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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Top 5 IOS applications to help you save money

Greater financial control is made possible with Apple iPhone apps
Apple iPhone apps help consumers monitor their finances

Though prices have been steadily rising for years, saving money has never been a more trendy affair. Daily, millions of people take advantage of technological advances by using their Apple iOS devices to save money. Dozens of apps are available to help anyone save money, and detailed below are some of the highest rated.

Quicken


Before money can be saved, spending habits must be analyzed. Quicken goes beyond just setting a budget. Users can know where they stand financially at all times and closely monitor all monetary accounts such as credit cards, checking, and savings accounts. The app can be used to set and track financial saving goals, search for ATMs, see which bills are paid, due, or upcoming, and clearly see how much money the user has until their next payday. Having all financial activity clearly laid out in one simple app, users can save money by being more aware of their spending and exactly where their money is going. The app is free to download, but does require a Quicken account to use.

Gas Buddy


Gas prices constantly fluctuate, and can vary greatly from location to location. While gas may be $3.58/gallon in one area, it could be $0.20 cheaper five miles away. This convenient app has millions of users that report gas prices from around the country upon filling up their tank. The app will use location to determine gas stations nearby and detail the most recent gas price report. Once the desired station is selected, Gas Buddy then gives directions based on current location. Being savvy when it comes to getting the best deal on gas can save a bit of money in the long run. The app is free to download and use.

AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner


The average American family eats out at least three times per week, which is a costly expense. Eating out is sometimes the result of feeling like there isn't anything in the house to make an edible dinner out of, or just being clueless as to what to make. This app solves both dilemmas by first providing an option to find recipes using ingredients already in the fridge or pantry. Next, the app can also be used to 'spin' new and exciting recipes that have never been tried before. Complete with instructions, reviews, and pictures, even the pickiest of eaters are sure to find a new fave. This app is free to download and use.

BillMinder


When life gets hectic, undoubtedly at some point a bill or two will be forgotten. Save money by avoiding unintentional late fees or disconnection fees by keeping track of all bills through BillMinder. Simple to use and visually appealing, BillMinder has been reviewed as one of the best bill tracking apps available. Use the app to easily and quickly input all bills, payment amounts, payment frequency, due date, and check them off when they have been paid. Built-in notification options ensure due dates are never forgotten and bills get paid on time. Buy the app for a one time purchase price of $1.99.

RedLaser


RedLaser may be the ultimate money saving shopping app available. RedLaser is foremost a barcode and QR scanner. When a barcode is scanned using RedLaser, the app automatically begins to search its database that contains millions of products and their pricing information. RedLaser searches both online retailers and those at physical locations to find the best deal and price on a particular item. When the best deal is found, the item can be purchased directly from the app and shipped to home, or can be purchased and picked up in-store with select retailers, saving both time and money. Other features include browsing popular items other members have scanned, creating wish lists to share with family and friends, and using the search function to search for items when there isn't a barcode available. RedLaser is completely free to download and use.


About the author: Carebear is a women's health blogger, mobile gaming enthusiast, and an author from MMOBUX.com. When she isn't researching the newest trends in mobile games, she's playing them.

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