If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time on your phone. Not just for chatting with friends and family, but also for checking email, the weather, visiting websites online, banking, and so much more.
Technology really has come a long way, hasn’t it?
There are so many apps out there – so many that are likely awesome and are apps that you would love to use – but there’s just too many to filter through. Am I right?
Today, you’re in luck, because I have done the filtering for you! Here are my favourite Canadian money saving apps:
The Best Ever Money Saving Apps for Canadians
1. Mint (iPhone, Android)
I love using the Mint app, because it helps me to manage all the numbers (as much as I’m a frugalista, I am terrible with math, and hate dealing with numbers!).
Mint helps you track your spending, and also alerts you to when you’ve spend too much (or if you get charged a fee for something). In addition to those things, Mint also offers a bunch of money saving tips to help you manage your money better.
2. Gas Buddy (Apple, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web)
Gas Buddy is free to download, and it shows you the closest gas station to you (at any given time) with the lowest price of gas. No more paying more for gas at one station, when the station down the street is a few cents cheaper per litre!
Users are encouraged to report gas prices often, and every time they do, they earn points that can be used toward prize giveaways. Cheap gas and free prizes – that’s what I’m talking about!
3. Checkout 51 (Apple, Android)
I have been a long-time user of Checkout 51 – the first ever cash back rebate app for Canadians. It’s one of my favourite ways to save money on groceries.
Checkout 51 lets you save on the brands you love (and on produce sometimes!). Get new offers weekly, buy from any store in Canada (excluding Quebec – for now), snap a photo of the receipt, and get cash back. It’s that simple!
Related: Checkout 51 – The Ultimate Guide
4. SnapSaves (Apple, Android)
Similar to Checkout 51, SnapSaves is a Canadian cash back rebate app. You can receive cash back for purchases you make each week. As you shop, you earn money, simply by taking a photo of your receipt and sending it in.
One of the best things about SnapSaves is that they often have a handful of fresh produce rebates each week, such as savings on broccoli, bananas, watermelon, lettuse and more. It’s rare that you’ll find a paper coupon for that stuff, so this is a really exciting feature of SnapSaves.
5. Zweet (Apple, Android)
Another cash back rebate app for Canadians! Set up the same way as Checkout 51 and SnapSaves, use Zweet to save money on groceries – without any paper coupons to clip.
The only unfortunate thing about Zweet is that if your account becomes inactive (after 12 months), they start deducting $2 per month from your balance, up to the total amount in your account.
So, if you decide to download this app, make sure you use it regularly!
Related: Zweet – New Cash Back Rebate App
6. Cartsmart (Apple, Android)
You’re loving these cash back rebate apps, right? Here’s the 4th and final one – Cartsmart!
Just like the others, you can earn cash back for grocery items you buy at any store in Canada! Anything from peanut butter to dish soap to plastic wrap, if you buy it, and it’s on the Cartsmart list, you will get cash back!
7. Flipp (Apple, Android)
Once you enter in your postal code (or zip code if you’re in the USA), Flipp will show you a ton of flyers for stores that are in your area. (Click the heart next to the stores that are your favourites, to make it much easier to find those flyers when you need them.)
The best thing about Flipp is their search feature. If you’re looking for something specific, search for it, and Flipp will find you the local deals. This makes price matching incredibly simple!
When you are looking through the flyer(s), if you tap on the items you want to buy, Flipp will circle those items, and add them to the “Clippings” tab – creating a shopping list for you!
8. RedLaser (Apple, Android, Windows Phone)
I’m a relatively new RedLaser user (a few weeks now), but I’m loving it so far – and based on reviews from other users, so are a lot of other people!
Find the best deals by comparison shopping with RedLaser, and also (the best part), keep all of your loyalty cards in one place (no more wallets stuffed full of store cards)!
9. Coupgon (Apple, Android)
Coupgon is the first ever digital coupon app for Canadians. That’s right – no more paper coupons! All you have to do is “clip” the coupons you want from Coupgon’s latest offers and then scan your phone at the store to redeem them.
Cha-ching! It couldn’t be easier! Right now, Coupgon is only accepted at Calgary Co-Op, Valufoods, Village Mart and PriceSmart Foods, but they are working away at getting this fantastic app accepted everywhere in Canada.
Which money saving app is your favourite right now?