Great Money Saving Apps
We are a technologically driven society. Statistics show that one out of every five people in the world own a smartphone. According to CNET, a study done last year stated that, “56 percent of adults are now smartphone owners”. However, most of the people who own smart phones in America aren’t adults; they are young adults, which would encompass anyone from the age of 13 to 21. So if you include them in the picture, the percentage skyrockets to 91% of the people in America. Chances are, you probably own a smart phone. You may even be reading this from your smartphone.
Well, if you are, it may be easier for you to take advantage of the following information. You can use your smartphone to help you save money. There are some great apps available for iOS enabled devices, Androids, iPhones, etc. that can help you take advantage of some great deals, coupons, and show you were to find the cheapest products and services.
GasBuddy (http://www.gasbuddy.com/) is a great app that can help you find the cheapest gas (leaded, unleaded, or diesel) in your area. It is free (hooray) and is available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and on your mobile web (just check out the link above).
RetailMeNot (http://www.retailmenot.com/mobile/) is a great, free mobile app that gives you coupons to your favorite retail stores. I love this app because I’m always leaving my coupons at home. I’m a big advocate of online coupons and most retail stores use them. Just pull them up on your phone and their scanners can ring them up straight from your mobile device.
I have used the Joann Fabric & Crafts coupons from my mobile web (they also e-mail and text them straight to your phone). Joann has a mobile app (http://www.joann.com/mobile/) as well but it’s not available for my device. However, if you have an iPhone, look it up.
RedLaser (http://redlaser.com/) is a great, free app that lets you scan the barcode of a product that you’re thinking of buying. Then, it looks up the price at some of the competitors stores to see if you can find it for cheaper elsewhere.
LastMinuteTravel (http://www.lastminutetravel.com/info/mobileapps.aspx) is great if you spend a lot of time traveling. It can help you save money on a great hotel room last minute. The app covers 100,000 hotels in over 4,500 cities. It’s also free.
If you need an app that is store specific, check out the websites of that store that you frequent most often. You can also check the appstore on your phone (they are specific to each company after all), to see which apps can save you money. I suggest looking up the terms “coupon” and “money-saving”.
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