Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Love Saving Money? You'll Love These Seven Sites

It used to be that there were just three basic needs: food, clothing and shelter. And then education became a basic right. Considering the hard times we all landed ourselves into, saving has become a basic necessity, too. To that end, here are 7 of the best websites that provide superior value for your hard-earned money:


If you’re serious about making it big in business, then be serious about naming your business. If the name doesn’t seem to click, sure, you can always re-brand your business anytime in the future, but if you’re just starting up, re-branding should be the last of your concerns. Unfortunately, branding – or re-branding, for that matter – can cost serious money.

PickyDomains is a crowdsourcing pool of over 55,000 namer contributors. And to avail of the service, simply register as a client, pay the $50 deposit for a name or domain (slogans will cost you $75), specify your naming requirements, and then wait for suggestions to start pouring in. If none of the suggestions meet your desired parameters, you may ask for a refund.


For a business to thrive and win in a competitive marketplace, an efficient tracking system is a must. As well, employee communication should be efficient and properly channelled. It is for these purposes that CRM and corporate intranets came to be. Problem with these tools, they can cost a lot.

Bitrix24 is a Facebook-like social media intranet that is absolutely free for businesses with just about 12 people or less in its payroll. It comes with a fully operational CRM, real-time streaming, photo sharing, e-mail, sales funnel, activity planner, calendar and a whole lot more. If your business is comprised of more than 12 people, monthly subscription is at $99.


Low-cost carriers and online ticketing are two of the most recent transformations in the airline industry, making air fare sometimes too cheap that some airline industries were eventually forced to shut their operations down. Unfortunately for these low-cost carriers, JetRadar is out to make cheap airfare even cheaper.

As airlines usually keep their best deals to themselves so customers would frequent their sites instead of price-comparison websites, JetRadar, a meta search engine, sifts through every travel site, ticketing agencies and all 728 individual airlines for the cheapest deals and makes the data publicly available. JetRadar aims to serve as a one-stop shopping portal for everything airfare-related.


Coupons at supermarkets, drug stores, book stores – they do wonders for the wallet. And for the avid online shopper, coupons do wonders, too. Retail Me Not is a social platform with an active community of bargain hunters who share, rate and track coupons. Users regularly update bulletin boards to let others know which deals are the best and which ones are still active. Using your Facebook, Twitter or e-mail account to log in, it won’t hurt to check out what they’ve got to say before you go on and embark on an online shopping spree.


Freelancers, especially the very busy ones, have to have an efficient tracking system to ensure all the hours they put into a job, all clients they’ve transacted with, every project they’ve completed or are in the process of completing are properly accounted for.

SideJobTrack, a free tracking and invoicing software for freelancers, fits the bill perfectly. With SideJobTrack’s easy-to-manage reporting function, with just a click of the mouse, you get a breakdown of everything job or client-related. You can even customize your reports and invoicing templates. And did I just say SideJobTrack is free?


They say life is a never-ending learning cycle. I couldn’t agree more. And for technology-inclined people looking for cool software or instruction guides to further their tech knowledge, AppSumo is a great niche website to spend some time navigating. There is a Free Deals section that’s relatively well-stocked. And those that are not free are usually reasonably priced.


They say a picture paints a thousand words. In the business world, a logo represents a company, in part at least. While that may not sound like a lot, remember that every tiny branding bit is important to the overall branding health of a company. And before you go about thinking a logo professional is the only way to go to get an awesome logo, check out FreeLogoServices, a site that allows you to create your own logo design for free, whether or not you have any designing experience.

And only when you decide to commercially use the logo for your website, billboards, letterheads, business cards, etc. are you required to pay AUD $39.95.