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21 Must-Have Apps for Saving and Budgeting

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Ah, the wonderful world of apps. There are so many great apps on the market that can help you shop smarter, budget better, and save save mucho dinero.

Here are some greats apps that do just that:

  1. Mint Mint is an all-encompassing personal finance app that keeps track of your checking, savings, and credit card accounts. It basically tracks all of your financial movements. This handy site lets you keep it all in one place and gives you tools to budget. It also provides graphs and charts of where you are spending your hard earned dollar. It’s like your own personal finance advisor!

  2. BillTracker It’s the worst getting a late charge for a bill you simply forgot to pay. Not anymore! BillTracker does exactly what it says – tracks your bills. This app from SnapTap keeps a calendar view of all your bills due dates and sends you notifications when a bill is due or pending. Say goodbye to late fees!

  3. Check – Check is awesome for a few reasons. First off, it helps you manage all your accounts and finances. Secondly, it helps you to avoid late fees through reminders. And lastly, you can pay bills directly through the app – check!

  4. Shopkick Browse by area, store, products to find the best local deals. Shopkick has reached over six million since 2009, making it the most used shopping app. You can earn points by making purchases, inviting friends to join, and by physically walking into certain stores. Points can be redeemed through a gift cards at partnering stores. The easy and beautiful interface makes shopping a breeze.

  5. Ibotta It’s everyone’s dream to get paid to shop. Ibotta makes that dream a reality. Look through their product gallery and choose the items you are interested in. When you complete a “task” like sharing via social networks, writing a review or watching a video you can accrue cash that can be used to after you purchase a product. Once the item is purchased, Ibotta puts the money directly into your paypal account or on a gift card to one of their participating stores.

  6. RetailMeNot – This is a coupon haven. With stores like J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Target, Sephora, Bed Bath & Beyond, Forever 21, Bloomingdale’s and many more participating. It’s like having filing cabinets of coupons all on one tiny interface. You can save coupons for later use and get notifications for coupon expiration dates, so you don’t miss the deal.  Chose the stores that you love to get direct updates of deals and sales too.

  7. SnipSnap This coupon app is similar to RetailMeNot, but also lets you snap photos of printed coupons from various stores and turns them into digital mobile coupons. SnipSnap allows you to search through coupons that your friends have liked or “snipped”.

  8. Grocery iQ For the ultimate grocery shopping app, try Grocery iQ. This app helps you avoid impulse purchases with detailed grocery lists. Browse through the millions of products also find stores with coupons offers. Grocery iQ makes budgeting super easy and keeps you

  9. SavingStar Save at thousands of grocery and drugstores through this app that connects to your individual store loyalty cards. You can select the digital coupons you want and they are applied to your loyalty cards. After you reach $5 in savings, you earn cash!

  10. Groupon Groupon deals are a great way to say money with promotions that are as much as 50-90% off! Groupon has deals on just about everything, from products to events and even restaurants. Groupon will even make suggestions to you based on what you’re interested in and help you save a fortune!

  11. LivingSocial This site, similar to Groupon gets you great deals and discounts on local events, restaurants, gifts, and hotels. An awesome perk of LivingSocial is that if you share your deal with 3 friends or family members and they purchase that same deal – you get yours for FREE!

  12. Amazon Local This app is a great local discount digital app that shows you recommended deals based on your likes and interests. Amazon local can help you save up to 75% in your city on any given day.

  13. Scoutmob For those living in a big city, Scoutmob is a great app to have. Scoutmob is available only in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC, but worth mentioning, because it’s continually expanding. You can find great deals for restaurants, cafe’s, shops and local events.

  14. DebtTracker Pro Get yourself out of a financial rutt with DebtTracker Pro. This app helps you devise a strategy to get out of debt and sends you reminders when payments are due. There are alerts and reminders when you are close to your goal for incentive and encouragement. Even if you’re not in debt, this app is a great way to encourage saving and will serve as a financial advisor to help you stay debt-free.

  15. Credit Karma – Credit Karma is an app that allows you to see your credit report and delinquent accounts. Stay on top of your credit score to keep your account in good standing.

  16. GasBuddy The price of gas can really add up and put a hole in your wallet. Gasbuddy app searches for the best prices on gas in your vicinity. If you take an extra initiative to report gas prices for gas stations you visit or drive by, GasBuddy will give you points towards winning the weekly $250 gas prize!

  17. Best Parking Finding parking can be highly annoying. Parking garages can be expensive if you are unfarmiliar with an area. Best Parking will find you the cheapest or closest free parking space. They guarantee their parking app so much that is the fee is incorrect, they will hand you over a $5 Starbucks gift card.

  18. Campus Special College students rejoice! Campus Special gives you great deals on restaurants and cafes around your college or university. Order directly from your smartphone for take-out or delivery too. Rewards add up the more you use this app,. Rewards can be used towards buying food at participating eateries.

  19. Coupon Sherpa – Coupon Sherpa can be used as an app or via their website. Get connected to online deals from retailers and get access to coupons for shops and even for grocery stores. This is a great digital coupons app that allows your to browse coupons by category or by product you are interested in.

  20. Restaurant.com – Many great restaurants are participating in this app. Search for restaurant by types of cuisine you fancy and get deals like a $40 meal for only $20. Sounds good to me!

  21. ShopSavvy/RedLaser – They are not the same apps, but they are very similar. You can scan items and check where the best deals are on that product. Ingenious!
    Once you get your saving game perfected, consider starting to invest via an app such as Betterment.

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