Save Money Monday: Free Apps that Keep Your Wallet Full
Using your phone as your own personal pocket computer has become the new trend these days, as the quality of cell phones and wireless internet has allowed these gadgets to be the most helpful tool in your daily arsenal. Because of the handiness of these phones, a slew of applications, better known as apps, have been created and can be downloaded for free which will help you get the best possible deals on a number of different products out there or keep track of finances, among other important things.
Below are some of the most helpful free apps for your phone, for you to use when you’re out shopping for that next great deal or that will just help you save money.
Redlaser is a free app that allows people to compare prices on products across a number of different stores so you can find a better deal. You can simply scan the item you wish to compare with your phone and the app will respond with prices from competing stores in your area and across the internet. In some cases you can buy the product directly from the app. This is most helpful if you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind going from store to store to find a particular item. The RedLaser app is available for iPhone, Windows Phone or Android systems.
Hate paying the high prices for gas and always on the lookout for that off brand gas station with the best possible gallon prices? Well release that portion of your brain from ever having to do that again with the GasBuddy free app, which allows you to find the cheapest gas in your neighborhood when you need to fill back up. Prices are constantly updated by the app’s users, so the prices are usually pretty accurate, even if they are changing on a daily basis. Users are encouraged to do this by being eligible to win $250 for every gas price they report. GasBuddy is available for download on both iOS and Android platforms.
If you travel regularly, then the Kayak free app is a must have. Much like the bargain travel website, Kayak scans the web in search of the best possible deals on flights, hotels and rental cars from just about every site possible. It then curates them all down into one list for you to easily peruse. There are even alerts that you can set up on the app itself every time fares you have set it to watch go down, so you can buy them before they sold out or the price goes back up. You can download the Kayak app for your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, iPad or Kindle Fire.
Amazon Price Check
Ever been at a store and wanted to know the price of something that is not marked? You have to find a clerk, have them do a price check, wait… this can take forever. However, with the convenient Amazon Price Check app, you can know exactly what a product costs immediately by scanning the bar code. This way, you can know what a product costs and then compare it through another great free app (listed above) to see if it is worth buying at this location. The Amazon Price Check app is available in both the iTunes Store, App Store for Android, and on Google Play.
The free Zipcar app will allow you to use the sometimes convenient zipcar service in a big city when you just need some wheels for a short amount of time. This is perfect for people who live in a big city where it is impractical and expensive to own a car. After you secure a membership (which is around sixty dollars per year) you have access to this free app that will allow you to find the zipcar locations nearby, so you can go pick up your car for an hourly rate and hit the road. This is so much cheaper than a rental car and sometimes even cheaper and always more convenient than public transportation. Get the Zipcar app for your iPhone or Android device.