The beginning of a new school year is an opportunity for students to start a new year with a clean slate. It also marks a time for families to begin implementing some new ideas for saving money.
Whether you’re a student headed off to college this fall or a parent trying to make ends meet, here are five apps for your smartphone that can help you save money during the coming school year.
1. Gas Buddy
GasBuddy.com is a fantastic site that helps drivers find the least expensive gas in whatever area they’re driving. Thanks to their mobile app – which are available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry – you can now find the cheapest gas while on the go.
SaveUp.com turns saving money into a game. This free site awards users points for saving money and/or paying down debt, and awards prizes to users that accumulate certain amounts of points.
If you’ve ever been disappointed by the cost of a dinner at home, ZipList.com offers users a fantastic resource. With their app, you can find creative new recipes from all over the web as well as creating and managing your grocery list. This app is a great way to save money and try something new at the dinner table.
Parents looking for a way to engage their children’s mobile devices while still teaching them the value of saving money (and doing their chores) will love iAllowance. This app helps parents and kids track chores that need to be done, rewards that have been earned and allowances paid. Parents can use this app with multiple children, and it’s a great way to visually show your kids how to save.
5. Popular Mobile Banking
With our mobile banking app, you can find nearby ATMs, view your recent account activity and pay bills while on the go. Whether you’re a parent or college student, being able to access your account from anywhere is a great – and important – feature of your relationship with Popular Community Bank.
Hopefully these apps can help you begin the new school year with some fresh ways to save money