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9 best money saving apps

The vast majority – over two thirds of us – now own a smartphone in the UK.

Using a phone for just phone calls is now a thing of the past – we use them for all sorts of things, to book tickets, watch TV and check travel timetables. We download apps to monitor our workouts, play games and check news headlines – so why not use it for your money management too?

Most banks have mobile apps meaning you can check you balance and make transactions as you go, but there are more and more apps becoming available that can save you money too.

Below we have pulled together some of our favourite money saving apps…

Money Dashboard

COST: FREE

Money Dashboard is a personal financial assistant that shows you exactly where your money goes and helps you make better decisions.

  • Secure sign up
  • Pulls together all your financial accounts – bank and credit
  • Set saving goals
  • Spending is categorised so you can see at a glance where you can cut back

TopCashback & Quidco

COST: FREE

Earn cashback on your in-store grocery and high street shopping with TopCashback’s Groceries offers.

  • Receive cashback on your everyday purchases online
  • Deals available to switch energy suppliers
  • Register your card and earn cashback when you shop in store

Learn more: What are the best cashback sites?

Parkopedia

COST: £1.99

Parkopedia allows drivers to find the closest parking to their destination, tells them how much it will cost and whether the space is available…. which means no more driving around looking for parking!

  • Locate free parking in your current location
  • Great if you travel a lot and struggle to find cheap parking

VoucherCodes

COST: FREE

VoucherCodes.co.uk is a leading UK savings destination, bringing together the best voucher codes, restaurant vouchers, printable vouchers, deals and sales for thousands of leading online and high street stores to help save you money every time you shop.

  • Constantly adding deals from the biggest retailers and restaurants
  • Deals online and in-store
  • Has a handy “nearby” function so you can see what deals are on near you

MusicMagpie

COST: FREE

MusicMagpie’s app is a great way to get cash for your unwanted stuff – CDs, DVDs, Games, Books and Tech. Use the app to scan your stuff and send it in to get paid for things you don’t want or need any more.

  • Send your items in for free
  • Get paid the same day they receive your items

mySupermarket

COST: FREE

mySupermarket is a new type of supermarket that allows you to compare prices and shop online from the main UK retailers in one place. Their aim is to help you save time and money while giving you the best possible online shopping experience.

  • compare the price of thousands of grocery products from all the top supermarkets
  • fill your shopping trolley then see which supermarket is the cheapest

Groupon, LivingSocial & Wowcher

COST: FREE

Groupbuying websites like Groupon use the power of the crowd to get discounts on everything from holidays to oven cleaning services!

  • Wide variety of deals from shopping to experiences
  • Limited time offers at great prices due to the “bulkbuy” nature of the service

Stocard

COST: FREE

Stocard is an app which stores all of your store cards in a single app. You just scan the card and it will be added to your digital wallet. Then you present your phone when you shop, and the assistant scans it like a normal store card.

  • Frees up wallet space
  • No more “I left it at home” disappointments

PriceSpy

COST: FREE

While visiting a store, have you ever wanted to know what other people think of the product, or if it can be found at a better price nearby or on-line? We’ve got a solution for that: the PriceSpy Android app.

  • Check the best prices for a product
  • Check PriceSpy user reviews for a product
  • See shops selling a certain product laid out on Google maps and get directions