Favorite Apps: Apps That Save You Money

Since our budget has fluctuated so much in the last few months, I’ve been attempting to become a little more frugal with the little bit of money that we have so that what we have might stretch a long way.  Of course I’ve received much help from my coupon-fanatic best friend of 15 years and some extremely helpful websites (I’ll share those at another time), but I definitely appreciate the little helpers that I can carry with me everywhere right on my phone.  I hope you’ll try them out and find that they help you stretch your dollar too:

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Cartwheel: This Target app allows you to save money on many different items at Target.  You might check this app when you have your grocery list to maximize your savings or just browse through it to see if there are any good deals you can use on those things you don’t need but were hoping for a good deal on.  Add the savings you want to your personalized Cartwheel barcode and have the cashier scan it when you’re checking out.  You can use these savings on top of your other coupons, and they can be used as many times as you like before they expire!

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Favado: Use this app to search out the best deals at your local stores.  You can search deals by store or type in the item in the search bar to find out which store has the best deal.

 

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Mint: 
You may have already heard of this app, as it’s been around for quite a while as a supplement to the website.  I use them all together to track my spending: managing my checkbook, tracking what we spend money on, and budgeting for the upcoming month.  We’ve also used it to build up our emergency fund and also to pay off our debt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unit Price Compare: I’m a big proponent on comparing unit prices before I buy something.  I like to make sure I’m getting the most I can for my money.  It’s not always easy to compare unit prices when you’re tired and stressed (or if it’s been that long since you had a math class…).  Just plug in the unit and size of the items you are comparing (less any coupons you are using), and it will tell which is the best deal.

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Best Free Android Apps for Parents (Also According to Us!)

Okay, so last week I gave you the list of our recommended free apps for kids (on android devices).  This week, I’m presenting you with our list of our recommended android apps for parents.  Whether you use them or not may depend on how old your child is and what stage she’s in, but nevertheless…check it out anyway.  Hopefully you’ll find something useful.

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Cozi
We absolutely LOVE this app!  We’ve had it for over a year now and use it all the time–from scheduling, to “to-do” lists, to grocery lists.  We each have a wish list on it, so I don’t have to remember what everybody wants when it’s time to buy gifts; we can color code each person, and have text or email reminders sent to each person at a specified time before an event.  Add extra alarms or additional features for a nominal cost.

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First Aid
Self-explanatory.  Have a boo-boo that you don’t know how to fix?  Check out the American Red Cross First Aid app.

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Life 360
For anybody in your family who has a phone (especially those teenagers!), add the app to all phones and create a username and password.  Wherever the phone is, you will be able to track it.  I’ve used this when my husband leaves work late (and I’m panicking), but I’ve also used it to find my phone when I left it at church.  You can also check in, request a check-in or call for help using the buttons on this app.  I’ve never had to call for help using this app, but I’ve checked in when it’s late at night or can’t talk.

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Focus on the Family
Sign up and login with Focus on the Family to view articles and advice from this Christian resource.  For those of you who love Focus on the Family and/or whose children already receive Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr., or watch JellyTelly, you’ll enjoy this app as well.

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Working Mother
The Working Mother app is another one of my favorites, because it allows you to be interactive with your Working Mother magazine.  If you receive this magazine but don’t use this feature, download it, because you can find some additional information when you scan the icon in your magazine.

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Pampers
I know I’m not the only mom who loves Pampers–or Pampers Gifts to Grow points!  For a simple way to record your points (rather than logging into your account), download this app, type in your code, and go!  Nice and simple.  🙂


Which free parenting android apps do you love the most?

The Best Free Android Apps for Kids (According to us!)

If you haven’t already noticed, there is a plethora of apps out there nowadays.  So many people are using tablets, touch-screen phones, iPods, and other devices and there are so many choices for apps!  Educational apps, game apps, potty training apps (yes, I’ve used this one!), silly apps, dumb apps…you get the idea.

Well if you’re like me, you can’t just spend oodles of money on apps for yourself, let a lone your kids!

If you’re having trouble deciding and want to keep things at a minimal cost, here’s what we recommend:

Coloring Book App and Coloring Book 2 (Lite) App


ColoringBook and ColoringBook 2 (lite)
Coloring Books: What more can you ask for?  Pick a picture and color away!


Fish Farts Kids AppFish Farts Kids
No, I’m not kidding.  My kids will sit there for at least 5 minutes (many times longer than that!) playing this game.  Pop the bubbles or press the fish to make them fart for points.

Kid Mode
Kid Mode AppThis is by far my favorite app!  Set safety features, change preferences.  Tons of games and videos tailored for the age of your child.  They can even send you video messages and vice versa at no cost!  Limit which characters your child can view and read more books for a nominal price.  My kids would play for hours on this app if I’d let them.

Kindergarten Math Lite
Kindergarten Math (Lite) AppThis is a very simple game and not really attractive, but it helps teach younger children about adding, money, and various other math skills.  Rapunzel loves this app.


Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop AppI don’t really like this game for me, but my kids love it!  They can pet, feed, and play with the animals, buy new animals, buy new homes.  I just make sure they don’t buy anything with real money.  My little girls are always bugging me to play this one.


My Little Pony
My Little Pony appThis is actually one of my favorite apps, and I play it all the time.  Sad, but true.  I won’t let the kids play this one because they spend my coins.  (Terrible mom, I know.)  When I did let them play this one, they did love it.  Rapunzel likes to play “ball” with the ponies the best.  Oh, and spend my coins.

Piano Perfect App

Piano Perfect
Simple, yet entertaining.  Kids can press the keys or play along with a song–without banging on the keys (that’s the best part)!

Sight Words AppSight Words
Another simple app, this one shows sight words.  Better than flipping cards, if you ask me!


Sudoku Fun
Sudoku Fun AppThis game is seriously addicting!  When I first played it, Prince Charming couldn’t understand why I couldn’t stop playing–but there are so many levels, you just can’t help but beat them all.  He finally downloaded the app, and now he’s worse than I am!  If you like Sudoku, this is a good one.  Older kids love it as well.  Best of all, if you bomb a level, you can do it over.  🙂


Unblock Car
Unblock Car AppThis is another app that can keep you going for quite a while.  Move the cars around to make way so you can get your car out of the parking lot.  Use as few moves as possible.  This one is also good for the older kids.

What’s your favorite free app?