Money-Saving Apps for Your Smartphone

Here’s a list of money-saving apps for your smartphone. Check them out and let us know what you think in a comment below.

Appsfire – available for Android and iPhone
Cost to download: FREE
An app for apps! Receive the best deals on top apps. View top apps that are currently free, or those with a price reduction. You can also get a list of “top free” apps related to your interests – a nice feature for someone looking to build their app library.

GasBuddy – available for Android, iPhone and iPod Touch
Cost to download: FREE
Find the cheapest gas station near you with GasBuddy. You can sign-up for an account or use the app without registering – I like that they give you both options. You can search by distance or price. Gas prices are updated constantly and are pretty accurate. I tested it out myself by visiting two near-by gas stations. Bonus: If you report a gas price listing, you will be entered to win a $250 gas gift card. Prize giveaways happen weekly.

WhatsApp – available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia 
Cost to download: FREE
Send messages to contacts in other countries for free! Exchange messages in real time without paying for SMS (short message service). Do you plan to take a trip out of the country, or do you have a friend/family member aboard and need to send a quick text? Then WhatsApp is an app worth checking out. The WhatsApp Messenger uses your current internet data plan (the same that you use for email and web browsing) to send messages. Actual phone calls are not included in the free plan.

GeoQpons – available for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Nokia
(Listed under ‘Coupons and Shopping’ in the Apple App Store)
Cost to download: FREE
A mobile coupon app that lists savings for 350+ brand name retailers in more than 100,000 US locations. Use this handy app when you’re out and about or during your next shopping trip. Once you select your coupon, redeem it by showing the image to the store cashier or email to yourself so you can print it out. Some coupons may need to be printed before use, so make sure you review the coupon first. The only downside to the app is the occasional mobile ads that pop up every now and then. Plus side: You get access to daily deals from Groupon and Living Social as well.

Parking Meter Pro – available for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Cost to download: $0.99
Say good-bye to parking tickets! Open the app, select your time limit and start your countdown. The app’s GPS feature will also automatically drop a pin on a map, so that you can find your parked vehicle upon your return. You can also snap a photo and write notes related to your parking area/space. Receive pre-alert warnings (via the app’s settings) before the timer’s expiration and at the time of expiration. The app will even run when your phone is asleep. It also contains a ‘No limit’ feature that will record the time spent in a parking structure so you can keep track of limits and parking costs.

What other money-saving apps do you use?

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Alejandra Gutierrez Alex is the new Social Media Specialist for the ILWU Credit Union. She's a 'nerd' at heart who enjoys community building. Her obsessions: baked goods and old mariachi ballads.