How to use your apps to save some money

Published: August 11, 2022 5:17 PM EDT
Updated: August 15, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

Grab your cell phone or tablet and head to the App Store. Here are some tips on how to save money.

Prices continue to go up, but there are ways you can save some money by downloading apps like GasBuddy or Upside can help save a few dollars at the pump.

GasBuddy shows you the best prices in your area. It also links your checking account to their app, so each time you fill up, you can save 5 cents per gallon. The app claims to save most users $340 a year.

Gilberto Gonzalez is a father of three who says right now it’s tough to make ends meet. He says gas prices going down a few cents doesn’t help him much, since the prices of food and essential items are still high.

“I don’t think they should have ever gotten to what they got, compared to where we were at maybe just a year and a half ago; the public has seen a high increase on everything, not just food, just the whole quality of life went up,” Gonzalez said. “Just hope something can be done for the average guy.”

Upside works similarly, giving you some change back every time you fill up. Its CEO adds the app grew 40 percent in users in just two months.

For your prescriptions, look into GoodRx. The coupons the app provides can help you save up to 80% on some drugs.

Mark Cuban’s CostPlus Drug Company cuts out the middle man so your prescription medications are significantly cheaper. And in some cases, saves you up to 70%.

As for groceries, 35 million people have downloaded Ibotta and other cashback apps like Checkout 51 and Coupons.com. They promise to put money back in your wallet when you buy certain items.

For shopping, download the Rakuten and Honey extensions. Rakuten is a website, app and extension that gives you cashback when you shop online. Honey searches the internet for coupons and promo codes before you check out.

All of these apps are free, but you may have to put in your banking information in order to get some of the rewards.