25 Thrifty Apps to Save You Money

Are you struggling to keep track of your spending? Perhaps you’re saving up for something special, or maybe you would just like to have a little extra cash left over at the end of each month? Well, iPhone.AppStorm can help.

We have compiled a list of 25 free or inexpensive apps that can help save you money in the long run. Hit the jump to discover which ones made the cut!

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Shopping

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Grocery Gadget

Grocery Gadget is designed to save you time and money when grocery shopping by scanning barcodes instead of tediously typing out each item. It can also sync each list with your spouse or other family member so that you can shop twice as fast and compare product prices across stores to ensure that you are getting the best deal.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Pingwell, Inc.
Download: App Store

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Groupon

Groupon can save you a lot of money on, well, everything! Browse through various gift certificates available for purchase at a discounted price, each one ready to use at a time convenient for you.

Groupon gift certificates make an ideal last-minute gift and will cost you far less than buying that particular product or experience directly from the retailer itself, with an average discount of 50 to 90 percent.

Price: Free
Developer: Groupon, Inc.
Download: App Store

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eBay

Sell any unwanted goods on eBay and make yourself a pretty penny. Listing an item is easy and the app will send you an alert when the auction is about to end so that you do not forget to ship your item and collect your cash.

Let’s face it, nothing can quite compare to the thrill of earning money from that hideous sweater that Aunt Sheila bought you for Christmas 2010!

Price: Free
Developer: eBay, Inc.
Download: App Store

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RedLaser

RedLaser is one of the best money-saving apps available, and can locate the cheapest online and offline retailer of every product that you scan.

Additionally, if you use RedLaser in an actual store, it can tell you the opening times, display a store map and even give details of any promotions that the store is currently running.

Price: Free
Developer: eBay, Inc.
Download: App Store

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Quidco

Earn money while you shop with Quidco, a United Kingdom-based service where you are awarded with a percentage of money for every online purchase that you make.

Quidco also includes voucher codes plus a chance to earn even more money when you visit a store in person and check in via the app.

Price: Free
Developer: Maple Syrup Media Ltd
Download: App Store

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CardStar

If, like me, your purse is overflowing with loyalty cards from various stores, give CardStar a try. It can store every card digitally by simply taking its photograph, eliminating the need to carry each one around with you and ensuring that they are always on hand.

Price: Free
Developer: Constant Contact, Inc.
Download: App Store

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CompareMe

CompareMe does exactly what it says on the tin: comparing product prices and sizes to help you find the best deal.

Occasionally, you may find that a deal is not actually as good as it looks, and that it is cheaper to buy that item individually rather than as part of the offer — that’s something you wouldn’t ordinarily notice without the use of CompareMe.

Price: $1.99
Developer: CodeDifferent
Download: App Store

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mySuperList

mySuperList is a grocery comparison app that compares the prices of Asda, Tesco and other U.K. supermarkets to discover the cheapest store to do your weekly shopping.

Each item can be scanned to speed up the process, and mySuperList will remember every single shopping list you have ever entered for future use.

Price: Free
Developer: mySupermarket
Download: App Store

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Grocery IQ

Are you a avid couponer? Then Grocery IQ is the app for you. All coupons featured in Grocery IQ are available to print, email, or add to your loyalty cards to ensure that you never miss a bargain.

Grocery IQ can also be used as a shopping list and includes a store locator to find all local supermarkets in your area.

Price: Free
Developer: Coupons.com
Download: App Store

Personal Finance

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Account Tracker

Keep track of your finances with Account Tracker, an incredibly useful app that can monitor multiple accounts, ranging from debit and credit cards to loans and mortgages.

Account Tracker can even set up a budget and will warn you if you are about to go over it to save on bank charges.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Graham Haley
Download: App Store

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IOU

Use IOU to jot down the amount of money people owe you or list any items you may have lent to someone. Tapping the amount will send an SMS or email reminder to the person in question, encouraging them to pay up.

Price: Free
Developer: Sabeni
Download: App Store

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Mint

Mint is a free personal finance manager which can track all manner of accounts. It will automatically categorize each and every transaction, and then create a customized budget especially for you.

Price: Free
Developer: Mint.com
Download: App Store

Travel

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Carticipate

Want to save yourself some cash and help the environment at the same time? Try Carticipate, a carpooling app which matches you up with local people traveling in the same direction as yourself.

Carpooling is ideal for those of us who blow most of their monthly budget on fuel and tolls, not to mention a great way to make new friends and socialize before and after a long day at work.

Price: Free
Developer: Carticipate, Inc.
Download: App Store

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My Gas Mileage Calculator

My Gas Mileage Calculator calculates exactly how much fuel is needed to transport you from A to B, simply by inputting the driving distance, gas mileage and current gas prices.

Planning a trip using My Gas Mileage Calculator will also help you budget accordingly, leaving you with more money to play with once you have reached your destination.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Jgytec
Download: App Store

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GasBuddy

GasBuddy can help you find the cheapest gas prices in your area, saving you money in the long run. Enter your city or ZIP Code to view a map displaying the cheapest places to buy gas surrounding you at that moment in time, and earn prizes and free gas for submitting current prices.

Price: Free
Developer: GasBuddy Organization, Inc.
Download: App Store

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Trapster

Trapster is a free app that will alert you to any speed traps, traffic and other hazards so that you can avoid that particular route and go a different direction.

If you’re lost, Trapster will also give you directions to your destination, along with any places of interest along the way.

Price: Free
Developer: Reach Unlimited Corporation
Download: App Store

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Skyscanner

Skyscanner compares the prices of over 1,000 flights in less than a minute, displaying the lowest fares available, ready to purchase direct from the airline itself.

Planning a vacation yourself is usually a lot cheaper than booking it through a travel agent, and Skyscanner is a quick and easy way of sorting out the first leg of your journey.

Price: Free
Developer: Skyscanner
Download: App Store

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Booking.com

Booking.com has accommodation to suit every budget, from hostels, apartments, hotels and even castles! All you’ve got to do is input where and in what you’d like to stay and then Booking.com will do the rest.

Price: Free
Developer: Booking.com
Download: App Store

Food & Drink

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Chef Plan

Planning your weekly meals is one of the simplest ways to save money and cut down on waste, and Chef Plan has now made this process even easier by planning each meal digitally.

Once you add a dish, Chef Plan will suggest another meal for that week so that you have varied diet, and it also includes the date of the last time you ate that particular meal.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Alberto Gasparin
Download: App Store

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Dinner Spinner

If you’re feeling uninspired in the kitchen, give Dinner Spinner a whirl. Enter or scan an ingredient and this ingenious app will compile a huge list of recipes to cook, with something to suit every dietary need.

Price: Free
Developer: All Recipes, Inc.
Download: App Store

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BigOven

Running low on supplies? No time to pop to the store? Never fear, BigOven is here to lend a helping hand. Enter ten ingredients that you currently have in your kitchen and BigOven will suggest a selection of things to make with them.

BigOven includes over 250,000 recipes, and even has an in-built shopping list which you can add to as you browse each recipe.

Price: Free
Developer: BigOven.com
Download: App Store

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CheckPlease

CheckPlease takes the awkwardness out of dining with friends who are notoriously bad at math. If you frequently find yourself paying more than your fair share of the bill, then this app is a must-have.

CheckPlease can accurately calculate the exact amount each person has to pay, and can even handle tips and multiple currencies, too.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Catamount Software
Download: App Store

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KidsEatFree

KidsEatFree will locate every restaurant in your area where children can dine for free with a paying adult, proving there is such a thing as a free meal.

Boasting over 8,000 places to eat for free, KidsEatFree is a must-have app for families looking to save a little money.

Price: $0.99
Developer: YOUniversal Ideas
Download: App Store

Communication

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0870

0870 switches expensive telephone numbers into cheaper landline numbers. Featuring a database of over 25,000 numbers, 0870 is a useful app to own if you find yourself frequently racking up a large bill, and will no doubt have a substitute number for all of your needs.

Price: Free
Developer: Chris Ryan
Download: App Store

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Skype

Call your friends and family for free with Skype rather than paying expensive cellphone charges. Skype can also be used for video calls, instant messaging, and photo sharing, too, and won’t cost you a dime to use, leaving you to spend your money on something more worthwhile instead.

Price: Free
Developer: Skype Communications
Download: App Store