Today there are dozens of popular mobile apps helping graduates find local discounts, good deals, and even free stuff. It might even help pay for that student-sized phone bill.
Opera Software has prepared a list of the best cost-cutting apps for students to make your life much easier and cheaper.
Getting your books for that new postgraduate course can be a pretty expensive venture − but not anymore. BookBargain is a great app that tracks down and shows the best deals on books and e-books at popular stores (like Amazon) in multiple countries.
It compares the prices using an exchange rate and takes into account the shipping costs. With this app you’ll get notifications on price drops so you can buy the book you want at its lowest price. You can also access a selection of free e-books and, most importantly, get a daily e-book deal and benefit from big discounts.
Phone: Android, iPhone Price: Free
Student Cook Book
Are you spending your money on junk food because you can barely boil water?
Then it’s time for you to get into the kitchen and start saving some money, with these cheap recipes put together especially for students. The recipes are quick, easy to make and nutritious, giving you extra energy to study (or party) harder.
Each recipe includes a rough cost estimate, “easy to make” guide and step-by-step instructions, so there’s no way you can get it wrong! You can also search by convenient categories such as hangover recipes, home sick, cramming food, pre-night out meal and date night. With this app the starving days are gone. You’ll miss your mum’s food yet, but you’ll survive until you get back home.
Phone: Android Price: Free
We spend a large amount of time on the web and as a student you use it even more to do your homework, research topics for your papers, get e-books and many other things. Download the Opera Mini mobile browser and start saving some money on your phone bill. Opera Mini makes your browsing faster by reducing your data usage and compressing webpages by up to 90%. You will both save time and money doing one of your favorite things: browsing the web!
Also, as a student you probably connect to the internet from many devices: your phone, laptop, college computers or even a friend’s tablet. To get the most out of your web experience you can use the Opera Link feature in Opera Mini. This add-on will synchronize your bookmarks, Speed Dial, passwords and more across computers or mobile devices. This way you can access your favorite content anywhere you are and from any device.
Phone: Android, iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry, Bada, Java (J2ME) Price: Free
If you love browsing on the go and can’t live without the internet, it might be a smart idea to use free Wi-Fi connections as much as you can to save money. This app will find for you free Wi-Fi hotspots in your surroundings while you’re on the move, and even tell you how to get there. This app has a directory of over 650,000 hotspot locations in 144 countries worldwide and works both online and offline − so no matter where you are, it might come handy.
Phone: Android, iPhone, iPad and tablets
Price: Free Viber
If you are one of those people who talks on the phone for hours you certainly need to download this app. You’ve probably heard of Skype and WhatsApp, but there are other interesting alternatives out there you should check. Viber, for instance, lets you make free calls, and send text messages and photos for free to any other Viber user anywhere in the world. Once you’ve downloaded Viber it synchronizes with your existing contact list, and it will tell you which of your friends are already on Viber. What makes Viber different is that you don’t need to create new usernames, or build new lists, which is totally convenient. Plus you don’t have to be in the application to receive calls, since it launches automatically when someone’s calling. You just need a 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection to start calling and texting your friends for free!
Love Viber but want to make free video calls, or even take a group video chat? The Skype app might be your answer.
Phone: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry phones. Price: Free
As a student you need to get as much free stuff as you can. Of course that’s not always easy. However, Groupon can help you find the best deals on stuff to do, eat or buy in more than 500 cities around the world, and the best part is that you can use them immediately. You’ll find discounts of 50-90%, so you can get stuff almost for free! With this app you can access your purchased Groupons or find the ones that are nearby, and keep track of them by expiration date or location. You can also share Groupons with your friends via Twitter and get personalized deals setting your deal preferences.
Phone: Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Price: Free RedLaser
Do you spend hours comparing prices of a product before you actually buy it? Well then RedLaser is going to save you a lot of time. With this app you can scan the barcode of a product in- store and find out which nearby place is selling it cheaper. You won’t only save time but also some money! Don’t waste your precious Saturday afternoon searching for the best deal on a product, just scan it and go for it!
Phone: Android and iPhone Price: Free
Being a student with a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a weekend off or a nice holiday. Kayak is a must-have travel app that will help you keep your spending low by finding the lowest prices on flights, hotels, rental cars and much more. You can book your hotel from the app, view and manage your trip itinerary, and track your flight status. If you’re traveling on a budget, this will be right up your alley. Download Kayak and start planning the ultimate spring break today.
Phone: Android and iPhone. Price: Free
Having trouble managing your money? Mint can help. With this personal finance app you can establish and stick to a budget, see your accounts and expenses in real time, and it also alerts you when you have gone over your budget. And if you’re worried about security, the app gives you a four-digit pin code to access the Mint.com website and block access to your app should something happen to your device.
Phone: Android and iPhone. Price: Free
Once you have installed those apps your student life will be much easier. You won’t need to stress out about money, but instead you can focus on the stuff that really matters like socializing, finding the next party and last but not least, studying.