Free Apps That Save You Money
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and it is also the last day of July! Amazing how quickly 2013 is flying by. We have almost made it through the middle of another work week. Hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.
Yesterday, I blogged about free things you can do to help save money. Today, I will be blogging about free phone apps that can help you save money. So download these 5 money-saving tools to help you shop smart and stick to a budget.
How You Save: Helps you learn if you can get a better deal elsewhere — on almost anything
How It Works: You scan the bar code of an item, and the app shoots back prices from competing stores and online merchants. See a better price? Use the app to buy the item, and some stores will have it waiting when you arrive. Bonus trick: Scan a book's bar code, and the app finds nearby libraries with a copy.
Why I Love It: It gives me peace of mind. I feel new confidence that I'm getting the lowest price possible.
How You Save: Organizes online-shopping email, such as order confirmations and shipping info
How It Works: You provide up to five addresses where you get email (they can be Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, Hotmail or iCloud/MobileMe). The app sorts through your in-boxes to gather and organize all your shopping-related messages, including receipts for online purchases and vouchers from daily-deal sites.
Why I Love It: It saves me a headache! I don't have to search my email in-box — which is a mess — for receipts, and I can track packages easily.
How You Save: Helps you search for — and then redeem — coupons
How It Works: You browse for online, printable or mobile coupons by retailer or product type, either on CouponSherpa.com or via the mobile app. Take printable coupons to the store the old-fashioned way; for mobile coupons, just show your phone to the cashier to get the savings.
Why I Love It: I get the savings without investing hours clipping and organizing. And no rifling through an envelope at checkout.
How You Save: Makes sure you've always got your loyalty-card data on hand at checkout
How It Works: You scan your loyalty cards with your smartphone, then put them away. When you pay for something in a store, the cashier scans your smartphone's screen to get your loyalty-account information. You can also use the app to sign up for other loyalty programs.
Why I Love It: I have a lighter key chain, plus an Rx Savings extra that can shave 10 to 75 percent off Food and Drug Administration — approved medications.
How You Save: Lowers your gas-pump bills by steering you around traffic jams
How It Works: You drive around with the app open. Your phone automatically reports your speed to a central database based on GPS readings. Other drivers' phones are doing this too, giving you all real-time updates on local traffic. If there's a backup ahead, you get a voice alert suggesting another route.
Why I Love It: I save on more than just gas: With less time at the wheel, I have more time to spend at home.
These apps not only help you save money but that they help make life easier for you.
Hope you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,