Thanks to mobile technology, it is possible find the best prices, no matter where you are – or what you are doing. You can get access to solid savings, and find low-priced places to eat. Our mobile devices are making things easier, from banking on the go, to accessing great information and money tips, we can find almost anything we need. If you are looking for great ways to save money, here are 10 great apps, many of them for both iPhone and Android:
1. Shop Savvy
This is one of my favorite mobile apps of all time. Shop Savvy is designed to help you find the best price on thousands of items. Using the camera on your mobile device, you can scan the barcode. Then, prices pop up. You can compare prices at local stores, as well as see online prices. You can even read reviews on the items you scan. A great app that can help ensure that you are getting the best price all the time.
2. Grocery IQ
You can coordinate your grocery list, and check for the best prices with this app. Grocery IQ comes with barcode scanning, and allows you to sync your online list with what’s on your phone. The app also works with Coupons.com and CouponBug.com to help you find even more savings. One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to stick to a list, and this app helps you do just that.
This relatively new app helps you redeem paperless coupons – and earn rewards and cash. You enter your loyalty cards into the SavingStar app, and then you can look for ecoupons specific to your shopping habits. You get to add up your savings, and they appear in your account. Your accrued funds can be deposited into your bank account, redeemed for gift cards, or donated to charity. This is an interesting app that not only helps you save money when you shop, but also helps you put that money to good use.
If you are looking for ways to save money on gas, GasBuddy might be just the thing for you. This app is all about helping you find the lowest gas prices – no matter where you are. You can use GasBuddy to get directions to the station offering the cheapest gas, helping you save money on transportation costs. It’s a great way to comparison shop on what is becoming an increasingly big part of your monthly budget.
The Carticipate app is only available on iPhone and Facebook. (So, if you have Facebook on your Android phone, you should be able to access it.) This app is a carpooling app. The idea is to find people to carpool with. This can help you spread the cost of commuting around, and save you money. You can use this app to find people interested in ridesharing, and to work out a schedule. Everyone takes a turn, and everyone can save money on overall gas costs.
If you want to save on phone calls, you might be able to use Skype on your mobile device to help out. You can use the app to get free, unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls. If you plan things right, you can get access to cheaper calling by getting a data plan and reducing the size of your phone plan. The Skype app might be especially helpful on a tablet like the iPad, since you can get fairly low-priced data plans, and then get a lower-priced cell phone plan.
7. Drink Specials
The Drink Specials app is only available on iPhone right now, but it is still a great app for the person who is looking to save when he or she heads out on the town. You can use the GPS to help you find drink specials where you are right now, or look for specials in places you plan to visit. A great way to save on entertainment.
Get access to low cost dining options, no matter where you are, with Urbanspoon. This app allows you to see what is nearby. You can organize your results according to price (finding cheap eats), reviews, and type of cuisine. It’s a great app that is easy to use, and can help you save money as you travel, or as you try to decide where to eat out.
9. Daily Deal Sites
There are a number of daily deal sites, including Groupon and Living Social, that also have mobile apps. You can use these apps to get access to great deals. Often, you can get items, and experiences, for 50% to 75% off. The key to really saving money when using these daily deal site apps, though, is to make sure that you are only buying things that you would purchase anyway. You don’t want to turn your bargain hunting into a problem that costs you more than it saves.
If you like looking for local garage sales, the Gsalr app is for you. It’s a web app, so you can access the web page on your mobile device. You can also get an app version for iPhone. Save money as you look for great treasures around your area. You can search by state and locality, and put together a map that you can use in order to help you use the most efficient route to your garage sale destinations.
Saving Money with Your Mobile Device
There are thousands upon thousands of mobile apps designed to help you save money. If you want more money in the bank, you can use your mobile device to your advantage. And, because many of the apps above also have online counteryparts, you can take advantage of the savings even if you don’t have a mobile device. These are great apps that can provide you with a way to get the most for your money.