40+ Resources for Living a Rich Life on a Budget

on November 14, 2018

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Here is my master list of resources I use to help us live a rich life on a budget!

Saving on Everyday Expenses

Schoola & Swap.com & thredUP– My go-to sources for quality secondhand clothing. I buy 90% of our clothes from these three sites and I LOVE them! Here are more details on each of these sites.

Ibotta – The app I’ve used to save $370 on groceries I was buying anyway. Read all about it here.

DOSH – Dosh might be the easiest way to get cash back on purchases you’d make anyway. Learn more about Dosh here!

Shell Fuel Rewards – the super-easy way I save $0.06 per gallon every time I fill up! Learn how to use it here.

CardCash – The site I use to get discount gift cards on a VERY regular basis. I use these anytime possible to save on eating out, getting craft supplies and gifts at Michaels, and more.

Sworkit – the free app I use to get workouts in at home. It’s like having a personal trainer in my living room for free.

$5 Dinners Meal Plan – You can try it free for two weeks then it is only $5 per month for cheap, healthy, easy dinner recipes. The best and most affordable meal plan that can save you hundreds of dollars every month on your grocery bill!

Boxed.com – a great alternative to Amazon and Costco for low prices on everyday items. Get $15 off your first order of $60 when you sign up with my link!

NatureBox – get $20 in free snacks when you give NatureBox a try (it is easy to cancel online if you don’t want to continue)

Swagbucks – My go-to way to earn money for web searches and on cash back offers. I’ve earned over $250 in gift cards and cash with VERY little effort. Get a $3 bonus when you get started here.

Joany – If you buy your own health insurance I highly recommend taking advantage of the free help provided by Joany. They will even pay you $25 to complete their health care survey (the survey is currently closed but may open again at any time!)

Budgeting & Finance

Capital One 360 Savings Account – I LOVE this fee-free online savings account because you can set up multiple sub-accounts and automate your savings! I have an account for my short-term savings goals and automatically add to them each month from my checking account. Open your free account here.

Ethos Life Insurance – I quadrupled my coverage for only $8 more per month and it was super easy – read my honest review of Ethos here

Credit Sesame – I use this free service to monitor my credit score and my debt payoff progress. Read my full review here. 

Amex Blue Cash Everday – My recommended cash back credit card for everyday expenses. It’s a no annual fee card with a $200 sign-up bonus that earns 3% back on groceries! Read my full review here.

Credible – If you have student loans, you may be able to save a bunch of interest by refinancing them with Credible. I am in the process of reviewing their service myself and will share that experience in a post soon.

Personal Capital – A free tool for wealth building! You can measure your net worth (something I am working on building) among other powerful tools.

Affordable Travel

Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card – My #1 card for cheap travel. Earn over $900 worth of free flights from opening one credit card! Learn more here.

Orbitz – I’ve used Orbitz promo codes to save an extra 15% off of hotels many times. They don’t work on chain hotels but work everywhere else (including Disney hotels).

Priceline – I use Priceline often for last-minute trips. Their Express Hotel deals are great but narrow results to include only those with 80% recommendations and above!

Autoslash – I’ve saved hundreds on car rentals thanks to this site that seems to always deliver the lowest prices on car rentals.

Hilton Honors – I love using Hilton Points + Cash for cheap stays at amazing hotels! Read more in this post.

Uber & Lyft – I use these ride-sharing apps extensively on vacation, especially in Florida. Check out my suggestions and get your first ride free here.

Awardmapper – The tool I use to research award travel with points. Makes it SO easy to get the most out of your points.

Walt Disney World

Free Disney Vacation Planning Video – Get access to videos filled with vacation planning advice straight from The Mouse here!

David’s Vacation Rentals – Renting DVC points is the #1 way to save thousands on a Disney World vacation. David’s handles everything for you and makes renting points so easy (read my full guide to renting DVC points here).

Undercover Tourist – my recommended source for discounted Disney World tickets plus the best savings on a room-only reservation for more than two people in a room.

Orbitz – If you want to stay at a Disney resort and have one or two people in a room, you can save an extra 15% using Orbitz promo codes. These codes will work on some off-property hotels as well, but only if they aren’t chains.

Destinations in Florida – My recommended Disney expert travel agents. You can get help making dining and FastPass reservations all at no additional cost to you when you book with them! Get a free quote here.

Disney World Scavenger Hunt – this download will add SO much to your vacation and it is only $9.95!

Disney Dining Plan eBook – get my best-selling Kindle eBook on the Disney Dining Plan for only $0.99!

Free Printable Disney Daily Vacation Planner – Check out this super helpful printable for planning each day of your trip!

Disney Reward Visa – Earn a $200 statement credit after you spend $500 plus get great perks at Disney World

BJ’s – Get $100 Disney gift cards for $96 each with free shipping (you don’t have to be a member). Use them to pay for dining, park tickets, your balance due on your package, etc. Read more here.

Target Red Debit Card – You can use this debit card to save 5% on Disney gift cards and supplies for your trip. Doesn’t affect your credit score and comes right out of your checking account.

Blogging on a Budget

A2 Hosting – my US-based recommended hosting company with amazing customer service and plans that start at $3.96/month. Read more about A2 in this post.

Affordable Themes on Etsy – I’ve bought both of my WordPress themes for under $30 on Etsy and I love them. Check out all of the ways I blog on a tight budget here.

Fiverr – I’ve used Fiverr, a freelance marketplace, many times when I’ve need technical support on the blog.

Canva – The free online graphic design program I use to create all of my graphics

MailChimp – The first email newsletter service I used. It’s free up to 2,000 subscribers and easy to use to build an email list.

MailMunch – I use MailMunch to design my newsletter sign up forms and delivery my freebie to new subscribers. The basic features I use are totally free!

ShareASale – My favorite affiliate network because of how easy it is to use and the great programs it offers. You can sign up to make money with ShareASale here.

FlexOffers – This network includes over 11,000 advertisers so it’s easy to join multiple programs and meet the minimum payout every month. You can signup for a FlexOffers account here.

Want to learn how to do Disney on a budget? Check out my Disney-only site, The Budget Mouse here!

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