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A Question For My Readers


The phone bill came yesterday. 

It was significantly larger than normal.

I have no long distance, no caller id, and no call waiting, and I've saved a significant amount not paying for each of those over the years.

The increase was enough to make the change to getting a cell phone.

I haven't had a cell phone in 17 years. The last time I had a cell phone, it was a work phone. It was the kind that had a walkie-talkie option, which made for a rather amusing situation one day at work when one of my male co-workers decided to ask me via walkie-talkie where I was. I was in the ladies' room at the time. The woman in the stall next to me heard the question and started laughing. 


I've been just fine without a cell phone for all this time.


I know I'll be getting an android phone like the one my husband uses for work. 


My question for my readers is this:


What are your favorite money-saving aps?


And because I know you'll ask, I actually already have an Instagram account. I just haven't been able to take pictures with it before and I only have used it to follow people. You can find me under theprudenthomemaker

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  • Janet March 25, 2017

    Checkout 51, Ibotta, and Saving Star are the ones I use most frequently, because they include discounts for things like produce, bread, and milk. It's typically not a lot, but every little bit adds up. Checkout 51 can be used at any store with an itemized receipt.

  • Thanks Janet; you answered my question about Checkout 51. I think it will make up the $4 difference between my home phone bill and the cell phone bill (I plan on going with whoever my husband is using that is a set fee with no monthly contract and unlimited everything).

  • Karen March 25, 2017

    Those are the ones I use most often, too, along with ReceiptHog. I also have the Swagbucks video apps—but they can kill a battery pretty quickly, so use them while it's plugged in, and turn off the data to those apps so that they only use wifi.

  • Stargirl March 25, 2017

    Those are the three I use! You can also use the Target Cartwheel app. That way you don't have to print out coupons. It can be hit and miss to get coupons you use, but between the various apps you can probably make up enough for the phone bill difference.

  • Shanna March 27, 2017

    I use all those apps too but I would also add mobisave to that list also :)

  • Tya March 25, 2017

    I like PicCollage and use it often. You can make more than the preset pages.

  • Ashlee March 25, 2017

    Walmart savings catcher is great! It scans all the local ads and if anyone advertised a better deal, they give you back the difference in a card. It is great so you only have to go to one store to get all the deals.

    Only draw back is they don't so buy the pound things or generic.

  • Abigail's Mommy March 25, 2017

    They also do not match produce. :(

  • Sheila March 29, 2017

    I look at the ads and price match a the store. They will price match that stuff, but you are right about savings catcher. Then I scan my receipt and frequently Savings Catcher catches something zimdidnt know about.

  • Ryan March 25, 2017

    Ibotta, Target Cartwheel, Sprouts and Kroger. (Texas).

  • Melody in OR March 26, 2017

    I agree with all the above. Well except I don't use Facebook much anymore, too much drama and time suck. Download your local grocery store apps so you can add e coupons to your loyalty cards. Another favorite app is favado where you can compare your local store prices.

  • Cindy in the South March 25, 2017

    I only use Facebook and Google on my android phone, so I am no I do not have internet at my house, so I use my phone if needed after hours for work. However, I work a lot of 12 hour days and some weekends, so usually, I do not have to do computer work at my house. I am also at a hospital about an hour an a half away, with one of my kids, a lot, so I am not working then. just sleep here at my house. I know your situation is totally different. I know a lot of folks use the Wal-Mart savings catcher. I buy almost zero name branda when there, so that does not help me.Also, I have friends who love Ibotta.

  • KellyK March 25, 2017

    You can put Swagbucks on your phone & watch videos to earn points! That is if you are getting a smart phone . We ditched our landline about two years ago

  • Noreen March 25, 2017

    Price Cruncher (grocery shopping price book app). Also, check out the prepay plans for Republic Wireless phones. I pay $17.50/mo, and often get a refund of $2-4 at the end of each month.

  • Danielle March 25, 2017

    I also use Republic Wireless, and just wanted to put a plug in for it. My phone plan literally costs $11.50 monthly! Amazing! You pay for the phone up front and that's it, no contract or anything. Just a thought.

  • mable March 25, 2017

    Ditto for us. Republic Wireless.

  • Gabrielle March 27, 2017

    I was going to add Republic as well! I pay $15.00 per month but i have more data. my husband pays $10.00 with a base plan. we also have a refund plan with them.

  • Lilli pickles March 25, 2017

    My service with Republic is 15.00. It is one of my greatest frugal finds. My mother is eating up Trac fone cards. For 100.00 she can get a phone and we won't have to worry about her being stranded with no service. We use all the above listed apps.

  • lela March 25, 2017

    I also use this the $20 a month plan

  • Cindy in the South March 25, 2017

    How much data does the plan have? Does it run off of either Verizon or AT&T towers? How much do phones cost? I ask because I got a low grade smart phone prepaid Verizon for $38 but the prepaid data and unlimited talk and text is $60 a month.

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