Let’s face it: When you’re going to school full-time and working part-time, you probably don’t have a large nest egg squirreled away for the future. Yet for most college students, smartphones have become essential for communicating, scheduling, and keeping their lives organized. So how can a student actually use their smartphone to their advantage in terms of cost-cutting? Luckily, there are a number of apps available to help you save significant amounts of money on everything from textbooks to apartment furniture. Here’s my list of 5 Smartphone apps that Students should have for saving money.
Textbooks are one of the biggest expenses that students have to think about when they start a new semester. Luckily, Chegg is well-known for their discounted college textbooks. They’ve also created a convenient iPhone app that allows you to browse through available books, comparison shop, and purchase or rent directly from their mobile devices. As a bonus, the app also lets you track your purchases and determine the location of your nearest UPS store for pick up.
Android has developed an awesome free app that allows you to compare prices on essentially everything you could ever need – from groceries to wireless routers. When you scan an item, Price Checker brings up a full list of competitive prices at nearby stores and websites, and lets you check out the latest customer reviews. Now you can easily make sure you are getting a good deal when you’re shopping for your new apartment.
Need help tracking your finances, creating a budget, and paying bills? Pageonce is your go-to app for managing all of your monthly payments, budget, and accounts. Not only can you easily make payments from your phone when your bills are due, you can also create a detailed budget to track where you’re spending money each month and develop strategies for building up your savings account. Pageonce is available for both Android and iPhone.
Perhaps you are looking to furnish your apartment on a limited budget – ThriftBuddy can help. This iPhone app lets you locate nearby thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets where the cost-conscious college student can find some gently used furniture and décor.
GasBuddy is an essential app for any student who owns a vehicle. Similar to Price Checker in terms of comparison shopping, GasBuddy lets you browse nearby gas stations see where you can purchase the cheapest gas. With today’s high gas prices, this app is a great way to help you save some money. Good news: it is available for both iPhone and Android users.
Using your smartphone to save money has its benefits. Whether you are looking to save money on gas or textbooks, there’s an app out there to help you find the best price available.
What other types of apps do you find useful that you think a student could use to save money? Leave a comment below and share yours with us!