Six free websites help save time and money
365 GRATEFUL. Get on board with 365Grateful, a photographic project that’s all about the good things in life. Does it sound similar to keeping a gratitude journal? Well, the idea here is to create a visual journal by taking a photo every day of one thing for which you are grateful. So get our your smartphone, digital camera or even your DSLR, and get snapping!
RECIPES THAT CROCK is a website created by the slow cooker-obsessed blogger Cris Goode. There are a ton of fun tummy-warming recipes to fire up your slow cooker this winter and beyond. Simply search for recipes on the site or sign up for the newsletter, which arrives a few times per week.
CHECKY. Technology can be a good thing, but when you’re spending too much of your valuable time checking your smartphone every five minutes, it’s just downright distracting. Use the Checky app to get insight on how often you’re checking your phone. By discovering how extreme your actual checking habit is you’ll become more mindful when it comes to your smartphone. The app is available for iOS and Android.
HOTPADS Are you in the market to rent an apartment or purchase a home? The HotPads app and website can help you find your new abode. Punch in your intended city or town. Select the number of bedrooms you’ll need. And set up a pricing parameter. Available rentals or homes on the market will pop up. Simply hover over and click the icon on the map for details, or select “list” if you prefer a listed format. You can save your searches and ask for search alerts as new properties become available. This is a great place to find renters for your own property as well. HotPads is available as for iOS and Android.
TRUECAR. Whether you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned car or are looking to sell your current vehicle, check out TrueCar, a website and app that lets you know the going rate for specific makes and models of cars in your area. If you’re looking for a new car, you can find all the specs right there instead of searching through multiple manufacturer websites. If you’re looking for a pre-owned model, listings with the “great price” label show a handy grid that lets you know where that particular vehicle falls compared to the national average selling price. It’s probably best to use this as an information site — at least at first — since signing up may result in excessive emails. The app is available for iOS and Android.
CHECKOUT 51. While doing your grocery shopping, earn some extra cash with Checkout51, a grocery shopping website with apps for iOS and Android. Look over the new offers available every Thursday morning, and select the ones you plan on buying that week at any store. Once you’ve made your purchases, upload your receipt. When your account reaches $20, Checkout 51 will send you a check. Sweet!
Mary invites questions, comments and tips at firstname.lastname@example.org, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of “Debt-Proof Living,” released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, go to the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com