7 apps which can save you time and money

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MoneyPlus Features Team

8th February 2016 at 3:00pm

Happily I’m of a generation that can still remember life before the selfie but for many of us, we haven’t even realised just how dependent we’ve become on our smartphones. The smartphone has completely revolutionized the way we think, act and communicate – and it’s infiltrated almost every facet of our lives.

The rise of the mobile app

Nowadays there’s an app for everything and they’ve become so popular in recent years that they’re now an integral part of our lives – so much so that most of us haven’t even noticed how we’ve gradually become slaves to our devices. But selfies and Facebook status updates aside, smartphones have really improved our lives in ways we don’t even think about.

Take a look at our top seven apps which can save you time, money and even make you some cash.

Save money

Let’s take a look at our pick of great money-saving apps:

  1. Account Tracker

A personal finance app that helps you track your spending and check on balances across several accounts. You can add your salary and bills as recurring transactions and set up budgets per category for spending, income or transfers so you can keep a watchful eye on your finances.

  1. Azimo

Free to download, this app that lets you transfer money from the UK to over 100 countries for a fraction of the cost charged by banks or money transfer services. If you need to transfer money abroad, this is an easy and low cost way to go about it.

  1. WhatsApp

One of the top ten most downloaded apps. It’s a cross-platform app that allows you to text and send images without paying. It works by sending messages using either Wi-Fi or your web browsing data plan. The big savings come while travelling abroad because you can send messages using free Wi-Fi.

  1. Idealo

A free app, it lets you scan barcodes while you’re out shopping so you can compare prices. You can read reviews, ratings and information about searched products. You can buy the item and get it delivered right to your front door. And if that wasn’t enough, the app also searches for great deals on a wide range of products from electronics to clothing so you never pay over the odds.

  1. Trivago

Another free app that can help you save money on hotel bookings. It compares the cost of hotel rooms on the main hotel booking websites as well as other comparison sites to help you find the best rate possible.

  1. Big oven

The weekly food shop can be a big drain on your finances, or rather what you waste from the weekly food shop can.  This is where Big Oven can step in, with shopping list functions and a library of handy recipes you’ll be able to make the most of your weekly stock.

But the best thing about this app is the ‘use up leftovers’ tool. If you’re at a loose end and don’t know what to do with the odds and ends left in the fridge don’t reach for the takeaway menu, this will let you enter up to three key ingredients and find you a load of recipes. You’ll be saving cash in no time, and becoming a whiz in the kitchen!

Make Money

  1. Quidco

Now we’ve heard about all of the different kind of apps which save you money, but what about one that will actually make you money?

That’s where Quidco comes in, the cashback app. This gives you the ability to actually earn money back as you shop. It shows you all of the retailers and the percentage of cashback you can get by shopping there.

Who knew you could actually earn money whilst you spend?

Save time

As well as helping you save a few pennies, your smartphone is a great time saver. According to a 2013 study by Harris Interactive, apps can save you an average of 22 days a year by allowing you to check email, manage your calendar, do your shopping and basically manage your entire life from your mobile.

Of course there are far more fulfilling ways to spend your time, but having a handy smart phone makes life that little bit easier.