Editor’s Picks

I am always looking for high quality products and services at a good price. I created this page to share the products and services I personally use or consider to be of value to my readers. I will be updating this list every week.

Products / Services may be affiliate links – please read the disclosure policy for further details.

 

Amazon  – honestly, who doesn’t buy from Amazon?

 

Amazon Prime – I am a subscriber of Amazon Prime and love their customer service. It is convenient and cost effective for most of my family’s purchases online.  

 

SAVING MONEY

Digit – Easiest passive and automated way to save money with no effort or hassle. Saving money couldn’t be made easier. To learn more, please read my review on Digit Savings. I use it and I love it.

 

INVESTING

Betterment– I have been invested with Betterment for about 5 years now. It is one of the best investment decisions I have made yet. It is a great way to get started with investing. You can read my Betterment review here.

 

Wealthfrontit is similar to Betterment. The main difference is that it allows you to have investments in REIT and natural resources in addition to stocks and bonds. I do not have an account with Wealthfront, however, I only have nice things to say about it. You can read my Wealthfront review here.

 

FutureAdvisorthey offer investment advice for Retirement, College Savings, and Investments. You can receive free investment advice if you sign up under the DIY option. I signed up for it in Dec 2015 and I am happy thus far. They send you weekly updates. You can read my FutureAdvisor review here.

 

OptionsHouse – Trade Free For 60 Days – low cost platform for active traders of stocks and options. I have had an account with them for several years now. It only costs $4.95 per stock trade.

 

PHONE  – HOME / CELL

Ooma – I have been using Ooma free home phone service for over two years now. Service is great and I very happy with it. The only thing you need to pay for is their VoIP box and taxes for the phone line which comes to about $4 per month.

 

Verizon Wireless Prepaid – I have been a Verizon wireless prepaid customer for years now. If connectivity is important to you no matter where you are, then going with Verizon Wireless prepaid is the best value for money. I am signed up for the $45 plan (comes to a total of ~$48 with taxes) for unlimited talk / text and 2 GB of data (the plan is for 1GB 4G LTE data, you get 1GB 4G LTE extra if you sign up for auto pay). To learn more, read my Verizon Wireless Prepaid Review.

 

Google Project Fi – I recently switched (July 2017) to Google Fi to try it out. Read my review of Google Project Fi. If you use this link to sign up for Google Project Fi, then you will receive $20 statement credit and so would I.

 

CAR BUYING

Edmunds – their price promise is an awesome service and was very helpful when I purchased my car recently. I highly recommend using their service when buying a new car. Please read practical tips for buying a car.

 

AUTO INSURANCE

Compare.com – is partnered with 18 insurance companies and provides real quotes (not estimates). You just need to fill your information once online and then will receive multiple quotes to choose from.

 

LIFE INSURANCE

PolicyGenius – a digital online insurance broker, makes purchasing term life insurance a breeze. Within 5 minutes, you can receive real time fairly accurate quotes from 25-rated insurance companies by answering a few questions. To learn more, you can read my review of PolicyGenius.

 

HOTELS

Booking.com – If you are looking for very affordable hotels, resorts, or a place to stay at during a your next vacation, give it a try. You will find value for your money.

International Hotels Group–  has popular hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites across nearly 100 countries.

Within the US, my favorite is Staybridge Suites – they have a full kitchen with each room and their rooms are really nice. It is perfect for a family with young kids, you get to stay at a nice place and save money on food by cooking / eating in – Up to 30% Off our rates for Room only or Room with breakfast. IHG Rewards Club Members get an Extra 5% Off!

 

RENTAL CARS

CarRentals.com – compare price from most major rental car companies at one site and choose the one you like. I use this site for all my leisure travel rental car reservations.

 

GIFT CARDS

Cardpool.com – we purchase discounted gift cards from stores / brands we shop at and use them on regular purchases like grocery, clothing, movies, and for eating out at restaurants etc. You could save anywhere from 3% to 20% or more taking this approach.

 

FREE APPS

Evernote – is one of the best app for writing notes and to-do lists that I have discovered. You read my Evernote review  to learn more.

 

CASH BACK APPS 

There is absolutely no sense paying retail price for any item these days. Save money using these apps on groceries.

Ibotta – we use it for cash back on groceries. Read my Ibotta review for details.

SavingStar – we use it for cash back on groceries. Read my SavingStar review for details

Walmart Savings Catcher – we use if for cash back on any purchase at Walmart. The cash back is in Walmart dollars that need to be spent at Walmart. Read my Walmart Savings Catcher review.

 

CASH BACK SITES

TopCashback – is a referral site, basically they earn referral income by sending traffic to merchants. TopCashback has partnered with thousands of branded merchants that offer discounts online. When you click through to a merchant’s (for example Amazon) site that is offering a discount from the TopCashback website, and purchase whatever you would have purchased from the merchant directly, TopCashback would give you cash back for the specified discount amount. You can read my TopCashback review to see how it works.

Ebatesis a referral site, basically works in a very similar way. You can request a cash back check in the mail as long as your cash back amount is greater than $5.01.

 

BROWSER EXTENSIONS (AUTO COUPONING) 

Piggy is a browser extension. When you shop online, Piggy helps you find coupons automatically from the stores it has partnered with and then apply them on your purchase. Once your item ships, you will earn the cash back into your Piggy account. Piggy then mails the check to you 4 times a year – once per quarter. I have it installed in my browser.

Honey is a browser extension. When you shop online, Honey helps you find coupons automatically from the stores it has partnered with and then apply them on your purchase.Once your item ships, you will earn the cash back into your Honey account. You could use the points earned towards getting an Amazon Gift Card.