August 30, 2014

Five for Friday: Android apps to save you money

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Time for another weekly dose of apps that you need to be checking out.  This time we opted to go for something less timely and unrelated to any social events and instead choose a category that’s always relevant.

Who here doesn’t like to save a few bucks every once in a while?  You!?  Get out of here, we don’t need your kind.  Alright, seriously, we are all about bargains, deals, and pinching pennies.  Whether it’s on food, clothes, or electronics, every dollar counts.

We’ve put together a list of five apps that will help Android users save on everyday products and services.  Below you will stuff that encompasses all sorts of categories, including restaurants, retail giants, and mom-n-pop stores.

We know there are other apps to help save users money but we couldn’t squeeze them all into one post.  Somehow the math doesn’t work – we end up with more than five, again and again.  To that end, we ask that you tell us your favorite apps for pinching pennies and scrimping.

This week: Android apps to save you money

Groupon

Unbeatable deals daily on the best stuff to do in cities across the world!  Groupon brings you unbeatable deals with discounts of 50–90% on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in more than 500 cities and eleven fiefdoms around the world.

Most people think of Groupon and conjure the image of buying into a massive deal today and redeeming it later.  That’s hardly the case with the official app as it comes in handy all the time, whether you participate in the large promotions or not.  Details include browsing lots of of on-demand, real-time discounts on dining, spas, fitness classes, and other nearby deals.  Did you buy into a Groupon?  Redeem it directly from your device, without printing it out.  You can also manage your other deals, track purchases, check expiration dates, and much more

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The Coupons App

Unbelievable coupon savings at your favorite stores, restaurants & gas stations! Unbelievable coupon savings and shopping deals at your favorite stores, restaurants & gas stations – coupons always at your fingertips, everywhere you go!

While it’s not the prettiest app we’ve seen in this category, it’s certainly one of the more robust.  Users can find gas prices based on location, scan items to get competitive pricing, search by voice, save coupons, and more.  The home screen widget is nearly real-time and puts savings right in front of you.  Find something you love?  Share it via text, email, Twitter, and Facebook.

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GeoQpons

GeoQpons delivers thousands of mobile coupons, offers & deals every day from top name brand retailers, restaurants and local businesses. You have now access to coupons, price check with barcode scanning, store locator and navigation.

As the name would imply, GeoQpons gives users coupons based on their current location.  It’s worth noting, however, that this is no one-trick pony Find all sorts of savings from numerous types of establishments, including fast food, fine dining, retail, and more.  Check prices of products against stores using the barcode scanner, save coupons to calendar, set reminders, and share savings with friend.  There are also printable coupons that are easy to get by simply emailing them to yourself.

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RetailMeNot

The RetailMeNot Coupons app makes it easy to save when you want, where you want at all your favorite stores. Search from hundreds of thousands of online and in-store coupons—whether you’re on the go or in the comfort of your home.

Like the website that bears the app’s naming, RetailMeNot is designed to save users across tens of thousands of stores and online destinations.  Users can browse hundreds of thousands of coupons, redeem them in store or online, save them for later, or share with a friend. There’s no need to sign up for any accounts or log in.  Nope, just open the app up and save money.  Take a look, you’d be surprised at how many companies are embracing RetailMeNot.

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Deals by Citysearch

Out and about and looking to save? Deals by Citysearch is here to help! Check out hot daily deals from Groupon, Gilt City, Tippr and more, as well as our own Citysearch deals. Using your GPS we’ll drop deals straight onto a map showing you what your city has to offer. Easily filter through the offers to find exactly what you’re looking for use our list view. Save on the go or plan ahead, it’s your call with Deals by Citysearch.

We like this app if only because it looks and acts like the four other apps listed here.  Users can find geo-located coupons and savings, search by category, or just pull up a list of stuff on a map.  Save a bunch of stuff for later on and then filter results by distance or expiration date.  This way you know what’s nearby or what’s about to expire this weekend.  Once you find something worth checking out, let the app give you contact information and driving directions.

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Your turn!

What’s your favorite Android for saving money or finding a bargain?  What do you like most about it?  Leave a comment below and share with the class!

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