The Best Money Sites of 2010

  • Great New Online Money Tools

    This may have been a rough year for the economy, but it proved to be a great year for innovation online. There were countless new sites and online tools launched during the last 12 months designed not only to help entertain us, but to help make consumers more productive as well. Here are 10 of our favorite new money sites from 2010 that help users manager their finances, find jobs and organize their schedules. If there are any great sites from this year that you think we’ve missed, tell us about them in the comments section! Photo Credit: Don Hankins
    Fiverr
  • Fiverr

    When Fiverr launched earlier this year, it effectively created a whole new job market of people willing to do small tasks for $5. No, it probably won’t solve the unemployment crisis, but this site does do two important things: It helps job hunters network and promote themselves, while giving underemployed people something to do with their extra time. Photo Credit: Fiverr.com
    Make Some Time
  • Make Some Time

    The Internet may be full of distractions and time wasters, but there are also plenty of sites that help you schedule and save time. One of the standout sites in that category this year was MakeSomeTime.com, which provides users with a simple interface to schedule tasks, time how long those tasks will take and include details about each of those projects. This tool is particularly geared toward freelancers who need to come up with invoices and reports for various assignments, but it’s also useful for anyone who wants to be honest about where their time goes. Photo Credit: MakeSomeTime.com 
    My Skills My Future
  • My Skills My Future

    Who said the government doesn’t do anything useful? This year, the Department of Labor decided to launch a comprehensive job search engine, loaded with listings for public and private sector jobs lumped together by industry, making it that much easier to pinpoint your dream job. If that’s not enough, this site also includes information about job training programs that are related to positions of interest. Photo Credit: MySkillsMyFuture.com
    Bundle
  • Bundle

    Bundle has accomplished something that is almost virtually unheard of: It holds a mirror up to Americans and shows us how we spend our money. The site, which launched at the beginning of this year, uses data from Citibank to map out spending habits across the country, and does so with an easy-to-use interface and some excellent graphics. If that’s not enough, Bundle also publishes personal finance news and tips for consumers. Photo Credit: Bundle.com
    Snapgoods
  • Snapgoods

    As MainStreet reported, we are living in the renaissance of secondhand goods, thanks in part to new sites like Snapgoods that make it easier to buy, sell, rent and share used products. Snapgoods in particular lets consumers rent out items they own but may not use very frequently, whether it be a camera or an iPod touch. Not only is this a great way to make some extra cash, it’s a good way to save some money. Why buy something to use just one or two times if you can rent it instead? Photo Credit: Snapgoods
    WorthMonkey
  • WorthMonkey

    Speaking of used goods, the great struggle for anyone trying to re-sell items is to figure out a fair price for them. WorthMonkey solves that problem by analyzing the sticker prices for products sold on sites like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist in order to come up with a range of recommended prices for buying and selling used goods. This way, sellers can find the best target price, and buyers can avoid getting ripped off. Photo Credit: WorthMonkey.com
    DaystoPay
  • DaystoPay

    Are you someone who makes a lot of impulse buys? Well, the next time you’re about to, just take a look at DaysToPay.com and you’ll probably run out of the store empty-handed. DaysToPay is an online tool that calculates the amount of time you would need to work in order to afford your next purchase. Users are prompted to enter in their salary and expected monthly living expenses. Then DaystoPay factors in a standard federal tax on that salary, and uses this information to figure out how much that shiny new iPad really costs you. Photo Credit: Daystopay.com
    Bynamite
  • Bynamite

    Internet privacy was arguably one of the most talked about issues of the year, thanks in part to companies like Facebook and Apple, which have been accused of leaking personal information about users to various marketers. But a handful of new sites like Bynamite have launched with the goal of helping consumers protect their privacy. Bynamit offers users a plug-in they can download to their browser and monitor information that online businesses, social networks and marketers find out about you while you browse the Web. The plug-in then gives users some ability to tweak this information. Photo Credit: Bynamite.com
    Yipit
  • Yipit

    Coupons have experienced a resurgence in recent years, thanks to sites like Groupon, which made it hip to pinch pennies and search for promotions. The one downside to this is that bargain hunters are now flooded with more deal sites than they know what to do with. That’s where Yipit comes in. This new site aggregates deals from all the best coupon sites and e-mails it to users free of charge based on where they live. This way you can do all your bargain hunting in one place. Photo Credit: Yipit.com
    Kiva Student Loans
  • Kiva Student Loans

    Kiva.org helped popularize the idea of microloans after it launched back in 2008, but recently the site added a new feature that lets users lend small sums of money ($25 and up) to students in developing countries who want to attend college. The feature is still relatively new and restricted to a select few countries like Bolivia and Lebanon, but it has the potential to change the way many students pay for college in the future. For that alone, it deserves honorary mention on this list. Photo Credit: Kiva.org
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