Scrimping and saving for college, you probably won’t have a lot of extra cash. But what you might have is a smartphone (and if you’re really lucky, parents who foot the bill!). Thankfully, plenty of today’s applications are devoted to saving money. These are some of our favorites for budget-savvy students!
Track, budget, and manage your money all in one place! This app easily syncs your bank accounts and categorizes your transactions, so you’ll always have easy access to your funds when needed.
Gas prices aren’t easy on the wallet, especially for college students. This app will help you save money at the pump by showing you the lowest gas prices closest to your current location.
3. Coupon Sherpa
Yet another good thing about technology—no more clipping coupons! This app gives you access to hundreds of coupons right at your fingertips. Going shopping? Search for the store, see if there are any coupons you want to use, and the cashier can scan it right from your phone!
4. Shop Savvy
Ah, barcode shopping. It’s pretty much the scourge of brick-and-mortar stores everywhere. Just scan the barcode of the item you’d like to buy in a store, and Shop Savvy will show you if there’s a better price online!
Coupon clipping gets one more digital upgrade! Like Coupon Sherpa, Yowza alerts you of coupons as well as other deals in your area. But you don’t need to track the coupon down; just save the deals you want to use. And, yes, cashiers can scan the coupons right from your phone.
6. Meal Ticket
College students tend to spend most of their money on food. But with this app you can find the nearest restaurants offering the best deals, as well as reviews and ratings from other users. So the next time you’re looking for a place to eat with friends, check out Meal Ticket, and you’ll be dining at bargain prices!
Never pay a late fee again! Not only will this app track your recurring bills for you, but you can pay them directly from your phone, and it will remind you when they’re due!
8. Grocery IQ
If your supply of cheesy corn curls is getting low, just scan the barcode on the bag (or on any of your favorite foods) using this app. Not only will it generate a shopping list, but Grocery IQ will show you if there are any coupons available.
Earn cash for buying the food you were going to buy anyway! You need to pick the products and deals you want to redeem before shopping, and you may need to go through a multi-step process (like filling out a one-question survey), but Ibotta will deposit a small rebate in your PayPal account for you!
10. I Love Free Things
To be fair, what college student doesn’t love free things? Looking for free t-shirts, food, or coffee? Check out the app and see who is offering free things nearby. You won’t believe how much money you can save!