Let’s face it, the most used device nowadays is the smartphone, even if we don’t want to admit how much we depend on it. When checking email, using social media, texting, taking pictures, talking, using it as a search engine or simply as a flashlight, the phone is there, a necessary, very expensive smart device. The following ten apps will help you to save and make money by using your phone.
If you are looking to score a deal and save money by not paying full retail price, look no farther, the Slickdeals app is the way to go. The engine behind this app is Slickdeals.net, an website with a very active community dedicated to hunting the web for great deals. The app has the option to customize instant alerts to be sent to you so you will not miss a good deal on a specific item. You’ll find deals on a multitude of items from travel and electronics to groceries, you name it. Here you can also find coupons, secrete discount codes, and as a bonus the community is providing detailed product reviews.
This app is exactly what it says it is, a tool to help when searching for the best gas prices in a specific area in North America or Australia. Who doesn’t want a quick app to save a couple of bucks when vacation is coming? If travel by car, the app can make you instantly a connoisseur of an area without having to hunt for secret local deals. Moreover, it is easy to use: the search engine by city and zip code matches the most familiar search setups and the app is pretty clean and direct. If in need for more help you can refine your search and redirect the site to pay for gas or to plan a trip with a pretty accurate price estimation. An avid traveler myself, I often prized my search skills when looking for the best prices online and I can tell that this is a tool that checks my list: how to find the best price, for the best quality, fast. Like it or not we live in a world where time matters, so having a helpful tool like GasBuddy will win you some precious time, and pocket money. With more time on your hands you can enjoy new site seeing when travelling, or buy ice-cream for the kids with the extra money saved on gas.
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It offers real-time market data for investors in stocks, options, cryptocurrency and ETFs. The app got big really fast with millions of users looking to invest in the stock market. A newbie of stock market myself, I was relieved to find an easy-going commission-free investment company that I can use on my phone. With just a few thumbs moves you can buy shares to your favorite company or even discover an investment opportunity in the next new Apple. Everybody loves to check on their investments but few people are willing to deal with the complicated graphics and the avalanche of data that other sites tend to post for accuracy. Well, we are not all trained economists! I prefer to get a clear image of what is going on with my finances without all the guilt of not understanding complicated trade metalanguage.
Since the camera has been attached to our phones, and encouraged by the social media explosion, we all became overnight photographers. Everybody likes to take a selfie, snap a few pictures of some fancy dish, take photos while traveling or even become a self-declared journalist. Most of the time we upload these images to social media sites or leave them stored in our phone, cluttering our memory. But what if there is an opportunity to make money on those photos? Dreamstime Companion app will help you to do exactly that. First sign in for an account joining a community of over half million of photographers. Next start uploading your pictures straight from your phone adding a title, a short description, and at least five keywords. The app will notify you when the image is online and ready sale. Once you upload your images with the Dreamstime Companion app, they will soon be available for people to purchase on the Dreamstime Buyer’s App. Now a few useful tips: users can sell their images as editorial (with logos and faces visible) or as commercial content which means no logos or people unless there is a signed model release. One more thing, if you are witnessing an event that is newsworthy you can snap a few pictures, upload them to this app and your best images will be rewarded with a five dollars bonus. The app will notify you when you have a sale and also provide you with real-time stats, sales reports, and revenue details.
Hotel Tonight is what we are all looking for when travelling and having to book a room last minute. This app will make daddy happy to save money because it books last minute hot deals, it will make mommy happy because it avoids fights over forgetting to book the hotel, it will make kids happy because it offers good quality hotels with many amenities for the entire family through the site’s digital concierge. This is to prove that last minute deals could offer more for your buck than tedious long-time planning. So, stop feeling guilty for having a busy daily schedule and not having time and patience to plan in advance. There is an app for this and it works for so many people all around the globe.
Best Parking is the dream for any American in domestic travelling. Out in a big city with legendary parking issues such New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, no need to worry. This app will save you time and nerves. Gone for a conference, an emergency airplane trip, or a last-minute sport event? No problem, the app will guide you fast to the best deals near airports, train stations, or stadiums. The plus: it saves time and it offers great deals; you can even use the app to prepay your spot basically ensuring that you will have parking anywhere, anytime. (The minus for its services: it is not made for international travel and it may redirect your search for domestic destinations or Canada while targeting big cities). Last detail, it shows real life pictures of the parking places offered for a certain location which may seem unimportant but it actually helps a lot when looking for a safe location in an unknown big city.
If you did not hear about Groupon until now I urge you to go and check them out immediately. It saved me and my family a lot in almost any service or product from booking hotels and travel to buying discounted tickets to shows and getting offers to my local gym. Let’s not even talk about the tones of free stuff that is daily given away by different brands. The downside of having an app to continuously show you amazing deals is that it may trigger unnecessary shopping just because it shows deals that you cannot miss. Another detail is the abundance of items offered on a simple local search although it definitely saves money there where it matters such as store memberships. This could be good for those who like to indulge in browsing and window shopping.
Finally, an app to predict the future! Hopper is designed for booking from hotel rooms and airplane tickets, the very foundation for a great vacation, to the smallest detail such as predicting the prices with at least four months in advance. This answers to the ever-growing needs of consumers who instinctively check prices, read comments, and star online reviews from previous costumers. The app promises a 95% price accuracy in booking flights, hotels, while offering the possibility to pay online securely. The payment is carefully detailed showing a very small commission which can go up to 6$ for a 400$ value of buy. Beside the easy-going layout, the app offers the advantage of being popular with millions of users and potential recent reviews, which is the ultimate purpose when consulting a review for services and discounts.
Tip Yourself is an app who found a clever way to reward people for sustaining a personal challenge. Leading a healthier lifestyle, saving for a life event and for travel, or simply building a psychological incentive for accomplishing difficult tasks, the app aims to reach our dreams of who we want to be. Consumers all around liked this claim and used the app for its professional data collection and detailed up-to-date reports on personal performance. Dragging to organize your life savings or your daily billing information because, well, we never find time for tedious spreadsheets and financial accountability? Tip Yourself is here to help and make it not only easy to see how you improve directly on your phone, but also to plan and organize your life goals.