We’re all looking for a bargain. I mean, what’s not to love about a bargain? It’s that thing you want, and it’s cheaper than what you would expect. Since everybody loves them, we thought we’d provide you with a list of splendid, or should I say spend-id, apps guaranteed to save you money every darn week.
Gas prices are ridiculously high (well, as far as prices for a finite, hard-to-access, difficult-to-produce, high-demand, earth-destroying resource go) and it takes a savvy shopper to elide the outrageous prices. Thankfully, GasBuddy does the hard work for you, or more accurately, everybody else does the hard work for you.
GasBuddy is user-data driven, meaning it relies on users to provide updates on the best prices and locations, to the benefit of other users. Using your phone's GPS, GasBuddy outlines the best places to buy gas in your location, and rewards those who submit data with points, prizes and leaderboards to "gamify" the experience.
Free in the Play Store, GasBuddy has an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. Download it via the link below.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention HotUKdeals because it features a great formula which has been perfectly implemented. Instead of being force-fed “sponsored deals” provided by big corporations, HotUKdeals is user-data-driven (like GasBuddy), meaning the deals you’re presented with are the ones that have been recommended by others.
HotUKdeals features online bargains as well as local deals submitted by people in your area, and it’s possible to filter your searches for the products/retailers that you are most interested in. Available for free in the Play Store, HotUKdeals is perfect for a daily browse while on a toilet break.
If you’re looking for a US-equivalent, try something like RetailMeNot, which provides coupons and codes use in all your favorite stores.
Wi-Fi Finder - save money while roaming around
Wi-Fi Finder is a worldwide resource for discovering Wi-Fi hotspots. Not only will using one of these internet hotspots save you from using up your mobile data plan, they will often offer faster download speeds that what you would achieve otherwise (where is all that LTE coverage even at?). This app is especially useful when you're travelling to avoid being stung by roaming charges while sending pictures back home.
Even with Wi-Fi Finder, if you’re still worried that you’ll exceed your data-limit then maybe you’re just a bit paranoid maybe you should try Onavo Extend. Onavo Extend makes use of some clever technology to reduce your mobile data consumption, and it does so without a dramatic impact to your internet's performance.
Honorable mention: Happy Hours - save money while you lose your sobriety
Though you could argue that not going for after-work drinks to poison your body with alcohol is the best solution to saving money, you might also argue that a life without cheap Mojitos is a life not worth living. If you want to save money without sacrificing a hangover (I'll drink to that), Happy Hours might be just what the doctor ordered.
What's your favorite money saving app? Let us know in the comments below.