[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]According to an article on CNN.com as of March 2012, more than 50% of adults either own a smartphone (iPhone, Blackberry, or Android) or a phone that operates on a smartphone platform. We use our phones not only to communicate, but to surf the web, keep track of appointments, check email, listen to music, and so much more.
With over 500,000 apps available in Apple’s App Store and over 500,000 for Google’s Android system, Apple’s catch-phrase, “There’s an app for that!” is more relevant than ever. We can download apps that serve as a flashlight, edit photos, scan barcodes, track weight loss, and more.
Not surprisingly, there are a ton of apps out there designed to help you create and maintain a budget and save money on purchases. Saving money is becoming a priority for most American households. Most families have been impacted by the downturn in the economy and are looking for more efficient and effective ways to cut costs
We’ve compiled a list of smart phone apps to help you save money. They will not only help you create and maintain a budget, but also help you save money on purchases such as gas, groceries, and more.
Groupon provides daily deals on various services and products specific to your geographic location. You might find heavily discounted massages, manicures, travel packages, and more. You can sign up via their website to receive deals or you can download their mobile app which sends deals directly to your phone.
Shopsavvy is an app that allows you to find the best price of any item you’re looking to purchase, including 20 million products at over 20 thousand local and online retailers. With this app, you simply scan the item’s barcode and Shopsavvy will tell you where you can get the product at the lowest price.
GroceryIQ is both a shopping list application and a coupon database. It works with coupons.com, so it features savings on grocery items.
Mint.com allows you to manage your money more efficiently. You can track, budget, and manage your money all in one place. You can easily identify where you’re spending and where you can save. It links directly to you bank, credit, loan, and retirement accounts so you can see everything at once..
Gas Buddy will locate the gas station nearest to you with the most affordable gas. It includes maps and a guide that lets you know when prices were last updated.