So you’ve decided to splurge and get that sweet smartphone that you’ve been eyeing. Though it set you back a few hundred, and maybe you had to sell computer games online to get the funds, smartphones can more than make up for their price in the apps that they offer—apps that can save you money in the long run.
To get you started on using your smartphone to save, here are ten free money saving apps that can help you trip expenses and find the best deals.
This app lets you scan the label of any product and then searches for it at other retailers for lower prices, including online. That way, you can approach the manager of the store and ask them to match the lower price, therefore saving you time and money.
GasBuddy uses your phone’s GPS to find the cheapest gas prices and then gives you directions to the shop with the best prices.
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This app helps you make a shopping list and then locates the cheapest versions of the products on the list, helping you save in both ways.
When you’re out and need more cash, Cashpointer helps you find the closest ATM machine for your bank so you can avoid the steep charges from other banks. It also gives you directions via your phone’s GPS.
Coupon Sherpa rounds up the best deals available from your favorite stores and delivers them to your phone, saving you hours of searching online for coupons in addition to the money.
For those of us who enjoy the “gilt-y” pleasure of good taste, this app provides you access to online deals on designer clothing and jewelry.
This app helps you save money on your data plan. By routing everything you do through its servers, it compresses everything you do so that you use less of your data plan. The app’s developers claim that you can save as much as 80% on your data plan.
Mint.com is a way to manage all of your finances. It syncs all of your checking and savings accounts, as well as credit cards, investments and retirement accounts, so that you can budget more carefully while looking at a clearer picture of your finances.
Have you ever bought something, only to have it go on sale the very next day? Eyeona lets you scan your receipt and then if the item goes on sale, you can show the picture of the receipt to the store manager and be credited the difference.
Giftmeister helps you stick to a budget when buying gifts for loved ones. All you do is enter the amount you’d like to spend, and then it searches for items of equal retail value. You can also enter the recipient’s gender, age, and preferences so you can find the perfect gift.