There are so many ways you can use your favorite techy gadget to save you money. If you are going to take it everywhere you go, why not put it to work for something besides Facebook or Angry Birds? Here are some ways your smartphone can save you money that you may not have thought of!
Ways Your Smartphone Can Save You Money
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1. Apps, apps and more apps. Everyone knows that the best thing about having a smartphone is all the fun apps you can put on it to simplify life and keep you entertained. However, did you know there are apps out there to help you find the best price of gas in your area (Gas Buddy)? Or how about apps designed to do the price matching for you when you head out to buy groceries (Favado)? There’s an app that gives your rebates on purchases (Ibotta). Target has a mobile coupon app that will save you money (Cartwheel). Most of these apps are free, and they will help you keep your finances in check.
2. Use your calculator function. The calculator on your smartphone is one of the best ways to make sure you stay in budget. Just use it while you go through the store and add up things as you go along or figure out exactly how much a % off is (this is especially good if you’re not great at math). This way, there are no surprises when you get to the register on what you will be paying and you can better monitor if something is really a good deal.
3. Use your smartphone as a camera. No need to buy a fancy camera. These days smartphones take great photos and there are several apps that you can use to edit your photos to make them even better.
4. Look up digital coupons and deals in-store. Many times, advertisers do not advertise some of the deals they have. Instead, they have them available only if you search them out online. Google digital coupons that can be used right at the register while you check out. Also, find out if your favorite stores do digital text coupons. One store, Target, has an SMS text service that will send those that subscribe coupons periodically that contain a QR or Bar code that can be scanned for savings.
5. Track your spending with your smartphone. If you are trying to keep your budget in check, getting an app that allows you to track your spending, such as the one from MINT.com, will help you do that. MINT’s app allows you to track spending, deposits and more while keeping an eye on all your bank activity. OneReceipt let’s you track your spending by taking a photo of your receipt & uploading it to your account.
6. Save money on gas AND not buying a GPS system by using your phone’s navigation. Typically, most smartphones have built in navigation or you can get a free app. Even if you are not new to your area, you may be taking the longer way around to your destinations. Use your navigation to find routes that are the quickest way to get to any destination thereby saving you not only time, but gas.
7. Use your smartphone to compare prices. If you really like to compare prices, but don’t want to drive from store to store, use your smartphone at one store to look up prices at nearby competitors for their prices on the same item. You may find that you are already holding the lowest price on that item, and which case you just saved time and money by not having to drive all over. Plus, your smartphone gives you the ability to not only compare brick and mortar store prices, but also hunt for a better deal online. Use the lower price to price match!
Hope this gives you some new ideas. How do you use your smartphone to save you money?