Best Money Saving Apps

I’ve decided if I’m going to spend the extra money to have a smart phone I might as well find ways to save when I use it.

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I’m always curious to see what apps people have on their phone, and I’m always looking for great apps that help you save money. I rarely pay for apps, and when it comes to money saving apps I definitely want to find the best free apps available.

Here are my top five FREE apps I use most often to save money.

Favado

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 8.18.57 AMFavado is an app I helped develop last year. If you want to save money on your groceries and hate clipping coupons, just open up Favado and check all the latest sale prices on items in your local stores.

If you like to use coupons, Favado shows those to you as well. I use Favado most of the time when I need to run to the store to pick up a few things. I browse the sales at my local stores and shop at the store with the most items I need on sale.

You can also use Favado to create your grocery list, send yourself coupons, and get notified when your favorite items go on sale.

It’s available for IOS and Android. Download Favado today! 

Ibotta

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 8.30.32 AMI have to admit I was a little slow to get on the Ibotta wagon. The idea of scanning/ taking a picture of my receipts did not appeal to me. But after seeing ALL my friends sharing it on Facebook I decided to give it a try.

It isn’t that hard to “earn coupons” by doing things like tweeting about the coupon or taking a poll. Each action only takes a few seconds and can earn you $.25 to $0.50.

If you love to coupon I highly recommend Ibotta because you can use Ibotta coupons with manufacture coupons, doubling your savings.

As an extra bonus, Favado will let you know when there is an Ibotta coupon matched up with the sale item. Let the apps do the work for you and you rake in the savings!

Ibotta is available for IOS and Android. Download Ibotta today

GasBuddy

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 8.28.35 AMGasBuddy has been around a very long time. It collects data on gas prices submitted by users. Gas prices change daily (sometimes hourly or so it seems) so make sure you check the time the price was entered.

GasBuddy gives away cash to folks who submit gas prices. It just takes a few seconds to add your gas price and it helps the whole community save.

GasBuddy is available for IOS, Android and Windows phones. Download GasBuddy today!

Cartwheel 

Target Cartwheel appI prefer apps that help me save no matter where I shop, but I can’t pass up a great way to save at Target since I spend a lot of time and money at that store!

With Cartwheel you can add Target offers on your phone or computer. No cutting coupons or forgetting them at home or work. When you shop at Target just show your barcode at the register and save.

You can use Cartwheel offers again and again. Hardcore couponers can stack them with other coupons, sales and your debit or credit REDcard reward savings.

Cartwheel is available on IOS and Android. Download Cartwheel today!

Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight- free travel appHotel Tonight might be my new favorite app. If you are traveling and need a hotel room, instead of booking ahead try the Hotel Tonight app. It searches hotels in your area (or the area you will be) and finds great prices on unsold rooms.

The hotels have reviews, ratings, and pictures in the app to help you make the best decision. I used it when I traveled to Canada this summer and ended up with a resort hotel room for the price of a cheap motel.

You can even book directly in the app. If you travel at all, get this app if you haven’t already!

Hotel Tonight is available for IOS, Android, and Windows. Download Hotel Tonight today! 

 

What are your favorite money saving apps? 

 

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Target: Free Shipping and Free Returns

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It’s no secret that Target is one of my favorite places to shop. I’m not as big of a fan of shopping in store during the holiday season because it sometimes seems like it is more trouble than it’s worth to try and navigate the sea of Christmas shoppers.

If you are looking for an alternative to Amazon shopping and you don’t have Amazon Prime here’s how you can save online at Target. 

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Free shipping on orders $50 or more at Target.

Orders over $50 at Target ship free. This is available in the 48 contiguous states as well as our military families with APO/FPO addresses.

Free same-day store pickup.

I LOVE same-day store pickup. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to shop. Shop online and then quickly pick up your items in the store the very same day. This is great if you have small kids and don’t want to spend too much time in the toy aisle this holiday season.

Redcard holders get free shipping.

I don’t recommend getting a credit card, but if you already have a Target Redcard take advantage of free shipping when you use your card. You also save 5% on your purchases, so the savings definitely starts to add up!

Free shipping and 5% off with subscriptions.

Target has a similar program to Amazon where you can set up recurring delivery of items you buy frequently. These items always ship free and you also save an additional 5% with subscriptions.

Free returns.

Did you know that you are return items purchased online for free? This is a huge benefit to shopping online at Target! You can always return for free in-store, but you can also print out a shipping label on Target.com and ship it back for free.

Cartwheel App & Target Coupons

If you shop in store don’t forget to download the Cartwheel app on your smart phone. You can combine Cartwheel offers with Target coupons and manufacture coupons. This is a great way to stack the savings when you are shopping in store. You can find all Target store coupons here.

Target always has great sales and with free returns I think they are giving Amazon a run for their money this holiday season. Before you order on Amazon, check out Target.com to see if you can get a better deal!

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Christmas Emergencies: Stores Open on Christmas

The day is finally here and your kid is excitedly unwrapping the perfect present. You see the flash of joy and happiness in their eyes as the paper tears away. Its one of those cherished moments that you store in your heart forever. But disaster strikes as your kid asks for batteries to turn it on. Panic and tears ensue. It’s a Christmas emergency!

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Stores Open on Christmas

Whether it is a battery famine or a fever induced meltdown, emergencies happen every day, even on Christmas. As much as we hope to not have to run out on Christmas it’s always good to know who is actually open. I did the research so you won’t need to panic!

Convenience Stores

  • 7-Eleven is open all day.
  • CVS
  • Walgreens

Restaurants and Food

  • IHOP
  • Starbucks
  • Waffle House is open all day.
  • Wawa

Call ahead before heading out. Some of the stores have Christmas specific times and hours can vary by location.

Do you guys know of any other stores that are open?

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Free Shipping Day is Here!

The day everyone has been waiting all December for is here! Okay, maybe not the day but its a good one.

Free Shipping Day

Chances are you haven’t finished shopping for Christmas. You might even be on the verge of a panic attack. But don’t worry! This day is your chance to pull off all of your last minute shopping with none of the stress. December 18th, is Free Shipping Day!

Over 750 retailers are participating this year by offering free shipping when you order online. This year each retailer has agreed to not set a minimum buying requirement and they guarantee delivery by Christmas. Here are just a few of the great retailers that are participating.

For even more savings check out Savings.com and Ebates! And check out this post for other ways to get Free Shipping.

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