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Using Your Smartphone to Save Money

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Smartphones have rapidly become ubiquitous in our society. While not everything about these phones is great, they are an easy way to track finances and even get discounts at stores you shop at. This is a guide about using your smartphone to save money.
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June 21, 2010

When checking out at Kohl's, my granddaughter realized we had been overcharged. We went back to where she had found her items. There was a large sign stating that the jewelry was 50% off. She took a cell phone picture of the sign. We went to Customer Service, she showed them the picture and we got the correct price. She took the picture so nobody would have to go look. Saved a lot of time and trouble.

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By Raelene from Clarksville, TN

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August 19, 2011

My favorite and most-used app is GasBuddy. I use it everytime before I buy gas. It gives you the gas prices of the stations near the place you enter so you can buy the cheapest gas available. Great money saver!

By marsma90 from Columbus, OH

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Gasbuddy can be helpful, but the price listed is often the price with a car wash purchase and not the actual price. I have checked the price on Gasbuddy several times and found this glitch. People drive by see the low price enter it and don't check that it is only with a car wash price, the actual gas price is often 10 cents or more per gallon.

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July 10, 20060 found this helpful

You can make shopping around a lot quicker if you have cellphone. Before you go shopping, write down the numbers of other stores that carry the products you are interesting in purchasing. That way you can call around to get competing price quotes and not have to drive to every store. Even if you don't have a cellphone, some stores have courtesy phones you can use.

By Fisher

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

Even if you don't have the phone numbers or a phone book with you, you can still call a free information number. 1-800-FREE 411 (1-800-373-3411) When it asks if you are calling from a cell phone don't push the button on the phone that you are, b/c they will then send you a text message asking if you want your free ringtone. I've used it a few times and no problems so far.

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February 21, 2012

I like to use my phone when I am at thrift stores or yard sales. I sometimes find products that sound like a great bargain, but having my smartphone allows me to look up the actual price of the item as well as reviews.

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