Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Savers Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.
I have shared with you before that I am in the Verizon Ambassador Program — well, I’ve been playing with my new toy! I went from an android phone, to a Blackberry and am back in my comfort zone with the new Droid Ultra.
Why am I comfortable?
I have apps again!
My Blackberry Z10 was great, but it totally lacked in the world of apps…and I use apps almost daily to save my family money.
I am sharing with you my top 8 money saving applications — all are FREE to add to your phone and save you a ton of money!
This helps you save 50-70% off your grocery shopping! With over 65,000 stores across the US included, it provides detailed ad match ups, links to coupons and lets you either email yourself or print out a list. Its great for both the novice coupon clipper and the veteran. You CAN get it from your phone app store, but I am one of the contributors to it and get a “kick” on the backside if you join through my link (HERE). I use that income to help the Madison Homeless Ministry of Bethel Lutheran Church.
2) Gas Buddy
Ever wanted to know where nearby gas stations are or their prices? You also get alerts when the prices are supposed to go up, so you can top off that tank before it does. That kind of savings can add up fast!
3) Yard Sale Treasure Map
Y’all know I am a garage sale junkie – but have a set $300 budget for our 5 month garage sale season in Wisconsin. This app lets you find local sales, search them by what you are specifically looking for, and optimize your route for gas and time efficiency. Way cool, right? It’s how I attack Waunakee’s citywide sale and hit only 10 houses. I get exactly what I am looking for and don’t have to get the giant map at the local gas station.
This is like a mail in rebate program but you don’t have to mail anything in! You can read more about it HERE but it’s pretty slick. I have averaged $15 a month savings on this – that comes to almost $200 a year, back in my pocket. It’s used at a lot of grocery stores, and discount stores, like Target or Wal-mart.
5) Best Parking
In the city and want to know where you can park or who has the best prices on parking? I found this VERY handy in Chicago! I scored parking through this app, at the same hotel I was staying at, that was almost half the price that the hotel was asking! Great for those trips to Chicago or Milwaukee.
- Get their RED card – credit or debit. You save 5% there, each time you use it.
- Use manufacturer coupons. Yup, they take them.
- Use Target STORE coupons – available on their website and phone app.
- Use your Cartwheel. These are ALSO Target store coupons, but you can use them with printed Target store coupons.
- Use ibotta. Get a Refund for things you purchase, in addition to everything else.
7) TGI Black Friday
If you were at one of my 28 Black Friday Boot Camp classes this fall, you know about this gem already! It adds all the ad scans for your favorite stores, even Amazon. It lets you search by store, by item and more. I had a pal looking for a Foodsaver, and after a quick search, it could tell her Farm ‘n Fleet had a great deal with a $50 gift card.
These are eCoupons — so basically, manufacturer coupons that you don’t have to clip to take to the store. The biggy: they don’t come off at the register, but are credited to your account after you shop. It’s kind of like ibotta, but you can use it AND ibotta together. They often have cool offers that you can stack with your clipped coupons, like $10 when you buy $30 of select P&G items. You can take that SavingStar offer, buy your $30 of P&G items using coupons and submit for your ibotta. Dont’cha just love double and triple dipping?
–>I hope this inspires you to save both money and time by simply using your smart phones! There are many other cool moneysaving apps out there, but these are my top favorites. Have ones you love that I didn’t list?
Please share – it helps us all.
Blessings – Dannelle