Remember Terrance from our hypothetical couple Tanya and Terrance? Rather than scanning advertising circulars for bargains that would have saved only pennies (which would have been burned driving to a second store to shop), Terrance would do well to investigate some of the new cost-cutting and cost-comparison sites on the Internet.
Sites like billshrink.com, billeater.com and validas.com are free, cost-comparison search engines that save you money. You input information about how much you're spending for gas, cell phone bills, television service, credit cards, utilities, insurance and a host of other consumables, and these sites spit out alternatives that can save you money. For instance, if you tell Billshrink that you're paying $3.65 per gallon for gas at Station X on Y Road, the service will let you know if there is cheaper petrol nearby. Blogger Neil Patel tried Billshrink and discovered he would save nearly $3,000 over a two-year period if he broke his cell phone contract with Verizon and switched to AT&T [source: Patel].
Sites like Billshrink cost you nothing and take the stress out of cost-comparison shopping by doing most of the time-consuming research for you. Knowing you're saving money will give you confidence about the purchases you're making, which brings us to our number one stress-busting, money saving tip. Coupons are up next.