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The dollar savvy gal: 8 best apps to help with money management

Vivian KELLY
by Vivian KELLY Published on December 19, 2013
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If saving money isn't your style or the thought of sifting through the weekend papers to bag the latest deals makes you cringe, then look to no further than, well, your smartphone. One delightfully simple app could help you save hundreds every year. And with the holidays ringing in it's the perfect time to get started. Here are eight of the best apps to help you start managing your money stat.

No matter what the time of year, saving money and stowing away cash can seem like the most difficult challenge known to man. But, with a few good money-saving apps you CAN be well on your way to a frugal life.

From on-demand alerts to delegating bank accounts to locating the cheapest gas prices, these apps will have you managing your money more efficiently and effectively than you've ever thought possible.

So make your dollar go further than ever with our round-up of the best money-saving apps.

Mint

With Mint you can securely consolidate all your bank accounts into one nifty program. The program will help you pay your bills on time while saving you tons of money in the long-run. Receive alerts when bills are due and set yourself financial goals and tax calculations. Maniago found that Mint helped users save more that $40 billion in the last 3 years (if that’s not enough to download the app we don’t know what is).

Available for: Web, iOS and Android. Price: Free.

Grocery Gadget

Organize, manage and plan your trips to the grocery store with Grocery Gadget, a shopping list app. When you stick to your list, you stick to your budget, rather than picking up anything you come across as you try to remember what it is you actually need. Import recipes so you can easily add recipe ingredients to your grocery lists and collect e-coupons to get discounts on the products on your list.

Available for: Web, iOS, Android, and Blackberry, Windows Phone, and Nokia. Price: $2.99

BillMinder

Manage all your bills in one place with this handy bill-tracking app. Receive reminders when bills are due, sync household bills so everyone knows what's due when, and view personalized charts and reports to see where your money is going and where savings can be made.

Available for: iOS and Android. Price: $1.99.

Hipmunk

An app that lets you search for flights? Yes but along with sorting results by price, you can also sort by "agony", which is essentially a combination of price, flight duration and number of stopovers. The app also lets you search for hotels, for which you can save up to 60% with the "Tonight Deals" feature.

Available for: iOS and Android. Price: Free

Open Table

Open Table takes the hassle out of finding and reserving restaurants but not only that, it also allows you to earn points which you can put towards future meals out. A win-win for food lovers who can't resist a meal out but want to make their money work for them too.

Available for: iOS, Android, and Blackberry and Windows Phone. Price: Free

RedLaser

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RedLaser is your shopping partner in crime. This clever app scans barcodes to compare the best prices in your area, getting you the most bang for your buck. The barcode-scanning app will compare prices to nearby stores so you can be sure you're bagging the best deal. And if you’re in a rush, you can also buy items directly from the app and pick them up in-store. Can it get any easier?

Available for: iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Price: Free.

GasBuddy

No need to pen every fuel price to the best deal! If you’ve already got your finances in check then it never hurts to download GasBuddy. This little guy will help you find the cheapest gas prices in your neighbourhood, on the road and online with minimal effort required.

Available for: Web, iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Price: Free.

Groupon

Never underestimate the power of Groupon. There are some banging deals on here where you’ll find yourself saving 50-90 percent - something no girl can argue with. From venues, activities and restaurants (in more than 500 cities around the world) it’s difficult to go wrong. Buy and redeem your vouchers online or get them directly from the app.

Available for: Web, iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Price: Free.

Happy downloading!

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by Vivian KELLY
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