5 Money Saving Apps That You Should be Using Now

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Over the years a number of technological inventions have promised to help those who would like to better control their finances, including the calculator and the personal computer. And with the recent advent of the smart phone, and the app-based platforms they use, a number of applications have been developed which promise to give users more control over their finances than ever. Here we will take a look at some of these apps.

Mint for Personal Finance

For those looking to chart a bright financial future, the Mint app for iPhone, Windows 8, and Android, is a tried and true resource. Mint allows users to manage savings, investments, and even monthly expenses, such as auto loan and mortgage payments, all from one convenient app.

Retailmenot for Coupon Savings

In the effort to save money it is always a good idea to spend less for an item when possible, or even purchase a similar item which may be cheaper. Retailmenot is a platform which allows its users to take advantage of various deals and coupons. The app not only offers users valuable savings, but it also features alerts - which will notify you about deals which you may find appealing. There's also a location-based system which will allow you to find deals in stores which are closest to your location. Similar applications include those by Groupon and LivingSocial.

Comparison Shop with RedLaser

RedLaser is an application which allow users to compare pricing in an instant. You simply have to scan a product and the software will look for the same item at nearby retailers in order to help you determine if it may be found more cheaply elsewhere. Additionally, RedLaser even allows you to make the purchase online and then swing by the store to pick it up.

Whatsapp for Staying Connected

For the affordable price of just 99¢ per year, after a full year free, WhatsApp users can send unlimited messages to one another and avoid costly text messaging charges altogether. Especially for those who travel abroad, using the WhatsApp can help you stay in touch with family and friends without having to pay expensive international text messaging fees.

Skype to Talk for Free

Skype has grown in popularity due to the fact that anyone with Skype can make unlimited video calls to all other Skype users - free of charge. Skype has grown to such proportions that it is now routinely used for both business and personal purposes. For those looking to call non-Skype numbers, the company offers affordable calling plans for many of the major countries around the world. You can even buy a local phone number in a foreign country and have it directed to your Skype account.



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