15 Free Money-Saving Apps for Students

Whether it’s coupon clipping or locating the best deals in town, there are apps to help you save cash when you need it the most – as a broke student.

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 09, 2015

15 Free Money-Saving Apps for Students 15 Free Money-Saving Apps for Students

Your smart phone – regardless of type – is the gateway to many great money-saving methods.

Whether it’s coupon clipping or locating the best deals in town, there are apps to help you save cash when you need it the most – as a broke student.

Check out the following apps, which can help you stick to your strict budget:

1. TUN

An app designed specifically to help students save, TUN connects you with local student discounts, textbook savings and rewards on your purchases. You can even locate free events in your area, too!

2. UConnection

UConnection serves as a network to college dining and nightlife. The app connects you with deals, specials and more from dining and nightlife locations in your college town.

3. College Foodz

Discover new dining spots near you college, along with finding local food deals. Indicate your favorite dining spots and receive notifications when deals are offered.

You can also earn app rewards when you rate your dining experiences on the app.

4. Kruue

When you download the app, locate and find your university Kruue Code, which connects you with a scratch-off, revealing offers to choose from at many local businesses.

All Kruue-approved businesses are selected by university student bodies, so you can be sure that the money-saving deals offered are relevant to your campus.

5. Epicurious

It’s no secret that one of the biggest money wasters is eating out regularly. This app can help you avoid the trouble of takeout by helping you plan recipes.

The app even allows you to search more than 28,000 recipes, based on what you already have in your kitchen, level of recipe difficulty and more.

There’s also a web page, in case you prefer to view Epicurious online.

6. Groupon

With both a webpage and app, Groupon helps connect you with coupons and deals on everything in your area.

From goods and getaways to dining and event tickets below cost, Groupon can link you to affordable deals and exciting happenings within your area.

Be careful, though, because this should be an occasional splurge!

7. GasBuddy

If you have a car, you know that gas can cost a pretty penny.

The free mobile app, GasBuddy, allows you to plug in your location and discover the most affordable gas prices within a 50-mile radius.

Instead of filling up on just any corner, find the cheapest gas around – it could end up saving you a ton.

8. RetailMeNot

This app links you to thousands of coupons at your favorite retailers, right from your mobile phone or desktop.

Using the app, you can easily access coupon codes via the app or through their online site and, even, save them for later to use at your convenience.

You’ll no longer have to pay full price because you can get deals on all your purchases. You can even use the app in-person at checkout at many of your favorite stores.

9. Shopkick

Through Shopkick, you can learn about deals and gain exclusive rewards at your favorite frequently shopped stores.

The app allows you to save at different types of popular retailers, from shopping for necessities at stores like Target to purchases at popular shopping retailers, like Macy’s and Best Buy.

Through the app, you can earn deals, rewards and gift cards just for everyday shopping.

10. LivingSocial

LivingSocial helps you locate and purchase offers locally, along with shopping deals on products.

Similar to Groupon, the app also allows you to discover fun events for fair prices within your area so that you don’t have to sacrifice fun in the name of your budget.

11. ShopSavvy

ShopSavvy helps you locate sales from stores you frequently shop.

Additionally, the app allows price comparison so you can ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck every time you make a purchase.

12. CollegePower

You can use the CollegePower app to save money on food purchases at participating college locations.

Once you scan a deal, it’s automatically saved so that you are able to conveniently access it when you’re ready to redeem the discount offer.

It’s also simple to share deals so that, when you find a good deal, you can let friends know.

13. RoverTown

Rated as “The Best App for Saving Money in College” by About.com, RoverTown allows you to follow your favorite local businesses through its Student Discount Program.

You’ll no longer have to show your student ID, just your phone in order to redeem exclusive student discounts at colleges across the United States.

14. AroundCampus

Using your campus location, you can find information about local businesses in your area.

The app includes an Around Town section, which links you to coupons, menus, delivery searches, pictures of businesses and the capability to save your favorites.

You can also use the app’s other features, Local Deals and Super Steals, to save at your favorite businesses around your college town.

15. ScoutMob

Available in most major cities, ScoutMob helps you discover deals, local happenings and keeps you in the know about what’s going on in your area.

With hand-picked experiences and free local incentives, this app is a one-stop guide to saving money and finding cool stuff to do in your city.

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