Savvy spender: The best saving apps for your Android

When you shop online, you can find great deals and compare prices between stores. If you own an Android phone, plenty of apps let you partake in the benefits of online shopping while on the go. Take a look at these apps to make your hard-earned dollar stretch just a little bit further.

Retail Me Not:
If you frequently shop online, you’ve probably spent some time hunting down coupons and promo codes. Retail Me Not is already a successful website, and you can expect the same savings with the mobile app. Retail Me Not has just released this Android version, which follows the iOS app. Once you log in, you’ll see the familiar logo and colors, and you can start searching for your favorite stories right away. Retail Me Not shows promo codes that you can enter during the checkout process. You might get free shipping, an extra product or save a percentage off your total. Plus, the Android app shows hot deals for popular stores.

Gas Buddy:
If you own a car, then you have to head to the gas station periodically to fill up your tank. Gas Buddy is a website and app that lets you look up current prices for local stations. You can head to the cheapest gas station on the list to save a few cents per gallons. Never fill up without checking Gas Buddy again.

Groupon:
While your success with coupon apps like Groupons varies wildly depending upon location, you can save some serious cash if enough people sign up for the daily deal. Get your friends and family on board, and you’ll soon be hitting up that restaurant that you thought was out of budget or treating yourself to a cute manicure for way less than full price.

BigOven:
Savvy shoppers and aspiring cooks alike can flock to BigOven, the app which provides ideas for meals to make from ingredients you already have on hand and even leftovers. If you shift from eating out to cooking at home, you can definitely save money. This is especially true if you’re feeding an entire family from a fast food bag several times per week. You can bookmark favorite recipes you’ve already tried; mark new recipes that you want to try soon and make a shopping list for your next trip to the grocery store with BigOven.

Grocery Pal:
Here’s another app that promises to make your shopping experience less expensive and less frustrating. Download the free app to your phone and take it with you when you head to buy groceries. You can create a shopping list after entering your zip code into the app or skip right to the specials. Stores such as Wal-mart, Target and Walgreens make an appearance in Grocery Pal, which includes printable coupons, but it also lists sales and deals for smaller chains like Pick N Save or ShopKo. This makes it more useful to shoppers in rural locations and small towns.

Of course, there are just a few options available, and you might have tried other apps to save you a few cents or a few hundred dollars. Which apps do you use to save money?