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Save Money Monday: Even More Apps to Save You Money

PennySaver wants to make sure you have all of the apps that can you increase your savings, so for this installment in our Save Money Monday series, we’re going to highlight even more free apps, designed to help you save money.


Cell phones are as common as wallets these days and, with the right app, may actually come to replace the wallet in the future. This is because a cell phone is no longer just a phone but also a mini computer that operates as a digital toolbox, helping you through your day to day activities. Most of these apps are free to download and use and many have been developed for your convenience, primarily to help save you money. Below are a list of some of the best free cell phone apps on the market that will keep a few more dollars in your pocket.

iSlick

Save Money Monday: iSlick app can save you money on technology. If you want to find a specific gadget or piece of technology that was too expensive when it first hit the market and may have now gone down in price, you have to download iSlick. This free app allows you to search every retailer out there for the gadget and it’s price, both in-store and online. It will also allow you to price watch all the new gadgets and pieces of technology and give you updates whenever these prices go down, so you can be on top of every new technological trend. Available for download on your iPhone/iPad, Android and Nook.

Google Voice

Google Voice is a free app from Google that does a number of incredibly helpful things. It allows you to send text messages with just your voice, and also allows you to get text transcriptions of your voicemails for free. You can also opt to keep your actual number from showing up on people’s caller IDs if you are placing a business call from a personal line and vice versa. But the place Google Voice saves you the most amount of money is through international calls, which allows you to do so with a transparent, flat rate. So if you’re travelling around the world, you’ll be able to talk to whoever you want without spending an arm and a leg.

Onavo Extend

Save Money Monday: Onavo app will save you money on your data plans. If you are trying to get the most you possible can out of your smartphone plan, then downloading the Onavo Extend app will help you to use as much data as possible without having to pay for it. This app compresses emails and downloads, allowing you to get as much as four times the data plan you signed up for. It does this by diverting the data coming down to your smartphone through cloud-based servers, so that all the content that comes to you has already been compressed. So if you’re trying to save money on your cell phone bill, this is the perfect free app for you.

AirBnB

This free app from the popular website, AirBnB allows travelers to find rooms in the place they are visiting that are cheaper than any hotel imaginable and often in a better location. AirBnB allows people with apartments or condos to list their places online for travelers to stay in at a fraction of the price a hotel would cost. This app allows you to literally find the open AirBnB places near you and contact them to see if you can get a room. Available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

Spotify

The music app that is totally free and allows people to listen to even more music than they knew existed may be one of the best on the market. Spotify has changed the music industry again, much like Pandora changed it. While you won’t own any of the music for free through Spotify, you’ll be able to listen to more than 15 million tracks total whenever you want.

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Save Money Monday: Free Apps that Keep Your Wallet Full

PennySaver wants to keep you ahead of the curve, so for this installment in our Save Money Monday series, we’re going to highlight some free apps that will help you save money.


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

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.

GasBuddy

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.

Kayak

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.

Zipcar

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.

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Save Money Monday: Going to garage sales

First of all: Happy New Year to all the PennySaverUSA blog readers!

Since Monday was a holiday, Save Money Monday comes a bit late this week. That’s okay, though, because we’ve got something really special for you today.mogasa_garage_sale_app_300x250

Usually in Save Money Monday, we focus on the most effective couponing methods, but there are many different ways to save money. One of the best is by going to garage sales and buying quality used items at a fantastic price.

Thankfully, the days of having to drive around aimlessly in search of garage sale signs are over. PennySaverUSA has a new mobile garage sale app, called MOGASA, available for download from iPhone or Android that allows you to find and get directions for garage sales anywhere in the United States. You can also advertise your garage sales on the app just by registering.

The best part … the app is completely free!

With thousands of nationwide listings, MOGASA is a must-have mobile resource for garage sale enthusiasts. And if you are interested in saving money, and aren’t one yet, it would behoove you to quickly become a garage sale enthusiast.

Whether you are in need of home decorating items, tools, clothes, toys, collectibles, furniture, or just about anything; a garage sale is an excellent place to search for the items you need without spending much money.

Save Money Monday will return to it’s regularly scheduled time slot next week and resume tips and ideas for couponing, but every Tuesday, PennySaverUSA will dedicate the PennySaverUSA blog to MOGASA with tips and ideas for going garage sale hunting.

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Make Money Monday: Make and save with new daily deals site SaverTime

PennySaverUSA.com will typically focus on jobs during the Make Money Monday feature, but this is a special day that calls for a one-week detour. It’s the launch of our daily deals site SaverTime!

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Spread the word about SaverTime and earn credits.

Sometimes the best way to make money is to save money, but with SaverTime you can actually do both. In addition to offering great coupons, SaverTime’s 5-3-2 Rewards Program allows you to receive credits the more friends in your network buy a deal. You can then use those credits towards deals and end up with an awesome coupon without having to spend a penny.

As if a daily deal program that helps you Make Money Monday and save money at the same time wasn’t enough, there are several other advantages SaverTime has over the other daily deals sites.

Unlike so many other daily deal sites that have either national or regional deals that might be completely irrelevant for you depending on where you live, SaverTime stays true to its local focus. When you sign up, you will be asked to select your locations (you can pick as many or as few as you like). You will then only get daily deals emails dedicated to your locations (for each location you add to your favorites, you’ll have to subscribe to get the emails).  That way you don’t have to read through an email with daily deals from some place you will never visit. Not all locations are ready quite yet, so if you don’t see your area of residence, please check back periodically.

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Enter for a chance to win up to $1,000 in the SaverTime contest.

Another thing that separates SaverTime from your average daily deals site is that it offers practical coupons you will actually use. It can get frustrating when you get repeated daily deals featuring unusual goods or services that aren’t really functional at all. SaverTime deals are designed to help you save money on every-day expenses like your car or home.

To make it even more convenient to use SaverTime, you can get Deals-On-The-Go using your mobile phone, and as if you needed any other reasons to join, SaverTime is offering prizes of up to $1,000 in its free contest!

You won’t want to get that oil change or gutter cleaned without consulting SaverTime first to see if a money-saving deal is available. Stay up to date with everything SaverTime on their Facebook page and Twitter feed. What are you waiting for? Become a member!

Disclaimer: For now, SaverTime is only offering daily deals in California, but it will be adding Florida over the next month, and is open to adding more states. Please tell us where you’d like to see us go in the comments.

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