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There’s no denying it, iPhones are expensive. Maintaining the current trend in smart phone technology is no cheap endeavor. On top of the basic cost of your bill each month for text messaging and making calls, tack on 30+ dollars for a data package, and another 200+ dollars for the phone itself. While this is a whole lot of money up front, your iPhone may make up for the initial cost with its money saving applications. These six iPhone apps have the potential to save you gobs of cash and a bunch of stress.
Vouchercloud: This app uses GPS technology to locate the offers and discounts that are nearest to you. All you have to do to redeem the coupon or offer is click on the image on your phone’s screen. The coupon will show up on your phone and you can present it to the establishment straight from your phone. No more forgetting to grab the coupons on your way to the store or wasting time and paper printing coupons out only so the store can throw them away. Vouchercloud is a free download for smart phone users. Vouchercloud displays discounts at an array of establishments. Use this app to locate deals on food, clothes, and entertainment.
PrimoSpot: Find free parking wherever you go. With PrimoSpot you can enter the address of the place you are planning to go and have it search for on-street parking, garage parking, and bike racks. The app will tell you how much the various parking options you have cost and where to find the cheapest deal. While this app only offers services in major cities in the U.S., it’s services will likely expand as the app gets more popular.
GasBuddy: As gas prices increase each day, our gas budget has skyrocketed. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a huge chunk of your earnings and savings on gas. With gas at nearly $4 a gallon in many areas, saving a few dollars each trip can really add up. GasBuddy finds all of the gas stations in your immediate area and displays the current prices to you. You can find the cheapest place to get gas and see the prices as they change.
Mint: One of the best ways to save your money is by better managing your accounts. Mint is an application that helps you keep track of all of your finances in an organized and systematic fashion. Using this app will eliminate any late fees or bounced checks. Mint displays for you where you are spending most of your money, helping devise a plan for budgeting. With the help of Mint you can design a budget that will encourage you to save in specific areas or you can just keep track of your overall spending habits. The first step to saving money is educating yourself on your spending.
Coupon Sherpa: Similar to Vouchercloud, Coupon Sherpa offers both in-store coupons and exclusive deals that you only get with the application. What makes this app so great is that you can search by category or by store name to locate the best deals. All too often, people get coupons and by the product being offered only because it is on sale. With Coupon Sherpa you can look for items that you actually need and then get the coupons for them. While wasting a good deal seems foolish, if it’s something you don’t really need then it’s a waste either way. Use coupon Sherpa to save on the things you need. This app also allows you to send coupons to friends. Coupon Sherpa is a great way to spread the deals and help out a friend.
Carticipate: Another great way to save on gas other than finding cheaper gas prices is by not driving. While commuting is a huge part of most of our lives, this app helps people develop carpools to save money and lessen air pollution. With this app you can coordinate driving plans with family, friends, and coworkers. You post your destination and schedule to the app and Carticipate will match you with people needing to be at the same place around the same time.
So what other apps have you found helpful for managing your money? Please share.