I love my smart phone as much as the next person. I love having my music with me wherever I go, all my email accounts synced in one place, an 8 megapixel camera, the list goes on. However, above all of these things, I love my apps. There are so many great tools available with the push of a button, for pretty much any function you can dream of. Social media, restaurant reviews, to-lists, all of these things right at your fingertips. I have noticed lately that my ‘Finance’ folder is a little lighter than my other folders, so I thought I would take this opportunity to find some of the best money-saving or money-making apps. There are a long list of apps out there that will either pay you for doing certain tasks, or encourage you to save money, so I thought it would be a good idea to investigate a little further before I just download every app out there.
Money Saving Apps
ImpulseSave – This app links your existing checking account to a savings account and encourages you to save instead of making an impulse purchase. It makes you think about whether you really need that fourth blush brush, or if you should move that money over to savings instead. You’d be surprised how quickly the savings adds up, and how aware you become of your spending habits.
Ballpark E$timate – This app is really straightforward and will help you figure out how to start taking the right steps towards saving for your retirement. Input your information and the app will give you an idea of how saving x amount now will translate toward your retirement goals.
SnipSnap – This app allows you to take picture of paper coupons, organize them and then use them in the store. The downsides are that many stores do not take them without the physical coupon (that is how they get reimbursed), and it can be a little overwhelming if you are using a lot of coupons. It is a nice organizational tool however, and I still use it to save my time from cutting out coupons that I don’t actually ever end up using.
RetailMeNot – One of my favorite websites in smart phone form. I never ever finish an online checkout without checking this site for coupons first. It is maintained by users, so the coupon codes are often reliable, and they are given a percentage of how many people the code worked for so you can see which ones are legit.
Moneywise – This is a well-rounded budgeting app that will help you set a budget quickly and see where your spending goes throughout the month. It is really an eye opener to find out how much your ‘miscellaneous’ spending is costing you each month.
Money Making Apps
Gympact – I have to say, this app is pretty brilliant. You have the opportunity to be motivated, and get paid for being healthy all at the same time. With Gympact you make a commitment to workout a certain amount, and when you track your workout in the app you get paid for it. However, the catch is that if you flake on a workout, then you’ll be the one forking over the cash.
Shopkick – Shopkick is an amazing app…when I remember to use it! This app gives you incentives for shopping at certain stores and checking into them. You can also get ‘kicks’ when you scan items or make purchases, depending on the store. Maybe I need to use a reminder app to use this app when I get to the store.
Viggle – If getting paid to go to the gym is not your speed, look no further than Viggle. This app syncs to your tv by listening to the show your watching and then gives you points for how long you watch. They often host interactive viewing parties and trivia for things like award shows, the Superbowl and other events that can score you a lot of points. You can then redeem the points for gift cards, or items like a Kindle Fire, or Macbook Air.
If I missed any must have money-saving or making apps, please let me know in the comments. Come back tomorrow for a new social media tool review, better yet enter your email address at the top of the page and get the review right to your inbox. What can I say? I aim to please.