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6 Great (and Free) Money Saving Apps

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Looking for more ways to save money? Here are some of my favorite money saving apps that you can easily find and download today:

GasBuddy

money saving appsWant to compare the price of gas at multiple stations? The GasBuddy app shows you how much gasoline costs at stations across the map, so you know whether to fill up now or wait until you’re 20 miles down the road.

It’s usually not worthwhile to drive out-of-your-way to chase cheaper gas. You’ll often end up burning more gas than you save. But if you happen to be driving across a long distance anyway, this app can answer the question of whether you should fuel up now or later.

Cost: Free.

Redbeacon

Are you looking for contractors who can help with home-repair projects? Redbeacon will help you automatically collect quotes from a variety of contractors. Upload photos of your project, or enter the details. You can pick from a variety of local vendors, and even hire-and-pay on the spot.

Cost: Free.

BillGuard

Do you find yourself paying for magazine subscriptions that you never read? Do you try to cancel a service, but the charge keeps appearing on your statements anyway?

The BillGuard app will flag recurring or unwanted charges, so that you won’t get stuck paying some fee that you’re not even aware you’re paying. It’s a great way to catch those recurring bills that you thought you’d cancelled six months ago.

Cost: Free.

Groupon

Of course I can’t write a list like this without mentioning all the daily-deal apps like Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon Local, and many, many more. It seems that there’s no end to daily-deal websites and apps; there are too many to keep up with; too many to list.

My advice for managing all these: Don’t browse the lists. You’ll be tempted to buy things that you don’t need, just because it’s a good deal. Instead, wait until you’re planning on making some type of purchase anyway, and then search the apps for a deal. For example: You first decide that you need an oil change. Then you go to the app, and look for a deal. Or you decide that you’re going to take your sister to dinner to celebrate her birthday, so you look for a deal to a nice restaurant.

Cost: Free.

Mint

Most people are familiar with Mint, the website that helps you keep track of your budget. Well, budgeting just got easier: the Mint app allows you to keep track of your spending even when you’re on-the-go. It’s easy to glance at your spending and see whether or not you’re on-track to stay within budget this month.

Cost: Free.

Redlaser

Not to be confused with “Redbeacon,” the Redlaser app is a barcode scanner. If you’re at the store, just scan the item that you’re thinking about buying. The app will show you whether or not you can find it at a cheaper price at a nearby store, or online. Google also has a similar app, which is simply called Google Barcode Scanner.

Cost: Free.

Kennedi writes about money-saving tips for women. Read her post on how to dress stylishly on a budget.

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AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

6 Comments

  1. That BillGuard app sounds pretty interesting. I agree 100% with not going on the daily deal sites unless you need something. Otherwise, you’ll be buying things you don’t need.

    When I was younger, I would go to the mall when I was bored and needed something to do. Not surprisingly, I would always have bought something. It was never anything I needed, but I just gave in to temptation. Same idea with the daily deal sites. Avoid them unless you actually need something.

    • That’s a great analogy. I never thought to compare “the mall” to “daily deal sites,” but they’re totally the same …. you’re browsing for stuff you don’t need. You see a sale. You buy. It’s the same idea.

  2. Great list! I love Scoutmob over Groupon. It offers 50% off at a lot of neighborhood restaurants. I love being able to dine at local eateries for a discount… and it has good restaurants too. I think it’s only available in select cities, though. Groupon definitely is in more places.

    • Scoutmob is much better than Groupon, in my opinion, because you’re not obligated to buy the coupon … you can use it if you happen to be in the establishment, but there’s no risk of buying a deal that later expires. I hope Scoutmob becomes more widespread!


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