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January 22, 2014

10 Apps To Help You Save Money

As consumers we are always looking for new ways to save on expenditure. Effectively managing your expenses is crucial, especially if you are looking to save up and treat yourself to a sunny holiday or two over the next year.

Since the inception of smartphones back in 2007, many applications have been developed to accommodate a broad spectrum of needs; from entertaining games to programs that support everyday lifestyle, there are even those that help you cut costs.

In order to help you manage your finances and spending more effectively, here at Insurance2Go we have pulled together 10 of the best money saving apps available, which cover everything from buying a vehicle to splitting the bill at a meal.

 

MOTORING

 

1. AA Parking – £1.99

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Do you ever find yourself driving up and down high streets in search of that ever elusive parking space? Well look no further. The AA has created an app dedicated to locating nearby parking spaces using the GPS system in your phone. The service also allows its users to compare the costs of nearby car parks, so you can find the cheapest place to keep your vehicle.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

2. My Car Check – Free

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Buying a car privately can be a costly affair at times, particularly if you don’t know your stuff. My Car Check has everything you need to know before making a purchase, including:
” Car history: is it a write-off, stolen or listed as scrap? Available for £2.99
” Confirmed mileage: access records from the DVLA and numerous garages to confirm that the mileage hasn’t been tampered with. Costs a £2.99
” Vehicle value: have some bartering ammunition and use an official valuation to help drive down the sellers price.

Some in-app charges apply for when using these features.

Available only on IOS supported devices.

 

SHOPPING

 

3. Groupon – Free

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One of the best bargain hunting apps around; Groupon is a completely free application that offers its users exclusive discounts from a number of local businesses with everything from holidays and days out to consumer products.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

4. RedLaser – Free

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RedLaser allows shoppers to scan products on the move whilst they are out and about and then compares the price with that of online and offline retailers. Reviews and ratings are also featured and for those with food allergies, you are able to scan a food product to highlight its nutritional information before buying.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

5. Key Ring – Free

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Is your wallet or purse clogged up by a never ending amount of loyalty cards? Key Ring offers a great solution by scanning and storing your existing loyalty cards; as well as enrolling you in new ones while providing instant access to a variety of coupons and discounts, all in one place.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

TRAVEL

 

6. Skyscanner – Free

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If you’re looking to head abroad, the award winning Skyscanner app has everything you need to compare the best flights, hotels and car hire prices to set you on your way.

The tool searches databases from a number of leading companies to provide the very best value for money.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

7. Trivago – Free

Trivago is similar to Skyscanner; the difference being that it focuses more on accommodation. This comparison service pools results from the core hotel booking sites: booking.com, lastminute.com and hotels.com to secure the lowest price possible.
Another great feature is that if you need to make an immediate booking Trivago can access your smartphone’s GPS function to locate the nearest available hotel.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

DINING

 

8. Tip N Split – Free

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When it comes to working out the bill and tips at the end of a nice meal with your friends and family, the last thing you want to be doing is fussing over who had this and who owes that. Tip N Split is the service that calculates how to split the bill whilst factoring in the service charge for you.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

9. Skype – Free

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Landline calling is a thing of the past with Skype. As long as you have a constant internet connection you can make video and voice calls within the UK or overseas, and send instant messages completely free of charge.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

BILLS

 

10. Compare the Market – Free

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Everyone’s favourite Meerkat, Aleksandr provides a great price comparison engine to help lower your energy bills; taking all of the prices and policies from a large proportion of the UK’s providers to offer you the best value for money.

Simples.

Available on all IOS and Android supported devices.

 

That’s it for our list of the top 10 money saving apps. If you have any you would like to share then head over to the Insurance2Go Facebook page and let us know.