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10 Android Apps to Help Save You Time & Money

10 Android Apps to Help Save You Time & Money
    A screenshot of the CardStar app.

    Unless you’ve got an unlimited amount of cash and a limitless line of credit, saving money is probably something that you could benefit from.  There are countless ways to save money, from coupon clipping to budgeting and shopping at discount stores, but did you know that your Android smartphone could help?  I’ve waded through the thousands of apps available in the Android Marketplace, and these are some of the best apps out there to help with your money saving goals.

    1. Mint.com Personal Finance

    COST: Free

    This app is brought to you by the same people behind Quicken personal finance software, so you know it has to be good.  This is app is an excellent way to begin managing your money and allows you to see all of your accounts in one place, set budgets, see where you are spending, and find personalized savings.   It’s an excellent tool to help you get your finances in order, and you can access it from your phone as well as Mint.com

    2. CardStar

    COST: Free

    CardStar is an awesome app that will help you lighten the load in your wallet, in a good way.  All those rewards cards  and membership from places like CVS, Best Buy, and Blockbuster, amongst many others, can be consolidated digitally.  Use the CardStar app to enter information for numerous national and regional merchants, libraries, or you can even add your own custom cards.  Once you’ve entered your cards, you can easily access them as needed with just one touch from the CardStar home screen.  Merchants can then scan the “card” directly from your phone’s screen. How cool is that?!

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    3. Discount Calculator

    COST: Free

    Discount Calculator is a pretty simple app that does all that the name implies – it helps you calculate how much money you will save and what the item’s final price will be with the discount applied.  It’s helpful in those situations where something is X percent off but the store doesn’t have a sign telling you what the new price will be.  It can even include tax in the price.

    4. Google Shopper

    COST: Free

    Google Shopper is another handy tool to use when you’re out shopping.  The app can recognize products by photo, barcode scanning, and voice and text search.  Once the app has identified the product, you can find local and online prices, reviews, specs. and more.  While you’re not likely to use it to check the price of your apple juice at the grocery store, it can be handy for larger purchases or for items you may not be at all familiar with.  You’ll know whether you’re getting a good deal or if you can get that item cheaper elsewhere, and can star your favorites and share them with friends.  It’s worth noting that at this time Google Shopper is valid only for US and UK prices.

    5. ShopSavvy 4 Barcode Scanner

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    Cost: FREE

    This is similar to Google Shopper, but it was around first and thus deserves a mention.  The ShopSavvy 4 app is the upgraded version of the old GoCart app.  It allows you to use your phone as a barcode scanner, and then ShopSavvy will provide you with a list of online and local prices for that product. If you don’t need all the frills of Google Shopper, this is a nice simple barcode program that will help you save money.

      A screenshot of the Craigslist Notification app.

      6. Craigslist Notification

      COST: Free (ad-supported) / $9.99 for ad-free version

      Craigslist itself is a great place to score deals on everything from cars to baby clothes.  It’s the modern-day equivalent of classified ads, and as we all know the good deals get snapped up pretty quickly so you really have to be vigiliant about checking the site if there’s something specific that you’re looking for.  Craigslist Notification is a god-send. It notifies you when new stuff is posted in certain categories, so you can monitor the site on the go.

      7. Receipt Scanner

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      COST: $3.99

      Keeping track of receipts can be a real pain.  They’re small and easily lost or misplaced.  The Receipt Scanner app uses your phone’s camera to capture images of receipts, business cards and other documents, allowing you to store and secure important information.  Once scanned, the documents are stored in folders for organization and easy retrieval.  This can come in handy at tax time, helping you to save money by keeping record of your receipts that might have otherwise gotten lost.

      8.  GasBuddy

      COST: Free

      Don’t make the mistake of paying more for gas when you can get it cheaper just around the corner. GasBuddy helps you find the best prices on gas for your area on the go.  You can also add to the database of gas prices by reporting current gas prices from your phone, which will earn you points and a chance at winning one of their weekly $250 gas gift card giveaways.

      9. Our Groceries

      COST: Free (ad-supported) / $4.99 ad-free version

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      Make a grocery list that you won’t lose your pocket or  drop on the ground with Our Groceries. Family members can install the  app on their compatible phones as well.  You can share the list and everyone can make updates or changes to it as things are purchased or become needed.  Every change is visible within seconds, and is synced to everyone’s phone’s or browser. You’ll never run into the situation of buying something someone in your family has already picked up.

      10. Google Finance

      COST: Free

      Get streaming, real-time stock quotes on your phone and sync with your Google Finance portfolio.  You can quickly access charts on the go as well as view the latest market and company news.  So even if you’re not at home, you’ll know what’s going on with the market and can then decide whether you need to put in a buy or sell order with your broker, or hold tight and wait for further news.    A must-have app if you’re into stocks and the economy.

      *Some of these apps are also available on other mobile phone platforms, including iPhone, Blackberry and Windows phones.

      Each one of these Android apps is available to download from your mobile Android Market, or using a web browser at market.android.com.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these apps, as well as any other apps you’ve come across that have helped save you either time, money or both.

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      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

      1. Zoho Notebook
        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
      2. Evernote
        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
      3. Net Notes
        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
      4. i-Lighter
        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
      5. Clipmarks
        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
      6. UberNote
        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
      7. iLeonardo
        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
      8. Zotero
        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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