Everyone loves saving money, whether it’s by budgeting smarter or getting the best deals. Thankfully, there are loads of apps that can help you save cash on everything from holidays to everyday shopping – and even to help you budget on the go.

 

Budgeting

Money Dashboard

Money Dashboard app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

This app gathers all your accounts – current, credit card and savings – into one place so it’s easy to manage your finances. It even suggests ways to save money and avoid unnecessary bank charges. Just think what you could buy with all that money you’ll save…

Spendee

Spendee app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

One of the better-looking budgeting apps around, Spendee shows your spending by category like a news feed from a social network. You can also plot your spending by location, so you know which hotspots to avoid.

 

Saving at home

Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Did you know you could save £200 a year by throwing away less food? Why not use your leftovers in a recipe: simply tell the app what you have and it will suggest what to make, and show you how.

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Snapt

Snapt app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Scan the code on your gas or electricity bill, and this app from Compare the Market will tell you how much you could save by switching supplier. Customers save an average of £273 on their annual energy bill.

Gumtree

Gumtree app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Gumtree is great if you need something new for your home - be it furniture, an appliance or anything else. Chances are there’s something like it on Gumtree, and for much less than you’d pay in the shops.

 

Shopping

Red Laser

Red Laser app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Scan the barcode on what you want to buy and this app will look up prices online – so you can see where you can buy it cheaper. You can also browse by deals and by shop, or check out the deal of the day.

 

My Supermarket

My Supermarket app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

With daily updated prices for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Superdrug, Waitrose, Ocado, Aldi, Poundland and Iceland, this is the easiest way to save money on your shopping. Just make a shopping list and see which supermarket is the cheapest.

 

Leisure

Hotel Tonight

Hotel tonight

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Last minute booker or plans gone awry? This app is your saviour. It lets you find a room up to 2am the same day and guarantees the cheapest prices.

 

Vouchercloud

Vouchercloud

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

Restaurants, days out, cinema, travel, fashion… you’ll find vouchers for all these and more with Vouchercloud. It uses your location to find deals near you before sending vouchers to your phone. Can you afford to be without it?

 

Transport

Just Park

Just park app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

This app lets you book a parking space in advance, saving you up to 70 per cent compared to drive-up prices. Plus you’ll definitely know there’s a space before you leave the house. No wonder over 700,000 drivers use it.

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Skyscanner

Skyscanner app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android,  iOS 

Start your holiday right with Skyscanner, which finds millions of flights across hundreds of airlines so you can be sure to get the lowest price. It includes everything from high end airlines to charger flights and budget companies.

redspottedhanky

Redspottedhankey app

Price: Free

Operating system: Android, iOS

As well as saving you an average of 51 per cent on train tickets, this app lets you skip the queue for the ticket machine, as it sends barcoded tickets straight to your phone. Double win!