Smartphones have quickly become commonplace in our tech savvy society, but not enough of us use them to their full financial capacity.
We’re more likely to be Candy Crushing than crunching cash budgets, wasting time and money in the process.
To get that powerful computer in your pocket paying itself off, here are six of the best apps for saving money and managing your budget.
Pocketbook is all about managing money – a critical skill to have in order to save any. The app combines bank accounts, bills, transactions and financial goals in one central place. It also stops impulse spending by taking all transactions straight from your bank account and plugging them into a live budget.
Kayak compares hundreds of travel sites for deals on flights, hotels and car rentals and allows you to choose where you book from. Kayak also predicts whether flight prices will rise or fall, and provides an itinerary and flight status once it’s all booked. This time and money saver is currently offered in 31 countries and 17 languages, and best of all, it’s free.
MotorMouth helps Aussie motorists get the best deal on petrol by reporting prices for about 1,200 service stations on a daily basis. Prices are posted twice a day, allowing you to search for the cheapest fuel price in your local area. Users can also register to receive free fuel price email alerts. The service currently covers Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Darwin, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, and is compatible with iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
The Happiest Hour
Providing up-to-date food and drink specials in a wide range of venues, The Happiest Hour is a free app helping save money on eating and drinking out. The app lets users search by day of the week and city, as well as category deals on beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and food. Alerts can also be sent for one-off specials. At the moment, the app covers Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Brisbane.
Lasoo is a free app which lets users search through digital versions of paper catalogues, making it great for the environment and easy for people on the go. Users can hunt for sales from retailers including Target, Big W, IKEA, Coles, Myer and Officeworks. Lasoo finds out if the product is on sale, where it’s sold and the nearest retailers to you.
If you love apps and can’t help checking out the latest craze, Appminer will definitely come in handy. It alerts users to when their favourite apps go on sale or become free. It might not save big bucks, but will definitely curb that impulse purchasing.
So, get a few of these to go along with your games or fitness apps – your bank account will thank you for it.