25 Apps That Will Save You Mad Cash
Apps are glorious little buttons that make life easier—or at least more fun. You can listen to podcasts while running, keep all your rewards cards in one place, and score instant coupons with a single click!
The only thing better than a great app is a great free app. That’s why we compiled this list of free money-saving apps you need in your arsenal.
The Discount Givers
When you can’t find a discount elsewhere, check out the Hobby Lobby app. It has 40% off one regularly priced item all the time. Just pull it up, show your cashier, and you’re done. Stores like Michaels, Ulta, Old Navy and Kohl’s have reliable apps to help your wallet as well.
The Deal Scanners
Want to see if you can find a coupon for a specific item? Take a picture with SnipSnap. Its online assistant, Scout, searches for coupons, rebates, price matches and online deals. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, try RetailMeNot or Coupon Sherpa. For a cash-back option on your purchases, Ibotta has got you covered.
The Gas Savers
For the cheapest gas around, GasBuddy is your friend. This is especially helpful when you’re on vacation and not familiar with your surroundings. And if you’re traveling for work, MileIQ will track your mileage for later reimbursement and tax purposes. Waze alerts you to possible road delays so you can get to your destination faster—and with less gas.
The Ride Sharers
If you haven’t tried Uber or Lyft yet, these apps can get you anywhere you need to go without the hassle of a taxi or a rental. They save you time and money, plus you get to meet a new friend with insider information about the town you’re visiting!
The Bed Finders
For your next getaway, try Airbnb to discover super affordable rooms, apartments or whole houses to rent. If you prefer a hotel and you’re flexible enough to wait until the last minute, Hotel Tonight can score you amazing discounts on unfilled rooms.
The Heavy Hitters
Walmart’s Savings Catcher allows you to scan your receipt after your purchase and get an eGift card if a competitor has a lower advertised price. Target enthusiasts know that Cartwheel is the cherry on top of their shopping experience. Use the app to see if your purchases are on sale, and you could land an easy 25% off or more! Nice!
The Reward Earners
Shopkick gives you points toward gift cards just for walking into the stores you visit all the time. Or if you’re more of an online shopper, download Ebates and earn cash back on purchases you would have made anyway!
The Grocery Helpers
If you don’t have your local grocery store’s app, you’re likely missing out on valuable coupons! Use them! Or save time by using a personal shopping service like Shipt (stores like Walmart and Kroger may offer this in your area too). And keep your grocery list more organized with OurGroceries, which allows family members to update the list from their own devices.
The Stress Savers
We all have to-dos and errands we keep forgetting to write down. Download Wunderlist and get them done. While you’re at it, keep your money organized with the EveryDollar iPhone or Android app. You can even sync up your budget with your spouse so you’re on the same page with your money goals.
We all lead busy lives. Let these apps make your daily shopping, traveling and planning easier and less expensive. Download your favorites and start saving more money to put toward what matters most to you.