Thursday, September 11, 2008

Money-saving Apps Make Cents

In this economic climate, saving money can be difficult. Fortunately, cell phone application creators are stepping up. Now, if you’re willing to shell out a little bit of dough, you can turn your smartphone into your very own mobile accountant. These four applications rated among the Top 10 downloaded applications for Windows Mobile, and it’s not hard to see why:

Meter Minder allows you to track the time left on a parking meter from your cell phone and signals you when you have 5 to 30 minutes left on the meter. If you add money to the meter, just reset the time. When time expires, your phone will alert you to begin your mad sprint to the meter before the traffic authorities arrive.

Bankarama allows you to use your mobile phone as a check register for multiple accounts, both bank accounts and credit cards. Now you have the power to know the status on all of your bank accounts, and whether or not you can afford your next gadget or those boots you’ve been eying.

Bills and Reminders for smartphones allows you to enter the date, frequency, description and amount due for all of your bills and then alerts you when each bill is due, helping to ensure you never have another late fee. If used with Bankarama, you’ll always know if you have enough money in your accounts to cover these bills.

Lastly, to celebrate saving and organizing your money with these applications, treat yourself to a nice dinner out with friends. And when everyone is frowning over the bill trying to figure out how much they owe, you can pull out your TipsByte-equipped phone. This app allows you to figure out how to split the bill and how much of a tip to leave. No more headaches at the end of the night!

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