Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves, as the old saying goes. When times are tight, or when you just want to save some money for a rainy day, even the smallest saving can be helpful, which is why people often take part in market research as it can be a great earner. But, for those everyday savings, there are some excellent apps available that will help you pile up some pounds without even noticing you’re doing it. Here are 8 of the best.
Do you ever do your weekly shop and wonder if you could have paid less if you shopped elsewhere? Available on most devices, including iPhone and Android, mySupermarket is an easy to use app that enables you to compare products you’ve been buying from all the main supermarkets to see which one is cheapest. It will point you in the direction of the cheapest shop whether you shop online or in the supermarket and you could end up saving 30% on your bill. Plus, it’s free to download, a saving in itself.
There are plenty of voucher code websites out there but Voucher Cloud is the one we like best. Voucher Cloud is a comprehensive website that collates the best voucher offers to be found on the internet, therefore saving you not only money, but also the time you’d have to spend searching them out yourself. It categorises the offers to make your search easier and you can also search by location. It’s available on most devices and is free to download.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so rather than chucking all those CD’s and DVD’s that you no longer use, why not sell them? The idea of selling stuff online can seem like a chore, but Music Magpie makes things incredibly easy. Just enter the details of your items, get a price instantly, pop everything in one box and post it using their free service. It’s quick and you’ll receive payment on the day they receive your items.
This is a money saving tip that you probably haven’t thought of, but could save you a fair few quid each month if you have a habit of going over your data allowance. Onavo Extend is a compression app that minimises how much data your phone uses when it’s not connected to Wi-Fi. If you’ve been hit by some scarily large phone bills, you need this app in your life right now.
If you spend too much money on parking tickets, or you have a habit of getting caught out by traffic wardens, Parkopedia could help you make some good savings. This nifty little app identifies free parking near your current location so you won’t need to worry about parking tickets, or big fines, ever again. It costs £1.99 to download but is worth every penny.
This free to download app, which has over 350,000 recipes to choose from, can help save you money by using up your leftovers rather than chucking them in the bin. Simple click on the ‘leftovers’ function, input the ingredients you have to spare, and it will come up with a tasty recipe for you in next to no time. BigOven is available on most devices including Android and iPhone.
Do you have mates who always seem to owe you a bit of cash but never pay you, perhaps from splitting a bill for dinner or paying for a holiday? PayFriendz allows you to request money from them and or send your bit of the bill with all the simplicity of sending a tweet. It has state of the art fraud protection, so you don’t have to worry about security, and is 100% free to download and use.
You Need A Budget
There probably isn’t a person out there who couldn’t benefit from having a budget, but if you find your money slipping through your fingers constantly, then this app could be crucial. You follow the four simple rules to figure out where you’re wasting money, plan out what you’re going to do with every pound you earn and put you confidently in charge of your finances. YNAB costs £3.50 per month (though you can try it free for 34 days) but it will be worth it in the long run.
You’ll be impressed at the day-to-day savings you can make with these great apps. If you’d like to save even more money, why not sign up to take part in market research and earn some extra cash?