Apps that Make Saving Simple

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 9.40.09 AMEveryone likes a good savings.  Whether you’re searching for best rates in the market or best deals in the store, most people are trying to save. But did you know about all the apps available to help you save?

CNN’s Money Magazine* has pulled some of the best apps for shoppers looking for the best deal on their desired items. Whether you are in front of your computer, standing in the checkout line or browsing at a store, these shopping apps will help you get a better price.

RedLaser

  • Great for: Comparing prices
  • Price: Free
  • Available for: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7

Before you even think about buying that pair of shoes or power drill in person, scan (or manually enter) the product’s bar code: RedLaser spits out the best prices available both online and in brick-and-mortar shops nearby. Click BUY NOW to go directly to the website with the bargain price. Or get directions to the local store with the deal.

Slice

  • Great for: Tracking online purchases
  • Price: Free
  • Available for: Android, iPhone

Sync Slice with your Gmail or Yahoo account. It scours your inbox for online orders and helps you keep track of shipping. Best of all, if Slice detects a price drop and the merchant offers adjustments — Kohls.com and Walmart.com do, for example — the app will send you an alert.

Coupon Sherpa

  • Great for: Actually using coupons
  • Price: Free
  • Available for: Android, iPhone

No clipping, no binders. This handy app brings hundreds of coupons from major retailers and grocery stores to your phone. At Lowe’s? Check if Coupon Sherpa has a coupon for 20% off your hardware purchase — and in most stores, you can just flash your phone at the checkout for the deal.

Key Ring

  • Great for: Using your loyalty cards
  • Price: Free
  • Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry

To score a discount these days, you often need to present a plastic loyalty card to prove you’re in the club. Forget carrying them around (or forgetting them), says Tim Chen of NerdWallet.com. Key Ring lets you store the info on your phone. Take a picture or enter the ID number, then flash your phone to save.

With all these easy and great ways to save, you’ll be seeing more money hanging around in your bank account. You can watch it grow even further in a PowerBlue Savings account at 1.15% APY**, which you can see in (you guessed it) the Belmont Savings Bank app!

 

 

*CNN Money Magazine article published August 24, 2012 by Beth Braverman and Ismat Sarah Mangla
**Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective as of 2/27/14. Rate is variable and subject to change without notice. Minimum deposit of $10 to open account. Maximum balance of $1,000,000. This is a tiered account: Tier 1 – for daily balances of $10.00 or more up to $100,000.00, the annual percentage yield is 1.15%; Tier 2 – The annual percentage yield is .40% for daily balances exceeding $100,000.01. To earn the annual percentage yield (APY) on your account, you must have an active PlatinumBlue Checking account. A PlatinumBlue Checking account is considered active with a $10,000 average daily balance or $250 minimum direct deposit or 5 debit card POS (pinned or signature) transactions that post and settle during statement cycle, or five online bill payments during the monthly statement cycle.   To avoid a $25.00 monthly service charge, the PlatinumBlue Checking account must be active. A minimum deposit of $250.00 is required to open a PlatinumBlue Checking account.  Offer can be withdrawn at any time. Each statement cycle the PlatinumBlue Checking account is non-active, all ATM surcharges will apply and the APY defaults to .25% on the PowerBlue Savings account for the next statement period.