Money-saving apps

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January 22nd, 2019

You used to save money by clipping coupons or driving to the bank to make a deposit to your savings account, but now there’s an app for that—lots of them, actually. Here are some of the best money-saving apps to help you avoid wasteful spending, earn a few extra bucks, and maximize your investments.

Clarity Money (claritymoney.com): Do you keep meaning to cancel that gym membership or newspaper subscription that you no longer use? Clarity Money can help you save money by alerting you to unwanted subscriptions that you’re paying for every month.

Viggle (get.viggle.com): Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get paid to lounge on the couch and watch TV? Believe it or not, there’s an app even for that. Download Viggle, an app that lets you “check in” to live or streaming TV shows to earn points for watching. Redeem your points for gift cards, prizes, or cash.

Honey (joinhoney.com): Online shopping can be a great way to save time, but not when you have to waste 30 minutes (or more) scouring the Internet for a discount code before you place your order. That’s where the Honey app comes in. Install the app on your device and it will automatically search for discount codes while you shop, so you can be confident you’re getting the best possible price for your purchase.

Acorns (acorns.com): Now that people seldomly pay with cash, gone are the days of saving up loose change for a rainy day. But there’s a modern-day version that’s much more convenient: Link your credit and debit cards to the Acorn app and it will round up purchases to the nearest dollar and invest your virtual “spare change” in exchange-traded funds that you select based on your risk tolerance.

GasBuddy (gasbuddy.com): You could drive around town looking for the gas station with the best prices. Or you could simply download GasBuddy, an app that searches your city and lets you know where to find the cheapest gas. The app also has a handy trip planner feature that you can use to calculate how much you’ll spend on gas for a road trip.

Robinhood (robinhood.com): Investors will love this app, which lets you keep an eye on the stock market and invest in stocks, exchange-traded funds, options, and cryptocurrencies without paying a commission. The app also has a module to review your portfolio’s performance, so you can adjust your positions as often as needed.

Service (getservice.com): Retirement is a great time to see the world. If you’re a frequent flyer, put this money-saving app to work for you. Once you install it, the app automatically detects flight delays and disruptions based on your reservations and contacts the airline to get you compensation. It also monitors hotel reservations and automatically rebooks you if it detects a price drop on your room.

Scoutmob (local.scoutmob.com): The Scoutmob app is a great way to keep tabs on fun events and attractions in your town. Use the mobile deals function to find discounts for under-the-radar restaurants in your area. To cash in on a deal, just show your waiter the Scoutmob discount screen on your phone.

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