5 Apps That Will Decrease Your Monthly Bills
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If you’re anything like most people, saving money is something you’re interested in doing, and you’re constantly seeking new and innovative ways to save on your monthly bills. Fortunately for you, there are a host of apps and services that can help you cut expenses and decrease your monthly bills. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best apps out there that can help you save money each month. From apps that give you money for shopping to services that contact companies and negotiate a lower monthly bill, you can just thank us later.
Clarity Money: Analyze spending and lower bills
Adulting comes with its fair share of annoyances, and one of the most pesky, perhaps, are your monthly bills. Unless you use an auto-pay system, keeping track of due dates can be difficult, especially if you have multiple bills to pay each month. Let Clarity Money give you some peace of mind.
The app allows you to link your financial accounts and then analyzes your spending and income and provides tips and suggestions to help you improve your financial situation. Clarity Money will also suggest various products that can help you save and even earn money. However, the app’s main feature is that it connects with your monthly bills and attempts to negotiate with companies to have them lowered.
iBotta: Get cash back on your groceries
So, you’re telling me that there’s an app that pays you to go grocery shopping? Absolutely! With iBotta, you scan your receipts, upload them to the app, and get paid. It’s pretty simple. Just download the app and create an account.
Browse the app for deals and offers, and complete a few simple tasks associated with the deal (i.e. surveys). Buy the products you select on the app, keep your receipt, and scan it into the app once you’re done shopping. Once you do this, you’ll get money on your app which you can then send to your PayPal account.
While you certainly won’t be able to quit your day job when you use iBotta, you’ll save at least a few dollars on your monthly grocery bills. And what’s even better is that you can use the app at over 275 different stores, including Walmart and Walgreens.
Prosper Daily: Keep track of rising monthly bills costs
Prosper Daily is a neat little app that tracks your bills and lets you know when they’re increasing. For example, if that subscription box suddenly decided to raise their prices, Prosper Daily would notify you.
The app scans your transactions and lets you know if there are any scams, unexpected fees, or errors. It also lets you know if your card is being used somewhere it shouldn’t — like in another state, for instance. Additionally, Prosper Daily provides a free budgeting app that lets you keep track of your spending and provides a free credit score check.
Billshark: Get help lowering your monthly bills
Billshark is an app backed by Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban and is similar to Clarity Money. Using the company’s app or website, you can upload a picture of your bill (or directly connect your accounts to Billshark). The customer service reps are then able to work on lowering your cell phone, internet, home security, satellite TV, and satellite radio bill. However, the most success comes when trying to lower your cell phone bill, especially those from big name providers such as AT&T and Sprint.
The company aims to lower your monthly bills by 25 percent and tends to have an 85 percent success rate. It’s free to sign up for the app, and you only have to pay if the company is able to save you money on your bills. On top of that, if Billshark is able to help you save on your monthly bills, they’ll throw in an additional $25.
Hiatus: Lower your bills and keep track of subscriptions
We all love signing up for those free two-week trials offered by most apps and digital services. But there’s a pitfall. If you fail to cancel within the allotted time period, you get charged. And what’s worse is that if you don’t check your account statement on the regular, you’ll continually be charged until you cancel.
Enter Hiatus. This pretty-looking and functional app lets you start free trials through the app and automatically cancels them before they start charging you. Hiatus also negotiates your existing bill and charges you 50 percent of your total savings.