What are the best mobile apps for saving money? Our Facebook followers always surprise and delight us with their answers, so we thought we’d put the question to them.
The apps on our phones certainly have come a long way – from apps that can translate for you, to others that launch grouchy looking birds across the screen, it certainly seems like there’s something for everyone.
Get paid to shop with Quidco and Shopitize
I recommended Quidco and Shopitize. These are cashback applications which steadily put the pounds back in your pocket every time you shop with them. As long as you can afford to spend in the first place it sounds good to us!
We also love the ‘snap and save’ feature of Shopitize. Simply pick the item you want, take a picture of the barcode and Shopitize will tell you if there’s any special offers you need to know about. Modern technology, eh?
Topcashback, VoucherCodes.co.uk & Hotukdeals
These three suggestions came from Michael. They’re a favourite among money-saving enthusiasts (Rachel was once paid £10 cashback on a new coat via TopCashBack).
Shopping this way can also be a great way of saving unexpected coppers for a rainy day. You can’t immediately withdraw the money, but when it comes through you can pop it into a savings account.
VoucherCodes.co.uk also has tons of great discount codes as well as a friendly community who are eager to save a penny or two. You can save money on practically anything you would want to buy online.
HotUKDeals is a bustling hub of deals and discounts submitted by their dedicated community of forum members. They also have a great competitions section so if you fancy trying your hand at ‘comping’, then get stuck in!
VoucherCloud and Yelp
As we’ve often said, being smart with money does not always mean you can’t have a social life. You’re still entitled to have fun, see friends and try new places to hang out. You just need to do your research first.
The VoucherCloud app lets you search out deals and discounts from local restaurants, bars and cafes. They also have a huge selection of codes for department stores, clothing stores and travel packages.
Yelp can also save you a bunch of money with reviews on businesses in your local area, written by people just like you who want to see their money well spent. Some business will give you a special deal if you ‘check in’ to let your friends know where you are!
One way of saving on your phone bill is to look for cheaper alternatives to premium phone numbers. Joanne recommends SayNoTo0870, a handy app that seeks out cheaper local version of 0870 numbers. Your phone bill will certainly thank you for it.
If you’re sick of paying through the nose for texts and picture messaging, the popular doodad WhatsApp might just be the ticket.
Babs uses it to send photos and videos to her friends, saving a huge dent in her phone credit. (I’ll have to try this myself, Babs. I once got charged £10 for sending a group picture message! – Rachel)
Sometimes the best way to say it is by video, but only if it’s for free! Luckily Robert has recommended Tango, an app that allows you to make free video calls phone to phone. You can even jazz up any boring photos with pretty graphics.
No smartphone, no problem
We love our Facebook crowd for its no-nonsense approach, and Paulette keeps it to the point by swearing off smart phones altogether. She has a trusty non-app phone that does everything she needs, and only costs her £5 per month. Now that’s frugal!
Do you have any great phone apps to share? Tell us all about them in the comments.