Even though flushing cash down the toilet makes us feel like ballers, it’s good to save money every now and then. Here are five apps that help you do it:
For those of us that don’t have an obsessive roommate that monitors gas prices at all the local gas stations, there’s GasBuddy. Plug in your location, and it tells you which nearby stations have the cheapest gas prices. As the Age of Oil enters its disastrous terminal phase, where declining gas production causes prices to climb ever higher, GasBuddy is definitely going to save you money when you’re zipping around avoiding gangs of roving marauders.
A recently-spotted gang of roving marauders. According to the leader:
“Fourth quarter projections show that, if investors don’t check themselves, they are likely to wreck themselves ... fools.”
Here’s another money-saving automotive app, since cars are such money pits. With RepairPal, input the car you have and the repair it needs, and RepairPal will spit out the fair price range of the repair. You’ll never pay too much “headlight fluid” again!
Sweet, sweet free telecom. Need to send a message to Hong Kong, but don’t want to pay for an entire steamship to take it there? Use Skype! This app lets you make unlimited free calls to other Skype users, regardless of location. Hook up your device to your home wireless (or your neighbor’s unsecured connection), and you’ve got a worldwide partyline you don’t have to pay an extra dime for. Why do we pay for phone service, again?
4. Best Parking
If you’ve ever tried to park in a major city, especially NYC, you know that parking costs an arm and a leg. And, you may think you’re clever by spending the half-hour it takes to secure street parking, but the joke’s on you! When you return to your car, you’ll find a $300 ticket for “Failure to Display Adequate Yankee Gear” or something similar.
Your best bet is a pay garage or lot, and the Best Parking app will help you find the cheapest one. Too bad the entirety of the savings will be blown when you buy your first cocktail at Chez Cité.
Chances are, in the past week, you bought something locally that you could have gotten for less with the Yowza app. That’s just silly. Yowza is free and gives you no-nonsense coupons that are immediately redeemable at your favorite spots (including some nationwide chains). Ignore it at your peril.
Comment special question: Got any awesome money-saving apps that are still undiscovered?
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