Ten Great Apps to Save you Money at College

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College is so expensive. There’s no pretty way to put that; college is a lot of money and an education is something you will likely have to sacrifice a lot to receive. It’s probably going to pay off in the end, but we don’t know. A lot of educations these days simply do not pay off, and many experts are asking the students take a moment to do the  math to see if the education they’re seeking is worth the price they will pay to obtain a piece of paper. Not all are; and that’s the sad truth. But we still think you need college. It teaches a lot of lessons, both book-related and in real life, and we have some apps that will save you money in the process. I mean, it’s 2015; you didn’t think there wasn’t an app for that, did you? If you’re a college student or a parent with a student in college, go ahead and take a look at some of the best money-saving apps for your students.

Chegg

If you’re looking for cheap textbooks to rent, this is the app for you. You can download it onto your phone so you can always search for the books you need, rent them, have them shipped and pay for them right on your app. It’s cheaper than buying books, and that’s what we love about this particular app. It’s going to save you a bundle, so go ahead and download the app right now.

Your Bank App

This is probably one of the most important apps you can have. This is the app that will give you instant access to all your financial and banking information. This is going to save you money by allowing you to balance your checkbook, check your balance and keep up-to-date on all that’s happening with your accounts. Download it and learn to use it on a daily basis.

Cheapest Textbooks

If you want to find the cheapest textbooks, go ahead and use this app. It’s designed to let you scan barcodes so that you can find books somewhere else if they are less expensive. It’s useful in that it allows you to save a lot of money on something so expensive without really putting forth much of an effort in the process.

Check Me

If you have a bank account, you need this app. This app is designed to send you alerts to notify you when your bills are due, and it even allows you to pay said bills through the app. It’s amazing because it ensures that your credit will remain intact since it’s impossible to make late payments or accidently miss a payment with this kind of app on hand for you to use.

Gas Buddy

If you have a car with you on campus, you’re going to want this app. All you have to do is input your location and it will find the cheapest gas stations in a certain proximity so that you can get to where you are going and make sure that you get the gas you need in the process. It’s going to save you a lot of money when you consider just how much the price of gas varies from one station to the next at times.

BigWords

Do you have textbooks? Asking that question to a college student is like asking a toddler if he or she wants a piece of chocolate. Of course you have textbooks. This app is going to let you scan codes and find out if you can rent this particular book somewhere for less money, and it’s also going to give you the opportunity to sell your books immediately when you are done using them and have moved on from them after a particular class is over.

RoverTown Student Discounts

Students love discounts because discounts mean they are saving money. Money saving means they have more money to spend on things that they need, such as classes or even that big Spring Break trip they’ve decided they have to take. This app allows you to find student deals just about everywhere in your area from restaurants to entertainment venues to books to gas to everything in between. It’s worth the download since it will save you significantly over time.

ATM Hunter

One of the biggest wastes of money most college students deal with is their ATM card. They use the nearest ATM so that they don’t have to go looking for a new one, or because they don’t know where one from their bank is located. This is a mistake, however, since you pay a lot of exorbitant fees when you use a foreign ATM. You could pay as much – if not more – than $5 in addition to the cash you need each time you go out and use the ATM, and that really adds up. You do that 5 times a month and you’re spending $300 a year in ATM fees alone. This app shows you where to find ATMs from your bank so you can avoid this fee trap.

Restaurant Apps

If you are a college student who likes to eat out on a regular basis, you are going to want to download as many restaurant apps as you can find so that you can save money on dining out. These apps are numerous, so pick your favorites or just go ahead and download all of them so that you get just what you want and need. They’ll tell you when things are on sale, when there are specials that might interest you, and when you can find deals that might work for your entire group of friends on a Friday night when everyone is in the mood to go out and have a good time.

Groupon

Why would you want this when you are in college? Because it’s going to save you money on everything. It’s going to save you money on presents come holiday time since things everyone loves are on sale. This app is going to save you money when it’s time to book a vacation for spring break since those are always on sale. It’s going to save you money going out to eat or going other places since those things are always on sale.

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