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September 6, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 2:34pm

5 of the best apps to save you money

Saving money doesn't have to be boring.

By James Nunns

Christmas is only 110 days away and after a summer of fun in the sun (we had at least a week of sunshine) it is now time to tighten those belts and save a bit of money for some Christmas splurging.

The problem with saving money is that it can be boring, stopping you from doing the fun and social things that would usually make up a good portion of your time.

However, winter is a perfect time to try and save a little cash, mainly because it’s cold, wet, and your summer radiance has worn off so that you are now a ghostly figure haunting a bar filled with people sniffling with colds.

But if you want to maintain an exciting lifestyle and save a bit of money then CBR is here to help with five of the best apps to save money.


1. Skyscanner

Fancy a bit of winter sun to make all your friends jealous? Well Skyscanner is one of the best ways to find a cheap flight.

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The app is designed to compare flight prices, simply add in a destination and compare the cheapest tickets across a number of different airlines.

With a number of handy filters to whittle down the options till the perfect holiday is found, Skyscanner can also be used to find hotels and car hires.

Skyscanner has branched out to become a site full of travel tips that will help the user to identify where they next want to go.

For example one of the cheapest places to go is Cambodia, beds can be as cheap as £1, food cheaper. Or for a fancier trip a double room in a five star luxury hotel will cost about £250 a night.

2. Meter Readings

Winter is when your meter readings start to become a little scary. More time spent at home away from the drizzle equals higher gas and electricity bills.

Keeping track can often be difficult and while a number of energy suppliers have begun introducing smart meters, the Meter Readings app also offers price comparison features.

The app, which is available on iOS, allows the user to track usage and costs with the help of various graphs.

If the bill is a little too shocking then it also lets the user check out the costs of other providers in the area.

3. VoucherCodes

Who doesn’t like a voucher? That feeling of presenting a voucher to the cashier and getting a bit of money off while everyone else pays full price – satisfying.

Plenty of money-saving voucher style apps exist on the app store such as Wowcher, HotUKDeals, and more. VoucherCodes offers a comprehensive mix of vouchers to help even the most outgoing of people save money.

From vouchers for shopping, eating out, and travel discounts, it also helps the user to identify local deals.

Current voucher codes include up to 25% off some flights, £15 off order over £100 online at TM Lewin, 10% off online Orders at Harveys, and more.

The app and websites are free to sign up to.

4. Too Good To Go

The UK start-up, Too Good To Go, found a way to help reduce the vast amounts of food that are wasted by restaurants and provide cheap meals.

Co-founded by Jamie Crummie and Chris Wilson, the app allows users to eat restaurant quality food at a fraction of the price and it will help them feel good about combating the wasted food problem.

Available on iOS and Android in the UK, the app lets users search through restaurants in their area, choose from available foods and dishes, and then gives diners a time for them to pick it up.

Prices in London start at £2 and are a maximum of £3.80.

The company was only founded in 2015 and it does rely upon restaurants to sign up to it, which means that it is still building market presence. However, plenty of places in London already offer this service.

5. mySupermarket

Winter is the time for putting on weight. We can hide it all beneath layers of clothes and unless you are going on holiday there is no real fear about having to look fit for the beach.

So to save a little money on that shopping bill and to find the best prices easily the mySupermarket app is here to help.

In addition to allowing customers to add products that they need, the user can keep track of prices at various UK supermarkets. This helps the shopper to identify which supermarket will work out the cheapest for their shop.

The app is available on Android and iOS.


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