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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday 5: Apps that can save you money.

According to data released by Apple, there are 1.3 million apps available for the iPhone. I'm sure that the Android folks would have similar numbers to share. 

We all have our favorites. 

From gaming to social media to health and fitness to productivity, many people have spent many hours thinking about how to make life easier or more entertaining when using our various devices. 

For me, there are five apps that I use for finding a good deal. 

Here are my favorite 5. 



1. RetailMeNot 
This is a clearinghouse of coupon and promo codes for thousands of retailers. When you have your location services activated, it will give you a pop-up of retailers offering sales and other incentives. And at home, in the desktop option, you can copy and paste the promo codes into your online retailer's checkout.














2. Groupon
This is a great way to try something new, whether it's a new restaurant or a new experience, like skydiving. I have had success with their goods as well. Look up what Groupons may be available in cities where you can have a weekend getaway. If you're exploring a new area, you may discover a new favorite. 










3. Goldstar
We enjoy going to the theatre, but it can be cost prohibitive. We use Goldstar to purchase tickets for theatre, concerts, and even tours in new cities (Groupon may also offer this.) Goldstar is a nationwide service that offers discounted tickets to events in more than thirty cities and neighborhoods across the country. There are no printed tickets; you pick up your tickets at Will Call. We have used this service for theatre events, a speaker series, concerts and tours. We have never been disappointed. They also have a desktop site. 







4. Priceline
We love our weekends away, but we really love saving money. Priceline helps us do both. With this app, we can search the area, or cities around the world and find great deals. Express Deals, I have found, are as good as the ones on which I previously would have bid. Know what star level you're looking for and give it a try. They also have a desktop site.








5. Amazon
The scan feature of the Amazon app has saved me hundreds. If I see a product in Barnes and Noble or Costco or at any other retailer, I can scan the bar code with my app and see what it costs via Amazon. Often times, I can find the same product at a lower price point, and with Prime, my two-day shipping is free. 


Those are my favorite five. 
Do you use any of these? What apps do you use to save money?


22 comments:

  1. Never heard of Goldstar before, checking it out now!

    Farin
    http://farinvazquez.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you find something you like, Farin. We use it a lot and we have never been disappointed. Let me know.

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    2. I haven't either, I should look into that before a trip to the city.

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    3. Goldstar is a go-to before we explore any city. You never know if you can get a discount on a tour or a show or some event going on that weekend. It's a great option. Have a great week!

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  2. Groupon, Amazon...Love! Great list you put together! Visiting from the link up!

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    1. Thank you, Yalanda and thank you for stopping by.

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  3. these are all great suggestions, thank you! I've never heard of Goldstar before either, so I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole, and thank you for stopping by. We use Goldstar a lot and we have never been disappointed. Let me know how you make out.

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  4. I love my DD app - I pay through it and get points that lead to free coffees.

    I also like my fitness apps that save me $$ on gyms or classes!

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    1. I use my DD app too, and my Starbucks app...anything that leads to free stuff. What fitness apps do you use to save money? Intrigued. :-)

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  5. Love me some amazon! they make it tooo easy!

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    1. They sure do. And Prime makes it all worthwhile. I love the 2-day shipping and video option.

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  6. Amazon is my fav. You can also get 1-5% cash back from Amazon when shopping if you go to a cash back site first. Pretty cool, huh?

    My two fav cashback sites are:

    http://givingassistant.org

    http:/www.ebates.com

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    1. I have heard of ebates before, but never used it. I may check it out. Thank you for stopping by. :-)

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  7. I use the Amazon app. RetailMeNot seems like one I need to start using.

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    1. Both the mobile app and the desktop feature of RetailMeNot is fabulous. I never shop online without looking for a coupon code first. Save where you can, right? :-)

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  8. Thanks for the tips. Saving money is always good.

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    1. Saving where you can leads to opportunities to spend on other things. It's all a matter of what you're willing to give up in order to gain. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. I absolutely LOVE RetailMeNot!
    Ebates.com is my fave site though. I have gotten a lot back from them since I do a lot of my shopping online.

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    1. Both the mobile app and the desktop feature of RetailMeNot is fabulous. I never shop online without looking for a coupon code first. Save where you can, right? And I have heard of ebates before, but I never used it. I may check it out. Thank you for stopping by. :-)

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  10. I haven't used any of these as apps, I'm a regular Retail Me Not user when shopping online, it's saved me a bunch. I'm going to download the Amazon app now!

    I love Target's Cartwheel App as well!

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    1. I have never used Target's Cartwheel app; I will check it out. Thank you for the tip. Have fun! And thank you so much for stopping by!

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