Magazine article Black Enterprise

Free Mobile Apps That Can Save You Money: Tools to Help You Manage Debt, Score Deals, and Save Hard-Earned Cash

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Free Mobile Apps That Can Save You Money: Tools to Help You Manage Debt, Score Deals, and Save Hard-Earned Cash

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IF YOU OWN A SMARTPHONE, YOU probably have dozens of apps and can't wait for new ones to be developed. While you're shopping, be sure to check out the personal finance category. The five apps below can help you keep a handle on debt, score great deals, and save some of your hard-earned cash.

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CardStar

Do you have trouble keeping up with all your loyalty reward cards from supermarkets and pharmacies? CardStar has come to the rescue. Now you won't have to worry about forgetting your cards and losing out on discounts or holding up the line at CVS while digging through your purse or wallet to look for your card. With CardStar, you can store your reward cards on your phone. The barcode is scanned from your phone, so you won't have to walk around with a key chain full of little plastic cards. And don't worry about privacy; the CardStar app doesn't connect to a server, and user or tracking statistics aren't collected (available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry).

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AAA TripTik Mobile

If you're taking a road trip, AAA TripTik Mobile can be a handy little guide. This new app from AAA allows you to compare ever-changing gas prices so you'll never be taken by surprise again when you pull up to a gas station. TripTik Mobile is a GPS-based mobile version of the AAA TripTik Travel Planner, which displays gas prices and locates hotels, events, and restaurants approved by AAA that are close to your location. This is the first free app to offer updates on gas prices in addition to directions, maps, and travel information, according to AAA (available for iPhone). …

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