If saving money and having more free time for the things you enjoy are at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions (or even somewhere in the middle), here are some top picks for apps that will help you do just that. All of the apps are free and available for both Apple and Android devices. Visit your device’s app store to download your favorites.
Best App #1: Hopper
It’s always hard to be sure you’re getting the best price on airfare. Hopper is a flight search engine, sifting through fares from over 200 airlines and highlighting the cheapest days to fly. The app also uses historical data to predict whether prices are likely to drop or increase in the near future. It can even track flight prices and send you alerts if fares decrease on your route.
Best App #2: HoneyFi
HoneyFi helps couples work together to make the most of their money. Couples tend to disagree over money issues, so this app was developed to take the animosity out of finances. The app simplifies how finances are organized and tracked to minimize those misunderstandings and eliminate mistrust. You and your significant other can create a household budget, label and comment on transactions, and share information on accounts and statements.
Best App #3: Ibotta
The Ibotta app gives you a bonus when you shop at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and more than 250 other stores. Earn cash back on stuff you already buy—paper towels, fresh produce, even movie tickets and wine. Ibotta says the average new user earns $20-$25 in the first month.
Best App #4: Garage Sale Map
Do you have some free time on the weekend that you’d like to spend finding deals on antique furniture or other used goods? Use the Garage Sale Map app to find nearby sales, or filter the list by keyword to find a seller offering something specific. You can also use the app to advertise your own garage sale and increase your profit.
Best App #5: Listia
Even better than a garage sale is FREE! The Listia app enables you to acquire recycled furniture, clothes, and other items without having to spend a dollar. You pay with in-app credits, which you earn by getting rid of stuff and clutter you don’t want.
Best App #6: Thumbtack
Check off household projects that you never have time to get around to with Thumbtack. This app connects you to a network of professionals who submit bids for work. You’ll receive access to a wide variety of local services like yard work, handy man services, TV installation, and even yoga instructors, event planners, tutors, and music teachers. Get multiple bids from local contractors to choose from based on cost, user reviews, location, etc.
Best App #7: OpenTable
OpenTable is the most convenient way to make reservations at many restaurants. Every time you use the app to book a table, you earn points, which you can track in the app. Once you hit 1,100 points, you’ll receive a $20 reward, redeemable at a participating restaurant, or you can opt for a $10 Amazon gift card. It may take a little time to build up points, but if you eat out regularly, it’s a no-brainer.
Best App #8: Moonlight
If you’re looking for a side hustle in 2019 to make some extra money, check out the Moonlight app. The app will match you with relevant jobs, and you can get hired without bidding or paying commission fees. If you’re looking to hire, Moonlight can connect you with freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses for short- to long-term jobs, projects, and tasks.
Best App #9: Rover
If you’re in need of reasonably priced pet-sitting or dog walking services, Rover can connect you with reliable, qualified providers in your area. You can even request for your walker/sitter to send you pictures of he or she with your pet while you’re away to set your mind at ease. If you’re an animal lover, Rover is also a good way to help make some extra money dog walking or sitting. You pick and choose the times and days that work for you.
Best App #10: Tower
Okay, so we lied. There are actually ten apps on this list. But we would be remiss to leave out Tower’s Mobile App. Easily manage your Tower accounts on the go, wherever and whenever you please. Check balances, transfer money, find the closest surcharge-free ATM, and much more. If you have a Tower debit card, you can save money on things you buy everyday with Debit Rewards. Go to Cash Back in the app menu to view your reward offers.
Resources: Lifehack.org, Time.com, Entrepreneur.com