10 ways your iPhone can save you money

April 10, 2014


I absolutely love my iPhone! I have to admit that before my iPhone, I had no idea what I was missing out on. I was never big on having the latest and greatest technology, I didn't even have texting on my phone until I was 25. My friends in college used to always make fun of my cell phones, probably because they were always cracked, broken or a $10 GoPhone I got at Walmart to replace my broken phone, because I didn't want to upgrade my plan. I remember when I saw the first iPhone commercial. They advertized the phone as an iPod, with a camera that was also a phone. I remember saying "why would I need a phone so fancy. I already have a phone, a camera and an iPod". Boy was I wrong! I got my first iPhone a little over 2 years ago. Now that I have one, I have no idea how I ever went without. What I'm most amazed with my smart phone is how much money I have saved since I've had my phone. 

Here are just a few of the ways that I have found to saved money by using my iPhone....

1.) Shopping- Of course I would say shopping, but honestly I use the coupons from my phone all the time! I love that I don't have to print them out or cut them out of a book. I just show the coupon on my phone at the store, they scan it and I save. Apps like Cartwheel by Target, RetailMeNot, and Shopular are just a few of my favorite shopping apps.They give me coupons and alert me when my favorite stores are having sales.

2.) Restaurants-  One thing my husband and I have always been good at when it comes to eating out, is to look for the best deals. Now that I have an iPhone, I use my apps to help me get coupons and reward points for different restaurants. Outback's Tablemates app offers some great discounts and freebies. Another app I love is idine. The app gives you locations of restaurants that participate. You can sign up and earn money back just from eating at those restaurants. 

3.) Working out- When I work out, my phone becomes my workout buddy. No need for a gym membership when you can download an app and have your own personal trainer. Workout Trainer by skimble is a great app to use if your looking for a quick work out at home. This app has lots of great exercises to chose from, you even get your own personal trainer. My favorite app that I use when I'm working out is MapMyRun. I love how the app tracks your run, or in my case walk, then tells you how many miles you've gone and how many calories you've burned. For other workouts, I use my fitness board on Pinterest. I pin workouts all the time. I love finding exercises that you can do in your bed room with very little or no equipment. 

4.) Music- I can't tell you the last time I spent money on music. I was never big on buying CD's, but I did spend a lot of money downloading songs on iTunes. I'd spend 99 cents here and there, but when I look at how many songs I downloaded in college, it really added up. Now I just use Pandora Radio. I love it! I use it for workout songs, for sleeping songs, even when I'm getting ready in the morning. I see no need to buy music when I can listen to a varity of music I like whenever I feel like it.

5.) Cooking- I will never buy a cook book again. There is no need to spend money on a cook book when you can download any recipe app you could ever think of. One of my favorites is Allrecipes Dinner Spinner. If your not sure what to make for dinner, you can just open this app, spin it, and see what delicious combinations it comes up with. It's not only recipes, I use my phone to look for grocery store sales and coupons. I never plan a meal without checking my Kroger app first. I try to plan my meals and grocery list around what's on sale and what I have coupons for.

6.) Banking- I have my bank account app right on my phone. I love that I can deposit a check just sitting in my living room. There is no need to drive to the bank to deposit anything. It saves so much time and most importantly gas money.

7.) Gas- I always know where to find the cheapest prices on gas thanks to my iPhone. I use the GasBuddy app, but there are also tons of other free apps out there for finding the best gas prices in your area. Try them out to see which one you like the best.

8.) Traveling- Every time we go on a trip it's so convenient to have accesses to travel booking websites. We have found the best deals on car rentals and hotels last minute by booking with apps like KAYAK and Travelocity.

9.) Camera- I have a camera, but just when I wanted to get a new digital camera, I got my iPhone that took better pictures then my current camera. I love being able to use photo editors to edit my pictures. My favorite one is Moldiv. I use it a lot with my pictures for my blog. I haven't tried it yet, but you could use your photo editors to make a Christmas card, an invitation, save the date, you could even take some amature baby or engagement pictures. It's something to think about.

10.) Office needs- When my husband and I were both applying for jobs, we used to spend a lot of money at Fedex Office. Faxing, scanning and printing out resumes can get expensive. Now, I really haven't had the need to print anything out, I can just send it in an e-mail. If something needs to be signed I have an app for that. I use SignNow whenever my signature is needed on a document. I also use DocScanner for anything that needs to be copied or scanned. These are apps I don't use all the time, but when I need them, they become extremely convenient.

All of these apps are free and can be very useful. There are so many apps out there and I'm still learning which ones are best for saving money. I defiantly will encourage you to try the apps I've suggested and look for some on your own. You'll be surprised with all the ways you can save! Good luck on your saving!


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