! Google’s new Information number (800)GOOG-411 is free every time, from any phone (though it does use cell minutes!). Another free service offline is 1-800-FREE411.
CampusBooks.com Students spent hundreds of dollars every quarter/semester on textbooks, but buying used books at the best price can really cut down on those costs. CampusBooks.com lets you compare new and used books at some of the best-priced sellers.
Frys.com If you’re buying anything from a computer to a camera, DVDs to anti-virus software, Fry’s can be one of your best bets. Watch their weekly specials and rebate offers-they almost always have a few useful items you can get for FREE after a rebate!
StudentUniverse.com Flying your son or daughter home for the holidays? StudentUniverse offers flights at a student discount, and there are no shipping costs for the tickets. Check it against your favorite travel sites and see if it will reduce your price for your student’s travel situation.
All the best,