In a world where mobile phones are used to do everything from getting directions to browsing the internet, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be used to lighten your financial load as well. Here are three free apps that will help you save money on the go by helping you find money saving coupons, letting you know where to find the best deals, and even helping you find the cheapest way to get where you’re going. Don’t want the phone bill? You can always get an iPod Touch (and use the strategy in this cheap iPod Touch post to get it for a bargain). You can use the same money saving apps without the phone bills that way.
With the rising prices of gas these days, paying even a few less cents per gallon can end up saving you quite a chunk of change in the long run. GasBuddy makes it possible for you to find out where the prices are cheapest in your area simply by entering your zip code or city. Not only does this app report the prices of regular midgrade, premium, or diesel gas at the closest stations, it also lets you know just how far those stations are from you. GasBuddy users help one another out and contribute to the cause by reporting updated gas prices in their area, and those who contribute earn points toward prize give-away entries. This free app is available for the iPhone, Android, and Windows phone, or the mobile site can be accessed from any phone at m.gasbuddy.com
ValPak Local Coupons
If you are always setting aside coupons but also always forgetting to take them with you, this app might just make your life a little easier. ValPak delivers electronic coupons right to your phone from local companies so you can get the goods and services you need right now at a discounted price. The app allows users to search for coupons by business category, keywords, or location so they can make sure they are getting the best deal before handing over their credit card. All you have to do is show the cashier your phone screen displaying the coupon in order to redeem it. ValPak Local Coupons App won’t cost you a thing to download if you have an iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, Blackberry, or Windows 7 phone.
If you are one of those people who has a hard time buying a product on the spot because you always have that nagging feeling that you can get a better deal somewhere else, you no longer have to spend hours on the Internet or running from store to store to see which one offers the best price. Price Grabber makes it possible to compare prices of products from thousands of online retailers to see which one will give you the most bang for your buck. Users can search for products by scanning barcodes or entering the product name, UPC, or part number. Don’t know exactly what you’re looking for? Not a problem with this app, which also allow you to search by category and price range. A free download of this app is available for the iPhone and the Android.
This guest contribution was submitted by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for online colleges. She especially loves hearing back from her readers. Questions or comments can be sent to: blauren99 @gmail.com.
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