By: Kate Parham
Over the last five weeks, we've reviewed five of the best mobile apps on the market that help users save money. Some provide coupons, others offer comparison-shopping, but all help us become more educated consumers. In case you missed it, here are our top five favorite money-saving apps (best of all… they're all FREE!):
Key Ring Rewards: Top Money-Saving AppKey Ring Rewards
This amazing app allows users to catalog all of their rewards cards and membership cards on their phone. Users can upload coupons, take advantage of special offers and there's even a prescription savings program that will saves between 10 and 75 percent off FDA-approved prescription drugs.
The only app to reward users for simply walking into a store, shopkick instantly rewards users with "kicks," which are like points that can be redeemed for gift cards, restaurant vouchers, travel offers, charitable donations and more.
With GasBuddy, users can locate the cheapest gasoline closeby and even map a route to the cheapest station. The app also provides information on other features that the gas station has, like a car wash and convenience store. And, for every gas price reported, users can earn points toward a prize giveaway; the company gives out a $250 gas gift card every week.
RedLaser RepairPal: Top Money-Saving App
The best comparison-shopping tool out there, RedLaser allows users to simply scan the barcode on any product to reveal what the item is selling for elsewhere. The app locates retailers nearby that have the item in stock and for the lowest price, plus there's reviews on many electronic products. Users can also scan food products to quickly see allergen information and nutritional facts on almost every brand-name packaged food in the country and book barcodes to locate a copy in a nearby U.S. library.
RepairPal puts an end to mechanic shams by providing users with accurate repair and service estimates all over the country. The app informs users of the average price for a specific repair in the area, what the repair really means and recommendations for the best ways to maintain your vehicle. The app also locates the nearest quality auto shop, tow truck and one-touch roadside assistance.
By: Kate Parham