Since our budget has fluctuated so much in the last few months, I’ve been attempting to become a little more frugal with the little bit of money that we have so that what we have might stretch a long way. Of course I’ve received much help from my coupon-fanatic best friend of 15 years and some extremely helpful websites similar to CreditAssociates for an example, a service that aids people in relieving their debts (I’ll share those at another time), but I definitely appreciate the little helpers that I can carry with me everywhere right on my phone. I hope you’ll try them out and find that they help you stretch your dollar too:
Cartwheel: This Target app allows you to save money on many different items at Target. You might check this app when you have your grocery list to maximize your savings or just browse through it to see if there are any good deals you can use on those things you don’t need but were hoping for a good deal on. Add the savings you want to your personalized Cartwheel barcode and have the cashier scan it when you’re checking out. You can use these savings on top of your other coupons, and they can be used as many times as you like before they expire!
Favado: Use this app to search out the best deals at your local stores. You can search deals by store or type in the item in the search bar to find out which store has the best deal.
Mint: You may have already heard of this app, as it’s been around for quite a while as a supplement to the website. I use them all together to track my spending: managing my checkbook, tracking what we spend money on, and budgeting for the upcoming month. We’ve also used it to build up our emergency fund and also to pay off our debt. I recently read an article about the best alternatives to Mint so if you’ve tried Mint but didn’t enjoy it, there are lots of other options for you.
Unit Price Compare: I’m a big proponent on comparing unit prices before I buy something. I like to make sure I’m getting the most I can for my money. It’s not always easy to compare unit prices when you’re tired and stressed (or if it’s been that long since you had a math class…). Just plug in the unit and size of the items you are comparing (less any coupons you are using), and it will tell which is the best deal.