Saving money is hard, and on occasions seems impossible. Living in the 21st century is too expensive, and temptations lie around every corner. For this reason, it’s important we know how to find the best bargains and budget effectively. Thankfully, there are apps that can help us to do this.
Of course, sites like Amazon are always there to consult when we want to check out the price of something (it’s almost always cheaper there than in the physical stores). But in this case, we wanted to focus on all those apps that give us a helping hand with the day to day stuff: the weekly grocery shop, gas, bills, and so on.
Spendee is the perfect app for getting your money in order without much effort. The app tracks your income and expenditure, synchronizing across all your accounts so you can get your head around all of your finances at once. It also divides your spending into categories so you can see whether you’re spending too much in one particular area (in the supermarket, on technology, on gifts, to name a few).
The infographics are clean, crisp, and very clear. There are some cool features, too, like being able to make custom wallets for special occasions, and the option to have a joint account between family and friends.
If you don’t trust the app to do the work for you, why not take control yourself? Money Lover is the perfect alternative. It’s a slick and professional app in which you can make a note of all your daily purchases.
If you’re worrying about not getting into the habit—don’t. Money Lover will send you notifications if you haven’t entered any information about your spending that day. Its analysis tab is extremely useful and crisp-looking, great for poring over spending history and deciding whether you deserve a pat on the back or a slap on the wrist.
Tiendeo is super-useful app which boasts a feature that’s ideal for today’s topic. Using your location, the app compares discount offers across stores in your local area. You can specify in which department you want the app to perform a search, be it groceries, clothes, electronics, and so on.
It’s easy to use and turns back results pretty quickly, almost always with a great bargain. Never again will you pay through the nose for something that costs half the price somewhere else.
Another area in which money seems to disappear into thin air is the gas station. If you’re someone who uses the car to drive to work, get the kids to school, or even get away for the weekend, you’ll know that it can be a costly business. GasBuddy is a simple app which compares all the prices of gas at stations in your area.
The app will show you for each station the type of gas sold, the cost, and the address. You can also filter your search by price or proximity to where you are (the latter especially helpful if you’re running on empty). The map and list displays are clear and load fairly quickly, and the prices are updated regularly so that you don’t get any nasty surprises when you turn up.
Daily Budget Original is one of our favorite apps. It sets a daily limit for you, a limit you shouldn’t exceed if you’re aim is to save. DBO works this out according to your monthly average income and expenditure, and the percentage of that income you want to save.
This app also works as a spending measure, which makes for a very comprehensive app that’s really easy to use. The tutorial will show you the ropes in a couple of minutes.