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20+ Amazing Apps That Will Save You Money

budget, couponsMorgan Taber5 Comments

Since the invention of the smartphone, I have been somewhat addicted to apps. There is an app for almost anything  you can think of. Organization apps, game apps, photography apps, social networking apps, but apps that save me money are by far my favorite (of course!). My cell phone bill is basically paid every month by the money I save using these apps, which is kind of fantastic when you think about it. These are some of the apps that will save you money (and sometimes even make you money) that are well worth the space on your phone. 20-apps-that-will-save-money-blog

 


 

Shopping

Retail Me Not (iOS, Android)

Select the store you are going to. Search for products or browse by category and pick the item(s) you are going to purchase. Show your phone to the cashier to scan. Done! Never forget a coupon again! It will even tell you when there is a deal nearby,

SnipSnap (iOS, Android)

Snap a photo of a printed coupon and SnipSnap magically recognizes all the text and images, and turns it into a mobile-ready offer. Works for most retailers and restaurants.  They do not support manufacturer coupons (the kind you might redeem at a grocery store) yet. This app is great for managing those Bed, Bath and Beyond, World Market and AC Moore coupons that come in the mail.

Shopular Coupons (iOS, Android)

Similar to Retail Me Not, it also pushes relevant deals to your phone based on your location.

Checkout 51 (iOS, Android)

Every Thursday morning, Checkout 51 updates with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store, and upload a photo of your receipt through our mobile app or website. When your account reaches $20, you get paid.

Cartwheel by Target (iOS, Android)

A free savings program that you use at Target stores. You can save anywhere from 5-50% on the items you purchase. You choose the offers you want to use. The offers are all compiled into one barcode. Scan the barcode at checkout to save.

ShopSavvy (iOS, Android)

Simply scan a barcode and ShopSavvy will find you the best price locally and/or online.

Red Laser (iOS, Android)

Search or scan to compare prices between thousands of online and offline retailers. RedLaser will tell you if there are deals nearby (based on your location). You can also store  your loyalty cards within the app for easy access,

Earn Points

Shopkick (iOS, Android)

Get points or "kicks" for simply walking into participating stores, scanning selected barcodes and certain purchases. Turn your kicks into gift cards. Shopkick is like a real-life game that earns you money!

Swagbucks TV (iOS, Android)

I can't say enough good things about Swagbucks, they really help fuel my reading addiction and their app is no exception. Earn points or "Swagbucks" for watching short clips and trailers. It's something you can do while you eat breakfast or before you go to bed at night. I watch most of my TV commercial-less on Roku, I don't often get to see movie trailers so I actually really enjoy this app to see what movies are coming out. Swagbucks get exchanged for gift cards.

Grocery

Grocery iQ (iOS, Android)

Search free coupons, view recommended coupons, email or add coupons to your store loyalty card.Search free coupons, view recommended coupons, email or add coupons to your store loyalty card. You can create a shopping list and sync it with your family.

Walmart Savings Catcher (iOS, Android)

Enter your receipt number or scan the barcode by downloading the Walmart App and they match the price of any local competitor's printed ad for an identical product. If Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you get the difference.

Ibotta (iOS, Android)

Unlock exclusive rebates on the items you want to buy BEFORE you shop. After you shop, verify your purchase by scanning your receipt right through the app. As soon as you earn $10 you can transfer the money to your PayPal account, or choose a gift card.

SavingStar (iOS, Android)

Check every week for new deals, including a weekly Healthy Offer and 100% off Freebie. For automatic-savings stores, use your registered card at checkout as you normally do. For receipt-scan stores, take a picture of your receipt and submit through the SavingStar app or website. Discounts are not received at checkout. Savings will post within 2-22 days depending on the store. You’ll receive an email when they post to your account. You can cash out once you've earned $5. This app usually has a weekly freebie! You just purchase the featured item as you normally would, scan your receipt and they  reimburse you the full amount!

Local Deals

Living Social (iOS, Android)

LivingSocial features daily inspiration on things to do locally, travel adventures, and fabulous products, all while giving you fantastic deals and discounts.

Groupon (iOS, Android)

Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies.

Amazon Local (iOS, Android)

Great local deals that save you up to 75% on restaurants, spas, entertainment, and more.

Restaurant.com (iOS, Android)

Find and purchase  restaurant deals near you right from your smartphone or tablet. It's paperless: just present the coupon on your phone at the restaurant. This app is awesome for when you are traveling. Just pop in the zip code and find awesome restaurant deals nearby. They occasionally have a sale and you can get $25 restaurant coupons for as low as $3! Restrictions do apply, for instance you usually have to spend a certain amount to use the gift card, but it's still an awesome value!

Manage Your Finances

Mint Personal Finance (iOS, Android)

Mint is a full-featured free financial management app. Get a handle on your finances the free and fast way. Mint does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending for you. See where every dime goes and make money decisions you feel good about.

Other Money Saving Apps

Military Cost Cutters (iOS, Android)

This is a great way for military families to find discounts available to them at hundreds of places on the go.

Gas Buddy (iOS, Android)

I have not left home without this app in five years, I can't even imagine how much money I have saved. Find the cheapest gas on the go – for free! Locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices. For every gas price reported, you’ll earn points towards our prize give-away. GasBuddy is a community of users working together to update gas prices.

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