Technology is awesome, isn’t it? It’s hard to imagine life without smartphones. There is an app for everything, from games to television programming. Some of my favorite apps help save money, which makes me feel better about paying extra for a smartphone! Here are the ones I use.
Red Laser is a free app available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones. You scan a barcode and it will give you comparable prices in the area. So if those cookies are $3 in store ABC, you might want to get them in store XYZ for $2. It also has cool features like letting you know what allergens are in the food, and if it’s something you can buy online, the app will let you know where to find the best price and you can buy it right from your phone.
Push A Deal
Push a deal is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and some other devices. It’s a very interesting app, as it uses your smartphone’s location to search for deals. When you get near one, it lets you know. For example, if you are close to an Old Navy, the phone would send you an alert to let you know that they’re having a percent off sale. While this seems like a great thing, it might get annoying if you live in a metro area and it alerts you to every sale nearby all the time. Also, it should be noted that the deals are submitted to Push A Deal by the owners of stores and restaurants. So if they aren’t participating in the program, you may never be alerted.
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Yowza is a coupon app available for iPhone and Android. Like Push A Deal, it finds you deals and coupons near your area. You go to the store, grab the deal items, and show the cashier your phone upon checkout. Yowza provides a barcode for them to scan, giving you the deal price. The app only works when you launch it, so you won’t get unwanted alerts. It also tracks your savings in the “piggy bank”, so you can feel better after a day of spending when you see that you’ve saved significantly.
Gas Buddy is a popular app that helps you find the cheapest gas prices near you. It’s available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phones, and Blackberry. You can also access it at gasbuddy.com from a regular computer or mobile web. You enter a zip code and GasBuddy gives you the prices closest to you, so you can choose the least expensive fill up spot. The prices are reported by other GasBuddy users. As a bonus, if you report gas prices in your area, you earn points towards prize giveaways.
While each app provides different benefits based on your usage and needs, you’ll be a smarter shopper by using them. Saving money in any way is always a good thing! What is your favorite smartphone app for saving money?