Best Money Saving Mobile Apps for CanadiansSubmitted by Janis Bellman, Hon. B. Comm on December 5th, 2018
Whether I am busy at work or simply relaxing at home, the one thing that is always by my side is my phone. This is hardly out of the ordinary; over 30 million Canadians currently own a cell phone1. Our handheld devices are now the primary method of communicating with others, entertainment, planning our schedules, and even dealing with our bills.
Our phones can all too often send us down a spiral of time-wasting and procrastination. However, they can also be put to great use! We are going to take a look at the best mobile apps that can help Canadians save both time and money.
I get shivers up my spine during that inevitable moment where I have to pull into the gas station and fill up my poor car that has been teetering on empty for days. Gas is not cheap. I also feel like an absolute idiot when I zip by the station down the street afterwards and notice that their prices were cheaper!
Thankfully, Gas Buddy has come to the rescue. The mobile app will regularly update the cheapest gas stations near your location, saving you precious dollars every visit.
Ebates has turned into my go-to app, it pays me to shop online! Shoppers receive between 1% - 15% cashback at tons of different stores, including Amazon, Lululemon, and Best Buy. The site is entirely free for members and Ebates pays their users quarterly via cheque or PayPal. There really is no drawback to using Ebates - unless you turn into a shopaholic - and users can earn a couple hundred bucks a year.
There are a bunch of awesome cashback apps for grocery shopping, including Zweet and Courtesy 51, however I have found myself using Flipp the most when I head down for my weekly shop. The app declutters dealhunting by collecting and categorizing all coupon flyers near you. Flipp is your one stop shop to help decide which grocery store will be the cheapest this week. No more wasting time flicking through flyers, Flipp does it for you.
Analyzing our personal budget is a task that is essential in order to save money. However, it can be time consuming, hard to track, and frankly unappealing to deal with. Mint, the free financial tracking service, makes this necessary process simple.
By linking up all your accounts, Mint can log and label all of your expenses. It can also allow you to set goals and notifies you if your spending habits may hinder your savings. If you don’t want to spend hours putting together a budget but understand its value, Mint’s ‘hands off’ approach is definitely right for you.
Air travel is expensive and confusing. I can’t count how many times I thought I snagged a deal and suddenly the airline has slapped on a million hidden fees. Hopper has you covered. The travel app tracks ticket prices and informs you when certain trips will be at their cheapest. If you have a dream vacation in mind, simply put in your date and destination then Hopper will let you know when prices plummet!
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