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25 Apps That Will Save You Lots of Money

25 Apps That Will Save You Lots of Money

Apps don’t just have to be time wasting or money draining. Check out these 25 money saving apps that will not only help you save you money, but also better manage your finances.

For General Finances:

1. Mint

The “Beyoncé” of personal finance apps; this little powerhouse allows you to keep track of all your financial activity from all your accounts: checking, savings, retirement—you name it! Every transaction is automatically recorded and categorized. Mint makes note of your spending patterns and creates a budget. Additionally, on the iPad, it generates graphs to give you visual representations of your net worth and cash flow. For those worried about security, the app is password protected and there is a way to deactivate access from your phone through the Mint website. It is a fantastic way to keep tabs on your overall financial health and be able to spot potential problems. (Plus, it’s free!)

Available for: iOS and Android

Mint iphone

    2. BillTracker

    Never miss a bill payment again with this great app from SnapTap. Passcode-protected BillTracker allows you to keep all due dates and amount totals in one place and even gives you notifications for impending payments. Due dates are highlighted on the calendar for quick views.

    Available for: iOS

    BillTracker

      3. You Need a Budget (YNAB)

      The name says it all: YNAB is an incredibly detailed but easy-to-use budget interface. The software operates by four simple rules: 1) Give every dollar a job, 2) Save for a rainy day, 3) Roll with the punches, and 4) Live on last month’s income. YNAB’s goal is to change the way you manage money and to create stress-free finances. The app is supplemental to the $60 software you purchase for your Windows or Mac and is meant to allow users to check their transactions and budgetary restrictions on-the-go. If you are looking to turn your finances around or gain a better understanding of your financial situation, purchasing the software is well worth the investment.

      Available for: iOS and Android

      You Need a Budget

        For Shopping:

        4. Shopkick

        Over six million people are already using Shopkick to browse products, find inspiration, and discover great deals at stores like Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, and more. Users are able to earn points by making purchases, inviting friends to join, and even by just walking into the stores. Then, the points can be transformed into gift cards at partnering stores. The icing on the cake is the slick new design—a shopper’s dream!

        Available for: iOS and Android

        Shopkick

          5. Ibotta

          Ibotta allows shoppers to earn real money for shopping. Start by perusing the different offers in the product gallery and choose the ones you’re interested in. Every time you compete a “task” (like sharing on Facebook, taking a poll, or watching a video), pending cash is added to your account that can be accessed once you actually purchase the product from one of the 50 retailers partnered with Ibotta. Once the purchase is verified, cash is put into your PayPal account or turned into gift cards.

          Available for: iOS and Android

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          Ibotta

            6. RetailMeNot

            “Thousands of coupons in your pocket.” Browse coupons and deals from J Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Target, Sephora, Bed Bath & Beyond, Forever 21, Bloomingdale’s, and hundreds more! Save the coupons you want to use for easy access and get notifications for coupon expiration dates. You can also search for deals at the nearest stores. Don’t worry about printing the coupons; all you have to do is show your phone at the register. Talk about convenience!

            Available for: iOS and Android

            RetailMeNot

              7. SnipSnap

              Like RetailMeNot, SnipSnap is a mobile coupon haven. However, this one also lets you take pictures of printed coupons from many retailers and turns them into digital, mobile-ready ones. You can also browse the online directory and see the coupons that friends have “snipped.”

              Available for: iOS

              SnipSnap

                For Groceries:

                8. Grocery iQ

                Stay on task and avoid impulse purchases with this incredibly detailed grocery shopping list platform. Not only can you build grocery lists by searching through the millions of products in the app’s database, but you can use voice recognition or barcode scanning. Grocery iQ also has a store locator feature and offers coupons. This app is a must-have for busy families or for anyone trying to keep their grocery budget under control.

                Available for: iOS and Android

                Grocery iQ

                  9. SavingStar

                  SavingStar is a digital coupon app for thousands of grocery stores and drugstores that is linked to your individual store loyalty cards. (Yes, you have to have loyalty cards to get rewards.) You choose the digital coupons you want to use and the reward is applied to your loyalty card and when you reach $5 in savings, you earn cash! You can even opt for your cash savings to go towards donations for the charity American Forests.

                  Available for: iOS and Android

                  SavingStar

                    For Local Deals:

                    10. Groupon

                    Redeem Groupon deals (as much as 50-90% off!) on everything from restaurants to retailers to hotels. You can search by location to find deals closest to you. Groupon consistently offers great, diverse deals and they even have options tailored for the holiday season. It’s also a great way to step out of your comfort zone and try out new places.

                    Available for: iOS, Android, and Windows

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                    Groupon

                      11. LivingSocial

                      Similar to Groupon, you can use this app to gain hand-held access to all of LivingSocial’s deals. Search for amazing discounts in your own city and get alerts on fun local events. Save on hotels, restaurants, and other places. Also, the discounts are great for gifts. An added bonus: if you share a discount you received on your social media accounts and three of your friends purchase the same deal, you’ll get yours free of charge!

                      Available for: iOS, Android, and Windows

                      LivingSocial

                        12. Amazon Local

                        “Save up to 75% in your city.” Use this app to find Amazon-level deals on the go. What’s great about Amazon Local is that you can search for deals and buy them instantly right from your phone. You are also able to set specific preferences or favorites so that the application knows what offerings you are most interested in purchasing. Like the other discount apps mentioned, there is no need to print out coupons or vouchers.

                        Available for: iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire

                        Amazon Local

                          13. Scoutmob

                          An exceptionally well-designed and clever app (love the “Stache Cam” feature), this is an excellent option for those living in a big city; it is only available in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. In addition to finding great discounts at different eateries and shops, you can also search through articles and other local happenings.

                          Available for: iOS and Android

                          ScoutMob

                            For Those in Financial Trouble:

                            14. DebtTracker Pro

                            For those working their way out of debt, DebtTracker Pro can serve as a payoff plan and can help you keep track of your road to financial recovery. Users are able to choose their strategy for overcoming debt and the app not only recommends payment strategies but sends reminders when payments are due. There is a visual reminder of how close you are to your goal (sorted by account) to serve as further incentive. Getting out of debt is a long and difficult process, but this app will help keep you organized.

                            Available for: iOS

                            DebtTracker Pro

                              For TV Addicts:

                              15. Viggle

                              An app that awards you for watching TV?! Viggle lets users “check in” to whatever show they’re watching and earn points to be redeemed for rewards from Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and other great brands. You can earn additional points by testing your television IQ and playing games. The app also allows you to interact with friends. (Note: sometimes the “audio sampling” feature can be buggy.)

                              Available for: iOS and Android

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                              Viggle

                                For Military Families:

                                16. Military Cost Cutters

                                This app is a must-have for military personnel and their families. This free application allows veterans to find military-friendly businesses in their area that offer discounts for their service. You are able to search by city, state, and zip code for best results. Additionally, you can leave comments on your experience.

                                Available for: iOS and Android

                                Military

                                  For Travel:

                                  17. GasBuddy

                                  Gas prices can be a major headache, but with GasBuddy, you can find the cheapest gas prices closest to you! Additionally, for every gas price you report, you earn points towards winning the weekly $250 prize for gas. With over 32 million visitors, the app remains extraordinarily up-to-date on your best gas deals.

                                  Available for: iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows

                                  GasBuddy

                                    18. Hotel Tonight

                                    This international app allows you to find incredibly low prices on last-minute hotel bookings. Amazingly, you can arrange same-day bookings until 2 a.m. and for multiple nights. This service is a lifesaver for everything from unexpected layovers to spontaneous vacations. Hotel Tonight is constantly adding new locations and has stellar 24/7 customer support to keep their customers happy.

                                    Available for: iOS and Android

                                    Hotel Tonight

                                      19. Compare Bookings

                                      Not only does Compare Bookings let you search for hotel options wherever you are, but you can compare deals from all the best travel sites (like Priceline, Travelocity, and Expedia) to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. It’s not just for hotels: you can also find promotions for cruises, car rentals, and other travel expenses.

                                      Available for: iOS and Android

                                      Compare Bookings

                                        20. BestParking

                                        Trying to find affordable parking (especially when traveling in an unfamiliar city) can be stressful and a put a strain on your wallet. BestParking will help you avoid parking garage rip-offs by directing you towards the closest and cheapest parking options. In living up to their promise for accuracy, any report of inaccurate pricing is backed up with a $5 Starbucks giftcard.

                                        Available for: iOS, Android, and Blackberry

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                                        BestParking

                                          For Professionals:

                                          21. Expensify

                                          Expensify is designed with easy expense reporting in mind, which makes it ideal for salespeople or traveling business people. Photograph receipts, keep track of miles traveled, and record other travel expenses all on one platform to make your life a little easier. The great part about the receipt photography is that the app is able to read the values on the receipt so no manual entry is necessary. If you’re no good at keeping track of your receipts, you can also import credit transactions digitally.

                                          Available for: iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry

                                          Expensify

                                            For (Hungry) College Students:

                                            22. Campus Special

                                            Campus Specials brings you the best deals on restaurants and eateries around your college or university. Not only that, you can order right from your phone for pick-up or delivery. The more often you use the app, the more rewards you can earn to be redeemed at your favorite local food joints. Say bye-bye to the typical Ramen-based college diet!

                                            Available for: iOS and Android

                                            Campus Special

                                              For Gamers:

                                              23. GameFly

                                              Most gamers have heard of (and used) Gamefly, and the app just further solidifies the brand as a fantastic, money-saving resource. Browse for, rent, pre-order, or purchase your favorite games at killer prices, as well stay in the loop on the latest in video games news. Earn GameFly rewards and use coupons to save you even more money. The “Game of the Day” app is particularly nice feature that highlights a free or discounted game every single day.

                                              Available for: iOS and Android

                                              Gamefly

                                                For Smartphone Users:

                                                24. Onavo Extend

                                                Are you hit with data overage charges month after month? Onavo Extend allows you to not only keep track of your data expenditure through monthly reports but actually compresses your data and extends your plan! According to the website, you can save up to 80% on your data usage. Not bad for a free app!

                                                Available for: iOS and Android

                                                Onavo

                                                  25. Appsfire

                                                  Appsfire offers free and highly discounted apps every single day. By filling in a little bit of information, the app can make you a list of recommended downloads to suit your interests. Additionally, you can set up a wish list with notifications for deals or discounts on the apps you want to purchase. You can also avoid unimpressive apps by scrolling through ratings and get a heads up on “the next big thing” by browsing through trending applications.

                                                  Available for: iOS and Android

                                                  AppsFire

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                                                    The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

                                                    The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

                                                    Are you on track for retirement?

                                                    If not, don’t worry, I’m not sure either. I save each month and hope for the best.

                                                    Fortunately, I’m at an age where most people don’t save so I’m ahead of the curve.

                                                    But, what if you aren’t in your 20s? What if you’re near retirement and are looking to gauge where you stand?

                                                    If so, keep reading. Here’s how to prepare for retirement and save wisely during the process.

                                                    What Does the Average American Have Saved for Retirement?

                                                    Saving for retirement is tricky.

                                                    Tell someone straight out of college to save $10k a year for retirement and it’ll be next to impossible.

                                                    Make the same request to someone decades older and they’d be more likely to be able to save this amount. But, a 20-year old college student can be “financially ahead” of someone saving more than them. Why?

                                                    Age matters in your financial journey. The younger you are, the more time you have to save and put compound interest to work. As you get older and have more saving power, you’d have less time to put compound interest to work.

                                                    Here are the average savings Americans hold by age bracket:

                                                    20’s – $16,000

                                                    During this stage, most people are paying loans and moving up the corporate ladder. Your best bet during this stage is to focus on eliminating debt and increasing your income. Don’t focus only on getting a high-paying job neither.

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                                                    Instead, focus on learning via Podcasts, reading books, and taking specialized courses. Doing this will make you more valuable and give you more career options.

                                                    30’s – $45,000

                                                    At this stage, you’ve hopefully escaped your entry-level salary and work at a career you enjoy. Your earning power has increased but you now have more obligations. For example, marriage, kids, and a mortgage.

                                                    Set a plan to pay off all your debt and focus on eliminating unnecessary expenses. Leverage financial tools like Personal Capital to ensure you’re on track for retirement.

                                                    40’s – $63,000

                                                    This is the stage where you’re at the prime of your career. Top financial institutions recommend you have at least 2 to 4 times your salary saved up. If you’re falling behind, start maxing out your 401K and Roth IRA accounts.

                                                    50’s – $115,000

                                                    During your fifties, you’re close to retirement but still, have time to save. You may be helping your kids pay college tuition and other expenses. Since you’re at the peak of your earning power, max out all your retirement accounts.

                                                    60’s – $172,000

                                                    By this point, you should have about eight times your salary saved up. If not, you’ll depend primarily on social security benefits averaging $1400 per month. Max out all your retirement options as much as possible before retiring.

                                                    Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

                                                    The sad reality is that most Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement.

                                                    Even high-earning power isn’t enough to secure one’s financial future. You need to have the discipline to save for retirement while time is in your favor. Don’t wait for you to have a high salary to save, start with having a small budget.

                                                    First, get a clear picture of where you stand. Write down a list of “needs” and “wants.” For example, Netflix and Amazon Prime are “wants” and a “cell-phone” is a need.

                                                    Use tools like Personal Capital to analyze your spending patterns. Personal Capital allows you to add all your financial data in one place–making it a powerful option to gauge where you stand.

                                                    Once you know all your expenses, organize them from highest to lowest expense. When you can’t cut more expenses, call your service providers to negotiate a lower price. If you’re not good at negotiating, use services like Trimm to lower your monthly expenses.

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                                                    How to Save Money Each Month

                                                    By this point, you know the average amount of money you should have saved for retirement based on your age.

                                                    But, breaking this down into monthly goals can be challenging. Here are some rule of thumbs to follow:

                                                    Aim to contribute 10%–15% of your salary each paycheck. Review your progress each week.

                                                    Why so often? The reality is that life gets in our way and you will have many financial setbacks. Your goal isn’t to be perfect but to get back on track instead.

                                                    Reviewing your finances weekly lets you know where you stand with your retirement. This doesn’t have to be a long process either. All it takes is login in Personal Capital to view your net worth and check how much you have saved for retirement.

                                                    Turn saving into a game and aim to save more each month. It will get challenging but you’ll get creative and find more ways to save.

                                                    Top Money Saving Challenge Tips

                                                    To prepare for your financial future and not be another statistic you need to be different.

                                                    How?

                                                    By adopting new habits that’ll help you become a saving machine. Here are some ways you can save more:

                                                    Automatically Contribute Towards Retirement

                                                    If you’re working for a company, you can automatically contribute towards your 401k. If you’re not currently contributing more than 10%, make this your goal. Contribute 1% more today and automatically increase this amount a year from now.

                                                    Odds are that you’re not going to be negatively affected by contributing 1% more. Many times we spend our money on things we don’t need. Contributing more towards retirement is a great way to secure your financial future.

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                                                    Use the Right Tools to Know Where You Stand

                                                    Once you’re contributing more towards your retirement accounts, gauge your progress. Make use of finance tracking apps to help you view the big picture of your retirement.

                                                    When I’d first signed up for the app Personal Capital, I didn’t know I had a negative net worth. Despite saving thousands of dollars, my debt brought my net worth to the negative. Knowing this motivated me to save more and spend less.

                                                    Now, I have a positive net worth. But, it was because I was able to view the big picture using the app. Find out what your net worth is using a finance tracking app and you may surprise yourself.

                                                    Bring in Experts to View Your Blind Spots

                                                    If you have too little or too much money saved, you should consider hiring financial experts.

                                                    Why?

                                                    You may need someone to hold you accountable to help you reach your financial goals. Or, you may need help managing your money as effective as possible.

                                                    Regardless of the reason, getting help may help improve your financial situation.

                                                    Before you hire an expert, find out which areas you need help the most. For example, if you’re constantly overspending, find a debt counselor. If you’re struggling with choosing the best investment options, hire a financial advisor.

                                                    Speed up Your Retirement Contribution

                                                    After learning how to manage your money well, the next best thing is to earn a higher income.

                                                    You’re capped at how much you can save but not much you can earn. Even if your employer isn’t giving you a promotion, you can still take charge of your financial future. How?

                                                    By starting a side-business.

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                                                    This will be something you’d work on after you’ve finished your day job. Once you start earning income from your side-business, you’ll be financially better off.

                                                    The best part is the more work you put into your side-business,[1] the more potential it has to earn more money.

                                                    So start a side-business in an area you’re familiar with. For example, if you enjoy writing, do freelance writing for small e-commerce businesses.

                                                    Once you’re earning a higher income, you can contribute more towards your retirement. Don’t wait for the right opportunity to secure your financial future, create one.

                                                    Reach Financial Freedom with Confidence

                                                    What if you were able to retire tomorrow with no problem, all because you’d have enough money saved up and little to no debt left to pay off? How would you feel?

                                                    My guess is that you’d feel happy and relieved.

                                                    Most Americans are falling behind their retirement goals for many reasons. They’re not prepared, they carry bad money-habits and are thinking short-term.

                                                    For you to retire successfully, you need to work backward and adopt better habits. Contribute more towards your 401K and focus on growing your income.

                                                    If you do, you’ll save money and pay debt faster.

                                                    Don’t beat yourself up if you’re behind your retirement goals. Take the first step today towards a brighter financial future. Isn’t retirement worth the hard work and sacrifice to be at peace?

                                                    Featured photo credit: Huy Phan via unsplash.com

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