Bitcoin is the new digital currency that designed for use on the Internet. It is truly international and works without the need for a trusted intermediary (a bank or other institution).

What this means for businesses is that they do not have to worry about chargebacks, bank fees, or the other financial friction that comes from using them. Even more, as Wikileaks found out when a vengeful government tried to shut them down by forcing credit card companies to deny them service, Bitcoin kept them alive.

In fact, Bitcoin may not be saving merchants that much, yet. But there are many businesses all around the world who believe in what this revolutionary currency will bring and promote it by offering savings to you.

Here are a few good ways to get started with Bitcoin and some of the best ways to save. Scroll down and you will find individual listing of businesses who offer discounts when you pay in Bitcoin.

Please visit these sites, and if you like what you see, buy something in Bitcoin. You will be helping to change the world for the better. 

And if you have a business that offers a discount for Bitcoin, please submit it here.

How to Get Bitcoin

Coinbase is one of the most trusted names in Bitcoin and once you have set up an account and linked a bank account, they are easy to use. You will have to go through some identity verification and you may have to wait five days for them to send the bitcoins based on your level of verification.

LocalBitcoins is a way to buy bitcoins all over the world using a variety of different payment methods. Basically, you connect with someone in your area who will sell u bitcoins. Often the trades are made in person, so it is a great way to meet people enthusiastic about Bitcoin.

Services That Will Help You Save Bitcoin is a wonderful service that can help you save from 5 to 30% on anything from Amazon. You fill up a wishlist on Amazon and then paste the link into the form at Purse. You set the discount that you you would like. Then people who want Bitcoin order your items and have them shipped directly to you from Amazon (the higher the discount, the longer you may have to wait for the order to be filled.)

Fold is another interesting app that currently lets you save 20% when purchasing anything at Starbucks. They also have plans in the works to add Target and Whole Foods, so stay tuned.

Gyft lets you use Bitcoin anywhere. Buy a Gyft card with Bitcoin and then use your card anywhere it is accepted. You will get 3% back on your purchase from Gyft.

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