Technology provides opportunities for saving money that were not available even a few years ago. By using your smartphone, apps are available to help in finding wiser dollar deals. Below are three money saving apps I’d recommend:
1. Shop Savvy – Last week I went to a local hardware store to look for a bathroom light/fan/heater. For Labor Day the business had discounted nearly everything 20% and since the prices are typically competitive with the bigger stores, I was considering a purchase. The light/fan/heater combo I was considering showed a retail price of $89.99, with a 20% discount the price would be $71.99 plus tax. I thought about buying but still didn’t want to pay that much. So I pulled out my smartphone and accessed the Shop Savvy app. In less than a minute I scanned the barcode on the box and quickly discovered that a Wal-Mart, less than two miles from my location, had the same unit for about $61.00 which was a 32% discount. This app will compare prices not just locally but on the web as well. Knowing that Wal-Mart had the unit at a lower price ongoing, I postponed making the purchase, but I am glad to have found a way to save another $11.00 off of what was already a discounted price.
2. Gas Buddy – While heading to our vacation site of Ruidoso, New Mexico this summer, I suspected that the gas prices at a tourist destination would be higher there than elsewhere on our trip. We stopped in Roswell for lunch, while there I pulled out my smartphone and checked the Gas Buddy app. Yes, prices in Ruidoso were higher, actually about 30 cents a gallon higher. So we filled the car up with gas in Roswell. Likewise we filled up in Roswell again after leaving our destination. At home I have used the app periodically, but as a time saver it doesn’t have to be accessed every time you fill up with gas. Check the app a few times and you will find which stations typically have lower priced gas near your home or work. For me the place is Sam’s Club. They typically have the least expensive gas in town or within a cent or so of the cheapest and I am typically near the club at least once or twice a week anyway. So while I don’t need to check regularly at home, I do check more while traveling.
3. Amazon – (app for Android and app for iPhone) Anytime I am considering purchasing a book, CD or DVD, I usually check the item on Amazon. Often times it is less expensive with Amazon even if I need to pay for shipping. But Amazon carries more than just books, CD’s and DVD’s. When I purchased my phone a year ago I even checked Amazon for the iPhone case I was wanting and it too was about 2/3 off the price being charged at a local retail establishment. The app is easy to use with barcode scanning capabilities as well as being able to scan the cover of a book if a barcode is not available.
So here are three money saving apps I’d recommend. What money saving apps have you found helpful that you too would recommend?
- Receive a free $10 Walmart or Target gift card when you make your first purchase through Ebates along with cash back bonuses at your favorite stores. Click here to sign up.
- Become a member at Sam’s Club for $45 and then receive great savings throughout the year.
- Purchase discounted checks through Extra Value Checks. I recently purchased checks with them and received about 50% off what banks would typically charge!
- Click on Walmart’s online clearance site for huge savings on thousands of items, plus receive free shipping on purchases over $50!
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