Stay Frugal with these 3 Apps Built for You
How often do you use your phone, and for what purposes? Many of us fail to realize how much time we actually spend on our phones, and with recent advances in the functionality of phones, our usage has gone up from 23 days a year – a startling number when it came out – to over 10 hours a day.
That’s right, without even realizing it, the average person spends almost half of their day just staring at their phone, playing games, texting, or making calls. This information comes as Gaming Realms, the owners of Free Bingo Hunter, report that smartphone user installed bases exceeded laptop and desktop computer installed bases in 2013, and Businessweek adds that we now spend more time on our phones than we do watching TV.
It’s become one of the most important gadgets in our day-to-day lives, and recently, we’ve shown you how you can actually get paid to read text messages. But your phone can not only help you make money, it can also help you where it really counts: when saving.
There are hundreds of financial apps out there that aim to help you save, but here are our favorites:
1. The Coupons App
If you’ve yet to try couponing for the simple reason that you can’t take the time to sit down and cut coupons out, you could try The Coupons App, an app that takes couponing to the next level by making it all virtual. It not only has listings for cheap deals, but also a functional map so you can find them, a barcode scanner, and voice search functions. You can redeem coupons right from your phone by presenting it to the cashier so they can scan them.
If you’re going out in search of one product in particular, you can save yourself the hassle of canvassing different stores with RedLaser, an app that scans the barcode or searches the database based on a product name to find you listings for the cheapest items online or locally. The app also gives you access to product reviews and nutritional info in case you’re unsure of the product you’re getting.
Admittedly, one of the toughest aspects of living frugally is maintaining a budget. Mint, however, makes this easy, by keeping track of all your financial transactions in one place. By linking your accounts to Mint, you can see how much you’re spending, and where. It even alerts you if you’re spending too much! If you’re using the app on your iPhone, it will even give you access to your credit score.
What apps do you use to help you find bargains and keep budgets in check?
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