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The best ways to save money using apps

Following the annual decadence of the festive period and that bargain-seeking splurge at the January sales – the first quarter of the year is always likely to send you scrambling for the best ways to save money.

Traditionally we make resolutions and endeavor to tighten our belts, perhaps giving up something we love to set money aside for the winter months. But winter is cold and depressing enough as it is, and if there is a way to get by with the help of some digital trickery then we’re all for it.

With that in mind, there are loads of brilliant apps out there to help keep you in the black – here are three of our favorites.

money-saving-apps-top-3-goexplore-redlaser1. Red Laser

Download for iOS, Android or Windows

One of the simplest and best ways to save money is eBay’s Red Laser app, enabling you to compare the prices of different retailers by simply scanning a barcode. See something you like? The app will find the product and compare its price against both online and offline stores, checking whether or not you can get it cheaper elsewhere. Not only is it a money saver, but the app will also pull up reviews, ratings and further details so you know you’re making the right decision.

money-saving-apps-top-3-goexplore-whatsapp2. WhatsApp

Download for iOS, Android, Blackberry or Windows

Worried about exceeding your monthly text limit and incurring hefty charges? Facebook’s new $16bn acquisition WhatsApp allows you to send as many free instant messages as you like over the Internet. This app also comes in handy when travelling abroad, just make sure to connect to a WiFi hotspot or make sparing use of use of data roaming.

money-saving-apps-top-3-goexplore-mint3. Mint

Download for iOS, Android or Windows

When money is tight and you’re pushing your bank balance to its limit, the best thing you can do is get yourself organized. Look no further than Mint, a versatile and comprehensive tool for understanding and managing your finances. Already a Mint user? Then try Mashable’s 10 Things You Didn’t know Mint Could Do? to get even more out of this essential money-saving app.

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