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Apps that Can Help You Save Money this Holiday Season

The Tradyo app makes it easy for buyers and sellers to connect and facilitate transactions in their communities. You can chat directly with the person you’re doing the transaction with in real time and it offers cross platform capability. Tradyo is also introducing local Garage Sale listings so users will be able to view start and end times, a brief description of what’s for sale, and a map so it’s easy to find.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Shop smarter and never miss a great deal with the Save.ca app. View flyers to find out what’s on sale from your favourite local retailers and price match quickly and easily, so you always get the lowest price. Planning ahead and creating custom shopping lists has never been easier and taking advantage of exclusive cash-back offers is like getting paid to shop. New coupons are listed all the time for both on-line and in-store shopping so check often.

Platforms: iOS, Android

The Mint app is a dynamo for organizing every aspect of your personal finances in one place. It keeps track of all of your accounts, credit cards, and bills, automatically updating in real time so you always know if you’re in the red or the black. It’s totally personalized for you, following your spending habits, giving tips on how to save money, letting you know if there’s any charges out of the norm, and it not only gives you a free credit score, but offers advice on how to improve it.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Are you planning on taking a long drive to visit family soon? No matter where you’re driving, the GasBuddy app will find you the best prices on gas. Up-to-date information is provided by other users and it’s the biggest community-based fuel app in the world with over 60 million downloads.

Platforms: iOS, Android

The award-winning RetailMeNot app will find you thousands of deals at favourite local and nationwide retailers and restaurants like Old Navy, H & M, Sephora, Gap, Papa John’s, and Starbucks to name but a few. Browse coupons and just show your phone when you’re checking out at the register.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Skyscanner makes planning a vacation easier than ever. This 3-in-1 app automatically pairs hotel and car hire searches with your flight so you only have to enter your information once. Itineraries are chosen based on lowest price and shortest layover times.

Platforms: iOS, Android

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Booking.com brings has over a million worldwide properties just a tap away. This app not only finds the best rates, but has user-friendly maps to help you find your way to where you’re staying, and gives you the flexibility to add nights or cancel a booking if your plans happen to change.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Keep your eyes on the prize with Unsplurge. This aptly named app helps you save money and keep your focus on reaching your goals, whether you’re saving for college, a mortgage down payment, or a trip to Europe. Set your goal, update, and you’ll get reminders to save and be connected with a community so you can see how others are saving to keep you motivated.

Platforms: iOS

If you’re someone who has trouble saving money, the Digit app does it for you. By analyzing your spending and income levels, it takes a few dollars from your chequing account and puts it into your savings account every few days, but only when you can afford it, so you never have to worry about overdrafts. In fact they offer a “no overdraft guarantee” and you can get at your savings anytime. Just message and the money will be back in your chequing account the next business day. Unlimited transfers, no minimums, and no fees.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Get rewarded for watching TV with Viggle. Just tap the app when you’re catching your favourite programs or movies, or streaming shows from providers like Netflix and Hula and you’ll earn 1 point/minute. Check for the 4X, 6X, or 10X Bonus Perk Point Badges and you can also earn bonus points with Viggle LIVE or participating in Quests and Streaks.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Ever bought something only to see the same item for half price the next day? Slice tracks whenever you buy something, will alert you if the price drops and help you get a refund. It will also let you know if anything you’ve purchased has been recalled.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Santa’s Bag will track your gift spending, whether it’s for Christmas or any other occasion. By setting a budget for each person on your list, it will make sure you don’t overspend and help you find gift ideas.

By Jane Pinzhoffer

Categories:   Buyer Tips

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