Who doesn’t enjoy a good deal? Your iPhone is a gateway to a whole world of savings on just about every type of product and service you can imagine, you just have to know where to look!
Today we’ve hand-picked ten top-notch apps to help you save money. Rather than throwing a hundred apps at you that all do the same thing, we’ve chosen our favorites from a number of different categories so that you can save on everything from hotels to fancy shoes!
Groupon has been a huge hit with iPhone owners and is by far one of the most-discussed savings apps in the last year. The basic idea is that you can use the app to find and purchase great deals in your area. Initially, it might seem strange that you have to buy a coupon, but the savings are usually obvious enough that you can instantly see whether or not you’re getting a great deal.
A typical deal might include $20 in food at a local restaurant for only $10, which is awesome if you were planning on going out anyway. It’s not much use if you don’t live in a highly populated area, but if you live in a major city, you should definitely go download Groupon right away.
Clipping grocery coupons is a time-consuming task. First you have to find them by sorting through your junk mail and newspapers. Then you have to browse and decide what you might want to purchase. Finally, you spend forever cutting them out and organizing them for your trip to the store.
With Pushpins, you simply go to the store and scan whatever you’re buying. If there are any instant savings coupons available, they are automatically added to your shopper card and applied at the register. If you’re ready to ditch the scissors, check out this app.
My wife loves saving money so she lives on Coupons.com. This awesome site gives you tons printable coupons and savings that can be applied to your shopper card.
The iPhone app admittedly falls short of the full site, but if you need coupons on the go, it’s the only way to access the awesome savings from Coupons.com. It’s a free app so it’s definitely worth a download if you love coupons.
The idea here is simple: You’re in the store considering a product purchase, anything from a book to a television, and you wonder if the store is really giving you the best deal around. With this app, you can whip out your iPhone, snap a photo of the barcode and see how much that product is going for at other stores around you and online retailers.
There are tons of apps with this functionality on the App Store but Scandit is both free and has one of the highest customer ratings in the category. Check it out today and instantly become a savvy shopper!
Everyone hates overpaying at the pump. As fuel prices soar ever higher, you have more and more incentive to shop around and find the best deal before filling up. Fuel Finder (formerly GasBuddy) is a great app that makes it easy to save money every time your gauge hits E.
Though GasBuddy.com now has a free official app, many still prefer Fuel Finder’s slick interface and robust feature set. Fuel Finder can show you the cheapest gas and the closest gas, help you save money with a customized savings calculator based on your car and even connect you to roadside assistance if you don’t make it to the station! It also allows you to connect to your GasBuddy.com account so you get the best of both worlds.
You know the drill, apps like these compare flight and hotel prices so you can be sure to get the best deal. The problem is, there are so many of these apps that it’s hard to know where to turn. Look no further, Kayak looks great, has superior search and stellar results, allows you to track your flights and helps you stay on top of your itinerary.
If you don’t want to shell out the $0.99, there’s also a free ad-supported version that has all the same great features.
Whether you’re a casual drinker or a family man looking for a place to take the kids, it’s a good idea to check the happy hours for your local restaurants. Far beyond drink specials, happy hours usually come with great deals on appetizers or even delicious desserts.
This app makes it a breeze to find great happy hour specials in your neighborhood. There’s even an awesome filter that lets you view only venues with certain aspects such as free wifi and live entertainment.
If you have young children, you quickly discover that eating out is a lot more expensive than it used to be. You’d like to take your family to dinner once in a while, but it’s just too expensive. The trick is to find places that give out free kid’s meals with every adult meal purchase, that way you and your significant other can pay for two people while feeding four!
KidsEatFor is an attractive and simple app that helps you find restaurants in your area offering free or discounted kid’s meals. You can usually get a look at the menu as well so that you can be sure your picky kids will enjoy that free food that you worked so hard to get them.
The App Store is an amazing place that is bursting with quality free and discounted apps. However, there’s not necessarily a good built-in way to track apps that are currently on sale. Enter App Shopper and a million other competitors. App Shopper is by far my favorite app in this category. The interface is simple and makes it easy to apply a number of filters so that you can really drill down the selection much further than on the App Store.
We’re all addicted to apps, and it’s an expensive habit! But you can use AppShopper to keep an eye on apps that you’re interested in buying to see when they go on sale or are offered free.
So far we’ve seen apps for saving on everything from gas to groceries. But what if your interests are a little more sophisticated?
SalesCast helps you find discounts for many members-only online retailers that specialize in upscale fashion, including Rue La La, HauteLook, Ideeli, Billion Dollar Babes, and Daily Candy’s Swirl. Even classy shopaholics love saving money!
Which Apps Save You Money?
The collection above barely scratches the surface of the amazing deals you can find using your iPhone. Leave a comment below and let us know which apps you’ve found that are successful in saving you money.
Also be sure to let us know if you’ve tried any of the apps listed above and what you thought of them!