Top 5 Apps To Help You Spend Less

It was announced this week that Uber, the money saving taxi service app that is being used in many major cities across the world has forbidden drivers and passengers to carry guns whilst using their service. ‘Feel free to hail that Uber vehicle for a quick ride across town, but please leave your guns at home’. This was the latest message in the startup’s fight against trying to reduce gun crime.

Uber is used across major cities in 57 countries across the world and is providing people with a quick, easy and competitive price for a cab ride. Below is a list of our top 5 apps that will also make your life easier and save you heaps of cash!

1 – SnipSnap

How many times have you been to the shops only to find then when it comes to paying you have left that much needed coupon at home or thrown it away with your old receipts. Well now you no longer need to worry! SnipSnap allows you to take photos of coupons and turns them into digital, mobile – ready ones! You never have to worry about losing them again!

2 – Offpeak

This is a restaurant booking app and allows users to get reservations during less busy times resulting in discounted table bookings. It finds recommendations based on where you are and allows you to find somewhere good and reasonable to eat in minutes. This app is one to watch as it was announced this week that $800,000 was invested into the company and they will be expanding into Asian cities starting with Bangkok!

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3 – Onavo Extend

Fed up with having to pay extra for going over on your phone tariff? This useful app can actually compress your data and extend your plan! As well as keeping you on top of all your data charges for the month. The app claims to be able to save you up to 80% on your data usage!

3 – BestParking

This app will help you find the most affordable car parks in the area. By listing the closest and cheapest parking options based on your location this app is the perfect companion to any day out to an unfamiliar city. Although currently only available in North America, we love the idea behind this app as we hate having to fork out loads of money for parking!

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5 – Mint

Finally, Mint is one of our favourite apps to use to keep on top of your finances. With so many features including the ability to check your savings and retirement funds, automatically record and categorise every transaction, create budgets and put it all into an easily readable graph, this app an essential for those looking to stretch your money that little bit further.

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Another great way to make your money go further is to group save with others. Whether you want to get your friend that extra special birthday gift or help someone towards saving for their dream holiday, with the help of Shareagift you can make that dream a reality!

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Black Friday facts that blew our brains out!

Yep, it’s that time of year again… and no, we’re not talking about carving up the turkey and breaking out the pecan pie… We’re about to launch ourselves head first into prime time deal season people, and the predictions coming out for this years haul are astonishing.

Black Friday, the name given to the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally known as the start of the Christmas shopping season, and since 2005 has consistently proved to be the busiest shopping day of the year. Now, hot off the heels of Black Friday, we also have Cyber Monday – an event created by companies to encourage people to shop online. Consumers spent over $1.2 billion online on Cyber Monday in 2011, and a whopping $52 billion over the Black Friday weekend. Yes, billion. (Sources: ComScore & National Retail Federation)

Consumer electronics most popular gifts

Consumer electronics nearly always top the most-wanted list for holiday gifts and this is never more clearly reflected than on these two mammoth shopping days. Indeed the top 10 products bought on Black Friday alone last year consisted exclusively of consumer electronic goods:

  1. PlayStation
  2. Samsung LED TV
  3. Xbox
  4. LeapPad tablet
  5. Canon SLR Digital Camera
  6. iPod Touch
  7. MacBook Pro 13”
  8. Canon EOS Digital Camera
  9. iPad 2
  10. Nintendo Wii

This year is predicted to follow suit. Consumers plan to spend, on average, $252 on consumer electronics this year, with over 75% of gift-giving adults expecting to buy electronics as a gift (Source: Consumer Electronics Association study).

In 2012 smartphones are also expected to sneak their way into the top 10 with Apple alone predicted to sell 46.5 million iPhones in Q4 2012 (Source: AppleInsider.com).

Trend of buying Consumer Electronics as Group Gifts

The great news for us is that we’re also seeing an increasing trend for people buying those coveted consumer electronics as group gifts. 40% of Shareagift Pages created for Christmas have been for laptop computers, 27% for Tablets, with other popular items including SmartPhones or iPods. In the last two weeks in the run up to Thanksgiving the number of Shareagift Pages being created on the site has increased by a massive 76% as people gear up for the holiday season.

So if you’ve been hazily dreaming about a new MacBook Pro all year, you want to get your best friend that Kindle, or the kids are desperate for an Xbox for Christmas, we can help! Create your Gift Page for the product and invite friends and family to chip in and share the cost. Because although we’re thrilled to have people using Shareagift for every gift imaginable, clearly this time of year it’s all about those pricey electronics – and what better way to get them than by giving them as a gift together.

Click here to return to Shareagift and start your Christmas Gift Page!