Seven essential money-saving apps

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"Whether you're walking to work or taking part in an exercise class, Bounts will track your physical activity and reward you with points every time you're active"
  • | by Emily Bater

As well as being the ticket to a more connected life, your smartphone can save you money.

From petrol to parking spaces to a pint of milk, downloading a few apps to your phone could save you a pretty penny in just a few minutes.

We asked a few of the UK's top money bloggers what their favourite – free, of course – money-saving apps are, and added a few of our own favourites.

Money Dashboard


Image: Money Dashboard

Budgeting app Money Dashboard connects with your current account and credit card, allowing you to keep your spending habits in check.

Founder of Refined Currency Bola Sol said: "Money Dashboard helps you track your spending by categorising what you spend your money on. It's also a great way for you to see where you may be spending too much."



A woman buying clothes in a shop

"If you are a shopper, you need the Quidco app in your life," said Lotty Burns, who runs money-saving blog Lotty Earns.
"You just have to like the offers to activate them on the app, and then go in-store. You then get the cashback paid in your account when the purchase has been confirmed – which basically, is free money!"




Image: JustPark

Parking in cities and towns can be a nightmare, but JustPark shows you where you can find affordable and guaranteed parking spaces near you and allows you to pre-book through the app.

JustPark comes into its own when you need parking for a concert or sporting event, or if you're travelling into a city and want to avoid traditional car parks which can end up costing the earth.



Bounts exercise app interface

Image: Bounts

Jenni Hill from Can't Swing A Cat's favourite app allows you to save money by just moving around.

"Whether you're walking to work or taking part in an exercise class, Bounts will track your physical activity and reward you with points every time you're active.

"As these points mount up you'll earn money-saving vouchers," said Jenni.



A pile of money from different countries

Struggling to work out the cost of that holiday souvenir? XE can help, said Mummy Money Matters founder Kalpana Fitzpatrick.

"On holiday I often find myself calculating the cost of things in my head; this can be frustrating when you're in a hurry or you have kids nagging away at you – but not anymore thanks to the XE currency app"she said.




Image: mySupermarket

Getting money off on your weekly supermarket shop is a quick way to make a big impact on your budget, and mySupermarket works a treat for this says Thrifty Lesley.

"Simply enter the item you want, and you are then shown all the prices per item and by 100g, and one click gives you the same information in any of the other supermarkets."



Image of a woman filling up a car

Never pay over the odds for petrol again with this great app, which tells you where the nearest - and cheapest - petrol station is from you.

WhatGas is currently working on telling customers whether it's worth driving to a station further away for a cheaper price. The app doesn't have this feature yet, but keep an eye out for it in the future.


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