Saving money doesn’t have to be difficult. Finding little ways to save can quickly turn into significant monthly savings. While your smartphone is an expense, it can also be used to find savings. You can save both time and money by simply downloading the right app.
Save Money at the Pump
Filling up your gas tank and seeing a price several cents cheaper just a mile down the road is not only frustrating, it’s downright annoying. Gas can get expensive and finding the “best deal” by driving to different stations isn’t effective. To save gas, time, and money, you can install an app on your cellphone that can help you find where the cheapest gas prices are. Some of these apps can help you save gas money in other ways by mapping the cheapest routes, monitoring your MPG, how often you fill up, and how much you’ve been spending per tank.
Find the Cheapest Flights
Technology has changed the game when it comes to booking flights. Gone are the days of sitting in a travel agency in a cold sweat wondering whether you should book now, wait to see if the price goes down, or kick yourself for not booking sooner. Whether you are planning well in advance, taking a spontaneous trip or adding a leg to an existing trip, you can find an app to help you save on your booking.
Manage your Finances
Have trouble sticking to a budget? Looking for ways to save money for the future? We found an article that provides an overview of several mobile apps for managing your finances. Like having a financial planner in your pocket, these apps save and track your financial information in one secure online location. By monitoring your expenses, and making notes on your spending habits, many of these apps will propose a budget to help you save and achieve your financial goal. Depending on what you need – reminders when bills are due, alerts if you’re running low on cash, or help saving for something special – there is no shortage of apps out there to help you manage your money.
Save on Shopping
It is no secret that couponing isn’t for the faint of heart, or that carrying around all your loyalty cards isn’t fun. Step up your savings game with some coupon apps to make sure you’re getting the best deals when you shop. Shop online and have quick access to your promotional codes, scan receipts from the store and get a rebate, or get rewarded for being a devoted customer. If you’re an avid shopper you owe it to yourself to get the most out of your purchases.
There are all sorts of money saving applications out there. Spend a little bit of time in the app store before you spend your money. While many good free apps exist, don’t forget about the great apps that cost less than a cup of coffee. Read reviews from fellow users to find out if the apps were helpful to them. Carefully read the app description and fine print to avoid surprises. If you know of any other great money saving apps, tell us by leaving a comment below.