Lifestyle » Vol. 54

Apps to save you money

Technology is giving consumers new ways to save money in surprising and trending ways. Here are four companies leading the pack.

Prevent parking fees
Travelers, commuters and shoppers can all bid farewell to parking tickets, thanks to Parkmobile, the innovative new app that’s revolutionizing parking across cities nationwide and saving drivers a bundle. With Parkmobile, drivers can find parking spots in real-time and then pay using their smartphone – no need to carry coins, cash or cards. What’s more, users can easily “refill the meter” with just a tap of their finger. us.parkmobile.com.

Shipping substitute
Roadie is a new peer-to-peer, app-based shipping community that’s tapping into the more than 1 billion square feet of excess capacity in passenger vehicles already on the road.  The service connects people with stuff to send with drivers already heading in that direction. Roadie’s model enables efficient, low-cost delivery with pricing based on size, not weight. Plus, its “open box” policy eliminates the need for expensive packaging. roadie.com.

Electronics exchange
Gazelle.com, the leading trade-in site for consumer electronics, offers certified, pre-owned devices. Consumers can get great deals on everything from smartphones to tablets and even MacBooks – up to 45 percent less than new devices. Gazelle’s pre-owned gadgets have no contracts, and payment plans help make upgrading easy and affordable. gazelle.com.

Better banking
ChimpChange helps improve spending and saving habits by delivering a modern, free and community banking experience through the ease of an app. All users also get a linked prepaid MasterCard – which can be used to make purchases, pay bills or withdraw cash anywhere – to help prevent overspending and create smart financial practices. chimpchange.me.

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