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In the current climate of financial difficulties and the backdrop of a national recession, saving money is becoming more and more important to people in the UK.
With that in mind, here are my 7 useful money saving applications for the iPhone.
This application is free and allows you to search for alternatives to expensive 0870 numbers. Lots of companies use these numbers for their customer services lines and they often cost between 10-20p per minute, with the 0870 app you can type in the number and it will search for cheaper or free alternatives.
2. Mobile Allowance
Mobile Allowance allows you to keep an eye on your phone usage visually. Great for either pay-as-you-go or contract customers, it allows you to monitor you monthly minutes and texts, or check your remaining credit, excellent for properly budgeting your phone allowance. Mobile allowance is a cheap little application at just 59p.
3. Nosey Parker
Getting slightly more expensive at £1.79, Nosey Parker has details of over 13,000 parking zones, spaces and car parks. Really useful for finding a place to park in quickly and easily but especially handy for finding free parking zones in your vicinity. If you drive every day, this could well save you a decent amount of money per year on parking costs.
This application is a little bit costly at £2.99, although there’s a free version available on the App Store if you want to try it out beforehand. iXpensit helps you monitor your daily expenses and manage your monthly budget. There’s also a nice little function for storing photographs of receipts, allowing you to keep a more precise eye on your finances.
5. One Poll
One Poll is a free app that leads on from the popularity of filling out online surveys for payment. Similar in function to the One Poll website, the application allows you to fill out surveys from your iPhone, paying you between 10p and £5 per survey. Once your balance reaches £40, you can request payment into either your bank or PayPal account.
The surveys themselves are usually between 10 and 25 questions and don’t take too long to fill out. A good little app if you’ve got some spare time on your hands and want to make a little bit of extra cash.
6. Petrol Prices Pro
Another £2.99 application, Petrol Prices Pro uses your GPS location to help you find the cheapest petrol prices in your area. The application allows you to search according to city, town or postcode and can genuinely save you hefty amounts of money every year on your petrol spend.
My person favourite of the applications listed here, RedLaser costs £1.19 and allows you see if a product you’re thinking of buying can be bought for less money somewhere else. It allows you to scan barcodes using the iPhone’s built-in camera, and then the app searches via Amazon and Google Product Search to find you instant price comparisons. You can use it on pretty much any item, big or small, as long as it has a bardcode. particularly useful when making big, expensive purchases as it could save you substantial amounts of money.